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God has given wondrous promises -

  they include life, land,  & kingdom

  Jesus Christ stated in Matthew 5v5 -

   "Blessed  are  the  meek:  for they shall inherit

   the earth"...this is the only hope of the believer

   We look in vain in  the Scriptures for any other future inheritance. The

     pagan  ideas of  heaven-going must be totally rejected, for there is not

     one iota of evidence for them. Link to 'mortal' or go via 'Index'.

     The promises are "great and precious promises", & only "BY THESE

     (can we) be  partakers of the divine nature", 2nd Peter 1v4. These pro-

     mises  will not be fulfilled  UNTIL the time when all faithful believers

     will receive them together -  Hebrews 11v39,40. That time is very near.

     

     The Promise of Life - Genesis 3v15

   We shall firstly give  a summary of the four components of this verse,

     which  may  then  be  used as reference points for further discussions:

     "And  I  will  put  enmity  between thee and the woman" - there would 

     henceforth be antagonism between the serpent  (representative of sin,

     for it  was  the cause of sin)  and  the  woman  (representative of truth,

     because she originally proclaimed it) - cp v1-5.

     THESE  TWO  PRINCIPLES  ARE   MUTUALLY  EXCLUSIVE. By

     definition, there can be  no compatibility between  them..link to 'devil'

     "and between thy seed and her seed" - it is obvious that here we have

     the antagonism & separation to be revealed between those who would

     follow sin, and those who would follow truth.There is no unity between

     "darkness"& "light"-1st John 1;Eph.5v6-14;2nd Corinthians 6v14-18.

     "it shall bruise thy head"-when the head is "bruise(d)" or crushed,it is

     a fatal blow.Sin would thus be destroyed by a singular"seed"of the wo-

     man. This has been accomplished by the Sacrifice of Christ- see below,

     also Romans 8v3; Hebrews 2v14; 9v24-28.

     "and thou shalt bruise his heel" - here we have a wonderful contrast to

     the above,in that the serpent (i.e. sin) would only be able to inflict what

     would prove  to be  a  comparatively  temporary  wound  to  the  Christ.

See Luke 13v31-33.

     Whereas He was laid  in the grave,  it could not hold Him, because He

     did no sin - Acts 2v22-24; Hebrews 4v14,15 etc.

 

SUMMARY:   

   The promise of  life was given when  sin and then death entered into the

     world.  It involved the taking away of  the fallen state  which we all now

     experience.  This would be accomplished by the sacrifice of a represent-

     ative  of  the  woman's  "seed",  who would destroy sin at its source, i.e.

     the  serpent-mind, which was  now resident  in  fallen human nature. He

     would "bruise" the serpent's "head", i.e. destroy sin, though in the pro-

     cess receiving a  temporary set-back to His walk - 

     This was later fulfilled in the Sacrifice & Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

     We see also that Adam recognized the meaning outlined above, when he

     named his wife "Eve" (i.e. 'living')- "because she  was  the mother of all

     living"- Genesis 3v20. The two "seeds" of v15 are those of the serpent,

     who have since followed its  evil  example of  opposing the Truth and the

     way  of  God;  and  those  of  the woman, who originally proclaimed  the

     words of God to the serpent,v2,3.   However, she was deceived, & thus in

     Scripture we see  many false"women",i.e. religions.These may well have

     an outward show of goodness, but they can only cause our destruction -

even as Eve was "deceived" & corrupted Adam - 1st Timothy 2v11-14;

     cp Proverbs 7; Revelation 14v4;17v5. The ecclesia must be  "sanctif(ied)

     and  cleanse(d)..by the word"  in  order  to  be  accepted as the  Bride of

     Christ-Ephesians 5v26-32.  We note that the true "woman" is related to

     wisdom, cp Proverbs 8, & this we must follow. If we become her "seed",

     we can rejoice in the hope of life eternal when Jesus Christ returns.

Link to 'proverbs' - page 2 for more on this vital subject.

 

     The aspect of sacrifice was shown also in Eden,  when  "unto Adam also

     and to his wife  did  the  LORD  God  make  coats  of  skins, and clothed

     them", Genesis 3v21. This was in contrast to the "fig leaves" with which

     they had covered themselves after disobeying God.  Any similar attempt

     to  provide  a  humanly-derived solution  to  sin  and  death will also fail.

     The mental,moral, & physical corruption can be reversed only in Christ.

     There is "enmity" between the two seeds, and this is illustrated in many

     scriptural references - e.g.Matthew 23v29-36; John 8v33-47; Revelation

     12.  The  first  two  sons  of  Adam  and Eve illustrate the principle. Cain,

who offered "of the fruit of the ground", murdered Abel, who was

"righteous",and brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat there-

of...a more excellent sacrifice" -

see Genesis 4v1-8; Hebrews 11v4; 1st John 3v12,13.

     This same hatred has always been shown by the seed  of the serpent to-

     wards  the  seed  of  the  woman,  cp  John 15v17-21; Galatians 4v21-31,

and culminated in the Sacrifice of Christ, who "by wicked hands" was

"crucified and slain" - Acts 2v22,23 - link here to

     'devil'.'sacrifice'.'fellowship'.

 

     The  two  seeds  continued  through  Cain and Seth,  Genesis 4  and 5, but

     the  divinely-ordained  separation  came  mostly  to  an end in the days of

     Noah,when only a very few remained as the true faithful seed - Genesis 6.

 

     That  ungodly  generation  perished  through  a universal flood, abundant

     evidence of which has since been found*.   Only Noah and his family were

     saved,  who  took  land  and  winged creatures into an ark, built to divine

     instructions.  The dimensions of the ark have been shown by engineers to

     be optimal for survival  during a world-wide  flood* -  Genesis 6 to 8 incl.

*link to 'Bible' - page 3.

     On the same day/month as the ark's  "rest"on"the mountains of Ararat",

     2 other significant events  occurred  later. The first was when  Israel left

     Egypt  and  "walked on  dry  ground in the midst of the sea",  Exodus 14v

     19-31.The second  was when Jesus Christ was raised from the dead,Matt-

     hew 28v1. (We are happy to provide proofs if the reader desires).

     Suffice it to say for now that these three events  all involved the salvation

     of God, designed to give "rest" to His people - cp Hebrews 4v9.

     THIS FOUNDATION PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE  IS INVOLVED

     IN THE NEXT TWO PROMISES,   THOSE OF LAND & KINGDOM.

     HOW OTHERWISE CAN WE GAIN AN ETERNAL INHERITANCE?    

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