Recommended Reading for the Young People
It is very important, as we live in these last days, that we read, study, and understand the first principles of God’s truth. It is truly a matter of life and death, as the judgment is fast approaching, that we continue to study to show ourselves approved. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15).
To help us with our understanding of first principles it is imperative that we take full advantage of various published works written by our pioneer writers. A specific writing I would like to highlight is entitled “Adamic Condemnation” by Bro. Thomas Williams. This was a lecture given by Bro. Williams in an effort to provide an “explanation of the causes of division” between the Amended and Unamended.
Bro. Williams covers key areas of debate that will benefit young and old alike in their understanding of the following three topics: Adamic Condemnation, the sacrifice of Christ, and the effects of baptism.
1.Adamic Condemnation. All descendants of Adam inherit his sin and the effects from it. We are born unclean, or of the flesh, which is sin. “Sin in the flesh is hereditary; and entailed upon mankind as a consequence of Adam’s violation of the Edenic law.” Due to Adam’s sin we are born aliens from God and upon our death will forever remain in the dust from which we came if we do not avail ourselves of the atoning efficacy of Christ’s shed blood.
2. The Sacrifice of Christ. A sacrifice for inherited conditions is required by God, therefore, Christ’s sacrifice was necessary. Christ suffered from the effects that came by Adam’s transgressions, including the death that passed upon all men. Christ was born and died to remove Adamic Condemnation, first for himself and then for all others who symbolically have contact with his shed blood.
3. The Effects of Baptism. Baptism allows us to put on the saving name. We pass from “in Adam” to “in Christ”. “There is no middle ground between in Adam in the fallen state, and in Christ.” With baptism we become “free from the law of sin and death”. It is a way for us to pass “from death unto life”. Baptism is not for the remission of personal sins only.
These three topics, explained by Bro. Williams in more detail, provide beneficial evidence and support for traditional Unamended beliefs. Bro. Williams also discusses “The Responsibility Question”, however, he has this to say about the topic. “The responsibility question was only a very small outgrowth of these doctrines, and you will not forget that it was ‘Adam’s sin’ and Christ’s sacrifice and baptism in relation thereto that were the real issues.”
Please find time to read this pioneer writing, and study these issues with bible in hand, with the hope that you will develop your knowledge of the various causes of division and gain a true understanding of the first principles of God’s truth.