Rereading the book of Genesis right now, and I felt the need to post an important detail, since the mess we find ourselves in on this spinning globe springs directly from the happenings “in the beginning.”
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Notice that we were given dominion over those things outside of Eden as well as what is in the garden; the whole earth. Why is that an important distinction? Because what man did in the garden had massive implications to the whole world and not just that “little bit” of Eden. When man fell, it affected everything, not just those things within the garden. We gave up our dominion to Satan, and it took the Last Adam to take it back.
Without Christ the whole world would be lost to us, literally. It is because of His sacrifice and His position as the Last Adam that the whole world will be remade…He made it, He’ll redeem it. We messed it up, we messed ourselves up, and only He can fix the mess we made…and if He can fix the whole world, He can fix any of the messes we’ve made in our own lives. For believers, there is always reason to hope; and our hope is in Him.