God is perfect. Therefore, all of God’s works are also perfect.
Whenever someone wants to talk about the things God has done or is doing, one must be prepared to read the word perfect many times. You can speak of a thing being faultless, flawless, or unmarred. You can speak of its splendor, beauty or grace. But, with God, it will always come back to the word perfect. Such words as excellence, purity and ideal all seem less than perfect to describe the awesome perfection of God.
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment:
a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
2 Sam. 22:31
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried:
he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
The works of His hands are perfect also.
Therefore, when God formed, made, and created Adam in the Paradise Administration, Adam was perfect. He was perfect in body, perfect in soul, perfect in spirit. All of his thoughts, his words, his actions, would have been perfect. Adam and Eve would have stood in the presence of God having full confidence and peace within their hearts about actually being in the presence of God..
Righteousness is right living. It is doing a thing the way it should be done. It is the complete absence of sin or wrong doing. Adam had right thoughts, right actions, and right words. The same was true about Eve. As a work of God, they were perfect.
God and Adam and Eve had a perfect and righteous relationship. They were in perfect harmony. They had complete and total peace, one with the other, in all areas of life and living.
And the work of righteousness shall be peace;
and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.
Effect means result. The result of righteousness is quietness. Quietness means, one who is never infested with fear. When something is infested it is over run. When one is righteous he is never over run with fear. In this case, what would either Adam or Eve have to fear? Their perfect union was with the Creator of the heaven and the earth. If you are standing with the Almighty, the most powerful Being in existence, of what would you be afraid? The result of their perfect righteousness was a complete and total absence of fear and all of its by products. Further they had no need to fear anything for God had given Adam dominion, which means authority. Adam had authority over the earth and the things of the earth. Under such conditions, their absence of fear is very understandable.
The other effect of righteousness, mentioned in Isaiah, is assurance, which means security or trust. Adam and Eve had complete security and trust in God. Nothing could shake them or bother them. They knew who they walked and talked with on a daily basis. They were fully aware of being in the presence of the ultimate Being, the One True God.
The meaning of the word peace is complete concord or friendship. This peace is not some gimmick on a piece of paper backed up by the word of man. This is a complete absence of strife and discord. God and Adam and Eve were of one mind and one heart. Adam and Eve held God’s thoughts and no others.
The fullness of this relationship is beyond our comprehension. If we consider our greatest physical relationship; if we consider our most desired or idealic relationship, it will never compare. From the high school sweethearts, who moved on to marriage, and remained happily married for the next seven decades, to any other love based relationship, mankind has nothing to compare to how well God and Adam and Eve enjoyed each other’s presence. For the greatest relationship man has ever experienced still carries negatives and problems. In contrast to Adam and Eve with God, their lives were one continuous celebration of love.
1 John 4:8
He that loveth not knoweth not God;
for God is love.
God is love.
This is all that Adam and Eve knew or manifested. In the Paradise Administration there was no pain, nor death. In the Paradise Administration there was no sickness, nor heartache. In the Paradise Administration Adam and Eve walked with God, day by day, and moment by moment, in perfect love and harmony. Further, this loving and perfect fellowship not only existed between Adam and Eve with God, Adam and Eve also shared in this relationship one with the other.
There is a time coming, in the third heaven and earth, when God shall once again be able to remove all negatives. This time is briefly spoken of in the book of Revelation.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Have you ever seen a mother lift up her child who has just fallen? Her tenderness and gentleness; how she will comfort the child in her arms as she wipes away all the tears. This is the love of a mother. Those who are a part of the third heaven and earth will share a greater love and tenderness, walking in a loving relationship with God throughout eternity. Like in the Paradise Administration, in this third heaven and earth, there will be no sorrow or sadness; there will be no pain or discomfort; there will be no sickness or death; there will be only those things that are as righteous as God Himself.
