MA Biblical Studies Essay – Original Sin vs Original Blessing

Wow, what a course! These are truths that have become lost in Christianity and need to find their way back to every pulpit in every church. We need a revelation of what has ALWAYS been true about us… about our eternal identity, our eternal salvation, our eternal redemption, and our eternal inheritance. The more I focus on these truths, the less I understand how I could have ever believed anything different. And the more I see the reality of who the Father is… He is Love, and He is Good. And this covenant of love He has ALWAYS had with mankind is eternal… it is unchanging and fixed. Psalm 119:89 says that His word (what He has spoken, His ACCOUNT!) is eternal, and it is settled or established in heaven (or in the spirit realm). 

To understand these eternal truths, we first have to understand the eternal nature of Abba. Not the nature that we have decided He is based on our faulty understanding of Scripture and who religion has taught us He is. But an understanding of the Eternal Elohim (Father, Son, and Spirit) Who is Love and Who is Good. THEN we can understand this eternal covenant that He has and has always had with mankind… a covenant of ONENESS. It is a union that is made up of the Divine Ones (Father, Son, and Spirit) and Their divine ones (mankind)… a ONENESS made up of us IN Them and Them IN us.

So, who is the Eternal God? In Genesis 21:33, we first learn of the Name Eternal God. It tells us Abraham called upon the Name of the Lord…. Yahweh El Olam. The unchanging God. The One who WAS, IS and ALWAYS will be. The ONE Power, the ONE Presence…. The Great I AM! Yahweh IS El Olam…. El Olam is I AM! Exodus 3:14, Moses asks God what His name is, and God declares He is Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh or I AM who I AM. I AM (spelled Yahweh – yod hey vav hey in Hebrew). Abraham already knew Him as El Elyon, the Most High God and El Shaddai, Almighty God, and now here at Beersheba, Abraham declared his God to be I AM Eternal God. He planted a tamarisk tree. There is great significance in that. It is a slow growing tree and has to be well cared for. To a Jew, you don’t plant a tamarisk tree for yourself, you plant it for the generations to come. Abraham proclaimed the Eternal-ness of God to those who would come after him. We, as well, have a responsibility to declare the Eternal-ness of God to future generations.

The apostles Paul and John had such a revelation of Yahweh El Olam, and they proclaimed it for generations to come by writing it down. Paul said in Colossians 1:17 that He (Jesus) is before all things and by Him, all things hold together. And then in Romans 16:26 he calls Him the Aioniou Theos… the Eternal God. The root of Aioniou is always, I love that… the Always Elohim (Theos)! Paul connects this Name with the revelation of the “mystery.” We know the mystery is Christ in us… but the ancient rabbis had changed the spelling of Eternal in God’s Name from olam to alam which meant hidden, referring to the mysterious nature of God and thereby teaching their students that the Name of God was to be concealed or to be a “mystery.” What a beautiful play on words!!

Then John in Revelation 22:13 heard Jesus declare, “I AM the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” And in John 1:1, John said of Jesus, In the beginning, was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And then in writing of this Eternal God, John said God IS Love. Love doesn’t describe God, it’s not a quality that He has. It’s who He IS. In Greek, the word “is” is eimi, which means I AM and exist. His existence, His nature, His very essence IS Love. God – Theos, which is Elohim (Father, Son, and Spirit), IS Love.

Verse 7 says that love is from God… in Greek, agape ek Theos eimi. Ek means out from within. Love, I AM, is of God…. out from within Elohim (Father, Son, and Spirit). I love that in all three words, God is love, are three Names of God…. Theos (Elohim or Godhead), I AM (Yahweh), Love. Love Himself came and dwelt among us and showed us who we eternally always have been in the eyes of our Father, who is Love.

1 Chronicles 16:34 reads O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His loving-kindness is everlasting. In Hebrew, it would read thanks to Yahweh for good, for everlasting (eternal) is His chesed. Both good and chesed are nouns. They are not adjectives describing God. Good and God are the same thing… absolute nouns form a single idea, a single thought. There is no good apart from God… He IS Good. Chesed as a construct noun is incorporated into this singleness of God-Good. In other words, neither chesed nor good can be separated from who God IS. And thinking of good in relation to God means thinking of His chesed.

