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The Ransom

 

How does it Work? Why was it necessary?

Page Index:

  • Jesus - son of Adam, son of God, born perfect
    • Original Sin
    • Christ's perfection
  • Adam's offspring and sin
  • A desperate situation -- How God interacted with us
  • Ransom Page Two

Jesus - son of Adam, son of God, born perfect

Let’s establish something crucial. Those that take the account about Adam and Eve to be fictional have thereby nullified the entire Bible and its usefulness to themselves

One of the PRIMARY purposes for Christ’s coming as a man, to become manifest in the flesh among us, was to provide a ransom, a counterbalance for Adam’s sin. Christ came to restore what Adam had lost. 

In the Gospel of Luke, Adam is listed as Jesus' first human ancestor. Through this and subsequent acknowledgments, Christians are shown that all of the Christian writings and teachings are based on this.

Luke 3:38, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. (ACV)

Paul tells us that Jesus became the 'last Adam.'  In other words, Christ as Adam was perfect.  Adam passed death on to us as we read here.  One reason for Jesus' coming was to be our passover Lamb, erasing our sin by his sacrifice.

1 Cor 15:45, The first man Adam was made into a living soul; the last Adam into a quickening spirit. (DRC)
Romans 5: 12 For this cause , even as by one man sin entered into the world, and by sin death; and thus death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Darby)

Romans 5:14 but death reigned from Adam until Moses (Darby)

1Corinthians 15:45-47 Thus, also, it is written—The first man, Adam, became, a living soul, the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46Howbeit, not first, is the body of the spirit, but that, of the soul,—afterwards, that of the spirit. 47The first man, is of the ground, earthy, the second man, is, of heaven: 

1 Peter 1:19 but by precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and unspotted--of Christ (ACV) 

Original Sin

The phrase 'original sin' is not found in the Bible. The concept of original sin is. It was to counteract, to cancel original sin that the ransom was provided.

1 John 3:4 equates sin with lawlessness and lawlessness is disobedience of law. In this manner, Romans 5:19 below teach that the phrase "through the disobedience of the one man" could as well have been written this way, "through the sin of the one man."  About this one man, Adam, Romans 5:19 tells us that one act of disobedience on his part, sin, yes, caused us to become sinners. In this way is the concept of original sin established. The same is brought forth in Psalms 51:5. Here we are not talking about a lose woman; rather, we are talking about God-fearing parents. This God-fearing mother, we are told, brought her offspring forth in sin and error. In what way has an infant committed sins? In no way! Thus its sinfulness originates from Adam through its parents.
1 John 3:4 Every one that practises sin practises also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. (Darby)

Romans 5:19 For, just as, through the disobedience of the one man, sinners, the many were constituted, so, also, through the obedience of the one, righteous, the many shall be constituted. (Rotherham)

Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me. (ASV)

I Corinthians 15:21 For, since indeed, through a man, came death, through a man, also cometh the raising of the dead; 22For, just as, in the Adam, all die, so, also, in the Christ, shall all be made alive. (Rotherham)
Romans 5:12 For this cause , even as by one man sin entered into the world, and by sin death; and thus death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Darby)

Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.(ASV)
The scriptures in 1 Corinthians 15:21,22 and Romans 5:12 all point to this and show that death resulted from the one act of sin and disobedience. Job equates man's sinful state with a profound uncleanness staining ourselves and our offspring – something impossible to get rid of by ourselves.

Christ's Perfection

Christ was born a perfect man, a son of God as Adam; still, he lacked being anointed the spiritual Son of God. This happened when he was baptized. His perfection was brought about; it was not a natural happenstance.  God's holy spirit that transferred the heavenly Archangel Michael's essence into a fetus in Maria's womb made this miracle happen. (See page on Christ pre-human life)
Luke 1: 35 And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (DRC)

Matthew 3:16-17 And Jesus being baptized, forthwith came out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened to him: and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him. 17And behold a voice from heaven, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (DRC)

Adam's Offspring and Sin

A scripture just quoted showed that all of Adam's offspring inherited sin from Adam. Thus we all have died and shall die due to our inherent sin. This is in accord with the first judgment of God.

Disobedience, Adam was told, would result in death.  Thus disobedience equals sin and sin thus becomes lawlessness. All sin is punishable by death. This is God's final judgment. For this reason, all that die have paid for their sin and are sinless in death.
Job 14:4, Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one. (ACV)
Ezekiel 18:4, Behold, all souls are mine, as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine. The soul that sins, it shall die. (ACV)
Rom 6:7, For he that is dead is freed from sin. (KJV)
Those that have read until here can then understand that there has to be two reasons for dying. One is the inherited sin, Adamitic sin, which is unavoidable; the other is personal sin, sin that we must accept as not due to Adam but due to our own desires. And this the Bible shows to be true.

For those that have difficulty understanding why we inherited sin from Adam, Adamitic sin may be compared to a serious inherited genetic defect that cause illness and death. In this case, it is the base reason for all disease and death.

Adam's sin and God's choices

Paul explains that God had various choices in how to deal with the problem now facing him after this rebellion. What these choices were, we may only guess.
Romans 8:20-21 For the creation was made subject to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it in hope. 21Because the creation itself will also be freed from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. (ACV)
Guessing at what one other choice could have been, let's us see that God could have killed Adam and Eve on the spot as was his right. He could then have made another pair just like them.  The fallacy of this choice probably needs not be explained, because it would just have taken God back to square one; it wouldn't solve the problem that had arisen.  The rebellious Satan and his claim putting God's integrity, the perfection of his creation, and even God's sovereignty in doubt would have remained.

Of all the choices considered, God chose to subject man to futility, sin, and death but with hope. Of the various choices God saw, this solution was the most comprehensive. The hope it offered was revealed in the very first prophecy to Adam and Eve. Here the Seed Christ was revealed before the founding of the world. (Founding of the world is defined on Trivia & Side Issues )
1 Peter 1:19-20 . . .Christ, 20 who was indeed foreknown before the foundation of the world, but was manifested in the last times because of you. (ACV)

A desperate situation -- How God interacted with us

We have to realize that there is no and will be no RANSOM for Adam. Thus his life was forfeit. The same goes for the angels that sinned.

Perhaps that helps us in seeing how desperate our situation was. Offspring issuing from Adam and Eve had been cut off by from God by Adam's rebellion. Polluted and ruined, estranged from God, God himself could not directly interact with us because of his own purity and holiness.

For any interaction to occur between God and men, we needed an intermediary, a mediator. Thus from the very beginning God interacted with us by means of angels and in particular with Christ, the archangel Michael, our prince, who was destined to come as our ransom. (If you believe Moses saw God face to face, see  Did Moses see God?)

Because of this promise, this prophecy of God in which it is impossible for God to lie, he was able to interact with us through angels and Michael as if the ransom had already happened. This is why Job so long ago believed in Christ, perhaps 1800 - 1600 (?) years before Christ came.   The time of Job's sojourn on earth is unknown, but the fact remains that he was singularly righteous on earth at that time. For that reason, it could not have been during Shem's, Abraham's, Isaac's, or Jacob's lifetimes.
Job 19:25 For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and in the last day I shall rise out of the earth. (DRC)

1:8And the Lord said to him: Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a simple and upright man, and fearing God, and avoiding evil?
Thus the Jews interacted with angels as is shown here Did Moses see God?.

Link to: Ransom Page Two

 
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