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Interpreting the Bible Romans 5 10-12 Lesson
10. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
God has never been our enemy, we may have at times, been God’s enemy, but He has never been ours. He has always been our opposition, opposing our desire to sin, and seeking to lead us to do what is right and just, like our father who would always like to see us do the right things. “Being reconciled” to God is the purpose of Justification, for God uses the trial and tests we go through during Justification to bring us closer to Him and the process allows Him to pinpoint where the “desire to sin,” is located in our soul, so He can destroy it and replace it with good, compassion, forgiveness, and love, and Jesus is our guiding star leading us through our hard times, and giving us a goal to reach for, as we strive to become His brother or sister in the Kingdom. The death of Jesus does not accomplish that, it was just something, that had to be done, for Jesus to prove to the disciples that we have a spiritual body, that lives forever. This was accomplished through His resurrection. His disciples who formerly believed in the resurrection, as it is explained in Ezekiel 37, experienced the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, after being with the soul of Jesus, speaking with Him, sharing his existence through the Holy Spirit, and realizing that there was a way for a soul to live forever. The resurrection, was no longer a question for them, but something that had been fully proven. This is what was passed on
by the disciples down through the early church fathers, to a man by the name of Origen, who wrote all that he had been taught of the spiritual resurrection and a soul’s slow passage through Justification. Until the time of Ambrose, who probably bought his way into the church, and walked way from the teachings of Jesus handed down to Origen. Ambrose began destroying the writings of Origen, and forcing those who believed his teachings to recant and abandon Origen and the spiritual resurrection. Then along came Augustine and Jerome who rewrote the Latin Bible to conform to the physical resurrection belief, and within a generation, the spiritual resurrection was gone and we were right back to Ezekiel 37 and the physical resurrection, which melded with a modified concept of a spiritual resurrection and left us with a warped concept of a half physical resurrection, and a half spiritual resurrection, that was hard for anyone to accept as logical or as a reality, although many in the generation that preceded our generation did just that. We were to be raised in a new physical body that could pass through walls, disappear, and reappear at will, Jesus was to appear in the sky over Jerusalem and everyone in the world would see Him at the same time, which with T.V. and satellite coverage, today that would be possible, but that is not the way God works, nor what he meant. God works on each soul, one on one, and each one comes to Him in their own time, and is Sanctified at just the right time God has planned for them. At that time, a soul’s own personal time, each soul will see God (Jesus) and while very few will experience that moment at the same time or on the same day, all will see Him at the same time in their passage through Justification unto Sanctification. So the prophecy is true, totally, but it will be done God’s way, and in God’s own time.
11. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
The full atonement does not arrive until we are fully Sanctified through Justification, and have learned never to sin again. Of course in time all our “joy,” will come to us through Jesus, as we join Him in the Kingdom. Paul had been forgiven his sins, through the “grace of God,” but, as we know, he still had to go through the rest of his Justification, as we know from the things that happened to him during his ministry, which mirrored the way he treated Christians before his conversion.
12. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
If you remember when we went through Genesis 1, as I proved the existence of God, sin did not enter the world through one man, Adam was a group name for all the men in the world, who numbered in the millions. The story of Adam and Eve is generally considered by most Bible scholars to be a “myth,” but there are no “myths,” in the Bible, only parables, that are fully based in factual truth.
With knowledge on loan from God