Posts by Joe David Wilson

Hell Part 5

The coldest words ever spoken by our Lord were those He spake concerning Judas Iscariot, the traitor. It has often come to my mind why so many think Judas is alone in this unenviable role!! What did Judas do that many are not doing, now?? Judas traded his good fellowship with Jesus Christ for $30.00. Not a good trade you say—some trade Jesus Christ and His fellowship for a bottle of whiskey that only cost $4.95. Some will; “that is cost of only ONE bottle.” To that I answer: “It only takes ONE!!” Some trade Christ for a love affair, for a plot of ground, a job, their wife’s good graces, to satisfy their mother, and others for treasonous reasons too many to mention!! Some set home while the church is worshipping the Lord, feeling no remorse, some out of outright defiance, some ignorance and have the audacity to complain about Judas! They rationalize; “I am sick” never thinking they may be making the Lord SICK at heart because of their traitorous rejection of His Kingdom.
Christ was eating the Passover the night before He was sacrificed, there seemed to be no apprehension of trouble coming, everything seemed to be in order EXCEPT one of His disciples was missing, he had left the holy day a little early. The disciples seemed to be pleasing themselves with the company of their master when Christ cast a doubt and an air of coldness overwhelmed the room. He had announced that one of them were to betray Him. “And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto Him, ‘Is it I’? And He answered and said unto them, “It is one of the twelve, that dips with Me in the dish. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of Him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! Good were it for that man had he never been born.” Mark 14:16-21
One would think Judas would have been extremely nervous when the Master said, “he that dips his finger in the bowl will betray Me”. It didn’t seem to bother him! So sure and depraved with his own wishes, he never felt remorse until he knew for sure they were going to kill the Lord. It is very probable that Judas encouraged himself in his selfish thoughts. After all, Judas had often of late heard the Master tell how He must be betrayed, surely God would not find fault with him that does the deed! Christ told him that this will be no shelter or excuse to him; “the Son of man indeed goes, as it is written of Him”, but “woe to that man by whom He is betrayed.” It was true that Christ was to be “delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God”; but, notwithstanding that, it is “with wicked hands that He is crucified and slain.” Acts 2:23 Judas was bold in his pursuits of denying the only friend that ever loved him and never stopped to see the end of his works. So is the demeanor of the saint who despises the Lord who loved them!! They fly into a rage when anybody tries to call them to repentance. How much does God despise the individual of whom He makes the assertion “it would have been better for them had they never been born”?? What awaits they who the Lord sees in this light?? It was better for them to have never known the way of righteousness, the fire-escape from Hell, the road that leads to eternal life than to have known it and turned from it, to have put their hands to the plow and looked back, to have become a Christian and then mock God before His face by rebelling against His commandments and ordinances, to have refused the life-jacket thrown to the man while drowning!! It would have been better for that man to have never been. It would have been better to have never been born. “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” 2 Peter 2:9