Translators of this verse used mercy, but the actual Hebrew word is chesed. Chesed is a difficult word to translate into English… it really doesn’t have an English word that encapsulates the meaning of this word. Perhaps loyal love is close. It is a covenant word that goes beyond the requirements of mere duty and obligation…..it is a love that WILL NOT let me go! It is from the root word chacad, which is to be good or kind…..or “to bow down.” And carries in it’s meaning to bow down from the neck as to an equal. It sounds like what John described above in John 4:7 Love came out from within Elohim… Love came in the form of I AM and revealed the goodness and kindness of our Father towards mankind. Love bowed down and gave us His Son to show us that we were always image and likeness, not inferior to God but equals.

Chesed is the passionate love of God that says, “You are Mine, and you have ALWAYS been mine, and I AM yours! We have never been separated, and I will stop at nothing to reconcile you back to Me!” Chesed is covenant love…. it is the immovable, unshakable, unchanging loyalty to His covenant with us. It is a covenant that is eternal.

In Isaiah 54:10 says, “for the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed. But My kindness (chesed) shall not depart (cease or be removed) from you, nor shall my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord (Yahweh) who has mercy on you.” His kindness… His chesed (His passionate love for us that won’t let us go; His eternal covenant loyalty; His predisposition to bow to us from the neck as a sign of respect and kindness to an equal) shall not depart from. It says it shall not depart or cease or be removed from you. Why? Because hidden right there in plain sight is an Aleph Tav (speaking of Christ) with a prefix mem meaning “from” and a suffix “final kuf” meaning your…. We have ALWAYS been in Christ. It won’t be removed from us in Christ. It is eternal… He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.

Then it says No and the covenant of peace shall not be removed. His covenant of peace or in Hebrew berith shalom! Shalom is safety, health, wealth, friendliness! It is a covenant of wealth and health and safety and God’s friendliness toward us! The root is to be complete. It is a covenant of wholeness in every area of life. It will NOT ever be removed! That word removed also means totter, shake, slip up, falter, fall! It is immovable! It shall not even waver! Why? Because it was an eternal covenant IN CHRIST before the foundation of the world.

Adam’s “fall” didn’t cause His eternal covenant with us to waver or slip up. It didn’t cause His chesed… His passionate love, His fierce, determined loyalty to this eternal covenant of wholeness to be removed from us! Why? Because He declares the end from the beginning, saying My counsel shall stand and ALL My pleasure I will do! And it was His great pleasure to give us the kingdom.. to give us righteousness, peace, and joy from before time ever began!

Jeremiah said, “He will covenant with them an ETERNAL covenant.” It goes on to say that He will NOT turn away from us or from doing good to us. And HE put His reverence/fear in our hearts (our minds, our thinking, our awareness) so that we will not turn from Him. Wow! All we do is rest in the fact that His eternal covenant has nothing to do with anything on our part… in this ETERNAL covenant, He doesn’t turn from us EVER, and then He so that we can’t ever turn from Him…. We can’t wander, we can’t turn off, depart, decline, rebel, withdraw, or be without Him! David said, “where can I go from Your Presence?” Oh, what a beautiful ETERNAL covenant that is without beginning or end… it just ALWAYS was, is and will be!

Ezekiel said in 37:26, And I will covenant to them a covenant of peace (wholeness, completeness) an ETERNAL covenant and it shall be with them, AND I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. First of all “will establish,” “multiply,” and “will set” are all in the perfect tense, describing actions that have occurred in the past that are seen as complete (even in present or future time). Not something He will do but something He HAS DONE. He established us, multiplied us, and set His sanctuary…DONE! He established us in Hebrew is “nathan,” which means to give. He gave us His image and likeness, He gave us ALL dominion over ALL things, He gave us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness! He multiplied us, He increased us and made us abundant! And He set His sanctuary (His Presence) Aleph Tav (in Christ) in our midst (inward parts). He set His Presence In Christ IN us. ALL of this Jeremiah said is for ETERNITY. It’s an ETERNAL covenant.

The Eternal God covenant TO us (it’s a one-sided covenant!) an ETERNAL covenant of WHOLENESS, COMPLETENESS. All of this He did before ever saying, “Let there be.” One that, according to Isaiah, could NEVER waver or fall and we couldn’t walk away, rebel or withdraw from. So, knowing all of that, how can we ever again believe that anyone inherited a sin nature from Adam? There is no fragility in this ETERNAL covenant. It is uninterrupted, secure, resolute… it is only dependent on Him ALONE.

