God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, Hebrews 1:1-2
When was the Gospel first introduced to men? J. Vernon McGee explains how the gospel is present in the first four chapters of the book of Genesis. On page 99 of Genesis Chapters 1-15 McGee gives four insights into Genesis 3:21. The verse is short and simply says:
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skin, and clothed them.
We learn the following lessons from this verse, as McGee wrote:
1.Man must have adequate clothing to approach God.
2. Fig leaves are unacceptable. (They were manmade and we are unable to approach God with our own works or our filthy rags.)
3. God must provide the covering. (We are to surrender ourselves to a Holy God, admitting that we are unable to provide a covering. We are by nature sinners and must admit that.)
4. The covering is obtained only through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. (An animal had to be slain to provide physical covering for Adam and Eve. Sin had brought condemnation, death, and suffering into the world. To provide spiritual covering Christ offered up Himself to cover our sins.)
Christ – who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…Hebrews 1:3.
The good news (gospel) is that Jesus Christ has made a perfect atonement for mankind that we might be redeemed. This is taught in God’s clothing Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve had already tried to hide from God and then to clothe themselves in order to approach God. Neither of these manmade remedies were acceptable. The righteous covering that God accepts is not a work of man, but rather that which He gives us.
Romans 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven , and whose sins are covered.