RESTORATION OF THE SOUL

BY: DES WALTER

SEPTEMBER 2010

SPIRIT and SPIRITUALITY

OBEDIENCE

SPIRITUAL LOVE

DIVORCE

THE FLESH

EVE, the LIVING SOUL

MORTALITY

THE BREATH of GOD

RESPONSIBILITY

THE PROCESS of REPRODUCTION

THE WOMAN

GOD’S UNSEARCHABLE WAYS

WHERE is YOUR WIFE

The account of the creation of man is very brief and is contained in a single biblical verse: 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)

God’s utterance in Genesis 1:26 crowns man with much glory: man was created in the very image and likeness of God. And man was given dominion over all that God had created in Genesis chapter 1.

This study aims to unveil God’s plan and purpose regarding the reproduction and multiplication of mankind on the earth. This is important, because God brought forth one man – a singular entity in Genesis 1:26, with the intent that this man – and all mankind after him – would multiply and fill the earth. Let us glean some foundational truths from Genesis 1:26.

First of all, the plurality of the statement, “Let us make man,” raises a question: to whom does the ‘us’ refer? Religious tradition wrongly asserts that “the us” refers to the unbiblical doctrine of the ‘Trinity’ of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

However, the scriptures declare 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 forth. All of mankind was already resident in God as spirit. Christ who is Spirit was likewise in the bosom of God. 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)

SPIRIT AND SPIRITUALITY

The concept of spirit and spirituality remains largely a mystery to mankind 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 determined by our five natural senses, which in turn are ruled by the natural or carnal mind. We have nothing in our natural life that connects us with the life of spirit. Therefore, for most people the spiritual aspects of life have no specific way of entering our consciousness.

The nation of Israel was born through the spiritual conception of a 90-year old barren woman, namely Sarah. Mankind’s failure to comprehend this spiritual conception clearly reflects its 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 rule, only life itself 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. A law is something that you must obey, and to make sure that people obey the law, there is always a penalty for breaking it. It is the thought of what the penalty will cost us that becomes the driving force to comply with 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 were a manifesto of the character of God; had Israel adopted them as a pattern for life, the Commandments would have transformed Israel into a holy people. This was the divine intent behind giving the Commandments: to reveal God’s character that Israel might live according to His pattern and character.

OBEDIENCE

True spirituality demands that obedience to our holy God is a foundation of spirit life. This is why God told 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)

Obedience has nothing to do with law. When parents tell their children, “We want you to keep your bedrooms neat and tidy; that will make us very happy.” Had the children been brought up in a spiritual family where God is honored and love reigns, they will do exactly what the parents ask of them with joy and gladness.

However, if that family is like the typical household, it would not be long before the parents would tell the children, “You have not done what we asked you to do; because of your disobedience, you will not receive any pocket money and you will forfeit all TV privileges for the week.”

What happened here? The parents reasonably expected their children to obey them. However, willing obedience based upon love has not been forthcoming. In order to force the children to comply with their commands, the parents change their “request for obedience” and present it as a form of law. This law demands that there be a judge, as well as a penalty to pay if the law is disobeyed.

This simple illustration reveals that spirituality has been lost from family life -even among Christians. Without spirituality, the genuine heartfelt obedience that God looks for has likewise disappeared. 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 gambling parlors and casinos; I will not touch alcohol and never break my marriage vows.”

They mistake this strict adherence to the letter of the law for obedience; in reality, it is far from genuine obedience. It has every thing to do with the law that man has wrongly imposed upon us Gentiles and the consequences of not obeying it. (Romans 2:14) Religion has taught us that according to this law, God will send you to a place of eternal punishment.

I heard a preacher reminisce about how his mother used to punish him for disobeying her when he was a child. She would make him stand in the room’s corner for what seemed like an eternity. Periodically, she would call him from another part of the house, “Are you standing in the corner?” The boy would reply, “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 spirit beings because we originated out of God. Our body has no life in itself; its source of life is the spirit within, which is Christ in us. This spirit is one with God, functioning on the same wavelength. Whatever God says, our spirit which is one with the Father, receives it without any question. If the Spirit is Lord in us, then we will be obedient to all that God says.

