The Challenge of the Christian Theology and more …
/ Ewald Frank
31. The two beginnings
- Does all happen by chance?
- The time is near
- The only valid measuring rod
- The old dispute
- The testimony of historians
- History confirms it
- God’s confession
- God manifests Himself
- In heaven and on earth
- The Lord visits His prophet
- The »I am«
- Was the Son born in heaven?
- Spirit and Truth
- Very peculiar
- Respect for the Great Mystery
- Everyone defends his or her own doctrine
- The rock
- The Great Commission
- Thou shalt have no other gods …
- Believe as the Scripture says
- An unbelievable tragedy
- The end-time
- A challenge to all
- No one can bypass Jesus Christ
- New creation
- The Son and the sons and daughters of God
- The two beginnings
- The course of church history
- No man’s influence
The two beginnings are realities; one natural, one spiritual. As certain as there was a natural beginning in creation and mankind which still exists today, there was a spiritual beginning which is a reality with all who truly believe.
We do see Eve who received the seed of the enemy — the serpent, and pulled Adam into the same transgression. We also see Mary who received the divine seed and gave birth to the Redeemer, the second Adam, Who brought eternal life back for us (1 Cor. 15: 45-49). God has placed His Seed into Mary, so the Son of God appeared in the flesh to bruise the serpent’s head and to give redemption unto us. »Seed« means posterity.
Because the serpent beguiled Eve, the natural seed was left behind in Cain of whom the Bible does say, »… Cain, who was of that wicked one …« (1 Jn. 3: 12), God said to the serpent, »And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.« (Gen. 3: 15). God had to bring forth a natural seed, so the sting of death could be pulled out from this body delivered unto death. In the resurrection and transfiguration of the Son of God, the resurrection and translation of all the sons of God is guaranteed through Jesus Christ.
As the first Adam was disobedient and brought death, the second Adam through obedience brought eternal life to fallen humanity. As the following Scriptures plainly teach, »For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit« (1 Pt. 3: 18).
»And you, that were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight« (Col. 1: 21-22).
»Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins …« (Rom. 3: 25).
» For since by man came death, by man came the resurrection of the dead. … And so it is written, The first man, Adam, was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a life-giving spirit … The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven … And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.« (1 Cor. 15: 21, 45, 47 + 49).
»Therefore, as by the offence of one judgement came upon all men to condemnation, even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life . For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.« (Rom. 5: 18-19).