Doctrine Article
Expanded Internet Edition  December 14, 1998 

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God's Manifesto of
Human Rights and Privileges

by Ernest L. Martin, Ph.D., 1998

This "Manifesto" (which I will record below) is an explicit and formal announcement of God’s promise, His intention and His will for the human race. It is not a document that originates with mankind. It is God’s own personal declaration to humanity. It represents nothing less than the legal and emotional pronouncement of God the Father’s absolute and unchangeable WILL to each and every member of the human race who has ever lived in the past, who is living now, or who will ever live in the future. The Preamble (which I am about to give) represents the very words of God the Father Himself if one accepts (as all humans should) the inspirational authority invested in the divine Holy Scriptures, both in what we call the Old as well as the New Testament. This Declaration of God was given to mankind through the hand of a central human mediator who represented a group of apostles. That person was the apostle Paul (and with others that God selected to understand and to receive this glorious and wonderful truth).

This statement of God’s WILL is given equally to every male and female member of the human race. It is given to all humans no matter what their social, economic, political or religious persuasions may be. It is given to each person no matter if the person is under twentyone years old or over a hundred years old. It equally applies to a person of five years of age, five months of age, five weeks of age, five days of age, five hours, five minutes or five seconds of age or even to any human who has taken the first gulp of air. It is God the Father’s promise to every human being (including Christ Jesus) whether the person comprehends it or not (whether literate or illiterate). It is God’s promise to all humans whether they are righteous or evil, whether Christian or Hindu (or of other religions), whether Japanese or Irish, Black, Brown or White or any color in between. It pertains also to those in freedom or those who are slaves. It pertains to those in prison, and to those who ought to be put in prison. And note this. This teaching of God is not given in the form of a covenant (which is a contract requiring obedience on the part of both parties who sign the covenant). No, it is NOT a covenant (either Old or New). It is simply a holy promise to each member of the human race, and God will not fail to accomplish it. In short, this Manifesto is God’s declaration of human rights and privileges that God will award to all (eventually). What He has WILLED is given in order to honor YOU personally, and specifically to praise His Son Jesus Christ, and also to glorify and to dignify the Father Himself. God will thoroughly fulfill this promise to mankind when He completes His quest to become "all and in all" (I Corinthians 15:28).

This Manifesto is recorded in the Bible in three consecutive chapters that we call Ephesians One, Two and Three. It starts with a blank area in the manuscripts (intentionally left blank by Paul) that you can fill in with your own personal name. It ends with an "Amen" to show its official termination. I will add some etymological or grammatical comments in double brackets in the text to help you understand.

 

The following Manifesto from God to the Human Race is from the basic translation of Joseph B. Rotherham in his first or 1872 Edition (and not the later 1959 edition that many refer to).

[The text starts with chapter 1, verse 1, and shown in Arabic numerals. Words in brackets are Rotherham’s and the double brackets are mine (to slow you down in reading it—do not be annoyed with this use). The superscript numbers are to footnotes where I comment on a word or verse. This early translation is very literal, blunt, choppy and curt to English readers. Footnotes are in red brackets [1] ]

 

1:1 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus through God’s will, to the saints that are [[in Ephesus][1]] and faithful in Christ Jesus: Favour [[Grace]] 2 to you, and peace, from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ. [[The Manifesto now begins.]] "Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who 3 blessed us in every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ, according as He chose us in Him before a founding of a world,[2] that 4 we might be holy and blameless in His presence [3]; in love, marking us 5 out beforehand [[predestinating us]] unto adoption of sons [4] through Jesus Christ unto Him, according to the good pleasure of His will, [5] unto [the] praise of [the] glory of His favour wherewith He favoured us in the Beloved One; in whom we have the redemption through His blood, 7 the remission of the offences, [6] according to the riches of His favour [7] which He made to super abound toward us; in all wisdom and 8 9 prudence making known to us the mystery of His will, [8] according to 10 His good pleasure [9] which He purposed in Him,— for an administration of the fullness of the seasons, [10] to reunited or Himself [11] under one head the "all things," in the Christ, [12]  the "[[all]] things" upon the heavens and the 11 "[[all]] things" upon the earth—in Him; [13]  in whom also we were taken as an inheritance, [14] being marked out beforehand according to a purpose of Him who is in wardly working the "all things" according to the 12 counsel of His will; that we might be unto [the] praise of His 13 glory—we who had before hoped in the Christ; [15] in whom you also, hearing the word of the truth, the glad message [[Gospel]] of your salvation, —in whom also believing—were sealed with the Spirit of the promise, [16] 14 the Holy [Spirit]: who is an earnest of our inheritance, [17] unto a redemption of the acquisition, unto [the] praise of His glory. [18] 15 On this account, I also, having heard of the faith on your part in the Lord, and the love which [is] unto all the saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks in your behalf, making mention upon 17 my prayers, in order that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation 18 in gaining a full knowledge of Him; [19] the eyes of your heart having been enlightened, [20] that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what [[are]] the riches of the glory of His inheritance [21]  in the saints, 19 and what [[is]] the surpassing greatness of His power unto us who have faith, according to the inward working of the strength of His might [22]  20 which He inwardly wrought in the Christ, raising Him from among [the] dead, and seating [Him] at his right hand in the heavenlies, 21 over above all principality and authority and power and lordship and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the 22 future one; and made al1 things subject beneath His feet; and gave 23 Him [as] head over "all things" to the Called out assembly, [23]  which, indeed, is His body—the fullness of Him is for Himself [[a single]] filling up of the "all things" in "all [[things]]." [24]

