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July 21, 2010

DOCTRINE OF WOMB

1.    Definition of the Womb.

A.    The womb is defined as the uterus of the human female.  It is the place where biological life is formed and the old sin nature is transmitted.

B.    The womb was dormant in the original creation and did not become operational until after the original sin of Adam and the woman. (Gen 3:16)

C.    In the original creation, there was no ovulation.  Ovulation did not occur until after the Fall.

D.    When ovulation occurred and pregnancy followed, the womb contained two things.

1)    Biological life in the process of development.

2)    The sin nature in the process of transmission.

3)    Biological life and the sin nature begin at conception; soul life begins at physical birth.

E.    There is no soul life in the womb.

1)    The soul is totally apart from the sin nature and the womb.

2)    The soul is never a part of the womb.

3)    God, in every case, creates and gives the soul to biological life at birth, not in the womb.

F.    Without ovulation, the womb was dormant in the Garden of Eden.

G.    When the fetus with biological life emerges from the womb, God gives it soul life, at which point a human being exists.  Soul life has never existed in the womb, either before original sin or after original sin.

H.    In the original creation of mankind, soul life was created along with spirit life and inserted into biological life through the nostrils.  Hence, all three categories of trichotomy, body, soul, and spirit, were created totally apart from the womb.

I.    So the womb had nothing to do with original creation. (Gen 2:7)

“Then Jehovah Elohim formed man out of the dust of the ground, and He breathed into the nostrils the breath of lives [soul and spirit], and man became a living soul [soul having life].”

J.    In Gen 4:1, Cain was born physically alive and simultaneously spiritually dead at birth.

K.    Man creates biological life at conception and is the source of the sin nature, but God creates the soul life outside the womb; therefore God is not the author of sin.  Biological life by itself is not a human being; there must be soul life added to it.
L.    Job 33:4,”The breath of God has made me, and the spark of life from the Almighty gives me life.

1)    RUACH-EL means “the breath of God,” and refers to soul life.

2)    Job recognized that there is no soul life in the womb, but that God made him a human being by giving him the breath of life.

2.    Original Sin.

A.    The sin nature is transmitted at conception through twenty-three male chromosomes that fertilize the female ovum.  The sin nature is transmitted in the womb as a part of biological life.

B.    The woman was deceived in the original sin.  The man’s sin was a sin of cognizance.

1)    Gen. 3:13    Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”(NAS)

2)    1 Tim 2:14    And {it was} not Adam {who} was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression. (NAS)

3)    1 Tim 2:15    But {women} shall be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint. (NAS)

We are all saved through the birth of one child, Jesus Christ, when undiminished deity and true humanity were united in one person forever.

C.    Our original parents, Adam and the woman, did not have any children in the Garden.  Before the fall, the woman did not ovulate.  No ovulation or pregnancy occurred until after the original sin and the fall of mankind.

D.    Our original parents acquired spiritual death first and then the old sin nature.  The opposite is true with us.  First, we have the old sin nature and then spiritual death.  In dying spiritually, Adam originated the old sin nature.

E.    After mankind acquired the sin nature, the woman began to ovulate, pregnancy occurred, and biological life plus the old sin nature occurred in the womb.  Biological life and the old sin nature are the only two things that have ever been in the womb.

F.    Biological life minus soul life equals no human being.  For a human being to exist, soul life must be added to biological life; therefore, there has never been a human being in the womb.  The only life in the womb is biological life.  Human life is provided outside of the womb.

1)    If anyone says there is human life in the womb, he is saying that God is the author of sin.

a.    God is not the author of sin.

b.    God is the author of human life.

2)    God can only be the author of human life by keeping human life out of the womb.

a.    Soul life is not imputed to biological life until the fetus emerges from the womb.

b.    When the fetus emerges from the womb, then soul life is imputed to biological life.

G.    There were two mandates given prior to the fall of man, but they were not executed until after the original sin and the acquisition of the sin nature.

1)    First mandate (Genesis 1:28)

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (NAS)

a.    They could not be fruitful and multiply until ovulation occurred.

b.    There was no need for the perpetuation of the human race until after sin occurred.

2)    Second mandate:  (Genesis 2:24)

Genesis 2:24 For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. (NAS)

H.    The womb existed prior to the fall of man, but it was dormant until, the fall.  (Dormant means there was no ovulation.)

