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The Epistles of Paul - Romans Part 6, 05-09-2014
In Romans chapter 4 we saw the substance of the faith of Abraham as it was explained by Paul of Tarsus himself, that the gifts of the promises of God are for those nations which sprung from the seed of Abraham, from Abraham's loins, as the promises of the Old Testament which Paul cited certainly attest. Those promises are not conditional upon the keeping of the law, since they were delivered long before the giving of the law and since they were made without condition. However on the other hand, with the passing of the Levitical priesthood and the end of the rituals, Paul had also explained that those nations descended from Abraham should by nature keep the laws which Yahweh God had written upon their hearts.
The scoffers and Judaizers sought to keep Christians bound to the rituals of the law, and under their own thumbs since they pretended to be the experts in the law. The apostles, however, responded negatively to this. Peter is recorded as having said, in Acts chapter 15: “9 And distinguishing nothing between both us and them, by faith He cleanses their hearts. 10 Therefore now why tempt Yahweh to place a yoke upon the necks of the students which neither our fathers nor us have been able to bear?” Likewise James is recorded in that same place, “14 Sumeon has declared just how at the first Yahweh considered to take from among the Nations a people in His Name [which according to the prophets are all those scattered Israelites who would turn to Christ]. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree just as it is written: 16 After these things 'I shall return' and 'I shall rebuild the tent of David which has fallen and I shall rebuild its ruins and I shall set it up again, [David ruled over all twelve tribes, which split apart and followed Baal after Solomon died, and this is the tent to be rebuilt in Christ] 17 that those remaining of men [the remnant of Israel] seek Yahweh, and all the Nations whom have My Name labeled upon them [the Nations of the promise to Abraham], says Yahweh doing these things 18 known from of old [the reconciliation of Israel was known from of old because it is written in the prophets].' 19 On which account I judge not to trouble those from among the Nations who turn to Yahweh, 20 but to enjoin them to abstain from things polluted by idols and from fornication and from that which is strangled and from blood. 21 For Moses from generations of old has those who are proclaiming him in each city in the assembly halls, being read each and every Sabbath.” Of course, the summons to keep the ten commandments were already a part of the Gospel, and there are evident cultural reasons why the apostles added these few things which we see here. But we must note that Paul was in agreement with the apostles concerning the laws of Moses, and the epistles of James and Peter are also found to be in agreement.
Upon the death of a Husband, a Wife is no longer subject to the laws of the Husband. Paul explains that very thing in Romans chapter 7, because upon the death of Christ, He being Yahweh God manifest in the flesh, Israel was no longer subject to the laws of God transmitted from Moses after the agreement at Mount Sinai. This is the fulfillment of the law which paves the way for the reconciliation of Israel to Yahweh through Christ, and we shall elucidate that further when we present Romans chapter 7. However Paul's challenge was to convince Christians that although they would not be judged by the laws of Moses, as he himself explains, that they nevertheless had to uphold the moral laws of God, and while he mentioned that in Romans chapters 2 and 3, he gives a longer discourse on the subject in Romans chapter 6. Here in Romans chapter 5, however, Paul continues to elucidate other aspects of the promises of Scripture relating to salvation which indeed precede and transcend the law.
However the keeping of God's moral law was and still is a necessary prerequisite to the maintenance of an Adamic society, as well as to the health of its individuals. After explaining in Romans chapter 6 why Christians should seek righteousness even though they would not be judged by the law, Paul tells his readers “17 But feel grateful to Yahweh, that you were bondmen of guilt, but you obeyed from the heart, into which a form of instruction was transmitted.” With this he is making a reference to what he had already written to the Romans in chapter 2, where he commended them by saying “14 for when the Nations, which do not have the law, by nature practice the things of the law, these, not having law, themselves are a law; 15 who exhibit the work of the law written in their hearts...” the moral laws of God should therefore be natural to the Adamic man, so long as man seeks to do good. When men seek to do evil, and reject God, God rejects men and gives them up to be consumed by their own filth, as Paul explains in Romans chapter 1. That is why historically, sophistic philosophy and moral decadence naturally precede the downfall of societies.
