Everything revolves around the word “sin”. This dates back at the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve sinned and were driven off paradise as a punishment. Why did they sin when they were created by an “Almighty God”, who never made mistake? Weren’t they created to follow? They were even clearly given the command in Genesis 2:7 “ But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” .So, why didn’t they obey?
Human history is replete with evil people. And Genesis 6:5 highlighted the state of wantonness on earth, as in “The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.”
As to the person who sinned, everyone blamed him/her and rightly so. After all, action (mental or physical) has to be actuated by the person before anything happens; brain works through the physical body. But, the “blameless and upright Job” proved he did not sin at all, and that therefore Adam did not have to sin. Although, Job did not realize till the end that he still needed (Job 42:1-5) a “Savior” because Adam’s sin was “imputed on him”.
Even the “chosen Israel” broke the covenant made with God and was punished. Theologians look at sin as the reason why Jesus Christ had to spill his blood and die “to reconcile us to the Father”. Like Job on his own, man/anthropos-Jesus did not sin at all and died, although unlike Job, Jesus “came from above” and did not warrant imputed sin of Adam. Will there still be a need for Jesus’ death if humans did not sin?
Yet in spite of all the punishments God exacted on sinners, humanity continued to sin, why?The omnipotent God continued to show humanity, the consequences of sin. But somehow, sin continued, in spite of his admonitions and command, why? In fact, as Paul said in
Romans 5:13 that sin was already there even before the Law was given to Moses at Mt Sinai and that in Romans 5:20, the Law was given to account for and highlight more of these sins. And, by extension, the covenant that was there 430 years before cannot be annulled/set aside by the Law given to Moses at Mt Sinai.
Is God to blame for creating man’s capability to sin or is this an experience in human history to send us a clear message? Really, there are so many questions surrounding this subject of sin that we need answers.
Predicate of the Message
Yes, there is a message that revolves around the predicate of hope. On whom, for what and why?
Jeremiah 17:7 ““But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence”(NLT). And this was looking forward to the day of incarnation of the Lord Creator, our hope.
Romans 8:20 “Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope”. (NLT).
Galatians 3:13-14 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole. He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”
Yes, humanity from creation was “subjected to a curse” and this for us to look forward to the hope of the coming Savior, the man/anthropos-Christ Jesus; he is at the center of this hope. The prophesied Israel’s redemption has to come first, to open up to the Gentiles, the “blessing to Abraham” And Paul explained why it had to be this particular man in Romans 5:5-21.
And this curse/crucifixion (his death) was accounted for sins of all humanity. Because first-Adam sinned, so the second-Adam’s (Jesus’) death (penalty) was accounted for that sin, and by extension to “all mankind” as in Romans 5:12-20. as in “one man sinned that accounted for the sins of all and one man died for that sin but accounted to many sins of all humans.”
In due time, YHVH ELOHIM(Lord God) disempowered himself voluntarily and incarnated to human Jesus for him to die in the cross for the purpose of humanity’s reconciliation with the Father because of our sins. And, Jesus having been resurrected, we “will be saved through his life”. But, how so? But, first he had to be alive to receive this gift for us. And having been empowered through this Holy Spirit, then the “clay that was marred” can now be re-molded as prophesied in Jeremiah 18:4
“But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.”
Remember, that Jesus said he had to die so that the “Comforter/Advocate/Holy Spirit” will be given to him after his resurrection, then was given first to the disciples and given to others generally at Pentecost, that same year and henceforth.
Same Strategic Plan
Even if the first-Adam did not sin, the strategic plan for salvation is the same, i.e., YHVH still had to incarnate and die, resurrected, receive the Holy Spirit for us. No need for reconciliation without Adam’s sin; love is still present for planning man’s destiny before we were created. As a human, with limited life span, Jesus would still die; all humans die, even as old as Methuselah.
But, in the course of history, Adam/Eve sinned, thereupon instituted the “accounting of that sin” to the death of Jesus. This same strategic plan to change humans from mortal to immortal did not change, was planned by the Father and has to be executed by YHVH/JESUS. But, why?
Here now is the crux of this plan, an essential point that needed to be resolved. What is that?