2:1 You, too, being dead by your offences and sins in which at 2 one time you walked, according to the age of this world, according to the prince of the authority of the air—of the spirit that now is 3 inwardly working in the sons of obstinacy [[not being persuable]]; among whom even we all had our behaviour at one time in the covetings of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts; and were children—by nature—of anger, as even the rest; but God, being rich in 4 mercy, by reason of His great love with which He loved us—we 5 being indeed dead by [our] offences [25] —made us alive conjointly with the Christ (by favour have you been saved), and conjointly raised [us] 6 up, and conjointly seated [us] in the heavenlies, in Christ Jesus; that He might point out, in the ages that should come after, [26] the 7 surpassing riches of His favour, in graciousness upon us in Christ Jesus. 8 For, by [His] favour have you been saved through faith, and this [[is]] not from you [27] — [[faith is]] of God the free gift!—not from 9 works, that no one may boast; for His workmanship are we, having 10 been created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God before prepared, that therein we might walk. Wherefore, keep in remembrance, that at one time you,— the 11 Gentiles in flesh, those called uncircumcision by the so-called circumcision in flesh, handmade,— that you were, in that season, separate 12 from Christ, having become alienated from the citizenship of Israel, and [being] strangers to the covenants of the promise, not having hope, and godless in the world; but, just now, in Christ Jesus, you, 13 who at one time were afar off, were made near in the blood of the Christ. For He is our peace who made both one [[made us one new person]], and the middle 14 wall of the enclosure [[that separated Israelites from Gentiles in the Temple]] broke down; the enmity, in his flesh, [even] 15 the law of the commandments in decrees, bringing to nought; that [[of]] the two [[the two types of people, Israelites and Gentiles]] He might create in Him into one man of new mould [[a singular person made anew]]—making peace; and might fully reconcile them both, in one body, 16 unto God, through the cross—slaying the enmity thereby; [28]  and, 17 coming, He delivered the glad message of peace to you the far off [[the Gentiles]], and peace to those near [[the Israelites]]; because, through Him, we have the 18 introduction—we both—in one Spirit, unto the Father. Hence, 19 therefore, no longer are you strangers and sojourners; but are fellow citizens of the saints, and members of God’s household [[His holy Temple]]; [29] having 20 been built up on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being chief cornerstone; in whom an entire building, 21 in process of being fitly conjoined together, is growing into a holy 22 Temple in [the] Lord; [30] in whom you also are being conjointly builded into a habitation of God in Spirit. [31]

3:1 For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of 2 you, the Gentiles—if, at least, you heard of the administration of the 3 favour of God which was given unto me for you, that by way of revelation was made known to me the mystery, according as I before wrote in brief, [32]  4 respecting which you are able, [by] reading, to perceive my discernment 5 in the mystery of the Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men as just now [33] it was revealed to His holy Apostles and Prophets in Spirit. [34] 6 That the Gentiles should be joint heirs and a joint body and joint partners in the promise, in Christ Jesus, through the gladmessage; 7 of which I was made a minister according to the free gift of the favour of God which was given to me according to the inward 8 working of His power:—unto me, the less than least of all saints, was given this favour—to deliver unto the Gentiles 9 the glad message of the untraceable riches of the Christ, and to enlighten all as to what [is] the administration of the mystery which had been 10 hid away from the ages in God who created the "all things" in order that there might be made known, now, to the principalities and the authorities in the heavenlies, through means of the 11 Called out assembly, [35] the manifold wisdom of God; according to a plan of 12 the ages which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have the freedom of utterance and introduction with assurance 13 through the faith of Him.[36]  Wherefore I am asking not to faint in my tribulations in your behalf; which, indeed, is your glory. 14 15 For this cause, I bow my knees unto the Father, from whom 16 an entire family in [the] heavens and on earth is named, [37] that He may give you, according to the riches of His glory, with power 17 to receive strength, through His Spirit, into the inner man; to have the Christ reside, through the faith, in your hearts, in love having 18 become rooted and founded, that you may be full [[and]] mighty to grasp firmly, conjointly with all the saints, what [is] the breadth and 19 length and height and depth, [38] and to get to know the knowledge surpassing love of the Christ, that you may be filled up to all the 20 fullness of God. [39] But to Him who has power above "all things" to do, exceeding abundantly above what things we are asking or conceiving, according to the power that is inwardly working itself in us—to Him [be] the glory, in the Called out assembly 21 and in Christ Jesus, into all generations of the age of the ages. Amen." [40]

A Brief Commentary on the Manifesto

Wow! What a Declaration from God that gives the most precious of Preambles that any human could possess. It is truly "God’s Manifesto of Human Rights and Privileges." It may at first be difficult to read, but it is easy to understand. I want you to remember seven points of this Manifesto (there are others) that are given by divine inspiration from the Father Himself.