Hell Part 4

Only God could make Hell. Nothing or no one could imagine agony beyond comprehension, loneliness without remedy, desperation inconceivable, or life without God He is all that we have ever known!! The galling existence without a body, that of the alien sinner, will not compare with the intensity inherently designed in the spiritual body of the saint. Typical of God, to one a blessing, to the other a curse.
I have been with burn victims and witnessed the writhing anguish, the contortions that cannot be read in their faces, and have seen their inability to gain that one moment of sweet, peaceable sleep so needed to heal. I have seen pictured something far worse from the Vietnam War when the Communist skinned alive a black officer and hung on a tree. The writhing cries of anguish accompanied with the incessant begging from this soldier to “take him out of his misery” caused the blood to boil in all who had to hear these plaintiff cries for mercy. Fortunately for this soldier, a bullet could end his misery on this side of life, but what of the uncalculated misery on the other side?? I can tell you the relief of all those who witnessed this tragic, inhumane spectacle but none thought of this as the precursor to something far worse!! I am not trying to be melodramatic, I am trying to get you to face what is coming for the disobedient and at the same time shock you into reality about that which will be far, far worse—the estate of the disobedient child!! “It would have been (far) better not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it and turned from the holy commandment delivered unto them”. 2 Peter 2:21 If “eye has not seen and ear has not heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has in store for they who love Him” 1 Corinthians 2:9, what will be the final estate of the unredeemed?? By unredeemed I mean those who cannot, ever, be redeemed, for they have “trampled under foot the Son of God, and have counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith they were sanctified, an unholy thing, and done despite to the law of grace”? Hebrews 10:29 I hate to tell you what the beginning of this verse says!! “Of how much sorer punishment suppose ye, shall they be thought worthy”! The worst thing I know can happen from studying God’s word is for one who has become a child of God to turn back to that from which they had come!! “Vengeance belongs unto Me, I will recompense, says the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!! Hebrews 10:31 “God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh (lives only to GAIN comfort and satisfy his physical life, here) shall of the flesh reap corruption (the payment for living for this world, it is empty, useless in the LONG PART OF LIFE); BUT he that sows to the Spirit (lives to GAIN life with God) shall of the Spirit (the payment rendered living for God) reap life everlasting” Galatians 6:7-8 Imagine a God so-o possessed with love being as capable of being possessed with vengeance!! God will not be mocked (made light of, made fun of, become the blunt end of OUR joke). Child of God, this is talking about YOU, you are already blood-bought, you will not make light of the price God paid to save your soul, and there is one thing about being a child of God—you cannot EVER become un-born!!!
We are “in the army of God”, there is no a-w-o-l (away without leave (permission), we cannot cry “foul” (that is, someone took advantage of us), we have committed to a Being that has gone so far over-board to make it better for us, He will go just that far to requite us for mocking His “gift”. “Make your calling and election SURE”!!

Hell Part 3

There are those who mock and make light of the place called Hell. They have made so little of its significance they have coined phrases that show their contempt for its existence like “go to Hell”. This brings for them a feeling of control that is not theirs for no one but God could sentence anyone to Hell!! I do not know how Hell can be both a lake of fire and yet a place of darkness. The closest I have come to realizing this could be true came from learning there can be a fire so hot and intense in heat that it will actually burn and not give off light. This type fire “burns from the inside-out” it burns so intensely and there is no cooling breeze. There are coal pits which burn 24 hours a day. Even though you know they are there, all you see in the dark are the fires from those pits. IF this exist should, here, should we not heed the warning, not to go to this place. But, if this were not enough, Hell is a place of remembrance.
Some think this means only that miserable wretches who, like the Pharisees whom Jesus called “offspring of vipers,” will writhe slowly like serpents cast into a bonfire. But, WE are the ones who have far more to remember! Indeed, they will so die, but WE will live to whip our torsos from side to side in anguish and un-relieved, insane, anguishable, punishment. One would think the bodies given when we obeyed the gospel would in some sense relieve this pain, but it seems only to “hold in the wordless pain” you continue to feel in greater and greater degrees. We are indeed as but miserable worms in God’s sight. There is more to this figure of speech than that. Picture a diamond-back rattler with fangs dripping poison, rearing back its head and driving its fangs again and again into your tortured flesh, and with each strike injecting into your veins some strange poisonous substance that keeps you for ever in the state of dying. Or picture some blind senseless maggot-like creature of monstrous proportions burrowing into your flesh and gnawing forever upon our body. As they enter, the sting of death is again and again realized with ever increasing magnitude until the pain is so unbearable we would (if you could) bang our heads again and again against the fiery rocks ablaze with the incendiary-like flames coming from their midst. Oh! If only there was some way to relieve this pain!! As time cannot pass, for time is non-existent, as sensation cannot acclimate, this unbearable experience brings constantly to mind the remedy God had set so you would not have to “come to this place”. We will remember the blood of God’s only Son that washed away our sins, the times when meeting around the Table of the Lord you delighted to ignore the emblems and the precious Lord they represented, and the galling burden of unbelievable coldness falling heavier and heavier on your poor naked body (for this fire emits no heat) that now mocks you because you did not “remain faithful unto death”. Crying aloud or silently whimpering in dreaded disgust for your own stupidity, will not alleviate or relax the endless punishment you would have NEVER experienced, for you were at one time apart of the REDEEMED. It truly would “have been better never to have known the way of righteousness than to have known it and turned from It”.
Then there is the anguish of indescribable remorse you have dashing through your lifeless body every time you hear the cry of your child, your mate, your father or mother, your sister or brother to whom you never taught the gospel of Christ being too busy and caught up with the things you were SURE were more important!! In the blackness so deep it can be felt, you try to move in the direction of the cry, calling out the names of those who baptized you into Christ, begging for intercession, and they cannot be found.

