BY: DES WALTER
THE MYSTERY of MAN
As the Psalmist says, “We are fearfully and wonderfully made and that we know right well,” which basically means that we are totally UNIQUE in our physiology and make up, like no other creature on this earth. We have abilities and attributes that no other creatures on the earth have. It is also true that we were created spirit in the beginning, being in the likeness and image of God. It is the mystery of this spiritual life that allows us to function different to all other creatures on the planet. Our bodies are tuned like a musical instrument, that when it functions as the creator intended, our whole body operates in perfect harmony.
For this to become realized, the Spirit representing the heavens must rule over the Body (The Earth). We need to remember that this is a divinely appointed principle.
Genesis 1:16 – “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven (1) to give light upon the earth, and (2) to rule over the day and over the night, and (3) to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.”
MOON LIGHT REPRESENTS THE REFLECTED LIGHT OF THE CARNAL MIND THAT FORMS THE BASIS OF ALL RELIGION.
In effect we discover that the creator has assigned the SPIRIT to be Lord to rule over our earth, otherwise called our Body. But most people have never understood this principle, or that God is in any way involved in the function of our body. However, we are reminded by the Apostle Paul in 1Cor 6:19 that your Body is the TEMPLE OF the GOD and IT DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU. The word “Temple” is a translation of the Greek word “NAOS” referring to THE MOST HOLY PLACE, which is the dwelling place of God.
God made a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15:18, “In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.” In this covenant the “Promised Land” is a spiritual reference to our body that has been functioning under an alien authority known as the natural or carnal mind. This has caused our body to be a BODY OF SIN, because the carnal mind is an enemy of God, and is not subject to the law of God. Further more, this mind encourages us to do whatever we desire to do, so that we fulfill all our desires and lusts, causing our body to become the expression of the carnal mind, instead of expressing Christ. The promise to Israel through Abraham was that they would possess the literal land of Canaan for God told them that it is yours, so go in and take it and everywhere you put your foot that will be yours. Now in the same way it represents God’s promise to us that we are to possess our Land which represents our body. We need to remember that we are the Heavens and the Earth from the spiritual point of view.
In the case of Israel there were seven nations already living in that land and God told them to drive those people out and take over the land. Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 10:6 that everything that happened to Israel was recorded as examples for us so that we might not make the same mistakes that they did. For we have a similar situation in our body, for there are seven nations already settled in our body which represent the different aspects of our carnal nature. But we also are told that we are to take control of our body and drive out those nations that represent the flesh, because God says “I have given it to you.” We have never really possessed our body, for it has been under the control of an alien power. The carnal mind convinced us that we are simply a mortal human being, assuming control over our body. But when we, as the Christ, actually possess this body it will become the BODY OF CHRIST.
All of “Nature” is under the direction of the creator in whom God has personally written his laws governing their function on the earth. So a new born horse begins to walk not long after being birthed. The birds fly without lessons in flying, and the dogs bark and act like dogs without instructions. Man is the only creature that spends several years of life, just trying to learn how to walk and talk and function on this earth. Man is born as a helpless baby into this world needing parents in order to survive. For some, they need 20 years and more just to become equipped to function intelligently in this world.
Does this not tell us much about our life here on planet earth? Could we not conclude that God created MAN to live in another world for which we were specifically created, the world of SPIRIT? But we were born into the human race so we immediately began to adapt to our environment by being programmed for this physical material world, believing that this world is indeed the world of our true reality. But listen to the voice of the Apostle Paul in Rom 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your spiritual worship. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God, concerning your body, and the purpose for which I made it available to you.”
God is the major partner in the enterprise of our life, “For we are laborers together with God.” Just consider for a moment, how God joins with a mother to bring forth a new life within the womb, bringing the parts of that little body together when there was nothing there. Every time God desires to bring forth another one of his children into this world he simply uses a woman’s body forming a partnership with her as “Laborers together” to bring it to pass. The woman is not expected to produce the child but simply to allow Father to use her womb, in which he will bring forth another of his children. The woman only has to do her part while Father does his part.
How few women are conscious of being a LABORER TOGETHER WITH GOD, in one of the greatest miracles on the earth today, giving birth to a new life ? So many women only have memories of morning sickness, pain and suffering, instead of remembering what should have been the greatest experience of joining with God to produce the miracle of life itself. How many young people consider they are, “Laborers together with God” in their studies to fit themselves for the vocation he has planned for their life. The great majority of people on this planet live without any thought that God may have a personal interest in every one he has put on this earth. The saddest thing that we can face in life as we get old is to think about what perhaps we could have been, or we could have done, but we never consulted our heavenly Father.
We are indoctrinated by our culture and ethics, together with the already developed nature of parents and siblings, who’s “Learned Responses” were quickly transferred to us. If our parents never truly learned LOVE from their parents, then usually the children will be brought up having a similar deficiency. Anger is a “Learned Response,” the same as cheating and lying, so as we witnessed those who appear to succeed using those attributes, we decided to include them in our own path of life. Out of all we see and observe during our formative years, we chart the course of our own life, based upon the choices WE have made.
Life on this earth for us rests upon a series of decisions that we make voluntarily. In creation we were given a mind, an image, and a likeness all of which we received from God our FATHER. This was established in that first MAN created in Gen 1:26 who was the only son God ever created. However, he was a corporate man out of whom all of mankind has come, being created IN CHRIST JESUS, God’s only son, Eph 2:10. The Image and Likeness related to the nature and character of God, that he incorporated in all of mankind through creation. In that mind that we received in creation was all the knowledge of God, but for so many, such knowledge has never been accessed. It is as if some curtain has been drawn across the life we had in God from creation, preventing us from remembering what we once knew. As a result of our ignorance of spiritual intelligence, mankind decided to gather their wisdom and knowledge from the TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL, that God warned would produce DEATH the day you access it.
Let us consider where sickness and death have their origin. In the Garden of Eden there was NO SICKNESS OR DEATH for nothing ever died there. This Garden is not Literal but is Spiritual, representing a consciousness of God’s presence within every one. In our inner “Garden” there is no lack of any kind, for in his presence there is fullness of Joy, and nothing that defiles can enter in to bring discord to the atmosphere of Father’s Love, Joy and Peace. We are not told how long Adam enjoyed that perfect communion and fellowship he shared with God in the Garden. However, we know that a time came when Adam’s relationship with God was broken and Death cast its ugly shadow over the Garden. Let us look at the issues that brought about such a tragedy.
We go back to Genesis 1:26 to be reminded that MAN is the product of a Word God spoke. This indicates that the MAN fulfilled the total expression of what was in the Mind and the Heart of God, when he SPOKE that creative Word, “Let us make MAN.” This man was in the Likeness and Image of God which means that God established his nature and character within the Man. This would also cause a sense of guilt in the man if he violated the nature or character of God, and would result in a break in relationship. So we read that the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and while he slept the female part of his being was separated from him. This experience opens for us the Adamic Dream World, for this chapter in Genesis cannot be considered to be LITERAL for it is an Allegory.
