Christ has suffered.

     Movement into the last Adam ends in heavenly bliss. Being stuck to the first Adam ends in eternal torment. Truth frees the prisoner from the counterfeit who stole the first Adam’s estate.        

     Having been born into the family of the first Adam, how can you be adopted into the family of the last Adam, the only begotten Son?

     What are your consequences if you elect to stay put, never offering yourself for adoption into the family of the last Adam? The Head of the second family has already agreed in writing to accept you. Will you agree to receive the offer and make your new family membership real, official, and final?

          Is Hell a bunch of maggots in an eternal flame with no light?   Was Jesus’ description clear when he said, “...into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched. Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”? Mark 9:44, 46, 48. Three times he repeats, “WHERE THEIR WORM DIETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.”

     Isaiah 66: 24 is the similar Old Testament description. “And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.”

     “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4. The value of a soul is well established in Mark 8:36, 37 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

     Genesis 35: 18 “And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Ben-o-ni: but his father called him Benjamin.” When the physical body dies the invisible soul departs. The first death is the death of the body. The second death is the death of the soul.

      Revelation 20:14 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

    

     We now know who is involved in the second death and their destination. How did the destination (hell) come about?

     Matthew 24:41, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” John 8:44, 47, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. …there is no truth in him. (47) He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” Revelation 20:2, “that old serpent, which is the Devil.”

 

   The current shape of the soul is like the human body and is, at the second death, turned into the shape of a worm or serpent. (Luke 16)

 

     “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:30, 31.

     There are two Adams. There are two “musts”.

     When our Lord spoke with Nicodemus He used the word “must” twice, a four letter word of great significant truth introducing light into our understanding. Let us study on it for a few minutes; for, though it is but a word of one syllable, it contains a vast volume of most precious evangelical truth from every viewpoint imaginable. Perhaps, in the word, is the key needed to escape the bondage of sin inherited from our physical parents.

     Can it be that there is a cure in following those two “must” words?

"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." John 3:7.

"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:14

     Man’s first birth, his first estate, is totally set aside. Can I boast of my first estate when I must be born again? I must have a new life, a new nature, a new estate.  My boast matters not. Any man, born of woman, bears the worldly image, of his fallen parent stamped upon him, body and soul, Adam, made by the hands of his Creator, was made in the "image of God." A descendant of Adam issued from his mother’s womb, bears the image and shape of a fallen creature. Adam lost one third of his three parts, his spirit. Hence Jesus said, with force, "Ye must be born again." He did not say, Ye must live better, ye must try and be better, ye must change your way of living, ye must turn over a new leaf. Had it been a matter of improvement, Nicodemus would never have asked, "How can these things be?" A Pharisee would have understood any or all of these things. Any self-improvement, any moral reform, a change of conduct, a change of character, all perfectly intelligible to a Pharisee of every age; he was told "Ye must be born again." Such a statement can only be understood by one who has reached the end of himself and his doings; who has been brought to see that in him, that is in his flesh, dwelleth no good thing; who sees himself as a thorough bankrupt without recourse, the account dead. He must get a new life that bankruptcy cannot apply, and another’s acceptable wealth set up, on which creditors have no possible claim.

     The immense power of this little word "must." impacts all alike. It speaks to the alcoholic. The abstainer is addressed in the same manner, "Ye must be born again." "Ye must be born again." It speaks to every race, color, creed, and class, to every condition, to every grade and rank, and to every denomination, and declares in its own clear tone and emphatic, sweeping style, and says, "Ye must be born again."

  

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