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Genesis 1:31 – Everything Was Good

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Genesis 1:31 – God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. There was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

It is important to consider this scripture, because from it we learn that God’s original creation of man, the earth, and everything upon it, was “good”, not bad. There are some who adhere to the what is often called the “classical dualistic” view of human nature who contend that man, in his flesh, was created evil, usually basing this on some of the things the apostle Paul wrote concerning “flesh.” From this comes another theory that Adam the man would have died anyway, regardless of whether he ate the fruit or not, but that the alleged immortal soul or immortal spirit of Adam could not die.

Those who point to writings of Paul as proof that the flesh itself is wicked overlook the fact that Paul wrote of mankind from the standpoint of human flesh as condemned in Adam, not from the standpoint of flesh as God originally created it. The world of mankind, as God originally created it through His Logos (John 1:10), was good; it was not until sin was introduced into that world that the world became under a bondage of futility and corruption. — Ecclesiastes 1:2,14; Romans 5:12-19; 8:20-22. See also Genesis 2:7.

The kosmos that God made through Jesus was indeed corrupted through sin and, as such, has been subjected to the sun of vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:14; 2:14,17,19; 4:17; Romans 8:20), and, having grown old in its sin, it is to perish. (Hebrews 1:11) The world made through Jesus was not always corrupt and evil/bad (Genesis 1:31), but it was into this “world” (kosmos) that sin came, which brought forth the world’s corrupted/bad/evil condition. (Romans 5:12) Peter speaks of the new creation as escaping the corruption that is in the world through lust, referring back to the corruption that began in Genesis, by which God subjected all to a bondage of corruption. — 2 Peter 1:4; Genesis 3:6; Romans 1:19-2:1; 8:20,21.

Jesus was not born into this world as “of the world”; his body was specially prepared by God (Hebrews 5:5), a human creation separate from the condemned human creation, so that while he was born into this world, be was not born into the sin of this world. (Matthew 1:20; Hebrews 10:5 — Not having the sin of Adam, he had a body that he could offer for sin. — Hebrews 10:10) Likewise, the sons of God (John 1:12; 10:35), being begotten (born) of God (John 3:13; 1 John 3:9), new creatures (2 Corinthians 5;17), begotten of incorruptible seed (Jesus, by his obedience, proved himself incorruptible — 2 Timothy 1:10; 1 Peter 1:23), are not of this condemned world (kosmos), the old creation now subjected to corruption. — John 15:19; 17:14,16; Romans 8:15,16.

Jesus said he came to save this world (kosmos — John 3:17; 12:46,17), which refers to the world already judged through Adam. (John 3:18; Romans 5:12-19 — A world not already condemned would not need to be saved.) John wrote: “he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole [a form of “pas” is used here] world [kosmos].” (1 John 2:2) It should be evident that “pas” and “kosmos” here refers to mankind and that Jesus did not die for the sins of the spirit beings, but it was for the sins of mankind whose sins are all counted in Adam. (Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22) Thus, kosmos again is referring to the world that was made through Jesus, but which became corrupted through sin, and in need of redemption.


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