Hell Part 2

The resurrection of the wicked saints will be for the purpose of uniting their tortured souls, now knowledgeable of their horrible, irrevocable fate, with immortalized bodies that they may be doubly punished for their sins.
According to the Scriptures they shall be cast body and soul into the fiery pits of Hell. Have you ever considered what awaits sinners in that horrid abyss? Deep down in the depths thereof is a lake of fire with lavic brimstone dashing its seething searing billows against the precipitous shores. Into that caldron of everlasting fire the writhing, screaming victims of their own selfishness are cast headlong while demons mock, yet curse their own agonizing eternity of unalleviated woe.
In Hell, the lust of the flesh will rage through the body, yet find no gratification. Never!! No, that lust will burn the more tantalizingly and there will be no means of gratification. Drunkards whose burning whiskey appetite drove them to pour ever increasing quantities of fiery dregs down their throats will find their craving for strong drink increased ten thousand fold. But not one benumbing, inebriating drop will be theirs to drink. Fornicators and adulterers with soul and body aflame with fleshly lusts driving them like madmen will find no requite for their vile passions though they burn millions of years. The grape juice and unleavened bread partaken in disrespect will gnarl the appetite of remembrance to greater and greater dominions of passion. The songs sung with light heartedness will ever ring out in their minds with hatred for themselves because they missed the opportunity afforded them. The prayers, Oh! the prayers– un-prayed and prayed will ring out in their ears of remembrance bursting in gnawing discomfort because no one with a loving arm of kindness will reach out for them in tender compassion.
Moan on, lost soul. Scream, lost hellion. Let fiery spray dash into your tortured face forever!! Where shall you turn to escape even for one moment the raging fury of the lake of fire? What if you are so fortunate as to climb the precipitous shores of the lake? Will you find surcease in dashing along a maddened pace over a smoking, smoldering, blistering crust of burning rock which lacerate and sear your unshod feet? As you rush on and on and on for ever and ever on your starless, hopeless, trackless way; you will hear a cry in the distant waves of anguish yet to be endured, crying “Lost, lost, LOST.” That cry will be but the echo of your own voice, swelled by the dirge of millions of others who also had the opportunity and privilege you have turned down! Breathing fire, bathed in fire, with mighty sulfuric and caustic fumes into an already burning, searing, choking atmosphere, you will pray for death but your god, who only you can entertain in prayer, will be at your side in the same anguish! But you can never die, nor know any relief of one fleeting moment of unconsciousness. Rather, your burning conscience shall add its tortures to the fires of this eternal hell the likes of which could never have been told in words!!
My wayward brother, you may mock and ridicule this truth by claiming a lake of fire and a place of darkness cannot exist in any reality; many try to explain away what they do not want to understand; but God’s hand is not shortened—for we have seen only the beauty of His handiwork while here on this beautiful planet. God can so order His creation or so warp your senses that you can at once see the lurid flames of the lake of fire, and yet be caught up in the sensation of being cast out into a void of blackness so deep and impenetrable that you will be as one all alone!!

