In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1)

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27)

God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good (Genesis 1:31)

"from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die" (Genesis 2:17)

"I am God, and there is no other;
"[I am] God, and there is no one like Me,
"Declaring the end from the beginning,
"And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying,
"'My purpose will be established,
"'And I will accomplish all My good pleasure'"
(Isaiah 46:9-10)

  1. Almighty God declares "the end from the beginning" (Isaiah 46:10)
  2. Man at the very beginning is missing attributes that God knew and knows. (John 21:17)
    1. God created the tree of the knowledge of good and evil - exposing that God possesses both knowledge and ability

      AND God made humankind in the image and according to the likeness of God (Genesis 1:26 and Genesis 1:27)

      BUT man lacked attributes at the outset

      BECAUSE after eating from the tree "the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked" (Genesis 3:7)

      WHICH is a radical change from man's prior condition, "the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed" (Genesis 2:25)

      MOREOVER man lacked additional attribute

      BECAUSE God said "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever" (Genesis 3:22)

      YET it is not written that humankind was created/endowed with God's nature

      CONSEQUENTLY when God said "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness" (Genesis 1:26), God did generously provide for and limit humankind

    2. God did generously provide attributes for man as well as withhold attributes from man

      BUT the Word of God expressed man's "act" which was to eat the fruit of the tree (Genesis 3:6, the second portion)

      WHILE simultaneously the Word is silent about man's "will" in the Creation account

      YET Scripture records man's "lust" with

      When the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
      and that it was a delight to the eyes,
      and that the tree was desirable to make [one] wise (Genesis 3:6, the first portion)

      AND in Genesis 3:6, the first portion precedes the second portion

      THUS the "lust" precedes the "act"

      AND the "act" precedes the punishment (Genesis 3:8-24)

      THEREFORE the "lust" precedes the punishment

      SO the "lust" occurred in man when man's state was between being created and the punishment, that is pre-punishment (see also examining the word "desirable" in Genesis 3:6)

    3. God's commands expose man's attribute to "act" or man's attribute not to "act"

      OR, written another way, God reveals man's ability "to do" something or man's ability "not to do" something

      SO God distinguishes an "act", or actions, within commands

      BUT God excludes explicit reference to decision or choice in commands

      AND Lord Jesus declared "Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart" (Matthew 15:17-18).

      AND a variety of muscles within the human body act to produce atmospheric vibration which results in sounds that can be interpreted as words then aggragated together into communication

      SO when a person speaks, a person acts

      YET Jesus did not say "when a person decides to speak"

      NOR did He say "you are able to choose to speak"

      RATHER Jesus did say "the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart" (Matthew 15:18)

      THEREFORE a person's heart acts

      THUS fruit is produced

      AND Lord Jesus declared "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21)

      AND the Holy Spirit is precious treasure (John 3:3-8, John 16:7-14)

      AND the Spirit of the Living God produces fruit in us believers - the Spirit of Truth is required for us believers to have good fruit (John 15:5, Galatians 5:22-23)

      AND Lord Jesus declared "there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil [man] out of the evil [treasure] brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart" (Matthew 6:43-45).

      SO like Jesus, we believers must do the will of Our Father (Matthew 6:10, more about this later in "Lord Jesus is focused on the will of God")

      FOR we believers are not better than Jesus (Matthew 10:24)

      AS evidenced by the fact that we believers act in accord with the will of Our Father in heaven by the power of the Spirit

      NOT stagger to and fro in autonomous "free will" which is truly "self will" as the unrighteous do (Amos 8:12, Philemon 1:14 and 2 Peter 2:9-10 quoted below)

      BUT the love of Christ controls us believers (2 Corinthians 5:14)

      1. "from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat" is a command of action to refrain and abstain
      2. "You shall not steal" is a command of action to refrain and abstinence (Exodus 20:15)
      3. "Seek" is a command of action to execute and engage (Matthew 7:7)
    4. The attribute of man being created in the image according to the likeness of God

      WITH a targeted result of logical deductive reasoning leveraging compare and contrast of attributes/facilities

      SINCE Adam was made in the image according to the likeness of God (Genesis 1:26)

      THEN some persons of the creation (creatures) argue that specific facility was given to Adam

      IN particular God willpowering purported "free will" into man during the creation of Adam (see also examining the words "freewill offering" in the Old Testament)

      THEN Adam could not have used free will to perform evil against God

      BECAUSE God will not use willpower in order to perform evil against God's self (Psalm 5:4, Psalm 92:15, Deuteronomy 32:4)

      THEREFORE it follows that Man could not use free will in order to perform evil against God

      1. The logical extension of free will on this basis results in man possessing expanded facilities beyond God's facilities
      2. God is Creator; on the other hand, man is creature
      3. Largely, I use free will to mean man choosing toward God, emphatically Lord Jesus Christ.
      4. Scripture does not include the mention of endowing Adam with free will
      5. Man's free will is a precept of man (Matthew 15:9)
    5. Adam as part of God's Plan of Redemption through the Christ for mankind before the foundation of the world

      SINCE God saw creation was very good on the 6th Day (Genesis 1:31)

      AND God's Plan of Redemption through the Christ for mankind is good (Ephesians 1:1-14, Ephesians 2:13)

      THEN a free will Adam could not have been roaming the Garden of Eden with the ability to choose to obey God's command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17)

      SINCE the only command carrying a punishment was the prohibition upon Adam against eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

      THUS a free will Adam could have disrupted God's Plan of Redemption through the Christ for mankind

      SO God could not conclude with certainty by declaring everything was good on the sixth day with a free will Adam in control roaming the Garden of Eden

      THEREFORE it follows that Adam could not be endowed with the attribute of free will

    6. The timeline of Adam knowing good and evil

      BEFORE Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

      THEN Adam and Eve knew not good and evil

      AFTER Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

      THEN Adam and Eve knew good and evil

      FOR the delineation is clarified when God said "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:22)

      YET based on the Word of God saying "has become" recorded in Genesis 3:22

      THEN Adam did not know good and evil before eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

      SO Adam did not know good and evil when God issued the command "from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die!" (Genesis 2:17)

      THEREFORE at the time of eating, Adam listened and followed the last that he heard about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

      WHICH Adam heard from Eve

      FOR God said "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'" (Genesis 3:17)

      SO Adam listened to Eve and Adam ate from the tree prior to knowing good and evil

      AND a person does good by obeying God; on the other hand, a person does evil by disobeying God

      SO free will choosing of good or choosing of evil is not the context

      AND action is the context

      SINCE good and evil are not known to Adam prior to eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

      THEREFORE it follows that Adam was not endowed with the attribute of free will

    7. The pattern of "sight" around the time that Adam ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

      AND these quotations are provided in sequential order - that is chronolgically accurate

      1. God's only command that carried a punishment was "from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die" (Genesis 2:17)

        SEE the command and punishment are pronounced first

      2. "the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed" (Genesis 2:25)

        SEE that Adam and Eve were naked and they were unashamed in their "sight"

      3. "The serpent said to the woman, 'You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'" (Genesis 3:4-5)

        SEE the word "eyes"

      4. "When the woman saw that the tree was good for food" (Genesis 3:6)

        SEE the word "saw"

      5. "and that it was a delight to the eyes" (Genesis 3:6)

        SEE the word "eyes"

      6. "and that the tree was desirable to make [one] wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate" (Genesis 3:6)

        SEE that Adam and Eve ate of the tree that was forbidden in the only command that carried a punishment

      7. "Then the eyes of both of them were opened" (Genesis 3:7)

        SEE the word "eyes"

      8. "and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings" (Genesis 3:7)

        SEE that Adam and Eve tried to conceal themselves, a first stage using fig leaves

