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4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
Sin, I say, is a synonym for human nature. Hence, the flesh is invariably regarded as unclean. It is therefore written, "How can he be clean who is born of a woman" (Job 25:4)? "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one" (Job 14:4) "What is man that he should be clean? And he which is born of a woman that he should be righteous? Behold, God putteth no trust in His saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in His sight. How much more abominable and filthy is man, who drinketh iniquity like water" (Job 15:14-16)? This view of sin in the flesh is enlightening in the things concerning Jesus.
The apostle says, "God made him sin for us, who knew no sin" (2 Cor. 5:21); and this He explains in another place by saying, that "He sent down His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh (Rom. 8:3) in the offering of His body once (Heb. 10:10-12). Sin could not have been condemned in the body of Jesus, if it had not existed there. His body was as unclean as the bodies of those He died for; for He was born of a woman, and "not one" can bring a clean body out of a defiled body; for, "that," says Jesus Himself, which is born of the flesh is flesh" (John 3:6).
According to this physical law, the Seed of the woman was born into the world. The nature of Mary was as unclean as that of other women; and therefore could give birth only to "a body" like her own, though especially "prepared of God" (Heb. 10:10, 12, 14). Had Mary's nature been immaculate, as her idolatrous worshippers contend, an immaculate body would have been born of her; which, therefore, would not have answered the purpose of God, which was to condemn sin in the flesh; a thing that could not have been accomplished, if there were no sin there.
Speaking of the conception and preparation of the Seed, the prophet, as a typical person, says,
"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me" (Psa. 51:5).
This is nothing more than affirming that He was born of sinful flesh; and not of the pure and incorruptible angelic nature.
Sinful flesh being the hereditary nature of the Lord Jesus, He was a fit and proper sacrifice for sin; especially as He was Himself "innocent of the great transgression," having been obedient in all things. Appearing in the nature of the seed of Abraham (Heb. 2:16-18), He was subject to all the emotions by which we are troubled; so that He was enabled to sympathize with our infirmities (Heb. 4:15), being "made in all things like unto His brethren." But, when He was "born of the spirit" in the quickening of His mortal body by the spirit (Rom. 8:11), He became a spirit; for "that which is born of the spirit is spirit." Hence, He is "the Lord the Spirit," incorruptible flesh and bones...
...Mankind being born of the flesh, and of the will of man, are born into the world under the constitution of sin. That is, they are the natural born citizens of satan's kingdom. By their fleshly birth, they are entitled to all that sin can impart to them. What creates the distinction of bodies politic among the sons of Adam? It is constitution, or covenant.
Elpis Israel 1.4.
The germ which in after ages was fully developed into the Antichrist was the denying the Father and the Son (1 John ii. 22). This denial was in the sense of not confessing that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (2 John 7). All who held this damnable tradition (which in our time is an article of "orthodoxy" so called) forsook the fellowship of the apostles, and were thus manifested as antichrists.
"Ye have heard," says John, "that The Antichrist comes; even now are there many antichrists. They went out from us, but they were not of us." These were "false prophets," spirits, or teachers, whose doctrine was "that of the Antichrist that should come; and even now already," says John, "is in the world" (1 John iv. 3).
They confessed not, that he whom they called Jesus Christ was a man in the flesh common to all mankind, which is sarx amartias, Sin's flesh (Rom. viii. 3). They maintained that he had another kind of flesh, which was pure, holy, and immaculate. They confounded his immaculate, or spotless, character, with his maculate flesh. This was a fatal heresy; for if Jesus was not crucified in the flesh common to us all, then "sin was" not "condemned in the flesh," as all the apostles taught; and there has been as yet no sacrifice for sin, and consequently there are no means of remission of sins extant.
This immaculate nature of Jesus was the germ of the Catholic Apostasy headed up in the Antichrist, or Deity of the Earth. All who taught the dogma were the founders of a New Religion, and became its "Fathers;" and all who received their traditions became, with them, the Mystical Body of Antichrist, whose Head is the Deity of the Earth. The immaculate nature of Jesus, however, involved "the Fathers," and their "Father of the Fathers" -- pater pateron -- in the necessity of transforming the mother of Jesus into an immaculate virgin-goddess -- immaculate in her conception, and therefore not of the common flesh of Jewish nature.
The Deity of the Apostasy was bound to decree this to avoid the inconvenient questions,
"Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?" (Job xiv. 4); and, "How can he be clean that is born of woman?" (Job xxv. 4).
can do this. But this paragon of patience knew nothing of the Pope!
