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Saturday, July 4 2016
Romans 5: The First Men From Earth
"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them ... And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit"
The Hebrew word pronounced in English as aw-dawm (from which "Adam" originated) means man, as a species, male and female. Notice that Eve was as much referred to as "man" (aw-dawm) as "Adam" was (see Adam and Adamah). The Creation of physical humans, and the potential salvation thereafter, is not a matter of gender - it's solely judged upon true repentance and obedience to the LORD (see The Doers Of The Law and When Did John The Baptist And The Messiah Rebuke The Apostle Paul?).
"1:26 And God said, Let us make man [i.e. aw-dawm] in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man [i.e. aw-dawm] in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:26-27 KJV)
The first aw-dawm was created from the Earth (see the Fact Finder question below to understand what "Earth" means). The second aw-dawm was created from the "Earth" of the first Adam. All aw-dawm have been, and are, sustained from the Earth (food and water) until such time that they return to the Earth from which they came - while awaiting, as we will read, their re-emergence from the Earth (see also The Biology Of The Resurrection and Life From The Dust - Past And Future).
"2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:6-7 KJV)
"1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
The LORD God, Who was born as the Messiah, is the "Earth link" between the physical life of humanity and the potential eternal life that awaits them (see Who Can Be Saved? and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
"3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." (Ephesians 3:14-19 KJV)
The Messiah prophesied how He too would be taken from the Earth to eternal life.
"12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (Matthew 12:40 KJV)
The fulfillment of the Messiah's resurrection was the means by which repentant humans can also become eternal, but was also in itself a prophecy of how humans can once again become alive from the Earth (see The Harvests Of Salvation).
"15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?]." (1 Corinthians 15:20 KJV)
The Christian life is a life of acceptance of the terms of conditions of Salvation. The Messiah died for repentant sinners (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
"5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
The LORD created all men ("aw-dawm" - male and female). The LORD further provides the means to become a child of God too ("... I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God" John 20:17 KJV).
"5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Fact Finder: What does "Earth" mean the actual language of the Holy Bible?
This Day In History, July 4
362 BC: In ancient Greece, the Thebans defeated the Spartans (Thebes and Sparta were city-states) at the Battle of Mantinea.
414: Emperor Theodosius II, at age 13, yielded power to his older sister, Aelia Pulcheria, who then reigned as regent and proclaimed herself Empress ("Augusta") of the Eastern Roman Empire (see The Politics Of Rome, A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
1064: Chinese and Arabian astronomers recorded what they called a bright new "guest star" in the constellation of Taurus. The results of that supernova ("a star that explodes and becomes extremely luminous in the process") can be seen today as the Crab Nebula.
1187: Saladin's Muslim forces defeated Church of Rome "Crusader" forces (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) at Battle of the Horns of Hattin, overlooking the Sea of Galilee near Tiberias (see The Cities Of Lake Galilee). The victory led to Saladin's capture of Jerusalem from the self-proclaimed "King of Jerusalem," Guy of Lusignan, of France.
1190: Richard I of England and Philip II of France started on the Third Crusade.
1609: French explorer Samuel de Champlain discovered (for Europeans; the native people already knew that the lake was there) what was later named Lake Champlain in New York.
1634: The city of Trois-Rivieres (meaning "Three Rivers") was founded in Quebec, Canada. It was the second permanent settlement in "New France," after Quebec City.
1653: "The Barebones Parliament" began; a hand-picked legislative group of 140 men convened by Oliver Cromwell following the Puritan victory in the English Civil War. The name was derived as a mockery of one of its members, "Praise-God" Barbon.
1865: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published. It was written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen name Lewis Carroll.
1886: The first Canadian transcontinental train arrived at Port Moody, British Columbia.
1904: Construction of the Panama Canal began.
1914: The funerals of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were conducted in Vienna, six days after their assassinations in Sarajevo. Their murders triggered the First World War (1914-1918).
1918: Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI ascended to the throne (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1918: Bolshevik rebel forces in Russia seized and murdered Tsar Nicholas II ("Tsar" is the Russian form of Caesar, as is the German Kaiser) and his family. The revolution began 70 years of communism in Russia.
1946: After nearly 4 centuries of foreign rule by one colonial nation after another, the Philippines achieved full independence from the U.S.
1947: The British Parliament introduced the "Indian Independence Bill" to divide British India into two sovereign countries - India and Pakistan.
1987: In France, Hitler-era Gestapo (in German, "Gestapo" was an abbreviation for "State Police") chief Klaus Barbie (known as the "Butcher of Lyon") was convicted of crimes against humanity and was sentenced to life imprisonment (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1995: A Canadian Navy submarine recovered the bell of the iron ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, that sank on November 10 1975 in Lake Superior with the loss of 29 men. The sinking was made famous by Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.
1998: Japan launched the Nozomi probe to Mars.