Mary, mother of Jesus, will always be a pioneer in the ‘way’ of righteousness. Such was her wisdom. But we willingly dilute her wisdom by either deifying her or ignoring her altogether. Hence, even though it has been more than two thousand years since she made the life-changing decision for all of us, it is to our shame that we continue to live the ordinary and cursed existence of a people in bondage.
Adam set the course long, long ago when he began by putting the blame on Eve and lest we ignore, even on God. Gen 3:12, “The woman you put ……”.
The now innate fallen man trend continues unabated – yes, to our shame! The lost glory was something to cry about, for it had become irretrievable. But could that excuse for the oppressive patriarchal order that refuses to relent even among the redeemed of the Lord? Christian men and women, particularly women, believe it is their lot and help stir up more fire by willingly offering themselves as fuels. If this is the scenario now among the redeemed, one can imagine what it must have been like in OT times. It is not surprising then that God had to wait until Mary who finally had the wisdom to rise above it.
Why Mary? To understand better we will have to start at the very beginning: the book of Genesis, chapters 1 to 5. For telling it as it is!
THE CREATION OF MAN
In Gen 1:27, we find a summarized briefing on the creation of man in God’s own likeness – “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him: male and female He created them.” In the above one-verse creation summary we notice ‘man’, a singular term, climaxing into its plural forms – male and female. Before that, we read in Gen 1:26, “Then God said, ‘let us make man in our image, in our likeness and let them rule over….”
(This is the first verse in the Bible alluding to the Triune God in communion; hence the reference to their likeness, their image. And for those who don’t know, in this likeness is primarily the trinity features of man i.e. body, soul and spirit established, which distinguishes them from all other creatures.)
However, getting back to the topic, one can ascertain without doubt that Gen 1:26, Gen 1:27 and Gen 5:2 concur to confirm inclusiveness of male and female in the term ‘Man’ or ‘Adam’. Having made ourselves familiar with Gen 1:26, Gen 1:27, it is only right that we also read Gen 5:2, “He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, He called them “Adam” (or “Man”).” (Perhaps, it is no coincidence then that the first act of the fallen man was to give the woman a new name, Eve! Refer Gen 3:20).
Let us move on to Gen 2. We find here a detailed description of the creation of ‘man’:
A. THE CREATION OF ADAM, THE MALE
The passage in Gen 2:7-18 reveals God first created the ‘male’ of man, and it was to him that God gives the commandment. Hence, the age-old story telling by misconstruing facts right from ‘Sunday school’ should stop. Clearly, God did not right away create both male and female, put them in the garden of Eden and gave them the commandment.
The truth is God first created the male, put him in the garden of Eden and gave him the commandment. Gen 2:18 again confirms the same, which is the prelude to creation of the female.
Prior to creating the female, now known as Eve, God brings before the male all other creatures He had created – the beasts of the field, the livestock and the birds of the air (Gen 2:19-20). And the realization dawns (even as he enjoys the privilege of meeting all of them personally and naming each one of them himself) that none of them are suitable to him as a perfect companion, the perfect help-mate. What else could this imply but that none of them could match with him either in physical stature or mental attributes? Also, that none of them could beget him offspring to help pass on the legacy of God’s glory down generations!
In Gen 2:23 we find his search coming to an end. His joy is complete. For, lo! here’s the one – the female, the perfect match and what’s more, an irrevocable part of himself!
B. THE CREATION OF ADAM, THE FEMALE
Now, let’s look up Gen 2:21-22 which describes Eve’s creation. Unlike the male who was formed entirely out of dust (Gen 2:7, Gen 3:19), the female was formed out of the rib of the male (Gen 2:21-22).
The significance of all these inputs is best left to the discerning. However, two things are undeniable and hence noteworthy:
- that the union or oneness of man and woman is the God-ordained perfect union and oneness, and
- that this perfect union very symbolically rises above all other relationships (Gen 2:23-24, Matt 10:37-39 etc.)
[This is the reason, as it is written, God hates divorce (Mal 2:15-16, Mk 10:2-9). For more on its spiritual implications, please read the article titled The Good News And The Prophecy to The Church made available to you in this website.]
If doubt still persists as to whom the commandment was given, Gen 3 has much more to offer by way of evidence which brings us to the fall of man.
THE FALL OF MAN
Gen 3:1-2 – the crafty serpent takes on woman, the late entrant, almost certain that she could be caught unawares (Gen 3:1). But we find from the woman’s reply that she was already in the know of the commandment, albeit in a distorted fashion (compare Gen 3:2 with Gen 2:16-17).
