Of Grace

The redemption of fallen man was an act purely of grace: and if redemption was of grace: it was not of justice. In sending his son, then, to be man’s redeemer, God to a step beyond anything that justice could require. Herein was manifested the love of God. The compassion of God abounding over what was his duty. No duty-claim could be pressed by man: for he had forfeited all his rights: and became a convict before God’s righteous law. But God’s great mercy in providing a deliverance for this convict race illustrated his glorious and beneficent character. In this was manifested the love of God for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us: and this was Jehovah’s own plan. So love can go beyond justice and even beyond the measure of love demanded of the perfect character.

For the wages of sin is death.

For as in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22 [For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.]

In this one scripture we have the cause and beginning of all the woes that have afflicted the human race for the past 6,000 years. It was not a gross and terrible crime that brought the penalty which involved us all, but a simple act of disobedience on the part of our first parents against the righteous and rightful authority of an all-wise and loving creator, the penalty of that disobedience was death.

This is a clear declaration of the creator that only a perfectly clean creation shall be accounted worthy to abide forever. God’s work must be perfect, and nothing short of perfection can find favor in his eyes. Nevertheless, the penalty went into effect and has been executed also upon all posterity ever since. — In the day thou eatest thereof, dying, thou shalt die. The day to which the Lord referred, must have been one those days of which Peter speaks, saying that with the Lord a thousand years is as one day. Within that first thousand year day Adam died at the age of 930 years.

The Lord however had a message of comfort for the despairing hearts of Adam and Eve. The heavy penalty must be borne but only until such time as the great burden-bearer, the seed of the woman should come and assume their load and set them free.

The seed of the woman that shall do this, is to be the son of God, born of a woman and not a son of Adam. For if he was of Adam he would be subject to Adam’s sin and it’s penalty. And could not have redeemed us by a spotless sacrifice.

God was the life giver, the Father, of the immaculate son of Mary and therefore that holy thing that was born of her was called the son of God, as well as the seed of the woman and because through her Jesus was made a partaker of the human nature and for that reason he was also called the Son of Man.

Brother Detzler