It’s wonderful to see that the very first act of God’s redemption of sinful man is in the very same chapter as man’s first sin. Chapter 3 is the account that details Adam’s and Eve’s disobedience of God and the resulting fall. Once they ate of the fruit and realized their nakedness, we read that “they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths” (Genesis 3:7). God justly gave them their due punishment, but then we also see a beautiful act of grace. Verse 21 says, “And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of [animal] skins and clothed them.“
He didn’t need to do that. He could’ve justly said, “They’ve brought this upon themselves. Let them figure it out with their fig-leaf loincloths.” But instead, He provided for them a covering.
This was pointing forward to an important spiritual reality. Whatever “clothes” we could try to make for ourselves, they are totally inadequate to stand in the presence of our Holy God. We cannot earn salvation by our works. Our works are like loincloths made of sewn-together fig leaves. We need to be clothed. We need to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14), to “be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith” (Philippians 3:9).
For those who trust in Jesus for salvation, when we die, God won’t see us in our unrighteousness, but in the righteousness of Christ. It’ll be as if we were sinless, even though we were not. Woe to anyone who tries to enter the kingdom with their fig leaves. We can only enter with the clothes we’ve been given by grace.
If you have not trusted in Jesus for your salvation, you are in a bad position, friend. Your sinfulness has put you in the way of the wrath of God. But God gave His only Son to die on the cross and pay the penalty that sinners like you and me deserve. And He offers salvation to whoever believes in Him. Turn from your sins, and give your life to the only One who can rescue you.
- Psalm 2
- Genesis 3
- 1 Chronicles 3
- Luke 1:57-80