1) First and foremostly, it should be recognized that this IS NOT a covenant. It is simply a PROMISE without the slightest contingencies! All normal covenants (including the Old and New Covenants of the Bible) are CONTRACTS between God and man (and this includes the Old and New Covenants made between God and Israel). In all contracts there are stipulations and conditions that make the agreements binding. In any contract both parties can agree to perform certain actions (or to refrain from certain actions) in order for the contract to be in force. If any of the parties breaks the stipulations of the agreements then the contracts themselves can be repealed and there can be punishments and/or retributions for failing to meet the agreed upon conditions that are written or stated within the contracts. But this Manifesto is NOT a covenant (or contract). It is a simple PROMISE or declaration from the Father that contains no contingencies, no stipulations and no conditions that involve any performance of duty or the keeping of laws on the part of humans. Though we are encouraged to be decent and upright (and do good works), there are no moral, ethical, social, religious, political or "godly deeds" that we need to perform to obtain this promise. This does NOT mean we should avoid good works (we should do them), but they are not required.

2) Remarkably, there are no threats of any ultimate judgments or punishments that God might angrily bestow on us in the afterlife for not practicing good deeds now. This Manifesto centers only on our terminal rewards (not on any intermediate chastisements that we may encounter through wrong actions motivated by our normal hardness of hearts that God has now given to us to endure). Note! The Scriptures show that God is responsible for giving all humanity their hardness of hearts, and this includes (alas) our own hardness of hearts that even we mature Christians express daily (see Romans 9:9 to 11:36).

3) Lo and behold, there are no gender distinctions shown in this Manifesto. The female part of the Family of God gets precisely the same reward that the male members are promised. There is not the slightest superiority in males, nor is there a tincture of inferiority in females. No one rules or supervises any other human in this Manifesto. There are likewise no national or racial discriminations in the Manifesto (we now are "one new person"). It applies to all who make up the human race: to Israelites and Gentiles (that is, to Blacks, Browns, Yellows, Whites or any colors or shapes in between). It is not to persons identified as Israelites or Gentiles to whom the rewards of this Manifesto pertain, but they are given by grace to the "new persons" (made up of newly created human beings of both sexes and of all races by the will of God). All are given by grace heavenly citizenships and placed freely and equally by God into His Holy Temple, into God’s very Household or Family. There are also no social discriminations in the rewards of the Manifesto. Whether you are rich or poor, free or slave, prisoner or non-prisoner, democrat or republican, tory or labour. There are also no age distinctions that might disqualify because a person is a minor or a youth. If one is twenty years old, it equally applies as to a man or woman a hundred years old. Indeed, it applies if the person is five years old, five months, five weeks, five days, five minutes old, or even if one has just received the breath of air that makes a person a "living soul." Indeed, everyone is embraced. Each human of all ages (and all ages to come) is promised to sit one day on the right hand of God. And strangely, there is nothing in the Manifesto that says one must do any commandments or perform any laws or do rituals to receive these grand and majestic promises. In fact, the commandments contained in decrees (either given by men or ordained by angels on behalf of God) are no longer applicable in the terms of this Manifesto. See Colossians 2:823 where it shows the decrees given by angels through Moses at Sinai to be Sabbaths, Holydays, dietary laws that separate mankind socially and religiously [[Christmas, Easter too]]. They are "blotted out." It gives mankind full freedom and equality in God’s Family. See epistles to Timothy and Titus for more details.

4) At first when Paul saw this Manifesto that had no contingencies for mankind to perform in order to sit on the right hand of God, he felt apprehensive (and rightly so). He thought that Christians might "go hog wild" in bad behavior and forget all about the normal regulations and social customs within which we humans now live on earth. This Manifesto actually frees mankind from all human and angelic governments (Roman or Jewish) and places each human into a position of rank (in a legal sense) that is higher than all humans or angels. When Paul saw what this Document of Freedom actually declared, he must have expressed a feeling of fearfulness and an outright terror of what the Roman and Parthian governments might do to Christians if such freedoms were encouraged to be enacted by Christians who lived within the political societies that then existed. This document is simply too revolutionary to establish in full in our present human societies simply because it places everyone from Emperor to slave, from rich to poor, from one race to another, whether youths or elderly, and whether males and females into an equal position of rank and worth. The concepts in the Manifesto might be good philosophy (some might say), but there is not a human society in the world that would allow such a document of freedom and universal equality to be legislated into effect. Paul knew this. So, in Ephesians 4:1432 Paul admonished Christians to respond to it by living decent and upright lives as best they could and to obey the laws within those societies that then prevailed. He says the same to us. Though we are free of all punishments, retributions and judgments in God’s eyes (when we come before the bar of God, we simply show God this Manifesto and He will invite us immediately to sit on His right hand), but our human societies are not yet ready to establish these profound principles of freedom and equality that the Father now gives to all the human race.

