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“As Moses lifted up the snake on a pole in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up. – Jesus (John 3:14)

God’s object lessons can be strange. In the Old Testament, when God’s people complained poisonous snakes slithered out and bit them.1 God’s cure was to take an image of one of those snakes, put it on a pole and look at it! Those who looked lived and those who refused to look died.

Who would refuse to look when it was right there in front of them?! Yet some did.

Jesus speaking to Nicodemus, a religious scholar who would know the story well, said God would offer his answer for sin’s bite in the same way — putting sin on a pole (cross) for all to see. The apostle Paul later wrote,

[God] hath made [Christ] to be sin for us … that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. – 2nd Corinthians 5:21

Those who figuratively look to Christ and his sacrifice have deliverance.

Who would refuse to look when it is right there in front of them?

– fritz@langgang.com
1 Numbers 21:6

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For Adam was first formed, then Eve … the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. – 1st Timothy 2:13-15

The Bible has passages that are an enigma and people take them to create whole teachings that have no connection to what we know of God’s character. This is one such verse.

Careless people think the Bible, or at least Paul, says women have salvation only by having children. If that was the case, why would Paul recommend Christ’s followers, both men and women, remain single if they morally could (1st Corinthians 7:28)? Either Paul was schizophrenic or we are misunderstanding something. Some things are lost in translation from one language to another.

I think the key to this verse is noticing the “she” and the “they”. In context “she” refers to Eve not to all women. “They” refers to Eve’s offspring, you and me.

The Bible indicates Adam, who just stood there watching to see what would happen, and Eve, who was tricked into transgression because she was not yet created when God’s prohibition was given (for her it was hear-say), brought great hardship to God’s perfect world. But God chose to use Eve to restore that creation through her offspring, Christ, and to bring about that salvation as women,  and men, of faith live holy and redeemed lives.

I think that is closer to what Paul was saying.

– fritz

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Know-So Salvation

And take the helmet of salvation – Ephesians 6:17a

Our salvation is not just something for the heart, it’s for the head, too. Jesus chided the woman at the well just little by saying, “You worship what you do not know”.1

Salvation is knowable – we can know that we are saved, we can know how we are saved, we can know how salvation “works”, and we are to do so.

– fritz


1 – John 4:22a (NASB)

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“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God” – Job (Job 19:25-26)

The Old Testament faithful were saved just as we are today – by trusting in the redeemer. They looked ahead to the coming redeemer, Christ, we look back to the redeemer who came, Christ.

The whole Bible is a book about one man, Christ, and we know his name – Jesus.

– fritz

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