"I had known Stephens from a child, therefore I laid open his condition, and the manner of his preaching; and how he, like the rest of the priests, did apply the promises to the first birth, which must die. But I showed that the promises were to the one Seed, not to many seeds, but to the one Seed, Christ; who was one in male and female; for all were to be born again before they could enter into the kingdom of God."
When I read the above sentences this morning, a deeper clarity came to me. I was sobered, being reminded that God made no promises to us Gentiles but to Jesus and realizing His great sacrifice for all humanity. That sacrifice is usually considered his physical pain and suffering, which description does make one cringe.
"Jerusalem, your immoral actions have defiled you. Although I tried to purify you, you remained defiled. You will not be pure again until you have felt the full force of my anger." Ezekiel 24:13
But when reading the above passage, the Holy Spirit opened to me a different take. What I saw was the full force of God's anger poured out on the shoulders of Jesus. That would give reason to his cry, "My God, my God, why did you abandon me?" because God's anger encompassed all immorality. If ever you have witnessed evil or read documented cases of it throughout history, you know in yourself the weight of its darkness.
As I contemplated that, I thought God could not pour out the full force his anger on humanity. He had done that once, destroying all but eight human beings in a worldwide flood, which He promised never to do again. Jesus had to be the surrogate for man, absorbing His Father's fury, which no other human being could withstand. So the plan and promises were made before the beginning.
One of the promises to Jesus: "And it is the will of him who sent me that I should not lose any of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them all to life on the last day." John 6:39.
We owe our lives to Jesus. I know, you think, "He hasn't saved me and I'm alive." True, but contrary to evolution, which never created anything, man was made from dust and God's breath of life in him. When Adam believed Satan's voice over God's and ate from the Tree of Good and Evil, God cursed Satan: "From now on you will crawl on your belly, and you will have to eat dust as long as you live." Gen 3:14 GNB
God made Adam from dust. He was not living until God breathed life into his nostrils. Satan was living but through the curse he eats dust, which seems to me the same as eating death because dust has not the nature life. Because Adam opted for Satan's lie instead of God's truth, he opted for death.
As the saying goes, the wage of sin is death. And as the other saying goes: we have all sinned. In a way, we're crawling with Satan eating dust because we have not the legs to raise ourselves up. But here is the heel of the man raised up to bruise the head of the serpent, Jesus. He was born of a young virgin who remained virgin and the will of God. Untainted by dust, he is called the second Adam. He obeyed all His Father's commands, so remained spotless though Satan tempted him to eat dust too.
It isn't enough to say Jesus died for us. He was able to die for us because he didn't eat dust. Instead he ate the bread God gave him so he would remain spotless. When the Israelites ate manna in the desert they didn't remain spotless, as they disobeyed God's command to take only enough for one day. That is to say not a one of us can remain spotless from birth. But Jesus did remain spotless in following God's commands in order to carry out his great commission: to take the place of the sacrificial lamb used to cleanse the Israelites of their sins. When his blood was spilled God's wrath was appeased for all sinners.
We can't leave it there. Just spilling blood was not the plan because it would require repeated sacrificing every year, as no one is freed from Satan, only cleansed of their yearly sins. God's plan included resurrection of Jesus and rebirth for us, if we choose it. It isn't Adam and Eve eternal life, unless you opt for a lie. It is, we own the lie until we opt for Truth.
That's why George Fox said all were to be born again before they could enter the kingdom of God. We must be raised up through Jesus Christ, who is the only man ever to follow God's commands. His obedience to the Father crushed the head of the serpent, which means Satan is defeated.
I admire the way Geoge Fox characterizes important doctrines. In his sermon from That Thy Candles May Always Be Burning, p. 150, he writes this about evil's defeat: "No apostasy can come there into this fellowship that was before he [Satan] was that hath darkened men from life and immortality. Here is life come again."
Do you see the love of God for you now?