ECHOES FROM THE FALL
BY: LENNY ANTONSSON
ADAM AND EVE
ECHOES FROM THE FALL
ADAM AND EVE
On Wed. night, before meditation, God said to me, “A seed must fall into the ground and die before it can reproduce itself.” (Jn. 12:24) Then, He had me read Gal. 2:19. In the Interlinear word for word English translation of the original Greek text (The Emphatic Diaglott), it reads: “I for on account of law by law died so that by God I may live.” Then God sort of hinted to me, “What do you think of the fall of man?” I replied that I always thought what happened in the Garden of Eden was very gross, but God said, “No, it is like a finely tuned orchestra playing a symphony and I am the conductor of it,” I thought, “You’re kidding.” Then God started sharing with me about what happened at the fall. God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden, made it desirable, made it to be wanted, and then, He told Adam and Eve that they could not touch it or eat of it. You know how that causes us to react in exactly the opposite way when somebody tells us that, and then, besides that, He put Satan in the garden to tempt them to partake of it. And God said, “If you partake of it or touch it you’re going to die. On that day that you eat of it, you will surely die.” (Gen. 2:16-17)
In this manner, He set up an elaborate way for the spiritual seed He had planted within us to die. We are made of the dust of the earth, and we were made that way so that the spiritual seed could be placed within us, God’s soil, and lie dormant in there until His timing was fulfilled for our spiritual seed to come forth and bear fruit. Seeing the Fall of man through the eyes of God is so much different than seeing it through our natural eyes. The law is an extension of the tree of knowledge of good and evil or perhaps the fruit of it, which is the desire to have knowledge of good and evil. The only way we can have that is to study the law, and they both kill. The fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil brings death. The same thing is true of the law. It also kills. (Rom. 7:9). That process is strictly there to cause our spirit to be placed in a dormant state until we mature enough physically and soulishly so that we can handle having the Spirit of God operate in us. Once we have matured, physically, or in the animal life and in the soulish life enough so that our spirit can then come forth and mature, then we see a different type of life.
God saw that His creation needed help to become like Him. It was time to change the program. This was why He placed them in the garden and told them they could eat of all the trees of the garden accept the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Before they partook of the fruit of the tree, they were naked but were not ashamed. After their sin, they covered themselves, because they were ashamed, but there’s more than modesty here. The scripture says that they heard God walking in the Garden and they feared Him and hid themselves, (Gen. 3:10) but they did not see God anymore. They only heard him. They were blinded. Their spiritual sight was gone. That’s how we recognize that at the Fall, their spirit died and was hidden in the physical, in the soil of which they were made.
Job went through this process. Remember that after the Fall, God had said to Satan, “You will eat the dust of the ground all the days of your life.” (Gen. 3:14) God was telling Satan that the only area where he could operate was in the soil of the ground, in the physical, in the animal being of man, in the Adam nature. When Satan came before God as a son of God and God brought up the subject of Job, Satan said, “But if you do this and that,……” and everything that was mentioned there was in the physical. God allowed Satan to do things to Job in the physical: killed his sons, the physical beings of his sons, destroyed his animals, which were physical, destroyed the houses of the sons, which was physical. Then, the second time Satan came before God and God brought up the subject again, God said, “You are allowed to touch Job physically, but you cannot touch his life.” (Job 2:6) Do you see? It is strictly in the physical realm where Satan could operate. Now, once Job’s physical strength had been exhausted, God was still not finished with him. To complete the lesson, He sent three of Job’s religious friends to test Job’s soul, to cause Job’s mind to evaluate right and wrong, truth and falsehood, which is the only area in which the soul can operate. They tried to destroy the soul, but Job stood his ground by saying that he was innocent. When the trials were over, what happened? The germ of the spirit in Job popped out of the soul, popped out of the natural, and he said, “I used to hear about you by the hearing of the ear, but now, I see you.” (Job 42:5) Spiritual eyesight, blinded since the fall, had been restored to Job. The spiritual seed in Job came to life and popped out of Job’s soil, out of Job’s physical being, and saw the light. That’s when he said, “I see you God. I see you.”
