Genesis, the first of the five books of the Pentateuch written by Moses, reveals in seed form many of the key teachings to be expanded throughout Scripture. Therefore the first mention of words in the Divine Text is of great importance.
Repeatedly the phrase “and God said” reveals the power of the Sovereign God in creation. The entire Godhead is referenced … “in the beginning God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth. It is the Apostle John who identifies the second member of the Trinity as the Creator … “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:1-2 NIV).
Having declared that the Christ is God, he documents that the Christ is none other than Jesus, the One who entered human history for the purpose of accomplishing salvation. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 NIV). Thus the incarnation of Christ into the world was in fulfillment of the presentation of message of salvation given to Adam and Eve after they had sinned.
Here we see the first use of the word “voice,” as the pre-incarnate Christ enters the Garden seeking his creation that had disobeyed the prohibition to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself” (Gen 3:8-10 KJV).
This is the audible, authoritative voice of the Creator who is the focus and center-piece of all Scripture. In this passage is seen the love of God as He manifests Himself to fallen man. John will write … “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV). The Seeking Creator, sent from the Father and revealed by the Spirit had come in the flesh as the Savior to die a substitutionary death on the Cross. Moses does not record the words of the first message of salvation given by the pre-incarnate Christ other than to state that … “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them” (Gen 3:21 NIV).
Further divine revelation would manifest that the first gospel message included the necessity of that which is innocent dying on behalf of the guilty, the imputation of God’s righteousness on the basis of faith and the rejection of human effort to attain favor with God. Thus John the Baptizer identified the One who would be the substitute payment for sin… “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29 NIV)! The Apostle Paul addressed the necessity to possess God’s righteousness … “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:17 NASB).
To the churches in the Lycus Valley, Paul wrote … “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Eph 2:8-9 NIV). The same Voice that presented the first message of salvation in the Garden would proclaim from the Cross … “It is finished” (John 19:30a NIV). Mission accomplished as promised!!!