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Remember these facts –
In Genesis 2:7, GOD made man without the aid of either a man or a woman. Adam had neither a physical father or mother. Genesis 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.”
Then in Genesis 2:21, 22 – He made woman from man without the natural use of a woman. Eve was taken from the side of Adam.
Thus if GOD can make man without the natural use of a woman, as He did in creation of Adam, and a woman from a man then why cannot GOD make a man without the use of a human man? – He did in the Virgin birth. Jesus Christ in Matt. 1:20-21 we read, “And while he thought on these things, behold, the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived of her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son and thou shall call his name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.’” All through the Old Testament the prophets pointed forward and kept telling us “He is coming!!” We turn to the New Testament and hear the proclamation, “He has come!!! He has come!!!”
In Genesis the third Chapter, we see another beautiful illustration (picture) of Christ and His work of redemption on the Cross of Calvary. Please read the entire chapter of Genesis 3. Now note verse 21 – “Unto Adam and also his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Adam and Eve and the whole human race (in them) died spiritually. Romans 5:12a “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
So they sewed fig leaves together for a covering (GOD saw right through their self-righteousness). The human race is still trying to cover themselves by self-righteousness; trying to earn salvation. But GOD clothed them with coats of skin. Some innocent lamb had to die to give those skins. John 1:29 – “Behold, the Lamb of GOD (CHRIST) that taketh away the sins of the world.”
My husband (Ed Martin), our three sons and I were missionaries in Japan for 15 years. Ed became a student of the Japanese language; and many beautiful truths were brought to light by the pictorial character writing in the language; which was first written by the Chinese. (The Japanese use the same writing brought from China for their written words. The spoken pronunciation is entirely different.) Some people believe that Noah was the first emperor of China – be this as it may, but how else can these wonderful Gospel truths in the oldest language in the world be explained!
Here is the writing for the Chinese and Japanese word meaning righteousness:
The Lamb of GOD (CHRIST) over my sinful heart; in GOD’S sight I become righteous. Friend, That’s salvation.
The whole of Salvation is found in Paul’s writing in I Corinthians 15:3, 4: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that CHRIST died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
The birth, death and resurrection of CHRIST is salvation, for everyone in the world. But you say, “How can one death take the place for so many? The difference lays in the value – JESUS CHRIST IS, WAS and EVERMORE WILL BE GOD!