|The Prophecy of
the Seed of the Woman
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a
servant, though he be lord of all; (2) But is under tutors and governors until the
time appointed of the father. (3) Even so we, when we were children, were in
bondage under the elements of the world: (4) But when the fulness of the time
was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5)
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of
sons. (6) And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into
your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But
is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were
in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his
Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive
the adoption of sons.
(Galatians 4:1-5 KJV)
The Galatians had been misled by those who were teaching them that they needed to keep the Law of Moses as
Christians, or as we might say -- that they had to become Jews to be Christians. In chapter 3 he shows that the
salvation in Christ predated the Law of Moses, finding its roots in the promise made to Abraham.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after
that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ
Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor
Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And
if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
(Galatians 3:24-29 KJV)
The schoolmaster, or tutor, took care of the child and his education until he was of age. Up until that time, both master
and slave may be treated equally. However, once they were no longer under the schoolmaster, there unquestionably
was a difference in their position and prestige. In much the same way, the Law was the schoolmaster of the Jews, but
with the coming of Jesus, the Jewish people came of age, putting away the Law, and became the adopted sons of God,
being born again.
The key phrase of the prophetic fulfillment is God sent forth his Son, made of a woman. This phrase takes us back to
the beginning of sin and the fall of man.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto
the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the
serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of
the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto
the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be
opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be
desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her;
and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed
fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the
garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God
amongst the trees of the garden.
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that
thou shouldest not eat?
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?
And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and
above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And
I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head,
and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth
children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of
which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt
thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the
herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it
wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
(Genesis 3:1-19 KJV)
There are three matters of importance in this prophecy: 1) that the Seed would be human – made of flesh and bone;
2) that the Seed would be in and of the woman; and 3) that the Seed would be of the woman alone.
Jesus came in the flesh.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten
of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
(John 1:14 KJV)
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit,
seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
(1 Timothy 3:16 KJV)
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit
of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
(1 John 4:2-3 KJV)
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a
deceiver and an antichrist.
(2 John 1:7 KJV)
The Gnostics, who arose in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, denied that Jesus came in the flesh.