eternal values ministries

                                               RIGHTEOUS  GENTILE  GOVERNMENT  

                        Government has been given to mankind by the LORD GOD to rule over Nations. When the LORD  delivered Israel from the bondage of Pharaoh He called Moses the Law Giver who gave them God's laws.  Exo 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.  We today call these laws the 10 Commandments. He also gave to Israel dietary laws, Sabbaths, Holy days and moral laws that were to instruct Israel in everyday life. The Blood of our Lord and Savior was not shed yet, so He gave them animal blood to approach The LORD GOD. 

 [Heb 10:7-10 KJV] 7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and [offering] for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure [therein]; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].  

                   Today many believe that certain moral laws and the punishment for breaking these laws are obsolete. For instance, Laws on homosexuality, bestiality, witches, wizards, sorcery, necromancy ( speaking to the dead ), astrology, prostitution, idolatry, cross dressing, etc. should  not be practiced by Christians for these things are an abomination before the Lord. Should civil government make laws prohibiting these practices with imprisonment and death sentences as in the 1st covenant?

 [Lev 20:8-22 KJV] 8 And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I [am] the LORD which sanctify you. 9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood [shall be] upon him. 10 And the man that committeth adultery with [another] man's wife, [even he] that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. 11 And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.

12 And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood [shall be] upon them. 13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them. 14 And if a man take a wife and her mother, it [is] wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you. 15 And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.

16 And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them. 17 And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it [is] a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity. 18 And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.

19 And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister, nor of thy father's sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity. 20 And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wife, he hath uncovered his uncle's nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. 21 And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it [is] an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless. 22 Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out. 

[Deu 18:9-18 KJV] 9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so [to do]. 

In our modern thinking these laws seem strange. Even more stranger is that the death penalty should be demanded. What is it about nakedness that the LORD GOD so despises, or the worship of heavenly bodies, speaking to the dead. fortune telling, mediums, witches, wizards?

[Gen 2:20-25 KJV] 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. 21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. 

In these short scriptures contain the plan for mankind's happiness, safety and prosperity. The creation of Adam and Eve is on this account: 1)The man was first created. 2) Eve was taken out of Adam. 3) The natural bond of marriage that the LORD has instituted. 4) They were naked and not ashamed. 

The LORD gave preeminence to Adam the man making him the first and federal head of mankind. Thus Adam represents everyone who is born into this world.                                                                               

                                                                                                                      Rom 5:12ΒΆ
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:...  

Why would God punish all of mankind for Adam's sin? A good way to understand this would be in Heb.7:8-10  

[Heb 7:8-10 KJV] 8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he [receiveth them], of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him. 

Levi was born many years after Abraham, yet the scripture plainly states that Levi also paid tithes to Melchisedic. This is only possible if Abraham was the federal head of his descendants. For Levi not born yet was in the loins of Abraham. So it is with Adam. We being born in the 21st century have the First man Adam as our representative/ federal head. The headship of the human race is represented in the Male. The first man sinned against God, so we who are born are born into sin. For the LORD saw us in Adam, sinning with Adam. Thus the scripture says: [Rom 5:18-19 KJV] 18 Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 

This is the righteous judgment of God. Though it may not sit well with many, I believe the mystery of imputed sin lies in mankind being created in the image of God. We may be born in a physical body, but we are a spiritual creation destined for the heavens in a glorified spiritual body. This is the Body of Christ, the same body the Lord rose in. Our reason, conscience, intelligence is living proof of the existence of God.  [1Co 15:42-45 KJV] 42 So also [is] the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.

The bad news is that in Adam we are all condemned. However, the good news couldn't be better. As Adam is the federal head to damnation, The Lord Jesus Christ is the federal head of us who are born again. The righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ is imputed unto us who believe.  

[Rom 3:19-24 KJV] 19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:.. 

If we can receive the righteousness of Christ as our Federal Head, thus imputing His sinless, righteous life to our account, then we must receive the transgression of Adam to all mankind. These are the ways of God and they are marvelous in our eyes.