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The Epistles of Paul - 1 Corinthians Part 4: The Eternal Spirit of Man
In our presentation of 1 Corinthians chapter 2 we saw that in Paul's writings the phrase mystery of God does not mean to identify a mystery about God but rather it pertains to what God had announced in the prophets concerning that which He would do with His people Israel. This idea is encapsulated by Paul in 1 Corinthians chapter 2 in his expression in verses 7 and 9, omitting the parenthetical remarks of verse 8, that “... we speak wisdom of Yahweh, that had been hidden in a mystery, which Yahweh had predetermined before the ages for our honor … just as it is written, 'Things which eye did not see, and ear did not hear, and came not into the heart of man, those things Yahweh has prepared for them that love Him'”. With this we may indeed perceive that this mystery which Paul refers to relates not to God, but to His plan for His people. Accompanied with that concept, we also saw that the spiritual things of Yahweh are revealed to us by His Word. Further supporting this assertion is the very next verse of that chapter, verse 10, where Paul explained that the things God has in store for His people are revealed to them through His Spirit, in concert with the Word of God found in Zechariah chapter 7, where it quite notably refers to “the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets”.
With this we concluded that the words of the prophets are the will of Yahweh God expressed through His Spirit so that His will could be transmitted to us in those words, and the words themselves are spiritual. From this we see the Biblical concept of spiritual is indeed the essence of the Word of God. In support of that conclusion we cited Paul's own words to the Romans, in chapters 7, 15 and 16 of that epistle. First he said that “the law is spiritual: but I am carnal” while contrasting the essence of the commandments in the written law to the lusts of the fleshly man, so we see that the essence of the commandments in the written law are what Paul meant by spiritual. Then later Paul said to them that “whatever things have been written before, have been written for our instruction, so that through patient endurance and the calling of the writings we may have expectation.” Then Paul explained to them that the “revelation of mystery having been kept secret in times eternal, but being made manifest now, through the prophetic writings” which was “in accordance with the command of the eternal God” (Romans 16:25-26). So we see that our expectation comes from those things which Yahweh God had said through the prophets of the Old Testament, that “those things Yahweh has prepared for them that love Him” are revealed through the prophets of the Old Testament, and that those things were being made manifest through the prophetic writings as Paul was preaching and writing to the Corinthians and Romans.
Therefore what is spiritual comes not from the minds or hearts of men, but from the Word of Yahweh our God. From Proverbs chapter 1: “23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” The Word of God is the only spiritual essence which truly matters. In the face of the word of God, the feelings of men are immaterial. The instruction of the Spirit which Paul referred to in 1 Corinthians 2:13 comes through the writings of the Old Testament, and not through the feelings of men.
1 And I, brethren, have not been able to speak to you concerning the spiritual, but concerning the fleshly; like infants in Christ. 2 I have given you milk to drink, not food; indeed you were not able, but still now you are not able; 3 for you are still fleshly.
There is much speculation concerning what things should be considered the milk and what things should be considered the meat of the Gospel. Further perspective on what Paul meant here is found in Hebrews chapter 5: “12 For even you are obliged to be teachers, because of the time. Again you have need of one to teach you from the beginning the many elements of the oracles of Yahweh; and have come having need of milk, not of solid food. 13 For any who are partaking of milk are inexperienced of the word of righteousness: for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who through habit have the senses exercised for distinguishing both good and evil.”
The apostle Peter also used the analogy, in chapter 2 of his first epistle where he wrote: “1 Therefore putting off all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 as a newborn infant you must yearn for the pure rational milk, in order that by it you would grow into preservation, 3 if 'you taste that the Prince is benevolent.'” So we see from Paul that we exercise ourselves for distinguishing good and evil with the meat of the Gospel, but we also see that even the milk, which is the light subject matter, would be sufficient to preserve us if we accept it.
