0.1 of 50: God has not lost His Authority to Command OBEDIENCE from MANKIND: “If you do well, will you not be accepted?”

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Section 1—

An Examination of:

Genesis 4:7


“If you do well,

will you not be accepted?” 

I. It will be proper to inquire,

whether a wicked, an unregenerate man,

as was Cain,

can perform ‘good works’

that are:

“Acceptable to God”?

To which may be answered,

1. Adam had a power

to do every good work the Law Required;

which men, since the fall, have not.

Men indeed, in an unregenerate state,

might do many things which they do not;

such as reading the Scriptures,

attending on public worship, etc.

No doubt but the persons in the parable,

who were invited to the dinner,

could have gone to it, had they had a will,

as well as the one did to his farm,

and the other to his merchandise.

Men have an equal NATURAL,

SIN-CURSED ‘power’,

when they have a ‘heart’,

a ‘will’, an ‘inclination’,

to go to a place of Divine Worship,

as to a tavern, or bar;

But it is easy to observe,

that persons oftentimes

have it in the power of their hands,

when they do not have it

in the power of their hearts,

to do a ‘good’ work;

as a rich man to give alms to the poor.

Unregenerate men

are capable of performing works,

which are in a natural and civil,

though not in a Spiritual sense, ‘good’.

They may do those things,

which externally, in appearance,

and as to the matter and substance of them,

may be ‘good’;

such as hearing, reading, praying,

giving alms to the poor, etc.,

when the circumstances

requisite to good works are left out;

because whatsoever is done as a good work,

must be done in Obedience to the Will

because whatever is done as a good work,

must be done in Obedience to the Will of God;

from a SPIRITUAL ABILITY

and Principle of Love to Him;

must be performed in Faith;

in the Name of Christ,

and to the Glory of God by Him.

Therefore,

It must be denied,

that wicked, unregenerate men,

have the ‘power’ to perform good ‘works’

in a Spiritual manner;

which is evident

from their natural estate and condition,

according to the scriptural representation of it,

Their natural estate and condition 

of the human soul is this:

The bias of their minds is to that which is evil,

and to that only;

that they are wholly carnal,

and mind nothing else

but the things of the flesh;

that they are weak and strengthless,

yes,

dead in trespasses and sins;

no, that they are under an impossibility

to do that which is Spiritually good;

“There is

none that doeth good,

no, not one”

 of them,

nor are they able;

they are

“not subject

to the Law of God”,

nor can they be.

When the

Ethiopian changes his skin,

and the leopard his spots,

then may they also do good,

who are accustomed

to do evil”.

Men may expect as soon

to

“gather grapes of thorns,

or figs of thistles”,

as good fruit to grow upon,

or ‘good works’ to be performed by,

unregenerate men;

No, their soul Must Be

“Created in Christ Jesus”,

have the Spirit of Christ put into them,

and His Grace Implanted in them;

They must be Spiritual Believers in Him

before they are ‘Spiritually’ Capable of doing

that which is Spiritually ‘good’.

And even believers themselves

are not able to think a ‘good’ thought

or perform a ‘good’ work of themselves,

IN THEIR FLESH,

WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT of GOD

in their soul ‘Doing The Good Work, Spiritually;

It is God Who Works in them both

“to Will and

to Do of His Good Pleasure”.

Sometimes when they have a ‘will’

to do that which is good,

yet how to perform it they know not;

they can do nothing without Christ,

though all things through Him,

Who Strengthens them;

Much less

then have unregenerate persons

either a ‘power’ or a ‘will’

to that which is Spiritually good.

Nor,

Is there any foundation

for such a proposition in these words,

which are hypothetically expressed,

and therefore nothing absolutely

to be concluded from them;

that is to say,

we are not to argue

from God’s saying to Cain,

“If you do well”,

therefore Cain had a ‘power to do well’,

or to do that

which is Spiritually ‘good’, or ‘well’;

much less should we infer from hence,

as one does, that

“God could not have proposed

the doing of good as a condition,

if he had not given Cain

sufficient strength

whereby he was capable to do good.”