Adam didn’t pass down a sin nature onto mankind, he did, however, introduce sin and death into the world through his disobedience. And then he taught his kids, who taught their kids, who taught their kids and so on. Peter talks about an empty way of life or futile manner of life handed down from your fathers. Handed down means a traditional way of doing something that is passed down from ancestors. Adam had a false perception of who he was after eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And a wrong perception of his Father. This mistaken identity, this forgetting of the Eternal God’s eternal covenant with mankind, was passed onto subsequent generations. It compounded and became worse and worse until Jesus came and said: “No one rightly knows the Father except the Son.”

Jesus came and revealed who the Father is and who we are. The early church didn’t teach original sin. But Augustine and the Catholic church revived it, Calvin purported it, and Western Evangelical Christianity began to preach it. But mankind always had a choice when it came to sin… they weren’t doomed to be sinners because they inherited a “sin nature.” Cain had a choice. God told Cain in Genesis 4:7 that sin was crouched at his door or entrance, and its (sin) desire or longing was for him. And then God reminded him that he had dominion over sin. Cain had a choice to exercise his dominion or not. But God didn’t say sin is IN you (you inherited it from your dad)…. He said sin is crouching at your entrance, at your door. Big difference!

In Ezekiel 18, Ezekiel prophesies that the Lord says to stop saying the proverb that the fathers will eat sour grapes and the son’s teeth will be set on edge (or dull). In other words, stop saying the sons inherit the sins of the father. In verse 4, He says, behold ALL the souls (people) are Mine, the soul of the father and as well as the soul of the son are Mine. And the soul who sins it shall die (or experience death). And in verse 20 it says the soul that sins it shall die. The sons shall NOT bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son. And in Deuteronomy 24:16 it says that the fathers shall not be put to death for the sons nor the children for the fathers, each is to die for his own sin. Jeremiah said in 31:30 that EACH will die (experience death) for his OWN iniquity. Sin was and is a choice. It was NOT passed down upon men because of Adam’s fall. Belief in mistaken identity results in wrong decisions… we will act like who we believe we are. Cain felt rejected by God and perceived Him as a retributive Judge and therefore forgot he was image and likeness of the Eternal God with dominion over ALL things, including a wrong mindset.

Ecclesiastes 7:29 says that Truly, this ONLY have I found, that The Elohim (Father, Son, and Spirit) Aleph Tav (speaking of the eternal covenant IN CHRIST) made mankind upright, and they sought out many schemes. Elohim made mankind eternally upright… eternally righteous. And THEY sought out many schemes, or many accounts, many thinkings, many fabrications. They sought them out… strived after many accounts other than the God Account of them, many ways of thinking instead of co-knowing with God, and may fabrications or lies (about themselves and God). The ONLY true thing was God made man righteous! Made Him image and likeness of Himself! Mankind ALWAYS had a divine nature.

From God’s perspective, we were always eternally righteous, holy, divine, complete IN HIM. We ALWAYS eternally had salvation, redemption, and inheritance. Joshua told the children of Israel in 3:10 by this, you will know that the Living God is in the midst of you. He says by this you will know that the Living God is IN you.. in your inward parts. Verse 16 says the waters stood still which came from upstream and rose in one heap very far removed (distant) in Adam with Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So, the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed and were cut off – and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.

Ezekiel told us this eternal covenant of the Eternal God includes His sanctuary in our midst (IN our inward parts), that WE are His eternal dwelling place… ONENESS. Here Joshua tells the people that by this they will KNOW that the Living God is IN them (in their midst)… the waters would be cut off and roll back as far back as ADAM. Everything that had flowed from Adam… all of the mistaken identity, the wrong perceptions of the Father, the forgetting of the Eternal God and His eternal covenant with them… He gave them a natural experience of waters being cut off and rolled back to Adam. Far removed from them! Nothing to do with them! Reminding them through this that He was IN them… in their midst. This is chesed… His passionate pursuit of them…always revealing to them who He was and who they were from eternity past. Using even natural circumstances like a river and an actual city, Adam, revealing a deeper spiritual meaning. Oh, that they (and us) would’ve had ears to hear and eyes to see.

