God made us in His image. It’s our identity. The more we know about Him, the more we’ll know about ourselves. And Adam and Eve had unlimited access to knowing Him. They could walk with God in the garden He created. Shameless. Unhidden. Honest. It was the perfect relationship.
And then Adam and Eve let the suggestion that God was not really trustworthy take root, and they ate the fruit that God had forbidden. Just like that, the curse came down. They were expecting to become like God. Instead of the power and glory they were anticipating, they felt uncovered, vulnerable, and ashamed. Their identity was destroyed.
But Romans 8:1-2 declares that the curse of sin no longer condemns those who are in Christ Jesus. Instead, the Spirit of life is at work in us reversing the curse and inviting us to join Him as His sons and daughters. He restores our identity as His own children.