To understand what Peter considered to be the milk of the Gospel, we must simply observe what Peter had told his readers up to that point in his epistle, and what he told them immediately after. In the first chapter of that first epistle Peter had explained to them that they had been redeemed by the blood of Christ, and for that reason that they should abandon the folly of paganism and the disobedience to God which had gotten their fathers in trouble in the first place. He also told them that in Christ they have mercy, and that their lives are spared in that mercy. While Peter does not fully explain how that redemption was achieved in his first epistle, a sufficient explanation of that is indeed found in the books of the prophets and in the letters of Paul, which Peter advocated in his second epistle. Here Peter told his intended readers that their “souls having been purified in the obedience of the truth for brotherly love without hypocrisy, from of a pure heart you should love one another earnestly”. They being the children of the same fathers, as Peter mentioned in the first chapter in verse 18, then that “brotherly love” must be directed to their ethnic kinsmen, for that is the context of his epistle, and that context is more fully elucidated later in chapter 2 where he invokes Exodus chapter 19, calling his intended readers an elect race, a holy nation and a peculiar people. And as we see in Peter, this message is only the milk of the gospel. The racial covenant message of the Gospel is fundamental to an understanding of Scripture. It is the milk, and not the meat.
As it was with Peter, it also was with Paul. For Paul had explained in chapter 2 of this epistle that he had already declared the mystery of God to these Corinthians, which is what God had done with His people Israel as He announced in the prophetic writings. Once we understand that the milk of the Gospel is the purpose of the Christ and announcement of His redemption of the children of cast-off Israel as He had promised them in the prophetic writings, only then can we truly begin to discern the meat of the gospel, which according to Paul trains our minds to distinguish what is good and what is evil. While most people can see something as good or as bad according to the judgment of man, the true Biblical identifications of good and evil go far beyond the simple categorization of singular acts. The racial covenant message is therefore a part of the milk of Scripture, and not the meat. It is one of the fundamentals and needs to be understood first, and not last. That Christ became an exclusive sacrifice for the children of Israel in accordance with the Word of God, as Paul was explaining in Hebrews chapter 5 when he spoke of that meat and milk, is the completion of those fundamentals.
Where among you are rivalry and contention and dissension, are you not fleshly? And walk in accordance with man? 4 For when one may say, ‘I am of Paul’, but another, ‘I of Apollos’, are you not human?
The phrase “and dissension” in verse 3 is wanting in the 6th century papyrus P11 and the Codices Sinaiticus (א), Alexandrinus (A), Vaticanus (B) and Ephraemi Syri (C). The text here agrees with the 3rd century papyrus P46, the Codex Claromontanus (D) and the Majority Text.
At the end of verse 4 the plural word ἄνθρωποί, which is literally “men”, is rendered as human , since it is used in contrast to πνευματικός, which is spiritual, in verse 1. Some of the later manuscripts and the Majority Text have σαρκικοί, or fleshly, here also, which the King James Version does not follow. Here the Christogenea New Testament follows the 3rd century papyrus P46 and the Codices Sinaiticus (א), Alexandrinus (A), Vaticanus (B) Ephraemi Syri (C), Claromontanus (D) and Vaticanus Graecus (048).
A digression is required here, in order to address a contention over the English word human. There are many lies of convenience which are taught as truths in churches, and Christian Identity is certainly not immune to these, and has a plethora of its own. Many Identity believers have been taught that somehow the English word human comes from the words hue, as a color, and man, and refers to the non-Adamic or non-White races. While it is often a convenient analogy, the way that the word human is abused today, the assertion is nevertheless ridiculous, and such assertions while convenient only serve to discredit Christian Identity as a whole.
While we would wholeheartedly agree that the non-Adamic races are not on the level of the Adamic man when measured by the characteristics which enable the White Adamic race to be developers of civilizations and the builders of many wonderful things, and therefore the non-Adamic races are not truly human, we would also assert that it is not proper to defile the meaning of the word human to describe the non-Adamic races.
