MYSTERY of SPIRITUAL REPRODUCTION

BY: DES WALTER

SEPTEMBER 2010

SPIRITUAL LOVE

THE BREATH of LIFE

THE PROCESS of REPRODUCTION

REVEALING OUT TRUE REALITY

WHEN the FLOW of LIFE WAS BROKEN

A COMPLETE and THOUGHT OUT PLAN

In this study, we explore God’s purposes for the reproduction and regeneration of mankind on the earth. It is important for us to know this, for God only brought forth one man in Genesis 1:26, but His will and purpose was for mankind to fill the earth. In this beginning of man on the earth we are confronted with certain facts that form a foundation upon which we can build our understanding of the process.

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens. And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew, for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:4)

To understand what is taking place here, we need to turn to John 1:1-3: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.

The account of the creation of man is very brief and is contained in just one verse in the Bible: And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)

In that one verse, God determined what this creature he called man would be, using Himself as the model: in the image of God. And then He proceeded to declare His dominion over all that He had created in Genesis 1.

First of all, the plurality of the statement, “Let us make man,” raises a question: to whom does the ‘us’ refer? Religion rushes forward to assert that this refers to the so called concept of the ‘Trinity’ of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. However, the scriptures state in Deuteronomy 6:4: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.

We need to be reminded that in creation everything came out of God, for there was no other source from which anything could come. All of mankind was already resident in God as spirit, and Christ also came from the same source. So in a true sense, the being of God contained everything and everyone that has ever been born – all of which were actually a part of Himself. So when God spoke, it became the expression of all that God is. In this sense God and creation are one, just as God and man also constitute the ‘one’ (Acts 17:26 & 28).

The concept of spirit and spirituality remains largely a mystery to man of the earth today. Even though we are essentially a ‘spirit creature,’ having come out of God, our physical body and environment seem to deny any sense of the world of spirit. Our consciousness is regulated by our five natural senses emanating from the natural or carnal mind, and so we have nothing in our natural life that connects with the life of spirit. Therefore, for most people the spiritual aspect of life has no specific way of entering our consciousness.

The history of Israel, whose origin was by way of a spiritual birthing through a 90-year old barren woman, is an example of mankind’s lack of both understanding and function of spirituality. The truth is that the source of life is not to be found in this physical, material world, but only in the invisible world of spirit. Science has tried for many years to produce life in a test tube. To this day no one has succeeded because as a principle, it is only life that can generate life. This is because the source or principle of life is found only in the realm of spirit, and expressly in God.

If Israel had been a spiritual people they would have accepted the Ten Commandments in the spirit with which God gave it to them. But not being spiritual, they could only receive them as a law. Now a law is something that you must obey, and to make sure that people obey the law, there is always a penalty for breaking a law. It is the thought of what the penalty will cost us that becomes the driving force in compliance to the law – none of which has anything to do with spirituality. But not even the penalty caused Israel to be obedient to the law of God. The Ten Commandments given to Israel was actually a manifesto of the character of God, which would have made them a holy people if they had used it as a pattern for their own life.

If we understand spirituality we will know that obedience is a part of spirit life. This is why God said to Israel, “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine.” (Exodus 19:5)

The difference is that obedience has nothing to do with law. Let us consider a family situation where the father or mother says to the children, “I want you to keep your bedrooms neat and tidy and you will make me very happy.” If those children have been brought up in a spiritual family where God is honored and love reigns, the children will do exactly as they were told and they are happy to do it.

However, if that family is like the typical household, it would not be long before the parents will have to say to the children, “You have not done what you were told to do, so now this is the way it will be: If you do not do what you are told, you will not receive any pocket money for the week, and you forfeit your TV time also for the week.”

How many Christian parents sit up at night not knowing what their children are doing or whether they are on drugs? Or, waiting for that dreaded knock on the door and hearing a policeman saying, “I am so sorry but your son or daughter has just been killed.”

What has happened here? It was a reasonable expectation on the part of the parents for the children to be obedient, but obedience based upon love has not been forthcoming. So what is the next step in seeking compliance from the children? The next stage is to make the request for obedience to become a law. This law demands that there be a judge, and also that there will be a penalty to pay.

