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For the Love of the Spirit

First Born Daughter

What if the first born child of God was a female??  What if instead of Jesus the first born child of Mary was named “Martha” or “Elizabeth?”

She wouldn’t have been the Messiah would she? Or would she?

“OF COURSE SHE WOULD!” you might object. “Why COULDN’T a woman be the Savior of Humanity??  God could have made the child any gender God wanted to make it, right?  A female is just as qualified as a male for the job, right?”

Well, for those of you who would say that a female first born could have been the Messiah and who are operating under a resentful gender inequality paradigm the answer is “NO.”  It is not that God COULDN’T have made the child a female.  God can do anything God wants to do.  Who are you and I to object?

Let’s examine why.

The First Born needed to be a male for a couple of reasons.

  1. The prophecies said it would be male.  The child was to be born of the patrilineal line of David.  All family lines including this very important one were of the male members of the family.  That’s just the way it was done.  “WHY?” is a loooong story and inevitably leads back to issues of gender inequality.
  2. Directly related to the first reason is that a woman would NEVER have been accepted as a minister in Jewish society or religion in 4 B.C.  Once again, leave your Woman’s Liberation issues in your pocket for a moment and look at it historically.  A female wouldn’t have been educated in the Talmud or the Torah (as Jesus obviously was).  A female would never have been allowed to stand in front of an assembly at the Temple (or anywhere else for that matter) and preach.

Why is any of this important?

It’s Not!

It was a trick question.  Sorry.

The whole point is that it is NOT important at all whether the Messiah was a man or a woman.

The important part of “First Born Son” is not “Son.” It is “First Born!”

There can be no “Second” or “Subsequent” unless and until there is a “First.”  Get it? Just as there was no “Trinity” until the third part came along, there could be no “Everybody Else” until the third member of the Trinity came into existence.

“Wait a moment!” you say.  Doesn’t the Gospel of John tell us that in the first verse of the first chapter say, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God . . . “?  Doesn’t this mean that the Trinity was present from the very beginning?  Yes and No; the verse is correct, but that is only part of the verse. Read on and you will find that the rest of the verse reads ” . . .  and the Word was God.”

The Word was the promise and guarantee. You have to go on to the 14th verse in the same place to see the moment that the Trinity became complete.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Here we find that pesky word “Son” again.  Look instead to the words directly before “Son” and you will find the operative part of the phrase: “one and only.”

We, believers in Christ, are all children of God, just as is Christ.  We could not be children of God were there not a “first born.”  NOTHING we can do of ourselves can elevate us to the title of “child” or to Paradise if not for a first born who suffered, died, and arose to ascend to Paradise and to the Father to prepare a way and provide a place for all the SUBSEQUENT children of a Father so loving that he allowed his FIRST BORN child to be sacrificed for that purpose.

Now if Christ was the first born, and if because of his resurrection and ascension, the rest of us are now considered “children” of God, then what else does that mean?

It means that all the subsequent children of God are now BROTHERS AND SISTERS of Jesus!

GLORY!

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8: 16-17)

Our First Born Brother is now in Paradise with our Father and the place is ready for our occupation.  Indeed, many many others of the “subsequent born” are already there with their Big Brother waiting for our arrival!  Our Big Brother will stand up beside us on the Day of Judgment to say to OUR Father, “Father, this is also your child, my sibling.  I forgive them.”

Does anything else matter?  Does “Gender Inequality” mean anything at all compared to the glory that this one point makes?

I didn’t think so.

Love, Michael

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December 26, 2011 - Posted by | Redemption | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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