The maintenance of godly Adamic Society being the ultimate purpose of God's physical creation, since Adam was indeed placed here to cultivate a garden, with the original corruption of that Society the Adamic man nevertheless received a promise of eternal life and a guarantee, in the symbol of the cherub, that the way to that eternal life would be maintained. One explanation of this guarantee is elucidated in Paul's epistles here in Romans chapter 5, where it will be made evident that the entire Adamic race, and not Israel alone, shall indeed have life in Christ. Being preserved apart from the law, the Adamic race is not saved for its own sake or by its own merit, but because Yahweh God is Sovereign and therefore all those who initially rebelled against Him shall not prevail to ruin His Divine intentions.
The children of Israel, that once-small portion of our larger White Adamic race, was chosen of God and given His law. Thereby the children of Israel were the vehicle by which Yahweh would exercise His Sovereignty, by which to display the consequences of good and evil in this current age, and by which He chose to keep the path to the tree of life, for which reason the symbol of their government and of God's mercy was the cherub, which were those sphinx-like creatures which were placed upon the ark of the covenant of God, in which were placed the tablets containing the law. The importance of the symbolism is that by keeping the law of God, one is also keeping the path to the Tree of Life!
Yahweh God is indeed Sovereign, and all those who have continued to rebel against Him since He founded the Adamic Society, and since He chose Israel, shall not prevail to ruin His Divine intentions. That is why Yahweh told the rebellious children of Israel that He would nullify their own covenant with death. From Isaiah 28:18: “your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand”. The White Adamic race has a Divine destiny mandated by their Creator, and they shall be trained into obedience for it, regardless of their own rebellious minds. That is the purpose of this life. With this, we shall proceed with Romans chapter 5:
1 Therefore, having been deemed worthy from out of faith, we have peace before Yahweh through our Prince, Yahshua Christ,
“From out of faith”: the rendering is purposely emphatic. Not only must Christians be of the faith of Abraham, but as Paul explained in Romans chapter 4, the promises are only for those who are also products of the faith of Abraham, from that which Abraham believed – which means that they themselves must be seed from Abraham's loins, or they have no part with Abraham.
2 through whom we also have access by faith to this favor in which we are established, and we boast in expectation of the honor of Yahweh.
The Codex Alexandrinus (A) has “in the faith”; the Codices Vaticanus (B), Claromontanus (D) and the 3rd century Uncial 220 known as the Wyman Fragment all want the words “by faith”; the text agrees with the Codices Sinaiticus (א), Ephraemi Syri (C) and the Majority Teat but may have been rendered “in faith”.
Where in Romans 5:2 the King James Version has rejoice, the Greek word is καυχάομαι (Strong's # 2744), and the King James Version renders it literally, as boast, in Romans 2:17 and 2:23, and to joy in Romans 5:11. It is to glory in the King James Version 1 Corinthians 1:29. The word καυχάομαι is literally “to speak loud, be loud-tongued … to boast or vaunt oneself” (Liddell & Scott). Many may see a conflict concerning boasting in Paul's thinking in some of these verses, however there is none. In Romans chapter 2 Paul said that if Abraham had a boast in works, he should still not boast before, or towards, God, where he uses the preposition πρός. Here he tells us that Christians should boast in the expectation which they have in God, which is to His honor and not for their own.
Christians have access to God through faith in Christ, because Israel is reconciled to God through Christ. Paul explains this same thing at greater length in Ephesians chapter 2: “11 On which account you must remember that at one time you, the Nations in the flesh, who are the so-called 'uncircumcised' by the so-called 'circumcised' made by hand in the flesh [when in fact Israel in dispersion and accepting of Christ were the truly circumcised, since circumcision is of the heart], 12 because you had at that time been apart from Christ, having been alienated from the civic life of Israel, and strangers of the covenants of the promise, not having hope and in the Society without Yahweh; 13 but now you among the number of Yahshua Christ, who at one time being far away, have become near by the blood of the Christ. 14 For He is our peace [as Paul says here in Romans 5:1], Who has made both one, and having broke down the middle wall of the enclosure [the enclosure symbolically seals both Yahweh and Israel apart from the world, where the middle wall kept Israel from God but is removed in Christ]: the hostility in His flesh, 15 having annulled the law of commandments in ordinances, in order that He would establish the two [both circumcised Israel and uncircumcised Israel] with Himself into one new man, making peace, 16 and again reconcile both in one body to Yahweh through the cross, having slain that hostility by it. 17 And having come He announced the good message, peace to you who were far away, and peace to those near. 18 Because of Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. ” However only Christians have access to God, since Christ Himself had said (John 14:6): “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one goes to the Father except through Me!”
