From that point on God could no longer fellowship with Adam and Eve on the level He desired.
God wanted an interaction in the spirit, but this was no longer possible because of sin. Therefore, to God, Adam and Eve were dead. God could no longer communicate to them on the level of the spirit. He would now have to use other means.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Notice the wording that’s used here. The man and the wife heard the sound of God. This is the first place in Scripture where it specifically says that God made a sound.
This is emphasized because Adam and Eve had never before heard with their ears, God making a sound. Before that, they always communicated by the spirit. This new experience inspired fear.
He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
We can hear it from Adam’s own mouth. The two things that caused fear in him were hearing God, and seeing his nakedness. At that point, as a race of people, mankind was cut off from spiritual communication with God.
Please understand, our spirits are still active. This is how mediums, witch doctors, and spiritists can communicate with familiar spirits. They can still interact in the spiritual realm, they just don’t understand the dangers of this practice.
As far as communication with God is concerned, mankind’s spirits can not talk to God because of sin. After the fall, God could only communicate to man by very limited means. God could speak bodily, through angels, a donkey, a voice, or by taking on flesh. He could speak inwardly, directly to our mind. He could also “move upon” someone, which literally means that He “put them on like clothes” and spoke through them.
This was the sad condition of the human race until Christ came on the scene. He really was “God with us”. The Gospels record the work He did for us on the cross. Because of His death, burial, and resurrection we can now enter into a salvation that we could never experience in our own strength.
Now, if we receive His great gift, the Holy Spirit takes up residence on the inside of us. This means that communication lines are open once again between us and the Lord. According to God’s definition, we are now alive to Him.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.
It’s clear from Scripture that your spirit is now alive to God!!!
Question: How important to you, is the knowledge that God’s Holy Spirit lives in you?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014