All of us go through the same process when we come to the Lord. We have to start innocently in the physical, and then God brings us into the law and deals with us in our soul, so that our spirit can be quickened and come forth. In God’s hand, Satan is a tool used to cause our physical, natural being to mature. Religion, the law, causes our soul to mature, to evolve, to grow. But the law could not bring life to the seed, (Gal. 3:11) and at the end of the maturing of the soul, the seed, which had been killed and lay buried in the soil of the natural man, was quickened by God through Jesus. The seed lay dormant in all of mankind, until Christ died, when He germinated that seed by the power of the life giving Spirit. Then the shell opened, so that the seed could be free to reach for the light of God. The way I would explain the cracking of the seed is this: we try all of our lives to fulfill the law, to do what’s in the law, and we fail every time. We fail so much and so often that we get sick and tired of trying anymore, and we come to ourselves and say, “Well, I’m not going to try anymore.” That’s the cracking of the shell of the seed so that the Spirit can come forth.
Originally, God gave us the Spirit of life; the Spirit of being, and then He killed it and placed it within the soil of man, where it lay dormant. Why did He do that? Because the physical part of man and the soulish part of man have to mature before He could allow the spirit in man to mature. First, the natural, then the spiritual, God says. (I Cor. 15:46). That’s the process we have individually gone through and all of creation is going through at the same time. Now the way God matures the spirit is by using the natural man and the soul to battle with the spirit. The renewed spirit now has the responsibility of overtaking the soul part of man and, of course, the natural man is not going to allow this to happen without a fight. The natural man has controlled the soul for all of these many thousands of years, but now the spirit comes along in newness of life as a babe, as a tender plant, and with the help of the Spirit of God, they are going to take over the soul. This is the process. The movement or the mastering or the maturing of the physical body took place from Adam to Moses, and then the mastering and the raising up, the maturing of the soul happened from Moses to Jesus. In the fullness of time, Jesus, the spiritual being, came to quicken man’s spirit. In Heb. 8, it says that the law will fade away as the Spirit increases in us, as we become more and more alive spiritually. This time from Christ’s death until now is called the Age of Grace, but now, God is changing the program again. We are coming into the Age of the kingdom of God. Body, soul, and spirit, all three, live in us, and all three areas, have now matured, and are presented to God by Christ so that God will become all in all in us, in all three areas.
Once the spirit life has started to function in us, we’ll recognize that the tree of life comes into effect here. The tree of life brings forth life, even as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil brings forth death. The death realm is completed and now the life realm is starting, and the life realm in the tree of life has nothing to do with doing. The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was our “doing to become.” Those represent the first 6 days of creation of our personal creation, and now, those 6 days are completed and the 7th day comes into effect. There is a rest, a Sabbath rest unto the people of God. This is what God is saying, and that Sabbath rest is in the tree of life, and the tree of life is a person – not a thing to be accomplished, but a person. Everything in the tree of life is a person. Everything in the animal life, the soulish life and the spiritual life is really a shadow of things to come. It’s a building up in us until we reach a maturity where the tree of life comes into effect. The tree of life is the real thing that’s going to affect us and that’s going to be our full and complete life. We have been operating in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil all this time, and now, we are coming into the tree of life, which God calls the age of the kingdom of God. They are synonymous.
The age of the law was a shadow of things to come. The reason there was a shadow was because God was shining upon everything from the OUTSIDE. God told Moses, “Make sure you make things exactly as I showed you in the Mount, because it’s a shadow of things to come.” (Col. 2:7) And that’s exactly what it is. During that whole period of the law, when the Spirit of God came upon a person, God was outside of the man shining upon him. When Christ died, the veil of the temple was rent in two between the holy of holies and the holy place and the outer court. God stepped out of the holy of holies and let man step into the holy of holies. Now God was shining outward from WITHIN man’s being. In this new creation, there is a meeting, a merging together of the natural and spiritual. The temple of God was not made with hands anymore, but a temple made without hands. (II Cor. 5:1; I Pet. 2:5). That temple is what we are, for Paul said, “Don’t you know that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit? You are not your own.” (I Cor. 6:19) God moved from a basic physical place on the outside of us into our inner most being. The kingdom of God is now within us, Jesus said, (Lk. 17:21) and that’s the change that took place when Christ came, when He sacrificed His life for us. After His sacrifice, the Holy Spirit came and entered into us. (Jn. 14:16-17).
Can you see how finely tuned the orchestra of creation really is when it goes into all these details? Before the fall, Adam saw God, who was right there with him. There was a complete relationship between the two. They lost this relationship when they disobeyed. How devastating that must have been! Ever since the Fall, in our physical and in our soul, we have been living in the death realm. Everything that has to do with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and with the law is death. Look at the Pharisees. They kept the law. They wanted God. They were fervent about their beliefs, and what did Jesus call them? They were whited sepulchers, full of dead men’s bones. Dead in trespasses and sins. Do you see? Jesus knew the difference. When the man came to him and called Jesus “Good master,” he said, “Don’t call me good. There is only one good and that is God.” (Mk. 10:16; Lk. 9:33). He knew that because He had come from glory into the death realm, where He was living, and there, He could not be called good. When the man came to Him and said, “I want to follow you, but I have to go home and bury my father,” Jesus replied, “Let the dead bury the dead.” (Matt. 8:22) He was describing where we all were living until the Spirit of God revealed himself in us.