The reason for this is the fact that it is impossible to divide spirit. There is no such thing as “Half a spirit,” and neither is there such a thing as a Male Spirit or a Female Spirit, for spirit has no gender. God is spirit which is both male and female and so he could bring forth out of himself a son without having to find a woman to assist him in producing children. James 1:18 States, “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures, or of the God kind of people.” In Acts 17:28 Paul says, “In God we LIVE, and MOVE, and have our BEING, as certain of your own poets have said, for we also are his OFFSPRING.” Man is the product of whatever God is, just think about this! So God told Adam in Gen 1:28, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” This was not said to Adam and Eve, for she had not appeared as a separate entity at that point in time.
We may well ask the question why was this female part of Adam taken from him to become a separate entity. My understanding was that first of all God wanted to reveal to us what is the role that the Soul, or the female part of spirit, would play and how it would function. The removing of the female part of spirit did not take place in creation but later, for in Gen 2:7 the Lord God, who was the MAN created in Gen 1:26 brought forth a manifestation of himself giving him a FORM or a body made from the dust of the earth. However the form (Body) had no life in itself, but the Lord God breathed into the nostrils of that man the breath of life that he received from God. This is the Man who was put in the Garden of Eden with the charge to take care of it and to guard it, who also walked with God every day in the Garden of Eden in intimate fellowship and communion. The body that Adam had at that time was a body the same as the man who walked out of the tomb on the day of resurrection. That body was spirit in manifestation, for the spirit was in control of the body so every cell was energized by the spirit and functioned accordingly.
In the world today our body is under the control of the Carnal or Natural mind. The original mind given to man in creation was the Mind of Christ who is spirit. That mind contains all the knowledge of God and all the wisdom of God and is programmed for righteousness. But the woman taken out of Adam in the allegory of Gen 2, was separated from Adam having become a LIVING SOUL. This soul consists of the MIND the EMOTIONS and the WILL, but due to the separation from Adam who is Christ; this Mind has no input from the spirit so it became Natural or Carnal. Such a mind can never know God for it functions through five natural senses through which we establish the realities of our life, but none of these senses can reveal God to us. Under the control of that mind we wander in the darkness of ignorance for we are unable to know God who is spirit. Also our body that was spirit in manifestation originally (Gen 2:7), now became flesh and blood and became subject to every sickness, disease and death, that is in the world.
However, the Mind of the Living soul now took over control of our body, causing it to become a BODY OF SIN according to Rom.6:6. This Natural Mind assumed control allowing us to do whatever WE wanted to do, to satisfy the desires and lusts of the flesh. Our body became the vessel to fulfill our personal desires, because we believed that our body belongs to us to do whatever we wanted to do. Then our emotions also played a part in affecting our body, for when they do not function in harmony with the Spirit of God they cause all manner of problems in the body. If we allow emotions such as hatred, anger, fear, jealousy or unforgiveness amongst others to rise up in us, it will upset the balance of the body causing problems that will affect our health. Then there are the problems caused by psychological issues that affect our mind. These can stem from words spoken to us even in childhood that put us down. If we were not encouraged through our growing years by parents or teachers, we develop a bad self image that can put a restriction on our lives as an adult. Many people have an inferiority complex that robs them of their self esteem and causes them to walk in the shadows throughout life. It is usually these things that are an underlying cause in a life of continuing illness.
In Psalm 139:1 the Psalmist says, “O LORD, you have searched me, and known me. You know what puts me down and what lifts me up, you even understand my thought afar off. You are fully acquainted with my path and my lying down, and are familiar with all my ways.”
Your body is affected by so many things bringing limitation and sickness, because the natural or carnal mind has asserted authority over your body. But remember the carnal mind has no input from the spirit, also it is not subject to the law of God, neither can it receive or know the things of the spirit for such things are foolishness to it. This mind functions to encourage us to fulfill the desires of our heart, including that which we lust after. To follow this natural “Mind” therefore will lead us into death, destroying our body. For so many Christians the reason why God gave us a body has never been understood. Paul says in 1 Cor 6:19, “Don’t you know that your body is the Temple of God and it does not belong to you.” When man was created in Gen 1:26, he was spirit and God intended that he would be his dwelling place on the earth. For many years God dwelt in the Tabernacle of Moses which allowed him to lead Israel in their journey across the wilderness. God was always there in the midst of his people, which was the desire of his heart.
The fact that Christ dwells in every man is most important to us. It is CHRIST IN YOU that is the hope of the glory of God being manifest in these bodies of ours. Remember that sickness itself has no true reality at all, because it has no law of God to support its existence. Sickness was not a part of God’s creative work; therefore it is not a part of reality. Anything that is a reality must have no beginning and therefore it also will have no end. Sickness was a beginning and also will have an end, so it does not qualify as a REALITY. Jesus Christ the King said: Matthew 5:39 “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
It seems that this direction given by the King has been ignored as the natural mind considers it to be wrong. Part of the reason for this is that the word “Evil” has not been understood correctly. Good and Evil only represents our natural human ability to determine what we think is “OF GOD,” and what is “NOT OF GOD.” We are told that the carnal mind cannot receive from God nor can it understand the things of the spirit. Sickness did not originate in God for he was the one who formed your body in your mother’s womb and his work is perfect. However, the human factor has so often become an issue in children being born deformed or with physical problems. If a woman abuses her body with drugs or alcohol, or functions in life apart from God, this can have an affect on the birth of the child. Beyond this we have discovered that we inherit from our forefathers through our genes certain traits that are passed on to future generations. This represent some of the physical issues that may affect the generations in today’s world, but there are also spiritual issues that we often are not aware of.
Our children were intended to be birthed in LOVE, but so often today the man considers that it is his right to gratify himself when and how he sees fit. How many children are conceived in lust and not LOVE, but because it is in marriage it is considered to be all right. We are not simply mortal beings, but spirit beings in a mortal body. As an integral unit our body is finely tuned between that which is natural and that which is spiritual. The function of the soul as a part of the spirit remains vulnerable to our experiences that we encounter in life. A lack of love in our childhood years can deeply affect our personality and inhibit our potential for the rest of our life. Even more than this, it can also create an imbalance in our emotional system causing a problem with anger and resentment that produces other issues like sickness. For many people anxiety and bitterness amongst other things also provide the conditions for sickness to affect our body.
Some Christians believe strongly that Sickness is a punishment for sin, but if that were so everyone would be sick and no one could be healed. Jesus Christ healed many people during his time on this earth, which he would never have done if God was the author of sickness. To heal the sick was a part of the Gospel of the Kingdom that was given to the disciples when Jesus sent them out to preach. Matt 10:7-8. As a spiritual creature we need to understand that the power of LIFE and DEATH are in the tongue. As Paul tells us, “With the heart man believes, and with the mouth CONFESSION is made of what we believe.” Our confession seals what we believe causing it to become our reality, for what a man thinks or believes in his heart, becomes what he is. So when we say, “I am sick” or “I have cancer,” we are making a declaration that becomes the reality of what we believe in our heart.
Sickness has no true reality, for it has no law of God to allow it to exist on this earth. However, if we believe that it has reality and you “HAVE IT,” then you have given it substance and power to affect you, and you will have to fight it. Please do not go to someone who is suffering from Cancer or some other sickness and tell them, “You do not really have any sickness,” for this is not the way to help people. They have the doctor’s report or an X–ray that is their proof that they do have a problem and it is not just in their mind. This is a spiritual issue and must be seen from that perspective. It is perfectly obvious that Jesus Christ did not see people as being sick, or he would never have told the man at the pool of Bethesda who was crippled and could not move, to get up and go home.