The English word human actually derives from an associated group of Latin words, and the following list of these words and their definitions are taken from the New College Latin & English Dictionary by John C. Traupman.
humane: like a human being; politely, gently, with compassion
humanitas: human nature; humanity; kindness, compassion, human feeling; courtesy; culture, reﬁnement, civilization
humaniter: like a human being; reasonably; gently, with compassion
humanitus: humanly: humanely, kindly, compassionately
humanus: of a human being, human; humane, kind, compassionate; courteous; cultured, reﬁned, civilized
These terms described what the Romans would consider to be a friendly, cultured, gentle, loving, kind, caring and therefore civilized fellow citizen. They did not describe the beasts of the so-called other races whom for the most part dwelt far outside the Roman oikoumenê. Especially those in Africa which the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus described as total savages. In his Library of History (3.8.1) he wrote “But there are also a great many other tribes of the Ethiopians some of them dwelling in the land lying on both banks of the Nile and on the islands in the river, others inhabiting the neighboring country of Arabia [between the Nile and the Persian Gulf], and others residing in the interior of Libya [the rest of Africa - Sudan here]. The majority of them, and especially those who dwell along the river, are black in color and have flat noses and wooly hair. As for their spirit they are entirely savage and display the nature of a wild beast...and are as far removed as possible from human kindness to one another...and cultivating none of the practices of civilized life...they present a striking contrast when considered in the light of our own customs.” In modern times, if any of the so-called other races exhibit any of the human qualities at any given time, it is only because the constraints of our Christian society has been imposed upon them, and not because they are naturally inclined to exhibit these qualities. For someone to make legitimate the ludicrous claim that human means “hued man”, it must be established that the component syllables had such a meaning in Latin first, which of course they do not. Lies of convenience discredit Christians and also corrupt rather than edifying a proper Christian worldview. The non-Adamic races are certainly not humanitas, and therefore they cannot be human. Diodorus Siculus would certainly agree.
The purpose of the use of the word human here in the Christogenea New Testament was to illustrate the contrast with the word spiritual which Paul used earlier, in verse 1. Rivalry, contention and dissension are from the hearts of men, and not from the spirit of God within them. These things also lead men to follow after others rather than following Christ. We have long seen this in Christianity, and also within Christian Israel Identity. One man says something which others may dislike, and the response is “Oh, I'll go listen to so-and-so instead. He doesn't teach that.” They measure a man's words against other men, rather than measuring those words against the Scripture. This leads to the very sectarianism for which Paul is criticizing the Corinthians in this epistle. It is a noble thing to disdain a man who is teaching which is anything contrary to Christ, and that man should be ostracized from the assembly. Those men should be ostracized. But it is deceitful to disdain a man who is teaching from Scriptures things which one may not want to hear. A man can deceive himself with the imaginings of his own heart, but in the end he is certainly not going to deceive God. If all Christians sought to agree with Christ rather than with one another, there would be far fewer divisions and the body of Christ would indeed begin to become manifest in the world.
5 So who is Apollos? And who is Paul? Servants through whom you have believed, and to each as the Prince has given.
The Majority Text transposes Paul and Apollos here, and adds but before servants, including the entire clause which follows with the question. That does not, however, change the intention of the writer. The text follows the 3rd century papyrus P46 and the Codices Sinaiticus (א), Alexandrinus (A), Vaticanus (B) Ephraemi Syri (C), Claromontanus (D) and Vaticanus Graecus (048).
Ostensibly, every teacher of the Word of God has different gifts, and every listener has tendencies to learn better from one teacher or another. However we are all alternatively teachers and students at one time or another in our lives, and therefore we are all brethren who should seek to follow the One Master which we all have, who is Christ.
Apollos and Paul may each have had different methods, different ways of teaching the Scripture, different examples from the Old Testament which they preferred to employ in their teaching, but the important thing is this: that they were teaching the same Gospel. As Paul told the Galatians: “6 I am astonished seeing that so quickly you are changed from He who has been calling you in favor of the Anointed, to another gospel, 7 which is no other except there are some who are agitating you, and wish to pervert the gospel of the Anointed. 8 But even if we, or a messenger from heaven, should announce a gospel to you contrary to that which we have announced to you, he must be accursed. 9 Just as we have said before, now also I say again, if anyone brings you a gospel contrary to that which you have received, he must be accursed. 10 Now therefore do I persuade men, or Yahweh? Or do I seek to please men? Yet if I were pleasing to men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Paul taught the true Gospel because it agreed with the Gospel of Christ and the words of His prophets. Any Gospel which does not have that cohesion with the Word of God is a lie, and those who perpetrate it are indeed accursed.