In our beginning, before anything was created, there was only God. God was everything. And now, our kingdom journey reveals to us that God is still everything. At the end, Jesus is going to turn over everything to the Father so that Father can be all in all. (I Cor. 15:28). Then, it will just be God again, with one difference. The whole creation will know that it is in Him and of Him. That’s the path we’re taking. That’s the enlightenment that we’re receiving. That’s the maturity that we’re going to come into, to know that God is all in all. (Eph. 4:6). Jesus made the statement, “I am in the Father, and the Father is in me,” (Jn. 14:11) and then in the same chapter, He turned to the disciples and said, “You are in me, and I am in you.” (vs. 20) Total singleness, both times. In marriage, God says that the husband and wife are one – one purpose, one being, singleness again. Paul the Apostle made the statement in Acts 17:28, speaking of God, he said, “In Him do we live and move and have our being.” Total singleness. There is nothing else but God. There is only one being in all the cosmos, in all the universe. In everything, there is only one and that is God. He is omnipresent; He is everywhere; He is in everything and everything is in Him. That is omnipresence. This is the singleness that we’re talking about. Jesus said, “He whose eye is single, his whole body is full of light.” (Matt. 6:22-23) That light is the light of God, in which we see God clearly, for what He is and as He is. We are totally in God.
There is only one life, and that is God, and we are in that life. We are atoms in His body, functioning in Him as Him. He is everything. There is not a thing that He is not. Yes, He is all glory. There is no other glory. He is all majesty. There is no other majesty. He is all honor. There is no other honor. He is all power. There is no other power. He is all authority. There is no other authority. He is all dominion. There is no other dominion. He is all love. There is no other love. He is all mercy. There is no other mercy. He is all kindness. There is no other kindness. He is all life. There is no other life. He is all light. There is no other light. Everything that we can think of, He is. There is none other. There never will be any other. He is the fullness of all things.
Isn’t it wonderful that in Him, we live, and move, and have our being? This perfect being, this pure being, this holy being, this complete being, this unconditional being, this eternal being is our God and our creator and in Him, do we have all that we are. This has been God’s plan all along that it should happen this way, so that the whole part, the whole being of man could mature through opposites. When Adam died in the garden, the physical part of man became the death realm and now the spirit has been quickened, which is the life realm, and the life realm is taking over so that that which is mortal becomes immortal. The natural man, the physical, is now becoming dormant. The corruptible is putting on incorruption; mortality is being clothed upon by immortality. (I Cor. 15:53).
When Christ died, the spirit in man was quickened. I want you to see clearly though, that the physical will not easily allow the spirit of man to increase or to take over. It will fight all the way. The fight is in our physical being. It’s so clear in Romans 7. “That which I want to do, I do not and that which I don’t want to do, this is what I do.” (Rom 7:15-16). Why? because the physical still struggles to maintain control over the soul. We know who is going to win in the end, but the battle is taking place. We have to face that. The soul is the battle ground. Because the soul has been programmed for 6,000 years by the natural man, by the Adam nature, it’s easy to see what a battle it’s going to be – the battle of Armageddon. There’s no question about that – the biggest battle of our lives is taking place, and the closer we get to God, the hotter the battle gets. God is a consuming fire, and He will, beyond the shadow of any doubt, burn up all of what we call wood, hay, and stubble, all the natural will. We will suffer loss, but Paul says we will be saved by the fire! (I Cor. 3: 11-15).
