1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
[BASF] CLAUSE 5: That Adam broke this law, and was adjudged unworthy of immortality, and sentenced to return to the ground from whence he was taken - a sentence which defiled and became a physical law of his being, and was transmitted to all his posterity.
My statement that "a sentence which defiled and became a physical law of his being, and was transmitted to all his posterity," is a vital truth that many have stumbled at, even those claiming the name Christadelphian. This truth is the key to the meaning of the sacrifice of Christ, and was clearly seen by those who composed me, as the foundation truth of the Christadelphian community.
There was no sin in the world or in man before Adam and Eve transgressed. But in Romans 7 Paul describes a very different condition, to which we can all agree by bitter and sorrowful experience -
"Sin that dwelleth in me" (v. 17); "( ... in my flesh) dwelleth NO good thing" (v. 18); "The law of sin which is in my members, warring against the law of my mind" (v. 23).
David said of the same universal physical condition of the condemned and defiled race:
"I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me" (Psa. 51 :5).
And Paul said in Galatians 5:17,
"The flesh lusteth against the Spirit. .. these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." Job also referred to his own condition: "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one" (Job 14:4).
Bro. John Thomas, in The Christadelphian, 1873, page 501, commented:
"His character was spotless; but as being the seed of the woman of whom no clean flesh can be born, the seed of Abraham which is not immaculate, be it virgin or Nazarite, his nature was flesh and blood which Paul styles 'sinful flesh' or flesh full of sin, a physical quality or principle which makes the flesh mortal; and called 'sin' because this property of flesh became its law, as the consequence of transgression. "
Clause 5 describes the physical or corporeal consequences of Adam's sin. His body and the bodies of all his posterity became subject to the law of sin and death. Therefore the sentence made them possessors of a nature which was subject to death and in which the sin principle reigned. Neither death or the sin principle was part of the nature. of Adam and Eve before transgression and sentence.
The word "defile" in this clause of the BASF means to destroy
the purity or cleanness of something, thus to corrupt. The defilement indicated in Clause 5 is a physical defilement, as a moral defilement is not capable of being transmitted to one's posterity. The phrase, "all his posterity" requires that the defilement transmitted to Christ was a physical condition, for he had no moral defilement.
May I introduce myself (Outlining the BASF)
2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?
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!
5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.
7 For there is hope of a tree [of righteousness], if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the spirit, and where is he?
11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
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 dark minded 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).
13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?
17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.
18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.
19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
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20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.