*[Perhaps the man had passed it on to her as was expected of him (eg. Gen 18:19). How accurately he did it is not certain. Or perhaps it was the woman who’d failed to grasp it accurately. Again, one cannot be too sure.]
Suffice it that the serpent beguiled the woman because of her inaccuracy. And the distorted version of the commandment costs her dearly:
- In the original commandment the tree was introduced as ‘the tree of knowledge of good and evil’ (Gen 2:17) whereas in the woman’s version it is simply ‘the tree that is in the middle of the garden’ (Gen 3:3).
- In the original commandment, death was said to be inevitable if one ate of it ‘….for when you eat of it you’ll surely die.’ (Gen 2:17). Therefore the additional content in the woman’s version almost subverts it, “you must not eat…., and you must not touch it, or you will die’ (Gen 3:3).
[Deut 12:32, Rev 22:18-19, Eccl 12:11-12 etc warn us of adding to or deleting from God’s commandments! Like the noble Bereans (Acts 17:11), let us be diligent to examine the Word for accuracy and if confusions persist let us inquire of the Lord Himself – He is faithful to teach and lead us into all truth. Refer Isa 8:19-20, Jn 16:13-15 etc.]
Moving on, we see in Gen 3:6 that unlike what has been commonly preached down the ages, it was not the lure of the eye that caused Eve to yield to the serpent. God Himself attributes the two characteristics of food for us in Gen 2:9 as:
- Pleasing to the eye, and
- Good for food
However, it was the added attraction proffered – ‘for gaining wisdom’ (Gen 3:6) which caused the woman to eat of the fruit. Here, the woman’s ignorance comes to the fore for if she’d known the tree of knowledge of good and evil was forbidden she’d not have eaten of it to satiate her hunger for wisdom.
Gen 3:6 also reveals that if the desire for gaining wisdom had enticed her then there was no particular enticement for man other than the mere offering of the fruit by the woman!
WHAT IS WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING?
We ought to take a pause and understand better how in spite of her lofty desire, the woman ends up with an almighty fall.
As James 1:5 instructs, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask of God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” Also refer Prov 2:6.
We are only too familiar with the verse “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom..“ (Prov 1:7). However, it is in the book of Job that we see how and where wisdom was found. Refer Job 28:12-28. And, in Job 28:28, it says “The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” Also refer Prov 3:7, 8:13 etc.
And this is how folly of both man and woman come to light. In the garden of Eden there was the obvious proximity of God for both of them (Gen 3:8). The woman could have availed of it and asked God for wisdom of which she obviously felt a lacking. And supposing the man did feel wiser in comparison, it definitely did not help him in shunning evil which in this case was disobedience to God. Read Isa 43:27 and Hos 6:7, “Your first father sinned..“ and “Like Adam, they have broken the covenant ..” respectively.
So, let us beware! Like two sides of a coin, wisdom is both – the fear of the Lord and shunning evil.
The book of proverbs instructs to seek wisdom, at any cost (Prov 4:7)! So really, there was nothing wrong about Eve desiring wisdom. It is a fitting aspiration worthy of any child of God.
This brings us to the next stage : The Curses.
Refer Gen 3:14-19. God’s individual address to the three wrongdoers while pronouncing their curses give further evidence as to whom the commandment was given.
To the woman, it begins as: ‘To the woman He said…”, followed by the pronouncement of the curse.
But in the case of man, God begins by admonishing him, “To Adam He said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘you must not eat of it’..”, and then pronounces his curse. (Gen 3:17-19).
The reason is obvious. Adam’s was a direct disobedience to God. Thus the curse that fell on him was the lengthiest and its ill-effects extended unto everything that was given within his domain.
A. ADAM’S CURSE
- Through Adam came about the curse upon the earth (“Cursed is the ground because of you..” Gen 3:17) which in fact affects the whole creation for they will all disintegrate and pass away (Rom 8:19-22). We are all witnesses to the undeniable corrosion, this disintegration at work throughout the world.
- For himself, he was as a result pitted against a world turned hostile which would literally and symbolically bring forth thorns and thistles (Gen 3:18).
- Painful toil and hard labor, as now he has to in addition work the land and cultivate his own food (Gen 3:19a).
- Cool days (Gen 3:8) had become a thing of the past. Instead there would be sweating and toiling until his last days (Gen 3:19a).
