Monthly Archives: May 2013

“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Did Lord God make coats of Skins…”

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; [6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. [7] Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. [8] I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. [9] In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; [10] But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. [11] Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. [12] But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. [13] For Adam was first formed, then Eve. [14] And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. [15] Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety” (I Tim. 2:5-15).

It is that time of year again when, as the temperature rises, people’s clothes begin to grow shorter, tighter and thinner. Thoughtful and sincere Christians, however, will always seek to glorify God even when the culture in which they live manifests very little concern for decency and modesty much less godliness.

Some try to justify and argue for immodest clothing by appealing to Adam and Eve’s nakedness in the garden (Gen. 2:25). However, Adam and Eve were man and wife. The Husband and wife have a right to one another’s bodies (I Cor. 7:3-5). It was appropriate for them to share each other’s bodies for it is within the holy bonds of matrimony that the bed is undefiled (Heb. 13:4). But those who dress immodestly are giving away a gift to those outside the marriage compact that was designed especially to fulfill a purpose only for a husband or wife in marriage.

Genesis 3:21 makes a very simple and matter of fact statement regarding man’s nakedness: “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” However, this statement is very profound. It is made in the context of Adam and Eve’s sin and God’s judgement upon them because of their disobedience (Gen. 3:1-19). When they had sinned, they knew that they were open and naked before the eyes of Him with whom they had to do and tried to hide themselves from Him in shame (Gen. 3:7-10; Heb. 4:13). But sin cannot be covered by hiding from God. Both in order to remind them always of their transgression and to make a covering for their sin, God made them “coats of skins.” But to secure these “coats of skins,” animals had to die. Life had to end. Blood had to be shed.

The penalty for their sin was death for God had said in the day that the forbidden fruit was eaten they would surely die (Gen. 2:17). But God, in His great love and mercy, substituted the animal’s death for man’s. This is the beginning of the sacrificial system pointing toward the final, ultimate substitutionary sacrifice of God’s Only Begotten (Heb. 9:11-14). These coats of skins the Lord made for them were a constant reminder of their need for redemption, a need for a complete covering of their sin. The death of these animals was the result of their sin, Their blood was upon them. Now, as Christians, we put on Christ (Gal. 3:26,27) who was slain as a lamb from the foundation of the world (I Pet. 1:19,20; Rev. 13:8) Whose sacrifice does, indeed, cover our sin when we put Him on. His death is a direct result of our sin.

When we think about our clothing, it should be no less a reminder of our sinful condition and need for sin covering and redemption as it was to them. Adam and Eve attempted to hide their shame with an “apron.” But God made them coats. Christians today should remember this as they pick out the clothes they intend to wear. It is to these historical facts that Paul alludes when he writes to Timothy concerning modesty (I Tim. 2:4-15). He reminds them of the need for man’s salvation (v. 4) and the price paid by Christ’s sacrifice (v. 6). He requires men to be holy (v. 8) and women to adorn themselves with shamefacedness and modest apparel(v. 9).

Eric L. Padgett

Do Not Forget

This weekend in America we remember and honor those who have given their lives for our freedom.  I am personally grateful for the men who gave their lives in defense of this country, especially my uncle, whom I never met, who died in the Battle of the Bulge.  They are heroes and deserve to be remembered.  Officially we observe the final Monday of May as Memorial Day, but many of us also remember this weekend all those who have gone on before us.  It is both fitting and proper that we should remember them because they mean so much to us.

But our minds are really amazing machines.  We can remember obscure events from our childhood but can’t remember where we put the keys!  There are some things which we would like to forget but can’t, and there are other things which we try to remember but can’t.  As Christians, we sometimes forget some very important things which we really should remember.  Here are a few things God wants us to remember.

First, He wants us to remember Him.  “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them” (Eccles. 12:1).  The world has purposely forgotten God, because they don’t want to retain Him in their knowledge (Rom. 1:28).  Forgetting God makes sin much easier.  As Christian we must always remember God and put Him first (Matt. 6:33; I Pet. 3:15).

Second, we should remember from where we came (Eph. 2:11-13).  Paul encouraged the brethren at Ephesus to remember that they were once Gentiles in the flesh, having no hope, without God and in the world.  It is important to remember just how far we have traveled down this sometimes lonely road.  Some people become rich, successful and famous in life and forget their roots, but God wants us to appreciate all that He has done for us and how much we have accomplished.  Once we were the servants of sin but now we are free from the bondage of sin (Rom. 6:16-18).

Third, we should remember the apostles (Heb. 13:7).  Just as many soldiers died to give us the freedoms we enjoy here in America (though many of these freedoms are being taken away from us day by day), the apostles gave their lives to deliver the gospel to the world.  We should never forget their devotion but should consider and follow the example of their faith.  These men were martyred for the Cause of Christ.  They loved the Lord and His word more than their own lives.  Remembering them encourages us to also stand as they stood.