Since God could not only

have proposed the doing of good,

but have Required it According to His Law,

without being under Obligation

to give sufficient Strength to Obey;

Because though man by his sin

has lost his power to obey the Will of God

in a Spiritually Capable and Right Manner,

yet God has not lost His Authority to Command;

which he may use without obliging Himself

to find man sufficient strength to act in obedience to it.

Besides,

These words regard doing well, not in a moral,

but in a ceremonial sense.

Cain and Abel were very early taught the necessity,

manner, and use of sacrifices; …

and in process of time, they brought their offerings to the Lord,

each according to his different calling and employment;

the one brought of the fruit of the ground,

the other of the firstlings of his flock.

Now to Abel and his offering the Lord had respect,

that is,

He Accepted him and his offering;

but to Cain and his offering God had no respect;

which made Cain very wroth,

and his countenance fell;

upon which the Lord Expostulates with him after this manner,

“Why are you wroth?

and why is your countenance fallen?

“If you do well”,

Hebrew; yatab:

to be good, well, glad, or pleasing

“If you had offered rightly,”

as the Septuagint renders the words

which though it is not a proper literal translation of them,

yet agreeable enough to their sense,

“shouldn’t you be accepted?”

Cain failed either in the matter or manner of his sacrifice;

Probably in the latter;

Since the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews observes,

that by “Faith,

Abel offered

a more excellent sacrifice than Cain.”

(Hebrews 11:4)

Cain offered his sacrifice without Faith,

without any View to the Sacrifice of Christ:

Cain performed this his sacrifice hypocritically,

in show and appearance only;

He acted from no Right Principle, nor to any right end;

,,,

And therefore his works,

whatever show of ‘Righteousness’ they might have,

are, by the apostle John,

(1 John 3:12) rightly called evil;

THIS IS TRUE

also all the ‘works’ of wicked and unregenerate men.

I proceed,

To consider whether man’s acceptance with God

is on the account of his good works.

 

There is a difference between the ‘acceptance’ of men’s ‘works’,

and of their soul and persons for them:

There are many ‘actions’ done by men,

which are ‘acceptable’ and ‘well-pleasing’ to God,

when the Individual, in their person and soul, themselves,

are not Spiritually Accepted by God,

on ‘account’ of

those same ‘actions’ done by those lost souls

Besides, no man’s ‘works’ are accepted by God

whose person and soul is not previously accepted

AND REGENERATED by THE HOLY SPIRIT,

as A NEW CREATION: 

and

who is A NEW CREATURE in CHRIST JESUS.

God First had Respect to the person of Abel,

WHO HAD BEEN SPIRITUALLY BORN AGAIN

and then to Able’s offering;

This shows that ABLE’S SOUL was not accepted

for the sake of his offering.

The best works of the saints are imperfect

and attended with sin,

and are only Acceptable to God through Jesus Christ,

in Whom, and in Whom only, Who is The Beloved,

their persons are accepted and well-pleasing to God.

No man can be Justified or Saved by his ‘works’,

and therefore no man can be Accepted with God

on that account;

THIS is the Current Doctrine of the Sacred Writings:

this will help us to understand the true sense of such passages,

as Acts 10:35,

“But in every Nation,

 he that Fears Him,

and works righteousness

 is accepted with Him.”

Romans 15:16;

“to be a minister of Christ Jesus

to the Gentiles

in the Priestly Service

of the Gospel of God,

so that the Gentiles

might become

an acceptable offering to God,

Sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 5:9,

“Wherefore, we labor that,

whether present or absent,

we may be accepted of Him.”

compared with

Ephesians 1:6;

“To the Praise of the Glory of His Grace,

wherein He Has Made us

Accepted in the Beloved.”

and

1 Peter 2:5;

“You also, as lively stones,

are built up a spiritual house,

a holy priesthood,

to offer up spiritual sacrifices,

Acceptable to God

by Jesus Christ.”

Nor do these words suppose

that man’s ‘acceptance’ with God

stands on the foot of ‘works’.