I.    Part of the judgment of the original sin was ovulation and pregnancy.  (Genesis 3:16)

1)    Genesis 3:16 To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, in pain you shall bring forth children; yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” (NAS)

2)    There are two kinds of pain in this verse.

a.    pain from ovulation.

b.    pain while giving birth.

J.    Because of ovulation and the function of the dormant womb that began after the fall of man, Adam changed the name of the female from ISHAH, meaning “woman,” to Eve, meaning “life.” (Genesis 3:20)

1)    Genesis 3:20  Now the man called his wife’s name Eve [ life ], because she was the mother of all {the} living. (NAS)

2)    Adam called her “Life” because she carried the equipment by which biological life becomes human life at physical birth.

K.    Just as the womb of the woman was dormant until the fall of man, meaning that there was no ovulation, so the sin nature is dormant in biological life until a soul exists.  The sin nature does not function until God imputes human life to the soul at birth.

3.    Biological Life and Soul Life.

A.    There are two categories of biological life:  biological life in the womb and biological life in the human body.

1)    In the womb (uterus), biological life is developed in three stages:  the blastocyst, embryo, and fetus.

a.    When the fetus emerges, God creates soul life and imputes it to biological life.

b.    In the original creation, God created biological life, a body, out of the dust.  Then He breathed into the nostrils of the body the breath of lives (human life and spiritual life).

c.    Soul life is given by God.  Biological life is developed in the womb along with the old sin nature.

d.    If human life existed in the womb, that would mean God is the author of sin.  Such a thought is blasphemous and unthinkable.

2)    In the human body, biological life lasts until physical death.

a.    At physical death, the soul departs from the body to heaven or hades.

b.    At physical death, biological life returns to the dust.

c.    At physical death, the soul returns to God who gave it.  (Ecclesiastes 12:7)

Ecclesiastes 12:7  then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. (NAS)

B.    Just as there are two categories of biological life (in the womb and in the human body on earth), so there are two categories of soul life.

1)    From birth to death in the human body.

2)    In the resurrection body during the eternal state in heaven or hell or the lake of fire.

C.    Where soul life resides in eternity depends on one’s attitude toward Jesus Christ.

John 3:18  He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (NAS)

D.    The exception occurred with the humanity of Jesus Christ.

1)    There was a virgin pregnancy due to the fertilization of Mary’s ovum by the Holy Spirit who provided twenty-three perfect male chromosomes.

2)    Mary’s ovum contained biological life, but no sin nature.

3)    When the fetus emerged from Mary, John 3:16 was fulfilled.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (NAS)

4)    When the fetus emerged from Mary and God imputed soul life to the fetus, Jesus Christ became the God-man.

a.    There was no hypostatic union in the womb.

b.    The hypostatic union began with the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.

5)    The virgin pregnancy provided biological life minus the sin nature.

6)    The virgin birth provided a trichotomous human being like Adam.

a.    Adam was created a trichotomous being.

b.    Jesus Christ, our Lord, was born a trichotomous being.

6)    In addition to imputing the soul to our Lord at His physical birth, God the Father, also, imputed the human spirit to Him since He had no old sin nature.

E.    The merging of biological life and soul life at birth has two results:  human life and spiritual death.  This is why we are born physically alive and spiritually dead.

1)    A human being exists in a dichotomous state when soul life is imputed to biological life.  Biological life is not human life until God creates and imputes a soul to that biological life.

2)    Every human being is under spiritual death by the imputation of Adam’s original sin to the old-sin-nature that emerges from the womb with biological life.

3)    Spiritual death includes at least four things.

a.    A dichotomous soul and body.

b.    Total depravity related to the functions of the sin nature.

c.    Total separation from God.

1 Corinthians 2:14  But a natural [ soulish ] man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. (NAS)

d.    Total helplessness to have a relationship with God.

4.    The Genetic Perpetuation of the Sin Nature.

A.    Both male and female homosapiens possess the sin nature, but only the male can transmit it.

B.    The male transmits the sin nature in copulation through the twenty-three chromosomes which fertilize the female ovum.  This is because Adam committed the original sin of cognizance, while the woman committed the original sin of ignorance. (1 Timothy 2:14Genesis 3:16)

1)    1 Timothy 2:14  And {it was} not Adam {who} was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression. (NAS)

2)    Genesis 3:16  To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, in pain you shall bring forth children; yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” (NAS)

C.    In conception, the sin nature is transferred to the womb by means of the male sperm that unites with the female ovum.

