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Calling Out a People
Calling Out a People
Unlike the Awdawms, Mankind is a unique race created for the purpose of God redeeming a people to himself. The plan of salvation and redemption is an intricate one accounting for the inevitable fall, the effect of sin on the creature, and quickening of those mortal bodies in which redeemed spirits would reside. The Lord’s redemption is a complete one. Nothing and no one that belong to the Lord is lost. Even the earth itself will be redeemed when the Lion of the tribe of Judah takes rightful possessing of its title deed (Rev 5:1-5), an act that will be contested by Satan over a period of seven years sometime in the near future.
Entertaining the drama in large scale can often be made in smooth passage, but small details can present problems for us.
While we may easily accept that a spirit can be made to transition unscathed to heaven because we assign it an ethereal quality, it can be difficult to entertain a resurrected body that has undergone corruption, and understand it resurrect to be inhabited again by entity superior to it.
On this intricacy, a question might be composed to be used only as a dull instrument to probe the wisdom of God. But what to do with a broken piece of fine china after that it is broken?
The answer, of course, is to mend it, but the blemish of the restoration marks will always be present in it; hardly a glorious redemption. If the plate were first placed inside another container that took the fall and received the mark, and a transaction could be designed to later remove that plate from the damaged body and place it high upon a self, it is in effect redeemed to an even more glorious creature.
If that placement were of a divine nature, it would no longer be subject to the natural laws wherein the drama was played out to affect the transaction, but subject to different laws in a higher realm. Then, the problem as to the blemish of sin is solved.
This is why Paul could confidently state that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which is to be revealed in us (Rom 8:18), and he goes on to reveal how God designed the transaction:
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (Rom 8:20-21)
The spirit of man is dead in trespasses and sins. Nevertheless, the spirit lives forever. We say that man is spiritually dead until he is regenerated by the spirit of God, because only God gives life (Tit 3:5), and those who are saved are said to be born again in God’s new life for them (Joh 3:3; 1 Pet 1:23).
When the spirit passes thought its container of flesh by mortal death, and it has not been redeemed while it abode there; it is said to have died in its container subject to the law over that body, and to have died in its sins:
Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come. And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins (Joh 8:21-24).
The death of the container affixes the one-way postage on the spirit to either its damnation or life with God, and as the spirit supersedes the body in hierarchy of design and existence, it is a small thing for God to glorify its lesser container in the process of the transaction.
Think of it as the effect that a perfect physique would have on tailored clothes. Nothing and no one that belongs to the Lord is lost. The Lord’s redemption is a complete one.
Those who have been redeemed live as heirs in bodies that are now vessels of hope until they are glorified (2 Pet 1:4; 1 Joh 3:2). For we see that it is dying, but we know we have been sealed with a promise by the Holy Spirit (2Cor 1:22; 2Ti 2:19), and acting on this knowledge is an exercise of faith; and it is faith that saves us. Precisely, it is faith in another transaction where the penalty for our sins was paid in full by the Messiah; Christ Jesus the Lord.
Those who have this faith are now joint-heirs with Christ, to be glorified together with Him. Our faith and our fate is settled and firm not because we are made spiritually alive, but how this part of the transaction takes place; the spirit of God actually comes and dwells in us (Rom 8:11; emphasis added) so that we have received a life for the spirit that is from God, and it is not the spirit of fear, but the power of God by which we are kept in salvation (1Pet 1:5).
Even the wicked dead will be called out of hell and reclothed with their bodies of corruption to stand before God at the great white throne judgment, and they will be standing in their sins. As they died in their sins, they will be, for the second time, disrobed of their mortal bodies and cast into the lake of fire to occupy their part there forever; and this part of that transaction is referred to as the second death (Rev 20:11-15).
Unfortunately, the out-of-this-world experience many are pursuing in sin will end up to be their second death just prior to this world, or cosmos, being completely changed.
With the scope of this drama so foundational to Adam, by whom all men die (1 Cor 15:22), it is hard to for some to entertain an older earth, much less one where a population of creatures, or Awdawms, existed.
Now, the Bible does tell us that by one man sin entered into this world, and death by that sin. The Bible also makes it clear that the sin took place in this world, or cosmos, and that it was committed by an anthropos, or a member of this current race of occupants, and not by an Awdawm of the prior world, or cosmos (Rom 5:12).
This cosmos is the current system and order of things under which mankind lives, and dies. It is not the cosmos of the regenerated new earth, wherein the transaction that produces it this present cosmos will be dissolved by a fire of fervent heat; thus purifying it, and eliminating the necessity for seas (2Pet 3:7-10). In this cosmos, the oceans are necessary to the planet and the type of creature that inhabits it, but in the cosmos of the new heaven (atmosphere) and new earth, they will not be required (Rev 21:1).
Further, we know the fall of Adam introduced sin into this cosmos, and into man, but it was not the origination of sin; for sin itself existed prior to Adam and Eve. We read in Ezekiel that Satan was perfect in his ways until inequity was found in him (Ex 28:15), and it was from his inequity that he engineered the fall of man.
As to what entered into the Pre-Adamite cosmos and caused it destruction by water, so that it lay completely under the oceans formless and void, we may speculate by the trend of scripture. We know the Bible is a story of God calling out a people, and in it is revealed His plans and purposes, and many details by which He accomplished it, though some be hard to be understood (2Pet 3:16).
A similar plan of redemption was probably not put in effect for the Awdawms, and this would explain why the destinations of their disembodied souls differs from those of the anthorpos of this cosmos. We get a hint of this by turning our attention to Satan.