So now let us dig a little deeper into this subject. Jesus never actually healed anyone in the sense that we understand healing today which involves some medical intervention. This can be in the form of medication or some form of medical procedure to correct a physical problem that we may have. But Jesus healed people by simply speaking a WORD to them. Notice in John 4:46 we have an account of a man whose son was dying in Capernaum, and he asks Jesus to heal him. After a little discussion Jesus did what the man asked, and we need to see clearly how the healing took place. In verse 50 it says, “Jesus said unto HIM, Go your way for your son is alive (Healed).” That was all Jesus did, he simply spoke a WORD, and that is all. But now see what response the man made to this “Word” Jesus spoke to HIM. The MAN believed the WORD that Jesus spoke TO HIM, and “he went his way.”
First of all the man BELIEVED THE WORD Jesus spoke TO HIM, and not to someone else. Having believed that his son was healed his sadness was gone and in good spirits he heads off home knowing that his son was no longer sick. On the way home he met his servants coming to meet him who tell him that his son is all right. The man said, “I KNOW!” They say to him how did you know? He replied, “Because Jesus TOLD ME HE WAS HEALED.” When he asked them what time he recovered they told him and he said, “YES, that was the time when Jesus told me he was healed.”
There is much that we need to know about the WORD God speaks to us. In Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Every word that God speaks must ultimately return to him, for nothing concerning God is ever lost. But every WORD must first accomplish what God sent it to do. Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. “
God is spirit and so when he needs to do something, all he has to do is SPEAK and it IS. In creation when he wanted to create the MAN all he did was to speak and say, “LET US MAKE MAN,” and there was the man. So if we hear a word from the Lord we can be assured that what ever he says will be reality for us. But there is another side to this that is most important for us to know. In Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Most Christians have never understood this and so they cause themselves many problems. Paul explains in Rom 10:9 That a man believes in his heart, then with the mouth be makes a confession based upon what ever he believes. So if we say, “I have cancer,” we are making a confession based upon a belief that we have cancer. Having confessed this we confirm it is our belief that cancer is now established in our body.
The truth is that sickness regardless of what form it takes, does not have any true reality. However, if we believe that sickness does exist in our body, then WE GIVE IT a sense of reality and then we must fight it. Most Christians do not realize that the power of death and life is in the tongue, so when we say, “I have cancer,” we are making a confession of what we believe in our heart. This may shock many people but it is the Truth. But if I can hear a word from the Lord releasing someone who says they have cancer, and I speak that word to them and the cancer disappears so that the doctors can find no trace of it, that proves to me that cancer has no true reality. How sad it is that so few Christians ever hear the inner voice of the Christ within, for his words are SPIRIT AND LIFE. To be set free only requires a WORD FROM THE LORD, for in that word is the power to accomplish what he has sent it to do.
We put our faith and trust in doctors who can only speak from the physical natural aspect of life, but never enquire what our Heavenly father has to say about our body. Remember that Adam in the Garden of Eden told God that he was NAKED, and his response to Adam is most instructive. He asked him a question, “WHO TOLD YOU?” How important it is that the sons of God should base their faith on the highest authority available, in stead of the words of mortal man. My mind goes back to the words of a very well known hymn, “O what needless pain we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” When a Christian suffers from sickness we accept the prognosis of the doctor without question, but never check to see what our loving heavenly Father has to say on the subject of our health.
All of the incidents of healings in the ministry of Jesus Christ on the earth were simply the result of a WORD that he spoke. There was never any medical intervention at all. To the man with the withered arm he simply said, “Stretch forth your arm,” and the man obeyed. Why could the man not do that before Jesus spoke to him? This is a very interesting question and the answer is important for all of us today. When the Female part of Adam’s spiritual being was separated from him in the Garden of Eden, during the deep sleep that fell upon Adam, when the Lord God brought her to Adam he was the one who identified her as a “WOMAN” who was taken out from himself. God never recognized her as being a separate entity from Adam. Gen 5:2. Remember that this whole episode is an allegory and cannot be taken literally for it is impossible for spirit to be divided, as spirit has no gender. There is no such thing as a MALE SPIRIT or a FEMALE SPIRIT, there is only SPIRIT which is GOD and in every case is MALE and FEMALE functioning together as one.
In this separation the female part or the SOUL now begins to function as a LIVING SOUL being apart from Adam who represents the Spirit. So the focus is now on this “Living Soul” who now has no direct connection with Adam. She functions quite differently from Adam who walked with God and talked with him every day in the Garden. Eve as a SEPARATE ENTITY never ever walked with God for she has no input from Adam who is SPIRIT. Adam’s mind was the mind of CHRIST who could never have been tempted to do what EVE did, for being separated from Adam her mind became simply the MIND OF THE SOUL, what Paul calls the NATURAL or CARNAL MIND. This mind has no input from the Spirit and so can never know God, for it has no capacity to do so. It was through this natural mind that MANKIND was brought down from its high estate in the realm of spirit, into the dust realm.
In this process the natural mind in the woman, which was neither good nor evil became the target through which the enemy was able to infiltrate and ultimately control this one, from whom all of mankind would now be birthed into this world.
The first man was created out of God, but since then every person born in this world has come out of a woman. Because that woman became a LIVING SOUL, all her offspring became exactly the same. Mankind discovered that an alien authority had invaded our humanity, producing rebellion, pain, sickness, suffering and ultimately death. This authority functioned as the Carnal Mind that took control of what we would think, what we would believe, and what we would do. However, there are some things that we need to understand about the carnal mind. First of all Paul tells us that it is an enemy of God, so it will never help us to please God for it is set in opposition to all that God stands for. It will encourage us to please ourselves in all that we do, like spoilt undisciplined children. Then it deceives us into believing that Knowledge is power and the most important thing for us to have. So we foolishly feed upon the Tree of KNOWLEDGE even though God told Adam not to eat of it’s fruit, because in the day you eat of it YOU WILL DIE.
This is not speaking simply about physical death but spiritual death, which isolates us from God and then causes us to live out of our mortality. We have also discovered that the Carnal Mind has no capacity to hear from God or to receive truth from him. This further isolates us from the very source of our being and prevents us from experiencing his life. Under these conditions our body becomes vulnerable to every sickness disease and finally physical death itself. Just as Eve was deceived by the serpent that represents the carnal mind being more subtle than all the beasts of the field, so is mankind today living under the same alien control. Paul makes a blunt statement in saying, “The Carnal Mind IS DEATH.” So in truth it is not the cancer that kills you but the CARNAL MIND. We have been so created that what we think in our Heart our Mind IS WHAT WE ARE. The health of our body then requires that we live in constant fellowship with God so that his life flows through our body in an uninterrupted stream.
To sum up all that has been said on this subject we understand that to live in the Spirit which is the Christ of our true identity, is the way to avoid the problem of sickness and other issues concerning our body. It is a divine principle that the Spirit is given to rule over the Body, which must come under its control. In spiritual terms, this means the heavens must rule over the earth, which is our body. All the problems we face affecting our body stem from the carnal mind, which is set in opposition to God and to his will and purpose on this earth. Man was created first of all to become the dwelling place of God on the earth in order to live among his people. Exodus 25:8 “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.” For this purpose it was necessary that the Man should have a body, so in Gen 2:7 the Lord God brought forth a manifestation of himself clothed in a BODY made from the dust of the earth.