D.    Biological life is developed in the womb in three stages:  blastocyst, embryo, and fetus.

E.    The sin nature doesn’t become active until a human being exists at the moment of physical birth.

F.    Thus, two categories of things exist in the womb.

1)    Biological life being developed.

2)    The sin nature being transmitted.

G.    Prior to salvation, there are two categories of life.

1)    Biological life that originates with conception in the womb.

2)    Soul life that originates at birth when God imputes soul life to biological life.  The merging of biological life and soul life makes a human being at physical birth.

H.    Biological life without soul life is not human life.  Biological life exists in the womb; human life exists outside the womb.

I.    Before the fall, Adam and the woman were directly created by God, therefore, they received biological life and soul life totally apart from the womb.

J.    After the fall, biological life and soul life were separated.

1)    Biological life became mother dependent in the womb.

2)    Soul life became God dependent at birth.

K.    After the fall of mankind, biological life begins at conception and continues in two separate stages.

1)    In the uterus, biological life occurs as the blastocyst, embryo, and fetus.

2)    At the moment of physical birth and from the moment of the imputation of soul life from God, biological life is a part of human life from birth to death.

L.    Biological life continues as the home of the soul until physical death, at which time biological life returns to the dust as stated in Ecclesiastes 12:7.

Ecclesiastes 12:7  then the dust [biological life] will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. (NAS)

1)    Man creates at conception.

2)    God creates at physical birth.

3)    Man is the source of biological life and the sin nature.

4)    Only God can make a human being.

M.    The sin nature is transmitted in the womb through biological life.  The sin nature becomes active at birth when God imputes Adam’s original sin to the sin nature.

5.    Distinctions between Biological Life and Soul Life.

A.    Biological life originates at conception and is womb or mother dependent.  Soul life originates at birth and is God dependent.  Biological life begins at conception; soul life begins at birth.  Soul life is a human being.

B.    When biological life emerges from the womb as a fetus, God creates soul life and imputes it to biological life so that human life now exists.  God does not impute soul life to biological life in the womb.

C.    This would mean that temptation from the sin nature and volitional response would exist in the womb.  But biological life is not under temptation in the womb.  The sin nature is not active in the womb.  No sin is committed in the womb because no volition of the soul exists to commit a sin or to succumb to temptation.

D.    Biological life minus soul life is not human life.  Biological life plus soul life is human life.

E.    The distinction between biological and soul life is important theologically, for it emphasizes that God is not the author of sin, temptation, or the sin nature.  God would be the author of all three, if human life existed in the womb.

F.    God does not impute soul life to biological life in the womb.  The soul has volition.  Biological life transmits the sin nature.  If God had imputed soul life to biological life in the womb, then temptation, personal sin, and accountability would begin in the womb.

G.    As an act of divine integrity, the justice of God establishes soul life and spiritual death at physical birth.

H.    God deals differently with the two imputations that occur at physical birth.

1)    God deals with biological life in the form of a fetus by imputing soul life to the fetus at physical birth.

2)    God deals with the sin nature by imputing Adam’s original sin to the sin nature at physical birth.

I.    The sin nature is transmitted at conception through the twenty-three male chromosomes that fertilize the female ovum in copulation.

J.    Just as the womb was dormant before the fall, and spiritual death did not exist before the fall, so the sin nature is dormant in the womb until physical birth.

K.    When a human being begins to use his soul to learn and think, the sin nature also becomes active.  Thought and emotion become the basis for personal sins.

L.    The sin nature originated in the Garden of Eden by Adam’s original sin.  Romans 5:12ff.  The sin nature is part of biological life, therefore, the sin nature and biological life reside in the womb.

M.    Because there is no soul life in the womb, God is not the author of sin.

6.    Summary.

A.    Biological life and the sin nature begin at conception.  Soul life begins at birth.

B.    Because the sin nature originates from the twenty-three male chromosomes that fertilize the female ovum at conception, the sin nature is transmitted through biological life.

C.    Biological life begins with mother dependence in the womb.  Soul life begins with God dependence at birth.

D.    If there were any soul life in the womb, then God would be the author of sin.  This is blasphemous and unthinkable, but because there is no soul life in the womb, God is not the author of sin.  Because there is no human life in the womb, the conflict between the sin nature and the soul does not exist.