      9. "They heard the sound of YHWH God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of YHWH God among the trees of the garden" (Genesis 3:8)

        SEE that Adam and Eve tried to conceal themselves, a second stage using the trees of the garden

        BUT during this second stage they tried to hide themselves from God's "sight"

      10. The visual acuity aspect of "sight" is VERY clear in the creation account
      11. These perceptive aspects of "sight" are VERY clear in the creation account (see also examining the word "saw" in Genesis 3:6)
        • "attention"
        • "thought"
        • "focal point"
      12. Linguistically, logically, and spiritually, "sight" in context indicates visual acuity and perception within the creation account
    8. The attribute of "joining" - marriage
      1. Lord Jesus says a topically very profound statement of "from the beginning of creation, [God] made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let no man separate." (Mark 10:6-9)
      2. "God has joined together" is a clear reference by Jesus to Christ and the Bride of Christ
      3. "God has joined together" is a clear reference by Jesus to marriage between "male and female" (creatures both)
      4. "God has joined together" is a clear reference by Jesus to Adam and Eve, the man and the woman
      5. God does the joining, while, on the other hand, man and woman are only the joyful recipients
      6. The facility of "joining" is not attributed to man and/or woman
      7. The facility of "joining" is attributed to God
  3. God issued prophecy about man eating the fruit (Genesis 2:17)

    AT the time God commanded the man, Adam, not to eat of the tree

    AND the consequence of disobedience is declared - that is that death of the man would result in eating from the tree

    YET a command does not convey ability (see also God's Commands Distinguished From Man's Ability)

    BUT the language contains a prophetic construct indicating assurance of occurrence - "for in the day that you eat" - the "for" is promissory

    NOT a conditional logic construct such as "if in the day that you eat"

    IN fact, the English word "for" is translated from the Hebrew word כִּ֗י (ki)

    AND the Hebrew word כִּ֗י (ki) contains the meanings of these English words "that", "for", "when" (Strong's Hebrew: 3588. כִּ֗י (ki) -- that, for, when)

    THEREFORE the word "when" fits where the word "for" resides in Genesis 2:17

    THUS the phrase "when in the day that you eat" is an accurate translation for Genesis 2:17 (see also cross-referenceing the Hebrew word כִּ֗י [ki] definition via scripture with scripture providing the proof that [1] the translation deficiency of the word "if" for the Hebrew word כִּ֗י [ki] and [2] the translation efficiency of the word "when" for the Hebrew word כִּ֗י [ki] respecting the early chapters of Genesis)

    SO this confirms the promissory nature, the prophecy of man eating the fruit, with the word "for"/"when" in Genesis 2:17

    AND this imposes contextual certainty indicating God's foreknowledge over the matter described in Genesis 2:17

    SO there is no free will indicated for Adam

    AND the firm fact is established

    THAT God reigns in the affairs of man (Daniel 4:34-35)

Then YHWH God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." (Genesis 2:18)

So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man (Genesis 2:21-22)

  1. The Creation account contains a picture of Christ and His Assembly (Genesis 1-3, Ephesians 5:22-32)
  2. The Word of God and relationships established within the Holy Bible
    1. Of the TaNaKh, the Apostle Paul wrote "For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope" (Romans 15:4)

      AND with respect to the Law, the Torah, the Apostle Peter said "Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?" (Acts 15:10)

      AND Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy comprise the Torah (the five books of Moses)

      AND the Torah (Teaching/Law), the Nevi'im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings) comprise the TaNaKh (a Jewish acronym, roughly the same as the "Old Testament")

      AND YHWH God provides wondrously plentiful "Thus says YHWH" in the TaNaKh

      SO the apostles explain the Law

      AND the yoke of the Law could not be bore by people per Peter

      AND the Law is for our instruction per Paul

    2. Pictures in the Bible consist of
      1. a foreshadow pointing at the substance
      2. a type pointing at the antitype
      3. the form of things pointing at the factor of things
      4. a shadow pointing at the reality
      5. foreshadow, type, form of things, and shadow are synonyms
      6. substance, antitype, factor of things, and reality are synonyms
    3. Clearly identifying the shadow and the reality
      1. Of the man, Adam, it is written he "is a type of Him who was to come" (Romans 5:14)

        AND "The first man is from the earth, earthy" (1 Corinthians 15:47)

        SO Adam is the type/shadow

      2. Of the Man, Christ, it is written "He made Him who knew no sin [to be] sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21)

        AND "the second man is from heaven" (1 Corinthians 15:47)

        SO Jesus Christ is the antitype/reality

    4. A further set of scripture that references shadow and substance
      1. "the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of these realities" (Hebrews 10:1)
      2. "things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ" (Colossians 2:17)
  3. The man's rib (side) is a foreshadow of the Living Water as Christ spoke (John 4:5-26, John 3:3-8):
    1. Of Adam:
      1. It is written "Then YHWH God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.'" (Genesis 2:18)
      2. It is further written "So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man" (Genesis 2:21-22)
    2. Of Christ:
      1. Christ speaks of the Holy Spirit which believers in Jesus receive with His words of "the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water'" (John 7:38-39)
      2. one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out (John 19:34)
  4. The Word declares provocative foreshadow about "brought" pointing to the substance of "draws"
    1. God "brought her to the man"

      AND the man, Adam, ate the fruit

      AFTER the woman, Eve, ate the fruit

      SO Adam, the husband, was removed from the Garden with Eve (Genesis 3:23, Genesis 4:1)

      AND Eve, the wife, was not alone

      SO this is the form of things

    2. Extracting the illustration with the form of things while the factor of things illuminates
      1. Adam was the form of good to come

        SEE Adam ate the fruit in disobedience to God

        THUS his wife was not alone

      2. Jesus is the factor being the good

        SEE Jesus took on the sins of we believers

        THUS His Wife is not alone

    3. Adam, the shadow, did not abandon his wife the woman which mirrors that Jesus, the reality, does not abandon His Bride the woman
      1. the account of Eve taking the fruit

        THEN eating the fruit

        THEN giving the fruit to Adam

        WHICH fruit also Adam ate

        AND Adam and Eve were together outside the garden

        AND God designated the woman for the man Adam

        AND the man Adam did not abandon the woman Eve

        THIS is a shadow

      2. God foreknew Jesus before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:19-20)

        AND God's foreknowledge and predestined plan are clearly visible from the beginning (Acts 2:23, Isaiah 46:10)

        AND Jesus and the Bride of Christ, the Assembly of God, are together forevermore in love and joy on Earth and in heaven (Revelation 19:7, Revelation 21:9, John 15:5)

        AND God designates we people of the Bride of Christ for the Man Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:1-14)

        AND the Man Jesus does not abandon His Bride - the Assembly of God

        THIS is the reality

    4. God "draws" the Father's chosen persons to the Son

        FOR thus the Son of God, named Jesus, translated is "God saves", says "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out" (John 6:37)

        AND "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day" (John 6:44)

        THUS says the Son of God, named Immanuel, translated is "God with us" (Matthew 1:23)

        SO this is the factor of things

  5. God illustrates a type with the making of the helper, the woman, who is suitable for the man, Adam, reflecting the antitype of God's Assembly for the Man Jesus

    AND God used the words "I will make him a helper" (Genesis 2:18)

    SO Adam, the man, was not alone+

    BECAUSE God fashioned the woman from the man's rib which God had taken from the man (Genesis 2:22)

    SO a part of the man was used to fashion the woman - the woman came from man++

    AND Adam and Eve were one flesh (Genesis 2:24-25)

    NOW delving into the antitype, God creates us individuals in salvation (James 1:18)

    AND God conforms us to the image of Christ Jesus in sanctification (Romans 8:29)

    AND in all this God contributes we individuals to the building of God's Temple (1 Peter 2:5)

    we the pillars and buttresses (Revelation 3:12, 1 Timothy 3:15)

    we the body of Christ (Romans 12:5)

    we the bride of Christ (Matthew 22:1-14)

    we the wife of Christ (Revelation 21:9)

    we the woman

    He the Man

    SO the Man, Jesus, is not alone#

    SO the Man, Jesus, and the woman, the Assembly of God, are one (John 17:21, John 17:23)

    AS the Father and the Son are one

    THUS the God, Jesus, builds His body##

    AND God establishes blessed, loving, and glorious unity

    + and # see how these two points are related as foreshadow and substance respectively

    ++ and ## see how these two points are related as foreshadow and substance respectively

  6. Eve's punishment as a shadow and the Bride of Christ's persecution in the world as the reality
    1. Of Eve:
      1. It is written "To the woman He said,

        'I will greatly multiply

        Your pain in childbirth,

        In pain you will bring forth children;

        Yet your desire will be for your husband,

        And he will rule over you.'" (Genesis 3:16).

