Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
July 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Genesis 2:25
"How It All Got Started", Msg. 10

I took a trip down memory lane – as it relates to nakedness – remembering we came into this world without clothes. As babies we were allowed to play and crawl around the house naked. When we reached puberty, we looked at nakedness differently: taboo, unacceptable, and considered in poor taste. But as time went by and we began to mature, nakedness became entertainment, strippers, sexual. Bachelor or bachelorette parties encouraged nudity, jumping out of cakes naked or scantily clad. But this is not what God had intended.

In the Garden, Adam and Eve were in a state of child-like innocence. They knew good nor evil. They had no need of clothes for protection against cold or heat for neither could injure them. They did not need to dress up or down. They were in communion with each other and with God. When we are inside the ark of safety, things happen for the good of our lives. That’s how it was for the man and woman.

Adam and Eve were not in a compromising situation and were not ashamed nor had reason to be ashamed because they did not know what shame was. Shame, as we know it, implies a sense of guilt. Adam and his wife had no guilt because of their nakedness. They were sufficiently clothed in nature’s garb. They had no cause for shame. They were not feeling compromised or confused. They felt no need to be humiliated with their nakedness. They had no impure motives in their souls. All they had was spotless innocence.

When we follow Christ and try to live holy, we have a reason to declare we are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. God formed us in the image of His spirit. If we get sick, nothing happens without God knowing about it. He exhibits His power to declare He is a healer. He will speak to cancer, addiction, mental illness, etc. God has purpose for our lives. He brought us to earth to glorify Him, so we have no reason to be ashamed.