In this simple illustration we see two things. One is that spirituality has been lost from family life even for many Christians and with it the true sense of obedience. Many Christians come to God with a sense of pride, telling Him, “I am really seeking to do what the Bible says, I refuse to go to the places where people gamble, and I will not touch alcohol and never break my marriage vows.”

So, many think that is obedience when in fact it has little or nothing to do with obedience, but has a lot to do with a law. Which they believe is the basis of obedience. Under this law, God will send you to a place called Hell forever if you have been disobedient.

I remember a preacher whose mother rebuked her son for disobedience. He was telling us that she made him stand in the corner for what seemed to him a long time. But she would call out at intervals from where ever she happened to be in the house, “Are you standing in the corner?” And this time the boy replied, “I am standing up on the outside, but I am sitting down on the inside.” I suspect the boy’s honesty cost him more than he bargained for.

We are a spirit being because our origin is out of God. Our body has no life in itself, but it is the spirit – which is Christ in us – that is the source of our life. That spirit is one with God, functioning on the same wave-length. Therefore whatever God says, the spirit in us receives it – being one with God – and that spirit responds without question. If the Spirit is Lord in us, then we will be obedient to all that God says.

However, it is obvious that in many Christians, Jesus Christ is not Lord, but there is some other authority in control who decides what we do or not do. This function cannot be confused with obedience, and is the one we birth in our consciousness. It is based upon our physical birth and obedience to a mother and father, whose name (nature) is given to us.

This one who is under another authority does not automatically hear the voice of God, for God functions on a different frequency. They are functioning under an authority known to us as ‘self’ which is unknown to God. ‘Self’ has a different origin and owes allegiance to another authority called the carnal mind. Obedience to God is impossible under this alien authority, for it has no direct connection with God, but is dependent upon its own intellect to know by reading and study of the Bible what God requires. True obedience to God is not possible under these circumstances.

SPIRITUAL LOVE

Adam had a Love relationship with God that was passed on to all mankind based upon obedience. There was no law governing Adam’s life in the Garden of Eden, but a relationship with God based upon Love.

The sphere of function for the man was the Garden of Eden, which was especially designed for the man, giving him a task to fulfill as well as requiring an obligation of obedience. This involved a ‘Tree’ that was declared by God to be off limits to Adam, the man created.

Now we must pause to declare that ‘The Garden,’ is not literal, and Adam’s experience there is also spiritual, for this man is in the image of God which is spirit. Everything concerning Adam that takes place in this garden is also not literal, but spiritual. It is important for us to acknowledge this before we begin, or we will be completely confused.

For Love to function, it must flow unhindered both from the one expressing love, to the object of that love; and from the one who is loved, back to the source of that love. While the flow is unhindered, the relationship of Love creates a unity beyond any human agreement. God told Israel, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

But we are told that Eve – who was not a part of the creative process of God, but was now accepted as a wife by Adam – begins to express herself, making her own decisions under the direction of a serpent, and not under God as Adam had done since he was put in the Garden. He did not need to be able to make any decisions, for there was nothing he needed. His every need had been supplied by God in the Garden.

However, Eve considered the one issue that God had raised regarding the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – of which they were not to eat – because that fruit carried the seed of a knowledge that would destroy their relationship. In keeping with our natural or carnal mind, man has considered this to be a law, having no understanding of the relationship Adam had with God. If it was a law then, it could not be the basis of a Love relationship at all, but a legally binding demand on the part of God for Adam to keep, with a penalty attached for disobedience.

The knowledge of good and evil was not a part of the knowledge God made available to Adam, because it was not connected to truth, and God never created it. The Bible declared through the Apostle John and others that God is Love, and not just loving.

That being so, how could He be both good and also evil? Mankind solves the issue by declaring that God is love but He is also just, which infers that to be ‘just,’ one has to stop loving, and this means that God must cease to be God. In other words, man credits God with having human emotions, making His responses the same as that of a carnal man. So it becomes plain that if God is both good and evil then he is nothing more than mankind on the earth.