- Finally, death of both kinds. Just as God had said (Gen 2:17) DEATH did come to them instantly as soon as they had eaten of the fruit. That is, the spiritual death. Physical death would follow due to the Adamic curse (Gen 3:19b , “…until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”). Read Rom 5:17, “For if by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man….”, and Rom 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death…”.
WHAT IS MEANT BY SPIRITUAL DEATH?
To understand better, let us look up Gen 3:7-10, which verses teach us the four distinct characteristics of spiritual death that robbed ‘Man’ of their confidence to face God:
- Feeling ashamed (Gen 2:25 reveals there was no such feeling before their fall).
- Feeling the need to cover up misdeeds, as witnessed in man’s new-found tendency to make excuses (Gen 3:12).
- Feeling the need to conceal one’s fallen self, i.e. the need not only to cover up misdeeds but also one’s fallen state (Gen 3:7). In other words, the fear of exposure.
- The general feeling of fear or being afraid. Man has since lived in fear which only continues to manifest in all manner as time progresses. And lest we misunderstand, it is not same as the ‘holy’ fear of God which is the obvious characteristic of a godly person, which prompts such a one to shun all evil. But it is that which is best explained in Jas 3:19, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.”
In short, a state of unworthiness or a state of being found unworthy for the holy fellowship of God (Gen 3:18b-10). And this is why we find Jesus telling Nicodemus in Jn 3:5-8, that one has to be first spiritually born again to be able to enter the kingdom of Heaven and enjoy eternal life.
Read 1 Cor 15:50, “…. flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” Because as 1 Cor 15:44 states it is the spiritual body that is raised, “It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”
That is right, our redemption can only begin with the reversal of ‘death’ that reigns over us. Exactly in the same order as it came. I.e., beginning with our spiritual revival and followed up by the physical which will take place at the First Resurrection, with the blessed stamp of Eternal Life.
B. EVE’S CURSE
As for Eve’s curse, it is noteworthy that all its ill-effects would be borne only by her and through her by all womenfolk to follow (Gen 3:16). The curse is four-fold:
- Painful conception.
- Painful delivery or child-birth.
- Lowly desire – her desire will be for the mortal man who will pose as her husband.
- Manly rule – she is subjected to his rule or dominance. (Gen 1:28 states God had given both of them dominion over everything, to rule and subdue. But henceforth, as a result of her curse, the woman will be ruled over by the man.)
What an almighty fall indeed it was for Eve! From lofty desire to lowly desire and from God’s supremacy to complete subjection to man who now eyed her with suspicion and blame!
Thus, the overall cursed and oppressive existence of mankind came about out of the combined folly of both man and woman. Rom 3:23 so aptly concludes, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
A PAUSE FOR RETROSPECTION
Often one is wont to wonder how God could punish ‘man’ so severely for such a small offense as disobedience!
What one fails to understand is that sin had made its irretractable entry. And ‘man’ had lost their glory – the glorious image and likeness of God. Derobed of their glory, their ‘nakedness’ or their fallen state was rendered exposed to their shame!
Consequently, they had rendered themselves unworthy of the proximity and fellowship of the Most Holy God. Their bodies became instruments of wickedness (Rom 6:13). We see how in the very next generation sin had multiplied from disobedience to waywardness, envy, anger and murder! (Gen 4:3-8).
Yes, the rot had set in. Paul has so well described the agony of living a perishing life in flesh (Rom 7:24). Under the circumstances, instead of complaining, we can only be grateful to God for cordoning off the tree of life from man’s reach (Gen 3:22, 24). Indeed, physical death had to follow its natural course!
Let us also not mislead ourselves into believing any attempt on our part would redeem us back to our glorious estate. Adam and Eve failed (Gen 3:7) and so have all great stalwarts of righteousness down the ages. Only God can provide the ‘way’ – just as He symbolically did by providing the better covering for Adam and Eve in Gen 3:21.
GOD’S PLAN UNFOLDS
Praise be to the Lord God Almighty, for His love endures forever, and His compassions, they fail not! Who has fathomed His love? Whoever can? For in the very backdrop of death and decay, He lets flow His grace for the redemption of mankind. How wonderful are His ways and how awesome the works of His hands!
The redemption plan of God unfolds first through the election of a young woman of God – Mary. Exactly as it was prophesied in Gen 3:15, which while forewarning the ‘enemy’ of his impending doom also stated, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.”
