Jun 21

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With Mary’s conception, “the story of salvation” has reached the concluding years of the bloodline promised in Genesis 3:15: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” The bruising of the “head” of the serpent, which would also bring about the bruising of the “heel” of the seed of woman; would require the shedding of the pure, innocent, sinless blood of the “Word” which was made flesh and blood (John 1:14). This was the prophesy God spoke to the serpent in the Garden of Eden.
Through all the years following the sins committed in the Garden of Eden, animal sacrifices had been made, both before the Law of Moses and after; but we are informed in Hebrews: “But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. (4) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Heb. 10:3-4). The blood of “bulls and goats” is of less value of than the blood of man; therefore, it was not possible for such blood to “take away sins.” God, of course, knowing this from the beginning planned for a greater “blood” sacrifice to be offered: “he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel!” But, how do you get a blood sacrifice which is greater than that of “bulls and goats?” Keep in mind; blood stained with sin is of no greater value than other blood stained with sin; therefore, the blood which would be able to “take away sins,” required greater blood without sin! It must be blood of greater value than the blood of man stained with sin! In other words, a ransom paid must be greater than what is to be redeemed!
So, what blood is of greater value than the blood of man stained with sin? Attention is called to the words of Peter, as he addresses the subject of our redemption, he wrote: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers”(1 Pet. 1:18); and it may be added, neither were we redeemed with “the blood of bulls and goats;” so Peter followed with these words: “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (Verse 19). The “precious blood of Christ,” (1 Pet. 2:22), is of greater value than the blood of man stained with sin! Then, Peter takes the reader all the way back before the Jewish world, to the promise made to Abraham, to the prophesy God made as he spoke to the serpent in the Garden of Eden: “Who (Christ, FRW) verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world (the Jewish world, FRW), but was manifest in these last times for you” (verse 20). I am fully aware that this is not the general way these words are understood, but this conclusion has been reached after many years of trying to understand them and similar words, with a view of all God reveals on the subject. The sinless blood of “the lamb of God,” of which John, the one who immersed, upon seeing Jesus come to him said: “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). There is the bloodline of the woman from Eve to Mary and in the Emmanuel: “God with us!”
Paul wrote: “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Gal. 4:4-5). The Greek Paul used in the phrase, “made of a woman” is “ginomai,” which means: “to come into existence, begin to be, received being.” The seed of woman received his being, as flesh and blood, in Mary! It was through the woman Mary, that “the Word” received his flesh and blood (John 1:14) became “the lamb of God” and came “into existence” by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18).
In this act, “the story of salvation” is reaching toward the climax; as Paul wrote: “In whom (“the lamb of God,” FRW) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Eph. 1:7). In the death of Jesus, the bruising of the serpent’s head had been accomplished, the bondage of sin had been overcome; and in his death upon the cross, only his “heel” had been bruised; as he was resurrected from the dead, but the power of satan received a death blow!

— Frank R. Williams

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