 

Hell

This study will evoke many questions that are potentially inflammatory. The destination of the wicked and those who mean well is often described in the Scriptures as a fiery state or place, the issues which relate to their fate and final state constitute a burning subject. Frankly, the view presented is to some, controversial, but as always, we will hue to the line of authority that we have always followed and let the “scriptures speak for themselves”. End time topics and inquiries into the state of the dead, both of the redeemed and the damned evoke extensive dispute for those who have not studied for themselves and follow what someone else has taught, a nightmare or dream, or what they have conjured in their minds and have not analyzed.
Many of the atheist, agnostics, and liberals resist this discussion because they do not want to hurt someone’s feelings, be considered “judgmental”, or be probing into something where there is no clear understanding presented, anywhere. This will not be a “trial balloon”; I have often spoken on the subject, but have been asked to commit to writing what my years of study and searching have taught me. I think myself fortunate to be able to discuss this with students, not mere casual readers of the Word of God who are known to be conversant and concerned as to all questions and conclusions which circulate among some of our brethren about what represents to us the “other side” of life to which we all must travel.
The fate and final state of the unredeemed is not a moot subject in the Scriptures. Jesus saw fit to speak of it on more than one occasion. His words are incisive and authoritarian. By all means, they should provide the basis of any studied pronouncements upon the subject.
In the Sermon on the Mount, the most embracive of His discourses, Jesus compared the fate of the wicked to the state of the refuse cast into Gehenna (Valley of Hinnom). Matthew 5:22, 29, 30 He repeats and somewhat extends the analogy in another side-discourse reported in Matthew 18:8, 9 and Mark 9:42. A corpse or carcass or load of soggy garbage might not fall amid sufficient combustibles to be consumed by the incessant flames. But the maggots took over where the fire left off. Such was the fate and state of the refuse cast into “the gehenna of fire”.
When Christ discussed His sheep-goat parable of the judgment, Jesus said: “Then shall he (the King) say unto them on His left hand (the goats). Depart from Me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41 The “eternal fire” spoken of here is the same as “the gehenna of fire” spoken of in the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 18:8,9, Jesus used the terms interchangeably: “If thy hand or thy foot causeth thee to stumble, cut it off and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life maimed or halt, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into ‘the eternal fire’. And if thine eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out and cast it from thee: for it is good for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather having two eyes to be cast into the hell (gehenna) of fire.”
In Revelation 20:9-10 most think a vivid description is given of the “end” of Satan and his host: “They went up over the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where also the beast and the false prophet, and they shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever (age upon age)”, but this has to do with the reign of Christ!

Genesis Part 6

The situation of the Garden was extremely sweet. It was in Eden, which signifies delight and pleasure. The place is marked and bounded so all could find it who so desired. Let it be our care to make sure of OUR place in the Heavenly Paradise, and then the earthly Paradise will have lost significance!
The trees with which this Garden was planted were all the best and choicest of the Creator. God, consulted only Adam’s benefit, not his pleasure ; for there is a pleasure consistent with innocence , nay, there is a true and transcendent pleasure in innocence once passed never experienced again. BUT, the Garden had two extra-ordinary trees peculiar only to itself; on earth there were none like them!! There was the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree of life was intended a sign and seal to Adam, assuring him of the continuance of life and happiness, even to immortality and everlasting bliss, through the grace and favor of his Maker, upon condition of his perseverance in this state of innocence and obedience. Of this tree man might eat and live. Christ and His Church is now to us the tree of life, Rev. 2:7, 22:2 Then, there was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, so called, not because it had any virtue in it to beget or increase useful knowledge, but, because there was an express positive revelation of the will of God concerning this tree, so that by it man might know moral good and evil. What is good? Whatever good was it was good not to eat of the fruit of that tree!
What is evil? It was evil to eat of the fruit of that tree. The distinction between all other moral good and evil was written in the heart of man by nature; but this, which resulted from a positive law, was written upon this tree.
In the event the tree of knowledge of good and evil proved to give Adam an experimental knowledge of good, the loss of it would declare evil never to be!! As the covenant of God has in it, not only believe and be baptized and you will be saved; it also has in it believe not and you will be damned. God confirmed by the very existence of the tree of life, “Eat this and die”. God set before man good and evil, blessing and cursing. Deut. 30:19
The rivers with which this Garden was watered, vs. 10-14, were one river branched into four streams. In the Heavenly Paradise, the Church of Christ, there is a river infinitely surpassing these. It is a river of the water of life, not coming out of Eden, as this, but proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb!! Rev. 22:1 A river that makes glad the city of our God!! Ps. 41:4 Havilah had gold and spices with precious stones but Eden had that which was infinitely better, the tree of life, and communion with God!!! We may say to the world, you have the gold but we have the gospel!! The gold of the world is good, but the riches of the Church of Christ is good and very good!!
When God formed man, He put him in this paradise of delight from which and by which man was formed, common clay, not Paradise dust. It seems only fitting that the new body of the redeemed would be out of material from Paradise. Adam could not even claim citizenship in Eden for he was not born there!! The same God who was the author of Adam’s being also authored Adam’s happiness. TRUTH THAT IS THE SAME, EVEN NOW!!