      2. It is prophetic, Eve will bring forth children
      3. It is prophetic, Eve will desire for Adam
      4. It is prophetic, Adam will rule over Eve
      5. Eve is the shadow
    2. Of the Bride of Christ:
      1. Christ speaks "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when [people] insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matthew 5:10-12)
      2. Christ speaks "I will send to them prophets and apostles, and [some] of them they will kill and [some] they will persecute" (Luke 11:49)
      3. Christ speaks "You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved" (Matthew 10:22)
      4. Christ speaks "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20)
      5. It is prophetic, the Bride of Christ proclaims the Word of God while children of God are born of the Spirit (John 3:3-8)
      6. It is prophetic, the Bride of Christ desires Jesus Christ
      7. It is prophetic, Jesus Christ rules over the Bride of Christ
      8. The Bride of Christ is the reality
  7. God said "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever" (Genesis 3:22)

    THEN God "drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life" (Genesis 3:24)

    AND God used the verb "take" with the noun phrase of "the tree of life"

    THEN followed by cherubim and flaming sword guarding the way to "the tree of life"

    AND man was separated from "the tree of life"

    YET Lord Jesus is the Life (John 14:6)

    AND the True Vine (John 15:1)

    AND the Light (John 1:4, John 9:5)

    AND the fruit of the Spirit of God in man who practices the truth comes to the Light that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God (John 3:21)

    SO man comes to the Light because of the act of God

    LIKEWISE man comes to Life because of the act of God

    THEREFORE God causes reconciliation between God and man.

  8. The Sovereignty of God in the salvation of mankind is manifest in the creation account for Lord Jesus said "Have you not read that He who created [them] from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate" (Matthew 19:4-6)

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that YHWH God made earth and heaven. (Genesis 2:4)

  1. The Creation account is litrally true in history.

    AND the Creation account is a foreshadow of God's Plan of salvation

    AS this prophecy clearly states "YHWH God said to the serpent":

    I will put enmity between you and the woman,
    And between your seed and her seed;
    He shall bruise you on the head,
    And you shall bruise him on the heel (Genesis 3:15)

    WITH the bruise on the Christ's heel at the cross

    WITH the bruise on the devil's head being the Risen Christ overcoming death in resurrection glory

    THEREFORE God's plan for the redemption of humankind through the promised Christ (Messiah) from the beginning is very good (Genesis 3:15, Genesis 1-31, and rib explanation above)

    FURTHERMORE in exclusive power and unilateral might God created the woman out of the man without the woman's consent*

    FOR the benefit of the man (Genesis 2:18)

    SO it goes with the Bride of Christ for the Christ - God acts graciously and mercifully according to God's good pleasure to add individuals to God's Kingdom (Revelation 4:11)

    * for that matter, God created the man without the man's consent too

    YET this contributes to proof of God's exclusive power and unilateral might

    BUT it does not detract from the prophecy discussed

    AFTER all, Jesus the eternal Word of God became flesh (John 1:14)

    BY the woman named Mary who was found to be with child by the Spirit of God (Matthew 1:18)

    CRUCIALLY resulting in the incarnate Lord Jesus Christ

    BEING fully Man based on the woman

    BEING fully God based on the Holy Spirit

    CRITICALLY this beloved Jesus overcame death at the cross to give eternal life to all who believe in Him by the Word (Acts 4:29-32)

    THEREFORE the serpent bruised Lord Jesus on His Heel (Acts 4:27-28, 1 John 5:19)

    AND victoriously Lord and Savior Jesus bruised the serpent on his head (Acts 2:23-24, Acts 2:38)

    MOREOVER Mighty God put on flesh of man as Christ Jesus

    AND fulfilled prophecy

    AND the first man is from the earth, earthy (1 Corinthians 15:47)

    AND the first man is Adam

    AND the first man had a point in time to become flesh

    AND the second Man had a point in time to become flesh

    AND the second Man is from heaven (1 Corinthians 15:47)

    YET the second Man is eternal God

    AND the second Man is the only propitiation for men to God (1 John 2:2)

    AND the second Man is the only mediator between men and God (1 Timothy 2:5)

    AND the second Man is Jesus Christ, Son of Man, Son of God

    SEE the foreshadow and substance:

    foreshadow) Adam, the husband, had a point in time to become flesh that preceded the woman, Eve, the wife

    substance) Jesus Christ had a point in time to become flesh that precedes the Bride of Christ (Colossians 1:15, Colossians 1:18)

  2. The Names in the Geneaology of Noah Before the Flood

    SEE the Gospel of Christ when the definitions are read columnar wise.

                 Name            Definition
                 ----            ----------
                 Adam            Man
                 Seth            Appointed
                 Enos            Mortal
                 Cainan          Sorrow
                 Mahalaleel      The Blessed God
                 Jared           Shall Come Down
                 Enoch           Proclaiming
                 Methuselah      His Death shall Bring
                 Lamech          The Despairing
                 Noah            Rest
              

Christ, foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that the faith of you and hope are in God, the souls of you having purified in the obedience to the truth through Spirit into a sincere love of the brethren (1 Peter 1:19-22, see also God Purifies Souls, an exposition of 1 Peter 1:21-22 and 1 John 3:3)

"Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world" (John 17:24)

this [Man], delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put [Him] to death (Acts 2:23)

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, [everyone] whose name has not been written in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8, see also Grammatical Structure Of Revelation 13:8)

"The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come" (Revelation 17:8)

nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life (Revelation 21:27)

"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world'" (Matthew 25:34)

"Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven." (Luke 10:20)

  1. Lord Jesus Christ was foreknown before the foundation of the world
    1. He was delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God to be sacrified for the redemption of Christ's Bride

      AND we individuals that comprise Christ's Bride, God knows us from the foundation of the world - God knows us by name

      THEREFORE God possesses a predetermined set of people to enter into God's joy as well as to be saved from the wrath of God

    2. Behold, the Lamb's Book of Life written from the foundation of the world contains all the names of we people saved and to be saved in all time
      1. The verb used to describe the action of writing the Lamb's Book of Life is past tense
      2. The verb used is "written"
      3. The verb is not "being written"

        THUS the verb is not a contemporary action

      4. The verb is "written"

        THUS the verb denotes a completed action

    3. There is no indication that the Lamb's Book of Life has been edited
      1. "I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels" (Revelation 3:5)
      2. This is a promise
      3. This is future tense not indicating an action that has occurred - notice the word "will"
      4. This is encouragement
  2. Will, as in willpower/volition, is addressed in Scripture

    AND the Apostle John wrote of the exclusive will of God by which all things were created

    AND the fruit of we believers is to do the will of God for our Wonderful Savior Jesus is our Example

    YET for mankind, a tightly-coupled relationship exists between "self will" and "free will"

    AND the Apostle Peter recorded self will as condemnation

    AND the Apostle Paul recorded free will as illusory

    AND the "self will" and "free will" are the ONLY mentions of each in the New Testament

    1. The Apostle Peter wrote "the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties" (2 Peter 2:9-10)
      1. Peter wrote "the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation"

        AND "the Lord knows how" "to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment"

        SO the Lord God's control over salvation is amplified in Peter's writing

      2. Peter also wrote important points about the unrighteous

        DARING: the unrighteous do things like claim they choose Jesus contrary to the Lord's words "you did not choose Me, but I chose you" (John 15:16)

        SELF-WILLED: the unrighteous are self-willed

        NOT trembling when they revile angelic majesties

        BY claiming choice toward Jesus

        SO the self-willed persons contradict the Lord's words of "I chose you out of the world" (John 15:19)

      3. In 2 Peter 2:9-10,

        SO the sentence can appropriately be rendered in English as "self-willed, they do not tremble when they blaspheme Glory".

