Is God Fair?
By Fred Pruitt
(This is long one. Can’t help it. I do believe, however, anyone who reads the below will be edified in Christ.)
I was going over this again, as I do, and it struck me how much in my writings I have referred to Adam and Eve and all those first things, as the foundation to Who and where we are now. I hope the reader doesn’t grow tired of this repetitiveness. There is an important point to it!
The “point” is that we are edified in Christ. Let’s consider that a moment. When I say “edified,” I don’t mean one receives a general feeling of “well-being” or feel “inspired.” I am talking about having an expanded and raised consciousness!
I am speaking of a complete inner reorientation. Within us is a solid eternal ROCK which is Christ. By HIS power in our very selves (available freely for our use), He creates His indestructible Life in us, which forms and upholds everything in our world.
Edification has to do with the word “build.” Something gets built! What is it that gets built? It is the Lord’s house* within us, constructed from the ground up by GOD, and not we ourselves! (Ps 100:3; Ps 127:1; Heb 11:10; Eph 2:22).
*(The “Lord’s house” is not just a house. It is the Presence of the Living God inside the Living Temple of ourselves, symbolized by the Tabernacle/Temple in Scripture. It consisted of an “outer court” available for all believers, a laver for ceremonial cleansing for the priesthood (of which all believers are a part). Then there was the Great Altar where sacrifices for sin are offered. Next is the “Holy Place,” where incense (prayers) are offered from the people administered by the Levitical priesthood. Finally we come to the “Holy of Holies,” the inner sanctuary, where the Ark of the Covenant resided. On top of it was the Mercy Seat and the Cherubim. Inside the Ark were Aaron’s Almond Rod that budded, the Golden Pot that contained “Manna” from the wilderness, and the Tables of the Covenant.” In the days of the first covenant only the High Priest, of the House of Aaron [Moses’ brother] could enter the Holy of Holies with a Intercessory Blood Offering for the people, once a year, repeated year by year by year, since “Sin” still reigned. That was cut off in 70 A.D. because a “greater” High Priest came on the scene. Through His Life, Death, Burial, Resurrection and Ascension, He put an end to Sin once and for all.)
The Lord’s house in us is not built by seminars, endless teachings, memorizing scriptures, academic courses, programs, church services, perfect obedience to all the commandments, sitting under the “right” teachers or …. anything else humanity can do! It is only by the mystery of Christ in us!
Therefore, what follows is not an attempt to “teach” anyone “how” to cause God’s Life to become active in us. There are no three step programs, four step make God do your bidding. Genuflecting or bowing before a cross does nothing. Quoting Scripture has no value for the speaker if there is no heartful apprehension of Christ, Only the heart does.
It does not happen that way, by human effort or human plannng. Instead, it is the simple recognition in expanded awareness of Christ by the Holy Spirit (as given and enlightened by the Spirit), that causes the dawn to break out of the deep darkness in the depths of our being, and the inner Sun/Son to rise and take the day, the whole day, every day. An unceasing “Carpe diem!”
About twelve or so years ago, the Lord showed me my small part in these last times. Part of a vast team, I’m sure, working currently around the world, most unknown to each other. When I read this passage below, circa 2007, it was as powerful a Word to me as the Lord’s first “commissioned Word” that came to me in 1973 via 2 Tim 4:1-5. That Word drilled into me then and has fueled everything since. But in 2007 the Spirit made it more specific through this following Word from Jacob Boehme, penned around 1620.
“But now at present there is great cause (as all the prophets have prophesied thereof) that the same should be made manifest. And the cause is this: that in this last trumpet’s sound the mystery of the kingdom of God shall be finished (Rev. 10:7); and the bride of Christ, viz. the wise virgins, shall be prepared, who shall meet the Lord in his appearance. And it betokens the day of Christ’s coming, when he will appear with the holy city, the New Jerusalem, and bring home his bride. Therefore the mystery of the kingdom of God must first be unfolded and explained out of its types, and become wholly manifest.” (Jacob Boehme, MM2 46:32).
Because of Boehme’s Word and the fact that I spent several years reading Mysterium Magnum* over and over, the whole book of Genesis has become a bottomless well for me. I keep going back over and over for another drink, getting more delicious life-giving water that seems clearer and sweeter every time I bring up a newly-filled bucket. Since it’s always more than I can drink alone, I pass it on down the line to the next folks. It’s all about consciousness of Christ in us and the work of the Spirit in our outwardly-expressed lives.