The reason why God needed man to have a body was so that the spirit that is man’s true identity from creation, would have a vessel through which he could manifest himself to the world. Paul declares that our body is the Temple of God, so that it does not belong to us for it was purchased by Jesus Christ at Calvary. But we have violated the purposes of God regarding our body, by not allowing the Christ to possess it so that he could express himself to the world. Instead we have used our body to fulfill the desires of our own heart. These are vital issues that we need to address if we are to conform to the will of God on this earth. Man generally gives little thought to the fact that our body does not belong to him, (1Cor.6:19) or that God has a high calling to be fulfilled concerning our body.
God never intended the Carnal Mind, which is a part of the SOUL LIFE to have control over the body, but Eve was deceived by the “Serpent” into following its direction to eat of the forbidden fruit assuring her that she would not die, but that they would become “AS GODS” in their own right. As a result of her being deceived she gave the serpent or Carnal Mind control over her body causing it to become a “BODY OF SIN.” In Rom 6:6 the apostle Paul uses this expression because of our corrupt behavior resulting from the carnal mind and expressed through the body that was designed to be, “THE BODY OF THE CHRIST,” and energized by the spirit of the Lord. Our Carnal Mind expresses the Adamic consciousness in contrast to the MIND OF CHRIST, who was given the right to rule over the earth of our body. However, this one who is declared to be “Lord” is denied the right to possess the Body provided for him to become an expression of the Christ. Instead it becomes an expression of the Adamic mind and subject to sickness pain and suffering, and finally death.
To correct this situation and restore our body to its former glory as the Body of CHRIST requires a death that will destroy the Carnal Mind that holds the power of Death. This issue was settled in the Garden of Gethsemane while the disciples were sleeping. Jesus was discussing with his Father the plan of redemption that would free our body from its alien authority, allowing the Christ to bring the body under his divine control. It was the Father’s will that his son Jesus Christ would take his own humanity into death, and by so doing he would “Taste death for every man,” releasing all mankind from the destructive influence of the Carnal Mind and freeing the body from its bondage to sin.
He signed the contract with God as the only one who had never been deceived by the serpent, and so had the power to take back on our behalf spiritual sovereignty over our body, releasing us from the power of the serpent or the carnal mind. Our release and freedom was purchased at Calvary, when Jesus Christ God’s original man of Gen 1:26, submitted himself to death in the place of all mankind, laying down HIS HUMANITY, even though he knew no sin, so that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. This is the only way that our humanity or our mortal life could be brought to an end and the Carnal mind put out of action. Only then can the CHRIST MIND assume control and bring our body into subjection, to function out of the ETERNAL LIFE we received in creation. This life is the Life of the Christ which is eternal, filling our body with Light . In this release we will witness MORTALITY being swallowed up in IMMORTALITY.
Did not Paul teach the saints at Corinth that our redemption was not simply the fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross, but it involved a burial and a resurrection as well. This is what Jesus spoke about in John 2:19 when he said, “Destroy THIS TEMPLE (Body of my mortality) and in THREE DAYS I WILL RAISE IT UP IMMORTAL.” Jesus was speaking here about the Temple of his Body which is God’s true Temple. He was setting the pattern for us to follow, for Paul told us that our Body is the Temple of God. I Cor. 6:19. But our mortal body cannot be the true Temple of God for it is subject to death and finishes up in a hole in the ground and God’s temple is no longer available to him. God’s Temple must be IMMORTAL, which for most Christians means that we must wait until we all get our new bodies and go to heaven. BUT what use is that to God who needs his body NOW on this earth? So Paul is telling us how this will take place.
“As we have borne the image of the earthly so shall we bear the image of the Heavenly.” Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed, in a “moment” (the Atoms of our body), in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, (heralding the end of an era in which man lived under the authority of the Carnal Mind) for the trumpet (Voice of God) shall sound, and (those who died in Christ and who were buried in Christ shall be raised in Christ incorruptible), and shall be changed, for this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”
How sad it is that these scriptures are relegated to the distant future and what is called by the religious world the “Great Resurrection.” They believe that God will dig up the graves of the Christians and put the bones together again, fitting them with a new eternal body and take them to heaven. Such is the power of the carnal mind. Paul makes it clear in 2Cor.5:17 “If any man be IN CHRIST HE IS A NEW CREATION MAN, the OLD things of the Adamic creation are passed away, behold all things are become new.” Paul also teaches us that we were ALL CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS, Eph.2:10, so we have never been out of Christ Jesus. Therefore when he died we died in him and we were also buried in him and we must also have risen IN HIM. This is indeed a fact, but for it to be our reality we must appropriate that death, and burial (which is the planting of the divine seed in the soil of our humanity) and the resurrection which is the conception of the seed which is CHRIST, releasing all the potential of God that is in the seed to become the Christ of our true identity. This is God’s wonderful plan for this our day and not some future time in the “Sweet Bye and bye.”
In Ex 25:8 the Lord told Moses to “Make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell “Among my people.” This has always been the will and purpose of God and that is why he dwells in every man. But for Israel the spirit which is God came upon those who would be his mouthpiece but did not dwell IN THEM as he did on Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
But in the later years of the Old Testament even the Tabernacle was abandoned. It was King David who set up the “Tabernacle of David” in Jerusalem which was a type of those in the New Testament who recognized that Christ was now living IN THEM after the day of Pentecost, when the Christ returned without the HUMAN FORM as a mighty wind and tongues of fire, empowering the people who manifested the Christ to the people. So he had returned 50 days after the resurrection as the INDWELLING CHRIST OF GOD.
In Matt. 24 Jesus went out with the disciples to view the Temple in Jerusalem, which had taken 46 years to build. Jesus looked at it and said, “There shall be not one stone left upon another,” for that was to be the end of an era, in which God would dwell in Temples made with hands. Spiritually, this represented a new paradigm, for it signaled a change from the Aaronic Priesthood, to the spiritual priesthood of Melchisedek. This was necessary for now the veil has been taken away, and the way into the most holy place has been made open through a NEW and LIVING WAY, which was consecrated for us by Jesus Christ at Calvary. This Melchisedek Priesthood does not function by some human ordination, but out of the manifestation of Jesus Christ who is now our High Priest dwelling in and expressing himself THROUGH the PEOPLE OF GOD.
I do not believe that it was God’s intentions for us to live as mortals who would be born and then die, and our body which is his temple is then buried in the cemetery to return to dust. What glory is there for God in having his temple buried in the ground? We were created spirit and therefore we are eternal for spirit cannot die, and we are still spirit today living in a body. Why do Christians believe they have to die? The answer is that most have never discovered their true identity in the Christ who dwells IN THEM. Remember Paul’s testimony when he said, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I LIVE, but it is no longer the (Mortal) I that lives, but it is CHRIST WHO IS IMMORTAL THAT LIVES IN ME, and the life I now live, which is Christ living and expressing himself through me, is by the FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD who loved me and gave himself for me, to make such a life a reality.”