The word to ‘know’ in the Bible is translated from the Greek word ginosko, which means to become known, to have knowledge of and understanding. But it also refers to the knowledge that a man has of his wife. This knowledge is actually spiritual but for many remains only a natural physical knowledge. If in a court of law, a man has obtained that kind of knowledge of a woman illegally, it is called carnal knowledge. In the Old Testament, it is the Hebrew word yada, and has exactly the same meaning. The Apostle Paul made the statement in Philippians 3:10: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.

Many Christians would say they know God because they read the Bible and go to church, etc. But the word ‘to know’ must go far beyond intellectual knowledge as revealed in the word Paul used to determine the type of knowledge about which he is speaking.

For a man to know his wife requires a most intimate relationship, which is designed to entwine the spirit – which in man is male and female – to function as one, bringing together the two aspects of spirit into union. Unfortunately today, this relationship has been dragged down to the animal level, in which the desire is not to unify but simply to produce the greatest pleasure in order to gratify lust. Many books have been written on this subject, suggesting ways to increase the pleasure and the amount of satisfaction through this kind of intimacy.

In this question of ‘knowing’ God – concerning God and man – the thought of a relationship with such intimacy ordinarily would never be considered. Such thoughts as we have in the physical world would seem to have absolutely no application to the spiritual relationship a man can have with God. To even think about being intimate with God seems horrendous in the extreme.

Then why does the Apostle Paul use such a term in expressing the focus of all his desires – that is, to know God to the same degree as a man can know his wife in this natural realm? The answer is because there is no other way to know God.

We need to go back to Matthew 19:3. “The Pharisees also came unto Him, tempting Him, and saying unto Him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And He answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that He which made (them) at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. They say unto Him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.”

Verse four tells us that God made the man in the beginning male and female, as the first man was spirit, and spirit is male and female functioning as one. God is spirit and the man was also spirit, for the man was made in the likeness and the image of God. So he had to be whatever God is.

So the scriptures tell us that “for this cause,” which refers to the separation of the female from the male in Adam in Genesis 2:21-22. This separation caused the female part of spirit to become a separate entity capable of functioning alone without Adam. Now the Bible says, “For this cause shall a man leave his mother and his father and will cleave unto his wife”, in an attempt to make the man complete again as male and female. But the best that could result from this union is that the two become one flesh.

This is not how Adam was created in the beginning, for there was no mention of ‘flesh’ in the beginning. He was spirit with the male and the female functioning together as one spirit, and no mention of ‘flesh.’ It becomes obvious that man’s concept of marriage does not in any way restore what God gave to man in the beginning.

Therefore the whole activity of reproduction no longer occurs as a spiritual reality, but simply as a physical experience whereby neither the male nor the female can now reproduce alone, but only as the two become one flesh. The word ‘flesh’ appears first in Genesis 2:21: And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.

The Hebrew word for ‘flesh’ is basar, pronounced {baw-sawr’} and refers to the body of man as well as the animals, and is also used as a euphemism for the male organ of generation. Neither the man nor the woman is now the same as was created in the beginning. What God created as one in the likeness and the image of God now has become a duality with the two now being able to function individually and independently of each other.

No longer is the man in the likeness and the image of God. No longer is the man ‘spirit’ but is now characterized as ‘flesh.’ This ‘flesh’ now sets the man apart from his original condition at creation. Man has experienced a tremendous change that links his body with that of the animals from a natural point of view.

This means that man’s body can no longer be considered to be the dwelling place of God, for God has never considered the animal body to be His dwelling place. Most Christians have never considered these things, nor have they considered what is required in order for man to be restored to his original place in God.

Religion has taught that if a man will give his heart to Jesus and confess his sin and believe that Christ died on the cross for his sin, then he is ‘saved’ and born again, and will go to heaven when he dies. It becomes obvious that such a teaching has nothing to do with the restoration of the soul. There has to be much more to the restoration of the soul than simply changing our mind about a few things.

To go back to the beginning, we find God surveying all that he had created. And this is what the scriptures declare: And God saw everything that He had made, and behold it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)

There is no mention of evil of any kind present in God’s creation. It literally does not exist. Of course that statement raises a chorus of voices declaring, “What about this?” and “What about that?” without knowing that this world we see with our natural eyes is not God’s world. All we can see (Paul tells us) is passing away, for it is not eternal.