        AND The Prophet Isaiah recorded the word of God "I will not give My glory to another" (Isaiah 42:8).

      4. In the unrighteous person's daring self-will, they are condemned

        THEREFORE, "self will" is a cause unto damnation in the New Testament.

    2. The Apostle Paul wrote of "free will" metaphorically in "but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will" (Philemon 1:14)
      1. The same writing of the Apostle Paul in direct word for word Greek to English "Apart-from however your consent nothing I-wished to-do so-that not as according-to necessity the good of-you may-be but according-to willingness" (Philemon 1:14)
      2. The KJV renders "in effect" as "as it were"

        AND "as it were" is adverbial with the meaning "as if it were really so"

        SO "as it were" is the same as "in effect"

      3. Two literary constructs are "in effect" and "in fact" each with differing definition, here are the hallmarks of each phrase:
        1. The definition of each
          1. "in effect" expresses differing causes in which a similar effect/outcome occurs (cause and effect); in other words, one thing is different from another thing, yet the resultant effect is similar.
          2. "in fact" expresses accuracy of fact; in other words, two things that are the same arrive at the same resultant effect.
        2. An example of each:
          1. EXAMPLE "IN EFFECT" SENTENCE: In effect, the systems are identical.
          2. EXAMPLE "IN FACT" SENTENCE: In fact, the systems are identical.
        3. An explanation of the examples:
          1. EXPLANATION OF "IN EFFECT" SENTENCE: Two systems using different means to arrive at similarly identical output despite using alternative avenue/means/cause to arrive at the output.
          2. EXPLANATION OF "IN FACT" SENTENCE: Arriving at the same output using two exactly same systems or two systems the same in function with few details changed.
      4. Paul wrote of the outcome "your goodness".
      5. The clause after "in effect" is cohesive
        1. "by compulsion but of your own free will" is a whole grammatically.
        2. This results in the effectual "cause" of "your goodness" is not compulsion but free will.
      6. Paul also wrote of two systems/causes which are (1) "compulsion" and (2) "your own free will".
      7. Logic comes into play, here, as a literary construct.
        1. The functional words "and", "or", and "not" are part of boolean logic operators.
        2. Notice the position of the word "not" in the sentence.
        3. The word "not" precedes the words "in effect" causing the "not" to be associated with the phrases following the words "in effect"
        4. The "not" preceding "in effect" results in an inversion of "compulsion" and "free will" with respect to "in effect".
        5. Thus, "compulsion" is the concrete, and "free will" is the illusory.
      8. Phrase reduction can also help with clarity, so now is the time to apply it to Philemon 1:14.
        1. For transparency, the phrase reduction guidelines and steps to be applied:
          1. maintain original sentence denotation for remaining phrases.
          2. implement minimal sentence impact.
          3. retain phrase "of your own free will".
          4. eliminate phrase "by compulsion".
          5. eliminate the conjunction "but" linking the phrases "by compulsion" and "of your own free will".
          6. the conjunction "but" eliminatation requires the elimination of the "not" adjacent to "in effect".
        2. For clarity sake, here is the resultant phrase reduction:

          "but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would be, in effect, of your own free will" (Philemon 1:14).

        3. Nonetheless, the actual scripture is:

          "but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will" (Philemon 1:14).

        4. The resultant phrase reduction "Your goodness would be, in effect, of your own free will" exposes that "your own free will" is not the real cause of "your goodness"
        5. A referenced thing can be real, or a referenced thing can be illusion
        6. That which is not real is illusion, and real is concrete
        7. Thus, "compulsion" is the concrete, and "free will" is the illusory.
      9. Paul clearly states that for appearances sake "your goodness" would have the appearance of "free will" with "free will" being the illusory element.
      10. Paul does not say he has the free will to choose God.
      11. It is prudent to compare scripture with scripture
        1. Paul referring to "your goodness" in Philemon 1:14 is referring to good works that God prepared for us believers to walk in them (Ephesians 2:10)
          1. Paul also wrote "we are His work, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10)
          2. This results in Paul's words in Philemon 1:14 agreeing with Paul's words in Ephesians 2:10.
        2. Paul referring to "your goodness" in Philemon 1:14 is referring to fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
          1. Paul knew that "good works" of the creature is "fruit of the Spirit"
          2. This establishes the Philemon 1:14 relation with Galatians 5:22-23
          3. Paul knew the works are wrought in God (John 3:21)
      12. Paul's writing indicates that "in effect" is applied to the two systems/causes, and this results in "your own free will" as the illusory system/cause.

        THEREFORE, "free will" as a concrete system/cause does not occur in the New Testament.

    3. The will of God creates the new creature, the new thing, the new creation, the born again person, the child of God

      AND events inescapably occur according to God's hand and God's purpose

      1. "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created." (Revelation 4:11)
      2. "O Lord, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said,

        'Why did the Gentiles rage,

        And the peoples devise futile things?

        'The kings of the earth took their stand,

        And the rulers were gathered together

        Against the Lord and against His Christ.'

        For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus." (Acts 4:24-30, the Apostle Peter and the Apostle John and the Assembly of God were together when they lifted their voices to God with one accord)
      3. Revelation 4:11 relates with "the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation" in 2 Peter 2:9-10
      4. Acts 4:24-30 relates with "the Lord knows how" "to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment" in 2 Peter 2:9-10
    4. Lord Jesus is focused on the will of God

      AND the Son does the will of the Father

      AND the Son of God, Jesus, is our believers example (John 13:15)

      1. "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work" (John 4:34)
      2. "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless [it is] something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner" (John 5:19)
      3. "I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me" (John 5:30)
      4. "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me" (John 6:38)
      5. "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will" (Matthew 26:39)
      6. "My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done" (Matthew 26:42)

  3. Desire, as in wanting and delighting, is addressed in Scripture

    SO the desire, wishes, and delight of God is expressed

    AS in "wishes none should perish"

    OR as in "desires all to be saved"

    BECAUSE it is written about the Lord "who desires all men to be saved" (1 Timothy 2:4)

    AND it is written about the Lord "not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9)

    YET those verses are incomplete contextually without surrounding context

    WHEN those verses are used as cited above, it could be similar hearing the dying words of someone saying "I have twenty gold bullion bars in a jar in my kitchen and you can have it" then the person passes with no identification but that leaves many questions "who is the 'I' in the statement" and "what house out of the millions of houses in the state contains the 'my kitchen'" and "which 'jar'" and "is the 'jar' hidden in a wall or buried in the earth below the kitchen or something".

