5- The Single Overarching Story Told in the Bible

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The Single Overarching Story Told in the Bible

 The Gift, Loss and Eventual Restoration of the Indwelling Holy Spirit of Supernatural Adoption Through the Means of a Series of Lesser Legal, Covenant Adoptions Through Which God the Father of Love Raised His One Ongoing Covenant Family to Gradually Higher and Higher Stages of Maturity in Love 

The single overarching story told in the Bible, Old Testament and New Testament together, is that of the gift, loss and eventual restoration of the indwelling Holy Spirit of supernatural adoption which had made Adam “the son of God” (Luke 3:38), supernaturally part of God’s Family –  through the means of a lesser legal, Covenant adoption through which God the Father raised His one ongoing Covenant Family to gradually higher and higher stages of maturity in love through the five Old Testament Covenants, until the faithful family line was mature in love enough to no longer take adoption into God’s Family by Covenant for granted but would die rather than lose or deny their Covenant Father (as so many other lines of the family had), showing they had become ready to no longer take the greater gift of supernatural adoption into God’s Family for granted and lose it as Adam had, so that God the Father could restore it through sending His Eternal Son Incarnate (enfleshed), Jesus Christ, the New Adam who restored what Adam had lost:  the indwelling Holy Spirit of supernatural adoption into God’s Family –  first to the now more mature faithful family line (the Jews) and then, through the Jewish Christians’ Gospel ministry empowered by the restored Holy Spirit, to all the many previously broken away, runaway, prodigal, “Gentile” lines of the human Covenant Family descended from Adam and Noah in the Old Testament, who came into the New Covenant along with the Jews who accepted Jesus to form one Universal (Greek Katholikos, or Catholic) New Covenant Church Family of Jew and Gentile both restored to the supernatural adoption Adam had lost through Jesus Christ the New Adam.

This is why Jesus “the Good Shepherd” says in John 10:16  that

“I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. ”

 Jesus the “one shepherd” has “other sheep” who are “not of this sheep pen” of the Jews he is preaching to who are becoming the first, Jewish, Christians – the Gentiles of the Noahic Covenant, descended from Adam and faithful Noah.  Jesus knows “they too will listen to” His voice, so that Jewish Christians and Noahic Gentiles will together form “one flock,” one Church, under Jesus the “one shepherd.”

This is why the Bible further says in John 11:51-52 that

“Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.

 All human beings are adopted children of God through the Covenants with Adam and Noah, but they were scattered through their unbelief and sin, except for the faithful line of the adopted Covenant Family, that line of faithful Sethites, Semites, Hebrews and Israelites known as the Jewish nation,1 and those Jews who accepted Jesus as Messiah (Christ in Greek) would be restored to the supernatural adoption of the indwelling Holy Spirit of God which Adam “the son of God” (Luke 3:38) lost, and this Jewish nation renewed in Jesus “the New Adam” would minister the supernatural adoption of the indwelling Holy Spirit to all the scattered children of God from the Adamic and Noahic Covenants – to all human beings who will come –  and those ministering Jews and the Gentiles who accepted Jesus through their ministry would be brought together and made one in Jesus Christ.  One human family renewed in Jesus, one Body of Christ, the Christian Church.  This was the loving family reality of the Undivided Early Catholic (Universal) Christian Church, one worldwide Church made up of many different nations (civilizations, cultures) restored in Christ, the restored portions of those nations becoming the different Rites or “Sister Churches” which together made up the early Undivided Universal or Catholic Church of Jesus Christ .  This universality or catholicity of the Undivided Early Church was so important to Early Christian identity that Early Christian writers constantly refer to the Church as the Catholic Church, which was the Catholic (Universal) Communion of different culturally-based Sister Churches united in orthodox Christian faith against many breakaway heretical or unorthodox Christian churches (most of which died out though a small few remain since ancient times). 

Remember that God Himself at Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) had ensured that humanity descended from faithful Noah would spread throughout the Earth and thus develop into different cultural groups (because of different language and geographic location), different cultural groups which, once renewed in Messiah Jesus, would have different perspectives upon the infinite truth of God revealed in Jesus Christ, which would give them different insights into Divine Revelation which they would be able to pool together at the Early Ecumenical (worldwide) Councils of the Christian Church so as to together come up with the most accurate and precise understanding of the Christian fundamentals, against many heretical challenges to the saving Christian faith .  The very differences of human cultures are mutually enriching and part of God’s plan for His Church, which is, as Saint Augustine said, “the world, redeemed.”  The culturally-based Rites of the Church are “the nations of the world, redeemed.”  Understanding the Church this way, the way the Undivided Early Church actually lived its life, is key to the eventual restoration of the loving First Millennium Christian unity in diversity lost by the currently divided Christian Churches in the Second Millennium, who are already united in vast common Christian faith but express it differently, as the First Millennium Sister Churches did but without being divided from each other.  Most of our many differences are of the sort which did not cause divisions in the Undivided Early Church but which enriched all Christians.

© 2007 Peter William John Baptiste, SFO

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1The Jews are physically descended from Judah, son of Israel (originally named Jacob), father of the Israelites, Israel is descended from Eber, father of the Hebrews (including “Abraham the Hebrew” – see Genesis 14:13), Eber is descended from Shem, father of the Semites, and Shem (son of Noah, the last faithful Sethite before the Flood), is descended from Seth, the faithful son of Adam, father of the Sethites (also called “the sons of God” – Genesis 6:2,4 – as they were once-faithful descendants of Adam “the son of God” – Luke 3:38).