Key precept: Freedom isn’t free.
Remission and atonement allows us to re-establish a relationship with God. But what about that relationship humanity established with Satan when our ancestors sold themselves into slavery to sin? Human freedom, ownership and dominion had to be bought back, or redeemed, from the one to whom it was sold.
“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…
- And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament [testimony, tangible proof, legal evidence of commitment to accomplish something, like a last will and testament]
- that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament [death as a consequence of transgressing God’s moral and physical law], they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. ” (Heb 9:12-15)
Redemption was a common, every-day practice in ancient legal processes providing for personal freedom and recovery from hardship for all.
“Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God….And in all the land of your possession ye shall grant a redemption for the land. 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.” (Lev 25:17-25)
The history of Boaz provides an example of redemption.
“Then went Boaz up to the gate…and he said unto the kinsman, Naomi…selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech’s: and I though to advertise thee, saying, buy it…but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me…I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.” (Ru 4:1-4)
Nice guy, the kinsman, providing income to an impoverished widow. Although, to be honest, he was really more of a smart investor. Since Elimelech and his heirs were dead he wasn’t doing anyone any favors. He was simply purchasing the land for himself, and it would more than repay him through the harvests it would yield for years to come.
However! There was one hitch. In Israel, redemption served the purpose of maintaining possession by the original owner and his heirs – forever, and ever, and...
Recall that the Israelites anticipated resurrection in their own land, literally. Rising from the dead on their own farmland, surrounded by family, picking up life where it had left off. A once-universal belief in resurrection passed down through generations may underlie the religious corruption into ancestor worship.
In the case where the indebted owner died without leaving any heirs to keep the land in the family in perpetuity, it was the duty of the redeemer to become a surrogate father. He would produce an heir who would take the name of, i.e. be posthumously adopted by, the deceased in order to continue the family of the deceased original owner. Even today, societies with strong clan membership ties, such as the Batak in Indonesia, practice the levirate – widows marrying brothers or cousins of their deceased spouse.
“If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother [close relative] shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and…the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.” (Deu 25:5-6)
Redemption cost the redeemer a lot. Not only did he have to put up the money, which his poor relative would probably never repay, if he also had to give up a son to the deceased’s estate, he risked losing an heir to his own estate. Look what happened to Elimelech. He had lost two grown sons, and who knows how many young children. In ancient times, upwards of 50% of infants did not survive the first year of life, and Israel at that time was in deadly circumstances of famine and terrorist attacks which increased mortality in all ages from all causes of death. It was a dangerous time and place to raise a family.
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and…they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies…and they were greatly distressed… (Judg 2:11-14)
“Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem-judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech [name means “my God is king”] , and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah…And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died…And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them.” (Ruth 1:1-5)
Doubtless it didn’t surprise Boaz that, when his kinsman discovered he would also have to give up his first-born son, he rescinded his offer.
“Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou thy right to thyself. (Ru 4:5-6)
Yeshua also risked “marring his own inheritance”, i.e. losing his rights as the eternal sinless Word of God – when he became human. What could have gone wrong?
If Yeshua had sinned just once in his lifetime, his death would have been worthless as an atoning sacrifice – and he himself would have been lost for eternity, with no resurrection to eternal life. If no-one had believed in him or accepted salvation, his death would have accomplished nothing.
“Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel. [You can see this footprint would be as effective an identification as a fingerprint.] Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s…Moreover Ruth the Moabitess…have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off…” (Ruth 4:7-10)
Following this same law, Yeshua purchased a bride (assembly of believers) to raise up the name of the dead Adam / first human son of God by producing more sons of God to claim their inheritance – the earth.
“…the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Rev 19:7-8)
“And there came unto me one of the seven angels…and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” (Rev 21:9-11)
The currency for the purchase? His blood.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yahweh’s Consecrated Savior / Yeshua Messiah / Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love…In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in The Consecrated One/Messiah/Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in The Consecrated One / Messiah / Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:
The confirmation / testimony of the future redemption / change? The seal of the Holy Spirit.
“…in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Wherefore..making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Yahweh’s Consecrated Savior / Yeshua Messiah / Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in The Consecrated One / Messiah / Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, [there’s that footprint!] and gave him to be the head over all things to the assembly of believers / church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. (Ephesians 1:3-23)
Like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, this seal is visible evidence to everyone by the bearer’s God-fearing lifestyle. However, unlike the Good Housekeeping Seal, this results in rejection rather than shared approval by those who rightly acknowledge that they are under condemnation by the ultimate Good judge of quality.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Yhvh’s Promised Savior / Christ Jesus, who walk [have a lifestyle] not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death…For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh [physically pleasurable cravings like sex, partying and gluttony]; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit…For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God…ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father…if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:1-18)
The seal of God’s ownership guarantees protection through the years of warfare that precede the final act of redemption.