5) So, in Ephesians chapters four to six, Paul gives practical advice (indeed, commands) to live decently and within the bounds of the normal customs that govern mankind at the present. He said the wives (who are now completely equal with their husbands in God’s eyes) should still (for now) adopt the rules of submissiveness established by our societies. Yes, Paul suggested that we obtain any freedom and equality that we can muster as the Manifesto states, but Paul still advocated caution and wisdom in such matters and he did NOT want Christians to start a revolution now to achieve this plan of God to equalize mankind’s status. He also told slaves that though they were now free in Christ, they should still submit to their masters. He also told children to remain submissive to their parents. True enough, the Manifesto makes all free and equal, but we must wait for God to exalt us in His time. He will do it. It is His promise. In the meantime, we should all live by the rules of our societies, salute the flag, pay taxes and obey the civil laws (Romans 13:17). And alas, if Christians should become profligate in the eyes of society, God can respond in chastisements in this life (Colossians 3:5,6,25). He can even delay the time for granting us the rewards of the Manifesto. We could even miss out on the "Kingdom phase" (the Millennium) by such evil actions (Ephesians 5:5). But on no account can we lose our ultimate salvations—which are awarded by grace. Recall that even the Christian sinner in Corinth was handed over to Satan for chastisement, though Paul knew the person would ultimately be saved (I Corinthians 5:15; see I Timothy 1:20). These evil things occur because God exercises His prerogative of hardening peoples' hearts (Romans 9:933). Indeed, we should realize that we are God's workmanship for good or ill (I Sam. 2:68; Job 12:1625; Isa. 45:7; Lam.3:38). God has promised in the Manifesto, however, to take away our hardness of heart that He has allowed Satan to manipulate and that causes us at times to act in disgraceful ways (just like the hardness with which God hardened Pharaoh’s and Israel’s hearts, including the hardening our own hearts —see Romans 9:933). We cannot change our evil natures. But soon, God will replace our faulty natures with His attributes of grace and love. God will substitute our hardness of heart with the spirit of His love. Our very natures are destined to be changed by the continual working of God's Spirit in our lives which will take away our normal hardness of heart (II Peter 1:4). This is God's doing. We can’t do it. Our attempts to be righteous always fail, but God will finally place in us His own divine qualities and love.

6) Though the Manifesto itself is found in the first three chapters of what we call "Ephesians," there are further comments by Paul on this grand and strategic plan of God to bring all humans into His divine Family (His single Family that rules the universe that was created by Christ). The Book of Colossians is a companion epistle to Ephesians. It further illuminates the wonderful teaching of the Mystery. From Colossians 3:12 onward to the end, Paul gives encouragement to practice Christian virtues and "not to rock the boat" by trying to establish the full equality teachings of the Manifesto in this life. Sure, you should free yourself as much as you can, but it is God who will complete your freedom in Him and grant you your Jubilee.

7) It has been a joy for me to present the promises of God in this Manifesto. It represents the mature Gospel of Christ and God’s teaching to the entirety of the human race. Though we have been the product of God to do wrong and evil (and to learn from that experience), we will soon be the creation of God to do right in fairness and love—and to be God's own children. God will soon place in each of us His divine nature (II Peter 1:4) that will make us to be righteous members of the Godhead. This Preamble or Manifesto is sacrosanct. I hope you cherish this declaration of God's love to you. God promises it.


Ernest L. Martin


Footnotes to the Doctrinal Report:

"God’s Manifesto of Human Rights and Privileges."

1) The earliest and best manuscripts do not have the geographical indication "in Ephesus" in the text. This was actually a circular letter that Paul intended to reach all ekklesias that were within his jurisdiction. The epistle simply came to "Ephesus" last and got deposited within that area. It is perfectly proper to call the epistle "Ephesians" to identify it for reference, but it was intended to be a letter for universal distribution. Thus, you can insert even at the present time your own city or town, or your own home (or even your own individual name) and this procedure meets with Paul’s intention. The message of the letter is actually God’s Manifesto for all Mankind and that is why it is to be understood as written to each individual human.

2) The Greek actually means: "the throwing down of any world system." The word "throwing down" (Greek: kataboles) has given problems to some translators. There is, however, no difficulty in knowing what Paul meant. If you have a building or a wall already built and you "throw it down," it means you destroy it or disrupt it. On the other hand, if you are just beginning to build or construct a building or wall, the "throwing down" means to cast stones into a rugged spot in order to make a smooth or level "foundation" on which to construct the new building or wall. The context of the Manifesto shows that Paul intended the word to mean "foundation" (as Rotherham and the King James Version translate it), rather than a supposed "disruption" that some think Moses intended in Genesis 1:2. This is error. It was the Darwinian theory of Evolution that prompted some translators to see a special "disruption" in Genesis 1:2. Moses meant no such thing. We do not need modern scientific theories to explain what God meant in this Manifesto to the human race. What we need to know is the fact that each of us was in God’s mind and plan before He cast down a "foundation stone" (so to speak) of the universe. Or, before God designed, founded and made any cosmos or world system, He chose each of us humans to be in Christ Jesus. We were individually reckoned to be a part of His firstborn Son who then existed alongside God the Father. It was Christ who did the actual creating of the universe, both things seen and unseen (see Colossians 1:1522; Hebrews 1:812; II Timothy 1:9).

