Volume V reveals how the Plan of Redemption determined just how God had to design mankind, and even the very Universe, to make redemption possible.
PART I: LONGEVITY IN ANTIQUITY AND ITS BEARING ON CHRONOLOGY
It seems that death is not natural, that living things must be ‘killed’, as it were. The implication is that man was created physically immortal—we could have lived forever!
PART II: THE NATURE OF THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT
Nowadays the story of Eve giving the forbidden fruit to Adam is regarded as a myth. But this “story” is sober history which is fundamental to our understanding of Redemption.
PART III: IF ADAM HAD NOT DIED
If death for mankind was not the original intention, this fact sheds much light on the way Adam was created, and Eve out of him, and why they were subjected to temptation.
PART IV: THE VIRGIN BIRTH AND THE INCARNATION
Redemption depends upon the creation of Adam, then Eve from him. If this did not occur, there could not be one Redeemer to stand in the place of all men. Genetics shows us how this was done: theology tells us why it was done.
PART V: THE TRINITY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
This Paper is not an attempt to explain the Trinity: this is taken as a fact. It is about the Incarnation, and the wonder of the Incarnation lies in the identity of Jesus.
PART VI: A FRESH LOOK AT THE MEANING OF THE WORD “SOUL”
From Genesis 2:7, personhood results when the material and non-material are fused. There is little agreement as to when this occurs in Adam’s descendants. The crucial test of any answer must be, ultimately, the Incarnation when the “Word became flesh and dwelt among us”.
PART VII: HOW DID JESUS DIE?
Jesus did not merely choose the time of dying—as we can do: He chose TO DIE! It is the HOW—not the WHY—of the Lord’s death that is of interest in this Paper.
PART VIII: THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
Do you know the historical and theological reasons which required Jesus’ bodily resurrection? By focusing on the crucifixion and neglecting the resurrection, we may be distorting the truth.
PART IX: THE UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FIRST AND LAST ADAMS.
The Bible speaks of two men, both of whom are called Adam. The unique relationship between these two men shows what God had to do to restore us (men and women) to our true manhood.
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