He undertook to accomplish Job's impossibility; for nothing is impossible with the Great Blasphemer of the Deity of the Heaven!! He decreed that the woman Mary was of clean and holy flesh; and therefore the thing born of her was "a thing" -- spotless flesh untainted of Adam's sin, though eph' ho pantes hemarton, in him all sinned, which an unsophisticated mind would suppose included all liable to death; Eli, Mary, her mother, and Jesus all died, and must necessarily have been included federally in Adam.
But these considerations are no difficulty with the Chief Sorcerer of "Christendom." His magic wand, "thus I decree," transforms all lies into divine truths, and the grossest absurdities into the sublimest and most adorable mysteries!
12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
They Shall Not Rise
But some will inquire, What about Catholics and Protestants of all "Names and Denominations" of piety in "Christendom" socalled ? To what class do these belong ? Under what times do these of our day and generation live ? These, with the followers of Mohammed
for a torment, are the all nations of modern times, upon which has been entailed " a strong delusion that they should believe the lie," invented for them by a remote ancestry that apostatized from the truth.
The Deity sent this " strong delusion " upon their unfaithful ancestors as a punishment for not receiving the truth in the love of it : and, foreseeing that their posterity would " have pleasure
in unrighteousness," He permitted the " strong delusion " to inebriate the peoples of Daniel's fourth beast dominion ; and to reign over them, until he should send Jesus Christ to dispel it with the spirit of his mouth, and the brightness, or manifestation, of his presence (2
Thess. ii. 8-12).
These nations, like all the heathen at the birth of Christ, are all under times of helpless ignorance ; being so strongly deluded that their minds are impervious to the testimony of Scripture and reason, which are the only instrumentality extant for the enlightenment
and salvation of sinners.
If one show them the truth, the Deity does not now endorse the teaching by a manifestation of power. Hence, every thing is resolved into opinion ; and as one man's opinion is said to be as good as another's, the idea of certainty is ignored.
The case of our modern world is helpless, hopeless, and incurable, by anything short of the presence of Christ. The times of this event are predetermined and revealed. Until then,
" times of ignorance " obtain, and the nations are " suffered to walk in their own ways." These denominational ways are apocalyptically labelled, "Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of HARLOTS, and ABOMINATIONS of the Earth." These are the ecclesiastical ways of
death, making, in the aggregate, " the unmeasured Court which is without the Temple, given to the Gentiles " (Rev. xi. 2).
In none of " the names " of the Gentiles is there any life, nor anything to make men accountable. Clergy and people are all unenlightened sinners, by whatever " name " they may be called. They are " condemned already " ; and however popular and honoured by the world, being without understanding of the truth, they are like the beasts which perish (Ps. xlix. 20).
But have they not got the Scriptures ; are not these sufficient to make them accountable ? It is true they have them ; and so had Ptolemy Philadelphus, king of Egypt; but they understand them no better than he.
They " err not knowing the Scriptures," as the old Sadducees did. How can they understand them, judicially blinded as they are by the " strong delusion ? " Would it be reasonable to put a book of any kind into the hand of a confirmed sot, trembling with delirium in his cups, and to expect him to read and expound it ? The Scriptures testify that all the inhabitants of the apocalyptic earth " have been made drunk with the wine of the fornication," of what the people themselves style, " the Mother of all Churches," as drunken as they (Rev. xvii. 2, 6 ; xviii. 3).
Their blind and misleading clergy are more studious of Shakespeare, and of the darkminded
poets of Greece and Rome, than of the oracles of the Deity ; so that their sayings and doings are more suggestive of the heathen sentiments of Plato and Horace, than of the prophets and apostles of the Lamb. And, if the national and dissenting clergies, who have so much time for the study of the Word, fall so miserably short of comprehending it, what can be expected of their strongly deluded followers, all of whose labour is for the bread which perisheth ?
The Bible is a sealed book to them all. Then, of what use is it in the matter of salvation ? In the hands of " faithful men able to teach others," it is primarily and principally the Father's instrumentality, whereby, in " the times of the Gentiles," He " draws " from among them as many of them as He has given to His Son for eternal life ; and secondarily, it is a moralizer of society : and so it is written, "they shall be all taught of the Deity. Every man, therefore, that hath heard and hath learned of the Father, cometh," saith Jesus, " unto me " (Jno. vi. 45 ; xvii. 2).