3 And not only [D adds “this”], but we should also boast in afflictions, knowing that affliction results in endurance; 4 and the endurance a tried character, and the tried character an expectation;
Afflictions are a trial from God. As Peter in his first epistle mentions “the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire”. However there are various reasons for which men suffer affliction.
From Psalm 119: “71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. 72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. 73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. 74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. 75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. 76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.”
From Acts Chapter 5, the advice of Gamaliel concerning the apostles, when the Judaeans wanted to kill them: “38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. 40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. [They agreed with Gamaliel but they did not employ what he had said.] 41 And they [the apostles] departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name [for Christ].”
Therefore Christians suffer afflictions both because of their own sin, and also because they are hated by the enemies of Yahweh their God. But the building of our Christian character strengthens our expectation, or hope:
5 and the expectation does not disgrace, because the love of Yahweh has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which is given to us:
From Psalm 25: “2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. 3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.”
6 Indeed when we were feeble, Christ at the appointed time died for the impious.
Before Christ the White Adamic nations were divided and weakened as a race, and given over to idolatry they were also under all the power of the enemies of God. They should be unified in Christ, and for some time they were, however imperfectly, when in recent times and for other reasons they are again divided.
From Daniel chapter 12: “7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” In Christ the Adamic race shall ultimately be united, which is the end of the prophecy of the Revelation.
7 Though scarcely for the benefit of the upright will one die: for the benefit of the noble perhaps one then dares to die;
Paul is being rhetorical. Would you give your life freely to save a man, even to save a just or a noble man?
8 but Yahweh introduces His own love to us, because we, yet being wrongdoers, Christ had died for our benefit.
The language of this verse very subtly tells us that Yahshua is indeed Yahweh. Yahweh loves us, and as Yahshua Christ He died for the benefit of the children of Israel, even though they were neither just nor noble, but they were sinners. From 1 John chapter 4: “10 In this is love: not that we loved Yahweh but that He has loved us and has sent His Son, a propitiation for our errors.”
From John chapter 11, where the high priest of the Judaeans, an enemy of Christ, makes an unwitting prophecy concerning Christ, from the King James Version: “49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.” The children of God that were scattered abroad were the children of Israel in their dispersions, the nations which descended from Abraham's seed. From Isaiah chapter 29: “22 Therefore thus saith the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale. 23 But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel. 24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.” As Paul is about to do, this passage from Psalms also fully indicates the salvation of our entire race, where it says that even they that “erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.”
The prophecy of these things can only apply to the dispersed children of Israel, as it does in Isaiah chapter 53 where it says: “5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
9 Still more then, being deemed worthy now by His blood, will we be preserved by Him from wrath.
Just as the children of the Exodus had put the blood of the Passover lamb on their doorposts in Egypt, as a sign to ward off the angel of death, so do Christian Israelites symbolically cover themselves with the blood of the Lamb today.
From Revelation chapter 12: “10 And I heard a great voice saying: 'Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God has come, and the authority of His anointed, because the accuser of our brethren has been cast down, he accusing them before our God day and night. 11 And they prevailed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they had not loved their lives even to death.'” And this reveals a greater purpose of the Adamic man, to prevail not only over his own lusts, but also over the “accuser of our brethren”, the “great dragon” and “that serpent of old” who would persecute the woman, a reference to the children of Israel. The Adamic Man prevails in Christ alone, who represents that same Tree of Life. We shall discuss this at length as it is the subject of the latter portions of this very chapter.
10 Therefore if we being odious [or hateful] were reconciled to Yahweh through the death of His Son, still more, being reconciled will we be preserved in His life.