    SO those verses need to take into account the following verses, in other words, the above verses need to reconcile with the following verses:

     

    "YHWH will delight over you to make you perish and destroy you" (Deuteronomy 28:63)

     

    by His word the present heavens and earth are treasured for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7)

     

    NOW it's time to examine 1 Timothy 2:4 and 2 Peter 3:9 properly in context.

    1. Examining 1 Timothy 2:4
      1. The word "all' occurs in various passages in the Bible. Let's examine 2 particular occurrences, 1 Timothy 2:4 and Acts 1:21
      2. Why Acts 1:21, one might ask, well, it relates to a broader scope.
        1. The Apostle John recorded the supper that preceded the crucifixion in John chapters 13-17
        2. Among the supper discourse, Lord Jesus says several important things:
          1. "You did not choose Me, but I chose you" (John 15:16, includes salvation and sanctification)
          2. "I chose you out of the world" (John 15:19, includes salvation)
          3. "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; [that is] the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, [but] you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you" (John 14:16-17)
        3. Lord Jesus uses the word "you" repeatedely throughout John chapters 13-17, including the above quotations
        4. Lord Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to the audience represented in the word "you"
        5. Lord Jesus declared that no member represented in the audience of "you" can choose Jesus, but Jesus exclusively chooses every member represented in the audience of "you"
        6. Every member represented in the audience of "you" is saved from the wrath of God (John 6:29, John 15:16, John 3:36)
        7. Lord Jesus addresses the audience of all believers in all time (see also more of the Word of God integrating all believers in all time at the supper)
      3. Enter Acts 1:21
        1. After the Christ's ascension, the disciples specifically identified Matthias and Joseph as two men who "accompanied us all the time" - see that it is "all" the time they were with Jesus as described by the Apostle Peter here:

          "'Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us - beginning with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us - one of these [must] become a witness with us of His resurrection.' So they put forward two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus), and Matthias." (Acts 1:21-23)

        2. In the room occupied by Jesus' disciples who put forward Matthias and Joseph were many apostles including Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James (Acts 1:13)
        3. The Apostle Peter's description in Acts 1:21 clearly puts Joseph and Matthias in the supper room covered in John chapters 13-17
        4. The Apostle Peter said "all" - that is "all the time" in Acts 1:21
      4. I repeatedly encountered self willed Arminians/self-willians (2 Peter 2:9-10) who claim that the "all" mentioned by Peter in Acts 1:21 does not mean that Joseph and Matthias were present during the time in the supper room covered in John 13-17; furthermore, this is part of their attempt to confine the "you" mentioned by Lord Jesus as recorded in John 15:16 to the apostles only - strictly and exclusively constrained to the apostles from among the disciples as recorded when He chose the twelve (Luke 6:13)
      5. Enter 1 Timothy 2:4
        1. The Apostle Paul wrote that God "desires all men to be saved" in 1 Timothy 2:4
        2. the self-willians assert that the "all" means every single person without exception
      6. Duplicity exposed
        1. The self-willians strongly assert "all" does not mean "all" in "all the time" for Acts 1:21
        2. The self-willians strongly assert "all" does mean "all" in "all men" for 1 Timothy 2:4
        3. Self-willians are inconsistent in applying the rules of language and literary style
      7. Properly exegeting, 1 Timothy 2:4
        1. can be exegeted as 1 Timothy 2:4
          1. presents constraints for the word "all"

            SO "all" means all types of people because of qualification placed on the "all" in 1 Timothy 2:4

            BASED upon the broader passage by Paul about prayers "be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life" (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

            AND Paul wrote "kings"

            AND he wrote "all who are in authority"

            AND he wrote "all men" (includes types of people that are not "kings")

            AND he wrote "we" (being believers)

            THUS multiple types are evident in 1 Timothy 2:4

          2. does not state "who desires all men choose to be saved"
          3. does not state "who desires all men willpower to be saved"
          4. does state "who desires all men to be saved"

            THEREFORE, 1 Timothy 2:4 conveys NOT OF MAN rather OF GOD (John 1:12-13, Romans 9:16)

            BASED on the above explanation of Truth about 1 Timothy 2:4, it is deceptive for Arminians to use the passage as a free will proof text

          5. A key take away of Paul's writing is for prayer
            1. In the letter to Timothy, him being a believer, this is a key component
            2. Even prayer for the lost and unsaved
        2. can also be exegeted in the broader scope, let's visit 1 Timothy 2:1-8

          verse 1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties [and] prayers, petitions [and] thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,

          verse 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

          verse 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

          verse 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

          verse 5 For there is one God, [and] one mediator also between God and men, [the] man Christ Jesus,

          verse 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony [given] at the proper time.

          verse 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

          verse 8 Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.

          1 Timothy 2:1-8

          1. The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy utilizing the clause "all men" in verse 1 and verse 4.
          2. Lord Jesus said:
            "the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28)

            "many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14)

          3. Jesus IS GOD (John 8:58)
          4. Paul IS MAN (Acts 7:58 Saul is Paul)
          5. The words of Paul need to reconcile back to Jesus
          6. Lord Jesus said that Jesus came "to give His life a ransom for many"
          7. Paul wrote "gave Himself as a ransom for all".
          8. Lord Jesus said "many"; on the other hand, Paul said "all"
          9. God is all mighty (Genesis 35:11) with a might that surpasses human intellect abilities (Isaiah 55:8)
          10. When God desires/wants something, then God gets it (Daniel 4:35, Jude 1:4, Revelation 21:27, Romans 9:18-23)
          11. While examining Paul's writing in 1 Timothy 2:1-8, we would do well to keep in mind the revelation to the Apostle John:
            "And they sang a new song, saying, 'Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.'" (Revelation 5:9-10)
          12. Paul indicates prayers be made on behalf of "all men"

            THEN Paul mentions a classification of men

            THAT is kings in the plural

            AND those in authority in the plural

            YET don't forget Revelation 5:9-10

          13. Paul then indicates the prayers be about "that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity"
          14. The "all men" mentioned by Paul does not indicate specific men, rather classifications/types of men
          15. There are kings, and there are "not" kings, identified for intercessory prayer
          16. Keep an eye on Revelation 5:9-10
          17. Note Paul's writing here does not mean that we cannot pray for specific individuals
          18. In verse 4, Paul indicates God desires "all men" to be saved
          19. The "all men" in verse 4 are a continuation of the "all men" in verse 1, that is, the classifications/types of men.
          20. God desires men of various types to be saved, recall Revelation 5:9-10 above
          21. In verse 6, Paul indicates that Christ Jesus gave Himself a ransom for "all", and that "all" is the elect/chosen of God (recall Matthew 22:14 above)
          22. That is, the ones who are born again by the Spirit of God (John 3:3-8) as well as the work of God in a person to believe in Jesus whom the Father has sent (John 6:29)
          23. Can the Apostle Paul be referring to every person who ever lived at any point in time in 1 Timothy 2:4 or 1 Timothy 2:6? Let's examine scripture which contains the answer:
            1. Judas Iscariot (Jesus knew the son of perdition [destruction, ruin, loss, perishing; eternal ruin] would betray him John 13:11, John 17:12, Acts 1:16-20)
            2. Pharoah (raised up to fight against God Romans 9:17)
            3. Esau (God said "JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED." Romans 9:13 translated accurately, quoting from Malachi 1:2-3)
            4. Jewish Religious Leaders (they cried out saying, "Crucify, crucify!" about Jesus John 19:6 and with the upcoming "Your" being God's "to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur" Acts 4:27-28)
            5. Pontius Pilate (the upcoming "Your" being God's "to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur" Acts 4:27-28)
            6. Antichrist ("false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect" Matthew 24:24)
          24. The above six points, every one of the points, makes reference to REAL people

            AND the people are ALL under the wrath of God for there is no indicating of belief in Jesus whom the Father has sent!

