Genesis 2:25 And They Were Both Naked
(Ver 1.1) This title sounds like an interesting Bible subject and statement to study. And it probably gets a lot of people’s attention. This was a description of Adam and Eve in the beginning that God spoke in Genesis 2:25. No this verse does not promote nudity as the normal state for human existence. Nor does it specify that we should all go to church without any clothes on. There are obviously some that would like that, but this is not what God is telling us here. God is giving us a view into the spiritual state of the first man and woman before sin entered into the world. Let’s look at the complete verse:
Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
In this verse we can see God’s initial created state of innocence. I only know of one time in a normal person’s life when they are not ashamed of being naked, and that is when they are children at the age of 2 to 4 years old. My son use to take his diaper off and run around naked and it seemed to be his preferred dress code. Isn’t it interesting that children do this without any consciousness of their nudity? Why is this? Here is a verse that Paul speaks about this state of innocence:
Romans 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
You see this is a complex verse that is easily misunderstood if applied incorrectly. It speaks of a time in Paul’s natural life after birth when he was alive in a state of innocence. This of course is speaking of a spiritual state of being alive. Paul claimed to be spiritually alive in this verse before he had reached the age of accountability. I many times hesitate in calling it a spiritual life and a spiritual death, because spirits can not technically ever die or cease to exist. The human spirit will forever exist somewhere. I often times refer to this state of existence as a type of spiritual awareness.
You see children when they are young are more in tune with their spirits than many adults. I like to say it this way, children a closer realization that they are spirits clothed or covered with a body. As a child ages and matures, Paul says sin is revived and he died. In other words he became spiritually unaware or dull and was separated from God. No longer was Paul an innocent child when he came into the age of accountability and he became much less aware of spiritual things. Now he was more body aware and much less spirit aware. How did I come to these conclusions? First by having children, then I saw it in the Bible:
2 Corinthians 5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
You see in this verse is again found a complex statement with widespread implications. The primary subject of the verse is the human body. Paul is writing about our current earthly body in the terms of it being a temporary dwelling place or a spirit cover. God calls our bodies a tabernacle (2 Peter 1:14). The Greek word for tabernacle is defined as a hut, a tent, or any other temporary residence that we will not be staying long in. In this verse God refers to our natural human bodies as being the clothes for our spirits within our body. When we die and leave this world, our bodies do not go with us and Paul calls this a state of being unclothed. But he says we are anxiously awaiting an immortal and permanent dwelling place that will be coming soon. Do you understand this better now?
So what we can say about Adam and Eve at this point in time is that they are spiritually alive and significantly more spiritually aware, in a child like state of innocence. They were spirit beings that were clothed with natural human bodies that God had created for them. Later we will see in chapter 3 the effects that sin had on them and what God did about it.
Thank you, for reading and studying the Bible with us. Please leave a comment if you would like. I’ll stop here for now and we can move on to another subject in the next chapter of Genesis.