Adam and Eve knew and lived this love with God in the Garden of Eden. The Paradise Administration was not eternal. Nevertheless, it was the living reality of knowing only the love of God in your daily life. Take the time to consider the perfect love of this first administration and you will be in total and complete awe. Remember the most joyous day you have experienced throughout your life. Even this day will have no comparison to walking with the Creator of the heaven and earth without a negative in existence.
God is perfect and therefore, He formed the perfect body for his man. The lines and muscles of his body would have had perfect symmetry. His soul life, which was carried in his blood, would also have been perfect. No foreign substance to infect or harm his life. No bacteria or virus that would produce a cold or the flu, or even a runny nose. And the spirit God created in Adam would have been perfect also. This spirit would have given to man the righteousness of God, the authority of God, and fellowship with God.
Many in life search for the perfect mate. Yet too often the search today is limited to what can be seen with the eyes. This is true for both men and women. Adam and Eve would have surpassed the vision, the hope, even the fantasies anyone holds today, for the form of their bodies were perfect.
Adam’s only center of reference for truth and for life was God.
He was not confused by the rush of our lives, or the bombardment of information we receive from our televisions, newspapers and magazines. Adam did not run out to work each day to face his boss or fellow workers who carried negative attitudes and issues from something that happened to them the previous night. He did not grab a pop tart to eat on the way out the door. There was no need to remember to schedule his car for its yearly maintenance. The children did not have to be at softball, baseball, soccer and basketball, and all at the same time.
He would wake up and pick some fruit from a tree for breakfast, fruit that would have been the most succulent and delicious and just at the perfection of ripeness. Breath in the cool, clean fresh air and then go for a walk with God. That is why this period of time is called Paradise! It is the Garden of God that God designed for His man and His woman, His beloved children.
This is not to say that Adam spent his days simply laying around the garden. He was not lazy nor spending his time in an idle manner lounging in the garden. God gave Adam a job in the garden. He was to dress it and keep it. God gave Adam work in the garden. Yet it could never be viewed in the same light as one of our jobs today. For this was a job that carried no negatives, or rush hour traffic, neither did it bring to Adam conflict between coworkers. Adam’s labor with God, in the Garden, would have been a labor of love.
Adam had no one to question the truth of the words of God. No one to question whether or not there even was a God! The union between God and Adam was perfect. They shared and enjoyed perfect fellowship. Truly, this was paradise.
There are a few verses of scripture that give us a glimpse of the fellowship God had with Adam and Eve. One verse is recorded after the fall of man but it shows us some truth about the time before man sinned.
And they [Adam and Eve] heard the voice of the lord God
walking in the garden in the cool of the day:...
First, understand that this is phenomena. Phenomenon is something that God does above and beyond His Word, something He has never promised but does because of His great love. This is phenomena because at this point in time, holy spirit has been lost by both Adam and Eve.
The words “heard” and “voice” form a figure of speech. A figure of speech is a legitimate grammatical use found in all languages. Figures of speech give more life to a statement. Figures of speech are employed to express a point more vividly or to add emphasis. A figure of speech shows the importance of the words by adding color and drama. An author will give you his view of what is most important by where he has placed his figures of speech.
For instance, a person might say of his car that needs some body work, that he drives an old rust bucket. It does not mean that this person is literally driving around town in a rusty bucket. Rather this person is using a figure of speech to state and emphasize that his car has rust on it. Figures of speech will add life to a phrase. They place the emphasis where the one speaking wants emphasis placed.
The words heard and voice form the figure of speech amplificatio or exaggeration. This means more words are used than are necessary. This figure expresses and shows a great awareness and familiarity between Adam and Eve and God. They knew each other well. So well, they could recognize His voice at all times.
The Bible never tells us how long Adam and Eve lived in the Garden. We do not know how long they had the joy and the privilege of walking with and fellowshipping with God and one another with no outside influence or distractions. But however much time they enjoyed with one another, it was long enough for each of them to become completely familiar with each other.