6 I have planted, Apollos has watered, but Yahweh has given increase. 7 So that neither he who is planting is anybody, nor he who is watering, but Yahweh who is making to grow. 8 Both he who is planting and he who is watering are alike; but each will receive his own reward in accordance with his own toil.
That phrase “are alike” comes from the Greek phrase ἕν εἰσιν, which literally means “[they] are one”. Joseph Thayer discusses the idiom in his Greek-English Lexicon at the entry for εἷς (III. 2. C.), where he explains that it means that the two “are of the same importance and esteem”. The phrase “they are equals” would not be inappropriate. From Matthew chapter 23: “8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.... 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.”
From Luke chapter 9: “23 Then He [meaning Christ] said to all: "If anyone wishes to come behind Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross each day and he must follow Me!” To plant and to water is more than just to evangelize or to talk. As plants need constant watering, and as cultivated plants need steady attention, like weeding and pruning, one must become a living example of Christ Himself, giving oneself each day for the edification of one's brethren, and using the peculiar talents or abilities that one is granted from God for the benefit of God's people.
But all men should be servants for Christ, and not seek to make themselves masters or rulers. From Mark chapter 9: “35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” The planter is no better than he who is watering, for they are all like brethren working for the same Master who rewards His servants according to His will.
9 For we are fellow workmen of Yahweh, Yahweh’s husbandry; you are Yahweh’s building. 10 In accordance with the favor of Yahweh [P46 wants the words for “of God”] that has been given to me, as a skilled architect I have laid a foundation, whereas another builds it up. But each must look at how he builds it up.
The apostles are the workmen for the harvest of Yahweh's field of wheat, which is what Paul means by husbandry. From Luke chapter 10: “1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”
Here Paul's first analogy for those seeking to build the Christian ekklesia is to husbandmen, however his second analogy is in his considering himself to be an architect. The King James Version has masterbuilder, however we chose to transliterate the Greek word ἀρχιτέκτων, which is literally chief builder. In Acts chapter 4, Peter wanting to reference the principle men of Judaea in comparison to a certain prophecy, speaking to the high priests and other rulers who should have been edifying the people and guiding them in the Way had compared them to builders. In reference to a miraculous healing which had happened outside of the temple, in Acts chapter 4 he said “10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Peter likened the ekklesia, the members of the body of Christ, to individual stones in a stone building in his first epistle, where he again makes allusions to that same prophecy, which is found in Psalm 118. From 1 Peter chapter 2, where he speaks of Christ: “4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.”
So Paul's analogy of himself to a chief builder is an appropriate one, especially since he was the apostle chosen to go to the nations of dispersed Israel with the Gospel, taking one stone at a time and placing it into the building atop the foundation of the body of Christ. Paul's building tools were the Gospel and the prophets, and as he indicates here, other builders would come along after him and add to his building. Paul's intention was the intention of Christ, where Christ had said “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” Paul's intention was to build a new building atop the foundation of Christ: that a new Christian society would eventually emerge and supplant the old world orders.
When Rome made Christianity the religion of the empire, it only corrupted it, molding Christian language and imagery onto the old world order but never actually being Christian in substance it then forced itself onto the real Christian society, which was the collection of independent Christian assemblies that had developed over the early centuries of the Christian era. Therefore regardless of how powerful it became, Rome was destined to fail from the beginning.
11 For another foundation no one is able to place besides that which is established, which is Yahshua Christ.
Here Paul offers a succinct condemnation of both Judaism and Paganism. Christ is the physical manifestation of Yahweh God, He is the author of life, and He is the only hope, way and truth for the Adamic race. As we read in John chapter 14: “6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Christ and His Gospel are the foundation upon which any White Adamic Society must be built, or it will not stand. When Christ told Simon Peter that he was a stone, a petros, He exclaimed that He would build His ekklesia upon a rock. He was that rock, or petra, which Paul attests in 1 Corinthians 10:4 and Peter in 1 Peter 2:8.