E.    The sin nature is jointly present in the womb with biological life.

F.    Human life does not exist until physical birth when God imputes soul life to biological life at the point of physical birth.

G.    Biological life minus soul life is not human life or a human being.  Biological life plus soul life equals human life.

7.    The Bible distinguishes between biological life and soul life.

A.    The Bible distinguishes between conception and physical birth.  The distinction emphasizes two different categories of life.

1)    Biological life begins at conception and is womb or mother dependent.

2)    Soul life begins at birth and is God dependent.

B.    Biological life is formed in the womb as the blastocyst, embryo, and fetus, so that at birth, a body has been prepared for the human being and the mechanics of soul function.

C.    Along with biological life being formed in the womb, the sin nature is transmitted in a dormant state and becomes active at birth.

D.    While biological life is formed in the womb, soul life is formed entirely outside the womb.

E.    Biological life is not human life until birth when God imputes soul life to biological life to form the human being.  Biological life minus soul life is never a human being.

F.    The Bible distinguishes between the life at conception manufactured by man, and the life at birth manufactured by God.

G.    The sin nature does not function until God imputes soul life to biological life at birth.

Psalm 51:5  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
(NAS)

1)    Since there is no human being until birth, birth is mentioned first.

2)    When soul life is imputed to biological life at birth, Adam’s original sin is simultaneously imputed to the genetically formed sin nature, and man is born spiritually dead and the sin nature is activated.  When David said, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,” he meant that he was simultaneously born physically alive and spiritually dead.

3)    “iniquity” [AWON] refers to the sin nature at birth.

4)    “Sin” [KATAH] refers to the origin of the sin nature, that is, the twenty-three male chromosomes which fertilize the female ovum in conception.

5)    David is saying that between conception and birth, the sin nature is in biological life.

6)    The womb contains both biological life and the old sin nature.

H.    Psalm 139:13 For Thou didst form my inward parts [soul life imputed to biological life ]; Thou didst weave [ incubate ] me in my mother’s womb [ biological life at conception ]. (NAS)

The womb is the covering or incubator for biological life during its developing stages.

I.    Isaiah 44:2 Thus says the LORD who made you and formed you from [separated from, removed from, out from] the womb, who will help you, “Do not fear, O Jacob My servant; and you Jeshurun whom I have chosen.”(NAS)

1)    The Hebrew prepositional phrase MI BETEN means “out from, away from, separated from, removed from” the womb.

2)    This is equivalent to the Greek preposition EK plus the ablative of separation from KOILIA.

3)    Human life is formed outside the womb.

J.    Isaiah 44:24 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from [away from, separated from, removed from] the womb, “I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by myself, and spreading out the earth all alone, (NAS)

MI BETEN is again found here.

K.    Isaiah 49:1 Listen to me, O islands [ Gentiles ], and pay attention, you peoples from afar.  The LORD called me from [away from, separated from, removed from] the womb; from the body of My mother He named me. (NAS)

L.    Isaiah 49:5 And now says the LORD, who formed me from [away from, separated from, removed from] the womb to be His servant, . . . (NAS)

M.    Psalm 22:9-10 is a Messianic prophecy concerning our Lord’s dependence on God’s power under the doctrine of kenosis.

Psalm 22:9-10
9    Yet Thou art He who didst bring me forth from [away from, separated from, removed from] the womb; Thou didst make me trust {when} upon my mother’s breasts.
10    Upon Thee I was cast from birth [ virgin birth ]; Thou hast been my God from [away from, separated from, removed from] my mother’s womb. (NAS)

1)    “Upon Thee I was cast” is our Lord’s dependence on God the Father and God the Holy Spirit during the Incarnation.

2)    There was no God dependence by our Lord in the womb; He became dependent after He became a human being at the virgin birth.

3)    The significance of MI BETEN is that there is no human life until soul life is imputed by God to biological life removed from, separated from, away from, or out from the mother’s womb.

4)    Jesus Christ was not a human being until God the Father imputed both soul and spirit life to His fetus upon emergence from His mother’s womb.

5)    At the point of the virgin birth, our Lord became true humanity.

a.    God the Father imputed soul life to His biological life after the viable fetus emerged from the womb.

b.    Our Lord was born a trichotomous being.