3) The verb is in the infinitive present tense. It does not mean "might or should be" as though some doubt or chance could impede our own position of righteousness and blamelessness in the sight of the Father. The wording by Paul means that we are now (and continually will be) reckoned to be "holy and blameless" in God’s eyes. As we will see later in this Manifesto, our righteous and our holy positions with the Father come not by any works we might do (whether good or bad), but we are made righteous by God placing us into a position of blamelessness before He even made a "foundation" for the universe.

4) The Greek has "sonship" (that is, a single son) because we are reckoned to be "in Christ" (and Christ was the single Son at the time in whom we are to be exalted and glorified). And though God the Father has several other "Sons of God" (who are His children like Christ Jesus, and are NOT angels) (see Genesis 6:2 and Job 1:6; 2:1), our positions are found in a single Son (God’s Firstborn, who is Christ Jesus) and NOT in any of the other "Sons of God" that we know little about in the Bible.

5) Notice that our individual status of being reckoned by the Father as being "in Christ" was not according to the simple desire of God (which frankly would be good enough to secure our salvations and exaltations), but Paul made it stronger by saying it was "the good pleasure of His WILL." When God the Father "wills" something, it will always come to pass.

6) Not a single offence or transgression (or any sin whatever) is now accounted to our record since we are "in Christ" (and we have been "in Christ" from before the world’s foundation), and no offences, transgressions or sins are found in Christ or us.

7) God has granted our position of sinlessness and blamelessness as a free and unmerited "favor" (or, grace) to each of us.

8) Each of us who recognizes "the mystery [[secret]] of His will" is able to understand and to accept the teachings of this Manifesto that was being given to the apostle Paul and other apostles. It is God’s WILL that is in force, not simply a wish.

9) One of the most pleasurable things that God has ever accomplished (as a matter of pleasing Himself) was to grant each of us His divine favor and grace that we each (and all) have by being placed "in Christ" before the foundation of the world.

10) God will bring to pass all these promises in this Manifesto when a time arrives in the future called the "administration [[dispensation]] of the fullness of seasons [[times]]. God has a divine chronological timeplan for showing these glorious and wonderful truths to each member of the human race. Only a few of the elect (to be explained in a moment) now understand these sublime and majestic promises (such as yourself), but in the "fullness of times" God will surely bring all the promises of this Manifesto to a complete fulfillment in Christ (and in Us), and God will finally become "all things and in all things."

11) God’s plan is to unite all of the human race (each and every one, without exception) back into a reconciled state with Him, and He does it legally by placing all humans into Christ (His Firstborn Son) who then is united to the Father (with Us). When this occurs, there will then be one head (one chief, one ruler, one Father, and one Firstborn Son) and we will be reckoned as being "in Christ." That means we will be also "in the Father" and the Father is to be "all things and in all things."

12) To be reckoned as being "in Christ" signifies that we are legally accepted by the Father to be as Christ in every way.

13) This reconciliation, when God the Father becomes "all things and in all things" (I Corinthians 15:28), reaches out to include "the things in the heavens [[angelic powers and principalities]] and the things on the earth [[we human beings]]." The uniting with the Father by virtue of being "in Christ" involves and embodies not only "all humans" who have ever lived or ever will live, but it takes in "all the things" that are in the heavens. The reconciliation is all encompassing and all embracing.

14) The Greek word that Rotherham and many other translators render as "inheritance," has a very important etymological meaning that contains (in a practical and simple way) a cardinal truth of the Holy Scriptures that remains hidden to the awareness of most people — even most translators). The Greek word means: "we were assigned by lot." There was (before the foundation of the world systems or the universe) a divine lottery held in heaven that determined several things in the blueprint of God the Father in the making of Christ to be the Head (under God) of the Body of people who would become God’s divine children. The use of the lottery was the fairest way that God could design that would allow certain types of people to emerge on earth to become His divine Family of human beings who were (and are) destined to become His own Children of God just like Christ Jesus is a Son of God. And though there is no chance or doubt regarding the fulfillment of the plan and purpose of God the Father to redeem and save His children (you, me and the rest of humanity), there was a normal and unfixed lottery that was used by God to determine who would be who, what would be what, and when would be when. The first lottery must have entailed who were to be males and who would be females to comprise the normal complement of the two sexes that make up the human race? So, this Manifesto states in Ephesians 3:15,16 that God created a family both in the heavens and on earth, and families are made of males and females. That is why God said in II Corinthians 6:17,18: "I will receive you and I will be a Father unto you, and you shall be MY SONS and DAUGHTERS." After that, God selected by lottery who would become the Adam, the Noah, the Abraham and the Jacob who would produce His "priesthood" nation. The national lot (selection of the priestly nation) fell on "Israel" (the Elect of God, see Romans 11:2533). Then the lottery selected the period of history into which all humans would be born (either in the Old or New Testament periods, or in our present EndTime period, or in the Millennium). We were each "marked out" by the lottery. That is what the Manifesto states in the next verse. It says we were: "marked out beforehand according to a purpose of Him [[God]]" (verse 11).