From Matthew chapter 7: “24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
12 Now if anyone builds upon that foundation gold, silver, precious stones, timber, fodder, straw, 13 the work of each will become evident [D has “he who does this work will be made manifest”]; indeed the day will disclose it, because in fire it is revealed; and of what quality the work of each is, the fire will scrutinize.
In the gospels of both Matthew and Luke there is an account of John the Baptist, and the people wondered whether he was the Christ, because many people in Judaea understood that Daniel's 70 weeks were closing and they expected the Messiah. John replied and said “I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.”
The apostle Peter said in the first chapter of his first epistle: “3 Blessed is Yahweh, even the Father of our Prince Yahshua Christ, who according to His great mercy has engendered us from above into a living hope through the resurrection of Yahshua Christ from among the dead, 4 for an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, being kept in the heavens for us 5 who are being preserved by the power of Yahweh through faith for a salvation prepared to be revealed in the last time. 6 In which you must rejoice, if for a short time now it is necessary being pained by various trials, 7 in order that the test of your faith, much more valuable than gold which is destroyed even being tested by fire, would be found in praise and honor and dignity at the revelation of Yahshua Christ, 8 whom not having seen you love, in whom now not seeing but believing you rejoice with an indescribable and illustrious joy, 9 acquiring the result of your faith: preservation of your souls.”
The Christian faith is the faith of Abraham, as Paul described it in Romans chapter 4, that Abraham was deemed righteous because he believed God. The test of one's faith comes when Christians put their belief in God into practice and keep His commandments as Abraham had done. Christ told the Judaeans that if they were the children of Abraham, then they would do the works of Abraham. Peter was referring to the Word of God held in common by all Christians. It is not the individual's degree of belief which matters in relation to his salvation. If the individual puts his faith into practice, then through his actions he stores up for himself treasure in heaven, as Christ attested in the Gospels. As for salvation itself, it is what the Word of God says in relation to the children of Israel which matters, because He has attested that no man can take His sheep from His hand, in John chapter 10 (10:27-29).
The end result of our walk in Christ is the works of our lives tried in the fire of judgment, and that which Paul refers to here is described by Peter in the third chapter of his second epistle where he wrote speaking of the scoffers: “5 For this willingly escapes them: that the heavens were from old and the earth from out of water and through water had been put together by the Word of Yahweh, 6 by which the Society at that time was destroyed having been inundated with water, 7 but now the heavens and the earth are being preserved by the same Word, being kept for fire for a day of judgment and destruction of the impious men. 8 But you must not forget this one thing, beloved: that one day with the Prince is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Prince does not delay the promise, as some regard delay, but has forbearance for us, not wishing for any to be destroyed but that all should have space for repentance. 10 But the day of the Prince shall come as a thief, at which the heavens shall pass away with a rushing noise, and the elements shall dissolve with burning heat and the earth and the works in it shall be discovered. 11 Thusly with all of these things being dissolved in such manner, it is necessary for you to be in holy conduct and piety, 12 expecting and being anxious for the coming of the day of Yahweh, on account of which the heavens being ablaze shall dissolve and the elements melt burning with heat. 13 But we may expect new heavens and a new earth according to His promise, in which righteousness dwells.”
To repeat the last two verses of Paul's words here: “12 Now if anyone builds upon that foundation gold, silver, precious stones, timber, fodder, straw, 13 the work of each will become evident; indeed the day will disclose it, because in fire it is revealed; and of what quality the work of each is, the fire will scrutinize.”
Laying gold silver and precious stones onto the foundation of Christ, we do good works for the body of Christ and, as Peter said, we would be found in praise and honor and dignity at the revelation of Christ. Now a man may spend his life laying nothing but wood, hay and straw upon the foundation, and all his works shall be consumed in the fire of judgment. While not having done anything of merit for the body of Christ he has no treasure stored up in heaven, and therefore he has no reward. However it must be remembered just how sinful the ancient children of Israel were when Yahweh God cast them off from the kingdom. But the Word of God spoke in Hosea (chapter 13) of that same sinful Israel where Yahweh said: “14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.” Then in Micah (chapter 7) he said: “19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. 20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.” There should be no doubt, as the Word of Yahweh said in Isaiah chapter 45, that “25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.” In that very manner Paul continues here in 1 Corinthians:
14 If the work of anyone who has built remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If the work of anyone burns completely, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be preserved, although consequently through fire.
