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1 Peter Chapter 1 - Christogenea on Talkshoe 03-2-2012
Each of the epistles of Peter are disputed by various critics. The first is rejected because its language is considered to be the highly polished work of an educated man. The second is oft rejected because it was disputed at an early time, it is not often quoted in early Christian writings, and its language is often quite rough. The differences are easily accounted if it is understood that 1 Peter, which is more or less a formal treatise, was probably related by Peter and penned by Silvanos, which is evident in 1 Peter 5:12 where it says “By Silvanos the faithful brother, as I reckon, I have written to you”, and 2 Peter was more of an informal letter that Peter may have written himself since no one else is mentioned. Both epistles are written to the same audience. While there are only what may or may not be allusions to 2 Peter in Clement and in Justin, the epistle is quoted by Hippolytus. It was later disputed by the Catholics (I use that word here with a capital C, in its more modern sense), such as Eusebius who called it one of the “disputed books”, along with Jude. While 2 Peter is little attested, that would not be alarming for a letter that is more-or-less an informal follow-up to the first longer and more formal treatise. I will offer more in its defense when presenting it later this month. As for 1 Peter, it is often quoted and always thought to have authentically belonged to Peter by significant early Christian writers. For instance, Irenaeus quotes 1 Peter 2:16 in Book 4, Chapter 16 of his Against Heresies, and 1 Peter 1:8 in Book 4, Chapter 9 and in Book 5, Chapter 7. Irenaeus also often calls Mark the “interpreter of Peter”, meaning that Mark wrote Peter's gospel. Likewise, Clement and Tertullian also quote from this first epistle of Peter on various occasions, as do other early Christian writers.
This epistle of Peter's was written to the uncircumcised, and not to the circumcision. If it were written to the circumcision, who for the most part were rejecting Christ and instigating the persecutions of Christians, then we would not have it preserved to us. It can be fairly inferred by the existence of these two epistles that Peter must have written other epistles which were not preserved to us for that very reason. This epistle was written to Israelites of the original dispersions which occurred at the hands of the Assyrians, and the voluntary migrations which happened even long before that, many centuries before Peter's own time. The context of the epistle shall demonstrate these assertions. This epistle was written to Christians of western Anatolia, in all the places where Paul had at first founded assemblies. Several passages show that the epistle was not written to the circumcision. Among them are 1 Peter 2:10, 2:25 and 4:3 which all prove that Peter is not writing to Judaeans, but to the dispersion of Israel from the Assyrian deportations and beforetime, because the words in Hosea could only refer to them, and could never refer to the Judaeans of the remnant 70-weeks' Kingdom.
At 1 Peter 2:9-10 the apostle makes a direct reference to Hosea, who was writing about the Assyrian deportations of the Northern Kingdom and much of Judah: “9 But you are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, so that you should proclaim the virtues for which from out of darkness you have been called into the wonder of His light, 10 who at one time were “not a people” but now are the people of Yahweh, those who “have not been shown mercy” but are now shown mercy.”
At 1 Peter 2:25 the apostle makes a reference to the writings of the prophet Ezekiel: “For you were as sheep wandering astray, but you must return now to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls!” The “lost” sheep are those of Ezekiel Chapter 34, where states among other things that “My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.” Ezekiel chapter 34 was written over a century after the Assyrian deportations of most of Israel and Judah, but before the final destruction of Jerusalem.
Lastly 1 Peter 4:3 alludes to idolatry and other behavior which describes not the 70-Week kingdom, but only the earlier dispersion of Israel, the “twelve tribes scattered abroad”, as James calls them: “For enough of the time has passed perpetuating the will of the heathens, having walked in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revelries and lawless idolatries.“ Paul, in 1 Corinthians chapter 10, speaking of “Israel according to the flesh”, said that “whatever the Nations sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God.”
Throughout 1 Peter we see a reinforcement of many things which Paul had taught. In 2 Peter we see an explicit defense of Paul. For these reasons, and because these epistles were written outside of the scope of the Book of Acts, and at a late time, a time close to Peter's death, which he anticipated at 2 Peter 1:14, I believe that these two epistles were written to the assemblies of Anatolia which Paul founded, in order to reinforce the very same things which Paul had taught, at a time after Paul's imprisonment in Rome, and possibly even after Paul had been executed by Nero.
I 1 Petros, ambassador of Yahshua Christ, to the elect sojourners of the dispersion of Pontos, Galatia, Kappadokia, Asia and Bithunia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of Father Yahweh in a sanctification of the Spirit in obedience and a sprinkling of the blood of Yahshua Christ: favor to you and peace be multiplied.