          25. Paul wrote Romans 9:13 and Paul wrote 1 Timothy 2:4

            THUS providing more clarity that "all men" in 1 Timothy 2:1-8 are various types of men

          26. In verse 8, Paul wrote "I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension"
            1. Who prays to God lifting holy hands in unity?
            2. The answer: believers!
            3. This "the men" harkens back to the "all men" in verse 1 and verse 4
          27. It is far worse than a critical disservice to God for any man to interpret 1 Timothy 2:1-8 as some kind of promiscuous man controlled salvation support apparatus
      8. Proper Language Rules And Literary Style
        1. In Acts 1:21 and surrounding context, constraints are not present on "all", so "all" means "all the time"
        2. In 1 Timothy 2:4 and surrounding context, constraints are present on "all", so "all" means all types of people
        3. Self-willed persons not only get the "all" denotation and connotation reversed between Acts 1:21 and 1 Timothy 2:4, but they daringly deny that Lord Jesus' refers to all believers in all time when the Word of God says "you did not choose Me, but I chose you" (John 15:16)
      9. Critical Points About 1 Timothy 2:4
        1. The logical conclusion of "all men" meaning every person walking on planet Earth is universalism (written another way, all people everywhere are saved from the wrath of God regardless of whether a person believes in Jesus Christ) which is heretical because it is inconsistent with scripture and Apostolic teaching

          SUCH as when the Apostle Paul wrote "we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have belief" (2 Thessalonians 3:2)

        2. Under the self willed doctrine of free will:
          1. there is no need to pray to God for specific lost and unsaved persons since people are in exclusive control of choosing God a.k.a. claiming God's salvation for themselves
          2. the self willed people believe God does not have control over their salvation
          3. their choosing trumps according to their theology
          4. the self willian's daring belief that they can choose Jesus despite Jesus saying "you did not choose Me" (John 15:16) translates to the fact that the self willian's do not believe in Him Who says Who He is - He is the One with the characteristic to exclusively choose to save while man lacks the characteristic to choose Jesus per the Word of God saying "you did not choose Me, but I chose you" (John 15:16) and "I chose you out of the world" (John 15:19 - includes salvation)
        3. The 1 Timothy 2:4 passage never mentions explicitly nor implicitly that men have the ability to choose toward God, so this passage is absolutely not a proof text for people choosing God to salvation
        4. The writing of Paul in 1 Timothy 2:4 is in harmony with the Word saying "you did not choose Me, but I chose you" (John 15:16)
    2. Examining 2 Peter 3:9
      1. My beloved brother and Apostle Peter wrote to and of the Assembly of God "not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9)
      2. The context occurring immediately prior, "is patient toward you", speaks loud and clear to the audience, as does the opening of the epistle "Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:1)
      3. Behold, the "received" in 2 Peter 1:1 represents "siezed by", as in siezed by God, just like the Apostle John wrote with:

         

        "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, [even] to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:12-13)

         

      4. See "nor of the will of man" in John 1:12-13
      5. See that it is not man's will in John 1:12-13
      6. See children of God are born of God in John 1:12-13 (John 3:3-8)
      7. Faith/belief in Jesus whom the Father has sent is the work of God - not of man - faith/belief is the gift of God (John 6:29, Ephesians 2:8-10)
      8. Recalling that Peter wrote to and of the Assembly of God as found in 2 Peter 1:1, here is the entirety of 2 Peter 3:9:

         

        The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

         

      9. This Holy Spirit inspired writing contains telling phrases:
        1. His promise (referring to eternal life in the Lord Jesus Christ)
        2. is patient toward you (that "you" refers to people who received or [by God's patience] will receive the faith delivered by our God and Savior, Jesus Christ [2 Peter 1:1])
        3. not wishing for any to perish (that "any" refers back to that "you" - the ones with whom God is patient)
        4. but for all to come to repentance (that "all" refers back to that "any" - the ones God desires not to perish)
      10. Critical Points About 2 Peter 3:9
        1. The 2 Peter 3:9 passage lingusitically translates legitimately as "not desiring for any to perish but for all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9)
        2. The logical conclusion of "not wishing for any to perish" meaning every person walking on planet Earth is universalism (written another way, all people everywhere are saved from the wrath of God regardless of whether a person believes in Jesus Christ) which is heretical because it is inconsistent with scripture and Apostolic teaching

          SUCH as when the Apostle Paul wrote "we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have belief" (2 Thessalonians 3:2)

        3. Under the self willed doctrine of free will:
          1. there is no need to pray to God for specific lost and unsaved persons since people are in exclusive control of choosing God a.k.a. claiming God's salvation for themselves
          2. the self willed people believe God does not have control over their salvation
          3. their choosing trumps according to their theology
          4. the self willian's daring belief that they can choose Jesus despite Jesus saying "you did not choose Me" (John 15:16) translates to the fact that the self willian's do not believe in Him Who says Who He is - He is the One with the characteristic to exclusively choose to save while man lacks the characteristic to choose Jesus per the Word of God saying "you did not choose Me, but I chose you" (John 15:16) and "I chose you out of the world" (John 15:19 - includes salvation)
        4. The 2 Peter 3:9 passage never mentions explicitly nor implicitly that men have the ability to choose toward God, so this passage is absolutely not a proof text for people choosing God to salvation
        5. The writing of Peter in 2 Peter 3:9 is in harmony with the Word saying "you did not choose Me, but I chose you" (John 15:16)
      11. The Apostle Peter clearly, absolutely, and literally points to the members of the Assembly of God, the congregation of believers and/or future believers on the Lord Jesus Christ
      12. The passage has nothing to do with free will; in other words, the verse provides nothing in support of accepting/choosing Jesus
      13. The writing of Peter is in harmony with the Word saying "I chose you out of the world" (John 15:19)
    3. Conclusions about desire, want, and delight
      1. Between 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9, Deuteronomy 28:63, and 2 Peter 3:7 it is clear that God gets what God wants
      2. Under the self willed persons (2 Peter 2:9-10) doctrine of free will, God does not get what God wants
      3. According to the Christian doctrine of the Sovereignty of God, God gets what God wants
  4. Crucial definitions of "will" with it's variants and "desire" and "joy" must be established for proper communication
    1. "Willpower" is:
      1. the inherent ability to be the source of a cause to an effect
        1. cause = will
        2. effect = power
      2. sheer power of will to bring about a result, supernatural
      3. the ability to control

      FOR example, God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so (Genesis 1:9)

    2. "Will" must be examined in both it's forms, that is, as a noun and as a verb
      1. Will's definition is the median definition between freewill's definition and bondwill's definition
      2. "Will" as a noun is:
        1. cognitive determination to achieve or ignore
        2. manifested as thoughts leading to a motivating factor of preference (possibly resulting in action or inaction)
        3. a state of being
        4. potentially expressed in the statements "I will do this" and "I will not to do that"
        5. existential
        6. consciously aware by the agent
      3. "Will" as a verb is:
        1. "Will" is, as a verb:
          1. expresses future tense
          2. an authoritative decree, i.e. governmental
        2. "Will", as a verb, is relevant but refers to prophecy due to future events (fulfilled foretelling versus unfulfilled foretelling)

      FOR example of "will" as a noun, God chose Jesus Christ to be savior (Isaiah 42:1-9, Philippians 2:6-11, John 15:13-15, John 8:28)

    3. "Freewill" is:
      1. autonomous inherent human agency capable of making human choices
      2. a free thought agent with the ability to choose
        1. good
        2. evil
      3. self-determined choices which can alternately choose good and evil
      4. human directed ability to choose good one minute then choose evil another minute then choose good the next minute then evil then good and so on
      5. human freedom of choice undetermined by divine intervention or prior causes
      6. unbonded independent choosing
      7. separate agent with the capacity of choice

      FOR example, "but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will" (Philemon 1:14).