Going back to “how man was created”. In Genesis 2:7 it says:”Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Notice that the body came from the ground and therefore earthy and temporal. Also, the whole body/matter that was created was not alive until the “breath of life” was breathed-into him through his nostrils. This was the “life-giving energy” that was “infused into that body” to be alive…”a living soul/being”.
Creation of man was perfect and even angels rejoiced. But, from the time man was created, he was still “weak” in the sense of being temporal or mortal. He was “incomplete or not created fully”. While God’s presence was in the “mobile tabernacles and 2 Temples in Jerusalem”, God will “not dwell in the temple/tanernacle made by hands” as in Acts 7:48-49
“However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says: ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be?”
Instead, the prophecy was for the Father to dwell in the mind/spirit-of-man, in due time through the “empowering Holy Spirit”; this happened first to the “first of firstfruits/man-Jesus/wave-sheaf offering, then to the disciples, and henceforth to others as well, depending on their scheduled/planned time.
Moreover, this “weakness” was emphasized 3 x by Jesus regarding his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane. It took him 3x, seeing how his disciples who were determined to be “awake was still found sleeping”, for him to follow voluntarily the “Father’s will”.
Message about Sin
While Job and Jesus on their own human power have shun evil, as humanity, in general, we are “weak” to overcome evil. But we will be empowered to have the required “fruits of the Holy Spirit”, not “fruits of the flesh” nor “fruits that come from our nature” that the Father/God could not accept as shown by YHVH Elohim. We are “incomplete and temporal”. Indeed, man needs a “Helper/Advocate/Holy Spirit”…. and that is the message about the role of sin to humanity. This is the “power” that had to be given by the Father to Jesus for him to “re-create” humanity, an “ongoing creation”. And this “power” was given only if he died and was resurrected; not before, as planned.
Our loving Father planned and YHVH ELOHIM/(Lord God)Jesus Christ was tasked to execute the strategic plan voluntarily for humans to change from mortality to immortality. This plan did not change, whether man would sin or not. God foreknew Adam would sin as the “Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” and commanded him not to. Temptation starts and we must guard against before it devolves into sin. Since Adam sinned, the process changed to accommodate that into the main goal and “imputed Adam’s sin to one man, Jesus”. While Adam was created perfect, he was “incomplete/weak vessel”, although with the ability to choose the path to righteousness, like Job. On his own, he could have done so, but that “righteousness would still be as filthy rags”. The type that the Father required has to emanate from “fruits of the Holy Spirit”. This principle of required righteousness that is “sweet savor”/ “sweet aroma”, was shown to “upright and blameless Job”, who also learned he needed a Savior because of “imputed sin”. And, also learned by the man(anthropos) Jesus who came from above but still had to have “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit” at River Jordan. God decides what offering he likes and this principle was narrated regarding Abel and Cain.
Since Adam sinned, the death/curse/crucifixion of incarnated YHVH ELOHIM into man-Jesus Christ was then “accounted” for the sin of Adam and by extension to the sins of all humanity. The strategic plan stayed the same whether Adam sinned or not. It was the “accounting that was added” in the same way that the “covenant made 430 years before the Law given to Moses” would not be annulled by that Law, even when that Law was “added to amplify the gravity of sin”. Similarly, the “unwritten covenant between YHVH ELOHIM and the Ancient of Days” will not be annulled by the Law given to Moses. Israel’s redemption came to open up to the Gentiles, the “blessing to Abraham” And Paul explained why it had to be this particular man in Romans 5:5-21.
The predicate of sin is for us to look forward to the “hope in Christ, the Redeemer/Savior”. There is a timetable for Christ to come and it came. He was the first human to receive this gift of in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit at river Jordan and from then on was empowered to overcome Satan and the first miracle of changing water to wine in the wedding in Cana. He died and was resurrected to receive the “empowering Spirit” for God to in-dwell to other humans, in the “spirit-of-man”, the only component of man not “made by hands”. This “new power” will be used for “ongoing creation” and “create a new pot”.
The message that comes forth from sin is that the “perfectly created Adam” was “incomplete/weak”, mortal and has to be changed in the future to immortality. As Paul testified in I Corinthians 15:52-53
“In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.”
Original post: March 28, 2020
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