The Hebrew word 7613. שְׂאֵת (seeth)

“will you not be accepted”
s’eth  (seh-ayth’)

is an expression to be “an elevation”;

figuratively; ‘elation’ or ‘cheerfulness’;

or as an exaltation in rank or character –

meaning to – be accepted, have dignity, excellency,

highness, raise up self, rising.

because there is only one word in the original text,

which our translators render,

“will you not be accepted?”

and it signifies either excellency, as in Psalm 62:4;

“They only consult

to cast him down from his excellency;

they delight in lies;

they bless with their mouth,

but they curse inwardly.” 

and may design the dignity of primogeniture,

or honor of birth-right,

as it does in Genesis 49:3,

and so be rendered,

“will you not have the excellency?”

that is,

“will you not have

the right of primogeniture continue with you?,

in other words,

“will not the honor and privilege of being the first-born

still live we you as your privilege?”

God is Saying,

Cain, you don’t need to be afraid

that this honor and privilege of being the first-born

will be taken from you and given to your younger brother, Able,

who is willing to be subject to you, and ready to serve you;

And this agrees well with the latter part of the text,

“and to you will be his desire,

and you will rule over him;”

or the word signifies an elevation, or lifting up;

“you will rule over him;”

is to be understood

as Aben Ezra observes of 7613. seeth,

 yatab: to be good, well, glad, or pleasing

a lifting up of the countenance, which was fallen, verses 5, 6,

and then the sense is,

if you had done well, when you brought your offering,

you might have lifted up your face without spot,

and doubtless you would have done so;

But inasmuch as you have sinned and done evil,

and which is to be seen in thy fallen countenance,

sin lies at the door of your conscience;

which, when once your conscience is opened,

THE REALIZATION of YOUR SIN

WILL ENTER INTO YOUR CONSCIENCE

and make dreadful work OF CONVICTION;

as it did a little after;

which made Cain say,

“My punishment

is greater than I can bear.”

But admitting that the word in

HEBREW: אִם־ תֵּיטִיב֙ שְׂאֵ֔ת וְאִם֙ לֹ֣א

Genesis 4:7 

KJV: “you do well,

will you not be accepted? 

and if you do not well,” 

signifies ‘acceptance’,

and be rendered,

“will there not be an acceptance?”

it is to be understood,

not of an acceptance of his soul, Spiritually,

or CAIN’S person,

but an ‘acceptance’ of his CIVIL sacrifices and services.

III. It remains to be considered,

whether Cain had ‘a day of grace,’

in which it was possible for him to be ‘accepted’ with God.

  1. There is no acceptance of any man’s person,

EXCEPT as THEIR PERSON and SOUL

is Considered in Christ the Mediator.

Now as there is no reason to ever believe that Cain,

 who was of the wicked one, the devil,

was ever in Christ,

or that Cain’s soul was ever considered in Jesus Christ;

So there is no reason to conclude, that Cain either was 

or that it was possible for him to be, ‘accepted’ with God,

IN JESUS CHRIST,

as A SPIRITUALLY CHOSEN and SAVED SOUL.

2. The text does not speak of Cain doing well

in a Godly Acceptable Moral or Spiritual,

but in a ceremonial way;

And the text does not speak at all

of the ‘acceptance’ of his person,

on the bases of so ‘doing’;

But at most, The text speaks only of the ‘acceptance’

of his sacrifice and ceremonious services,

supposing them rightly performed.

3. These words are not expressive of

‘a day of visitation’

in a ‘way of grace’ or ‘mercy’ to him;

but are to be considered as an expostulation with him

for his wrath, fury, and fallen countenance,

and an upbraiding of him

BECAUSE of CAIN’S EVIL ‘DOING’,

in order to awaken his conscience,

and bring him to a full sense of his sin;

which was so far from proving ‘a day of grace’ to Cain,

that it quickly issued in the utmost distress of mind,

torture of conscience, and black despair. 

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That is The Bible,

as we see and are made

AWARE of The GOHEAD.

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