In Isaiah chapter 60 Yahweh said to a sinful Israel, using the land as an allegory: “15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.” Again, Yahweh speaking of Israel in Jeremiah chapter 12: “7 I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies. 8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it.” It is Israel who was odious to, or hated, by God on account of her sin, and it is therefore Israel who would need to be reconciled to God, for God to maintain His promises to the fathers. Paul himself says that where there is no law that sin is not imputed (Romans 5:13), and since only Israel ever had the law (Psalm 147:19-20), then only Israel could possibly be reconciled to Yahweh, since Yahweh only said to Israel that “You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities” (Amos 3:2). One can only be reconciled to someone whom one had already known. All of these Biblical themes are intrinsically woven, and to break the context of the Bible is an attempt to rob God Himself.
11 And not only, but also boasting in Yahweh through our Prince, Yahshua Christ, by whom we now have received that reconciliation.
The King James Version translates the verb καταλλάσσω (Strong's # 2644) as reconcile twice in verse 9, which is proper. However here in verse 11 the related noun καταλλαγή (Strong's # 2643) is atonement in the King James Version, where in the Christogenea New Testament it is properly reconciliation. In the Septuagint Greek, the verb does not appear, and the noun appears only twice, at Isaiah 9:5 and 2 Maccabees 5:20, translated respectively as restitution and reconciliation by Brenton. There is no specific word for atonement in the Septuagint Greek, however the Hebrew word was often translated into phrases describing the making or offering of a propitiation, where the verb ἐξιλάσκομαι, to make a propitiation, frequently appears.
The children of Israel are beckoned to return, to be reconciled to Yahweh in Christ. From Jeremiah chapter 30: “10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.” The context of the entire Bible, after Israel was put away by God, is the reconciliation of Israel to God. Nobody outside of the literal children of Israel can ever be forced into the picture, except that there are transcendent promises to the rest of the White Adamic race, which Paul is about to discuss.
12 For this reason, just as by one man failure of purpose entered into the Society, and by that failure of purpose death, and in that manner death has passed [literally passed through] to all men, on account that all have done wrong:
In verse 13 Paul begins a long parenthetical statement in explanation of his statement in verses 12 and 18, which does not end until the end of verse 17:
13 (for until the law fault was in the Society; but fault was not accounted, there not being law; 14 but death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not committed an error resembling the transgression of Adam, who is an image of the future [or of that which is coming].
If through one man, Adam, death passed to the entire Adamic race, then through the sacrifice of one man, Yahshua Christ, life shall be granted to the entire Adamic race. All Israel shall indeed be saved, and all of the other Adamic nations shall follow along with Israel. Israel was the cherub which maintained the way to the Tree of Life: the redemption and salvation which is in Christ. The parts of the cherub were itself symbolic of the chief tribes of Israel: the Lion, the Eagle, the Man and the Bull. Even Christ Himself explained that other Adamic nations, such as the Assyrians and the people of Sheba, would also be in the resurrection, fulfilling the promise of Genesis 3:22.
15 But should not, as was the transgression, in that manner also be the favor?
There are only a few other translations which read the first clause of verse 15 as a rhetorical question. Neither the King James Version nor the NA27 editors read it as a question. The King James Version reads “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift.” That is acceptable, so long as one interprets it according to Paul, that the gift of Christ is much greater than the transgression of Adam in the manner in which he explains in the sentences which follow. However it is just as well interpreted a rhetorical question, if one understands that the gift in Christ is granted as a benefit in the same manner as that which the transgression of Adam resulted in a curse: in the sense that they both came through one man unto all men (all Adamic men).
Indeed if in the transgression of one many die, much greater is the favor of Yahweh, and the gift in favor, which is of the one man Yahshua Christ, in which many have great advantage.
The many are defined by Paul as all Adamic men, in verses 12 and 14 of this chapter. Paul explains this same thing elsewhere, in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 where he says “21 Indeed since death is through a man, restoration of the dead is also through a man. 22 Just as in Adam all die, then in that manner in Christ all shall be produced alive.” However in both of these places Paul of Tarsus equates the word man with the word Adam. Therefore the definition of man in the mind of Paul being equated to Adam-kind, cannot be taken outside of the bounds of the White Adamic race, as it is also commonly used in the Old Testament to refer only to the White Adamic race.