Parents can identify the voice of their own child no matter how much other noise is present to interfere. This is true first because of a relationship that is based in love. Yet this is also true because the parent - child relationship is one of closeness and familiarity.
If you are not a parent, watch the parents the next time you get together with friends or family. The adults are gathered in one room while the children are playing in another room. Suddenly, one of the children is crying. Notice the parents in the room. First, all of their heads will cock toward the cry, this is because the parents are always aware and alert to the needs of their children. Then you will see the correct parent identify the voice of their child. This is due to a relationship based upon love and familiarity. Adam and Eve could recognize the voice of God because of the loving familiarity of their relationship.
Then this verse goes on to use the phrase, “...in the cool of the day...” This is an Orientialism. An orientialism refers to the customs of the area, the Middle East, where the Bible was written. Many times we seem to forget that the Bible is an Eastern book. God inspired men who were born and raised in the East. When we read the Bible we must always remember to read it with Eastern customs in mind.
If God worked within men of our country, in this day and time, then we would read about our customs, and our culture, and our traditions. Teachings would perhaps include many analogies to sporting events. Perhaps the third heaven and earth would be compared to reaching and winning the Super Bowl or the World Series. Then when men in the East read the Bible they would need to understand our culture and our mannerisms.
The phrase, “in the cool of the day...,” is an orientialism, something readily understood in the Eastern world. In the Middle East the summer days become very hot and uncomfortable. However, there is also a summer breeze, called the Diurnal that comes off the Mediterranean Sea. In Arabic, diurnal means daily. Each day, during the hot summer days, the Diurnal breezes would blow in from the sea and cool off the heat while refreshing the people. This is what God is speaking of in Genesis 3:8. The time that Adam and Eve spent fellowshipping with God was refreshing to their lives. When God, Adam and Eve spent time with each other, Adam and Eve were refreshed. Just like those people who live in the Middle East and receive the cool refreshing from the diurnal breeze during the heat of the day.
This is only a small glimpse of the type of relationship God shared with Adam and Eve. On my best day, my words could never do justice in describing their overall relationship. Simply said, everyone and everything involved in this relationship was perfect.
There is another verse of scripture that also adds to our understanding of how lovingly and closely God fellowshipped with Adam and Eve.
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The word for naked in this verse is arum. Arum is also used in Genesis chapter 3.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.
And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden ?
You didn’t recognize the word naked in there did you? The word arum means wise. It is used of wisdom in a good sense or a bad sense. The context is the key to telling you what kind of wisdom God is talking about. When it is used in a bad sense it could be translated crafty or subtil as in Genesis chapter 3.
The Devil was wise in a negative or bad sense. Ezekiel tells us that the wisdom of the Devil lay in ruins. The Devil corrupted his wisdom. However, in Genesis 2:25, when speaking of Adam and Eve, arum is used in a good sense.
Adam and Eve were wise and they were not ashamed. This word ashamed means to be disappointed in your expectations or a consciousness of disgrace. It is an internal feeling. In other words, Adam and Eve were wise, their judgments were righteous and they had no sense of guilt before God. There were no internal feelings of shame in them as they stood before and walked with God. They were righteous, living and acting on God’s words, having no sense of guilt, wrong doing or condemnation.
This time in the Garden of Eden was a tremendous time of sharing and fellowship. It was a time Adam and Eve spent with God and with each other in loving harmony and unity.
God’s great desire was to have a family. A family He could love and care for. A family that would always look to Him for any need or desire that arose in their life. God built paradise for His family to have perfect fellowship and union with Him.
No negatives, no frustrations, no disappointments existed between these three as they spent an undetermined amount of time walking with each other in the Garden of Eden. Love, fellowship, harmony, perfection all describe this time period known as the Paradise Administration.
No man or woman has ever been less for walking and talking with God. For no one can give as God gives. And no one can love as God loves. The Creator of life knows how to care for a life.