The word dispersion, the Greek word diaspora, is only used in the New Testament on two other occasions, in John speaking of the Greeks, and in James of the twelve tribes. It appears in 2 Maccabees once and in the prophets several times, always of the children of Israel. Never does this word appear in Biblical writings speaking of Judaeans, or so-called “jews”. Likewise, the word parepidemos is not a “stranger”, but a “sojourner”. It is one who leaves his land and travels in a strange country, and wherever it appears elsewhere in Greek Scriptures, it is speaking of the Adamic race on earth: Genesis 23:4, Psalm 38 (39):12, Hebrews 11:13 and 1 Peter 2:11. Peter defines “sojourner” by his use of paroikos, a synonym, rendered here as “sojourn” in 1 Peter 1:17 which I will discuss later. The two words, parepidemos and paroikos, appear together as nouns at 1 Peter 2:11. Using this language here, Peter relates the people that he is writing to those same people of the Old Testament.
Genesis 23:4, the words of Abraham: “I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”
Psalm 39:12: “Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”
1 Chronicles 29:15: “For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.”
Hebrews 11:13, from the King James: “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
The Judeo-Christians love to talk about the “foreknowledge of the Father”, which Peter invokes here, but then they refuse to admit that the foreknowledge of the Father is revealed in the prophets, in the Old Testament, as Paul says in Romans 1:1-2 that he was an apostle of the gospel of God “which He previously announced through His prophets in the sacred writings”, and that throughout those writings salvation, redemption, and eternal life are promised only to the physical, genetic, legitimate children of the twelve tribes of Israel.
To repeat verses 1 and 2: “1 Petros, ambassador of Yahshua Christ, to the elect sojourners of the dispersion of Pontos, Galatia, Kappadokia, Asia and Bithunia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of Father Yahweh in a sanctification of the Spirit in obedience and a sprinkling of the blood of Yahshua Christ: favor to you and peace be multiplied.” Here Peter connects the sacrifice of Christ directly with the Old Covenant Israelites, and tells us that the sprinkling of His blood is the blood of the New Covenant, which was promised to those very same Israelites. Exodus 24:6-8 where is is written: “6 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. 7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient. 8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.”
3 Blessed is Yahweh, even the Father of our Prince Yahshua Christ, who according to His great mercy has engendered us from above into a living hope through the resurrection of Yahshua Christ from among the dead, 4 for an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, being kept in the heavens for us 5 who are being preserved by the power of Yahweh through faith for a salvation prepared to be revealed in the last time.
The Greek word anagennao most literally means “raised up” although all lexicons define the word as “to be born again”, and they get away with that since it is very obscure outside of the New Testament. The first century BC philosopher Philodemus used it to express the act of arousal or refreshment. It may have been aroused here, revived or reinvigorated, however when I translated it in the Christogenea New Testament, I was more concerned with addressing the “born again” crowd and with being consistent with John Chapter 3, as Christ clearly used the similar phrase gennethe anothen of one being “born from above”, and also to remain consistent with the way Peter also used the word below, in 1 Peter 1:23. A better translation may be “who according to His great mercy has revived us to a living hope”, since having been alienated from Yahweh in divorce, the nation of Israel was as good as dead until their reconciliation to Yahweh in Christ.
Job 19:26-27: “26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”
Psalm 30:3-6: “3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. 4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. 5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. 6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.”
Psalm 41:9-13 “9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. 10 But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them. 11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. 12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. 13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.”
Let us repeat these verse of Peter's again, so that we can see just what he is referring to from the prophets, from 1 Peter 3-5: “3 Blessed is Yahweh, even the Father of our Prince Yahshua Christ, who according to His great mercy has engendered us from above into a living hope through the resurrection of Yahshua Christ from among the dead, 4 for an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, being kept in the heavens for us 5 who are being preserved by the power of Yahweh through faith for a salvation prepared to be revealed in the last time.”
Isaiah 49:1-7 is a Messianic prophecy: “1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; 3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God. 5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. 6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. 7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.”
Only Israel has that promise of a raising up. Note verses 5 and 6 of this passage of Isaiah where it says: “Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles [the Nations, the Genesis 10 Adamic nations], that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.”
Psalm 37:28: “For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”
All of the children of Israel are the "saints", the sanctified ones, of Yahweh. There are no exceptions. Deuteronomy 33:3: “Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.” Psalm 148:14: “He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.” The word even is added to the text in many versions. All of the children of Israel are His saints: they were all in the loins of Isaac when he was sacrificed on the altar by his father.