The true realities of life are all in the spiritual world, which is invisible to natural man. (2 Corinthians 4:18). There was no evil in the Garden of Eden nor was there any sickness, pain or death. The tree God spoke about to Adam, warning him not to eat the fruit of that tree was not a literal tree, any more than the Tree of Life was literal, yet so often I hear Christians speaking of Adam eating the forbidden apple.

That tree represented a knowledge system that would contradict the truth that Adam knew about God. This other ‘knowledge’ challenged the truth concerning the true character of God, and is the reason why God is presented by the religious world as a monster who kills his disobedient children in a fiery hell.

For Adam, God is love – and that was the truth with nothing that could challenge or add to that knowledge. As stated before, there was no sense in which one could say, “Yes, God is love, but He is also just”, as if that would challenge the truth about the love of God. God does not have to stop loving in order to be just. God is love, so there is nothing in the character of God but love. We use the term unconditional love when we speak of God’s love.

However, human love has very real limitations when expressed by mankind. A man may say he loves his wife, but if she lies to him about anything he feels justified in resenting her and retaliating. Parents may love their children, but also can be very cruel to them if they are disobedient. Human love has very definite limitations and can change from love to hate and even murder in some cases. This indicates the great difference there is between God’s love and human love.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son; whosoever receives Him as the reality of who they are, and believes into the reality of His and our death, burial and resurrection, shall have everlasting life in which there is no condemnation, and in which there is no death. Think about that statement for a moment; God loves everybody in the whole world.

Generally speaking, not even the Church believes that God loves everybody. Christians say, “No, that could not be true because that would mean that the bad people are loved equally by God with the good.” In our society today it sounds like the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil has infected all of mankind. The only satisfying answer to the true expression of God’s love is that it is based upon life in the spirit and not on human, moral or mortal life.

Spiritual love has a very different basis on which it is founded. Once we believe in good and evil, we are excluded from spirituality, for in the spirit world there is no good and evil. In the world of spirit there is no sickness, pain, suffering or death, and there is no poverty or lack of any kind, for everyone who is part of the spirit world is in the image and the likeness of God.

All have the same abilities, wisdom and knowledge of God, and have dominion over all the works of God’s hands. God watches over his kingdom with every citizen being considered equal – regardless of what country they may come from or their language or skin color. We are just one big happy family!

But you may ask, “Where is this Kingdom of God today?”, and I will tell you what Jesus said: “The Kingdom of God is in you” (Luke 17:21). This means that it begins in the heart of man, with the King Jesus Christ ruling and reigning, and will expand across the world until every man has been included.

THE BREATH OF LIFE

When the Lord God brought forth a manifestation of Himself according to Genesis 1:28, the Bible says He formed a body from the dust of the earth, remembering that everything including the dust came out of God in creation. And then, when the form was complete, it says He put that same life He had received from God in Genesis 1:26 into the man with the body – not by a blood transfusion – but by breathing into the nostrils of the man with the body. Man is the only creature that God breathed his life into – not into a dog or a cat; He breathed only into the man.

We must also understand that the Greek word “pneuma” means spirit, wind and breath. We also have the same meaning in the Hebrew language, as the word “ruwach” means wind, breath, mind and spirit.

Then said He unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. (Ezekiel 37:9)

It is interesting that Jesus Christ breathed on the disciples before he returned to the Father: Then said Jesus to them again, “Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” (John 20:21)

Apart from us receiving the breath of God, we will only have mortal life, which is subject to every disease and sickness and subject to death also. There is only one spirit, which is male and female functioning together as one. Reproduction from God’s point of view is spiritual and has nothing to do with anything physical. In Genesis 1:27 scripture declares: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him male and female created He them.

The image of God is spirit, which is male and female functioning together as one. Keeping this in mind, we discover in verse 28 that God gives the man an assignment.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

Many Christians read this verse considering that this command was given to Adam and Eve, but I assure you that Adam was spirit and there was no Eve as a separate entity at that time, for Adam was spirit. In the account of the creation of man in Genesis 1:26, there is no mention of God having created a woman as a separate entity from Adam. God did not create a son and a daughter. He only created his son, who is spirit which is male and female, functioning together as one. This is so important for us to understand, for truth is either established or lost right here in Genesis 1:28.