6)    There is no sacrifice for sin unless the sacrifice is perfect.  God prepared a perfect sacrifice for sin by providing perfect biological life to our Lord at conception, and then giving soul life and spiritual life to that biological life outside of the womb at the point of physical birth.

7)    Note that God the Father was not the God of the humanity of Christ until the fetus emerged from the womb and was given soul life.

8)    Mary was not to give our Lord His name until after He emerged from the womb.  Biological life is not given a human name because it has no human life.

N.    Job 1:21 And he said, “Naked I [biological life] came from my mother’s womb, and naked I [biological life] shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” (NAS)

1)    “Naked I came from my mother’s womb” refers to the emergence of the viable fetus from the womb prior to the imputation of human life by God the Father to the soul.

2)    “And naked I shall return there” refers to the fact that biological life ends with physical death.

O.    Luke 1:15 “For he [John the Baptist] will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine or liquor; and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, while yet in his mother’s womb. (NAS)

1)    The NAS indicates that John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit while he was yet in his mother’s womb, however, that is not a good translation.  The phrase “in . . . womb” is the Greek phrase EK KOILIA, which means “away from, separated from, removed from] the womb.

2)    Note the correct renditions of EK KOILIA in the following versions of Luke 1:15:

Luke 1:15 e&stai ga\r me/ga$ e)nw/pion [tou=] kuri/ou, kai\ oi‚non kai\ si/kera ou) mh\ pi/h|, kai\ pneu/mato$ a(gi/ou plhsqh/setai e&ti e)k koili/a$ mhtro\$ au)tou=, (GHB)

Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.(KJV)

Luke 1:15 “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. (NKJ)

Luke 1:15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. (NIV)

Luke 1:15 for he will be great before the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. (RSV)

Luke 1:15 For he will be one of the Lord’s great men. He must never touch wine or hard liquor– and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from before his birth! (TLB)

Luke 1:15 He will be a great man in the Lord’s sight. He must not drink any wine or strong drink. From his very birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, (TEV)

3)    In none of the preceding passages is EK KOILIA translated in any manner as to suggest that John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb.  John was filled with the Spirit after he was born physically.

4)    Compare Luke 1:41 with Luke 1:44.

Luke 1:41 And it came about that when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby [ John the Baptist ] leaped in her womb [ this is biological life still IN the womb ]; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit [ it is Elizabeth, not John, who is filled with the Holy Spirit ]. (NAS)

Luke 1:44 “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby [ biological life ] leaped in my womb [ the location of John’s biological life at this time ] for joy [ Elizabeth’s joy when she heard Mary’s greeting ]. (NAS)

P.    There are two categories of life.

1)    Biological life is formed in the womb at conception, and then develops in the womb as an embryo, blastocyst, and fetus.

2)    Outside the womb there is soul life, which God creates and imputes directly to biological life.  At that time, biological life plus soul life equals human life.

Q.    As biological life develops in the womb, the sin nature is transmitted into every cell of the body

R.    Prior to salvation there are two categories of life in the human being.

1)    Biological life originates at conception and develops in the womb.

2)    Soul life originates at birth through the creative act of God.

S.    Biological life functions in two stages.

1)    In the womb, it is formed through the blastocyst, embryo, and fetus.

2)    In the human being at birth, it is the soul’s home.

T.    Biological life terminates at physical death.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 then the dust  [biological life] will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit {breath:  soul life ] will return to God who gave it. (NAS)

U.    Soul life also functions in two stages.

1)    Temporal stage:  from birth to death in the human body.

2)    Eternal stage:  from death throughout eternity either in heaven or in hell or in the Lake of Fire.

8.    Our Lord’s Answer to the Problem of the Womb (Luke 11:27-28)

A.    In the context of Luke 11, our Lord is giving a dissertation on demon possession.  He speaks of the unbeliever who is temporarily rid of a demon, only later to be indwelt by seven demons.

1)    The man did not become a believer; he became a legalist.

Luke 11:26b . . . and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.” (NAS)

2)    Once the man became respectable as a legalistic unbeliever, he was even more desirable for demon possession.

B.    At this point our Lord was interrupted.

Luke 11:27 And it came about while He said these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice, and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts at which You nursed.” (NAS)

1)    This woman made an issue out of the womb, and seeks to put down our Lord by subordinating Him to the womb.