16 And not then by one having committed error is the gift?
Again we see a sentence which may be read as either an indicative statement or as a rhetorical question. The John Nelson Darby and George Ricker Berry translations agree with the text of the Christogenea New Testament where they also read these two clauses in Romans 5:15 and 16 as rhetorical questions. Again, the NA27 editors and the King James Version read this clause as a statement. The Codex Claromontanus (D) wants the words “having committed”, having a noun for error (or sin) instead of a verb. Finishing verse 16:
Indeed the fact is that judgment of a single one is for condemnation, but the favor is from many transgressions into a judgment of acquittal.
The Codex Claromontanus (D) adds the words “for life” to the end of the passage, where the word δικαίωμα (Strong's # 1345), acquittal, would instead be rendered as decision, since another word for judgment is also present. A δικαίωμα is a setting right and therefore can refer to a judgment of either acquittal or condemnation. Of course the context here is one of acquittal.
Paul tells us pointedly that all Adamic men are acquitted. In the end, none of the children of Adam are going to be condemned. Rather, in Yahweh's love for His creation, He had Himself condemned in their place in order to fulfill His law. Paul explains this in one way in 2 Corinthians chapter 5: “17 Therefore if one is among the number of Christ a new creation, the old things pass away. 'Behold! New things have come!' 18 But all things from Yahweh, who has reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and is giving the service of reconciliation to us. [That service is the transmission of the Gospel to Israel.] 19 How that Yahweh was within Christ reconciling the Society to Himself, not accounting their offenses to them, and placing in us the word of that reconciliation. 20 Therefore on behalf of Christ we serve as ambassadors, as Yahweh is exhorting through us. We ask on behalf of Christ: you be reconciled to Yahweh. [Here is the part most pertinent to our discussion here:] 21 For He who knew not error, on our behalf had caused error, in order that we would come into the righteousness of Yahweh with Him.” Then Paul explains this in another way in Galatians Chapter 3: “13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, becoming a curse on our behalf, (for it is written, "Accursed is everyone who hangs upon a timber,") 14 in order that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Nations at the hand of Christ Yahshua, that we should receive the promise of the Spirit through the faith.” Here Paul explains that the entire Adamic race has the gift of life in Christ.
17 For if in the transgression of one [B has only “For if in a transgression”], death has taken reign through that one [meaning Adam], much more is the advantage of the favor, and the gift of justice they are receiving, in life they will reign through the one, Yahshua Christ.)
Verse 17 completes the parenthetical statement begun in verse 13. Paul's long explanation of salvation for the entire Adamic race should be quite clear, even if all of the details are not included. It is the reader's responsibility to accept that Paul's assertion is true, and to examine the rest of Scripture in order to find the whys and the hows. In truth, the racial message of salvation was later obscured by universalists, and by a Roman Catholic church which adopted Pharisaism over Christianity.
We shall repeat verse 12 and skip over the long parenthetical statement, continuing with verse 18: “12 For this reason, just as by one man failure of purpose entered into the Society, and by that failure of purpose death, and in that manner death has passed to all men, on account that all have done wrong:”
18 So then, as that one transgression [א adds “of man”] is for all men for a sentence of condemnation, in this manner then through one decision of judgment for all men is for a judgment of life.
Anyone who reads this and disputes that the entire Adamic race is saved, must deny the words of Paul of Tarsus both here and in 1 Corinthians 15:22 where he says that “Just as in Adam all die, then in that manner in Christ all shall be produced alive.” There is no preference here for lesser sinners over greater sinners: for all men have sinned. Therefore salvation is indeed a racial phenomenon, and Yahweh God is its Author, since eternal life for Adam was first promised by Him in Genesis 3:22. The Creator of our entire race is the Author of salvation for that entire race. In the subsequent verses, Paul once again clarifies this by repeating it in a slightly different manner:
19 Therefore even as through the disobedience of one man the many [which Paul's explanations reveal are all Adamic men] were set down as wrongdoers, in this manner then through the obedience of One [D has “One Man”] the many will be established as righteous.