Tragically, Christ is not Lord in – and among – most Christians. His decision-making authority over us has been usurped by another entity – the carnal mind – which decides for us what to do or what not to do. This self will which is birthed in our consciousness must not be confused with obedience. We receive it during our natural birthing and it programs us to obey our father and mother, whose name (nature) is given to us.

This natural man who is not functioning under divine authority does not automatically hear the voice of God, because God functions on a different frequency. The natural man functions 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 to God. It functions independently from hearing God’s voice. Through its intellect, “self” studies the Bible, attempting to discern God’s will. Clearly this self-based mechanism which excludes God’s voice can never lead someone to heart-felt, genuine obedience.

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; instead, Adam’s life then was governed by his relationship with God; this relationship was based upon Love. For Love to function, it must flow unhindered in an unbroken circuit from the One expressing the love: God, to the object of this love: Adam. Likewise, Adam must reciprocate the divine intimacy by showering God with his own love. This unhindered flow of love between the Lover and the Beloved creates a unity beyond any human agreement. God told Israel, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

After Eve was recognized by Adam as his wife, she independently began 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 with God. In keeping with our natural or carnal mind, man viewed God’s prohibition against eating the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil to be a law, having no understanding of the love relationship Adam had with God. Had the prohibition truly been a law, 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.

With 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,’ God has to stop loving, and this means that God must cease from being God.

In other words, man ascribes human emotions to God, making His responses the same as that of a carnal man. According to this twisted logic, if God is both good and evil then He is no different from 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. In a court of law, if a man illegally obtains this knowledge of a woman, he stands accused of carnal knowledge. The Greek ginosko has an equivalent in Hebrew, namely the verb yada. Paul uses the verb ginosko to denote the greatest intimate spiritual knowledge of Christ 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 mistakenly think that they know God because they read the Bible and attend church. However, the verb ‘to know’ must go far beyond intellectual knowledge. It is a matter of the heart, denoting the highest and purest love.

Remember that the spirit in mankind is both male and female For a man to ginosko – or deeply know – his wife requires an intimacy that transcends the flesh; an intimacy that would bring their respective spirit into a strong cohesion, which facilitates 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 sexual 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.

DIVORCE

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.” (Matthew 19:3-8)

Verse four tells us that in the beginning, God created man in His image and after His likeness. So the spirit of man was both male and female, an exact duplicate and mirror image of God’s Spirit.

Genesis 2;21-22 describes the separation of the female from the male in Adam. 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 Genesis 1:26-28 which details the creation of Adam. He was created spirit with the male and the female functioning together as one; there was 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 FLESH

The word ‘flesh’ appears for the first time in the Bible 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 that of animals. Neither the man nor the woman is now the same as was created in the beginning. What God created as one in His own likeness and image has now become a duality with the two parts having the ability to function 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, linking his body to that of animals from a natural point of view. 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. This statement would raise many questions, “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. Neither the tree of the knowledge of good and evil nor the tree of life were literal trees. Yet many Christians speak of Adam eating the forbidden apple.

The tree of knowledge opened up a knowledge system that contradicted 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.

Human love has very real limitations. A man may say he loves his wife, but if she lies to him, he feels justified in resenting her and retaliating against her. Parents may love their children, but also can be very cruel to them if they are disobedient. Human love has strong limitations and can change from love to hate and even to murder. This illustrates the vast difference 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, he shall have everlasting life in which there is neither condemnation nor death. (John 3:16, paraphrased)

Think about this 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 evil people and good people are loved equally by God.” 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 is founded upon a very different basis. 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, sickness, pain, suffering and death do not exist; neither is there poverty or lack. 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 their country, language or skin color. We are just one big happy family!

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 King Jesus Christ ruling and reigning. This kingdom will expand across the world until all humanity has been included.

EVE, THE LIVING SOUL

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 of its fruit. She reasoned that eating the fruit would be beneficial in that it would open her eyes 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.”

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. Now, she lost all input now from the spirit, and was functioning out of her soul life. She was eager to share her newfound knowledge with Adam, so she offered Adam the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.

Most Christians have not truly understood why Adam willingly agreed to eat of the forbidden fruit; their ignorance made room for the carnal mind to spawn off much false doctrine and deadly traditions. For instance, religion has labeled Adam’s action as the original sin, by which all mankind was brought under the sentence of death and condemned to an eternal judgment by God.