15) Note the time period in which certain people were selected by the lottery to appear on earth and to receive the message of the Gospel. Paul stated that people were "marked out" to be those "who had before [[in time]] hoped in the Christ" (Ephesians 1:13). In I Timothy 2:46 the apostle Paul said that it was the will of God that all men be saved, but not all men would come to a knowledge of their salvation (that they have in Christ) at the same time. The message of the Gospel was to be given to each person "in due time" (or, as the actual Greek states) "in its own time seasons [[plural]]" (I Timothy 2:6). There are special seasons of time (plural) that God has selected by lottery before the foundation of the world for each human to come to a knowledge of what His Manifesto means to each person. Each of you (according to the Manifesto) was selected by a lottery to be a male or female, as well as to be an Israelite or a Gentile, or to be one to recognize the mature truth of God (or not to know the truth of God) at any set and predetermined time in history. This procedure is the fairest way that God the Father could provide in order to justify many things that would occur to His people (including you). Some of the human race were destined to have great blessings with few bad experiences, and others were to participate in many bad circumstances with few blessings in a human sense. But everyone, without fail, was to taste the good and bad (Genesis 3:5,6). Yet with the Manifesto, God redeems and restores all blessings and favors (through His reconciliation) to each and every human in Christ.

16) Your salvation and redemption in Christ is absolutely sealed by nothing less than the Spirit of Promise that is given to you as stated in this Manifesto. Your salvation is certain and intractable and is not based on your good or bad works.

17) Yes, the word means inheritance, but within the etymological significance of the word we have its full intention. It is never far from its primary root denoting lottery. The word really means "the enjoyment of being selected by a lottery."

18) Our redemption that we have "in Christ" is to acquire what has been procured for us by God the Father. God will give us the entirety of the universe (both that which is seen and that which is presently unseen by us), and He will perform it in order to praise Himself and His Son, Christ Jesus (and also to praise and glorify Us who are a part of the allotment).

19) What is contained in this Manifesto (and other sections of the Scriptures that comment on it) represents "a full knowledge of Him" that you were unable to know or appreciate until you read God’s Declaration of Human Rights and Privileges.

20) We are told in no uncertain terms that it is God who opens our minds to fathom these wonderful truths that we are privileged to comprehend. Jesus said: "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him" (John 6:44). "Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father" (John 6:65). Paul also stated in Philippians 2:13: "For it is God which works in you both TO WILL and TO DO [[TO PERFORM]] of his good pleasure." Paul also said that "the grace of God is given you by Jesus Christ…who shall also confirm you unto the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 1:4,8). So, it is up to the Father and Christ Jesus to enlighten you (or any other human) with the truth of the Gospel. Each of you has been selected to be either a male or female (by an election through a lottery) and to receive the Gospel at this time in history. You have had nothing to say in the matter, nor has any other human being that is either close to you or remote. Only God has done the choosing of you.

21) Again, the Greek means: "the enjoyment of an allotment" that was secured to you by a divine lottery devised by God.

22) We have faith (whether little or much) because of the inward working of God’s power and strength, not of ourselves.

23) What glorious teaching! Christ Jesus now sits on the right hand of God in heaven above all angelic powers (and His name is above all other names in the universe) and Christ now hands over that same power, privilege and right to His Body (called the ekklesia, or the Called out assembly) that represents Us who are now in Christ, or those who will always be in Christ.

24) Everything in the universe will finally be filled up "in Christ" and "all things" will finally comprise His Body (the ekklesia). No one will be left out. All will come to repentance and faith when God removes the hardness of heart that He has placed on all humans (including ourselves) —see Romans 9:933. The "divine nature" (II Peter 1:4) will then be placed in all.