This assignment is of vital importance for everyone today: to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. This command was originally given to the man created in Genesis 1:26 as a direct command, but the majority of Christians have never considered that this requirement applies to every man on the earth.

Remember that God only created one man and that man was Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:10 tells us we are God’s workmanship, (concerning our body formed in our mother’s womb, but we – our true being as spirit- was created in Christ Jesus. Every other man on this earth has come out of Christ Jesus – the first man God created.

Of His own will begat He us with the Word of Truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of His (God’s) creatures. (James 1:18)

We are told that the purpose of our being brought forth as the offspring of God is that we might be the true expression of the ‘Seed’ of God, from which we are to birth the generations that are yet to come, as we bring forth the Christ in us. This is vital if Jesus Christ the King is to rule and reign over the Kingdom of God on this earth. The continuity of the Covenant made with Abraham is dependent upon the ‘Seed’ of God being birthed through his people. It was to Abraham and his seed that the promises were made, and Paul declared that his seed is Christ (Galatians 3:16).

In obedience to God’s requirement in Genesis 1:28, the first man Christ Jesus now brings forth a manifestation of Himself. This is precisely what God intended us to do to birth the Christ of our true identity. Many Christians today know that Christ dwells in them so they declare, “I am Christ.” But there is a big difference between knowing Christ dwells in you and Christ being your true identity.

For Christ to be your true identity, there must be a spiritual birthing before we can say with the Apostle Paul: “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live, but it is no longer the ‘I’ that lives, but Christ that dwells in me.” (Galatians 2:20)

So, when was the man brought forth who was put into the Garden? The answer is in Genesis 2:7, where we are told that it is Christ Jesus the first man God created and who is now called the LORD God or Yehovah Elohim. This is the man God created and who is now the dwelling place of God. He is the one to whom God gave the assignment to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

THE PROCESS OF REPRODUCTION

The First Man Christ Jesus now fulfills His responsibility in Genesis 2:7. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

In this simple action, He fulfilled His obligation to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth. He simply brought forth a manifestation of ‘Himself’ as spirit and formed a body suitable for the man to live in and function on the earth according to God’s will and purpose.

It is important to understand that when it came to giving that man life, it was not transmitted by a ‘blood transfusion’, but by breathing into his nostrils the same breath of life He had received from God. This man with a body is now ready to be put into the Garden of Eden especially prepared for him.

The First Man Christ Jesus, out of whom all of mankind has come, is dependent upon this man Adam in the Garden to reproduce in order to fulfill His assignment to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. How wonderful is the fact that the One out of which all of God’s children are to be birthed dwells in that man. The Lord God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life – the spirit. Therefore he is spirit and that spirit is Christ.

For the earth to be filled with the offspring of God, the man has been so created that he has the capacity to reproduce out of himself – being spirit, which is male and female functioning together as one. The purposes of God must be fulfilled through the man, as God has not made any other provision to fulfill His will.

In creation, God never produced any more offspring other than that first Man of Genesis 1:26, except that we know that in that one Man is all of mankind that have been born, or will be born on this earth (Ephesians 2:10). Now He has fulfilled His assignment by bringing forth a manifestation of Himself in the likeness and image of God.

Now Adam is the ‘Offspring of God,’ and becomes responsible to do the same and bring forth a manifestation of his true identity as Christ. If he fails to do this, then there is a disruption in the plan and purpose of God, for God has no Plan ‘B.’ God must then search for another who will walk with Him in obedience to His will and purpose and continue the divine ‘Seed.’

Paul declared in Acts 17:26, God hath made of O-N-E [one source and one beginning] all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.

The seed of all mankind originates in God, uniting all of mankind in a divine family relationship, with no division caused by borders, language, culture or color. The true seed of God is in every man, but for many it has been dormant, having never been activated.

Before we can proceed in understanding the Process of Reproduction we must examine the next stage in Adam’s development.

