Sin is passed from the father to the child and not from the mother just as the word of God says, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…” Romans 5:12.
Joseph and Mary were descendants of the fallen Adam and they both had sin dwelling in them. The brothers and sisters of Jesus were conceived in sin by the seed of Joseph and brought forth in iniquity like every other descendant of Adam. [Had their mother been immaculate, don’t you think they would have at least believed Jesus was the Messiah of Israel?]
20 But when he [Joseph] considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”
So Jesus was conceived not by the seed of Joseph, but by the seed of the Holy Spirit and brought forth in God’s holiness, without sin. Conception begins with the seed of a male and the Holy Spirit is a male, thus, the true immaculate conception.
Consider the following verse of Scripture:
1 Timothy 2:14,
14 And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression.
Notice that Paul was pointing out the fact that sin began with Eve, rather than Adam. Eve listened to the devil and was the first to sin, Genesis 3:1-6. Adam listened to Eve and he also sinned. See Genesis 3:17.
Even though Eve was the first to sin, Romans 5:12 says sin came into the world through Adam. This is because Eve was taken out of Adam, bone of his bones, and flesh of his flesh. And though they became one, they were two separate individuals.
Some may wonder about Genesis 1:27,
27 And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Adam received his life from God, Genesis 2:7, Then the Lord formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (Lit. soul).
God then caused every tree to grow and planted a garden in Eden. He put Adam in the garden to cultivate and care for it. He then decided to make a helper for Adam and fashioned Eve from a rib He took out of Adam. Notice that Adam was already formed and was a living being, or soul, when God made Eve.
So God first created Adam from the dust of the ground and He created Eve from a rib He took from within Adam—one from dust, the other from one of Adam’s ribs. Adam received the breath of life directly from God. Eve received the breath of life directly from Adam.
The word ‘rib’ in Hebrew is ‘tsela’ which means rib, side. This word is akin to another Hebrew word ‘tsala’ which means lame, limping.
Thus, it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression, 1 Timothy 2:14.
The woman was intentionally created to be the weaker vessel, as is evidenced not only in the creation of Adam and Eve but also in 1 Peter 3:7 and in 1 Corinthians 11:7-15.
1 Peter 3:7,
7 You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
1 Corinthians 11:7-15,
7 For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.
8 For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man;
9 for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake.
10 Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
11 However, in the Lord, neither is woman independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.
12 For as the woman originates from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things originate from God.
13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with head uncovered?
14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him,
15 but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her? For her hair is given to her for a covering.
Paul is saying here that even though a woman is a weaker vessel and is the glory of man, and man is the image and glory of God, they are dependent on one another, for all things are from God. A man is to treat a woman with the utmost respect, and a woman is to treat a man with the utmost respect also. Each has a place and each must honor the place of the other.
Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant
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