We Were Sexual Before We Were Sinful

Day 1 of 6 • This day’s reading

Devotional

What is the importance of stating that you were sexual before you were sinful? First, it helps foster intimacy with God while, second, it builds a biblical sexual ethic (more on this topic in Day 6). There are plenty of resources to help navigate the step-by-step approach to overcoming addiction, sexual immorality, and various struggles; this resource plans to help deepen your relationship with God by spending prayerful time reflecting on his design for sexuality within the Gospel Narrative. 


You have been written into a wonderfully intentional story. This story, essentially the Gospel narrative, can be divided into four parts: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. It is essential to recognize that often we condense the Gospel narrative into two parts: Fall & Redemption. Simply put, this is a partial view of the Gospel that often frames humanity into two categories. Sinner & Saint. The reality is that though this may be true, it’s incomplete. Humanity starts as made in the Image of God, with all of its complexities, with sex being created in a “good” setting (not a sinful one). God’s grand design for sex is worthy of being celebrated because God is the sex-maker.


Creation


In Genesis 1, the introduction to the Gospel narrative, God declared goodness over his Creation — the heavens, earth, variety of foliage, and creatures. Notice a difference when humanity, you, are introduced to the story? Maybe a language change? Our heavenly Father declares the creation of humankind VERY good. The Image of God is distinct from the rest of Creation, as mentioned in Genesis 1:31. 


As mentioned before, it is essential to note that sex is created in a good context. Without getting too far ahead of ourselves, we need to understand the placement of sex in the biblical timeline is intentional and without sin.


Thinking about our sexuality, how often do you speak of existing as a sexual being in correlation to being made in the Image of God?