2).    This woman could not distinguish between biological life and human life feeding at the breast because she talked about our Lord inside and outside of the womb as if it were the same thing.  She implies that there is life in the womb.

C.    In His reply, our Lord did not directly address the issue of the womb, for Old Testament Scripture already taught that soul life is imputed to biological life at physical birth, and the Jews knew this; however, He did indirectly address the problem of the womb.

D.    Luke 11:28 But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it [ metabolize doctrine ].” (NAS)

1)    Our Lord’s first words to her were “On the contrary” meaning “you are wrong,” or “You’re absolutely incorrect.”

2)    Our Lord addressed the issue of Bible doctrine rather than the issue of the womb.  He dealt with her real problem, an attitude toward doctrine, not an attitude toward the womb.

4)    Bible doctrine, not the womb, is the true issue.  We are not to make an issue out of the womb, but we should make an issue out of Bible doctrine.

9.    The Legal Aspect of the Womb (Exodus 21:22f).

A.    Jewish law was the greatest law in all of human history, because God gave it to the Jews.  This is the decision of the Supreme Court of Heaven.

B.    Exodus 21:22 “And {if} men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she has a miscarriage, yet there is no {further} injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him; and he shall pay as the judges {decide.} (NAS)

1)    Is this miscarriage considered murder?  No!  It would be murder, if human life existed in the womb, but there is no human life in the womb.

2)    Note here that there is no criminal trial for murder.  The husband may only sue for damages.  The Mosaic Law treated life in the womb as biological life, not human life.  You cannot have laws that regulate life in the womb since there is no human life in the womb.

3)    Governments should have no jurisprudence over the content of the womb.

4)    Biological life in the womb is under the control of the volition of the mother, not the government.  Once God imputes human life, then biological life is under the control of what the soul decides.  Human life is dependent upon the decisions of your soul.

C.    Exodus 21:23 “But if there is {any further} injury [ to the pregnant woman beyond the miscarriage ], then you shall appoint {as a penalty} life for life, (NAS)

1)    A “life for a life” means a trial for murder.  The Word of God teaches that capital punishment is appropriate for murder.  Genesis 9:5-6; Exodus 21:12; Numbers 35:30; Matthew 26:53; Romans 13:3-4.

2)    However, since there is only biological life in the womb and not soul life or human life, there can be no death penalty for murder since miscarriage or forced abortion is not murder.  The fetus is not on an equal basis with the mother.  It is not a human being.  The mother’s life is infinitely more important than the fetus.

3)    However, if during the struggle the woman is killed, then the death penalty or capital punishment for murder applies.

4)    Biological life minus soul life is not a human being.  Biological life must emerge from the womb and receive soul life from God to become a human being.

5)    Miscarriage or abortion involves biological life, therefore, damages were paid in accordance with this passage.

6)    Note that the content of the womb is not regarded as human life.

7)    In a miscarriage the fetus is not viable.  This is the case in this passage.

D.    Isaiah 42:5 Thus says God the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and its offspring, who gives breath [ NESHAMAH: the spark of life ] to the people on it, and spirit [ breath: soul life ] to those who walk in it, (NAS)

1)    NESHAMAH, “the spark of life,” is not developed in the womb, but is given by God at birth.

2)    RUACH or “breath,” here, means soul life.

3)    God creates soul life and human life, not man by procreation.

10.    The Origin and Purpose of the Womb.

A.    The womb, along with Adam’s original sin, is the source of spiritual death.  God is the source of human life or soul life.

B.    Biological life that begins at conception is developed in the womb along with the transmission of the sin nature.

C.    After the original sin resulting in the fall of mankind, the womb became the initial home of both biological life and the old sin nature; however, biological life never becomes human life until physical birth, at which time God adds soul life to biological life.

D.    This explains Psalm 51:5.

1)    Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. (NAS)

2)    “Behold, I was brought forth [ born ] in iniquity” – David means that he was born spiritually dead and physically alive because God imputed human life to his soul and Adam’s original sin to his old sin nature.

E.    God in His matchless grace gives soul life, but at the same time, in His justice, God must impute Adam’s original sin to the sin nature.

1)    The sin nature demands an imputation at birth, therefore, it receives the imputation of Adam’s original sin.

2)    When Adam sinned, he sinned for the entire human race, Romans 5:12ff.

