The Unique Blessings of the Mystery: Place, Time, and Character

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In the heavenly places; Dative plural; Location vs. Character; Before the overthrow; Unequal gifts and ranks.

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Faith And Tent Pegs: What is faith?

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A history of faith from Genesis 11 to the present; What is faith?; Does faith produce action?; Faith for today; Hebrews 11 volume 2.

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Was Adam Dissected Like a Lab Rat When He Ate The Forbidden Fruit?

Did Adam “Die Spiritually” The Same Day He Ate The Forbidden Fruit?

People have objected to the Biblical teaching of death by saying that Adam died “spiritually” in Genesis 3. I have answered that many times on the “Where Are The Dead” page. One of the arguments that has been used by many well meaning folk goes something like this: “the Bible says Adam would die the very day he ate the fruit, so he must have died spiritually.”

I will post the answer to that view below. For more detailed study read Figures of Speech pages 652-654. Every occurrence of the phrase is examined, and, as usual, you will find no such animal as “spiritual death.” Here’s how those who hold the “spiritual death” theory read Genesis 2:

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof A PART OF YOU shalt surely die.”

That’s what they teach. But it’s not true. The same person who ate is the same person who died. Adam wasn’t dissected like a lab rat after he ate the forbidden fruit. Please read the notes below from Bullinger’s Figures of Speech. It will clear up this simple figure of speech. Those who understand this simple figure won’t have to “trouble themselves to invent some new and strange and unscriptural theories as to death; or resort to strained interpretations in order to explain a self-created difficulty.”

Ladies and Gents, here’s Bully :

Gen. 2:4 — “When they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.”

Here ” in the day ” in the second line answers to ” when ” in the first line.

Gen. 2: 17. — “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt
surely die.”

A noun with the preposition followed by the verb in the infinitive,
as here, becomes an adverb of time, and means simply “when…”

I Kings 2:37.—”it shall be that, on the day thou goest out, and passest over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt surely die…”

Then, after Shimei had gone out, and been to Gath to seek his servants, who had run away, and had come back again, “it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again” (v.41). The king sent for Shimei; and said: “Did I not make thee to swear by the Loud, and protested unto thee, saying Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die?”

After all this, Solomon proceeded to make Shimei “know for certain that he should surely die.”

In this case Shimei had been not merely outside his house, but far away to Gath, one of the royal cities of the Philistines; and had not only consumed some time on his journeys out and home, but, after he got there, he had to seek his lost servants out and find them. Therefore “on the day” could neither be intended nor taken in its literal meaning; but, by Synecdoche, for any indefinite yet certain time. It was so taken by Solomon here, and it is perfectly certain that it is to be so understood in Gen. 3:19. The Lord distinctly says: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground ; for out of it wast thou taken : for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Not ” in the day” that Adam ate of the forbidden fruit; for the Lord contemplates him as living on, and he did live for nine hundred and thirty years (Gen. 5:5). The interest of the passage in 1 Kings 2 is that the words are used in exactly the same connection, and with the corresponding figure, Polyptoton, ” dying thou wilt die.”

Those who see and understand the figure Synecdoche, here employed, need not trouble themselves to invent some new and strange and unscriptural theories as to death; or resort to strained interpretations in order to explain a self-created difficulty.

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Does Genesis 2:17 Teach “A Process of Dying?”

Does Genesis 2:17 Teach “A Process of Dying?”

Genesis 2:17 does not teach a “process of dying.” The Concordant Version translates it “to die you shall be dying.” This is literal. But sometimes literal doesn’t help us, it can mislead us.

The phrase “to die you shall be dying” never means a process of death. For instance, in Exodus 19:12 an Israelite is warned that if he touched the mount “dying he shall die.” It didn’t mean, “If you touch the mount you will go through a long process of dying.” It meant, “Hey bud, if you touch it you’re going to be executed without delay!”

The King James version gets it right here by translating it: “shall surely be put to death.” The literal phrase “to die you shall be dying” is a figure of speech that gives emphasis. It is emphasizing the fact that you will surely die if you do such and such.

In Genesis 2 Adam was warned: “If you eat it you will drop dead!” The sentence wasn’t carried out immediately. Adam dropped dead some 900 years later – but he DID drop dead.

This kind phrase is used in other contexts as well. For instance God told Abraham “in blessing I will bless you.” This isn’t a process of blessings. It meant that the blessing was certain. God also says, “In multiplying I will multiply you.” This isn’t a process of multiplying. It meant that Abraham would have a lot of kids.

Be careful about the literal in ALL places. Due respect must be paid to grammar and usage.

For further study see the note in the Companion Bible in Genesis 2:17. Bullinger lists all the places where this phrase occurs. Search and see.

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The Hebrew Word “Tsamath”: Exposing The Worst Teaching In Human History – Orthodox Hell

Cut Off

Will God harbor evil and sin forever?; Psalm 101; No prisons needed in the millennium; Ananias as Sapphira; The Jubilee; The fate of the wicked; To be “cut off.”

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The Dispensational Position of Romans – The Dispensational Boundary Line

Dividing Line

Israel is the center of the world; History vs. Mystery; Romans 9-11; The nations blessed; The dispensational boundary line.

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Are You Confused When You Read Scripture?

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Confusion and frustration when reading the Bible; what’s the solution?

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Paradise: What is it?

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Is Paradise straight north?; Is Paradise for dead people?; When and where is the Paradise?

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The Divine Library Chart

Scripture Understood

A Chart of the Bible

The Divine Library

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What Is The Mystery? – Which resurrection will you be in?

Mystery

What is the Mystery?; The position of the Gentile before Cornelius; The hope of the believer before Ephesians; The hope of Israel; The Jew First; The hope of the body of Christ; Unequal gifts; Which resurrection will you be in?

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