“Come back to God!” is what Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians, and even though the letter is addressed to Greeks, this call is addressing the entire world.
Paul’s appeal is implying that there once was a time when we were with God; but then obviously we got separated; and now we’re invited back. Separation and reconciliation are big words with lots of emotions attached to them. And there is a reason for it: Stuff happened! There’s a history going on between God and men. We go way back. There was a time when God and people were an item. To say we were buddies would be an understatement. We were family. We were close. We can see it in the way we used to interact.
Right after we were created, God involves us in the things He loves. God is very attached to His creation. He calls it good, not just once but several times in the first chapter of the Bible. This goes to show that God loves His creation and loves to create. He also does something that we are very familiar with: He proudly presents – like excited kids do when they come to us with their great achievements. However, God takes His presentation a step further when He is asking for names. He invites Adam to come up with names for His creations. In the second chapter of Genesis we read: “Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.”
How cool is that! That must have been a sparkling discussion, going through the different species, identifying their various features and then coming up with an appropriate name. Imagine the Creator walking the Garden of Eden with his son Adam brainstorming ideas and loving it. That was a great relationship! And Eve played a crucial role. This is how Eve became part of the equation: Like God, Adam did not want to operate alone, he wanted to work as a team, just as he saw the Trinity interacting. Animals are great companions, but, not the kind of suitable helper Adam had in mind. And God understood. But instead of forming a second person out of the dust God chose a more intimate way to do it: He used Adam’s flesh and bones to create a second human being. Adam was beside himself with joy when he first laid eyes on Eve. He cried: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”
Eve was given the power to grow future human beings in her womb, which is why she is called Eve, the mother of life. Together, Adam and Eve procreate and fill the Earth with Human beings, all God’s images, all interacting with their Creator who loves them to pieces. Or, so was the plan. Then there was the Snake and its lies; then we listened to those lies, believed and acted on it; then there was a spoiled relationship; and we got separated. But then….surprise! Blissful reconciliation! Paul is talking about this in his letter to the Corinthians: “Come back”, he writes, “Come back to the relationship we once had with God. Come back to God!”
God longs for us and wants us back – otherwise there would be no open door for us. So if we want to go back to this awesome relationship, we accept all the gifts of restoration coming from the Trinity. The Father gives us His Son Jesus; Jesus gives us Eternal Life; and the Holy Spirit translates God’s reality into our hearts so that we can understand His language again. We’re stepping back into those wonderful conversations Adam and Eve used to have with our Creator. We’re stepping back in time for a new beginning. What a wonderful message of hope! What a wonderful message of reconciliation!