Paul says, “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (Die), but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” What Paul is speaking about here he calls a MYSTERY that can only be known by those who have been given ears to hear and eyes to see what the spirit is saying to his people today. He speaks of a people who will experience LIFE and remain or pass over into another realm having overcome death. The word “Moment” is not a time word but is the Greek word “Atomos,” speaking about the atoms of our body in which this change will take place. This change will follow a SOUND FROM HEAVEN or the SPIRIT WORLD, the vibration of which will set up a resonance within the cells of our body causing them to vibrate at the same frequency as the Voice of God. This is what will bring about the resurrection of those who have been dead in trespasses and in sin, into a state of incorruption just as Paul declares. The Lord will DESCEND from the spirit realm as that sound from the heavens, energizes the cells in our body causing them to respond.
Remember that the resurrection is not an event but is a PERSON, Jesus Christ. John 11:25. Christ as a seed dwells in every man providing the only life we have in our body. Should that Christ ever leave us for one minute we would be dead, so he said, “I will never leave you nor will I ever forsake you,” but should death overtake us then he must part company with our body which will return to the dust from whence it came, but YOU being spirit will return back to God for spirit is eternal and can never die. However this was never intended to be our experience because we are all the children of God, who were given eternal life when we were created in Gen 1:26. But beyond this, we must remember that our body is declared to be the TEMPLE OF GOD. This means that God’s will and purpose is to use our body to manifest himself in this world. Death robs God of the only way by which he can make himself known.
Unfortunately, Christians mostly believe that sickness, pain, suffering and physical DEATH are God’s will for mankind as part of our journey in this life, which is wrong, for “Death” is an enemy of God. 1Cor 15:51, “I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep (die) but we shall ALL BE CHANGED, in a MOMENT, (Gk ATOMOS) speaking about the atoms of our body, and in the twinkling of an eye, from a word that speaks of a sudden casting down that relates to the casting down of the carnal mind, allowing the Mind of Christ to take authority over our body. Paul calls this a MYSTERY meaning that we would require divine enlightenment to truly understand this aspect of what God has purposed for us today. There is no reference to a particular time in which this would take place.
Paul continues on saying, “This CORRUPTIBLE must put on INCORRUPTION and this MORTAL must put on IMMORTALITY. God’s will and purpose demands that this CHANGE must take place. This is not presented as a choice leaving it up to us to decide if we feel we would like to participate in such a change. The thought continues as if the matter is settled already. “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” The victory over death refers to only one thing and that is the RESURRECTION. It is perfectly obvious that there can be no resurrection unless there is a DEATH first. In order for us to experience the resurrection which is the VICTORY over death we must give up the life that functions under the power of death which is our MORTAL LIFE.
1 Corinthians 15:50 “Now this I say, brethren that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” If we are waiting for God to simply make this MORTAL BODY IMMORTAL, we are wasting our time. How can CORRUPTION inherit INCORRUPTION, for that is impossible? Paul says in verse 42, This is the sequence involved in the resurrection of the dead. “It is sown in corruption, but it is raised in incorruption.” For most Christians, the thought of having to die to gain immortality is not even considered, because we have not defined “Death” correctly. We are given a definition of LIFE ETERNAL in John 17:3, “This is Life Eternal, TO KNOW THEE the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” We must be “SOWN” in the earth like a seed because that is what we are, before we can expect to put on immortality. But this has nothing to do with the cemetery or physical death.
We understand that God told Abraham that his “SEED” would be as the stars of heaven. Paul explains in Galatians 3:16 that this seed that God was speaking to Abraham about was CHRIST who is the Seed of God. This means that the Christ who dwells in us today, and who is our true identity is simply a SEED. We know that a seed carries the potential of a harvest within itself, but only if it falls into the ground and dies. Jesus himself said, “Except a corn of wheat falls into the ground and dies it will abide alone, or remain just a seed. But if it dies it will bring forth a harvest. Most Christians have not realized that the Christ in them remains a SEED until it is planted in the soil of our humanity laying down its life, but out of which can spring a NEW LIFE that contains within itself the ability to produce a harvest.
This is what Paul was speaking about in 2Cor 4:16 when he spoke about the INNER Man and the OUTER Man. We must plant the “Seed of God” which is Christ in the dust of the outer man that is our humanity, so that it may consume the outer man, transforming it into living tissue. In this way the INNER MAN becomes the OUTER MAN and our mortality is swallowed up into immortality. But for this to take place we must give up the mortal life of our humanity, for it is impossible to live as a mortal being and an immortal being at the same time.
If we look carefully at what took place in the Garden of Gethsemane we find that this is what Father asked Jesus to do. The will of God was that Jesus Christ would be willing to lay down his mortal life at Calvary in order to become immortal. He was told that if he did this he would taste DEATH for EVERY MAN, and to this he agreed.
Here Jesus Christ led the way through death for us destroying the one who controls the power of death, which is the CARNAL MIND. All our sickness, pain and suffering is the result of this “Carnal Mind,” being in control of our body. Remember Paul tells us that the Carnal mind is DEATH, and that it is not subject to the will and purposes of God, being in fact an enemy of God. This carnal mind makes our body to be a body of sin according to Rom 6:6, because it is not subject to the law of God, encouraging us to fulfill all the desires of our natural heart. Calvary became the stage upon which this whole scenario was enacted. He became the LAST ADAM the MAN OF SIN and was led as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers was dumb so he opened not his mouth. His body was nailed to the cross. The hands that healed the sick and transmitted life to the people, were pierced and his feet that walked in the ways of God were also pierced. Yet there was no anger or bitterness in him for he was rejected of men a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He was a man on a mission.
He was making the way for all mankind to follow, through death to destroy the power of death for everyone. Hosea 6:2 “After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up and we shall live in his sight.” Today most Christians are only looking for healing for their sicknesses and pain, but so few are seeking for victory over DEATH itself.
The Apostle Paul reveals a wonderful truth to us in 2 Cor 4:16 where he tells us that we not only have this OUTER MAN, which is our body that we are all familiar with, but we also have an INNER MAN. He reminds us that the outer man is perishing every day, but the Inner Man is spirit and therefore is eternal and cannot deteriorate. Most Christians seem to have overlooked this Inner man being unaware of its existence. Our consciousness is focused on the Outer man while ignoring the Inner man that is eternal. It is the spirit that is our true identity having been created out of God who is spirit. But the carnal mind has convinced us that the Outer Man that is perishing is who we really are, so this is all we concentrate on. This is the body that is open to every disease known to man, and grows old, so we would rather embrace death at that time than to watch our faculties diminish day by day.
Paul continues his great revelation concerning our body to the end of Chapter 4 telling us that our five natural senses of the Outer Man will never tell you the truth but will lie to you every time. For the only true REALITIES are in the spirit realm and are invisible to our natural senses. This is why the INNER MAN is unknown to most Christians, being spirit and therefore is invisible to our natural eyes. For what purpose has God put that Inner Man within us? This is your true identity which of course is CHRIST, but the consciousness of the natural man concerns only our physical body. The Christ within you has the capacity to swallow up the “Dust” of our physical body until the INNER MAN becomes the OUTER MAN. In John 15 Jesus speaks of himself as THE VINE, which is the Inner man who puts down his roots into the soil (dust) of our body drawing up the minerals etc from our physical body transforming it into LIVING TISSUE. When this wonderful transformation is complete our BODY (the outer man) has become the same substance that Christ is which is SPIRIT. Then there is no longer an outer man but the Inner man has become the Outer man which has now become SPIRIT and cannot be affected by any sickness, pain or suffering and can never die.
