For each planet, a master holds the office that represents the universal Christ consciousness for that planet. Lord Maitreya holds this office for earth. He was also the master depicted (in distorted and primitive form) as the “God” in the Garden of Eden. The reality behind the myth is that Lord Maitreya was and is the overseer of the spiritual schoolroom (sometimes called a Mystery School) in which lifestreams are prepared to take embodiment on earth and deal with the initiations represented by the density of this realm.
For profound teachings from Lord Maitreya,especially concerning the fall in the Garden of Eden, see the book Master Keys to Spiritual Freedom.