    4. "Bondwill" is:
      1. a dependent agent on a power capable of choices
      2. clay in the hand of the Potter with the power of selection, where the clay can be one, and only one of:
        1. a vessel of mercy capable of good
        2. a vessel of destruction capable of evil
      3. dependent for choice
      4. bond as in bound to another
      5. adhesion to another influncer
      6. tied to another controller
      7. an agent united with a powerful agent with the capacity of determination

      FOR example, "when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth" (John 16:13)

    5. "Desire" is an unsatisfied state of being, even discontent and/or unhappy

      FOR example, God is patient during the time of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24) because God does not desire for any of God the Father's chosen persons (1 Peter 1:1-2) to perish (2 Peter 3:9)

    6. "Joy" is a satisfied state of being, even contentment and/or happy

      FOR example, saints in joy are in the presence of the Lord (Revelation 21:4, Revelation 22).

    7. Conclusions:
      1. A comparison table helps:
        "Free Will" "Bond Will" Relevant Scripture

        F = free will

        B = bond will

        free-will bond-will F & B: Roman 6:17-18
        unsecure will secure will F & B: John 10:25-30
        wide will narrow will F & B: Matthew 7:13-14
        liberal will captive will F & B: 2 Corinthians 10:5
        mutable will immutable will F: Joshua 24:15; B: Ezekiel 36:26
        manipulative will persuasive will F: John 8:43-44; B: John 6:29
        uncontrolled by God will controlled by God will F: 2 Peter 2:12; B: 2 Corinthians 5:14
        self will bound will F & B: 2 Peter 2:9-10

      2. By definition, "free-will" indicates the source of choices as the free agent; on the other hand, "will" exists without source identification in the definition, yet "will" is a conscience aware condition which is potentially controlled either internally (sovereignty of man) or externally (Sovereignty of God) by definition
      3. "Will" does not identify a source in the definition, so will's definition is neither "free will" nor "bond will"
      4. "Thought" have been referred to as faculty of reasoning, the content of cognition, conscious thought, subconscious occurrence, belief, and mental activity in secular circles
      5. Appropriately regarding thoughts scripturally and the Sovereignty of God, the Apostle Paul wrote of "taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5) which can be directly attributed to God imparting the mind of Christ to us believers for Paul further writes "we have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:16)
        • "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses, destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete" (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)
        • "a natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:14-16)
        • No natural man can instruct Him about salvation of the natural man for God does not hear sinners (John 9:31) for the natural man is not pleasing to God (Romans 8:8); on the other hand, he who is spiritual is imparted salvation by God for God causes conversion (Matthew 18:3, John 3:3-8, Ephesians 2:8-10, Ezekiel 36:26)
      6. A treasury of scripture about the exclusive Sovereignty of God in man's salvation (notice the "thought" and "way" in these verses)
        • It is written "The heart of man plans his way, but YHWH establishes his steps" (Proverbs 16:9)
        • It is written "Then YHWH saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5)
        • It is written ""Beware that there is no base thought in your heart, saying, 'The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,' and your eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing; then he may cry to YHWH against you, and it will be a sin in you" (Deuteronomy 15:9)
        • It is written "And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, 'Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?'" (Matthew 9:4)
        • It is written "The steps of a man are established by YHWH, and he delights in his way" (Psalm 37:23)
        • It is written "The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from YHWH" (Proverbs 16:1)
        • It is written "I know, O YHWH, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps" (Jeremiah 10:23)
        • It is written "YHWH knows the thoughts of man, that they are a mere breath" (Psalm 94:11)
        • It is written "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them" (Psalm 139:17)
        • It is written "'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,' declares YHWH. 'For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts'" (Isaiah 55:8-9)
        • It is written "For behold, He forms mountains and He creates the wind and He declares to man what are his thoughts, He makes dawn into darkness and He treads on the high places of the earth, YHWH God of hosts is His name" (Amos 4:13)
        • It is written "there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days. This was your dream and the visions in your mind [while] on your bed. As for you, O king, [while] on your bed your thoughts turned to what would take place in the future; and He who reveals mysteries has made known to you what will take place. But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me for any wisdom residing in me more than [in] any [other] living man, but for the purpose of making the interpretation known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind" (Daniel 2:28-30)
        • It is written "knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, 'Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand'" (Matthew 12:25)
      7. The treasury of scripture (above) shows that God gives man thoughts such that the thoughts are scripturally referred to as man's thoughts

        MOREOVER regarding thoughts scripturally (above) shows that God gives saved man the mind of Christ such that the weapons of our warfare take every thought captive

        ADDITIONALLY the new heart accompanying the birth of the new man by God brings the converted person's thoughts of the heart into unity with God by God

        THEREFORE the Kingdom of God is UNITED

      8. "Free-will" differs from "will" in definition in that:
        1. "Free will" is independent thought in source of the autonomous agent by definition
        2. "Will" is unspecified as to the controller by definition
      9. "Bond-will" is in accord with scripture in that:
        1. the natural man is bound as a slave to sin
        2. he who is born of the Spirit of God is bound as a slave to righteousness, and Christ is righteous, and Christ makes the slave of righteousness His friend
      10. It seems ridiculous to write this obvious fact, but "desire" differs from "free will" in definition, so they are not the same thing
      11. Profound difference exist between "will" with it's variants and "desire" and "joy"

where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it (Hebrews 9:16)

"This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood" (Christ Jesus recorded in Luke 22:20)

  1. Our merciful and loving God is Benefactor, and we believers are beneficiaries
    1. God is mercifully loving to save any of the rebellious persons, we beneficiaries

      FOR the first condition of all men is enmity against God

      MOREOVER, that first condition is the default state of man, and the first condition can be referred to as:

      • the first nature
      • the default nature
      • the sin nature
      • the carnal nature
      • the old things
      • the enemy against God nature
      • the flesh nature

      AND that is just like the first man, Adam, from the earth, earthy (1 Corinthians 15:47)

      FOR through Adam sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men (Romans 5:12)

      AND respecting the first nature all people have no choice in the matter, all people enter life with the sin nature (Colossians 1:13-14, Colossians 1:21-22)

      YET people in the first nature are incapable of pleasing God (Romans 8:8)

      AND people of the first nature cannot understand spiritual things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14)

      SO God's regeneration of men in the renewing by the Holy Spirit results in a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17, Titus 3:5)

      AND by the act of God, the old things passed away while the new creature has come (2 Corinthians 5:17)

      AGAIN God formed Adam of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (Genesis 2:7)

      MOREOVER in order to make the woman for the man (Genesis 2:22), God took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place (Genesis 2:21)

      ADDITIONALLY Adam said "flesh of my flesh" of the woman (Genesis 2:23)

      ADDITIONALLY of man and wife it is written "they shall become one flesh" (Genesis 2:24)

      THEREFORE man was made of flesh

      AND flesh is Strong's Greek 4561 (σάρξ [sarx]) which is the same word used in

      AND Adam transitioned into seeing he was naked (Genesis 3:7)

      AND Adam and Eve saw their flesh - naked is visible flesh

      SO first, in their flesh, Adam and Eve tried to cover up their flesh when it was just the two of them (Genesis 3:7)

      YET second, in their flesh, they attempted to hide from the presence of God (Genesis 3:8)

      THEREFORE evil of the flesh entered the sight of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:10)

      SO the "old things", the first and default nature, is flesh (earthy, darkness, wicked, evil, death, natural) - in/by/of/for man