Now Paul continues on with this wonderful revelation into 2 Cor 5:1, telling us that WE KNOW now that if our EARTHLY HOUSE (natural body) were DISSOLVED, we would have a building of God, a house not made with hands, but in heaven or the realm of spirit, and this house is eternal. The Key Word here is the word “DISSOLVED,” which means that something that has been joined together must be released and set free. This refers to the natural or carnal mind that has imposed its control over our body, causing it to become a “Body of Sin,” (Rom 5:6). You and I cannot break this alien authority that controls out physical body, for we have sanctioned it ourselves, when we ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, having been deceived by the serpent or the natural mind. However, the Christ, the Inner Man of our true identity is the KING with the right to rule and reign over us, including our physical body bringing it under his control. As we anoint and crown Jesus Christ as King he destroys the power of the natural mind thus releasing our body from its control. This process is called in the scriptures, “The renewing of the Mind.” Rom 12:2. Paul says, “Be not conformed to this world, but be TRANFORMED by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that you may be able to experience what it is to function under the PERFECT WILL OF GOD, and not the will of the flesh.”
Once we understand the process of transformation now Paul confirms the change that takes place. In 2 Cor 5:2 he says, “In this body of flesh and blood we groan, earnestly desiring now to be clothed upon with our heavenly house (body) from heaven. V.4 Because we who are still in this natural body groan, being burdened, but we are not looking for death to release us from that pain of our mortality, but to put on our new Spirit body which we already have within us, so death will be swallowed up of LIFE. V6. In this transformed state we are confident knowing that, while we were living consciously in our natural physical body, WE WERE ABSENT FROM THE LORD. Because Christ who is spirit, cannot live in a mortal body of flesh and blood. But NOW, we have chosen to vacate our natural physical body, and choose to dwell in the CHRIST BODY of the inner man which is FATHER’S HOUSE, Now the Christ transforms this outer man not by destroying it, but by TRANSFORMING IT, The word used for this transformation is “metamorphoo.” This is the word used for the transformation of the Caterpillar into a Butterfly, which is a beautiful illustration of this wonderful change that Paul speaks about.
Paul again speaks about these things in 1 Cor 15:40 says that there are earthly bodies and there are heavenly bodies and they are not the same. What we believe ourselves to be will determine how we live. While we are subject to the carnal mind we will consider that we are mortal human beings. The Church has reinforced this concept telling us that we must die to divest ourselves of that body of dust, then wait for the great resurrection that they believe will take place some time in the future. At that time God will open the graves of the saints and join up the bones and supply a New Body so we can spend eternity in heaven up in the sky. However this denies the truth that Jesus told us, when he corrected Martha who believed the religious concept by saying in John 11:25: “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead in trespasses and sins, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die, and be buried in a cemetery. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?”
The Truth that Jesus taught is that resurrection is not an event that will happen someday in the future, but is a PERSON _ JESUS CHRIST. Jesus made it clear in John 14:17 that, “The Spirit of truth which is Christ; whom the world cannot receive because it cannot see him, neither does it know him: but you who believe know him; for he dwells with you now while I am on the earth, but on the day of Pentecost I will return and I WILL BE IN YOU.” It is CHRIST IN YOU that is the hope of glory and not a Christ up in the sky. In verse 19 “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.”
In many ways we were born into this world into a “Night Time” situation, lacking the LIGHT of the “SON” that brings understanding not available from the MOON, which really has no true light at all. The moon produces no light of itself as it is simply a reflector representing the concepts of MEN, reflected from a natural or carnal mind. The scripture says, “UNDER THE LAW, without the shedding of blood there can be no remission or forgiveness of sin.”
But the Gentiles who were NEVER UNDER THE LAW of commandments, needed no such shedding of blood for the Lamb of God was slain FROM the FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, and not simply at Calvary. Revelation 13:8 “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in `The Book of the Life of the Lamb,’ who was slain from the foundation of the world.”
The first book is mentioned in Genesis 5:1 “This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him.” This book refers to everyone who belongs to the generations of the MAN “Adam” that God created, as everyone was created IN THAT ONE MAN. All of these were created spirit in the likeness and image of God. But in Gen 2:7 the Lord God gave FORM or a BODY to a manifestation of himself. In the will and purposes of God it was necessary for the MAN to have a body through which Christ would be able to be find expression in this material physical world. This BODY is the vessel in which the Christ who is spirit could continue to manifest himself just as he did through Jesus when he was on this earth. In Psalm 139 we find that it was our Heavenly Father who brought together the parts of our body in our mother’s womb, fashioning it for his glory. Here is what is recorded: Psalm 139:16 “Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
The Apostle Paul states clearly, “Do you not know that our BODY is the TEMPLE of the Holy Spirit which is in you, and that YOUR BODY does not belong to you, for it was purchased at Calvary when Jesus Christ took our humanity into death to FREE OUR BODY FROM BEING A SLAVE TO THE CARNAL MIND. As a slave it became a BODY OF SIN, being used as the vessel through which OUR DESIRES and LUSTS OF THE FLESH were fulfilled. In this connection Paul makes it abundantly clear that when we use our bodies to fulfill our own willful desires we are violating the will and purpose of God. He speaks of “Fornication” as something we need to flee from with all our might. Fornication can be defined as, “USING YOUR BODY FOR AN ILLEGAL PURPOSE.” So in application, it means that any thing you use your body for, that is NOT THE WILL AND PURPOSE OF GOD, is ILLEGAL.
This may come as a great shock to many people who have never understood that our body does not belong to us at all. It belongs to the Lord, and in reality from the divine point of view it is, “The Body of Christ.” Jesus demonstrated this truth throughout his whole life. He made the statement, “I ONLY DO, what I see my Father do, and I ONLY SAY what I hear my Father say,” so his body was dedicated to the CHRIST who dwelt in him. His body was flesh and blood just like ours, but on the mount of transfiguration a light radiated from within that body, that was brighter than the noon day sun. He proved that there is nothing wrong with our body through which the Christ could reveal himself as the LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
Religion has taught us that our body is from the dust and so has no spiritual value. For this reason we have considered that we must die and get rid of this body, then wait for the great resurrection that we are told will happen sometime in the future, when God will dig up the graves and give them a new body and take them to heaven. Paul declares that “We shall not all sleep (Die) but we shall all be changed in the atoms of our body.” So obviously Paul did not agree with the concept that religion suggests regarding the resurrection in the distant future. In 1 Cor 15:12 he suggests that if we believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead then we who are dead in trespasses and in sin must also be included.
John 2:19 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” When he said “Destroy this body,” he was speaking about releasing us from the bondage and limitation of our mortal life, which Jesus Christ called DEATH, and in three days I will raise it up in resurrection to a new Spiritual Life of liberty and freedom.
