SAVED IN CHILDBEARING
1 Timothy 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
The important thing which the Holy Spirit brought to our attention in order to open up this passage is how the Apostle Paul goes from the singular to the plural in his address in this matter. For in our verse fifteen he first states, “she” in the singular, speaking of Eve, and then changes to “they” in the plural, speaking of the female population.
For “she” that is Eve, shall be saved (preserved), in childbearing as she is said to be “the mother of all living.” (Gen. 3:20) Therefore in the birth of Messiah, she is afforded salvation. Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
But then he changes to the plural, “they” in order to address the salvation of all others who must evidence their new birth by the good works of charity and holiness with sobriety by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
We must also take careful notice that the birth of children in the physical realm is that which the Lord God set forth to evidence the way one is brought into the salvation of the spiritual kingdom.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Although Eve misunderstood the plight of her first born, there began to be a powerful revelation from the Lord which attended the giving of natural birth. For she did not say, “Look Adam, we have made a baby!” For she looked not to Adam, but to God, proclaiming, “I have gotten a man from the Lord.” In that she had heard the Lord God make mention of her “seed” as he stated, And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15) Therefore misinterpreting that revelation, she assumed that she had just birthed Cain as the Savior of mankind.
But the Apostle John reveals to us a far different picture of the very first human being ever born of a woman. 1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
But no matter the plight of Cain, we must understand that natural birth is one powerful event that takes place throughout the entirety of human experience. It is so powerfully set forth to be a witness of God, that the Lord Jesus rebuked the highly learned Nicodemus, a religious ruler of the Jews, for not knowing this “heavenly thing!” John 3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
For Israel was a witness that the Lord had given to mankind both a World Book and a Word Book, in order to come to know him! These are clearly revealed in Psalm nineteen. For in the first six verses we are instructed concerning the world-wide revelation of God by the created order. Therein it is clearly stated that this revelation of God is set forth across all language barriers, throughout every nation, at all times.
Psalm 19:1 ¶ The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
And this is so effectual that the Apostle Paul states that this renders every soul to be without excuse for not knowing God! Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
You do realize that it was only in 1439 that the printing press was invented, right? In order for that Ethiopian eunuch, in Acts chapter eight to have had a copy of the Book of Isaiah, he had to have been a very rich man. For that had to have been hand copied for him. So how shall God justly judge all the trillions of humans throughout the entire world since their were no Bibles for centuries? He shall do so by the World Book which declares the glory of God, throughout every language, in every nation, and at all times! “Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.”
We have Eve as a negative result of this revelation by natural birth, but do we have a positive result concerning this revelation? Let us consider Enoch, the father of Methuselah. Genesis 5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
When Moses (the author of the first five books of the Bible) first undertakes to write of Enoch he has nothing to report for the first sixty-five years of his life. There is no awareness of God in his heart and mind. There was nothing to evidence any spiritual revelation during that time in his life. The only thing Moses wrote of him in that twenty-first verse was that his wife had a baby! For in that sixty-fifth year of his life he had a son named Methuselah; a man who lived longer that any other man had ever lived. (This showed the longsuffering of God with that wicked age, for he died just before the world-wide flood in Noah’s day.)
So, without any previous spiritual evidence, and with only the revelation of birth, which God gives to evidence the invisible things of himself, Enoch now begins to “walk with God.” He had no bible. He had no angel appear to him! He had no ‘sign’ from heaven! He only had the experience of being involved in his wife having their son. But somehow Enoch had an inner witness, just as Noah’s parents would, when they named him “Noah,” which means “Comfort.” (If you wish to see more of how the naming of children revealed the mind and purposes of God, read Hosea 1:2-6.)
Then with only this revelation of God to his soul, Enoch walked with God to such a degree that it is stated, “he was not; for God took him.”
Of the billions and trillions of humans that have been on earth since Adam and Eve, every single one of them have come into being by natural birth. Yet, in Matthew 22:14 we read, For many are called, but few are chosen. And in Matthew 7:14 we read, Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. And from this population, masses of humans have come to enter into religion, with Bibles and routines of orthodox traditions. But we still read in Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Far better to be an Enoch and be brought to the glorious revelation of the experience of the new birth, than to be a highly trained religious leader like Nicodemus and hear the Lord proclaim, “Art thou a master (same word, Rabbi), in Israel and knowest not these things?” For this is indeed one of those “heavenly things” of which the True Rabbi from above may only reveal to the soul!
And far better to have been a Saul of Tarsus, as equally brilliant in the matters of Judaism as was Nicodemus, to have ‘met’ the Lord Jesus in the blinding light on the road to Damascus, that to come to him in the cool shades of the night and ignorantly ask, “How can these things be?”
Philippians 3:4 ¶ Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 ¶ And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
And just what is the one thing our Lord instructs his true believers to glory in? In Luke 10:19-21 we read, Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
What a glorious matter it is to have been spiritually and sovereignly, and invisibly birthed from above! John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
And although the Judge of Israel shall be smitten upon the cheek, he shall come forth from the masses born in Bethlehem when the church, the Lamb’s Bride, shall bring forth by His Incarnate birth, that which is to be the pattern of all Spirit-born souls! Micah 5:1 ¶ Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. 2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. 3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
And she shall not have a miscarriage; nor shall the great red dragon (Satan) be allowed to devour those whom she births! For Christ goes to the cross to prepare a spiritual place for them, both before His Father, and a wilderness place for them in this wicked world!
Revelation 12:1 ¶ And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
John 14:1 ¶ Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, (by the coming of the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit:), and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
May God have mercy on unregenerate church members!
Pastor Gene Breed
July 12, 2023