REVEALING OUR TRUE REALITY

The Garden of Eden was quarantined from the rest of the earth, where Adam could live and function as the companion of God. Each day Adam would hear the voice of the Lord God and He would be there to enjoy fellowship and oneness with him. God and Adam were one sharing together the same spirit, the same purpose and desires, and the same life. It is not known for how long this peace and tranquility lasted but the time came when the Lord God stepped in and said, “It is not good for the Man to be alone, I will make a ‘help meet’ for him.” (Genesis 2:18)

This change was designed as a test for Adam. In Genesis 2:21-22, it says that the Lord God caused a deep sleep (a trance) to come upon Adam and he slept. This indicates that he has no personal involvement in what was taking place while he was asleep.

The Bible declares that a ‘rib’ was removed which included the female part of the spirit in Adam. The Hebrew word for ‘rib’ is tsela, which has reference to the side chambers in the wall of the temple. However, we know that the result was the removal of the female part of the spirit in Adam, which now became a separate entity to Adam.

Remember his assignment is to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth. It would seem that the sight of this ‘woman’ – the likes of which he had never seen before did not even raise a question in his mind. God only created the man who is spirit, and the female was an integral part of his spirit being, but is now walking beside him.

The scriptures declare, “The ways of God are past finding out”, or are unchartable, Isaiah the prophet said. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” saith the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:7-8)

The tests of life are not there for God to discover if we are faithful to him or not, for that is already known to God; their purpose is to reveal to us what is our true reality.

Every need of the man was supplied and there was no lack, for the Garden of Eden was designed specifically for him. He was instructed that he could eat the fruit of every tree in the Garden – with the exception of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the midst of the Garden. The fruit of that tree he was not to eat, “for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.”

A river also had its source in the Garden flowing out to water the rest of the earth outside the Garden. This represented the flow of life from God Himself, sufficient for all mankind. It was Adam’s responsibility to “dress the garden and to keep it.” This involved taking care of the Garden and guarding it from anything that would seek to upset its peace and tranquility.

We do not know how long Adam lived in this paradise in unity and oneness with God. But the Lord God said that it is not good for the man to be alone, so He declared that He would make a ‘help meet’ for the man. All that takes place now in producing the woman is done with Adam under a deep sleep, having no consciousness of what was to take place. This is important to know – Adam had no part at all in this whole process, for he is asleep. This indicates to me that this has no reality attached to it, for Adam was unconscious.

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept. and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof, and the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:21)

This account says that He brought forth the woman by way of an operation in which a ‘rib’ was removed from Adam and the flesh was closed up instead. From this ‘rib’ which involved the female aspect of the spirit that was Adam, we are told that the Lord God gave her a separate identity and brought her to the man.

We know that God never created the ‘female’ as a separate entity, as she was an integral part of the spirit of man which is male and female functioning as one together. But now without Adam being conscious of what had just taken place, this separated woman is brought to the man. Being still in the dream world, he looks at this creature and says, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:23)

The removal of the female part of Adam must be an allegory, as it is not possible to divide the spirit, which is male and female functioning together as one. Spirit is the image of God and God cannot be divided, and He is male and female according to James 1:18: Of His own will He begat us, that we should be a kind of FIRST-FRUITS of the God kind of people. (Paraphrased)

God did not require any help to produce offspring. All of mankind was brought forth in that First Man Christ Jesus. Unless we believe that Genesis 2:21-22 is an allegory, we have to explain where God created a woman. The assignment given to that First Man was for Him to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. This applies to us today also; so few seem to understand this.

WHEN THE FLOW OF LIFE WAS BROKEN

Now the serpent was more subtle 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.

Eve rationalized the prohibition concerning the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, deciding that she would not die if she ate the fruit of that tree, but instead there would be a great benefit for her in that her eyes would be opened to see much more than she had seen before. Not having been connected to the source of life in God, she believed that there was much more to be had than what had been made available for Adam in the Garden.

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. (Genesis 3:1-7)

So she ate the fruit of that tree, and her eyes were opened to see another world which Adam had never seen, and had no desire to see, for he was satisfied in Love.