Isaiah 45:25 “In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.”
6 In which you must rejoice, if for a short time now it is necessary being pained by various trials, 7 in order that the test of your faith, much more valuable than gold which is destroyed even being tested by fire, would be found in praise and honor and dignity at the revelation of Yahshua Christ, 8 whom not having seen you love, in whom now not seeing but believing you rejoice with an indescribable and illustrious joy, 9 acquiring the result of your faith: preservation of your souls.
The Romish Catholics want to move this trial by fire to the afterlife, in order to control people for themselves and justify that control in this life. They have not been godly, rather for the past seven or eight centuries they have been a principle scourge of God’s people! The trials of this life are the trials of fire which we all must face being tested, and Peter talks about this again at 4:12-13, where he says “Beloved, do not be astonished by the burning among you taking place for a trial for you, as if a strange thing is happening to you, 13 but just as you partake in the sufferings of Christ you rejoice, in order that also in the revelation of His honor, exulting you would rejoice. ” Many take these words as a reference to the persecutions, but Peter and Paul understood that true Christians would always be persecuted, as did also Christ Himself.
Hebrews 11:32-40: “32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”
The entire theme of the Bible is summarized in Genesis 3:15, that there would be perpetual enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent: who collectively are Satan, the enemies of our God, until the day came when He would destroy them once and for all. The people of the Old Testament which Paul described in Hebrews were all fighting against the armies of the aliens: primarily the Kenites, Rephaim and Canaanites who were all at least in part descended from the serpent - the rebellious fallen angels - in one way or another. Here we see in Peter that the Christian trial is also resist them, and it still is to this day. It is those same people, today's jews, who were also responsible for the persecutions of Christians which brought that same trial to the recipients of Peter's epistles. They infiltrate White nations, and influence the leaders to persecute the people. They still act in those same patterns today.
Ezekiel 21:12-15: “12 Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: smite therefore upon thy thigh. 13 Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod? it shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD. 14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thine hands together, and let the sword be doubled the third time, the sword of the slain: it is the sword of the great men that are slain, which entereth into their privy chambers. 15 I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, that their heart may faint, and their ruins be multiplied: ah! it is made bright, it is wrapped up for the slaughter.”
The heroes of Paul's epistle to the Hebrews, Samson, Jephthae, and the rest, they were victorious over the enemies because the nation was generally obedient to the laws of Yahweh. The later children of Israel, Yahweh allowed His enemies to prevail over in their disobedience. We can only overcome our trials in Christ. We will never have a victory without Him. If we were not a sinful people, our enemies would never be able to do us harm.
In verse 9 Peter says to his readers: “acquiring the result of your faith: preservation of your souls.” This idea has so often been abused by universalists, that even those in Christian Identity cave in to the universalist thinking, that we as individuals must hear the gospel and believe it in order to be “saved”. Yes, the result of our faith is the preservation of our souls. But it is not necessarily the result of our individual belief which is referred to. We are not in control of the outcome of Yahweh's promises to our fathers and our race. We have no individual faith, since “the promise is to be certain to all of the offspring”, as Paul says in Romans chapter 4, describing the faith of Abraham, which was that his offspring would become many nations. The faith exists whether any particular Israelite has heard it or not. The faith is the common belief in the promises and the certainty of the prophecies concerning Christ and concerning Israel which all true Christians should share in common. That faith promises to save all of Israel. It is not an individual faith which each Israelite has on his own, it is a collective faith which every Israelite has a part in whether he or she knows it or not.
10 Concerning which preservation the prophets enquired and examined, those having prophesied concerning the favor which is for you, 11 seeking for which things or what time the Spirit of Christ in them indicated, testifying beforehand the sufferings for Christ and the honors after these things. 12 To whom it had been revealed that not for themselves, but for you they furnished these things, things which are now reported to you through those announcing the good message to you in the Holy Spirit having been sent from heaven, things which the messengers desire to peer into.
This again agrees with the words of Paul, that the prophets looked forward to the future, where he said in Hebrews 11:39-40 (quoted above) of the Old Testament saints: “39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” Of course, it nevertheless includes the Old Testament saints along with Christians, where Paul says “that they without us should not be made perfect.” There is a strong connection of the Old Covenant with the New in these passages. For the prophets did not write that the children of strangers would receive the blessings and the promises and the covenants. Rather, they wrote that the children of Israel, the seed of Abraham through Jacob, would receive all of these things, and that is exactly who the apostles delivered the Gospel to, and no one else.
