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his offspring under such circumstances could not be perfect.

Both Adam and Eve now were sinners. Therefore their children must of necessity be born in sin. Later one of the prophets of God recorded Jehovah's rule governing all cases: "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." (Ps. 51:5) Upon this same point another of God's inspired witnesses wrote: "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." (Rom. 5:12) These scriptures, stating the rule of Jehovah, explain why all children have been born imperfect and without the right to life, and why in due course of time they become sick and die.

All of this trouble has been caused by sin. And what is sin? Sin is a transgression of God's law. (1 John 3:4) All lawlessness therefore is sin. To be lawless means to be disloyal to God. Lucifer knew the law of God and broke it. Adam knew the law of God and he transgressed it. The wages or penalty for sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) There is no departure from these rules, because God changes not.-Mal. 3: 6.

The Devil

Lucifer was the first one of God's spirit creatures to sin. Adam was the first one of the world, and the first of the earthly creatures, to sin. By his unlawful act sin entered into the world. Is the death penalty to be inflicted upon Lucifer for his transgression of God's law? The judgment of God is that he must die and remain for ever dead. (Ezek. 28:15-18; Heb. 2: 14) The penalty for his violation of the law will be enforced in God's due time. God has a due time for everything he does.

The name Lucifer means light-bearer, or morning star. After his sin he was known by the names of

Dragon, Satan, Serpent and Devil. (Rev. 20:1-3) When Jehovah gives a creature a name that name carries with it great significance. Dragon signifies devourer; Satan means opposer, or adversary; Serpent means deceiver; while Devil means one who slanders. These names indicate the wicked and completely abandoned course that the Devil has pursued since the crime of Eden.

From then till now he has been the enemy and. opposer of God, and likewise the enemy and adversary of every one who has tried to be obedient to God's law. One who therefore has been thus opposed by Satan has to that degree been put to the test. It is evident from the Word of the Lord that Jehovah purposes to give all of his creatures an opportunity to choose to follow the Devil or to be obedient to God, and this explains why the execution of the judgment against Satan is so long deferred..

Ray of Hope

Another part of the judgment entered by Jehovah at the time Adam was sentenced is this: "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." (Gen. 3:15) There is a twofold meaning to this Scriptural statement. The serpent, then a beast walking upright, was sentenced to ever after crawl on its belly in the dust, and to be despised and killed by man. The serpent, also being used by Lucifer, became a symbol of deceit, representing the Devil. The "seed" of the serpent here mentioned means those creatures who would become tools or wilful representatives of the Devil.-John 8: 40-44.

The woman is a symbol of God's organization called Zion, which gives birth to the 'seed of promise'. That "seed" is The Christ, God's Anointed One. (Gal. 3:16, 27, 29) The judgment states that there would

thereafter be enmity between the 'seed of the serpent' and the 'seed of the woman'. The Devil and his angels and visible representatives have openly and violently opposed every one who has earnestly sought to serve the Lord and follow in the footsteps of Christ Jesus. The fight has been and is between the anointed of the Lord on one side and the Devil and his angels on the other.-Eph. 6:12.

In this part of the judgment there is a vague promise made of victory by the 'seed of the woman', in this, that the 'seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent's head'. It follows that the "seed" must be brought forth and until that time God would permit the enemy Satan to go on with his nefarious work and to do his worst, and this he has done. But God's promise is that Satan shall meet defeat, and that in due time he shall be bruised under the feet of the Anointed One. (Rom. 16:20) The fact that the head of the enemy is to be bruised, and that it is to be done by the 'seed of the woman', causes a ray of light to shine upon the pathway of man and indicates that there is a better time coming in the future.

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Since that better condition must be brought about by 'the seed of the woman' as God's instrument, such 'seed" must be made perfect and in complete harmony with God. That this may be done, it follows that there must be a "new creation" brought forth by Jehovah before the better condition of man can be had. A few of the offspring of Adam have tenaciously held to that ray of hope. This has been true of some of them even though they could not comprehend its meaning. But today the student of the divine plan who with thankful heart reverentially pursues the unfolding of God's purposes rejoices in this faint ray of hope held forth in the judgment entered long centuries ago. From the day that God entered that judgment he knew every detail of his plan concerning man. His

love, which is the perfect expression of his unselfishness, provided all the details of that plan to be carried out in due time. That plan provides for the recovery of man by and through the means of a new creation. The wisdom of God directed the unfolding and carrying out of his plan gradually. When it is completed it will reflect his glory, his wisdom, his justice, his love and his boundless power. In faith let us now hasten on to learn more of God's wonderful works, because one learning will find the way that leads to life and happiness.-John 17:3.

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CHAPTER IV

Degeneration

EGENERATION means the process of deterioration, that is to say, growing worse and worse, and persisted in it leads to debasement and complete degradation. Once outside of Eden the degeneration of mankind began and continued until it reached a climax.

Perfect man is one perfect in mind and body, and possessing the right to live. The judgment of Jehovah entered against Adam took away his right to life. When expelled from Eden he still possessed soundness of mind and organism; but being condemned to die the decree must be carried out, and the death process began. Although man had disobeyed his Creator, and thereby forfeited all claims upon his friendship, yet God was considerate of him. He and his wife were naked. "Unto Adam also, and to his wife, did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them." (Gen. 3:21) The presumption is that the skins were taken from animals, but such is not necessarily true nor is it so important. The fact that God clothed them was the important thing.

There could have been no need to have such coats to protect them from the storms or inclement weather, because at that time there were no storms on the earth, neither was there excessive cold. The temperature of the entire earth was practically the same, produced by reason of the aqueous canopy that enveloped the earth. The coats were provided probably merely as a covering to hide their nakedness from each other's eyes, and from the eyes of their children when born.

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