      BUT the "new things", the God fabricated new creature, is Spirit (heavenly, Light, righteous, good, life, eternal) - in/by/of/for Christ

      SO the "new creature" is made holy by the Holy God named Jesus Christ

      AND the "new creature" is in Christ, and only the "new creature", we born again by God, are in Christ

      AND in Christ all will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22)

  2. God's merciful and loving actions as Benefactor are beautiful

    FOR the Son of God established the Testament (Hebrews 9:16, Luke 22:20)

    THUS Jesus the Lord proved His position of Benefactor in the Testament (John 12:31-33)

  3. Our gracious Benefactor produces
    1. divine choice of we beneficiaries unto salvation, for the Christ of us Christians says

      "you did not choose Me, but I chose you" (John 15:16) and "I chose you out of the world" (John 15:19)

      SO, clearly, Jesus' words in John 15:16 and John 15:19 state God exclusively chooses us believers by/of/through God

    2. beneficiaries' faith/belief in Lord Jesus, for the Christ of us Christians says (see also a word about belief/faith (Greek πίστις pistis) and believe (Greek πιστεύω pisteuó))

      "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent" (John 6:29)

      SO, clearly, Jesus' words in John 6:29 state for us believers to believe in Jesus whom the Father has sent is by/of/through God

    3. beneficiaries' fruit of the Spirit/righteous actions/good works, for the Christ of us Christians says

      "he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God" (John 3:21)

      SO, clearly, Jesus' words in John 3:21 state fruit in we believers is by/of/through God

    4. beneficiaries' birth by the Holy Spirit, for the Christ of us Christians says

      "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit" (John 3:5-8)

      SO, clearly, Jesus' words in John 3:5-8 state we believers being born again is by/of/through God

  4. We beneficiaries are blessed receivers from the amazingly awesome Benefactor
  5. THE BENEFACTOR ESTABLISHES A DEEPLY LOVING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BENEFICIARY. PRAISE BE TO THE LIVING GOD!
  6. Our loving Benefactor is the Just Judge
    1. The Prophet Isaiah wrote:
      1. "And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,

        Judge between Me and My vineyard.

        What more was there to do for My vineyard that I have not done in it?

        Why, when I expected [it] to produce [good] grapes did it produce worthless ones?

        So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard:

        I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed;

        I will break down its wall and it will become trampled ground."

        (Isaiah 5:3-5)
      2. In Isaiah 5:4 as the surrounding verses impart context, only Jews are addressed, not gentiles; therefore, the Gentiles are not included in the conversation. God impartially declares punishment for the Jews, after all, the Jews rebelled - a damnable behavior/fruit.
    2. The Apostle Paul wrote:
      1. [There will be] tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.
        For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; (Romans 2:9-12)
      2. In Romans 2:11 as the surrounding verses impart context, God impartially executes punishment or reward based on behavior/fruit.
    3. Scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35)

      AND God does shows favor to some

      BEHOLD Abraham - there were many other people on the earth at the time of Abraham

      SO God was partial toward Abraham in a favorable way.

    4. God is impartial about executing punishment or reward.
    5. God judges righteously (Psalm 7:11).
    6. Exclusively God chooses some unto salvation (John 15:16-19).
    7. Christ's atonement for sin on the cross pays the price of punishment for sin

      AND renders the sinner righteous by the Blood of Christ

      SO God credits the gracious work of Christ to the sinner's account resulting in reward for the cleansed sinner!

  7. There is no level that a person can choose Lord Jesus

    BECAUSE He said "You did not choose Me, but I chose you" (John 15:16) and "I chose you out of the world" (John 15:19)

    AND Jesus, Lord and God (John 20:28), did not provide any exception for choosing toward Jesus

    AND Lord Jesus speaks to all believers in all time because He also said "I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word" (John 17:20)

    AND All these words of Jesus are at the self same supper (see also more of the Word of God integrating all believers in all time at the supper)

    SO all glory is God's

    AND with man, salvation is impossible (Matthew 19:25-26)

    AND all glory in the salvation of man is God's (John 15:5, Isaiah 42:8)!

For thus says YHWH, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it [and] did not create it a waste place, [but] formed it to be inhabited) (Isaiah 45:18)

"I am YHWH, and there is none else.
"I have not spoken in secret, In some dark land;
"I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, 'Seek Me in a waste place';
"I, the LORD, speak righteousness, Declaring things that are upright.
"Gather yourselves and come;
"Draw near together, you fugitives of the nations;
"They have no knowledge, Who carry about their wooden idol And pray to a god who cannot save.
"Declare and set forth [your case];
"Indeed, let them consult together.
"Who has announced this from of old?
"Who has long since declared it?
"Is it not I, YHWH?
"And there is no other God besides Me, A righteous God and a Savior;
"There is none except Me.
"Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth;
"For I am God, and there is no other.
"I have sworn by Myself,
"The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back,
"That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear [allegiance].
"They will say of Me, 'Only in YHWH are righteousness and strength.' Men will come to Him, And all who were angry at Him will be put to shame.
"In YHWH all the offspring of Israel Will be justified and will glory." (Isaiah 45:18-25)

  1. In God's exclusive dominion, God restores communion with man
  2. The Creation Account accurately describes true events in precise detail
    1. the Grand Creator reveals the Creator's awesome Power of God in amazing splendor with the Creation Account
    2. Almighty God provides loving instruction to the children of God using the Creation Account
    3. holding to a teaching that deviates from the aforementioned is the creature's explicit and/or implicit denial of the Truth - rejection of the Word of God
      1. when the creature holds to a doctrine differing from the aforementioned then the creature tacitly and/or overtly declares "I am superior to God"
      2. regardless of the costume the creature wears, such as but not limited to these potenial endings for the "I am superior to God" sentence
        1. "for God does not know how to communicate properly"
        2. "for God meant millions of years instead of a day"
        3. "for there is no God"
        4. "for marriage can be of my definition"
        5. "for gender can be of my imagination"
        6. "for God gave me the equipment to enjoy myself in any way that I want since God gave it to me"
      3. It is written "do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar" (Proverbs 30:6)
      4. It is written of the new Jerusalem "no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life" (Revelation 21:27)
      5. the guise does not matter, the creature calls God a liar

        SO such a creature in daring self will is under the wrath of God

    4. Thanks be to God Almighty for the Christian account of the Creation Account for God has given us God's instruction for our good and the glory of God!
  3. Man is incapable in all aspects that lead to salvation and sanctification
  4. God saves (Psalm 3:8, John 15:5, John 15:19), and man has no say in the matter (John 15:16). God sanctifies (Leviticus 20:8, John 15:5). God gets all glory in the salvation and sanctification of man (Isaiah 42:8)
  5. The Holy One Jesus reigns with the exclusive Power of God unto man's salvation and sanctification for the glory of God

In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through Him,

and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

In Him was life,

and the life was the Light of men.

The Light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness did not comprehend it (John 1:1-5)

the Word became flesh (John 1:14)

as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, [even] to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13)

"the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28)

God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" (Exodus 3:14)

"Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM" (Jesus Christ, recorded in John 8:58)

"I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father" (Jesus Christ, recorded in John 16:28)


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Essay Location: http://www.JesusDelivers.Faith/ChristianWritings/AlmightyGodsAwesomeCreationInAmazingSplendor/

Essay Title:

Almighty God's Awesome Creation In Amazing Splendor
or
A View To The Christ In The Creation Account

Essay Synopsis:

Adam, a Picture of the Christ; Eve, a Picture of the Assembly of God; God, The Sovereign Creator; An Essay about God's vivid imagery in the creation account of the gracious gospel of Christ.

Revised Date: Mon Jun 15 20:44:37 UTC 2020


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