Genesis 3:21-24, And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
The account of original sin is full of many lessons and truths, but it also leaves us asking questions. Why did God put that tree in the garden? It was a boundary to remind mankind that He is Creator and they are His stewards. When Adam and Eve succumbed to their temptation set by the Devil, why did they realise they were naked and sought to cover themselves? Their sudden realisation of their nudity was evidence of their shame—creation, including man, had become defiled. What was once pure is now corrupt with sin. The punishments for their sin included subservience, hard labour just to live, painful childbirth, and ultimately death.
Yet in the midst of this punishment is God’s grace. Instead of ignoring Adam and Eve, He sought them out. He sought them out not just so they could answer for their sins, but also so He could clothe them. It was not His will to leave them in their guilt and shame. Instead, He chose to take animal and plant life to cover their shame, which they did not deserve.
Today, we experience the same wrapping of God’s grace in our Baptism. Some of us may remember our baptism; others may not. But what matters is that at that moment, we died to sin and became alive to Christ (Romans 6). As the Romans passage says, in baptism we are made new. This is not symbolic language; it is something deeply real. Just as we died to sin in baptism, so did our shame and guilt. While we may still suffer the effects of shame and guilt, we no longer stand guilty before God. We now stand justified in the blood of Christ, whose Spirit now indwells in us.
Whenever we begin to feel the shame and guilt of past or current sins, we can always look back to our Baptism and recall the grace God has wrapped us in. God has fully covered our shame and guilt in the blood of Christ. And through Baptism, we are no longer dead in sin but new creatures alive in Christ.