Revelation 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the “Book of the Life of the Lamb:” and the dead were judged (separated) according to those things which were written in the books, according to what God had decreed. Verse 13 And the sea (mankind) gave up the dead which were in it; and those who never embraced LIFE, and those who succumbed to the GRAVE (Hades) were delivered up, and they were separated every man according to their works.”
The religious world has convinced us that God has a “BOOK” in which all our sins are recorded. I declare to you that there is no such book in the Bible, which is consistent with who God is.
The Prophet Habakkuk states in Ch1:13, “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: therefore you do not look upon them that deal treacherously, and you hold your tongue when the wicked devours the man that is more righteous than he?”
What an amazing statement that is, that Gods eyes do not SEE EVIL as we understand it. The reason for this is the fact that what is actually committing the offense it unknown to God. Man is created spirit and that spirit is Christ and Christ cannot sin, therefore the MAN created as spirit has never been involved with evil. But the Apostle Paul states that, “Our OLD MAN was crucified with Christ, in order that the BODY OF SIN, or the body that produces SIN could be destroyed.” Rom 6:6.
Remember that Man became a “LIVING SOUL,” which means that he no longer lived and functioned as the SPIRIT MAN of creation. The “SOUL” has usurped the authority of the spirit and assumed control of the body, which was given to us so that the Christ of our true identity might have a means of expression in this world.
The “Soul” consists of the MIND the EMOTIONS and the WILL, which working together as an alien force, have hijacked our BODY making it to be a BODY OF SIN. Paul identifies this alien power as the OLD MAN or the Adamic consciousness, and states clearly that this was involved in the death of Jesus Christ. Adam, having eaten the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, became convinced that he was now NAKED BEFORE GOD. This meant that he no longer believed that he was clothed with the glory of God, and he had lost the likeness and image of God in which he was created. In that whole episode in the Garden of Eden the MIND that God gave to the man was the MIND OF THE SPIRIT which is CHRIST, which is pure and holy, but now the MAN is controlled by another mind which is relative to this earth and is CARNAL.
We need to remember that evil does not exist in the economy of God, hence his warning to Adam, telling him not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. For the knowledge of good and evil will contradict the very character of God, and lead to apostasy. This is evident today as the Church declares that God is an angry God, demanding judgment on every sin, having prepared an eternal Hell for those who reject him. This teaching is the product of the carnal mind of man and is contrary to the revealed character of God, who IS L-O-V-E. However, the carnal mind assumes that everything that seems to contradict the true character of God is “evil.” This is a “Perception” made by the carnal mind, and if what we see or believe is contrary to our concept of good, from our “Human” point of view, we then identify it as being EVIL.
The natural or carnal mind is programmed by this material physical world, and cannot identify with the world of spirit in which God dwells. How foolish then is it for a man to even consider that our natural mind could comprehend anything that belongs to the spiritual world including the Bible. Paul tells us that everything that we see belongs to the material physical world.
Genesis 1:3-4 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the Light that it was good: and God divided the Light, from the darkness.”
It is most important to note that LIGHT existed before the Sun, Moon and the Stars, so we must not simply give glory to what God has created, when it truly belongs to God the creator. The word “Light” here is the true element of LIGHT ITSELF, which is found in God, and conveys the spiritual meaning of TRUTH that flows direct from God himself. This Truth becomes LIGHT to us illuminating our hearts and mind. Then because God understood the value of TRUTH, he then established a definite distinction between TRUE LIGHT AND DARKNESS. The MOON was to be the ruling factor in the darkness, providing just enough light to function, but could not supply the LIGHT and LIFE that the SUN provides. If God had not made this distinction, how would we have know the difference between the LIGHT which emanates from the MOON, and that which the TRUE LIGHT reveals?
The SUN represents the Light of God for it not only supplies light on the earth, but also LIFE for both nature as well as Man. If a plant is denied the light of the sun then it will die, for the sun provides the food for the plant through a process in the leaves called “Photosynthesis.” Our bodies need the sun also to provide certain nutriments that are necessary for our health, and well being. In the natural, the sun is essential for us to be healthy, and spiritually the LIGHT OF GOD that supplies our spiritual food is necessary for our spiritual growth and development.
Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine; for thy Light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.”
This prophecy relates to Jesus Christ, begotten of God and birthed into this world, who introduced a “NEW DAY” dawning on humanity. Israel had lived and functioned under the light of the moon that was reflected from the mind of men. They were chosen of God, to reflect through LAWS and sacrifices, offerings and prophetic words, all of which carried a reflected light pointing to a day that would dawn upon humanity, when the MESSIAH of the Old Testament would be revealed as the CHRIST of God walking as MAN ON THE EARTH. All that had been but types and shadows on the earth, would now be revealed in the light of day for everyone to see. The Glory is the OUT-RAYING of the LIGHT, and in a true sense the Glory is fused with the LIGHT, so you will never see the true LIGHT without seeing the Glory of the Lord that accompanies it. This is why Jesus Christ said. “I am the LIGHT OF THE WORLD,” and when that LIGHT is revealed in us, we also, then become the LIGHT OF THE WORLD, because we share his GLORY.
THE MYSTERY OF MAN
After God had created the heavens and the earth and all that pertained to them, on the sixth day, we read that God spoke into existence what he called MAN. This creature would rank as the highest in all of creation, with qualities given to no other creature. Listen to the record of the creation of man as recorded in Gen 1:26-28.
“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 over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 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.”
We are immediately challenged by the parallel between God and the Man. The Man must be in our likeness and image, for in the MAN he had provided himself a dwelling place so that his desire to dwell among his people might be fulfilled. How can we express his “Image and Likeness,” in terms that we can understand? The Apostle Paul assists us here as we read in Eph 4:22-24 (Paraphrased)
“That you put off concerning the former way of life in which you lived and functioned, before you were enlightened, which is called the “Old man,” that is corrupt because it has been contaminated by the Adamic consciousness and ungodly desires that we have sanctioned.” Now here is the required response, “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the NEW CREATION MAN, which is CHRIST who is the Image and Likeness of GOD, created in righteousness and true holiness.”
When Jesus Christ came into this world born of a woman in Bethlehem, he introduced the message he came to give to the world. In Matt 3:2 he told the people, “REPENT, that is your thinking is wrong and needs to be corrected, for you have been made subject to men, who taught what they considered to be the Word of the Lord. Now from this time I represent to you the only authority to which you are now required to bow.
I AM THE KING, and this earth is my KINGDOM!
Jesus Christ was born a King and wise men came from the east to worship him, bringing gifts suitable for a King. A King is different to every other authority on this earth. First of all, no one elects a King because he must be born into royalty. In the case of Jesus Christ his Father is a KING, ruling and reigning in the spiritual Kingdom that he created. There can be only ONE KING in a Kingdom, so when he brought forth his only son he had to establish another Kingdom over which he could rule. So his Son Jesus Christ took the “BLUE PRINT” of his Father’s spiritual Kingdom and reproduced it in this material physical world. So we are told in John 1:3,
All things were “Made” or caused to become visible on this earth by him; and without him was not any thing “Made” that was made. In him was the source of all life; and that LIFE was made evident through the understanding or consciousness of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not, but tried to lay hold of the LIGHT to possess and control it, but failed to do so. THAT WAS THE TRUE LIGHT, WHICH ILLUMINATES EVERY MAN THAT COMES INTO THIS WORLD.