13 On which account girding up the loins of your minds, being absolutely sober you must have hope upon the favor being brought to you in the revelation of Yahshua Christ, 14 as obedient children not being conformed to the former desires in your ignorance 15 but according to the Holy One who has called you, you yourselves must also be holy in all conduct, 16 since it is written that “You must be holy, because I am holy”.
Two words are translated as sober in the New Testament, and they are sophronein, which is to be of sound mind or to be temperate, discreet, to show self-control, and nepheinwhich is to drink no wine, to be sober, often used in the sense for to be dispassionate. Here it is nephein, literally to drink no wine. While many may protest this, I would not take it literally, but to mean to drink no wine excessively, to be sober-minded in all that we do. Peter uses the same word again where he states at 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”, warning us of the anti-Christ jew. Paul likewise says at 1 Thessalonians 5:8, using this same word: “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. “ We cannot be drunk or stoned and attend to building the Kingdom of God.
Where Peter mentions “obedient children not being conformed to the former desires in your ignorance”, his statement is only applicable to dispersed Israelites. Where he mentions “the Holy One who has called you” he can again only mean those Old Testament prophecies concerning Israel, such as those found in Isaiah chapters 43 and 45:
Isaiah 43:1: “But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. “
Isaiah 45:4: “4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me., you yourselves must also be holy in all conduct, 16 since it is written that 'You must be holy, because I am holy.'”
Leviticus 11:44, 19:2: “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.”
Leviticus 20:7 and 20:26: “And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.”
Peter's message is entirely exclusive to the Old Testament children of Israel!
17 And if you call upon the Father, who without respect for the stature of persons judges each according to work, you must conduct yourselves in fear for the time of your sojourn, 18 knowing that not with corruptible things – with silver or gold – have you been redeemed from out of your vain conduct handed down by your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb blameless and spotless, indeed having been foreknown before the foundation of Society, but being made manifest upon the last times on account of you, those who through Him believe in Yahweh who has raised Him from among the dead and has given honor to Him, consequently for your faith and hope to be in Yahweh.
Respect for the stature of persons has only to do with status, and nothing to do with race, since race is not even a Biblical consideration in regard to the Covenants which were only made with Israel! James chapter 2 explains “respect of persons” as respect for a person's status in judgement or in how we treat our brethren.
Where Peter says “you must conduct yourselves in fear for the time of your sojourn”, our “sojourn” is this worldly life, as we have already seen that the word was also used in that same manner in the Old Testament. This helps us to define Peter’s use of the word “sojourner” as it appears in the opening verse of this epistle.
Peter's mention of “your vain conduct handed down by your fathers” is a direct reference to the ancient Israelites who were cast off by Yahweh because of their vanity: idol-worship, worldliness, and especially fornication. In Hosea, Aven and Bethaven are frequently referred to, words which mean vanity and house of vanity. Then in Hosea 12:11 Yahweh asks: “Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.”
Again Peter portrays Christ as the sacrificial Lamb of God, as He is portrayed in John chapter 1 where twice John the Baptist exclaims: “Behold the Lamb of God!” Here Peter states: “...but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb blameless and spotless, indeed having been foreknown before the foundation of Society...” as Yahweh has foreknown all things, and as the first promise of salvation is found at Genesis 3:22, which applies to the Adamic race generally although those promises were carried down through Abraham and Jacob. Peter then says “...but being made manifest upon the last times on account of you...” where again he can only mean those children of Israel to whom these promises were made. Here we also see that Peter accounted the Christian era as “the last times”, as Paul also did, where he says in Hebrews 1:2 that God in these last days “spoke unto us by his Son”.
The children of Israel were redeemed, they were bought back from the world. Yahshua did not, as so many fools insist, buy the world. He bought back the children of Israel, who sold themselves into sin. That is the essence of redemption, and why it was necessary. The nation was divorced by Yahweh, and Yahweh promised to remarry the nation. The only way He could do that, was to come as a man and die in order to fulfill the law, as Paul explains in Romans chapter 7. According to the law, that is the only way He could have Israel back.
Isaiah 50:1 also puts these two ideas together: “Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.”
Isaiah 52:2-3: “2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. 3 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.” As Peter says, the children of Israel would be redeemed without money, but with the blood of Christ. Not the world, but only the children of Israel were purchased in redemption, which the prophecy explicitly states.
1 Corinthians 6:20: “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” If indeed we are Adamic people having the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 7:23: “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.”
Talking to dispersed Israelites, Paul said at Ephesians 1:7, referring to Christ: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace”.