And, we find, Mary’s joy knows no bounds. And she sings, “..for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant.” (Luke 1:48).
[Yet, to our shame, we choose to remain spiritually cataracted and deny womanhood its freedom from reproach. Because, if Eve’s ignorance invited deception, then irrefutably Mary’s wisdom invited salvation for mankind.]
THE MARIAN WAY OF WISDOM
It is important that we understand Mary better. What set her apart? And why? Didn’t she belong to the cursed race of mankind whose only desire should have been for her husband and future a total submission to his dominion?
Yet, we find the angel of God addressing her thus, (Luke 1:28 kjv), “Hail thou that are highly favored. The Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women.”
Obviously she is highly favored for the Lord is with her, which means she enjoys the fellowship of God. But it is only the gradual development of events that throw light on why Mary was hailed “blessed” even while supposedly living under the curse.
Her finality and submission to her special election as she answers the angel of God in Luke 1:38 says it all, “I am the Lord’s servant,” and “May it be to me as you have said.”
Here is a woman, full of wisdom, who out of her fear of the Lord (Luke 1:50) shuns evil by opting out of the cursed path and in faith submits herself to the will of God. Having been a betrothed person at that time she should have been dominated by her curse more than ever. Her desire should have been for Joseph, and before even considering to commit herself to the ‘will of God’ she should have remembered she was subjected to his rule and sought his permission. Instead, we find her staking her all – her marriage, her good name and her future to fulfill God’s purpose in her life. This is the sign of true wisdom and true blessedness – to fear God and to shun evil.
Thus Mary’s wisdom restores her to God’s supremacy in her life. And here is at last the first or the ‘physical’ fulfillment of the prophesy concerning the woman whose enmity is with the evil one and not with God, and whose Offspring shall Himself willingly pay the price to destroy and triumph over the Enemy for the redemption of mankind.
Why first? Because it is that which makes WAY for the ultimate or the Spiritual fulfillment of the prophesy concerning the virgin woman who is called the Daughter of Zion and whose offspring are those that are likewise Spiritually born and not of the seed of the fallen man, so as to be enabled to likewise remain Spiritually victorious in order that they may also triumph over the ‘enemy’ and become co-heirs of the Kingdom of God with the Son of God. (Perhaps a little difficult to understand at first. But be assured, as you persevere in the pursuit of Truth, all things shall be made clear to you.)
MARY AND JOSEPH
Joseph, the man and late entrant in the story, was a righteous man (Matt 1:19). In wisdom, he was not found to be lagging far behind. Even though he had decided to divorce Mary secretly, he obeyed God and married her instead (Matt 1:19-25).
Like Adam and Eve of OT times, Mary and Joseph represent the first family for all believers in the NT era. Because they also represent true and exemplary christian personalities. Two godly people – righteous, full of faith and wisdom and wholly committed to the will of God. They were brought into matrimony by God’s intervention. Their family life was completely subjected to the God-head (Matt 2:13-15), Matt 2:19-21, Matt 2:22-23). Finally, together as a family they also fulfill the divine purpose of God for all christian families, by rearing godly offspring (Mal 2:15).
Only when a family is so led by the God-head can it brave the world that is becoming increasingly intolerant of it just as in the case of the first family. Otherwise it becomes one of those typical families that is buffeted by persecutions both from inside and outside.
Neither the husband nor the wife can bring either the glory. In fact no one can, but Jesus – the Son of man (‘man’ here means the female) and the Son of God.
For Jesus Christ, who was born of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, was spared the justification of His death brought upon the whole mankind through Adam’s curse.
Thus, to the absolute joy of God the Father and to the joy of all of us who call on His Holy Name, born was the Perfect Man – the Son of God, sinless, full of His glory and the holy and the perfect sacrifice, whose death would become the ‘once and for all’ sacrifice for the sins of the world.
Indeed, His death was the vicarious death. He took our sins and our curses with Him to the cross so that we may be free of them and be restored to God’s glory in Him.
MARY, THE PIONEER
Once again, as a woman, Mary’s righteousness is revealed in her faith in the prophesied Savior whom she eagerly awaited (Luke 1:30-31, Luke 1:46-47, Luke 1:48b-50, Luke 1:54-56). Therefore when she meets Elizabeth, the latter prophesies of Mary (Luke 1:45), “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”
For her faith, Mary was rewarded with the birth of the Savior – the first fruit of her own womb. How her reverence for Him found expression in song of praise after the blessed conception (Luke 1:46-47), “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…..”.