Many want to argue about the restriction put upon Adam regarding the tree of knowledge, seeing it only as a law. But instead, it was a Father speaking to his son, telling him, “Son, I do not want you to touch that tree, because I know what the consequences of your doing so will be. We will no longer enjoy this love relationship we now have because you will have to break our love relationship to accommodate the knowledge you will receive from the fruit of that tree.” (The trees represent our thoughts, which are like the fruit of the tree that can reproduce itself.) “For you cannot see me as the author of both Good and Evil and truly love me. I do not want you to be separated from me, which will cause you much pain; and I will suffer also.”

Beloved, understand that the result of eating the fruit of that tree did not cause God to instigate some retribution on Adam – which would have occurred if it had been a law – but it was a natural consequence of Adam’s own actions.

In the discussion Eve had with the serpent, which played the part of the natural mind of Eve, she finally developed the idea that she had a mind capable of thinking and making decisions – not knowing the truth, which can only be known by the spirit. Eve had become a living soul which was now a separate entity from Adam who is spirit. So she had no input now from the spirit, and was functioning out of her soul life. She was eager to share her newfound knowledge she had gained from eating the fruit of the tree with Adam, so she gave him also of the same fruit.

Many Christians have never understood what took place at that time and so the ignorance of the carnal mind has been the reason for many false concepts of truth. For instance, religion has called this action of Adam as the original sin, by which all mankind was brought under the sentence of death and condemned to an eternal judgment by God. This presents God to mankind as a monster who has decided that unless mankind repents and fulfills certain religious obligations, he will be subject to an eternal hell fire forever. This abominable doctrine does not come from God as truth, but from the serpent who deceived the minds of men who had never heard the voice of God.

The truth is that when Eve gave the fruit to Adam, he was able to make a considered decision because he never spoke to the serpent and was not deceived. He was spirit and as such, could not be affected by the serpent. As the Christ, he understood the situation that was before Him, and knew that Eve had eaten the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and therefore she was subject to death.

However, death from God’s viewpoint is totally different from what we understand today by the natural mind. Death for us mortal people involves the cessation of life and the body being buried in the ground. But death from God’s viewpoint is a broken relationship with God, and has nothing to do with the cemetery.

Life begins in God and is of such a character that it must always be connected to its source. As a fetus in the mother’s womb is connected to the mother by the umbilical cord and if that connection is broken before the fetus is ready to be birthed it will die.

So it is for us today. If the flow of life which we received from God in creation is broken, death occurs. But this death does not involve the cemetery. But simply we are dead to God, as the flow of His life which is eternal has been broken from our side of the relationship. And so we become mortal, and our life is in our blood. (See Leviticus 17:14) The Bible refers to this life as mortal life. What came direct from God to the man is eternal life as in Genesis 1:26 and 2:7.

The day of the change, Adam did not respond to the voice of God as he had previously done, but he hid himself behind the trees. God’s response to Adam has been so distorted by the religious world that the character of God has been totally destroyed. Check your Bibles and discover the truth recorded here.

This change had now put in jeopardy Adam’s assignment from God to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. He was himself the fulfillment of this responsibility. Remember that the first man – Christ Jesus – brought forth a manifestation of Himself by giving Adam a body that was required for him (Adam) to fulfill his same responsibility for the will and purpose of God.

This will and purpose was to see the earth filled with His creatures (Genesis 2:7). Adam was no longer capable of fulfilling this responsibility, for the female part of his spirit being was no longer under his control. The woman had now developed her own identity and function separate from him. Now Adam had never spoken to the serpent; therefore Adam was not deceived, so he had a choice. Because he was spirit, he knew that there would be no redemption for mankind if he did not join the woman in eating of the fruit of the tree. So he deliberately ate the fruit with her, and his eyes also were opened to another world of good and evil.

We are confronted here with a dilemma. God has declared Adam’s responsibility to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth with the offspring of God, but now it seems that Adam has made this impossible to fulfill. Has God changed his mind? No, for God’s will and purpose is dependent upon each man bringing forth a manifestation of his own true identity in order to fill the earth with the offspring of God. The ways of God are not our ways nor are his thoughts our thoughts. It is important to know that Genesis 2:21-22 is not literal – nor could it be literal – for spirit cannot be divided. God is spirit, and he affirms several times in the Old Testament that our Lord is One.