This deception portrays God 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 emanate from God; it was fabricated by the serpent who deceived the minds of men who have never heard the voice of God.

MORTALITY

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 the death we perceive by our natural mind. We equate death with the cessation of life and the body being buried six feet under. From God’s viewpoint, man’s death is a broken relationship with God, and has nothing to do with the cemetery.

Life begins in God and life continues as long as it remains connected to its origin, which is God. A fetus receives oxygen and nutrition from the mother through the umbilical cord, which literally sustains the life of the fetus. Disconnecting this cord before the fetus is ready to be born will result in the death of the fetus.

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. We are simply dead to God, as the flow of His life which is eternal has been broken from our side of the relationship. Subsequently, 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 according to Genesis 1:26 and 2:7.

THE BREATH OF GOD

When the Lord God brought forth a manifestation of Himself according to Genesis 2:7, the Bible says that He formed a body from the dust of the earth. Remember that everything including the dust came out of God in creation. After forming the body of man, He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. This is the same breath that the Lord God Himself had received in Genesis 1:27. Man is the only creature that God breathed His eternal life into. God did not breath His life into any animal.

The Greek word “pneuma” and the Hebrew name “ruwach” are equivalent and they both denote the same 3 entities: they both denote spirit, wind and breath.

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 the resurrected 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)

Had we not received God’s breath – and eternal spirit we would only have mortal life, which is subject to disease, sickness and death. 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 mistakenly believe that this command was given to Adam and Eve. The man that God created in Genesis 1:27 is spirit; there was no Eve as a separate entity at this time. 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.

RESPONSIBILITY

The assignment given to Adam 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.

God’s covenant made with Abraham depended upon him producing the covenant son who is the sole heir to all the promises of God given to Abraham and through him to us today.

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. (Galatians 3:16)

The promise was to Abraham and to his seed, which is Christ. The continuation of the covenant promises depends upon Abraham producing the divine seed – which is Christ.

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 collectively brought forth as the offspring of God that we might be the true expression of the ‘Seed’ of God; from this Seed, 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).

THE PROCESS OF REPRODUCTION

For that to be the truth, there must be a ‘spiritual birthing,’ as Paul declares in Galatians 4:19: “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.”

Only then can we 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) This is the man God created in the beginning, and Who is now the dwelling place of God, giving Christ visibility on this earth. He is the one to whom God gave the assignment to be fruitful, to multiply and fill the earth.

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.”

By this act, 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.

Jesus Christ did not give life to the man He formed from the ground by a blood transfusion; Christ breathed life into the man’s nostrils, the very 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 that was specially 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 this 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 originated 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.

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 Adam. 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)

THE WOMAN

Genesis 2:21 states that the Lord God caused a deep sleep (a trance) to come upon Adam. This indicates that Adam had no personal involvement in what was taking place while he was in this trance.

In Genesis 2:22, the Lord God removed a rib from Adam and made a woman from this rib. This included the female part of the spirit in Adam. The Hebrew word for ‘rib’ is tsela, which also 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 an entity completely separate from Adam. This change was to allow Adam to make a choice, for he could decide to join himself to the woman, or remain true to his spiritual identity and remain in fellowship with God.

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. There is no mention of where her life came from as there is with Adam; she functioned independently of Adam altogether.

GOD’S UNSEARCHABLE WAYS

Adam never suffered a singular need or lack in the Garden of Eden, because God had designed the garden specifically for Adam. 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.

Job 9:10 declares of the Lord, “He does great things past finding out, Yes, wonders without number.”

“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 designed to prove our faithfulness to God; He knows beforehand how we would react. Tests and trials are meant to reveal our true reality to us.

What took place in producing the woman was done with Adam under a deep sleep having no consciousness of what has taken place. This indicates to me that this whole episode of removing the woman from within Adam and making her a separate entity from Adam is purely an allegory.