*(MM – The Grand Mystery, is Jacob Boehme’s exposition of Genesis in two volumes. MM was the main work I studied, but read many other works, too. I quit reading so much JB a few years ago, after the Spirit used him to crack open The Book enough for me to be allowed to walk around inside without JB holding my hand anymore.
What follows is an edited version of something from a while back. I believe this is in the vein I described above.
Someone wrote me some time ago, wondering how “fair” it was/is of God automatically counting everyone a “sinner.” In other words, are we born sinners, without having done one thing, good or evil? If that is the case, how could He possibly judge us and find us responsible for our sinfulness, if He made us that way in the beginning?
What we often fail to realize, is that we (the human race) were NOT made that way in the beginning. Adam was not born in or of sin. He was created, made, fashioned, as a Son of God on the earth, to expand and build up God’s kingdom on the earth. However, as we know, Adam and Eve did not keep their first estate. They were created in holiness and righteousness, housing the very Personhood and Life of God, meant to grow into maturity and to bless the world with the Light of God. They were to be what Jesus referred to in the Sermon on the Mount – “the Light of the world,” and, “the Salt of the earth.”
But they lost that, when they partook of the fruit.
Still, God was not beside Himself in rage and personal hurt! He is Love. He has always been nothing but love and can be nothing else, period! Therefore, His Life could not help but to respond to this crack in creation (which of course He had foreseen), where God’s precious first earth Sons have been compromised at the outset. His heart from before their Fall was to redeem them from their captivity and restore them to an even greater place because of the loss, a recovery and restoration that far exceeded even the first creation, “exceedingly above all that we could ask or think.” Consider that! Greater than anything we can think of or imagine! I would say, “Can you imagine?” But, of course, we can’t!
Enter the word and concept of “impute.” It is first mentioned in Gen 15:6 – “And he [Abram] believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness.” (“count” = “impute.”)
This whole idea of “imputation” is fraught with mystery. The word means, according to the Greek-English dictionary I consulted (not being a scholar in any language), “to count,” or “to put to one’s account.” (The Hebrew word or words for impute have the same meaning as the Greek.) Therefore, when Paul says sin is, or is not, imputed or counted, wherever he uses it, it has that meaning.
The first thing I want to say is that I do not know of a verse in the Bible where it says God imputes to or counts anyone guilty of the charge of “sin,” where there has been no law, i.e., specific injunctions regarding any particular deed. Every reference to sin that involves the word “impute,” is about God NOT imputing sin. I think I understand the confusion, i.e., why people think that. Here are some verses to consider:
“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).
For years and years I have only spoken of Adam’s and Eve’s fall in the sense that I was there, falling with them. That comes from two personal understandings for me. One, that “I” was in Adam’s loins (just as Levi was in Abraham’s loins, as the writer of Hebrews points out – Heb 7), and in that way I am heir to him.
One can only pass on what one is in bearing and parenting children. Adam and Eve were no longer “of Eden” (Eden means “Paradise”), and had no more clarity of it after they were put out. If they had kept the clarity, (which they could not have had, because they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the devil tree), they would not have fallen and would have been able to stay in Paradise. That is why the world is not “Paradise” today.
Being “kicked out” of Paradise was not primarily God’s punishment for their disobedience, as is mostly taught. They DID disobey, and they DID suffer the consequence God promised – death as to God.
So there is a punitive element here. However, it is never really “punishment.” Instead it is God using the circumstances that have come from the consequences of our choices, as “redemptive,” meant to bring us to the fruition – Christ in us – that only comes from God.
Even with that understanding, their obedience is only a secondary issue. It’s sort of like expecting perfect obedience from a two year baby. (We are currently visiting our daughter who has a wonderful two year old girl named Stella. I’m seeing this first-hand every day!) They’re being “taught” obedience at that stage, but they don’t really get it.
Recently Stella was on her little riding toy and she kept intentionally riding into Mimi’s (Janis’) feet while she was sitting on the sofa. I said, “Stella, be sweet to Mimi, don’t hurt her.” She wasn’t really using much force and wasn’t hurting Mimi really, so it wasn’t really a big deal. So she ignored me, as terrible-twos often do. But one thing changed. She kept riding into Mimi’s feet after I asked her not to do that. What was different was that before she had been looking down for some reason while she rode. She stopped looking down and instead kept glancing back at me, as if to say, “Look at me, I’m not doing what you’re telling me to do.”