That day, when the voice of the Lord God sounded, Adam hid from the Lord for the first time instead of joining Him in fellowship. The first words God spoke was a question to Adam: “Adam, where are you?” (Genesis 3:9) The literal answer was already known to God, but the question was meant to cause Adam to know why he was hiding and not out there walking with God. There was no accusation in this question, and the word ‘sin’ is not mentioned.

Adam’s answer was, “I heard your voice in the Garden and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.” God replied with another question, “Who told you that you were naked, have you eaten of the tree whereof I commanded you not to eat?” And Adam replied, “The woman you gave me to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” And the Lord God says to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” And the woman replied, “The serpent beguiled me and I did eat.” (Genesis 3:10-13)

Again, notice God’s reply to the serpent (which represents the carnal mind that controls the living soul): “Because you have done this you are 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.” (Genesis 3:14)

The word ‘serpent,’ comes from a word that means to practice divination, to divine, or observe signs. Paul says, But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

Religion declares that this act of Adam and Eve is the original sin, and because of it all mankind is now guilty before God and subject to eternal judgment. This is not supported by God’s response to Adam. However, it is interesting that the Lord God said to the woman, “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in sorrow you will bring forth children, and your desire shall be to your husband and he shall rule over you.” (Genesis 3:16)

This is a pointer to the ultimate restoration of the woman: that she must eventually return to her rightful place – the place of spirit which is male and female, in submission to her husband (Christ, the Lord).

A COMPLETE AND WELL THOUGHT OUT PLAN

There are two ways of understanding the events in the Garden of Eden: one is to see them as a test of Adam’s obedience. Or, to see God setting the stage for man’s entry into life on planet earth according to a complete and well thought out plan. In the process of which, he finally subdues the earth, and brings it under the authority and control of Him Who created and fills all things with Himself. (Ephesians 1:22-23)

I am of the opinion that the latter constitutes the format for what takes place in this Garden of Eden. Therefore we must bear in mind that God had no intention of changing what Adam was, as he came from the hand of the Creator. He was spirit, which is male and female functioning together as one in the beginning, and he was still spirit even after he left the Garden of Eden. But Adam was made responsible for his thoughts and his actions just as we are today.

If I were asked what is the most important issue that man needs to address in his life today, I would say, “To establish clearly in his consciousness his true identity,” as declared by God in creation. Babylon (organized religion) has shifted the focus to ‘salvation’ and going to heaven when you die. Once we deny that we were created in the likeness and the image of God in creation, we become an amnesiac.

I look back over the years to the time when my wife and I spent some time in a home caring for children who were given up by their mothers in times of necessity and were raised by Christians who devoted their lives to those children. These care givers desired to give them the love and support that would enable them to grow up with dignity and self esteem.

But for some of the children, the effect of abandonment at such a young age has never been overcome because the issue of identity was never resolved, and life could never be the same for them as for normal children. And unfortunately our understanding of the truth we now know was, at that time, not revealed to us. Mankind knows instinctively that life does not end at the point of death in this life, but confusion abounds concerning what is the future of man after death. Religion has filled in the blanks for millions in the world with a gross distortion of the character of God Who is declared to be intrinsically Love.

When we ponder these words, we find truth being revealed that, for many, has not registered in our understanding. For many Christians today, God is simply whatever our imagination considers him to be. God is spirit and therefore is invisible, and can only be known by the spirit and not by our carnal mind.

Some people see God as a judge, recording every action and word we speak, and dispensing judgment in a variety of ways. Others see God as a Father who loves us, and they call out to Him to take care of us. But sometimes He does not do as we expect, and then we often respond in anger and question his love. Such is the confusion that is caused by the carnal mind, which has no ability to know God.

But it His desire for us to know Him; and in knowing Him by the spirit and in truth, we can be fruitful in that knowledge.

May the Spirit of Christ give you understanding of these things and bring you into the fullness of your identity as a true son of God who manifests His image, fully satisfied in His Love and fruitful; restoring to Him the authority and dominion of the earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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