why are we still dying 5 – Fr philopater Magdy – St Mark Church – Al Nozha

Updated: 04 January 2020

Why do we still die despite the Cross (Part 5).

The last article in this series.

We will start today's article by answering the question of:

3 - What if God returned us back to the Garden of Eden (after he redeemed us on the Cross) or gave us a glorified body directly (a body without corruption i. e. without pain or weakness)... ????.

This meant that God would not be just. For those who lived before the cross would have lived in the suffering earthly body, but those who lived after the Redemption would have lived in a glorious and body that could not suffer (the body in which the righteous would live in for eternity).

However,.

Because God is just, everyone (before and after the cross) is equal in this body in which they live on earth.

+ Every man who lives faithfully on earth and endures the pain of the flesh and the warriors of Satan.... will win that glorious body glorious in eternity (whether he lives in the Old or New Testament).

4. Christ came with salvation to abolish spiritual death (which is enmity and separation from God after the reconciliation that was done on the cross) and more importantly, it abolished eternal death.

However,......

Christ kept the physical death... (which for the believers has become a mere transition and rest) and the opportunity to replace a suffering body with a glorified body.

+ And there became the first death (physical death.... which everyone is subject to).

And the second death (only to those who did not believe in the salvation and redemption of Christ).

- Thus:

A. The First Advent of Christ: It was for redemption and forgiveness.

B. The Second Advent of Christ: For judgment and punishment, or reward for those who awaited him and believed in His salvation.

"27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him." (Hebrews 9: 27 - 28).

+ + One of the most verses that show that physical death is a transition:

“14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil. ” (Hebrews 2: 14).

Jesus destroyed Satan (death) thus we die only in the flesh, so that we may then be with Christ. Christ came and abolished the spiritual and eternal death (which separated us from God).

Finally, and since we speak of the violation that has occurred and the entry of death to the world. Therefore, we will conclude this series of articles with an important question:

How is the longing of women for men could be a punishment? “To the woman he said,.

I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.

Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over (Gen. 3: 16) ??.

First, Let’s see the verse in some different translations:

The Beirutian Translation

The Septuagint Translation

The Jesuit Translation

I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee

I will greatly multiply thy pains and thy groaning; in pain thou shalt bring forth children, and thy submission shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Yet your desire and craving will be for your husband, and he will rule over you

Second:

God has allowed women to long for men for many factors, including:

1 – so that the leadership of the man / his sovereignty wouldn’t be a reason for the women to avoid marriage or her husband.

2 – so that the pain and risks experienced by women in pregnancy and childbirth wouldn’t be a cause of her abstinence from marital life and the birth of offspring.

Third:

The sovereignty of men over women (he reigns over you) has become a punishment and a consequence of the fall because the woman asked Adam to eat from the tree and he listened to her.

However,...

This authority does not mean that Eve would be enslaved to Adam.. ???.

"11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God." (1 Corinthians 11: 11 - 12).

God put a head to the family to protect and regulate matters.

Though the third chapter is the consequences of the fall and rebellion against God, Eve's longing for Adam was a positive thing as we explained (not a negative thing) , such as the blessing that we find in pain… and the life of thanksgiving that we learn in distress and disease).

The birth of boys with pain also turns into many blessings because she forms an offspring. It is sufficient for mankind the blessing that Christ Himself shared us in the body of our humanity.

Amen.