That the gospel of Christ has an application for the entire Adamic race is apparent from the words of Peter, in 1 Peter Chapter 3: “18 Because Christ also suffered once for all errors, the just on behalf of the unjust, in order that He may lead you to Yahweh, indeed dying in the flesh but being made to live by the Spirit. 19 At which also going He proclaimed to those spirits in prison, 20 who at one time had been disobedient – when the forbearance of Yahweh awaited in the days of Noah’s preparing the vessel in which a few, that is eight souls, had been preserved through the water. ” If those who sinned in the days of Noah could hear the Gospel and be freed from the prison in which they were contained, which must be considered an allegorical prison of course, then what Adamic spirit will not be preserved? That is why the gates of hell shall not prevail against the true assembly of Yahweh.
From Isaiah chapter 25: “8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.”
Likewise, from Hosea chapter 13: “14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.”
In 1 John Chapter 2 the apostle states that “1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous”. Then in 1 John Chapter 3 the same apostle states that “8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” and he also states “9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” The devil is equated to “that old serpent”, the rebellious fallen angels of Revelation chapter 12. Therefore upon Eve's being tempted, Adam's having sinned, and their fall from the grace of God, Yahweh already had foreknowledge of all of this, and a plan for Adam's salvation: Christ was ordained from the foundation of the world, as the apostle Peter tells us (1 Peter 1:20). Every Adamic spirit being preserved, the deception of the lie, “ye shalt not surely die” is reversed and the works of the devil are destroyed.
However if all men sin, John cannot really be saying that men born of God do not sin. Rather, this is rectified only in the understanding which Paul presents in Romans Chapter 4 where he quotes the 32nd Psalm and he states “7 Blessed are they who are released from lawlessness, and whose errors are covered: 8 Blessed is the man to whom Yahweh will not account guilt.” So Paul says here that through one decision of judgment all men are acquitted (verses 16 and 19). From the Wisdom of Solomon, Chapter 15: “1 But thou, O God, art gracious and true, longsuffering, and in mercy ordering all things, 2 For if we sin, we are thine, knowing thy power: but we will not sin, knowing that we are counted thine. 3 For to know thee is perfect righteousness: yea, to know thy power is the root of immortality.”
The confusion which clouds this clear Scriptural teaching is this: that there are indeed two types of salvation, or preservation. Paul tells us here that every Adamic spirit has eternal life. That is true. For that reason, discussing the fornicator of 1 Corinthians chapter 5, Paul says “5 deliver such a wretch to the Adversary, for destruction of the flesh, in order that the Spirit may be preserved in the day of the Prince.” Likewise, in chapter 3 of that same epistle Paul said that “12 Now if anyone builds upon that foundation gold, silver, precious stones, timber, fodder, straw, 13 the work of each will become evident; indeed the day will disclose it, because in fire it is revealed; and of what quality the work of each is, the fire will scrutinize. 14 If the work of anyone who has built remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If the work of anyone burns completely, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be preserved, although consequently through fire.” Both passages reflect the eternal state of the Adamic spirit. However the second passage reflects the expected reward Christians have for good works, and that is a separate matter entirely.
Salvation, or preservation in this life is also a separate matter entirely. Salvation is a matter of preservation in this fleshly life. There are countless examples of this in the Scripture. David wrote in the 85th Psalm “7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation. 8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.” This mercy which is requested here is a supplication, that sins not be punished. Not suffering the result of one's sins is a promise of repentance, that one may be preserved in this life. This is evident throughout Scripture on levels both national and personal. Luke 13:1-5 is another example: “Luke 13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” It is not that their spirits would perish for not repenting, but that their flesh would be destroyed. We are all here to learn the consequences of sin.
20 Moreover, law entered in addition, that the transgression would increase; but where guilt increased, favor exceeded beyond measure, 21 that just as guilt reigned in death, so then favor shall reign through justice for life eternal, through Yahshua Christ our Prince.
