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— Excerpt —

 

Chapter 1: Messiahs

"This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus1, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut…" (Isa. 45:1; emphasis added)

 

I. Definition

It is common knowledge that the term messiah means an anointed one. When considered semantically, the term messiah applies to everybody. This is one reason why individuals such as King David and Cyrus the Great, just to name a few, were considered to be messiahs for they were anointed by God. This is also why several people have proclaimed themselves messiahs throughout history.

In this book, the term messiah is used both as it is de-fined above (i.e. anointed one) and as it applies to Jesus Christ.

As it applies to Jesus, the term messiah means more than simply an anointed one. It means one who has been anointed by God to rid humanity of original sin in the capacity of the Savior of the whole of humanity. It also means one who has been anointed with the mission to establish God’s Kingdom on earth and in heaven2. This therefore marks a major difference between a messiah and the Messiah.

Another difference, in terms of definition, between a messiah and the Messiah is that a messiah tries to lead an exemplary life and practice God’s word by abiding by the universal laws. The Messiah, on the other hand, is the incarnation of God’s word. He lives in harmony with the universal laws and comes to confront Satan, subjugate him with love, and lead him to voluntarily surrender. This means that the Messiah’s life purpose is to cause Satan to release his grip on messiahs (i.e. humanity) and eventually submit himself to God’s will.

As you have noticed thus far (and as you will notice throughout the three volumes), the term messiah, as commonly defined to mean an anointed one, is written with a lowercase m. On the other hand, as it applies to the one who has been entrusted with the mission to save the whole of humanity and establish God’s Kingdom, the term messiah is written with an uppercase M.

 

II. Messiahs

1. Adam

So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam [Jesus], a life-giving spirit. (1 Cor. 15:45)

The statement made by Paul that Jesus was the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45) means that Jesus Christ came to fulfill Adam’s original responsibilities. Adam’s responsibilities were, among other, to become a perfected individual in front of God, to become an ideal husband to Eve, an ideal father to his children thus establishing an ideal family and lineage, and to become the ancestor of a God-centered humanity. These are also the responsibilities of every man who has descended from Adam. This is why every man represents Adam on a smaller scale; the Messiah represents Adam on a universal scale.

It goes without saying that every man is a messiah (with a lowercase m) for each man is anointed, though differently, to fulfill the responsibilities of Adam. Some messiahs are called to fulfill their responsibilities within the realm of family, some within the realm of community, and some others within the realm of nation. And when the time and conditions are right, one messiah is called to fulfill his duties beyond every level known to every messiah. And that messiah is the Messiah (with uppercase M).

As the first man created by God, Adam was sup-posed to set in place a tradition that would have been connected to the Almighty. And this tradition would have been inherited, nurtured, and perpetuated by all of his male descendants. Unfortunately, through the Fall, Adam established a tradition connected to a superior power who was not the Almighty. This tradition, which began with the fallen Adam, has since pervaded the human race starting with the fallen Adam. This is why a new Adam, a life-giving spirit, is needed.

2. The Twist

So far I have associated the term messiah with men—from Adam, to Jesus, to contemporary men (and boys). Within this context, the Messiah is the representative of Adam. This is so only when considering the mission and position of the Messiah in relation to the restoration of the position of Adam. It is incomplete to assume that God only needs to restore the position of Adam for the Bible tells us that God created both Adam and Eve and that they both sinned in the Garden of Eden.

Is Eve not important? Can the man who comes to re-store the position of Adam fulfill the mission of the Messiah without a female counterpart?

It will be absurd to answer the above questions in the affirmative for it is clear that God created Eve to complete Adam and vice versa. This means that without Eve, Adam would not be able to fulfill the purpose of his existence; neither would Eve without Adam. Hence, they have to do it together as one body.

The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."
  Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.
  But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
  The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man." (Gen. 2:18–23)

The twist here is that the term Messiah, with uppercase M, should not only apply to a man, but to a woman as well.

Truth be told, the Messiah ought to manifest the image of God, which Adam and Eve failed to manifest. According to the Bible, the image of God is not Adam alone, but Adam and Eve together. As it is written, "So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (Gen. 1:27—NRSV).

Just like Adam was supposed to establish a heavenly tradition that would have been connected to God and inherited by his male descendants, Eve also was sup-posed to establish a heavenly tradition that would have been connected to God and inherited, nurtured, and perpetuated by all of her female descendants.

Throughout history, women have inherited the tradition of being a woman mostly from their mothers (or mother figures) while men have inherited the tradition of being a man mostly from their fathers (or father figures).

The Messiah comes to establish a heavenly tradition that must be inherited by the whole of humanity—both genders. Hence by himself, a male Messiah (Adam-Messiah) cannot establish a heavenly tradition that will be equally beneficial to both men and women without a female counterpart—female Messiah (Eve-Messiah).

This means that in order for God’s will to be fulfilled, the Adam-Messiah must work in tandem with an Eve-Messiah. Though the Adam-Messiah will have to appear and stand in the position of the Messiah before there be Eve Messiah, he will fall short of fulfilling his mission if he did not work hand in hand with a female counterpart. Given that it was a couple, Adam and Eve, that brought about the Fall, only a new couple, a new Adam and new Eve, will restore the Fall and guarantee the fulfillment of God’s will.

So it goes without saying that every woman is a messiah (with a lowercase m) for each woman is anointed, though differently, to fulfill the responsibilities of Eve. Some messiahs are called to fulfill their responsibilities within the realm of family, some within the realm of community, and some others within the realm of nation. And when the time and conditions are right, one messiah is called to fulfill her duties beyond every level known to every messiah. And that messiah is the Eve-Messiah (with uppercase M).

As the first woman created by God, Eve was sup-posed to set in place a tradition that would have been connected to the Almighty. And this tradition would have been inherited, nurtured, and perpetuated by all of her female descendants. Unfortunately, through the Fall, Eve established a tradition connected to a superior power who was not the Almighty. This tradition has pervaded the human race starting with the fallen Eve. This is why just like with Adam, a new Eve is needed as a life-giving spirit.

 

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