You pick your battles with toddlers that age, so I just chuckled and ignored what she was doing. Then she lost interest and went on to something else.
The only thing they “get,” is “consequences.” All our parental “teaching” is often like a bag of hot wind to them. We sound like the school teacher in the Charlie Brown television shows, who to the kids sounds like a saxophone or French horn or something. It doesn’t move them very much. Especially with the twos, because their “job” at that stage in life is to come alive in their own individual personal consciousness – the emergence of “ME.” We look at them and are tempted to think they’re little devils for their, what looks like, rebellion. However, they cannot even reason at that stage, nor do they do things by planning and considering options. They have no ill intent as a choice of will. They’re just BEING!!!! (Themselves!)
Despite having been born into the world of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and all that implies, (captured at least partly in our minds), there is also a hidden “Other” in those “terrible-twos,” Who is “the true Light, which lights every man [human being] that comes into the world.” (John 1:9). That “Other,” has known us since before we existed. From the full depths of eternity before we existed, and throughout the whole of our “temporal” lives, He has “worked” single person, place or thing in the universe, for our “good,” as Romans 8:28 says. And “good” to the Father is that we might live in conscious oneness with Him, both in the temporal and the eternal.
The kind of consequences two year olds suffer are simply the results of their ignorant-of-what-could-happen behavior, like touching the stove. “Ouch” is the greatest teacher. No further “punishment” is normally necessary.
In the same vein, Adam and Eve experienced the consequences of their choice to eat from the forbidden tree, which was not an arbitrary rule God had laid down to test their obedience. Basically, in our terms, the tree was poison. They were told not to eat poison. They did eat the poison as we know, and the consequence He said would occur – death – occurred! Their consciousness of unity and innocence was destroyed and in a heartbeat they simply were no longer of a state which made them capable of dwelling in Paradise. Paradise was still there, only it was not Paradise to them any longer. The only thing that changed was them. (All part of The Plan – Eph 1:11).
They had never hidden in fear among the bushes before, because they had never known fear. In Paradise they were not exactly like how we are now. Their bodies were finer, like Jesus’ resurrected Body, more of the Spirit than the flesh, but still flesh so that they could commune in this world. Their bodies, though they were physical, did not know cold nor heat. They didn’t know hunger because they were always filled. The sunlight only warmed them and made them comfortable; they did not feel its “burn.” No harmful bacteria was loose in the atmosphere that could cause them any sickness. All the animals were their friends, and did not hurt each other, either. They had no fear of the earth, whether a storm would destroy them or an earthquake destroy their Paradise. In Paradise, it is all peace.
All that was lost in a moment when Eve partook of the fruit, then offering it to Adam so that he ate also. Gone, poof! In a heartbeat everything changed, and guilt and condemnation – feelings, thoughts and emotions they had never known before – came crashing in as if a huge dam had just burst, which then overwhelmed and finally swallowed up their Edenic consciousness. Next they are hiding in the bushes, hiding from the Lord God, with Whom they had lived in personal loving fellowship and intimate communion all their previous days.
That is the consciousness and spiritual reality that all of us since have been born into. I say I view it as if I was there, and what I really mean by that is that I am Adam and Eve. I am guilty in their guilt, partly because I am their son, but also because I sinned myself. (Had I actually BEEN Adam, I would have done exactly what that first Adam did.) That is the second understanding I have about their “sin” as related to “mine.” This is not sin being “imputed” to us by God. It is that we actually sinned, and thus death reigned, not because of imputed sin, but because we “did” sin.
Well, some might say, it’s a stacked deck, because we are born with a false consciousness of self passed on to us, and a fallen needy body and soul, so we can’t help ourselves but to sin. How is that fair? Well, of course we know we cannot reason God out according to what we think is “fair.” He does not go by any of our definitions of anything.
Now, what it says about the sin of Adam and us, is that Adam (and Eve) passed death onto us. The death was both the enemy’s seed planted in every one of us, himself in his independent self-consciousness, which is what the “Knowledge of Good and Evil” is. The devil’s temptation to them was that they would become as wise as God, or, in other words, gods themselves – rival gods! That’s what they bit into and which brought on all the tragedy of human history, because they bit into spiritual death which disqualified them for Paradise as long as that was who they were.
Outside the gates of Eden they “knew” each other (Gen 4:1), begetting their children and they passed that same death and disqualification for Paradise, Eden, onto all their offspring through all the millennia on down to us in 2020.