“The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. For then the king of Babylon’s army besieged Jerusalem: and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah’s house. For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it…Hanameel mine uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself…And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle’s son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver. And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances…And I charged Baruch before them, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days. For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land. Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying, Ah LORD God!…thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them: Behold the mounts, they are come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; and, behold, thou seest it. And thou hast said unto me O LORD God, Buy thee the field for money, and take witnesses; for the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans. [hear his questioning tone – this doesn’t make sense to Jeremiah.] Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it: And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and poured out drink offerings unto other gods, to provoke me to anger. For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth: for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, saith the LORD. For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my face…And now therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence; [However – Redemption!!] Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul. For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them. And fields shall be bought in this land…Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the LORD.” (Jer 32)
There are a number of other ways being “sealed” by the Messiah / Promised Redeemer are described.
- He abides, i.e. permanently resides, within us. as the Holy Ghost / Spirit of the risen Yeshua / Jesus.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me...I go to prepare a place for you…I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me…Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son…If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” (Joh 14:1-20)
“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Cor 6:18-20)
“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Yahweh’s Savior/Yeshua/Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Act 1:1-8)
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language…And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?…But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them…these are not drunken, as ye suppose…But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: (Act 2:1-18)
3. He reconnects our spirit to the Spirit of God, to overcome the natural law (immutable link of effect to cause) of physics in neurochemical drives toward self- and relationship-destructive behaviors such as personality disorders, emotional disorders, and addictions to sex, food, drugs, pornography, gambling, etc.
“I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
- For I delight in the law of God after the inward [spirit] man:
- But I see another law in my members [physical body],
- warring against the law of my mind [soul], and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin [destructive behaviors] which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?…Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua Messiah / Jesus Christ our Lord. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh…And if The Consecrated One / Messiah / Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Ro 7:10-8:6)
4. He frees us from legal bondage to powerful spirit beings like Satan and the son of perdition. Think of this like being controlled by organized crime.
“And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire.” (Gen 4:6-7)
“In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” ( II Tim 2:25-26)
“And you hath he quickened [made alive], who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience…in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath…But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us…hath quickened us together with Christ…For by grace are ye are saved through faith…not of works…For we are his workmanship, created in Yahweh’s Consecrated Savior / Messiah Yeshua / Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Eph 2:1-10)
The evidence – seal, testimony – of the Holy Spirit in a son of God is, of course, holiness in behavior and shared ideology, convictions, drives, and purpose for living.
“So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” (Romans 8:8-10)
“And hereby we do know that we know him [are one with him, identified with him], if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love [unity] of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth [is permanently, i.e. sealed] in him ought himself also so to walk [conduct himself], even as he walked.” (I John 2:3-6)
The purchased Bride of The Chosen One / Messiah / Christ participates in the process of producing sons of God. How?
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called…Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;...But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men…And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying [building, the verb form of the noun edifice] of the body of Christ..maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (Eph 4:1-16)
The way humans become sons of God is simple. Reverse the process that transformed humans out of being sons of God. Believe and act on God’s Word instead of Satan’s lie.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men…as many as received him [as God’s Promised Savior], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (Joh 1:1-13)
“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Yahweh’s Savior/Yeshua/Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Yahweh’s Savior/Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Yahewh’s Savior/Yeshua/Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man [Promised seed of the wo-man] be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (Joh 3:1-17)
Recall that Adam experienced two kinds of death: spiritual and physical. Accordingly there are actually two stages to restoration as sons of God:
- We tap into spiritual power over the destructive forces of sin in this life when we spiritually reconnect to God’s Spirit by believing his revelation and trusting his Consecrated Savior / Messiah Yeshua / Christ Jesus to save us from the destructive forces of sin.
“Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God…ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: whom God hath raised up…Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David…being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up The Chosen One / Messiah / Christ to sit on his throne; he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of The Chosen One / Messiah / Christ…This Savior / Yeshua / Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses…Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Savior / Yeshua / Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Consecrated One / Messiah / Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahweh’s Consecrated Savior / Yeshua Messiah / Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.“ (Act 2:22-38)
Just as a newborn’s circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems miraculously transform their functioning at the moment of physical birth to receive life-giving resources from the physical environment, so an individual’s spiritual system miraculously transforms its functioning at the moment of spiritual birth to receive spiritual life and access to spiritual power through connection to God’s Spirit.
“If any man be in The Appointed One / Messiah / Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Cor 5:17)
2. We gain control over the physical creation at the end of time, with the resurrection from the dead, when the enemy is destroyed and we inhabit new bodies which can function in the spiritual hyper-dimensions.
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Yahweh’s Consecrated Savior/Yeshua Messiah/Jesus Christ.” (I Cor 15:51-57)
To summarize what we’ve discovered so far. God created the universe and gave dominion to humans, one of whom promptly relinquished control to Satan by submitting to his control. God provided a way to regain control by promising that a human, the seed of the woman, would defeat sin – by resisting all temptation to sin – and death – by resurrection from the dead.
Because this Promised Deliverer, Seed of the Woman shares the DNA, i.e. is one with all humanity, his actions can thereby remit sins for all humanity and extend redemption from sin and death to all humans. Any human who believes God’s promise / word and acts accordingly is able to be restored to the likeness of God, which is holiness and righteousness – a non-negotiable condition for actually being in control.
In the next post we’ll explore what is so special about this Army of One and why it is essential that we believe on him.