There are two reasons why I believe this to be true. One is that spirit cannot be divided, because spirit has no gender, which means that there is no such thing as a male spirit or a female spirit. There is only spirit – which is male and female functioning together as one. The second reason is that God is Spirit, and you cannot divide God. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is ONE LORD.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)

Throughout the Old Testament, God is referred to as the “Holy O-N-E.” This means that the removing of the female aspect of spirit from Adam is an ‘allegory,’ and not literal. To consider that the woman is a part of the creation process of God cannot be substantiated from the scriptures. The apostle Paul concludes in Galatians 3:27-29: “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 O-N-E in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

It appears that Adam considered the presence of the woman beside him instead of in him to be quite normal. So he did not question this. Which indicates that he was still in that state of deep sleep whereby his spiritual consciousness had not been restored. The reason this is presented as an allegory is to show us how the soul functions in humanity. In the wisdom of God, He decreed that man would be brought into an experience of separation from God in order to see if man would voluntarily choose to establish a love relationship that required obedience to God.

The woman immediately left Adam and declared her independence from him, charting her own course and making her own decisions. She met a serpent who found her ‘natural mind’ easy to influence, which caused her to ignore what God had said about not eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The serpent convinced Eve that she would not die if she ate the fruit of forbidden tree. So without consulting with Adam, Eve picked the fruit and ate it. Her eyes were indeed opened and she took the fruit to Adam and asked him to share it with her.

Adam was not deceived by the serpent; he never spoke to the serpent. Adam had to make a choice: he could stand back and let Eve suffer the consequences of her disobedience; or he could intervene to help Eve. Adam must have known that this woman was an integral part of his own being so that he did not have a choice but to join her, as they were one. He shared the fruit of the tree with her but not in disobedience as the woman had done, but knowing they were connected in creation.

That day, Adam did not respond to the voice of God as he had previously done, but he hid himself among the trees. God called out to Adam, “Adam, where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)

God already knew where Adam was. He asked the question in order to make Adam conscious of the reason 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, paraphrased)

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 term ‘serpent’ is derived from a verb meaning “to practice divination, to divine, or observe signs.

Paul declares in 1 Cor 2:14, 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.

Religion labels Adam’s partaking of the forbidden fruit ‘the original sin;’ and religion claims that because of Adam’s sin, all mankind now stands guilty before God and subject to eternal judgment. This is not supported by God’s response to Adam, for the word ‘sin’ is not used at all. 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.”

The Garden of Eden is not a literal garden, and Adam’s experience there must be viewed spiritually, rather than a literal deed. Adam is in the image of God, which is spirit. Everything concerning Adam that takes place in this Garden is also to be understood as spiritual. It is important for us to acknowledge this before we consider the events recorded concerning Adam in the garden.

We can view the events that transpired in Eden as a test of Adam’s obedience. Alternatively, we can see these events as a preparation: God setting the stage for man’s entry into life on planet earth according to a complete and well thought out plan. The second view culminates in man ultimately subduing the earth and bringing it under the authority and control that God imparted to him, when He gave man dominion over all the works of His hands. I am fully convinced of this second view.

God has no intention of changing what Adam was, because Adam was created in the image of God. 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. Adam was held responsible for his thoughts and his actions just as we are today.

Before we bring this book to a close, let me remind you that in the beginning, you were created spirit; and you are still spirit today. This spirit is male and female functioning together as one. But we have to face the fact that when we see a woman, we have to make up our mind of what we consider her to be. If we see her simply as a woman we declare that what happened in the garden of Eden was literal and God actually created a woman as well as a man. But we know that this is not so. Therefore, the woman we can see with our natural eyes can only be a outward manifestation of the same woman that is part of the spirit in man.

WHERE IS YOUR WIFE?

This changes our whole concept of marriage, for the wife walking on the outside of me is simply a manifestation of the woman that was created within me as spirit, which is male and female functioning together as one. Spirit is what characterizes the man who is in the image and likeness of God, who also is male and female and is able to reproduce out of himself.

If we fail to see our wife as being an inseparable part of our true spirit identity, then clearly we have forgotten that we are created and still are – spirit. The real issue here is that we are required to be fruitful, to multiply and fill the earth with the God – kind of people. We are to bring forth the Christ as the reality of our true identity. Paul acknowledges this is Galatians 4:19, My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you.

Christ is the Covenant Son who is Heir to all the promises given to us through Abraham. He is to inherit everything, so when we birth that Christ, we become joint heirs (equal parts) with Him to possess the promised land. This land represents our body, and ‘possessing it’ brings it under the authority of the Christ. Then, sickness and suffering and death can no longer touch us, for He is LORD. Until we understand this, we cannot access the promises that were given to Abraham and to his Seed because we have not brought forth the Christ.