But interestingly regarding this imputation subject, Paul says, God does not impute sin to them (count it to their credit), even though death reigns.
Here is what Paul says in Rom 5:13,14:
“For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.”
Now before I get to this, let me point out one other thing. On the “is God fair?” question. Listen to what Paul says later in the same Romans letter:
“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” (Rom 8:19-22).
When we realize what God is after and WILL HAVE by this means, then, “is this fair?”, is not a question to be asked. The whole creation, everything, including Heaven, is waiting for the manifestation of God’s Sons! (Physical gender is not considered.) In fact, it is waiting for an explosion, when once and for all, the creation is delivered from the bondage of corruption, as the travail of a woman giving birth with all the pains and hardships, melting away and all-but forgotten at the first sight of the new born babe! This is what all creation is waiting on in this eon, this great orgasmic outpouring of Life and Light when the Sons are fully revealed!
But what does it say God first does to His creation, as the preparation for the Great Day? Paul says the creation was subject to vanity, self-consciousness, futility – a tree that cannot bear fruit – for the very reason of hope, in order for this great big giant eternal extravaganza in which we will all participate since we are the Sons who are manifest!
God is the One Who put it all, from Lucifer/Satan onward, to Adam and Eve, and then all of us, into vanity, against our will, Paul seems to say. At least we did not get to vote on it! Why? Because though it may take some revelations from the Spirit for us to fully understand it, this was the perfect way for God to bring forth His Eternal Sons into full manifestation. To know joy, we must know sorrow. To know hope, we must know despair. To know love, we must know selfishness. To know life, we must know death.
That is partly what it is talking about in Hebrews, how we are exercised by the Spirit, which brings about a mature consciousness. “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Heb 5:14).
Interesting, isn’t it, how in the beginning Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and here in the New Testament, the writer is saying they have matured by a process of “having their senses exercised” by that very knowledge.
Here is the difference. In the Garden, they passed from the Spirit of Truth united to “a purer-flesh,” out of Eden into the spirit of error united to a fallen coarse flesh. Anything learned in that mind, the mind set on the flesh, at best can only be partial truth. It was a corrupted consciousness of “good and evil” they would have known, and the good and evil fruit on the human tree is the most steadfast thing we may say about it. A corrupted understanding and mindset regarding good and evil is the most prevalent thing in the world. Turn on the television and watch the news.
In the Spirit, good and evil are in our seeing. Good is to see and believe only God. Evil is to see or believe in any other power than the Living God and Jesus Christ Whom He sent. Even if we are directly confronted by a power of evil, either in the spirit or some way or authority of the flesh, whatever the enemy might say or do to us is “My Father’s cup.” from which we also drink, always so that others might live. Everything is positive.
Everything is about the purposes of God – those negative speakers and believers may say differently, but it cannot be any other way. There is no wayward molecule or quark, no detail not covered, and “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD..” (Is 65:25b). We see every knee bowed and every tongue confessing. “For who hath resisted His will?” (Rom 9:19b).
He even says Jesus in His humanity was exercised the same way, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” (Heb 5:8,9). So even the Son of Man experienced this exercising of the Spirit, in the same way we are all “taught of God.” (John 6:45).
So to summarize the point I am making here, all of this, all of creation and all of history as we know it, is to this one end: the manifestation of the Sons of God. US!!!!
Now, that is what we are all in participation together, for this is Who we are, though it is yet to be fully revealed, as it also says in Heb 2:5-9.
Now back to Romans 5:13,14 again, where I left off on imputation.
“For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.”
The question I see remaining is if “sin is not imputed,” then why does “death reign?” (I know there is much more to dig into here, maybe we can come back later and discover some more stuff!)
As I said above, I have never found a scripture passage where it says God imputes, i.e., lays to the charge of someone, sin. The only record I can find in scripture regarding what God imputes, is that God does not impute sin. He was not imputing sin from the days of Adam and Eve until Moses, Paul said, even though death reigned.
There is a grace place in the law that the patriarchs and prophets and some kings found, including David, and he wrote, “Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord will not impute iniquity.” (Ps 32:2). And also, “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” (Ps 130:3,4).
Why is that? It is because there has never been an Old Testament God and a New Testament God. There has always only been a New Testament God. The reason “the Law” came first, is the whole world, not just the children of Israel, believes in its independence and self-ability. People may believe in God or in idols, either way most approach “spirituality” or “union with God,” with the mindset that they can apply the right words, formulas, etc., and can attain those goals by doubling down and being earnest. We all KNOW love is the right and holy thing to be and to live. Most of “the Church,” teaches that.