Ephesians 2:13: “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” The reconciliation to God through Christ is what Paul also mentions in Ephesians 2:16 where he states: “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby”. The word “both” refers to the dispersed far-off Israelites and the remnant close-by Israelites.
Hebrews 9:12-15: “12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
Again Paul, as Peter, referred these things to “them which are called”. Repeating Isaiah 43:1: “But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.”
Yahshua's redemption of Israel is also governed by the laws of kinsman redemption, which are also found in Scripture along with examples such as that which is found in Ruth chapter 4. Here is the law as it appears in Leviticus 25:25: “If thy brother be waxen poor, and hath sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold.”
Psalm 130:8: “And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.” And Israel alone has these promises. 1 Chronicles 17:21-22: “21 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people, whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt? 22 For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou, LORD, becamest their God.” And Paul explains in Romans 8:29: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” All of these threads run together in Scripture, and stand together, so that they cannot be fully understood and appreciated in isolation.
22 Your souls having been purified in the obedience of the truth for brotherly love without hypocrisy, from of a pure heart you should love one another earnestly, 23 being engendered from above not from corruptible parentage, but from incorruptible, by the Word of Yahweh who lives and abides, 24 since “All flesh is as grass and all of its glory as a flower of grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off, 25 but that which is spoken by Yahweh abides for eternity.” Now this is that which is spoken, which is announced to you.
The children of Israel have an unconditional promise, that Yahweh will cleanse them of all of their sins. This is mentioned many times in the prophets:
Ezekiel 36:25 “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.”
Jeremiah 33:8: “And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.”
Ezekiel 37:23-24: “23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling-places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. 24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.”
Because we have this guarantee, we should all the more be willing to be obedient to our God. We certainly should not sin more. This is a Christian paradox: that we shall not be judged by the law, having mercy, yet as Christians we should strive for obedience unto God. For this reason, Paul said in Romans 3:31: “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law”, and in Romans 6:1-2: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid....” Therefore Paul also said at Galatians 5:13: “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Peter says of this same liberty, in 1 Peter 2:16: “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.”
Let us again read 1 Peter 1:23, where the apostle wrote: “being engendered from above not from corruptible parentage, but from incorruptible, by the Word of Yahweh who lives and abides”
The word which the King James version translates as seed here is spora, and not sperma. While both words are derived from the same verb, spora is associated with the act of sowing, and sperma with that which is sown. While either may be rendered seed, spora more intimately refers to origin, and sperma to issue, and therefore spora is parentage.
Paul explains that the Spirit is in our DNA, at 1 Corinthians 15:42-49 where he wrote: “42 In this way also is the restoration of the dead. It is sown in decay, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in honor. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body; if there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual. 45 And just as it is written, 'The first man Adam came into a living soul,' the last Adam into a life producing Spirit. 46 But the spiritual was not first; rather the natural, then the spiritual: 47 the first man from out of earth, of soil; the second man from out of heaven. 48 As he of soil, such as those also who are of soil; and as He in heaven, such as those also who are in heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of that of soil, we shall also bear the likeness of that of heaven. This is an allegory related to Genesis 2:7, and as Paul states here, it only applies to Adam.
Paul explains how to be engendered of incorruptible parentage by the Word of Yahweh, in Philippians 2:14-16 where he says: “14 Do all things apart from murmuring and disputing, 15 that you would be perfect and with unmixed blood, blameless children of Yahweh in the midst of a race crooked and perverted - among whom you appear as luminaries in the Society, 16 upholding the Word of Life for a boast with me in the day of Christ, that not in vain have I run nor in vain have I labored.” Paul's talk of luminaries again calls our attention to 1 Corinthians 35-42, where he also states that all flesh is not the same flesh, and that there is but one flesh of men.
Understanding that we should be born of incorruptible parentage, and that it is our DNA which produces the Spirit which Yahweh our God has blessed us with, we can only then understand John's words in his first epistle, where he states in the third chapter that “Each who has been born from of Yahweh does not create wrongdoing, because His seed abides in him, and he is not able to do wrong, because from of Yahweh he has been born.” As Paul also said at Romans 4:8: Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. If you are a pure child of Yahweh, your sins shall all be forgiven, and there are no explicitly stated exceptions in Scripture. Yet it must all be understood in context.
Once these things are understood, we see that salvation and corruption are absolutely racial. We either were born with eternal life, where we sojourn here in preparation for the Kingdom of our Father, or we do not have eternal life, and we are little but a scourge in the hand of Yahweh. Thus is true Christian Identity. Anyone who would pervert that simple understanding is a fraud.