Light speaks of understanding so in creation one of the first things God did was to destroy the darkness that covered the “Face of the Deep.” This refers to the consciousness of man, for beyond all his knowledge it is what a person is aware of that will affect how he lives. Jesus told us that if our eye be single our whole body will be filled with Light. However, if our eye be evil or focused on that which causes distress, pain and sorrow, then he said our whole body will be filled with darkness. If that which is Light in us is darkness, how great is that darkness. If we reject the Light and understanding given to us by the Lord then we open ourselves to walking apart from the knowledge of God.
Now we understand that this world into which we have been born is not really God’s world. In this world Animals kill each other and so do birds and fish. Man also devastates humanity with wars and killings of all kinds. This cannot be God’s world where peace and joy and LOVE exist. Paul states in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory or majesty, BUT ONLY, While we look not at the things which are seen or are visible to the natural eye, but at the things which are not seen or are INVISIBLE: for the things which we can see are all passing away having no true reality, but the things which are not seen are ETERNAL.
Jesus helped us to understand that this world that is visible to our natural eyes is only a reflection of the reality of God’s true creation. Most Christians have never understood this, but instead believe that everything they see with their natural eyes is part of reality. Jesus told us many things and he is our Master but we have failed to take notice of what he has already said to us, and is recorded in the Bible for us to see. Matt 5:5, Jesus makes a statement saying, “Blessed are the MEEK for they shall inherit the earth, NOT HEAVEN as most preachers tell us. V10, Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs is the Kingdom of God or Heaven. V.13, You are the SALT OF THE EARTH. V.14 You are the LIGHT OF THE WORLD, a CITY, the United Body of Christ dwelling on Mount Zion on this earth today, which cannot be hid. V.21 You have heard it said by them of many years ago, THOU SHALT NOT KILL! But I SAY UNTO YOU (This is the King Jesus Christ speaking) “If you are angry with your brother it is the same as if you have committed murder.”
Most people do not understand that our emotions and our body are integrally linked together, but this is the mystery of life. The Psalmist said, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that my soul understands.” This means that I bow down before the wisdom and wonder of my body that Father you have made distinct and unique from all other creation. For most people we have taken our body for granted, treating it simply as a means of personal gratification, and satisfaction. After all the years of research into the human body, so many questions remain unanswered, because the “God Factor” concerning our body has never truly been recognized.
In Psalm 139 We have a graphic picture of how God created the creature man who is unique in all of creation. No other creature on the earth has the capabilities that God has given to man, for he was created SPIRIT and that spirit is God, so we understand that MAN was not simply given the abilities of God but God became manifest in him. It is important to see that man was created SPIRIT in creation and still is spirit, but a BODY has been added as a house for the spirit to live in. The body was not an after thought but was ordained of God so in Gen 2:7 after MAN was created, that man brought forth a manifestation of himself providing him with a BODY made from the dust of the earth. Psalm 139 declares the close relationship that God has with this man who dwells in a body. God initiated the desire to actually dwell among his people, in Exodus 25:
Physicians understand that cells in our body have the ability to mutate and become destructive. But for this to happen there must be a cause, for God made our body to function according to his will and purpose. Why do some people crave for substances (Drugs) that are detrimental to our body and allow them to destroy the body function and threaten life itself? Such people will fight anyone who seeks to take such hazards away from them. Why do normally bright young people with great academic ability suddenly cease to function rationally, and choose to die rather than live, seeing life as worthless and not worth the effort? Do we understand how we can eat a piece of chicken, which our body converts into sustenance for our body, causing growth and development and in turn helps to sustain life. Do we understand how our lungs take in air and extract the oxygen which is fed into our blood stream bringing life to the cells in our body? Do we understand the process of our kidneys that have much to do with eliminating the toxins and waste from our body? Are these functions affected in any way by our attitudes and responses to the issues of life?
That which controls our being, determining what we do and how we do it, is vested in the MIND. Prov. 19:21 tells us, that there are many thoughts in the mind of man, but it is the will and purpose of God that will finally be established. The authority of God as the creator and Father of the whole of mankind was established in creation, but an analogy is presented to us in Gen 2, concerning the forming of a woman taken out of the man. With this addition to creation we are confronted by another creature called by Adam, “EEISH” or woman because she was TAKEN OUT OF MAN. The truth is that what is referred to as the FEMALE PART of Adam was actually an integral part of MAN who was created SPIRIT. This is man standing in the image and likeness of God and of the same substance which is spirit. We need to know, that SPIRIT has NO GENDER, for there is no such thing as a MALE SPIRIT or a FEMALE SPIRIT. SPIRIT is SPIRIT but combines the male and female aspects of man as ONE EXPRESSION, both with a divine agenda clearly defined.
This is what God declared in Genesis 9:2 “And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moves upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.” Josh 8:1 “DO NOT FEAR, is God’s direction for his people. Fear has Torment, and will affect your body.” See Proverbs 29:25. & 2 Tim 1:7. Then we notice that Paul says, Colossians 3:8 “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.” Most Christians have never seen the connection between our emotions and the health of our body. However we see in the Garden of Eden, that the animals were formed, “Out of the Ground.” Gen 2:19-20, “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every “Living Creature”, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.”
It is interesting to note that the “Living Creature,” is a Word translated from the Hebrew word “NEPHESH” which means SOUL, SELF, MIND etc indicating that they represent our emotions, which are a function of the SOUL LIFE. Notice that Adam was given the task of NAMING these “Creatures.” In Bible terms the NAME declares their NATURE or Character, which adds a new dimension to how we function. Adam had the right to declare the character or nature of his emotions while he walked with God in the Garden of Eden. However, when the woman was taken out of Adam in the Allegory in Gen 2, it appears that her emotions, functioning in the liberated “Soul,” were no longer in harmony with the Spirit. Therefore she lusted after that which God had said, “The day you eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, YOU WILL DIE. She became obsessed with that one tree, disregarding the warning that had registered in her mind and ignoring the tree of LIFE that was freely available.
The link between our emotions and our body is clear and provides us with the reason why sickness has become such a problem to many people, and Christians are included for they are not immune from this connection. Every emotion becomes hostile when it functions contrary to the spirit of God. Once we understand these things instead of looking for cures for our sicknesses we will seek to adjust our lives to bring them into obedience to the word of the King. Then the SPIRIT which is CHRIST WILL BE L-O-R-D, and life will flow into every cell in our body and it will become the BODY OF CHRIST which can never be sick..
Colossians 1:21 And you, who believed that you were separated from God and were enemies IN YOUR MIND by religious rules and doctrines, yet now hath he made the INNER MAN and the OUTER MAN to become ONE, in the body of HIS FLESH, which became spirit through his death, burial and resurrection, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight. Now if we consider that our body is a separate entity from the Christ who dwells within, we deny the truth. Most Christians only seem to be interested in going to heaven when they die, but have ignored the very reason why we were given a body in the first place. We are God’s dwelling place for Paul said that our body is the Temple or the Most Holy Place. Paul continues on saying, Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory, and not Christ up in the sky.
It is my prayer that what father has given me to write here may become truth to you, as you submit what you read to the Christ within, that he may confirm it to you establishing it as reality to you. Be blessed and encouraged in the Lord.
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