At the end of this battle, all that will be left is God himself, in us and through us and for us and as us. Knowing this helps us to endure the heat of the battle and the flames of fire, which burn off the dross, left over from centuries of walking in the flesh. With joy, we can enter into the rest of our God as the kingdom day blossoms from the early dawning where we now are to full daylight. When we enter into the kingdom, we’ll know the experience of what John the beloved saw by the Spirit, “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord god giveth them light; and they shall reign forever and ever.” (Rev. 22:5)
ECHOES FROM THE FALL
JULY 25, 1998
At the fall, the spirit of man was killed. (See “Echoes From The Fall, Part I). It died and was buried in the “soil” of the natural, where it lay dormant for all those many, many thousands of years. When Christ died, He quickened the spirit. He made it alive again, and at that time, the control of the natural, the physical part of man was killed and now lies dormant within us. The “mortal” was being “clothed upon with immortality.” (I Cor. 15: 53) What is happening here is that “as we have born the image of the earthly, (the mortal) we shall also bear the image of the heavenly,” (the immortal) (I Cor. 15:49) So, now we have immortality rising up, maturing, coming alive, being quickened everyday, and this is the immortal seeing God more and more and more, maturing more and more and more. Just like it took the physical and the soul, under the direction of the natural to mature while the spirit was dormant within the flesh; so now we need to understand that the flesh and that part of the soul that’s governed by the flesh, is dead in us, is dormant in us, has no real control over us, so that the spirit can become fully alive and mature, without the influence of the flesh. Likewise, the part of the soul that the spirit controls can mature, as well. This is why the natural, the mortal is going to be covered by immortality so that this maturing can take place.
In Eph. 2:14-15, Paul says that Jesus took the two, both the Jew and the Gentile, the spiritual and the natural, to the cross, and out of the two came forth one new man, one new creation. The Jew was our religious part in the natural, and the Gentile represents the physical or the flesh. The religious part and the physical part of us was taken to the cross, and out of the two, came forth one new creation, the new glorified, immortal man. That new immortal man is the Son of God, sitting on the right hand of the Father. We are now one with that Son, who is the firstfruits of all them that sleep. (I Cor. 15:20,23). We must realize that all the old things have passed away. Behold, everything has become new. (II Cor. 5:17). This is the new Jerusalem, “the mother of us all.” (Gal. 4:26) This is the new heaven and the new earth that God is talking about through Peter (II Pet. 3:13) and John. (Rev. 21:1). The new heaven is the new spiritual being, and the new earth is the new immortal body. We are in God and God is in us. (Jn. 14:11, 20). The moment that we saw that Christ died for us, our spirit was quickened, was made alive and at the same time, at that moment, mortality was starting to be clothed upon with immortality. Mortality must be covered with immortality so that the mortal will become dormant within us, in order to allow the spirit to mature and expand. This is God’s plan. Not until the spirit is mature shall we be presented both natural and spiritual before God and become one, and at that time, God becomes all in all in us. (Eph. 4:6).
When the Bible says we have been crucified with Christ, yet it is not us living, but Christ living in and through us, (Gal. 2:20) the opposite of what Adam and Eve experienced has happened in our lives. At the fall, our spirit died and was placed in the natural, to lie dormant there. Now, our flesh has been crucified and died, and our spirit has been made alive by Christ’s Spirit dwelling within. There has been a changing of the guards. The mortal has been subdued by the immortal. It has been clothed upon so that it will behave; so that we can mature spiritually. It has been controlled to a state where there will be no hindrance for the spirit to mature. Yes, there are some inroads by the mortal into the spiritual, not to destroy, but to discomfort the spiritual. The only way the spiritual can mature is by going through this struggle with the mortal.
Paul explains this process of death being swallowed up in life, in Gal 2:20, where he says, “I was crucified with Christ, yet I live.” It is not I living, but Christ in and through me. And the life I now live, I live by the faith of Christ, not by the faith in Christ, because I am dead! How can I have faith in Christ if I’m dead? It is Christ living through me; so it is his faith flowing through me. But also what I saw was that when Christ rose again on the third day, it was not a resurrection of just the mortal body, but it was the immortal body that rose again. Mortality had been clothed upon by immortality so we cannot go forth in our mortal body any more because we’ve been crucified with Christ. The mortal body was crucified. It is lying dead, dormant in our spiritual being right now. The only thing that’s alive in the eternal is our glorified, immortal body, that’s all. It always bothers me to hear people saying, “I’m a sinner saved by grace, and I sin everyday.” Well, it just turns me off something terrible, and now I’m beginning to see why it turns me off. When we were crucified with Christ, that sinful body was crucified. It died on the cross with Christ and we have risen again with Christ in our immortal body. The mortal body has been clothed upon with immortality and that immortal body is a glorified body, a son of God, a part of Christ, and is now, part of the body of Christ. We are NOT sinners saved by grace anymore, because that part of us is dead! (Rom. 6:2, 6-8, 11)
At the cross also, our flesh was crucified. Our natural self died on the cross, not the spiritual self. The spiritual self was quickened. It became alive at the cross as the natural was crucified and placed dormant within us. Now when I say dormant, I don’t mean annihilated, dead, completely gone. There are still impulses from the natural that come forth from the natural into the spiritual, to question the spiritual, to complain to the spiritual, to disagree with the spiritual, to try to hinder the spiritual. This is what happened in the fall, when the spiritual part of man died and became dormant within us, but there were always impulses from the spiritual questioning the natural, trying to control the natural, trying to hinder the natural from maturing. This is that tug back and forth that causes the two to mature, each in its own time.