Ah, but the doing of it?
A few days ago the Academy Awards show was on TV. One of the winning actors gave a speech about love and brotherhood and how the world would be a much better place if we could all love each other. I used to believe that, too. Now I know that idea is just a fairy tale which will never come true. The sentiments are correct, as far as loving others is concerned, but we cannot produce it! So, as wonderful a set of words as that actor spoke, there is no power behind it. Millions upon millions heard it on their televisions and everybody agreed, “Yes, that’s right. We should always love, always be kind, always be for others!”
It’s just like what the children of Israel thought and promised Moses when he presented the tablets of the Law to them. After the sacrifices and the sprinkling of the blood on the people, they confessed en masse, “All that the LORD hath spoken we will do.” (Exodus 19:8).
We all know how that went.
When we find the true God in the Old Testament we are always finding the God of Mercy and Grace, of Love and Longsuffering. God has never held man’s sins against him. They are nothing to Him. He has always forgiven which means he has never imputed sin toward man. Even Paul in his most glorious chapter five of 2 Corinthians says our message is, “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Cor 5:19).
God has forgiven man since before man sinned. That is evident because there is a Lamb Slain in the midst of the Throne in Revelation, that has been the Lamb slain since the foundations, i.e., the substructure, of the earth. Before Adam sinned, there was a Lamb as it had been slain, already blotting out the trespasses against us. And it has been that way ever since, even on up to our day.
Am I saying by this that everyone is “saved” or “born again?” No, we cannot say that. Paul gave the reason in 5:13,14, when he said that even though sin was not imputed, death reigned. Now, what is this death?
First, spiritually, the death is the invader within us, the secret hidey-hole of the enemy, who walks us and talks us and has us do his lusts, which we think it is just us.
But the death remains, when we do not believe the Son, Who in some way is revealed in little bits here and there, both in the light and in the darkness, where men might find Him if they wish. Even if they live in a place where there is no word of the good news of Jesus Christ, God still comes to people wherever they are. When we believe, we pass out of death into life. It isn’t the sins that keep us out, it is the unbelief. We do not believe God, and thus, as John says, the “wrath of God abides on us.” (John 3:36)
And that is the state of the unbelieving world about us right now. All are forgiven and would be welcome with open arms into the Kingdom in a heartbeat. But it is the Father by means of the Holy Spirit Who calls, draws, and convicts us, though each of us may have a part to play with various ones. He uses the whole body. It was that way with me when the Lord was after me. People came out of the woodworks to “witness” to me. I ran into Christians here and there, strange circumstances, eerie coincidences, until finally He had me in a corner in which I could say nothing but YES YES YES! But He had been using people all over the U.S. to interact with me, giving me bits of Jesus along the way until finally my Day came.
So I always tell people to not freeze “unbelievers” where they are in our faith viewpoint. When I was into Hinduism and then Buddhism people would have said about me, “O, he’s in a cult, out of reach,” not knowing those ways were my path to Jesus. So we see people along their paths who look like they are far from God, and in our hearts and prayers let us see them closing in on Him, because the Holy Spirit sent them along our path just so that we might see them in faith and send them on their way in our hearts with faith toward God for them.
So now, just as always, it has been about believing the Lord, which the Lord “imputes” as righteousness. In other words, he “counts it to us” that we are righteousness when we live in a state of faith and belief in Him.
But let’s not denigrate that “counted” righteousness. Because it sort of sounds like honorary righteousness, but we really don’t have righteousness, since it is just “imputed,” which in our minds might make it lesser. Like getting an honorary doctorate for which we took no courses nor wrote any theses. Not the same as a real one.
So let me wrap this up. What this “imputed” righteousness is, is the Lord’s ACTUAL righteousness in us! We are right that it is not our own, and that is the sense in which it is imputed, but when the Lord imputes righteousness to us, it is He in us BEING the righteousness in us! And it is most certainly real and authentic, because it is He, not we, and yet, it is we! We are righteous with the very righteousness of God, as well as holy, sanctified, etc. All the attributes that are God’s can never be mine, but at the same time in recognizing that they are His Only, He gifts them all to me as mine to use as He uses, since He and I are one.
(Oh yeah, one more thing. Yes, God is fair!)