Genesis Part 5

When Adam sinned mankind was not altered anymore than when Eve was “in the transgression”. If there was a difference please explain! How could the sin of either parent affect the preceding or succeeding children? The make-up of each child born to both parents was already set in order. God had made pro-creation a law. Law cannot be changed unless there is sin. Sin has to be committed. If a child born to either Adam or Eve had not committed a violation of proscribed law, they could not have sinned. 1 John 3:4, 5:17 Is there any evidence anywhere that anything physically was effected by the sin of either parent? If Adam or Eve had stolen a Pepsi at the local 7-11 would their children have inherited the results of that sin? Evidence shows that sin does affect the physical man but the physical man does not and cannot sin UNLESS the spiritual man directs him or her to so act!! My hand never is responsible if it steals a piece of bread, the physical man did not initiate, prompt, or direct the hand to steal. The spiritual part of man, the soul and spirit, is the only part of man that is given a choice; the physical part of man (unless caused to do something that God has not directed) is like the animals around us, it always obeys God’s commands!! What has the body ever done that is against the will of the Almighty? The tree of knowledge of good and evil did not affect the physical man, dieing was initiated at man’s creation. Why would there have been a tree of Life if there was no death? Was the tree of Life not already in the Garden before the sin?
Since that part of man, called the physical, has never sinned (unless made to so sin by the spiritual part of man) when Christ would come His purpose would be to save the spiritual. When man sinned the Creator met with the agents of sin in what I like to call an event Eternal (because of it’s consequences) to announce what HE HAD DECIDED TO DO ABOUT SIN.
Imagine the august scene. Christ walking the Garden in the cool of the day. As His usual custom was, He came to converse with His highest creation, mankind. Nothing Adam and Eve had ever done could prepare them for this Eternal event. Having made themselves a covering of leaves amongst the trees of the Garden, they hid themselves from the voice of God. He cried out to them; “ Where art thou?” Does it seem to you that God has been asking this question ever since? Why would man leave such a Paradise, where all is prepared, where no work is required, and where he is complete control of his domain and follow Satan? Yet, the scriptures say; “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 Adam and the rest of mankind are not alike!! Adam HEARD God’s voice!! and respected It. Genesis 3:10
Does it ever strike you as strange that God seemed insulted, angered when man hid from His presence? Does it strike you as strange for the same thing to be true, today? “Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? Adam began what is the universal path of ignoring responsibility: “the woman whom Thou gavest me (it is all your fault, God!) she gave me of the tree (and I was powerless and unable to stop her) and I did eat.” “What is this that thou hast done?” Genesis 3:10-13 Notice who answered, was it the one who had sinned??!!