F.    While biological life emerges from the womb at birth, God breathes into the fetus the breath of life, which is how we become human beings.  There is no action by God while biological life is in the womb.  In the womb biological life depends on the mother.  God dependence does not begin until the fetus emerges from the womb and human life is given by God.

G.    Therefore, a person becomes a human being at physical birth with the imputation of soul life from God to the biological life that has emerged from the womb.  With the simultaneous imputation of Adam’s original sin to the sin nature, man is born physically alive and spiritually dead.

H.    By contrast, in original creation everything came from the hand of God simultaneously, i.e., body (biological life), soul, and spirit.

I.    Man is said to be two things while in the Garden: innocent and perfect.

1)    “Innocent” means that biological and soul life were created simultaneously and totally apart from a sin nature.  Only two people were created innocent:  Adam and Jesus Christ, the last Adam.

2)    “Perfect” implies that man was given a human spirit for fellowship with God.

J.    When Adam sinned, he lost his human spirit; it was replaced by the sin nature.  His remaining soul life was in the status of spiritual death.

K.    The womb was never designed for soul life, therefore, no human being has ever existed in the womb.

11.    The womb can only contain biological life.

A.    Biological life originates at conception.  Biological life is developed in the womb, and becomes the carrier of the old sin nature because the sin nature is transmitted only in the womb.  In the womb, the sin nature is totally separated from the sovereign decision of God.  This means that God did not create the sinful nature.

B.    Man made the decision to sin against God, thus creating the sin nature.  The sin nature of Adam is perpetuated in the womb.  Through copulation, the sin nature enters the womb through the male sperm and becomes united with the female ovum, thus, transferring the sinful nature to the female ovum.

C.    At birth, God imputes soul life to biological life, but that biological life contains a sin nature and must be judged.

D.    A the same moment we received the imputation of human life, we received the judgment of God which was the imputation of Adam’s original sin to the old sin nature.

E.    Outside the womb, the human being comes into existence physically alive and, simultaneously, spiritually dead.

F.    So we are born dichotomous, that is, with only a body and soul; however, when we believe in Jesus Christ, we become trichotomous because we gain a human spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NAS)

12.    Trichotomy and Dichotomy.

A.    In the original creation, mankind came from the hand of God as a trichotomous human being.

1)    The body came from the dust as biological life.  There was no sin nature in that biological life because man was created innocent and perfect.  Perfect God can only create perfection.  This was the only occasion when biological life was not related to the womb.  That was because there was no old sin nature, no original sin–as yet.

2)    The human spirit was created by God so that mankind could have fellowship with God and understand things related to God, that is, spiritual phenomena.

3)    The soul was created by God so that a rational creature could rule the world.

B.    Therefore, in the original creation, mankind was trichotomous and did not need salvation.  However, this trichotomous human being had free will that was tested by God with one prohibition in the Garden.

C.    The two trichotomous human beings in the Garden became dichotomous when they both committed an original sin.  The woman committed an original sin of ignorance; that’s why she became the childbearer.  The man committed an original sin of cognizance; that’s why he passes down the old sin nature to his children.

D.    When trichotomous man sinned, he became dichotomous, having a body, soul and old sin nature.  The body and the sin nature form biological life in the womb.  The soul is given to mankind outside the womb when the fetus emerges at birth.

E.    Dichotomous mankind is spiritually dead and needs salvation.  Salvation is provided through the hypostatic union by which Jesus Christ, the God-man, who is undiminished deity, becomes true humanity in the same person forever.

F.    Through the virgin pregnancy and virgin birth, the biological life in the womb of Mary had no sin nature.  This was possible because the Holy Spirit provided twenty-three perfect male chromosomes instead of the usual old sin nature provided from the male through copulation.

G.    Therefore, the virgin pregnancy was followed by the virgin birth, resulting in our Lord Jesus Christ being born trichotomous.  Our Lord was born with biological life.  To that biological life God the Father could do what He did for Adam:  He could breathe into His nostrils the breath of lives.

H.    Therefore Jesus Christ was born as Adam was created, perfect and trichotomous, and He remained perfect and trichotomous, qualifying Him to go to the cross and become the one perfect sacrifice for sin.

1)    2 Corinthians 5:21 He [ God the Father ] made Him [ the trichotomous Jesus Christ ] who knew no sin {to be} sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NAS)

2)    1 Peter 2:24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. (NAS)

3)    His human body was the sacrifice.