25) The great and wonderful teaching of this Manifesto shows that while we were dead in sins and trespasses (we were then degraded and depraved in our moral, ethical and social attitudes) God reached down and made us "alive conjointly with Christ." We are told in Romans that through God’s Son substituting His life, death and resurrection with us, the Father has reconciled Himself to us. The reuniting was NOT when we were repentant and trying to be good, and NOT when we were trying to honor God and His ways. That’s right, it was NOT when we were asking God to forgive us for those sins that God then reconciled us to Himself. No, the reconciliation occurred when we were "ungodly" (Romans 5:6), when we were abject "sinners" (Romans 5:8), and when we were outright "enemies" of God (Romans 5:10). Of course, we now know through the revelation of the Manifesto, that our alienation and our reconciliation were within the plan and purpose of God from before the foundation of the universe, but it was only when Christ Jesus came with His divine message and then augmented it with the teaching of the Manifesto (the Mystery of God) that all humanity (including ourselves) have come to be aware of God’s mercy and grace. And what does that reconciliation hold for each of us? It means that we can now sit on the right hand of the Father (even right now at this very moment in a legal sense) just as Christ Jesus is now sitting in that position of glory. This is the divine allotment that God the Father gives to each member of the human race because He decided to put (in a legal sense) all the punishment for our sins and offences on the back of His Son through the duration of His life, through the ordeal of His death on the tree of crucifixion, and through the glory of His resurrection back to abundant and resplendent power at the right hand of God. This divine propitiation and conciliation devised and enacted by the Father was accomplished on behalf of the whole world (whether they at the time were good or bad). The actions of Christ that secured our redemption (which were holy and unblemished works of Christ) resulted in the entirety of the world (the whole human race) being reconciled to God by being made righteous and holy as is Christ Himself. This forgiveness involved just not those of us who would become Christians during this age, but it reached out to capture within the web of God’s love even those humans who were unrepentant and at the time evil. The apostle John said: "And he [[Jesus Christ]] is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (I John 2:2). And remember what John said in two beautiful verses of the Scriptures. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting [[eonian]] life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him [[Christ]] might be saved" (John 3:16,17). And indeed, the entire world (the good along with the bad) have been redeemed and have been reconciled to God. When the world truly realizes this fact (which only God can reveal unto them when He removes the hardness of heart that He has saddled on their minds), the whole human race will repent and be saved.

26) This is in the "dispensation of the fullness of times" that was mentioned in this Manifesto at Ephesians 1:10.

27) It is NOT your faith, or MY faith, that allows us to be saved. This is because our own faiths are too weak even to be considered as capable of saving us. The faith that saves, is the FAITH of Jesus Christ (see Galatians 2:16). Indeed, we are told in this verse in the Manifesto that faith (that particular faith, which is the faith of Christ) is a gift from God to all of us. The attributes of righteousness that many people feel are necessary for humans to perform in order to be saved (such as repentance, belief in Jesus, confession of Jesus and accepting the Gospel) ARE ALL GIFTS FROM GOD. Repentance is God’s gift (Acts 11:18). Belief is a gift from God (Philippians 1:29). Confessing the lordship of Jesus is a gift (I Corinthians 12:13). And the ability to believe and accept the Gospel are gifts that must be bestowed by God the Father to each of Us (John 6:44,65). Indeed, there are NO WORKS on our part that we must do in order to be saved (and that is precisely what this Manifesto states in Ephesians 2:810). Of course, the Manifesto goes on to say that we should live decent lives and that we are created to do good works (Ephesians 2:10), but those good works (or, alas, even bad works) are not contingents of our salvations that we have been given by the Father because we are "in Christ." After all, we were given our inheritance by a divine lottery before the foundation of the universe —before any of us did any works. As Paul put it in II Timothy 1:9: "Who [[God]] hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began [[before eonian times]]." When you and I are reckoned by the Father to be "in Christ," it means that we inherit everything He inherits (including His righteousness, sinlessness and blamelessness). Note how Paul worded it in I Corinthians 1:30: "But of Him [[God the Father]] are you in Christ Jesus, who [[Christ Jesus]] was made UNTO US wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification [[made us to be holy]], and redemption." Yes, these attributes of God are given UNTO US by virtue of our being "in Christ." These are the moral, ethical and social attributes of Christ. Because Christ has all those wonderful qualities of sinlessness and righteousness, and because He is a substitute for us in the eyes of the Father, we are now awarded those same virtues as being a part of our spiritual and mental characteristics. True, we do NOT actually show them being accomplished in our lives because of our weakness of the flesh, but we still have been awarded those identical attributes through the grace of God. This is because we are reckoned to be (at the present) "in Christ." This is the basic teaching of what our salvation in Christ is all about. You are now accepted in the eyes of the Father as if you were none other than Christ Jesus Himself. Indeed, when the Father sees Christ, He sees YOU. And (it is almost impossible to believe, but it is true as shown in this Manifesto) when the Father sees YOU, He sees Christ Jesus (representing YOU) sitting on God’s right hand with every perfection and holiness that Christ now has.

28) That is, the hatred and jealousy that they had among themselves for each type of people on earth. Now we are "a brand new type of person" who has heavenly attributes and a non-earthly citizenship that shows us as members of God’s Family.

29) We are now members (at the present time and always in the future) of God’s own divine "household" (God’s own divine Family). We are his sons and daughters and we are presently sitting (legally) on the right hand of the Father in Christ Jesus.