If we look upon a woman today and believe that she is part of God’s creation, then we are walking in the same dream world that Adam found himself in, when he saw the woman standing there before him for the first time. He called her woman because she was taken out of him.

This is an allegory and not literal, because nowhere do we find God creating a man and a woman, only a man who is spirit – the same as God. God is not a man and a woman, God is spirit and that spirit is male and female functioning together as one. God ‘begot us of His own will,’ without any help from a woman (James 1:18). It is because we have failed to understand what spirit is and how it functions that these things seem strange to us.

In Genesis 18:9, the heavenly visitor asked Abraham, “Where is your wife?” Abraham replied, “She is in the tent.” The Apostle Paul refers to our body as a tabernacle or tent in 2 Corinthians 5:1. If this is what Abraham understood, then his answer was correct. But I am not sure whether Abraham did understand the truth that the spirit in him is male and female functioning together as one, because of what the visitor said, “I will certainly return unto you according to the time of life, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Genesis 18:10)

For a 90 year old woman to conceive and give birth to a son is impossible in the natural. This is why Sarah laughed. But is anything too hard for the Lord? They must have come to the conclusion that for this to be reality, God must know something that they did not know. The question, “Where is your wife?,” caused Abraham to reflect on what he had just said, for Abraham had learned to trust what God was saying to him throughout the whole journey. Now Abraham was required to take a step up in faith if he was to believe what he was being told. He has to understand that the woman he could see outside of himself was not the reality of the wife who was given to him in creation who is spirit, and is an integral part of his true spirit being dwelling in him.

Abraham is spirit, which is male and female functioning together as one. If this is true, then Abraham can birth the covenant son out of himself. Remember we are speaking about spirit here, and not about physical things. So this is a spirit-birthing and not natural birthing.

Previously, Sarah told Abraham that God must have forgotten about how woman was made and that if God said they were to have a child then Abraham would have to use a surrogate mother to birth the son. Sarah gave Abraham her maid Hagar through whom Ishmael was born. But God rejected Ishmael saying that he was not Abraham’s son and heir, but the true son would come out of his own ‘bowels,’ or out of himself with no help from a woman, who is a living soul.

For this to come to pass, Abraham has to see his wife as spirit and an integral part of his spirit dwelling within himself. Then, the wife on the outside becomes a physical manifestation of the true spirit wife on the inside. Now it matters not if the wife on the outside is naturally barren because we are speaking about a spiritual conception and a spiritual birth of an offspring of God. This is in contrast to conception by an egg and a sperm which can only produce a mortal human being. When this becomes our reality everything about marriage will be lifted on to a higher spiritual dimension. Our offspring will be the Christ through whom all of mankind will be born, filling the earth with the God kind of people.

The greatest thing in this process is that the soul – the woman – who we believe was taken out of Adam to become a living soul, has finally been restored to her rightful place as a part of the spirit in man. Now that the spirit is again complete as male and female we can begin to function on the higher level of spirit and not as mortal man. God said to Sarah (the woman): “And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.” (Genesis 17:16)

This is how the Apostle Paul presents this truth: And so it is written: the first man Adam was made a living soul;

The last Adam [with the soul-female restored] was made a Life Giving Spirit [capable of transmitting life to others]. (1 Corinthians 15:45)

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As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also now bear the image of the heavenly. (1 Corinthians 15:49) This is confirmed, for the female is in every man. When she is united as spirit in us individually, nations will be born of her that will become the Israel of God – Zion, that heaven city which is descending from the spirit realm to become expressed on this earth.

This book is not intended to be read and put down; it is a spiritual word that must be ministered to us individually by the spirit as we ascend together into the unlimited realm where Christ can be released through us to see the Kingdom of God established on this earth in this our day. Let us meditate on these things until the truth finds expression in our heart as Father raises up the kings and priests of a holy nation to glorify Himself.

May the Spirit give you enlightenment and spiritual understanding of these things that are the eternal realities of our life in Christ. Be wonderfully blessed in the Lord as you hear that still small voice of the Father from within, for your body is the dwelling place of God Himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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