WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE NAKED? Genesis 3

THERE’S NOTHING WORSE FOR A LIAR THAN TO BE INTERROGATED

Those who love the truth, other people, and humility, expose their shame to be covered by mercy, forgiveness and grace. We’ve all seen this tap-dancing and have performed a few moves of our own.Do you remember the look on someone’s face who knows you are lying?

(The narcissist has no empathy, and no sense of shame which causes you to surrender to truth. So, they never see the other person’s face–they don’t care. The only pain being protected is their own.) What did Adam become? God knew where he was, but did Adam know?

Listen to the interrogation. With each question Adam drifts further away from God. In fact, this is the last we will here of his relationship with God.

…And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? [a request for self awareness, spiritual gps location?] And he said, I heard thy voice [the event which caused a reaction] in the garden, and I was afraid [for the first time by your presence], because I was naked [ashamed of myself for the first time]; and I hid myself [to avoid the shame and save my self righteousness].  And he [God] said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?  [Two questions providing opportunity for honesty and repentance] And the man said [lies, half truths to poison the mind of the interrogator and implicate/destroy his wife], The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. [So, out of the 3 of us, I am last to be blamed]Genesis 3:9‭-‬12 KJV

The narcissist always asks “why all the questions? You don’t trust me?”  From his/her perspective, the only stake in the relationship is theirs. What they don’t REALize is, the interrogator already knows where they are, they just want to know if they know where you are now in the relationship.

WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE NAKED AND NEED TO HIDE?

This just scratches the surface of this drama.

POWERFUL RESISTANCE ON THE BATTLE FIELD, 2Tim.1

“Share in afflictions? According to the POWER OF GOD”???
Isn’t that a contradiction? Doesn’t the WEAK one experience the pain, and the POWERFUL experience victory, and peace? What is Paul taking about? He’s taking a beating from God’s enemies—literally–and talking about. “…according to the power of God”?


As we learned in Romans 1: the gospel is the “POWER of God; the FORCE of God unto salvation.” Rom. 1:16 (a parallel verse.)


Therefore the forces in the world are soo powerful that God must use FORCE to accomplish salvation!

  • FORCE is necessary to overcome the enemy and rescue the captives. 2Tim. 2:9-12, 15, 3:8, 11, 12, 4:2-8
  • FORCE is necessary to give life, sight, and faith to those being rescued. 2:25-26
  • POWER is necessary for the children of God to overcome during this life and receive the inheritance. 1:6-14, 2:3-6, 4:2-8
  • The GOSPEL is that power/force: “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise UNTO SALVATION through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is PROFITABLE for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be PERFECT, THOROUGHLY FURNISHED unto ALL good works.
    2 Timothy 3:15‭-‬17 KJV

“Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord SHALL DELIVER ME from every evil work, and will PRESERVE me [POWER TO RESIST CORROSION] unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. –2 Timothy 4:17‭-‬18 KJV 


YOU SEE, THE POWER IS NOT WITH THE OPPRESSOR, THE POWER IS WITH THE OVERCOMER. AFFLICTIONS ARE MERELY RESISTANCE ON THE BATTLE FIELD.

” be thou partaker of the AFFLICTIONS of the gospel ACCORDING to the POWER of God;” 2 Timothy 1:‬8 KJV