30) We are now reckoned to be a part of the divine and sanctified "Holy Temple of God." Each of us makes up a "stone" in that Holy Temple. And believe me, if ONE STONE of that Temple is tarnished or is missing or is left out, then the whole Temple of God itself is ruined and is judged to be in a non-sanctified state. Each one of us is as much a part of that Holy Temple (even now) as are the apostles, as are the prophets of old, as are all the righteous saints of all time, and even as much as the chief corner stone Himself, Christ Jesus. It is God the Father’s Manifesto to YOU (I mean YOU personally) that your "stone" that represents YOU personally will always find a place in that Holy Temple that the Manifesto describes. And that nothing you could do or not do will keep you out of that Temple (eventually). This means that no matter what you have done shamefully (or not done righteously) in the past, the present or the future, you are sealed and sanctified because of God the Father’s reconciliation with you, with me, and with the world through the efforts and actions of the Firstborn, Christ Jesus.

31) His Spirit thus assures your salvation because God now dwells in you. Because the Father is now resident in you in a spiritual sense, you are considered holy, righteous and sinless. Note how the apostle John put it because you have been reborn as a "new person" as shown in the Manifesto: "Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for His seed [[God’s conceptual spirit]] remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God" (I John 3:9). But hold on a minute! Does this statement mean we do not sin any more? Of course NOT! Even John said earlier in his epistle: "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us" (I John 1:8). What it does mean, however, is the fact that God the Father NO LONGER recognizes us as being sinners (even though we are). Even when we were "dead in trespasses and sins," God made us alive and righteous in Christ (Ephesians 2:1,5). In the Day of Judgment, God will not find one sin within any of us. When He sees us, He sees Christ, in whom there is NO SIN. When He sees Christ (who has no sin and is our substitute), He also sees US whom He does not recognize any longer as sinners (even though we are sinners). And though we should be decent, honest, fair, upright and discreet in all things (and openly doing good works), those works are not factors in salvation.

32) He wrote about the Mystery briefly in Ephesians chapter one.

33) Paul said the Mystery of the Manifesto was "just now" revealed. He meant a short few days or weeks before, in A.D.63.

34) This teaching of the Mystery was so advanced (and it was reckoned as being highly philosophical). God had to wait until A.D.63 to reveal this mature teaching found in the Manifesto to His people and to the world at large. It was just too revolutionary to reveal to "babes" in Christ. The message of the Mystery is still "a lot of beefsteak" for some "babes" to chew on. One of the reasons for this is because it has seldom (if ever) been taught in Christian churches or by preachers and priests. It is now time, however, at this End of the Age, to reveal these wonderful and majestic truths to the world.

35) Even the highest and most dignified of the angelic powers in the heavenlies were not aware of the sublime teaching of this Manifesto called the Great Mystery of God. And who was the mediator to teach the angelic powers these awesome and wonderful truths? It was Paul and his helpers PLUS "the Called out assembly" (as Rotherham puts it). That organization was the ekklesia in which all of us are members. It represents the Body of Christ. God even reveals His truth to angels through us.

36) Note that our assurance of our salvation is through "the faith of Him" [[Christ’s faith]], NOT through our weak faiths.

37) God is a Family. The top position belongs to God the Father. Second in command (and in unison with the Father in everything) is Christ Jesus. Then, there happens to be US (we humans who have been created to become members of that divine Family). We hear so much from Catholics and Protestants about the Godhead being a "Trinity." Their "Trinity" is a fiction of their imagination concocted by men claiming to be theologians but who have no right to divulge such nonsense because it is not compatible with the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. The true "Trinity" that represents the present Godhead is: First, there is God the Father; second, there is God the Firstborn Son (Christ Jesus); and third, there is God the US (I mean WE men and women who make up the human race). All three of these factors comprise one, single Godhead [[the Elohim]] who created and governs the entirety of the universe. Thus, the third member of the true, biblical Trinity is the totality of the human race (while the first member is the Father and the second member is the Firstborn Son, Christ Jesus). For more information on this important subject of the Godhead, see my book "101 Bible Secrets that Christians Do Not Know." The true "Trinity" is also found in one verse of the Holy Scriptures, and the apostle Paul penned it. It is found in I Timothy 2:5: "For there is one God [[the Father]], and one mediator [[God the Son, Christ Jesus]] between God and men [[who are God the US]], the man Christ Jesus." This Manifesto which has been created and uttered by God is designed to show how men will become members of the single Godhead. We are all created and to become a part of that very divine Family of God.

38) The whole universe (both that seen and that unseen) is destined to become our inheritance by our being "in Christ."

39) That you and I (and the human race) may become as full and thoroughly complete as God Himself is full and complete.

40) The "Amen" is a formal conclusion of the scriptural writers to terminate an authoritative document. [[Ernest L. Martin]]

For more information on the New Testament doctrine of the "Divine Lottery," click onto the "Doctrine" button on the Home Page and you will find an excerpt from the booklet titled: "The ABC's of the Gospel" chapter seven "God's Use of Evil and the Allotment." that chapter also explains more about the Divine Lottery. It is important for all Bible students to know!

Ernest L. Martin

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