I.    On the cross, Jesus Christ was judged for the sins of the world, so that anyone who believes in Him can become trichotomous through regeneration.

1)    Salvation is the work of God, the function of the grace of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9
8    For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, {it is} the gift of God;
9    not as a result of works, that no one should boast. (NAS)

2)    God the Father gave the world a trichotomous human being as a sacrifice for sins.  When John saw Jesus, he said,  Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”

3)    John 3:16 “For God [ the Father ] so [ much ] loved the world, that He gave His only begotten [ unique One ] Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (NAS)

J.    The virgin birth, therefore, is very important as the means for providing the Savior of the world.

1)    The virgin pregnancy means the development of biological life in the womb without a sin nature.

2)    The virgin birth means that the humanity of Christ in Hypostatic Union was trichotomous.

3)    Since no sin nature was transmitted in biological life, there could be no imputation of Adam’s original sin at birth.

K.    When anyone, therefore, believes in Jesus Christ, at that very moment of faith and faith alone, the new believer goes instantly from dichotomy and spiritual death to trichotomy and eternal life.  This is called regeneration.

1)    Regeneration is God the Holy Spirit creating a human spirit.  The human spirit was never connected with the womb.  With the creation of the human spirit, God the Father imputes eternal life to that human spirit.  This is regeneration or being “born again.”

2)    Nichodemus thought you had to go back into your mother’s womb to get a human spirit, but Jesus said, “No, it’s a spiritual birth.”

3)    Neither the soul nor the human spirit have ever been a part of the womb.  Only your body and the sin nature are part of the womb.

13.    Conclusion.

A.    There is no soul life in the womb.  There has never been any soul life in the womb either before or after man sinned.

B.    Soul life or human life existed in Adam before the function of the womb in ovulation and conception, and totally apart from the dormant womb.

C.    Soul life or human life is always the creative act of God at birth, which means that God is never the author of sin.

D.    Soul life or human life develops in the body after birth, while biological life develops before birth in the womb.  Biological life is womb or mother dependent; soul life is God dependent at birth.

E.    There is no human being in the womb, for mankind does not exist until birth.

F.    Soul life or human life begins with mankind in the status quo of being physically alive and, simultaneously, spiritually dead.

G.    Biological life minus soul life is not human life or a human being.  Biological life plus soul life is a human being.

H.    The sin nature does not become active until God imputes soul life to biological life.  The old sin nature is not active in the womb.  Since there is no human life in the womb, the conflict between the sin nature and the soul does not exist in the womb.  Only after birth, when we become human beings, is there a conflict between the soul and the sin nature.

14.    Summary.

A.    Biological life and the old sin nature begin at conception.  Soul life begins at birth.

B.    The content of the womb is twofold.

1)    Biological life in the process of development.

2)    The sin nature in the process of transmission.

C.    There is no human life in the womb.

Isaiah 44:2 Thus says the LORD who made you and formed you from [separated from, removed from, out from] the womb, who will help you, “Do not fear, O Jacob My servant; and you Jeshurun whom I have chosen.” (NAS)

Isaiah 44:24 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from [separated from, removed from, out from] the womb, “I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by myself, and spreading out the earth all alone, (NAS)

Isaiah 49:1 Listen to me, O islands, and pay attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called me from [separated from, removed from, out from] the womb; from the body of My mother He named me. (NAS)

Isaiah 49:5 And now says the LORD, who formed me from [separated from, removed from, out from] the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, in order that Israel might be gathered to Him (for I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and My God is My strength), (NAS)

Job 1:21 And he said, “Naked I came from [separated from, removed from, out from] my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” (NAS)

Ps 22:9-10
9    Yet Thou art He who didst bring me forth from [separated from, removed from, out from] the womb; Thou didst make me trust {when} upon my mother’s breasts.
10    Upon Thee I was cast from birth; Thou hast been my God from [separated from, removed from, out from] my mother’s womb. (NAS)

D.    Human life is formed at birth by an imputation that combines soul life with biological life.

E.    Since the old sin nature resides in the womb but human life does not reside in the womb, God is not and cannot be the author of sin.

F.    The conflict between volition of the human soul and the old sin nature does not exist until after birth, because there is no human life in the womb.

G.    Biological life minus soul life is not human life or a human being.  Biological life plus soul life is a human being.