Fourth, we should remember the Lord’s death till He comes again (I Cor. 11:23-30).  Jesus specifically instituted the Lord’s Supper to commemorate His death (Matt. 26:26-30).  This is the one thing which the Lord instituted which is to be done every first day of every week (Acts 20:7).  It should be a solemn period of worship in which we reflect upon the meaning of the death of Christ.  When it is turned into a feast or frivolous affair, we jeopardize our souls (I Cor. 11:27,28).

Finally, we should remember that the servant is not greater than his Lord (John 15:20).  Jesus said if they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.  Christians should count it a privilege to suffer for the Cause of Christ (Acts 5:41).  Most today do not want to make waves or to upset the delicate balance of “peace.”  But if we stand for the Truth, then we will make waves and we will suffer persecution.  “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (II Tim. 3:12).

May we always remember God’s will in our lives.

Eric L. Padgett

No Middle Ground

“Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him” (Exodus 32:26).


In the Cause of Christ, there is no middle ground (Luke 11:23; Matt. 6:24).  Christians cannot halt between two opinions and still maintain fidelity to God (I Kings 18:21).  It is either God or the world.

We know that the whole world lies in wickedness (I John 5:19).  The world is a kingdom wherein everything vile and putrid and corrupt finds a home and the powers of darkness reign (Col. 1:13; Eph. 5:10; I John 2:15-17).  The world is a place where lust breeds corruption (II Pet. 1:4) and the cares of this world choke the life out of righteousness (Mark 4:19).  The god of this world seeks to blind the mind of peoples unawares so that they cannot see any light at all (II Cor. 4:4).  That world is full of haters (I John 3:13), deceivers (II John 1:7), and filth (I Cor. 4:13) that stain the garments of the saints (James 1:27).  This present world is evil (Gal. 1:4) and everything that is in it comes to naught (I Cor. 2:6; I John 2:17).

As Christians, however, our lives are to be lights in this world of darkness so that they give light to all (Matt. 5:13-16).  And, while, the kingdom in which we have our conversation is not of this world (John 18:36; Phil. 3:20), knowing we cannot go out of this world physically (I Cor. 5:10; John 17:5), we are to come out of the world and be separated from it spiritually and mentally (II Cor. 6:14-18).  We are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them (Eph. 5:10,11).  We should have no love for this world or the things contained therein (I John 2:15-17) nor should we allow ourselves to be conformed to it (Rom. 12:1,2) but, rather, the world should be crucified to us (Gal. 6:14).

Standing up for what is right cannot be wrong.  So what if the Pharisees were offended by the teaching of Jesus (Matt. 15:12)?  Every plant not planted by the Father will be rooted up (Matt. 5:13).  So what if enemies are made by speaking the truth (Gal. 4:16)?  To be friends with the world is to be the enemy of God (James 4:4).  The solemn charge of Joshua the son of Nun rings loud and clear even to this late day: “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (John 24:15).

Will we stand up and be counted?  Will our fingers grasp tightly the golden handle of the sword of the Spirit and draw it from its sheath; will we, unashamed of the Christ and the Cause for which He shed His blood, wield that Blade confidently in the fight for the Truth?  As the world continues its spiraling descent into the everlasting abyss, Christians must be willing to fearlessly lead the way ever upward to heaven by holding aloft in word and deed the glorious and everlasting gospel of Christ.

Eric L. Padgett


The bravest battle that ever was fought!
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not;
‘Twas fought by the mothers of men.

Nay not with the cannon of battle-shot,
With a sword or noble pen;
Nay, not with eloquent words or thought
From mouth of wonderful men!

But deep in a walled-up woman’s heart —
Of a woman that would not yield,
But bravely, silently bore her part —
Lo, there is the battlefield!
(–by Joaquin Miller)

What a wonderful blessing from the Divine Plan a loving mother is! God’s book tells us more of His will for Motherhood.

Mothers should be Married. When a woman begins motherhood, it is God’s plan for that woman to be married to the father of the child (Heb. 13:4). God designed the home so that a man and woman leave their father and mother and cleave to one another, beginning a new family (Gen. 2:18-25). Unfortunately, God’s plan for the family has become less popular these days. The birth rate to unwed mothers in our country is at 40.7 % (National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 61, No. 5, October 3, 2012, p. 4). While it is possible for a woman (either because of a scriptural divorce (Matt. 19:9), death of the husband (Rom. 7:1-4) or her husband separating from her) to be a good, loving single mother, it is not God’s idea will and it is not what is best for the child. A child needs a mother and father’s guidance (Prov. 1:8, 4:3, 6:20, etc.).