 

Genesis Part 4

Now that we are convinced that sin in the Garden of Eden, the shores of Elysia, was not a surprise to God, we can continue looking at the first chapters of Genesis to see what else is taught us in pattern, type, or prophecy that we may have before overlooked.
Adam and Eve were at home in Garden, or were they? If at home, they were comfortable beyond realization. If not at home, they would always be looking for something to change and not know what that change could be. It is not conjecture that we look at their stay in Eden and know they were familiar with the idea of dieing. The response of Satan to Eve indicates this sufficiently; “Dieing, you are dieing already”. (literal Hebrew) Genesis 3:4 From the moment of miraculous creation, asah, of Adam and Eve, the part of man which was flesh began to die and so it is today. In nature we are shown this picture. The worm which is later the beautiful butterfly is a prime example. The worm is the first house, the cocoon, the second house, and finally the last house is that glorious house with all its beauty and majesty, the butterfly. As the Creator, God has shown His pattern is followed throughout nature, and now we can see it in man. This is a process called transmutation.
The present house in which we reside covers our soul/spirit from Christ. The physical body is of the earth, earthy, it is called the first Adam. 1 Corinthians 15:47 The soul (which is eternal) is the spiritual house given from Heaven (Christ). The spirit would never be uncovered for it is life, both soul and spirit are eternal. [The soul and spirit of man is much like the nerve and its covering. The nerve itself cannot be uncovered and become exposed, pinched, or killed the pain would be unbearable or not felt as though it is dead] Isn’t it interesting the soul, spirit, and body did not evolve!! Nerve endings did not begin to be some one billion years after man climbed out of the slimy ooze, and no other being has ever evolved beyond what Adam and Eve were in full possession of? Finally, at the Second Coming of our Lord, those of us who have obeyed His word and received the Holy Spirit of promise as the down-payment on our bodies (which holds the body claimed by Christ because the Spirit dwelt in it), we will receive our eternal bodies which are permanent shelters in which our soul and spirit will reside. 2 Corinthians 5:1-4, Ephesians 1:14, Romans 8:11 The rest of mankind will be raised without a body to be naked for all eternity!!
In their condition of dieing, God had fellowship with them for in them no sin was existent. Adam and Eve were innocent as children before accountability. Led by instinct and living by instinct, not thought or desire, man was as true to God’s intent as could be EXCEPT man was not complete; as with animals instinct allows no choice, man had been given that ability! Many have deeply longed for the days of innocence to return when we were happy and carefree, with a child like mind and cares, with parents who lovingly cared for our every want, and with brothers and sisters we loved so well. Could this be a taste of Heaven before we go back home? Could this be that insatiable desire that beckons on? I don’t know, but the weakness Satan found in Adam and Eve, this appeal to our vanity and pride claims all of us, AND WE DIE (SIN).

 

Genesis Part 3

The “seed of the woman” was not the first prophecy of the Scriptures. Man had sinned but before the “fall” God had pictured the coming of the Church of Christ in the wedding ceremony of Adam and Eve. “God so loved the Church that He gave Himself for Her and whosoever obeys Him shall not perish as long as man continues faithful in her ranks and that for eternity”. John 3:16 is shown in Genesis 2:21-24.
Often I am asked if the sin of Adam and Eve was a surprise to our Lord. I am reminded of this statement of prophecy and to answer positively, NO!! How could God have predicted the coming of the Church of Christ in the marriage ceremony of Adam to Eve IF the sin was to be a surprise? How could the Church be made up of the redeemed and one not think God had established this premise “from the foundations of the World”? “And the Lord added to the Church those that were being saved” tells the answer. Acts 2:47 The marriage of Adam to Eve was a copy of a marriage as yet unannounced.. Christ had already married the Church and their wedding was the pattern Adam and Eve’s union. Christ and His bride, the Church of Christ, WERE THE FIRST!! When Paul wrote by inspiration of the Spirit the book of Ephesians explaining this part of the mystery of God. He wrote: “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church”. Ephesians 5:32 Of what mystery (the unrevealed strategy of God to save those who would obey, John 3:16) was Paul speaking? “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” Vs 31 This is the exact quotation of Genesis 2:23-24 As Adam was sent to name all the animals of the field, his real mission was to find a mate suitable for himself. THIS HE DID NOT AND COULD NOT DO for no animal was suitable for Adam as a mate. God cause a “deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and God took one of Adam’s ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her to the man.” Christ “came unto His own and His own received Him not”, John 1:12, when He found none like unto Himself, God sacrificed Himself to enter the realm of sleep (death.) “One of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water”, John 19:35. This ‘blood and water’ was the purchase price for His bride, the Church of Christ!! Acts 20:28 He entered the realm of death (sleep) so She could be brought into existence. No one was like the Lord, SINLESS, SO NO ONE WAS COMPATIBLE FOR HIM AS HIS BRIDE. He therefore, made one compatible to Himself by “cleansing her with the washing of water (baptism) She, being instructed to do so by the (His) word(Mark 16:16), that He might PRESENT her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:26-27 No one who can read would then think sin was a surprise, for CHRIST had already been apart of TWO covenants that had been enacted, the marriage of Christ to His Church and the covenant of Christ and God the Father, to enact this mystery!! “Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began. But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for obedience of faith.” Romans 16:25-26 Marriage is commanded of man to HONOR CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH!! To live as man and wife outside the estate of marriage is to mock Christ!!