Without the law, men would not know sin, which is the subject of Paul's discourse in Romans chapter 7 where he says “8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.” Therefore, as Paul told the Galatians (3:24), “24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”
Paul informs us in Romans chapter 8: “1 Now then, there is no condemnation to those among the number of Christ Yahshua. 2 Indeed the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Yahshua has liberated you from the law of guilt and death. 3 The law is powerless, in that it has been weak over the flesh, Yahweh sending His own Son in the likeness of errant flesh, and amidst guilt, condemned guilt in the flesh, 4 that the judgment of the law should be fulfilled among us, who walk not in accordance with the flesh, but in accordance with the Spirit.”
Adamic man was created by Yahweh God to be immortal. That is why after the fall from the grace of God the promise of Genesis 3:22 is of eternal life, if indeed Adamic man should grasp onto the Tree of Life, the tree which he forsook in his sin.
With this, we shall read from the Septuagint, from the Wisdom of Solomon, chapter 2: “[The attitude of the ungodly:] 1 For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright, Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave. 2 For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been: for the breath in our nostrils is as smoke, and a little spark in the moving of our heart: 3 Which being extinguished, our body shall be turned into ashes, and our spirit shall vanish as the soft air, 4 And our name shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance, and our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, that is driven away with the beams of the sun, and overcome with the heat thereof. 5 For our time is a very shadow that passeth away; and after our end there is no returning: for it is fast sealed, so that no man cometh again. 6 Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present: and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth. 7 Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments: and let no flower of the spring pass by us: 8 Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds, before they be withered: 9 Let none of us go without his part of our voluptuousness: let us leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place: for this is our portion, and our lot is this. [The result of their attitude:] 10 Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let us not spare the widow, nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged. 11 Let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth. 12 Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous; because he is not for our turn, and he is clean contrary to our doings: he upbraideth us with our offending the law, and objecteth to our infamy the transgressings of our education. 13 He professeth to have the knowledge of God: and he calleth himself the child of the Lord. 14 He was made to reprove our thoughts. 15 He is grievous unto us even to behold: for his life is not like other men's, his ways are of another fashion. 16 We are esteemed of him as counterfeits: he abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness: he pronounceth the end of the just to be blessed, and maketh his boast that God is his father. 17 Let us see if his words be true: and let us prove what shall happen in the end of him. 18 For if the just man be the son of God, he will help him, and deliver him from the hand of his enemies. 19 Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience. 20 Let us condemn him with a shameful death: for by his own saying he shall be respected. [The folly of their ways:] 21 Such things they did imagine, and were deceived: for their own wickedness hath blinded them. 22 As for the mysteries of God, they knew them not: neither hoped they for the wages of righteousness, nor discerned a reward for blameless souls. 23 For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. 24 Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it.”
According to 1 John Chapter 3 it is “... the devil [who] sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil”, and all those born of God do not commit sin, ostensibly because all of the Adamic race is made alive through Christ and sin will not be imputed to them, provided their “seed remaineth in” them, as the apostle explains in that same chapter. Here in 1 John chapter 3 we see corroboration for the statement that “through envy of the devil came death into the world”. That envy of the devil is the story of Genesis chapter 3, and the attempted corruption of the Adamic race in fornication. However at the end of that chapter Adam is assured that he shall live: “22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
Therefore, from the Septuagint, from the Wisdom of Solomon, chapter 3: “[The reward of the righteous:] 1 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them. 2 In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure is taken for misery, 3 And their going from us to be utter destruction: but they are in peace. 4 For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. 5 And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded: for God proved them, and found them worthy for himself. 6 As gold in the furnace hath he tried them, and received them as a burnt offering. 7 And in the time of their visitation they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble. 8 They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. 9 They that put their trust in him shall understand the truth: and such as be faithful in love shall abide with him: for grace and mercy is to his saints, and he hath care for his elect.” The nations and the people which the righteous shall judge must be the rest of the Adamic race.