So we see that even if a man has no good works his whole life, that everything he did came to nothing, he himself will still be preserved. Otherwise, what is the point of the Words of Yahweh in the prophets, that Israel would be ransomed from the grave? Here we shall quote from the opening verses of Daniel chapter 12: “... and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Ostensibly the book is the Book of Life of the Revelation, and after all men are judged for their works, death and hell, as well as whoever is not found written in the Book, all go into the Lake of Fire. The lack of reward which Paul describes certainly seems to be congruent to the everlasting contempt of Daniel chapter 12.
We would also assert that the Book of Life must be congruent with the Word of Life, which is found in our Bibles. Only the race of Adam being the subject of the Word of Life, the word man in the Revelation is congruent to the word Adam in the opening chapters of Genesis. The non-Adamic so-called races and all of the enemies of Yahweh God are not found in any of the promises of the Word of Life, and therefore they are not written in the Book of Life.
From the Wisdom of Solomon, chapter 2: “23 For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. 24 Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it.” Solomon is referring to the creation of the Adamic man found in Genesis chapters 1 and 2, that God created man to be immortal as God is immortal. In order to understand what the Wisdom of Solomon is referring to concerning death we must turn to Genesis chapter 3: “1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” With this, the man and the woman did eat of the tree, and in their transgression they would die, as Yahweh dispensed His punishment: “17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
The serpent is the devil, as we learn from Revelation chapter 12. It was the devil who deceived Eve, and Adam followed after her. Therefore the disobedience and death of man is attributed to the works of the devil. Ostensibly, as we may learn from the apocryphal books such as 1 Enoch, which the apostles had also quoted in their epistles, or from episodes in Genesis such as that found in Genesis chapter 6, aside from the death of man the miscegenation of God's creation was also among the works of the devil.
However Christ, we are told, came to destroy the works of the devil. From 1 John chapter 3: “7 Children, let no one deceive you, he who is bringing about justice is just, even as He is just. 8 He who is creating error is from of the False Accuser, since the False Accuser [or devil, as the King James Version has it] errs from the beginning. For this the Son of Yahweh has been made manifest, in order that He would do away with the works of the False accuser.”
Paul also mentioned this, in Hebrews chapter 2: “11 For both He sanctifying and those being sanctified are all sprung from one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying: 'I will announce Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You.' 13 And again: 'I will be confident in Him.' And again: 'Behold, I and the children which Yahweh has given me.' 14 Therefore, since the children have taken part in flesh and blood, He also in like manner took part in the same, that through death He would annul him having the power of death, that is, the False Accuser [or devil], 15 and He would release them, as many as whom in fear of death, throughout all of their lives were subject as slaves.”
Genesis chapters 3 and 6 both describe episodes of fornication, or miscegenation: race-mixing with the so-called fallen angels and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. These are the works of the devil, those angels depicted as having rebelled from God in Revelation chapter 12, and as having “left their first estate” in the epistle of Jude. Since Yahweh created the Adamic man to be immortal, and since Yahweh never created any bastards, if the works of the devil are to be destroyed then all Adamic men must live, and all bastards must be destroyed! As Christ answered and said: “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up” (Matthew 15:13).