 

Genesis Part 2

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden is a story replete with warnings of obedience and disobedience. It reveals sin and its source telling just how and what the ramifications were and are. Hence, the serpent, is labeled as the first cause of degenerate mankind as God is shown to be the first cause in creation of all things. Denial of the Word of God, “Hath God said” shows the process by which “sin lieth at the door”. The process of thinking that led to the first sin was the process that led to the second. They could be labeled “steps in the fall of man”. When man takes it on himself or any other man to listen to man’s “reasoning” instead of the Word of God, man has taken the wrong direction. Knowing the fall of man from the beginning, at the beginning God opened revelation to allow us the picture of redemption.
The “seed of the woman” in Genesis 3:15 is the first prophecy of inspiration. In this prophecy, God showed how He would redeem man who had just fallen from His fellowship. Interestingly, the only man who fell was the man who sinned, not the man who never sinned. It is assumed by just about all that because Adam and Eve sinned all who were alive with them must have also fallen or there were no others alive at this time. IF there were no others alive at this time and sufficient time had passed from the first commandment to multiply and replenish the Earth, Genesis 1:28, be obeyed, man had already sinned and eating of the forbidden fruit was in fact NOT the first sin!! If “multiply and replenish the Earth” was not disobeyed (and it surely was not) then there were others alive with Adam and Eve when the commandment about the forbidden fruit was given.
It has always interested me how anyone could think Adam’s curse for sinning would be any worse than the curse I have brought on myself by sinning. It is also interesting to note IF Adam’s sin affected ALL mankind what will we do with those children who were never born, born dead, born and lived for only a short time, or born and died before accountability. IF man is unaccountable for what he is doing that is wrong, how could God punish him for that wrong? Also, if Adam’s sin affected all mankind, how did it affect those who were already born to Adam and Eve? When Adam and Eve sinned God had a meeting with them, where is the meeting with all the others? Somebody had to have had children for Cain to take one as a wife, someone had to build the cities Cain was run out of, and somebody to believe that God could have the power to take vengeance on them IF they slew Cain! It looks as if Augustine’s theory of inherited sin, propagated by Calvin and his hordes fails the trial of scrutiny!!
Did nakedness occur because of sin or did sin expose to Adam and Eve their nakedness? Was nakedness their sin or were they naked and not guilty of sin? Genesis 3:10 Did the Law of Moses cause sin or did the Law of Moses define sin? “Nay, I had not known sin, but by the Law; for I had not known lust, except the Law had said, “Thou shalt not covet.” Romans 7:7 Are these not parallel arguments? Why nakedness? Why did Adam and Eve have problems all of a sudden with nakedness? Children have no such problems, why Adam and Eve? Does sin open our eyes to commands of God, define them and allow us to know what they are? Does God all the time tell us WHY we are commanded to do certain things? When Jesus first commanded baptism for salvation did He tell WHY baptism would save? Was it not later when the apostles preached that we understood baptism saves because it is in baptism we contact the blood of Christ? Did Adam first pro-create (multiply) as did the other innocents? Genesis 1:22