With all of this in mind, since Christ is the Tree of Life, we shall commence to read from the words of Christ concerning that Tree, from John chapter 15, continuing to offer some other correlating scriptures as a commentary: “1 I am the True Vine and My Father is the Planter. [Christ is the author of His Own race, being the planter of the Wheat as He explains in Matthew chapter 13, and “firstborn among many brethren” as Paul later tells us.] 2 Each branch in Me not bearing fruit He takes it, and each bearing fruit He cleanses it, in order that it would bear more fruit. [But a good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit, which are the words of Christ in Matthew chapter 7. These ideas shall converge in the Wisdom of Solomon, in chapter 4, which we shall discuss shortly.] 3 You are already clean through the word which I have spoken to you. 4 You abide in Me, and I in you. Just as the branch is not able to bear fruit by itself unless it should abide on the vine, thusly neither do you unless you would abide in Me. [If we do not stand in God's law, we shall come to nought.] 5 I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who is abiding in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you are not able to do anything. [We must keep His law if we are going to flourish.] 6 If one should not abide in Me, he shall be cast outside like a branch that has withered and they gather and they cast them into the fire and it burns. [When we break his law, if we do not abide in Him, He casts us out and we are destroyed. Paul says of the fornicator in 1 Corinthians 5:5 'To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.' Paul said of two others who betrayed him that he delivered them to Satan, that they learn not to blaspheme (1 Timothy 1:20).] 7 If you abide in Me and My words should abide in you, whatever you should desire you may ask and it shall come to you. 8 In this My Father is honored: that you would bear much fruit, and you would be My students. 9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you. You abide in My love. 10 If you will keep My commandments you shall abide in My love, just as I have kept the commandments of My Father and I abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you in order that My joy would be in you and your joy would be fulfilled. 12 This is My commandment: that you love one another just as I have loved you. 13 A greater love than this no one has: that one would lay down his life on behalf of his friends. 14 You are My friends if you would do the things which I command you. 15 No longer do I call you a servant, because a servant does not know what his master does. [In the Old Testament Yahweh often called Israel His servant, and this relationship must be what Christ refers to here.] But you I have proclaimed friends because all things which I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have ordained you in order that you should go and bear fruit and your fruit would abide, that whatever you may ask the Father in My Name He would give to you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.”
When we keep the laws of God, we have a promise that we bear fruit. From Psalm 103: “17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.” Therefore flourishing on the Vine is a result of obedience to God. This idea is repeated in Psalm 128: “1 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. 5 The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.”
From the Wisdom of Solomon, Chapters 3 and 4, we shall have help by which to establish that the branches which are broken off from the vine are the unlawful children of fornication, which are bastards: “16 As for the children of adulterers [who are the “brood of the ungodly” and the “bastard slips” mentioned in the subsequent verses], they shall not come to their perfection, and the seed of an unrighteous bed shall be rooted out [children of fornication, having the same fate as the allegorical children of Jezebel in the Revelation]. 17 For though they live long, yet shall they be nothing regarded: and their last age shall be without honour. 18 Or, if they die quickly, they have no hope, neither comfort in the day of trial. 19 For horrible is the end of the unrighteous generation [γενεά, race]. 1 Better it is to have no children, and to have virtue: for the memorial thereof is immortal: because it is known with God, and with men. 2 When it is present, men take example at it; and when it is gone, they desire it: it weareth a crown, and triumpheth for ever, having gotten the victory, striving for undefiled rewards. 3 But the multiplying brood of the ungodly shall not thrive, nor take deep rooting from bastard slips [the children of adulterers], nor lay any fast foundation. 4 For though they flourish in branches for a time; yet standing not last, they shall be shaken with the wind, and through the force of winds they shall be rooted out. 5 The imperfect branches shall be broken off, their fruit unprofitable, not ripe to eat, yea, meet for nothing. 6 For children begotten of unlawful beds are witnesses of wickedness against their parents in their trial.” [That does not mean that the bastards are accepted, for we have already seen that they are broken off from the vine, being the “brood of the ungodly”.]
The first sin of Adam and Eve was fornication, represented by the eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Therefore Adam would have life because Yahweh assured the path to the Tree of Life through those who maintained His laws and who did not race-mix. As Christ Himself said, “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up” (Matthew 15;13). In the end all of the “bastard slips” shall be removed from the Vine, which is the Adamic Race with Christ at its Head. This is the Day of Vengeance, and the Vengeance of Yahweh is not against His Creation, but against the corruption of His Creation. In the end, all of His Creation shall be restored. Of men, that includes only the White Adamic race, that race which the Bible traces down into historical times as having descended from Adam through Noah, which is the reason why such genealogies are supplied.