Because all of our Adamic race was created to be immortal, Paul explained in Romans chapter 5: “12 For this reason, just as by one man sin entered into the Society, and by that sin death, and in that manner death has passed to all men, on account that all have sinned: 13 for until the law sin was in the Society; but sin was not accounted, there not being law; 14 but death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not committed an sin resembling the transgression of Adam, who is an image of the future.... 16 ... Indeed the fact is that judgment of a single one is for condemnation, but the favor is from many transgressions into a judgment of acquittal. 17 For if in the transgression of one, death has taken reign through that one, much more is the advantage of the favor, and the gift of justice they are receiving, in life they will reign through the one, Yahshua Christ. 18 So then, as that one transgression is for all men for a sentence of condemnation, in this manner then through one decision of judgment for all men is for a judgment of life. 19 Therefore even as through the disobedience of one man the many [meaning all Adamic men] were set down as wrongdoers, in this manner then through the obedience of One the many [meaning all Adamic men] will be established as righteous.” Likewise, Paul summarized this Scriptural truth again in 1 Corinthians chapter 15: “22 Just as in Adam all die, then in that manner in Christ all shall be produced alive.” The immortal Adam is an image of the future, as Paul professes in Romans 5:14. This is accomplished because the spirit which Yahweh imparted to the Adamic man is immortal, and resurrection is through that spirit, which we shall see Paul explain here later, in 1 Corinthians chapter 15.
16 Do you not know that you are a temple of Yahweh, and that the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you? 17 If anyone should spoil the temple of Yahweh, Yahweh will spoil the same [A and D have “Yahweh will spoil him”]; indeed the temple of Yahweh is holy, such as which you are. 18 No one must deceive himself [D adds “with vain words”]: if one supposes to be wise among you in this age, he must become foolish, in order that he may become wise.
From Genesis chapter 2: “7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Solomon talks about the death of a man where he wrote in Ecclesiastes chapter 12: “7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” In Isaiah chapter 52 we see a Messianic prophesy and it says “10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. 11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean
thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.”
Where Isaiah made reference to “ye … that bear the vessels of the Lord” he was not talking about people with cups and bowls and jugs and other implements. People aren't envisioned as running out of Babylon with arms full of kitchen implements. Rather, he was talking about those people who have the Spirit of Yahweh God in them, that they are the vessels, and in the context of Isaiah that refers to the Adamic children of Israel. The Adamic man has within him an immortal spirit which is of the essence of God Himself. Therefore the Adamic body is a vessel for that spirit which is the true person. Where Christ said to the Judaeans “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19), He was talking about the temple of His body, that vessel which contained His spirit. In the ancient world, the temple buildings were seen as houses for the gods. In reality, the body itself is the temple for those who have the Spirit of the Living God.
19 For the wisdom of this Society is folly before Yahweh; indeed it is written, “He seizes the cunning in their villainy [or as the King James Version has it, 'the wise in their craftiness']”.
Here Paul quotes from Job chapter 5, and from there we shall read a slightly longer pericope, to see the context: “3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation. 4 His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them. 5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance. [The picture is this: the hungry and the robber devour the children of a foolish man. The hungry and the robber, however, are not candidates for repentance.] 6 Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; 7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. 8 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: 9 Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number: 10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields: 11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety. 12 He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise. 13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong. 14 They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night.” Those who deny God in their worldly wisdom shall remain blind and shall all eventually fail, falling into that pit..
20 And again, “Yahweh knows the reasonings of the cunning, that they are vain”.
And here Paul seems to be paraphrasing Psalm 94:11: “11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.” The verses of the Psalm which follow that are thus: “12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law; 13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked. 14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.” The Adamic man is evidently subject to transience in order to learn the consequences of sin, as we explained at length in our recent presentations of Romans chapters 5, 6 and 7. Therefore being chastised, the entire Adamic race will benefit from that lesson in the resurrection, but there will be only a pit for the wicked. Those who are cunning, or wise, on their own account fall into that pit.
21 Consequently, not one should boast in men, indeed all is yours. 22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Kephas, or Society, or life, or death, or present, or future, all is yours; 23 but you of Christ, and Anointed of Yahweh.
This last verse may alternately be read “but you of the Anointed, and Anointed of Yahweh” (or by Yahweh), or as the King James Version has “but you of Christ, and Christ of Yahweh”, however we interpret the passage with the understanding that Christ is Yahweh.
Abraham's seed shall inherit the earth, and the children of Israel are guaranteed life in Christ, regardless of the life they have lived since on the account of one man, all Adamic men are “born into trouble”, as Job puts it. Yet on account of Christ, all Adamic men are saved out of it. All men being in fault, we should not be followers of men. But we should all seek to follow Christ.