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by Danijel Polanec

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THE SECRET OF ATONEMENT


This article aims to reveal mysteries about Jesus that may be coming to light for the first time. It has been foretold that many will be searching and that the knowledge of God’s plan of salvation will increase in the last days. (Daniel 12:4)

The lineage of Jesus testifies that he is the descendant of David and his royal lineage. This is one of many reasons to regard Jesus as a human being. By his birth from a woman, Jesus had to share the same destiny under which all humans found themselves because of Adam’s sin. It is understood that a sinner is everyone who sins against the laws of God. However, a person is not forced to be a sinner because he or she can strive to be obedient and blameless. Nevertheless, the sons of man ( sons of Adam) are considered sinners from the moment of their conception, because they are born under the penalty of Adam, even though they have not sinned personally. It was the same with Jesus ( Joshua).

The very term ‘son of man’, which Jesus constantly used for himself, indicates that his genetic origin is from a man, as it was the origin of all humans who descended from Adam. How, then, could he be the source of the atonement by which Adam’s offspring were to be redeemed if, at his birth, he was in the same position as other people, born under the penalty of death? This is a complex and crucial question that does indeed have a Bible-based answer. However, many have not asked this question or even considered it because they have failed to view Jesus as a real human. They couldn’t even ask a question like this. Hence it implies that they didn’t even look for an answer. That is why the truth is still hidden from them.

Many members of Christian communities have been taught that a mortal man, born of a woman, cannot redeem other sinful men from sin and death, let alone be the mediator of life. That is why they believe that only God or some deity from Heaven, holy and perfect, can do it. In order to become a human being, that deity had to cease existing, and appear in the human form by becoming part of the fertilised egg-cell. The fertilised egg-cell had to be supposedly devoid of sin, in order to produce a child separated from sinful humanity. That sounds inspirational, but if there was no need for it, then it would have never occurred to God.

By the divine principle, people could not be punished for Adam’s sin. However, they had to bear the consequences of their father’s wrong decision. They were distanced from eternal life, as they found themselves outside of Eden and in the “power of death”, that has become the master of their body. Man was supposed to live in a paradise on the basis of their union with God. They were to get a glorious body over which death would have no power. However, it would be possible only through Adam, who was to be the foundation of a perfect world. Without this foundation, that is, without Adam, it was impossible to gain access to eternal life and have a glorious body. Hence, people found themselves in the bondage of their own body, ruled by death, from which they could not escape. This is because they died with Adam, who could not be resurrected and be given life.

ADAM death  WORLD

Death was not intended for humans, so we perceive death as having sinned ourselves. God handed us over to death until the legal reasons for its annulment were removed. During this period, the hope was given to humankind, that from among them would emerge the One who would take the place of Adam and tread on the serpent’s head, thus freeing all men from the bondage to the ruler of the world, who has the “authority over death” (Genesis 3:15; Hebrews 2:14).

In all likelihood, no man, at his own initiative, could take Adam’s place and assume his duty, because they were all in bondage, burdened with Adam’s sin, which fell on all of his descendants. How then could Jesus, as his descendant, replace Adam, if he was born in sinful state, like all humans? How could Jesus redeem us from the bondage of death if he himself needed atonement from that bondage? This question actually implies the answer.