The Bible teaches us in Genesis 1:26-28 that God made man in His image and after His likeness and gave Man, (Adam) Dominion over all that God had created on the earth. It is clear that it was God’s intent that Adam exercise that Dominion in concert with God and for God’s ultimate glory. In point of fact any theologians argue that Adam was in fact an extension of God designed to inhabit the physical realm and to re-create on earth what God established in heaven and in that regard Adam served as God’s representative or ambassador on earth. This point some would argue is strengthened by God’s instructions to Moses regarding the construction of the tabernacle in Exodus 25:8-9 where the Lord commanded Moses “ And let them make me sanctuary that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof”, as well as Jesus statement in the Lord’s prayer Thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. However, whether or not you believe as some do that Adam was intended to be an extension of God, it is clear that God intended to have a special relationship with man which placed man in a unique position on the earth.
The Bible also teach us that Satan by means of the serpent entered into the garden and deceived Eve and through Eve caused Adam to sin against God. The Bible also teaches us that upon Adam’s commission of sin Adam became disconnected and disassociated with God. The bible in telling the story of Adam explains in Gen 3: 7 that after Adam ate the fruit “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons”. Prior to Adam’s violation of God’s command not to eat the fruit Adam was not self aware and made no distinction between Himself and Eve and more importantly between Himself and God, some have even argued that Adam did not see Himself because Adam saw with the eyes of God. However, that changed when Adam sinned.
In the wake of Adam’s sin and separation God, in Gen 3: 9 the Lord called to Adam “where art thou” or in today’s terms where are you. As I contemplated this question I realized that some 2008 years after the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ God is still asking man of us the same question, WHERE ARE YOU. All of know that God is possesses all knowledge so when God asked Adam, (and by extension us) Where are you God was not inquire about Adam’s physical location, but about Adam’s position, about his commitment to the purposes of God, about his connection. So Where are you? God is not asking you where you are physically, but are you with Him and more importantly are you in Him? Is you life an extension of Him, and expression of His will or are you living based on your desires? Do you share God’s heart or is your heart filled with self, pride, ambition, lust, greed and materialism? Are you committed to bringing God’s creations into subjection to God’s plan or do you desire to be Lord over all within your reach? Do you possess the mind of Christ or do you live by the wisdom of this world? Do you live to bring God glory or do you seek to be glorified?
Or as God put it Where are you?