With great anticipation in her heart she followed Him devoutedly, even unto the cross, where she was left all alone to face the rejection of her Son – first by men and then even by God the Father. What a test of faith it was to her! And, once again, her faith was rewarded when out of the grave, as promised, He rose again on the third day – the first fruit of death. How she must have rejoiced and worshiped at the open grave when she beheld the resurrected Christ. Her faith had indeed become sight!
GOD-HEAD OF CHRIST
Like Mary, let us also be subjected to the God-head of Christ till we are rewarded by the sight of our faith, and we worship Him face to face. Not just in christian families, but also in the Church, which is the body of Christ, the God-head of Christ should reign supreme. Only then can families and individuals function as members of the body of Christ. There is no transition of heads in either situation. All are subjected to Christ to bring Him glory, to Whom all glory is due.
Read 1 Cor 15:24, “..He must destroy all dominion, authority and power.” And Eph 1:22-23, “And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be Head over everything for the church…”.
Therefore, neither suppress nor oppress one another. Instead, let us support and help facilitate fulfillment of God’s purpose in one- another’s life as the Spirit leads. Just like Joseph did.
Nobody, absolutely nobody, can replace Christ as Head in a chrisitian’s life. And nobody should! Or else it will be equivalent to usurping Christ’s place in that person’s life . Beware! only the devil has a history of trying to usurp God’s place.
All of us who proclaim Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior should remember we are ransomed to Him at a price, we cannot even imagine to repay! (Ps 49:7-9), Matt 16:26b). Therefore, we who are ransomed belong completely to Him. So let us live our lives worthy of His Holy Name, lest we proclaim Christ’s death and resurrection in vain.
Let us not forget His vicarious death finally brought us the justification we craved (Rom 4:25, Rom 5:16, 18). Those He justified, He will also glorify (Rom 8:28-30). And what a glory! Christ’s glory! (Rom 8:17). That is, it is neither the lost glory of Adam, nor the fading glory of Moses but the unmatched glory of Jesus Christ that we are called to partake of (Rom 8:17, 1 Cor 2:7-9).
GENDER DISPARITIES IN CHRISTIAN HOMES
All kinds of disparity, therefore, must end. A common phrase of disparity often heard in christian homes to exercise the cursed authority of man over woman which is, ‘when the head is around the tail needn’t wag‘ has absolutely no spiritual standing. If it must come down to head and tail, then Isa 9:15 has the perfect guidance to offer, “The elders and prominent men are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.” Beware! The kingdom of God has no place for tails! As for elders and prominent men, if they include women of wisdom and election or not, again is best left to the discerning.
As for women themselves, those with wisdom and election needn’t be told!
Next, in matters of inheritance: We find Job, in spite of his close to perfect righteousness, (unmatched perhaps by any other mortal man) [refer Job 1:8, Job 29 and Job 31] had to learn the hard way to treat both his sons and daughters equally in matters of inheritance (Job 42:15; compare the same with Job 1:4 – daughters dependent on their brothers). It appears to have been his only failure that needed rectifying at the end of his ordeal.
All God’s gifts have been given us without discrimination of age, gender, social standing or race. The kingdom of God is open to all; Jesus Christ died for all; Holy Spirit was poured down for all (Acts 2:16-21), all gifts of the Spirit are made available for all, etc. Therefore, it is for all to enjoy the freedom of the Spirit and oneness thereof. Together, we are called to be a holy and royal priesthood (1 Pet 2:5, 9), by our election to serve His divine purpose in our lives.
**Perhaps, owing to the prevailing circumstances of the time, we find in the letters of apostles in NT, particularly apostle Paul’s, a tendency to maintain the status quo in matters of man-woman relationship, passive role of women, slavery etc.
One always wonders if apostle Paul (or whoever it really is) had been as assertive and forthcoming in above matters as he was on circumcision and monogamy, the christian world would not be still struggling under these issues. For instance, after centuries of oppression, it actually took a long and bloody war between brethren to put an end to slavery.
[In light of Deut 23:15-16, relevance of the main content in Paul’s letter to Philemon as part of the “Scripture” is questionable, “If a slave has taken refuge with you, do not hand him over to his master. Let him live among you wherever he likes and in whatever town he chooses. Do not oppress him.”]