And THEN in the fullness of time, He sent His Son! The joy that must’ve filled the Father’s heart that day! And the Son’s. Finally, 4000 years after Adam… 4000 years of not knowing who they were IN HIM… the day had come! Yahweh Elohim, the Eternal Ones, would come and walk among His own, speak their language and reveal the goodness and the love of the Father to them. Show them how to live as divine ones who had ALWAYS been one with God, who had ALWAYS been righteous and saved, and would reveal to them what a son’s eternal inheritance consisted of. He would even speak their language and become the sacrifice that they thought was needed, while all the time knowing the Eternal God NEVER required a sacrifice and never needed blood.

Forgiveness had ALWAYS been ours. God had never withheld it from us. Hebrews 9:22 says ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF MOSES, without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. That was according to Moses’ law, NOT the eternal covenant of wholeness. Jesus went to the cross and absorbed ALL of the lies mankind had been walking in for the past 4000 years. Absorbing our idea of retribution and a god of reward and punishment. He swallowed up ALL of that and revealed the truth of mankind’s eternal redemption, salvation, and inheritance. The forgiveness of the cross was merely Him opening His arms wide to embrace us and show us that we have always been forgiven.

Luke 23:34 says that Jesus on the cross was saying Father forgive them! The words “was saying” is in the imperfect indicative active tense. Meaning that it was a repeated action. It was a repeated, continual action in the past, it happened over and over again. It is the present tense shifted back into the past. Jesus throughout His incarnation was saying over and over again to them, you ARE forgiven…. You have ALWAYS been forgiven. They didn’t know that they never needed forgiveness because Love is NEVER offended, Love Himself NEVER needed to forgive anyone!

Jesus said, “Father I’ve been telling them that they’re forgiven… not just today at the cross, and not just during My incarnation, but for 4000 years I’ve been telling them since the day we clothed Adam in the garden after his fall, FORGIVEN… ETERNALLY FORGIVEN!” Only a person who feels shame from wronging someone or messing up would think they NEED forgiveness. He clothed Adam in a linen tunic that represented righteousness. It was the same linen tunic that the high priests would wear later symbolize atonement from God. Man since the fall had been trying to BECOME at one with God and forgiven for trespasses. We have made everything time sensitive – starting 2000 years ago at the cross. We thought salvation, redemption, holiness, righteousness, etc. happened at the cross. But the starting point was before man entered into time…the starting point was eternity.

Jesus going to the cross absorbed ALL of that, everything that was against us IN OUR MINDS. He nailed it to the cross. His passion on the cross was not taking “our” punishment but merely a declaration of how far He would go to show us that we were ALWAYS loved by the Father. That’s the revelation of the cross. And the resurrection side revealed what was ALWAYS true about us – eternal salvation, eternal redemption, and eternal inheritance. Jesus redeeming us was Him RE deeming once was eternally true of us…. to be lords in the earth! A position that was never lost…except in our understanding, in our minds (Col 1:21)!!! The Father deemed (judged, considered, viewed, esteemed, etc.) you in His image and likeness to rule and reign. Deemed you as divine like Him….Psalm 82:6 “I have said you are gods” Jesus RE-DEEMED what Abba had originality deemed…what He crowned us with! We never lost our original crown of glory and honor!

We merely need to be enlightened by the revelation of our eternal being — of who we have always been. And to know that Adam didn’t change anything about us other than passing down false concepts and ideas through generations of time and that Jesus went to the cross to absorb all that and to reveal the truth. Hebrews 9:12 says the blood OBTAINED eternal redemption. Obtained means to see, perceive, and find or discover. His blood caused us to be able to see, to perceive, to discover eternal salvation… one that we ALWAYS had – 2 Timothy 1:9-10!

Enoch and Elijah knew it was always available to them. Some of the men of old knew that rest and grace were available to them, they knew they were righteous and upright. David knew there was nowhere He could go from God’s Presence. Yes, it’s greater today — but it was available then if they could simply receive it. This covenant that God has ALWAYS had with man is an eternal covenant. What does it mean eternal? It means that in the mind of the Eternal God our salvation, redemption, and inheritance, our wholeness, ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE.

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