All the pain that I have in my body is part of the struggle that’s taking place. After the fall, while we were away from God, our spirit was going through the struggle, in pain all the time, a pain caused by the loneliness of being away from God. Well, now the physical is going through the same thing. The natural is being shut down by the spiritual, and there is tremendous pain in my physical body because of this taking place right now. After the fall, we were in agony of spirit, and now, after the crucifixion, we are in agony in the natural, in the Adam nature, because the Adam nature feels that it is being destroyed. It is only being controlled, but it feels like a death blow and that it is being destroyed, and that is why it affects me so much physically.
Pain is part of God’s process. Remember that Jesus said, “If you suffer with me, ye shall also reign with me.” (II Tim. 2:12) This suffering that He’s talking about is what I’m thinking about now. When the spirit had died because of the fall, the spirit was still able to pulsate consciousness and to stir us spiritually very slightly, but it was still there to a limited extent. Well now, the mortal body has been crucified. It is dormant within the spirit, but it can also pulsate slightly. Now what is the result of this pulsation? It causes sickness in our body because it is trying to communicate in a mortal way, and that mortal way causes the body to have sickness. This is what Jesus is saying, by indicating that we will suffer with him. (Phil. 1:29). The suffering is weakness, sickness, emotional, financial or other stress from the part of the soul that the mortal body still has control of. This happens because the spirit has not yet fully taken over the whole soul, and as a result, the soul has not understood that all these things come from God for our good and His glory. The more our spirit invades and takes over the soul, and woos the soul with love, mercy and kindness, the more Jesus or the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, is able to open up our understanding; not only open up our understanding, but take us deeper and deeper into our Father, into God. The deeper we are, or are taken into God, the more God becomes all in all in us.
We have been walking with Christ in the Spirit, for 2,000 years, and it is still illusive to us, though we have been able to come up with some structure and some vitality in this place. Now, God is changing the program again. We are coming into the new age, the age of the kingdom of God. In the past age, the age of grace, we’ve had our physical bodies to provide food, shelter and protection. We’ve had our minds, our emotions to deal with our thoughts and feelings, and those things combined with the Spirit, have caused a growth in us, a tremendous growth. But now we step into this new age, where God is totally, totally in control. He calls all the shots. This is brand new for us again. We never saw these things before. This is what Paul talks about in Ephesians 1:11, where He says that God “works all things after the counsel of His own will.” That means everything. All is under the control of the Father.
In Revelation 21:2, it refers to this new creation as, “The New Jerusalem,” coming down out of heaven, out of the spiritual, out of the presence of God. It is not a physical heaven above us, but it comes out of the presence of God. It is all God, the new city, the new heaven and the new earth, in which there is no sea. (Rev. 21:1). The sea is representative of the world’s systems. God said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away. (The Jew and the Gentile shall pass away; the spiritual and the natural shall pass away), but my word shall not pass away.” (Matt. 24:35) Christ shall not pass away. Christ is the word, (Jn. 1:14; Rev. 19:13) and the Word shall not pass away. He’s all that will be left. The physical struggle of man, the soulish and the intellectual and the subconscious struggle of man, and the spiritual struggle of man is going to vanish away. Earth is man’s physical. Man’s physical has taken over the soul. Heaven is man’s spiritual and the part of the soul that the spirit has taken over. All that is going to fade away, but Christ will not fade away. Christ will be all that remains. We have been crucified with Christ, yet we live, but it is not us living. It is Christ living in and through us. (Gal. 2:20). That is the whole thing. Nothing else will be left, and then Christ will present us to the Father, (I Cor. 15:24) and the Father will become all and in all. (Eph. 4:6). There is an age to come when all three, body, soul, and spirit, will be turned over to the Father so that God becomes all in all. The first Adam will be matured and clothed upon with immortality and will become totally functional in God. At that very moment, we are going to fully, completely, unconditionally, eternally know that in Him do we live and move and have our being. It is amazing to see that only in the fullness of time, does God come and teach us something like this. He declares “the end from the beginning, and from ancient times, the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Is. 46:10)
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