Mothers Oversee the home. While the man is the head of the house (Eph. 5:23) it is the woman who manages it (Tit. 2:5; Prov. 31:10-31). This is no small task. It is an important work that should not be diminished in any way. Those who claim that the Bible is archaic in it’s treatment of women or that it teaches men to treat women poorly either fail to recognize the importance of the role God has assigned them as mothers or they are simply being rebellious against God. The task of training up a child in the way he should go is neither archaic nor meaningless (Prov. 22:6). It is not easy, either. When mothers and grandmothers turn out young men like Timothy, it is because of their devotion to God, their personal character, and hard work (Acts 16:1; II Tim. 1:5; II Tim. 3:15-17). If mothers would work as hard in rearing up their children as they do in building a career, their children might turn out better and call her blessed (Prov. 31:27,28).

Mothers Teach their children. God placed upon all Israel the obligation of training their children (Deut. 6:1-9). While the father plays a very prominent role (Eph. 6:4), the child has the obligation of honoring father and mother and obeying them both (Eph. 6:1-3). Timothy had learned from a child the truth of the holy scriptures, not from his Gentile father, but from his godly mother and grandmother (II Tim. 1:5; 3:14,15). This training must begin when one is very young and impressionable. Jane McWhorter has this sage advice: “Take your baby to the services of the church regularly from the time he is a few weeks old. Even though he is too young to realize what is going on, he learns that worship is important and is expected of us” (She hath Done What She Could, 1973, p. 73). A good mother teachers the young (Tit. 2:3,4). Someone once said: “The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.”

Mothers are Holy in behavior. Paul told Titus that the aged women are to be in “behavior as becometh holiness” (Tit. 2:3). He instructed Timothy that while men are to lift up “holy hands” women were to “likewise “adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works” (I Tim. 2:9-10). A Holy mother will pray for her children and dedicate them to the Lord, as did Hannah (I Sam. 1,2). A woman has great impact on the reputation of her husband (Prov. 31:23). Many mistakenly think a woman should take on the characteristics of a man to be strong. But the strength of a woman is the force of her character (Prov. 31:17,23-31).

Godly Mothers Eliminate partiality. Partiality in a family is devastating. The Bible says: “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours” (Genesis 37:3). This caused a terrible situation in that family such that Joseph was hated by his own brothers (Gen. 37:5). Eventually their hatred led them into selling him into slavery. But Jacob got it honestly because his own father loved Esau better while his mother loved him (Gen. 25:28). If children are the product of a genuine, loving relationship between a man and a woman each child should be understood to be a gift from God and loved equally (Gen. 4:1; Ps. 127:1-3).

Mothers Reprove those who do wrong. It is an unsavory part of being a parent but it is something that must be done. It does not signify a lack of love (though it can if administered in anger, hate or jealousy), but an abundance of it (Prov. Prov. 13:24; 22:15; 23:13,14). A child left to himself brings shame to his mother and therefore needs guidance (Prov. 29:15). When a child is young and impressionable he must be taught, while there is yet time (Prov. 19:18). If the child is taught well from a very early age (preventive disciple), then there will be less need of what is sometimes called “tough love” (corrective discipline) later on. Many mistakenly believe that “discipline” means “punishment”. But the word comes from the Latin “disciplina” and means “instruction given to a disciple.” (discipline. Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. (accessed: May 11, 2013)). All loving mothers who want their children to grow up to be successful, productive and happy must be those who discipline their children in love.

Thank God for loving mothers.
Eric L. Padgett

Necessary Things

          When Martha requested that the Lord tell her sister, Mary, that she should help in  serving, Jesus responded by saying that while Martha was careful and troubled about many things, there was one thing that was needful and Mary had chosen that better part (Luke 10:38-42).  There are some things that are important in life, but there are other things that are necessary–needful.  Just to mention a few.
          Some think that being free to do whatever they feel like is important.  I believe in freedom (and incidentally think that too many freedoms are being taken from us these days) because God created us that way.  We are free to choose to obey Him or reject Him.  Of course, there are consequences to our choices.  What we really need, however, is freedom from sin.  How does that come about?  Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the Truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).  It is a choice we make (Rom. 8:16-18).
       Some think that great knowledge is what is needed.  Man so often thinks he has the answers to all his problems.  However, the way of man is not in himself (Jer. 10:23).  Men devise so many schemes whereby they think they can outsmart God, but it is futile (Rom. 1:21ff).  What we really need is spiritual wisdom (Col. 1:9).  Science falsely so-called does not offer anything but empty hope (I Tim. 6:20).  Wisdom that is from above (James 313-18) recognizes the importance of Jesus’ words (Matt. 7:24-27).
       Also, so many look for a higher standard of living.  They want more money, a better car, a bigger house, more prestige and every other material item which they can grasp.  But instead of a higher standard of living, we need a higher standard of conduct.  Christ left us an example, that we should follow in His steps (I Pet. 2:21-24).  We should walk worthy of the Lord (Col. 1:10) and do unto others as we would have them do unto us (Matt. 7:12).  Our conversation should be as it becometh the gospel (Phil. 1:27) and not like the world (II Cor. 6:11-18).
       These and so many other lessons can be learned about what is important and what is necessary or needful.

Eric L. Padgett