Instead of establishing unsound doctrines from very personal letters of men, never mind how godly, simply because somethings appeal to somebody’s assumed sense of superiority, let us heed the apostles themselves who exhort in 1 Tim 6:3, 2 Jn 9, James 3:17, 2 Pet 3:16-17 and Gal 1:8 to seek and follow the heart of God in the wisdom that comes from heaven through the teachings and instructions of Jesus Christ. Matt 22:29-30 should silence all advocates of fleshly dominance. For in the above verse, Jesus states very clearly that all elect would don the same spiritual body like that of the angels post resurrection.
Let us therefore judge for ourselves – is it right to continue in the old order of flesh after we have been renewed in the new order of the Spirit?
Jesus Christ despised lording it over attitudes and vain teachings of men. To the apostles’ praise, they do confess that not all their teachings are of divine inspiration, both directly as in 1 Cor 7:12a and indirectly by the use of the pronoun ‘I’. May the discerning understand.
In Matt 15:7-9 and Mk 7:6-9, Jesus is found to be quoting from prophet Isaiah: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain, their teaching are but rules taught by men…”. And to our shame, we still continue likewise.
CHRISTIANITY – NOT A RELIGION
Christianity is the only ‘way’ to God. We should not undermine it by adhering to it as one would to a religion.
[Religion is defined as man’s attempt to reach God to attain salvation. Christianity, therefore, can never be a religion. Because it is not the faulty man’s vain attempt BUT God’s own path, the only WAY, to restore mankind unto Himself and to grant them salvation.]
Hence it should be bereft of all religious overtones – in dressing, food habits, lifestyle, hairstyle and all such external matters. Those familiar with the gospels will know that Jesus Christ had a total disregard for such religious overtures.
After all, how does it help us if we only end up as whitewashed tombs for all our external care?
By awakening our Spiritual hunger and thirst, Jesus seeks to lead us by the Spirit in keeping with the very nature of God the Father. He seeks to set us free from all bondages of SIN, CURSES, LAW and FLESH. Because, only the Spirit of freedom can equip us for a life of true and godly responsibility as well.
Yes, He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). He is the same who thousands of years ago commanded Pharoah through His servant Moses, “Let my people go, so they can worship Me freely.” And we know the great exodus of freedom was all inclusive – young, old, master, slave, men, women, the high, the low, the infants and the elderly.
Such is the harmony that comes with God’s freedom. Because in Him all are one. As Paul so rightly says in Gal 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Amen!
IN CONCLUSION, ONE LAST WORD OF CAUTION!
After their election, ‘man’ is entrusted with God’s commandments and the Good News once again. The only difference is that this time they are given through the authority bestowed unto Jesus (Matt 28:18-19). Therefore let us not depend on our frayed merits of intelligence, strength and capabilities. Let us not forget how God’s commandment failed to transpire accurately even in ‘man’s’ glorious estate. The only way forward in obeying the Great Commission is by His Spirit. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, even unschooled men and women became instant success stories. So, whether Mary or Elizabeth, Peter or Paul, yourself or myself, remember only the Holy Spirit can bring our wisdom to fruition.
May God bless you!
*It is a testimony to the ministry entrusted to me that I have come a long way since writing down this first revelation I received from God. For example, where once I was unsure I now have been made certain that it was not Eve who distorted the commandment, as is commonly taught, but most definitely Adam who was unfaithful with it. For eg. refer Hos 6:7 and Isa 43:27.
As such, let me goad you to read the following articles, “The Good News and The Prophecy to The Church” and “The Truth about The Old & The New Covenants – the ultimate revelations” with utmost urgency, if you haven’t already.
**Likewise, it is no longer a supposition but a certainty that ‘man’ has always been unfaithful with the Word of God entrusted to him. Just like the first father ‘Adam’ was. Eg. Jer 8-9, Isa 29:13-14, Prov 1:29, Prov 5:23-24, Ezek 2:3, Zech 1:2-6a, Mal 3:7, Ps 78:57, 2 Thess 2:2b etc.
Understand that this is the Spiritual growth He desires to see in all His children – whether as His servants or as His growing child. For this is how He rewards our faithfulness to the little we receive at first. The more one is found faithful with that which is entrusted, the more one continues to be entrusted. Refer Lk 16:10.
On the other hand, to the unfaithful even the little that was entrusted will be taken away. To be faithful servants of God is to impart faithfully and verbatim the words of God, neither adding nor deleting to it, but persevering faithfully in it and safeguarding it from all corruption. “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” (Matt 25:29).