Genesis 2:16-17 a Call to Know God and Enjoy Him Forever

“And the LORD God commanded the man saying, You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:16-17). It was a call to adore and acknowledge the goodness and greatness of God. His goodness was seen in the invitation to eat from every tree of the garden, trees that were pleasant to the eye and good for food; his greatness was seen in the prohibition to eat from one tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil-a sign that God alone was God, and man was to have no other gods before him. In sum, it was a command to know God and enjoy him forever.” -Reformation Worship, pg 3


We Are Not Being True to Our Created Selfhood, When We Are Selfish

“True humanity is never to be found in autonomy, because human beings were wired to live in necessary community with the Creator. So anytime I functionally live for myself, I am denying the things for which I was made and opening my life to the negative fruit which will result. From day one, Christ was meant to be the focus of the life of everyone he created. That is the paradigm of the garden.” -Paul Tripp

Murray: Intelligent Mysticism

“It is necessary for us to recognize that there is an intelligent mysticism in the life of faith… of living union and communion with the exalted and ever-present Redeemer… He communes with his people and his people commune with him in conscious reciprocal love… The life of true faith cannot be that of cold metallic assent. It must have the passion and warmth of love and communion because communion with God is the crown and apex of true religion.” -John Murray