DEAR BROTHER BEEBE: – As I have never asked the favor of you before, I now ask, Do we now stand in the same relation to Adam as we did before the flood? As God destroyed all of Adam’s posterity save one righteous man and his family, it seems to me that we sprang from a righteous stock, as every tree bears fruit of its kind. Please answer, and oblige.
Yours with the best of feelings,
Moscow, Texas. March, 1881.
REPLY. – The destruction of all others of mankind did not change the natural relation of Noah to Adam, for it is in Adam all die; and Noah, though a righteous man, and although saved from the destruction of the deluge, still retained the mortality of all the human family; and the antediluvians generally lived to a greater age than any of the descendants of Noah since the flood. We are told by the apostle that death reigned from Adam to Moses, and that death reigned by one man’s offense. From the time of the flood to the days of Moses was about eight hundred years, and from the days of Moses until this day death, unabated mortality, continues to reign over all the children of men; and as all who die, die in Adam, the relation to him in our earthly nature continues the same as it was before the deluge.
Whatever may have been set forth figuratively by the flood, and the salvation of Noah and those that were with him in the ark, as Noah himself was a descendant of Adam, the linage connecting Adam with all the postdiluvians of mankind is unbroken by the flood. Although Noah, Abraham and David, as chosen patriarchs, figuratively represented the chosen generation and royal priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ, it was not in their fleshly descendants; for Noah’s fleshly seed developed the same depravity and mortality as all others of mankind. And Abraham’s seed was not reckoned in the flesh; “For they are not all Israel which are of Israel; neither because they are the seed of Abraham are they all children; but, in Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” – Rom. ix. 6-8. And of the seed of David he said, “Although my house be not so with God, yet hath he made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure.” – 2 Sam. xxiii. 5. It is true of its own peculiar kind. Adam, the earthly tree, bears the fruits of sin, depravity, rebellion and death. But Christ is the Root and Offspring of the tree of life, and the fruit of that tree is of its own peculiar kind, and all who eat of its fruit shall live forever; “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” – 1 Cor. xv. 22, 23.
Elder Gilbert Beebe,
Middletown, N. Y.
Signs of the Times
Volume 49, No. 9.
May 1, 1881.