now leads us to God’s remedy for our sin. As we have
mentioned before, Adam and Eve, in a type, or
figuratively, had attempted their own cure. The Law had
exposed their nakedness before God—they did not measure
up to His standard of holiness; they fell short of the
glory of God. The Law had given them an awareness that
there were differences between them and their Creator,
and as would soon follow, that there were differences
between them and other men and women also. Clothes cover
up our physical faults and present an image to the world
that we are something that we are not. Clothes may
make a man before other men, but they do not hide
our nakedness before God. Now of course, all of this is
figurative. The real issue was not just their physical
nakedness, but the nakedness within their souls and
spirits as well. In every aspect of their being—body,
soul, and spirit—they fell short. The fig leaf clothing
that they had made represented man’s efforts to hide his
shortcomings from God and from other men. The clothes
that we wear, be they the cloaks of a priest, the suit
of a businessman, or the leathers of a biker may hide
our physical flesh and present an image to the world of
what we want them to think about us, but God is not
fooled. The deeds we do, the works of the flesh, our
pretense of love or goodwill to others, may fool men,
but again, God is not so deceived. Our spiritual show,
our religiousness, our piety, our churchianity may cause
others to think we are godly, but God sees us as we
Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they
knew that they were naked;
and they sewed fig leaves
together, and made themselves aprons
Psa 39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an
handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee:
verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.
Psa 94:11 The
LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
Ecc 1:2 Vanity
of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all
Psa 39:6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew:
surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up
riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
Matt 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen
of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge
the borders of their garments,
6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief
seats in the synagogues,
7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men,
Matt 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their
mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart
is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for
doctrines the commandments of men.
Heb 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not
manifest in his sight:
but all things are naked
and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
coverings men make for their nakedness are as frail and
perishable as those aprons of fig leaves that Adam and
Eve had made. Many times the Scriptures will make this
analogy when speaking of man’s righteousness, man’s
beauty, or man’s glory—it is like a fading flower or a
blade of grass that quickly dries up and dies. Every
thing about man is fleeting—the beauty and strength of
youth, our moment in the spotlight, the riches we heap
up; everything passes away so quickly. The fallen couple
would need something far more durable and long lasting
to wear than those fig leaf aprons; they would need a
covering that would last for an eternity.
Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all
our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we
all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the
wind, have taken us away.
Isa 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of
Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower,
which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that
are overcome with wine!
James 1:10 But the rich, in that he is made low:
because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning
heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower
thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it
perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in
another sense, Adam and Eve had made themselves a fig
leaf bandage to put over their sin. They had
made themselves a herbal remedy for their deadly
disease; but what they needed was to be washed from the
filthiness of their sins, be given a new heart, and a
new life. Only the Heavenly Heart Doctor could do for
them what they could not do for themselves. First, they
needed the cleansing blood of an innocent sacrifice.
Fallen man could never atone for his sin, or anyone
else’s; therefore, in a type, the blood of an innocent
animal was shed. Then that sinless animal’s coat was
made into a covering for their nakedness; giving them
clothes that now made them acceptable before God. Of
course, this was only an innocent animal, whose blood
and skin could have no real benefit in delivering Adam
and Eve from the consequences of their sin. It was only
a picture, a foreshadowing—as is the whole Old Testament
with all of its bloody sacrifices—of the one true
sacrifice that would take place upon Calvary’s cross. It
portrayed the blood atonement of the Lamb of God and the
perfect coat of the righteousness of Christ, made into a
robe of righteousness for His people. This offering,
however, did form the basis by which all Old Testament
saints were justified by God—faith in the sacrifice of
an innocent substitute for sins. From Adam, to Abel, to
Noah, to Abraham, to Moses, and throughout the first
four thousand years of human history, this sacrifice was
repeated over and over by those people of God who sought
for His mercy and forgiveness.
Gen 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife
did the LORD God make
coats of skins, and clothed them.
Psa 49:7 None of them can by any means redeem his
brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and
it ceaseth for ever:)
Eze 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will
put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony
heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of
20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine
ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people,
and I will be their God.
Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of
his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself;
by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or
things in heaven.
Heb 9:12 Neither
by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood
he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained
eternal redemption for us.
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of
an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the
purifying of the flesh:
How much more
shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal
Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your
conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful
witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the
prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us,
and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish,
disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and
pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and
hating one another.
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our
Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made
heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul
shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me
with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with
the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh
himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself
with her jewels.
Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude,
which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds,
and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and
before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and
palms in their hands;
Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to
him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife
hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was
granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean
and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of
Cor 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew
no sin; that we
might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine
of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying
again the foundation of repentance from dead works,
and of faith toward God,
mercy towards sinners:
Psa 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to
thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy
tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me
from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is
ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this
evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when
thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my
mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:
and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know
7 Purge me with
hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be
whiter than snow.
Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the
one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God,
I thank thee, that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift
up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his
breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house
justified rather than the other: for every one that
exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth
himself shall be exalted.
necessity of faith in God’s provision:
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one
that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein
is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to
faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great
love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us
together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit
together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: