Part 1. The Soul
God is Spirit, invisible to our natural eyes. He is without beginning and has no ending, and mysteriously He is the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Everything created begins and ends in God. The vastness of the whole universe, worlds seen and unseen, are but a drop in the ocean of His infinite being. Omnipotent in power, and yet God creates and performs His will not by might or by power; nor by physical labor, as we do; God accomplishes His will by His word, by the breath of His Spirit. He called forth light in Genesis 1:3 by the utterance of His mouth. And there was light!
His wisdom is unsearchable, His ways are hid, His voice is inaudible and His form is invisible. All these attributes make God a total mystery to our finite natural mind, which is the reason why most people do not know God in reality as He is. Indeed, we do not even know how immeasurable and incomprehensible the mystery of God is. How can the finite begin to discern Him Who is infinite? We begin to know the mystery of God by the revelation of God. Which is one of the reasons the Father sent His Son: Jesus Christ came to reveal God.
Purpose And Outline
The primary purpose of this study is to begin to open the mysteries of God to our understanding. Man was created in the image and after the likeness of God, Christ Himself being the Firstfruit of Godís creation. Unlocking the mystery of the creation of man and the incarnation of Christ become scriptural keys to further open and reveal the mysteries of God. Therefore we will endeavor to understand the spiritual anatomy of man, the essentials of his spirit, his soul, being created male and female, his departure from the plans of God and ultimately the purpose of his creation.
This study therefore will quicken our spiritual consciousness of some fundamental truths pertaining to God and to man. God is Spirit which is male and female functioning as one. He reproduces from within His own being and not by sperm and egg. Man was created as spirit, in the image of God. Like God, we are programmed to reproduce from within and bring forth the Seed of God. This does not mean that we birth a literal child. The Seed that we produce is spirit, the Christ, our true spiritual identity.
This study will detail how Adam departed from fellowship with God, became amnesiac to his spiritual identity, and was deceived until he believed he is a mortal living soul reproducing children subject to death. This demands of us a scriptural understanding of the evolution of the soul - which God never created - and demands that we know Godís plan to restore our soul. Then, we can fulfill Godís original plan of reproducing by the spirit and birthing forth Godís Seed. Therefore we will focus on Abraham because Gal 3:16 identifies Abrahamís Seed Ė singular - as Christ.
Mysteries In The Bible
In the Bible, a mystery (from the Greek musterion Strongís # 3466) is a hidden thing, a secret. Mysteries are truths, doctrines, or hidden wisdom which have been concealed and hidden purposely by God from past generations. Mysteries can never be understood until they are revealed by God; once revealed, they can only be spiritually discerned and never intellectually or religiously apprehended. In Luke 8:10, Jesus tells the disciples that He spoke the hidden mysteries of Godís Kingdom in parables so that they alone can comprehend by revelation their hidden meaning; to those who cannot hear what the Spirit is saying, the mystery remains veiled to their mind and heart.
And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.' (Luke 8:10)
Mysteries are made known by the spirit of revelation (Ephesians 3:3). And mysteries are sovereignly revealed by God to His apostles and prophets (3:5).
How that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, (Ephesians 3:3-6)
The Bible - the New Testament, more precisely - mentions the following mysteries:
1. The mysteries of the Kingdom of God or of heaven (Mat 13:11; Mar 4:11; Luke 8:10)
2. The mystery of the spiritual blindness and ultimate restoration of national Israel (Rom 11:25)
3. The mystery of overcoming death and putting on immortality (1 Cor 15:51)
4. The mystery of the union of gentiles and Jews in the body of Christ (Eph 3:3 -6)
5. The mystery of the union of Christ and His church (Eph 5:32)
6. The mystery of Christ being in and among us (Col 1:27)
7. The mystery of God and of Christ (Col 2:2)
8. The mystery of Christ (Eph 3:4; Col 4:3)
9. The mystery of iniquity (2 Th 2:7)
10. The mystery of Christís incarnation (1 Tim 3:16)
11. The mystery of the seven churches - and their messengers - in Revelation 1:20
12. The mystery of Babylon (Rev 17:5,7)
Except for the mystery of iniquity and the mystery of Babylon, all biblical mysteries are bodily expressed, divinely revealed and ultimately fully manifested in the Kingdom of God through the Person of Christ the Lord. He is the Logos Who is without beginning nor ending, and He is the Logos made flesh incarnate; He is Life and yet He came to die...only to overcome death. He is the fullness of the Godhead bodily, yet He indwells every son of God.
Jesus Is One With The Father
Jesus Christ is the total expression of God; He declared in John 10:30, "I and my Father are ONE". Jesus Christ and God are not two separate entities; they are unified to the point of being One. This immutable truth invalidates the "trinity teaching" which represents God as three separate entities: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus did not say that He and the Father worked together in harmony, always reaching agreement. Christ declared that He and the Father are O-N-E and the same being. There is only one Spirit (Eph 4:4) and that Spirit is God.
In Jewish liturgy, Deuteronomy 6:4-5 is called the shema (from the verb "to hear") and is considered one of the choicest passages of the Torah: the Jews wrote these two verses in their phylacteries, and recited them twice daily in their morning and evening prayers.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:4,5)
Deuteronomy 6:4 can be interpreted "Yahweh Our God, Yahweh is One" or "Yahweh our God is one Yahweh".
God Created Humanity In One Man
God clothed Himself in mystery. But He gave us view of a thread which runs throughout the veil hiding the mysteries of His being. God put that thread in His holy temple, until one day that singular thread was cut, and the veil of Godís mysteries was torn down from top to bottom. And our spirit began to understand His mysteries: the thread was Christ the Lord, God both hid and revealed. We are His holy temple, but we could not see Him: God was not veiled from us; instead, our own heart was veiled.
But once we saw God, we realized that we are like Him, for we were created in Him and came out of Him. God put that veil in us not to conceal, but rather to reveal Himself. His image and likeness, which is our true identity, has always been within us, and we have never been separated from Him. We looked for God only to conclude that He is in us and that we are in Him. The evidence is in His written word.
Then God said,"Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26,27)
God is Spirit (John 4:24)
The man Whom God created in His image and after His likeness is also Spirit. The first - and only - man created according to Genesis 1:26-27 is Christ Jesus. Christ is Word in John 1:1; He is also the same word that God spoke in Genesis 1:26,27.
In the beginning was the Word, [which God spoke] and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
And in Christ, all of humanity was created - as spirit, having the potential to be fully expressed as mankind in the earth in due time and season. All of us are the children of God, having come out of Christ, the only created Son of God. Godís intent is for us to respond to Him in obedience that we may grow into mature sons of God.
" I said,"You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High." (Psalm 82:6)
Ephesians 2:10 confirms that all mankind was created in Christ Jesus.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.. (Ephesians 2:10)
The phrase "His workmanship" speaks of how God formed our bodies individually in our motherís womb. Most Christians mistakenly think that their conception in the womb is the beginning of life, overlooking their creation as spirit in Christ before the world began. Jeremiah 1:5 is further proof that God knew us, spirit to spirit, way before we were conceived in the womb.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5)
Indeed, knowing that our true identity is spirit and that we were created in Christ is an indispensable foundation for true spiritual consciousness and growth.
The Spirit is Both Male and Female
Genesis 1:27 is a well of revelation which begins to unfold the mystery of God, the mystery of Christ and the mystery of God in man.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27)
This one man Whom God created is Spirit. Secondly, this man is Christ Jesus. Thirdly, whatever attributes were in God were exactly duplicated in His image - the man that He had created with the word of His mouth. Because all mankind was created in the one man Christ of Genesis 1:27, consequently every attribute of God that Christ possessed was authentically replicated in all mankind.
Hence, Christ and all mankind is identical to God: they are Spirit, which is both male and female functioning together as one. This is a foundational truth that begins to open up the mysteries of God, of Christ and of God in man. God is Spirit; the man of Genesis 1:27 is also spirit. And therefore all humanity which was created in that man of Genesis 1:27 has the same origin - God - and has one true identity which is spirit.
Lost In Translation
The reality that spirit is both male and female is not easily understood by most Christians. In 1 Cor 2:14, Paul states,
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
The natural man is one who is ruled by the carnal or natural mind, the mind which is governed by the five senses, by the awareness of self / ego outside of God and which is subject to the appetites of the flesh rather than the guidance of the spirit.
The natural man does not only read the scriptures by the carnal / intellectual mind; the natural man also translated the scriptures from the original Hebrew and Greek and taught them from generation to generation by the same mind which cannot understand the things of the Spirit of God! Ironically, this mistranslation of the scriptures is the perfect analogy of the words of Jesus, the blind leading the blind, and both falling into the ditch and pit of doctrinal error, which is the bedrock of all religious traditions. These traditions become strongholds in the religious mind, creating a false imagination of the reality of all things spiritual - from God, to Christ, to hell, to Satan, to heaven, to manís origination in the divine and manís spirit being both male and female working in unity, as does Godís Spirit.
This brings us back to Genesis 1:27, "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." This poor translation has erroneously led readers to believe that this verse references the creation of the male gender and the female gender. It does not. The man that God created out of Himself according to Genesis 1:27 is spirit, and like God, this man was both male and female. God did not create two entities, one having a male body and one having a female body; God reproduced His own Spirit, and spirit is invisible, immaterial, and has no body. It is both male and female because like God, it can reproduce itself from within its own being.
In the image of God He created him: him is the singular objective pronoun, indicating that God duplicated Himself and reproduced out of Himself a singular creation. Male and female He created them: them is the third person plural pronoun that the translators inserted attempting to explain the plurality of Godís creation (male and female) not realizing that the male and female are both contained within the singular image - and singular creation - of God. The verse following - Genesis 1:28 - affirms this truth.
Then God blessed (them), and God said (to them),"Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Genesis 1:28)
In this most significant verse, God the Father empowers and endows Christ Jesus with all authority over creation and blesses Him to be fruitful and to multiply: that is, to reproduce the image of God ad infinitum, without number as the stars of heaven, countless as the sand of the sea. The Father empowers Christ to bring forth an entire race of the divine.
"I said,"You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High."" (Psalm 82:6)
Elohim blessed the spirit man He created with the blessing of fruitfulness that he may multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28). Through the patriarchs Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God demonstrated that the blessing of fruitfulness extended beyond their natural lineage and manifested in their entire food chain, from the cattle, to the fowl of the air and to their crops. How did God restore the earth and all living things when the earthís population was a singular family, Noahís? Why did Abraham have much cattle? How could Isaac plant crops during famine and reap a hundredfold harvest in the same year (Genesis 26:12)? How did Jacob end up with more cattle than his uncle Laban? May you see the light of His word.
"Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth." (Genesis 8:16-17)
"And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth And multiply in it." Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: "And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth." (Genesis 9:7-10)
He also blessed them, and they multiplied greatly; And He did not let their cattle decrease. (Psalm 107:38)
The gospel of the Kingdom which manifests the rule of Christ through His body in the earth enlightens us to see that the fruitfulness with which Elohim has blessed us empowers us to cause the earth, nature, the land and our cattle to be fruitful. Once our eyes are open to this revelation, we become responsible before Father God to share these hidden truths with our brothers in Africa, India, Thailand, the Philippines and elsewhere that they may increase and see their crops, cattle and land multiply and prosper.
God And The Lord God
In all of Genesis chapter 1 and through Genesis 2:3, God is referred to by the Hebrew name Elohim (Strongís #430), which is a plural noun. Elohim speaks of God the Father; Elohim also speaks of Jesus Christ who is one with the Father and who has always been in the bosom of the Father. And because we were created in Christ Jesus before the world began, you and I are also intrinsically, inseparably and inherently part of the Elohim.
Beginning in Genesis 2:4, and throughout the entire second chapter of Genesis, God is referenced by a new name: "Jehovah Elohim ", or "The Lord God". Progressively, "The Eternal One" was also used. In Hebrew, Jehovah is a four-letter word, YHWH, or what is known as the Tetragrammaton, the four-letter name of God (tetra is four and gramma is letter). It first appears in Genesis 2:4. The Jews so revered the name YHWH that they would not speak it outside the temple, and when declaring it in public, they substituted the title "Adonai" (My Lord) for YHWH. YHWH basically means "To Be" which implies that "God Is"; the Lord God identified Himself to Moses in Exodus 3:14 as "I AM", meaning that He exists continually, He is self existent, all by Himself and for Himself, with no beginning or ending, the uncreated Creator who is all self sufficient; "I AM that I AM".
Who is Jehovah Elohim or the Lord God? He is the Logos of John 1:1, the word that God spoke in Genesis 1:26, the man Whom God created in His image and Who was endowed with all the attributes of divinity. Yes, He is the Lord Jesus Christ, the One by Whom all things were created. There was never a time that He did not exist.
When Genesis 1:27 declares that Elohim created man (Christ Jesus) in his own image, the verb created (bara in Hebrew) means to bring out of Himself, to chisel out, to carve out, to produce from the same stock. Jehovah Elohim eternally self existed in the bosom of the Father; Elohim gave Christ Jesus expression out of Himself that Christ may fulfill a divine assignment: to replicate and duplicate divinity in a new race called Elohim who would in the process of time inhabit an earthly tabernacle. Jesus Christ is the total expression of God; and Jesus Christ is God fully expressed as man.
Man Formed From Dust
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 being. (Genesis 2:7)
The spirit man, Christ Jesus, who was created in Genesis 1:26,27 was commanded by Elohim to be fruitful, to multiply and fill the earth. Christ Jesus is first introduced in Genesis 2:4 as the Lord God, Jehovah Elohim. Genesis 2:7 records Christís first act: He multiplies Himself, not by sperm and egg, but by forming mankind out of the dust of the ground and breathing into his nostrils the divine breath. This breath is the eternal life of God; it is the mind, wisdom, intelligence and creative attributes of Jehovah Elohim . And above all, that breath is the very spirit of God - the image of Genesis 1:26,27 - which is Christ being male and female functioning as one. Some time later, the man formed from the dust becomes a living soul. Christ planted a garden in Eden where He placed the man that He had formed.
And the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him" (Genesis 2:18)
However, before addressing the issue of Adam being alone, the LORD God brings all the beasts of the field and all the fowls of the air that He had formed out of the ground, He brings them to Adam to name them, meaning to declare their character and nature. Then in Genesis 2:21 the LORD God caused a deep sleep - altered consciousness - to come upon Adam, during which He took the female part of the spirit of Adam out of Adam, made her a separate entity, and then He closed the flesh of Adam. This is the first biblical mention of the term "flesh".
Then the LORD God brought this "separate female part of Adamís spirit" to Adam. Upon seeing her, Adam declares, "You are bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, so I will call you woman (Heb eeshaw), because you were taken out of me, the man (Heb eesh). Adam saw the woman as a part of his flesh body but not as part of his spirit.
Prior to becoming a living soul, Adam had a spiritual body in which he existed in the Garden of Eden where he walked and talked to the LORD God daily. The Bible does not specify the duration of Adamís fully spiritual existence - which might have been millions of years. Once Adam was transformed from a spirit being to a living soul, his life and consciousness were now centered in his soul, or the female part - the woman - who had now become an entity quite separate from Adam. Adamís life was then expressed through the woman, the living soul.
As of that moment, all of humanity, both male and female, became that woman, the woman being Adam with amnesia. That is, Adam who was created as spirit forgot totally about his original identity as spirit, and identified himself with the soul which in reality has no life in herself once separated from the spirit. The reason is simple yet profound: the LORD God breathed into Adam His eternal life, which is spirit, and that spirit is both male and female functioning as one.
The first three chapters are not literal; the language is symbolic or allegoric. There is no literal tree of life; nor is there a literal tree which yields the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Serpents do not speak intelligibly to humans in the manner that Genesis chapter 3 describes the serpentís conversation with Eve.
Likewise, the female aspect of the spirit was never taken out of Adam because spirit cannot be divided. God is spirit and God can never be divided or diminished. God is one and He is immutable. Furthermore, spirit has no gender: there is no such thing as a male spirit and a female spirit. Spirit is indivisibly both male and female functioning as one.
The woman is spirit which is both male and female functioning as one; likewise, the man is spirit which is both male and female functioning as one. Why? Because from Godís perspective, the man is Christ and the woman is Christ. And Christ is spirit. Galatians 3:28 declares,
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)
Genesis 5:2 shows that God makes no distinction between the man and the woman;
Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. (Genesis 5:2)
The male and the female whom God blessed is not the man Adam and his wife Eve; God blessed the male and the female who constitute the spirit of Adam (mankind) and they are one and the same spirit. Indeed, God never recognized the woman as being separate from the man. The woman - as a separate entity - was never created by God; the woman as a separate entity was formed by the mind of man.
The Allegory of Genesis 2:21,22
This reveals to us the truth hidden in Genesis 2:21,22. The LORD God did not literally take the woman out of the man. He did not literally remove the female part of the spirit out of Adam. The language is allegorical, not unlike a surgeon opening the skin and muscles with a scalpel to reveal the organ hidden underneath. The organ has no life in itself; it exists as part of the whole body and functions properly as long as it is under the authority of the government of the body, the brain. Cut the organ out and death will soon follow. Separate any aspect of the spirit from the mind of Christ is a sentence of death. Life is in the spirit.
The only way we can understand the function of the soul is to cut deep with the scalpel to expose it, give it a form that is visible: this form being the woman. Genesis 2:23 clearly states that it was Adam who declared that this entity which came out of him shall be called woman. God never called her woman nor did God remove her out of the spirit of Adam.
According to the allegory of Genesis 2:21-22, the woman was removed from within Adam to become a separate entity walking beside him and changing Adamís life completely. Adam was faced with the disobedience of his wife, requiring him to surrender his own life in order to make atonement for her. In this atonement, Adam became one with her as she found herself outside the divine atmosphere of the Garden of Eden. After this, life was sustained by the sweat of his brow, for Adam became responsible for providing for his wife and for himself. His ability to function as spirit was taken away from him.
Again, this is not literal; this is still part of the allegory. Adam had come under the hypnotism of the mind of the soul - the carnal mind - which deceived Eve and has continually deceived all mankind thereafter. All humanity has now become the living soul; and like Eve, all mankind has been deceived by the carnal mind.
Now the mind of Christ is delivering us from that deception, opening our eyes to the truth that we originated as spirit in Christ. Spirit is male and female functioning as one. Spirit can only function as a singular expression of God and not as a dual expression, such as male and female becoming one flesh. This duality of existence is a figment of the faulty imagination of the carnal mind. Paul declares,
But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (1 Cor 6:17)
The Soul Functioning Solo
Immediately after the soul / woman is revealed to our understanding at the end of Genesis chapter 2, the very next thing we witness is the beginning of our sorrow: the soul / woman is functioning alone without any input from the spirit who represents God. The soul is having a conversation with the craftiest of all the beasts of the field, the serpent. This serpent represents the carnal or the natural mind of the soul which has no contact with the mind of Christ.
Eve / the soul was easily deceived by the serpent because she did not communicate with the spirit. She acted independent of the spirit. The serpent did not try to beguile Adam because he was spirit and had access to the mind of Christ. Paul affirms this in 1 Timothy 2:14;
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. (1 Timothy 2:14)
Adamís relationship with God was based upon obedience, for God said, "You can eat the fruit of all the trees in the Garden except the one in the middle of the Garden, which is the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Do not eat of it because the day you eat of it you will die." This was the only point of obedience for Adam; not a list of doís and donítís.
Eve was told by her soulish mind that she would not die if she ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In fact the serpent (her mind) said, "Your eyes will be open if you eat the fruit of that tree." Falling for that deception, Eve took the fruit and ate it and her eyes were opened to another world she had never seen before. Then she offered the fruit to Adam to eat. Adam had a choice because he was not deceived, having never spoken to the serpent, and because he had the mind of Christ.
Adam could have said to Eve, "God said, you will die the day you eat the fruit of that tree, so I will not eat of the fruit with you." Had Adam done that, there would have been no redemption for all mankind because there would be no Atonement. Adam knew by the mind of the spirit that there was a time when this situation could be reversed, and mankind can be redeemed back to God. But there was a hefty price to pay: Adam would have to redeem the woman -which is all mankind- with his own death. So Adam willingly -and not through deception- ate the fruit that he may become one with the woman just as Christ became one with us.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor 5:21)
Adam ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil in order to become one with us. This is called the atonement, or at-one-ment, which is kippur (#3725) in Hebrew. kippur or atonement is derived from a verb meaning to pardon sin, to cover transgression, to appease, to obtain forgiveness, to expiate an offense, to free from penalty and charge. The Day of Atonement -Yom Kippur - is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Exodus 29:32-33 tells us why Adam willingly ate the fruit of the tree to make atonement for us.
Then Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting. They shall eat those things with which the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them; but an outsider shall not eat them, because they are holy. Exodus 29:32-22)
Adam did not eat the fruit of the tree to get knowledge, because he had access to the mind of Christ which has all the knowledge of God. When Adam (Christ) ate of the fruit of that tree, his action of atonement constituted the fruit holy and this took away and purged the curse of death from us.
The Soul Who Sins
The law to Israel declared that the soul who sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:20). The woman taken out of Adam became the living soul, which is now capable of independent life with no connection to Adam who is spirit. Adam cannot sin because he is spirit and that spirit is Christ. However it is the soul that can sin for it is not living in divine relationship with God.
Every person living on the earth today has become a living soul. According to the law, the judgment of death is on every soul. But God never created a living soul; the living soul has no identity in God. Hence, the judgment of death on the soul that sins is not a divine judgment against sinners. Ezekiel 18:20 reveals a deeper truth: the soulish life, having no true reality in God is actually a living death. It is dead because it exists in a state of separation from God.
Because spirit cannot be divided and the female / soul cannot be removed from the spirit (Genesis 2:21 being allegorical), we have never been separated from God because of our sins. Even our sins are not real because they were committed by an entity (the soul) which God never created. The living soul does not exist in Godís reckoning; we have created the soul ourselves when we believed that were separated from the spirit and ultimately from God.
What God Has Joined Together
For 6,000 years, humanity has failed to understand the spiritual truths hid in Genesis 1:27, that in creation, God joined male and female together in a union that cannot be broken. The man who was created in Godís image and likeness is spirit - just like God. Therefore the male aspect and the female aspect of this spirit cannot be separated, just as much as God Himself cannot be partitioned into male and female. This is the spiritual truth that the mind of God recognizes. Humanity has failed to grasp this fundamental truth because man became a living soul guided by his natural / carnal mind which in the process of time has lost the input from the mind of Christ that it once had in Eden.
So mankind looks upon itself with the natural mind and falsely perceives a wide schism between male and female and makes a sharp division between them, a division that God does not uphold because it has no reality in spirit. This humanly perceived division between male and female has been generationally reinforced by traditions, cultural biases, false doctrines and an impoverished understanding of the scriptures. The blind leading the blind. But now Father is opening our spirit eyes to comprehend this truth that our carnal mind has deceptively veiled from our consciousness.
And He [Jesus] answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." (Matthew 19:4-6)
Almost every wedding ceremony concludes with the quotation of Matthew 19:4-6, because tradition has erroneously ascribed this passage to marriage and the natural union between man and woman. But now the Spirit is revealing the deeper truth that male and female were joined together by God to function together as one in the spirit man that He created. Marriage is the natural concept reflecting the spiritual union between male and female; however in marriage, the man and the woman become one flesh. The higher reality is the unbroken union of male and female in spirit. The ultimate embodiment of this union is the woman (humanity) entering into spiritual union with Christ (the Last Adam) in what Paul refers to as one of the mysteries of God in Ephesians 5:30-32.
For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:30-32)
The Living Soul Is Adam with Amnesia
In Genesis 1:28, Elohim gave Adam the assignment to be fruitful, to multiply and fill the earth. That assignment was not given to Adam and Eve, the woman whom he erroneously perceived through his natural mind to be separate from him. The assignment was given to Adam who was spirit, who had the female within his spirit and not outside of him. Therefore until the female is restored to her God-given placement within the spirit of mankind, humanity cannot fully function as spirit, and it remains a living soul incapable of fulfilling Godís given assignment.
The natural man cannot reproduce without the help of the woman and the woman cannot reproduce without the help of the man. They remain "carnal", having to depend on flesh and blood to function. The Adam of Genesis 1:28 was spirit, and like God, he was capable of multiplying and reproducing all by himself because male and female were functioning as one in the spirit of Adam. The Adam of Genesis 1:28 is Christ, and He reproduced after His kind, which is spirit. You and I have the same assignment today: reproduce Christ from within our spirit and fill the earth.
Tragically, many Christians who bring forth children today have no guarantee that their offspring will grow up to walk in the ways of the Lord. Many of these children end up being addicted to illegal drugs, alcohol or immoral life styles. We see the beginning of this process in Genesis 3:16 where God tells the woman,
To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you." (Genesis 3:16)
Being a living soul like us today, Adam concludes that the only way he can reproduce himself is with the help of the woman, Eve, because she has the womb. So by sperm and egg, Adam and Eve bring forth Cain (Genesis 4:1) who becomes a murderer.
Progressively, we see great men of God bringing forth unrighteous children whose moral failures had grave consequences. The great prophet Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. When he became old, he made his two sons Joel and Abijah judges over Israel (1 Samuel 8:1). However, these two sons did not fear God, turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice. So the elders of Israel rejected these two corrupt sons and asked Samuel to give them a king to rule over them. Israel which was called by God to become a nation of priests to the world - with God as their King - never fulfilled her divine destiny. Her failure was precipitated by the disobedience of two rebellious sons.
How did God reproduce godly seed? James 1:18 states,
Of his own will God begat us, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of the God kind of people. (James 1:18, my translation)
God established His own character and nature in all His children, having secured their end from the beginning. He is Spirit, which is both male and female functioning as one; and He reproduced Himself by the spirit and not by sperm and egg.
Finally, the womanís sorrow is not limited to the birthing process. Many women are wounded and tormented by abusive husbands; and in many cases, the women remain married to their tormentors. Many churches even deny these women the right to leave such husbands.
Consciousness of the Living Soul
The time from Adam until the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ is a time of spiritual awakening. God set mankind on a journey of discovery whereby He would restore their consciousness of their origination in God, that they may see their true identity as spirit and not as a living soul. The living soul is a figment of Adamís imagination generated by the deception of the carnal mind that wants to usurp Christís rule in and through mankind by His spirit in man. As long as mankind identifies with the living soul, he perceives that he is mortal, human and separated from God because of sin. But once man sees Christ as his beginning (Eph 2:10) and his reality as spirit, eternal and a genuine duplicate of the image of God, then the carnal mind, the living soul, death and separation from God cease to exist in manís consciousness. Because now he has put on Christ, having been baptized into his death and resurrection according to Galatians 3:27,
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:27)
What does being baptized into Christ mean? Why is this consciousness of our spiritual identity and of the living soul so crucial, essential and vital? Because it is literally a matter of life and death. There are only two kinds of life: the first is the soulish life or the life in the flesh. The second is our spiritual or eternal life. And both lives are mutually exclusive: we can only live one life at a time. The bridge between the two lives is resurrection, or Christ Himself who said to Martha before raising Lazarus from the dead,
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26)
Resurrection the Greek anaestassis - means to bring to a former state. It means to bring back to life. What life was Jesus Christ speaking of at the tomb of Lazarus? Soulish life or eternal life? He was speaking of the zoe eternal life of God. Let me explain.
1. Soulish or mortal Life is the life that begins in the womb and ends in the tomb. It is the life that we measure by our years of survival and endurance in our physical bodies. It is a life that begins with conception and ends in physical death. Resurrection - or anastasis - means to bring to an earlier state of being. Most Christians think of resurrection as bringing someone from the state of physical death back into mortal life, a life that will eventually end up in the grave. This is not the biblical concept of resurrection. This is not what Christ spoke of when He said I Am the Resurrection. Christ was speaking of a different kind of life, eternal life.
2. The life of God - zoe life - is life eternal. This is the life of God in us; it is the breath, the pneuma, the spirit of God in us. Literally, it is the Christ life in you; or simply the Christ who you are. When did this eternal life begin? It is eternal, with no beginning and no end. Indeed, our eternal life began in Christ according to Ephesians 1:4 when we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. And our eternal life will transition back to Christ according to Ephesians 1:10 when we are all gathered back in Him. Scripturally, resurrection is bringing us from death back into an earlier state of life and being, the eternal life that we had in Christ before the foundation of the world.
What does being baptized into Christ mean? It means that you identify with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. You become spiritually conscious that you went to the cross with Him, died with Him and was resurrected from mortal, soulish life into His incorruptible, eternal, glorious, holy life as spirit and not as a mortal human being with a soulish life. This is how you put on Christ. Or in the words of Paul,
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
Jesus did not die for you; you and I tasted of death with Him and were resurrected with Him that we may become Him, be joined to Him and become one and the same spirit with Him. That spirit is Christ.
In the Garden of Eden we all became the woman, deceived by the carnal mind to think she has been separated from God and can only exist as a living soul. That is when death gained rule over us. But in another garden, the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus Christ spoke these words; He uttered them for you and for me.
Then He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me." (Matt 26:38)
Who is this exceedingly sorrowful soul? She is all of humanity. She is the woman of the Garden of Eden. She is sorrowful because she is about to taste of death with Him at His and our crucifixion. This is why He ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, that He may become one with us. That He may take us to death with Him, once and for all, because through Him, we overcome death and are resurrected into the Christ of our beginning. This is how we are awakened from Adamic amnesia into the consciousness of the spirit in us, which is both male and female functioning together.
Abraham, Father of the Faithful
The time from Adam until the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ is a time of spiritual awakening. Godís plan of restoration involves freeing us from identification with the living soul so that we become conscious of the Christ of our true identity. The patriarch Abraham was a relevant figure in Godís scheme of restoration and spiritual awakening.
Abraham means "the father of many nations". His original name was Abram, which means Ďexalted fatherí. This change from Abram to Abraham is a major change of identity and fulfillment of one of Godís greatest purposes: to establish the lineage through which Jesus Christ would be born. Abrahamís identity transformation and life story is centered around a major theme: consecration, or separation, being set apart.
The highlight of Abrahamís consecration is his encounter with Melchizedek, king of Salem (peace) and priest of the Most High God, El-Alyoun who gave Abraham bread and wine, the spiritual substance of Christís body and blood. This gift from Melchizedek was essential for Abraham to become the father of this holy genealogy.
Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ. (Galatians 3:16)
God spoke to Abram and commanded him to leave country, family, his fatherís house and culture.
Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. (Genesis 12:1-4)
Note the Lordís instructions to Abram concerning his spiritual journey: leave country, family and father. Leave every thing you are accustomed to and every one you are familiar with. Come out of your comfort zone and your place of ease. Break the soulish ties and familiar relationships and go to a land that I will show you. God wanted Abram to separate himself from his fatherís upbringing, from his fatherís emotional, spiritual and moral mindset; from everything he received morally, religiously, generationally and culturally through the influence of his father Terah. Terah was steeped in idolatry, worshiping Molock (or king).
God gave Abram no specifics, no details, no road map and no time table concerning his life journey. The only thing Abram had was Godís word that in the land of promise, the Lord will make Abramís name (identity, that is) great and will make Abram into a great nation. God conveniently forgot to mention Sarahís barrenness and Abram did not press for further details.
When Abram started on his journey, he failed God on two out of three directives. Instead of leaving kindred and father, Abram moved to Haran - in present day Iraq - and brought with him his nephew Lot and his father Terah. Terah means delay. Abram was delayed in Haran until his father died. Abram then was 75 years old. He headed towards the promised land, and in disregard to Godís command, he brought his nephew Lot with him.
Abram finally entered the land that God promised him as an inheritance. God appeared to Abram at Shechem and in response, Abram built an altar to the Lord at his new encampment between Bethel and Ai (Genesis 12:6-8). Bethel means "the house of the Lord". Ai means "a heap of ruins". This reflects Abramís spiritual condition: he is straddling the fence between becoming a habitation for God after the spirit - or Bethel - and between destruction and total ruin. The proof is in Abramís next move: he journeys further south in the land, encounters famine and decides to go down to Egypt for food and sustenance, rather than seek God for provision.
Ai foretells the ruin that Egypt could have brought upon Abram. Bethel speaks of Godís ultimate purpose for Abramís journey: he would become a Bethel, a habitation for Godís dwelling - the man through whose lineage Christ would be born. Bethel is not a structure; neither the church building nor the temple in Jerusalem are the house of the Lord. Our body has now become the temple, the Bethel, the house of the Lord (1 Cor 3:16 and Eph 2:20).
Abram went down to Egypt (a type of the world) where he almost lost his wife to the king. Be careful, because the world will steal the wife and kill the man. Through divine intervention, Abram left Egypt safely and returned to Bethel where he had built the altar unto the Lord.
The Promised Land
Eventually, Abram separated from his nephew Lot (Genesis 13:11) after strife arose between their herdsmen. God never wanted Abram to keep Lotís company altogether. And God spoke to Abram again and promised to give the entire promised land to Abram and to Abramís seed forever (Genesis 13:15).
This "promised land" that God referred to is much more than a geographical locale. Christ is the Seed of Abraham (Gal 3:16). Allegorically, the promised land speaks of our body which has been occupied by the soul, making the body an expression of the soul. The soul is a usurper illegally occupying our body and preventing Christ from expressing Himself through our body. The soul is dislodged through death and resurrection. Hence, Jesus of Nazareth was baptized in the Jordan river - entering into death - after which He received the anointing of the Holy Spirit, or the christos (the Christ).
Jesusí baptism in the Jordan is gloriously foreshadowed in Joshua chapter 3 where the waters of the Jordan were divided. As soon as the feet of the priests carrying the ark of the covenant - which symbolizes Christ - rested in the Jordan river, the waters of the Jordan (speaking of death) were cut off and stood as a heap upstream all the way back to a city called Adam (Joshua 3:16). The Hebrew name Joshua is identical to the Greek name Jesus; they both mean "Jehovah is salvation". You cannot overcome the enemy called death (the Jordan) and enter the promised land until there is a Heavenly Joshua around to cut the flow of this enemy which started in Adam.
Hear Godís Voice
Many Christians have never heard a word spoken to them by God. This might explain why their life is in disarray. Israelís blessings depended upon her obedience to the voice of God. When we fail to hear Godís voice, we resort to interpreting the scriptures through our intellect which is not equipped to discern the things of the spirit. We must live and be guided by Godís voice, especially when we read the Bible. Romans 10:17 affirms this life changing truth. "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." ĎWordí in Romans 10:17 is the Greek rhema (#4487) which means a word uttered by a living voice, a word spoken. That is, a word spoken to us by Christ.
Genesis 15:1 demonstrates the importance of hearing and appropriating Godís voice to direct our life.
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying,"Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward." (Genesis 15:1)
God revealed to Abram that the Almighty was his shield, a continual defense to surround and protect him; furthermore, the Lord Himself has now become Abramís inheritance and source. Abraham being a man of faith fully appropriated Godís word. This rhema word destroyed fear in Abram, built up in him a sure confidence that no enemy could defeat him and no money or riches could entice him. Abram trusted in God as his provision and provider.
This rhema word built in Abram a great courage that was demonstrated in a battle where he defeated several kings and their armies using his servants and men raised within his household who were untrained in the art of war. Abram fought this battle in order to rescue his nephew Lot who was taken prisoner by one of these kings.
The end of this battle brings Abram into an encounter with Melchizedek.
And Melchizedek king of Salem [peace] brought forth bread and wine; and he was priest of God the Most High. And he blessed him, and said: 'Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth;" (Genesis 14:18-19, Torah in English)
The bread that Abram received from Melchizedek represents the body of Christ and the wine represents the blood or life of Christ. In Luke 22:20 Jesus tells the apostles,
"This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you." (Luke 22:20)
On the cross, Jesus became the broken bread and the poured out wine. The bread and the wine became the expression of the new covenant sealed with His blood which He shed in order to end our mortality. The mortality that came about through the living soul, the woman (humanity) who believes she has been separated from God.
Since the life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev 17:11), the blood of Christ through the new covenant becomes the life of Christ in us. His life is spirit, and spirit is the very eternal breath of Jehovah Elohim which He breathed into our nostrils when He formed us. Functionally, the new covenant becomes a covenant of breath, or the covenant which restores to us the eternal breath, life and spirit of God. Now the spirit / Christ becomes our life, and the male and female aspects of the spirit are fully integrated as one. We can now birth the Christ from within and live by the power of the eternal Christ of our origination.
Animals, Vultures and Evil
God told Abram that He will be his shield and exceedingly great reward. Additionally, God promised Abram that He will give him the promised land - which speaks of our body. When Abram asked God for an assurance of His promise, God asked Abram to offer five animals before Him: a heifer, a she-goat and a ram, each three years old. Plus a turtle dove and a female pigeon. Except for the birds, Abram divided the animals in the middle laying each half against the other.
Immediately, vultures - which represent sickness and disease assaulting our body - tried to eat the carcasses; however, Abram drove away these birds of prey. On a more conceptual level, these vultures take us back to the very origin of evil, to sin and death and the carnal mind. These vultures represent the evil imagination that the carnal mind has created and by which it gains control over the body. Let me explain. Vultures or birds of prey feed on death - or dead carcasses. The carnal mind is perpetuated through the law of sin and death, manís body being its primary and prized victim.
Did God create evil? No and a thousand times no. Jesus declared in Matt 15:19,
"For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies."(Matthew 15:19)
Figuratively, the heart is the ruling center of our thinking, emotions and identity. If the spirit of Christ does not fully rule and reign the heart, then the government of man is usurped by a thief called the carnal mind who operates through the soul, enforcing the singular law of sin and death. The carnal mind blinds us to our identity as spirit and enslaves us through the deception that we are a living soul, mere mortal human beings rather than Elohim, created in Christ as spirit over whom mortality has no dominion.
Evil originated and entered the universe and ruled nature when the soul replaced the mind of Christ as the seat of government in mankind. Even the capacity for evil was not created by God. The capacity for evil was imparted by Adam to the animals when God asked Adam to name these animals. The animals represent the emotions of the soul. Adam had a God-given wisdom and creativity which came through the breath of Jehovah Elohim in Gen 2:7. This wisdom and creativity was the bedrock from which the capacity for evil would spring.
When did this happen? When the soul became king, ruler and ultimately god, or a substitute for the true God in mankind. When left to its own devices - without input from the spirit - the soul under the rule of the carnal mind has limitless creative ability through the faculty of imagination. The substance of its imagery and imagination is the knowledge of good and evil, the very fruit and mindset that Eve ate. The capacity to think good and evil was not in a tree external to Eve; that capacity was within in her own mind and creative imagination outside the rule of the mind of the spirit.
So the soul can imagine - and birth - both good and evil. The soul can take what it believes is good and raise it up to its highest imagined potential and ascribe deity to it. Yes, the soul imagines and creates god, or gods after its own imagination. Because the soul faintly remembers that all that Elohim God created was good; and the carnal mind - her own mind - deceived the woman to falsely believe that the fruit of the tree of knowledge was good, pleasant and full of wisdom (Gen 3:6). All of these are attributes of what God created. This is the root of all false religions that imagines a god of benevolence and kindness.
And inversely, the soul gathers all that it perceives to be evil, and ascribes to it an imaginary government with a federal head that it calls Satan or the devil. This evil ruler opposes mankind through fictitious beings called demons or spirits. Ephesians 4:4-6 states that there is only one Spirit in the universe, one Lord, and One God who is Father of all, above all and in you all.
There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
If that is the truth, then how do we explain the manifestations of the power of evil in the earth, such as voodoo, witchcraft, levitation and the like? The answer is profound and simple: it springs from the power of the soul of man. Over generations and centuries, certain cultures have created, developed and systemized a body of beliefs, religious rituals and practices, and have ascribed an evil spiritual origin to its power. This was all done through the faculty of imagination which begins and ends in the soul of man. Satan exists in your imagination if you believe he does; demons have as much power over you as you imagine they do.
Restoration Of Dominion
Then God said,"Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them,"Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."(Gen 1:26-28)
We often read the Bible and fail to see revelation that is staring us in the face. Gen 1:26-28 clearly outlines:
1) How Godís government and kingdom operate through the repetition of the term image (three times), dominion (twice), and
2) Spells out what Godís image is like: male and female.
God delegated His authority and imparted the authority and power of His dominion to the man He created in Gen 1:27, who is the Lord Jesus Christ. This spirit man - the Christ of our origination - exercises dominion over cattle, fish, fowl and over all the earth as long as He is in the image of God, encompassing both male and female in unity in His spirit.
God formed all the beasts of the field and all the fowls of the air - including vultures - from the ground. He did not breathe His eternal life and breath into them; only Adam received the breath of God, which is the mind, creativity, Spirit, wisdom, glory and nature of Jehovah Elohim, who is the Lord Jesus Christ. The formed man of Gen 2:7 is now spirit - male and female functioning in unity - existing in a body.
With His breath, Jehovah Elohim imparted to the man formed from the dust the same dominion that He had received from the Father, from Elohim, in Gen 1:26-28. As long as formed man conforms to the image and likeness of God, operating with the identity of spirit -which is having both male and female aspects functioning in unison within his being - this formed man has both the power and the authority to exercise the dominion of Elohim over the earth and over all creation and all animals.
The Lord God brought the animals to Adam to name them, or to bestow a specific nature, character and capacity to each animal. It was Adam who spoke and endowed each animal with its potential: the potential to be a lamb who never resists or a lion who would devour. The potential for good or for evil. As long as Adam had full access to the mind of Christ, peace ruled in Eden. There was no sin, no death and no evil. Not only as Adam was concerned. Life and peace ruled the universe, nature and creation down to the smallest animal and mightiest bird. No beast devoured another and no vulture ate prey, because the carnal mind was held in check by Adamís access to the mind of Christ.
Adam fully exercised the dominion of Gen 1:26-28 while he was spirit and lived in a body. Once Adam lost fellowship with God, become amnesiac of his identity as spirit, made in the image of God; and once he believed the allegory of Gen 2:21-22 and saw the female aspect of his spirit outside of him; once the casting down (katabola, Grk 2602) took place and mankind fell spiritually from the foundation of the world; once all that happened, mankind lost the authority and power to exercise Elohimís dominion over all creation. This is why all creation groans, waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God, who identify themselves with the Christ of their origination and see themselves in the image and likeness of God, both male and female in one spirit.
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. (Rom 8:19-23)
New Heaven And Earth
When Godís kingdom is fully manifested and He had restored all things, then we will have a new heaven (heaven is that which is above, hence a new mind, a new base of government) and a new earth (body). The soul is dethroned and evil is terminated. The lion will eat straw and not devour the ox and the lamb would never be the prey of the wolf.
"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, The lion shall eat straw like the ox, And dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain," Says the Lord. (Isaiah 65: 17,25)
In Revelation chapter 4, the throne of God is revealed. In the midst of the throne stood four living creatures who "do not rest day or night, saying: "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!" (Rev 4:8). These four creatures had the face of a man and the face of three animals who in nature would devour one another and not exist in harmony and peace.
Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. (Rev 4:6-7)
This speaks volumes beyond the restoration of nature and the universe under the righteous rule of God. The ox (sacrifice) and the eagle (upward ascension into spiritual consciousness), and the lion (authority and power) were all named, empowered and natured by Adamís creative ability. Now that Christ - the spirit - has dominion in and through man again, every creation of Adamís soul - both good and evil - is placed in subjection to the One who sits upon the throne. It is now entirely a realm of spirit where man rules with and as Christ, and where the living soul and the carnal mind that conceived it are consumed by the breath and the fire of God, the same fire that passed between the animal carcasses that Abram laid down.
Abram In Deep Sleep
When the sun went down, horror and a great darkness fell upon Abram. He went into a deep sleep, reminiscent of the deep sleep into which Jehovah Elohim put Adam. This deep sleep represents a change of spiritual consciousness though which God is trying to bring mankind. Godís agenda through this spiritual awakening is to restore to us what was lost in the Garden of Eden. God sovereignly chose Abram to birth Isaac, the child of promise representing Christ, that the covenant lineage would pass through Isaac, whereby Abram would become the father of a new nation of people called "my son"(Gen 17:21). Godís overall purpose is to fulfill His word in Genesis 1:28, and that is for man to reproduce - not by sperm and egg - but after the spirit, where Christ Who is Spirit would multiply and fill the earth.
While Abram was in this deep sleep where he could not hear or interact with God through his conscious mental faculties and natural senses, God omnisciently reveals to Abram the history of his descendants. They will become strangers in a land that will afflict them and enslave them for 400 years, after which God would bring them out with great substance. This is deep calling unto deep. Historically, Abrahamís descendants were enslaved in Egypt for 400 years until God raised Moses to set them free. Spiritually, the Jewsí enslavement in Egypt is a type of humanityís captivity in this world system. Allegorically, Egypt/the world is the land of Adamic consciousness where Pharaoh typifies the oppression of the carnal mind ruling over our body and usurping the righteous rule of the spirit (Christ) over our body.
God promised Abram that He would judge this oppressive nation. He did so by destroying Pharaoh - the carnal mind - in the waters of the Red Sea (baptism), and cutting off the rule of death as the ark of the covenant stopped the flow of water all the way back to a city - and a man - called Adam. As we inherit the promised land, our body rightfully becomes a habitation for Christ after the spirit. To get out of Egypt, a lamb must be slain. To rule and reign with Christ, we must ultimately become that lamb: only a lamb can sit upon the throne (Rev 5:6).
As the sun went down, the fire of God passed between the pieces of the slain animals. After which God declared that He made a covenant with Abram to give to his seed -singular- all the land from the Nile River to the Euphrates. Normally, both parties making a covenant walked between the divided pieces of the slain animals. Here, only Godís fire passed between the animalsí pieces, signifying this covenant was initiated, guaranteed and would ultimately be fulfilled through the immutability of Godís word and promises.
Where - and who - was the other party to this covenant? It was all of mankind represented in the person of Abram. Like Adam, Abram was in a deep sleep. So God took it upon Himself to awaken mankind from Adamís amnesia, to restore to him his spiritual consciousness and his access to the mind of Christ. That ultimately, Godís word in Genesis 1:28 to be fruitful and to multiply would not return unto Him void. The spiritual reproduction of God would now be carried through the Seed of Abraham, that Seed being Christ.
Hagar, Ishmael and More Delay
Whereas God divinely planned to propagate Abramís seed by the spirit, Abramís wife Sarai decided to birth Abramís seed carnally. She made her Egyptian maid Hagar a surrogate mother and Hagar bore Abram his first son, Ishmael. Abram was 86 years old when Ishmael was born. Saraiís presumption and Abramís complicity in producing an Ishmael cost Abram a 13 year delay on his journey. He did not hear Godís voice again until he was 99 years old. God announced Himself to Abram saying,
"I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly." (Gen 17:1,2)
God Almighty is the Hebrew El-Shadday, the most powerful, to whom nothing is impossible. God changed Abramís name Abram - high or exalted father - to Abraham - father of a multitude - signifying Godís intent to make him a father of many nations. It is though God took a letter out of His own name, the Hebrew hod - the equivalent of the English H - and added it to Abramís name. You utter the letter "h" by breathing out.
God also changed Saraiís name to Sarah and promised Abraham that she will bear him a son to be named Isaac with whom God would establish an everlasting covenant. (Gen 17:15-19) God would make Abraham very fruitful that nations and kings would come out of him. Godís covenant would be with Abraham and with his seed after him, to whom God would give the promised land. And the token of that covenant would be circumcision of the flesh of the foreskin.
And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. (Gen 17:7-10)
The instrument of procreation in man was to bear the mark of the covenant, insuring that whatever was conceived was aligned with the covenant, thus keeping the seed holy. For Israel, this sign was physical; however for us today, the mark of the covenant is not physical but spiritual.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. (Gal 5:6)
For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, (Phil 3:3)
In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, (Col 2:11)
Where Is Sarah Your Wife?
God appeared to Abraham in the plains of Mamre, as he sat in the door of his tent. Abraham saw three men whom he perceived to be heavenly visitors. One of the visitors asked Abraham a question, "Where is Sarah your wife?" And Abraham replied, "Here, in the tent." We are faced here with a perplexing paradox: why would an omniscient God ask a question? He knows all things. The question was meant to stir up Abrahamís consciousness, to awaken his spirit to a deeper truth. Let us quickly review the account of manís creation.
The man created in Gen 1:27 is spirit - which is male and female functioning as one. At creation, this man had no physical body. However, it was the will and purpose of God that man should have a body, because God intended to make the man his dwelling place on the earth. To fulfill the Fatherís plan, Jehovah Elohim who is Christ Jesus brings forth a manifestation of himself providing it with a body made from the dust of the earth. Then He breathed into the nostrils of this man the breath or the life of God (Gen 2:7). This man is Adam or mankind, who is spirit just like God, spirit being both male and female functioning together as one. This spirit now is living in a body. The creation of man sheds light on some of Godís mysteries; man was divinely created to be a dwelling place for the Creator, one who would give the unseen God visibility in the earth.
And to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; (Eph 3:9)
In the allegory of Gen 2:21,22, the LORD God, or Jesus Christ, took the female part of this spirit being called Adam and made it a separate entity while Adam was unconscious. In that same state, Adam looked upon the woman and said, "You are bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh so I will call you woman as you came out of me." Where did Adamís flesh come from (this being the first mention of the word flesh in the Bible)? The flesh only appeared while Adam was in the dream world.
Again, this incident is allegorical and not literal as we explained earlier for you cannot divide spirit; God is Spirit and He is indivisible. And there is no male spirit and female spirit; spirit has no gender. In Christ, there is neither male nor female. Spirit is a perfect image of the reality of Elohim who is male and female functioning together as one. This is why Elohim can reproduce Himself by His will, from within His being, not by sperm and egg.
This is the spiritual truth that the heavenly messenger was trying to quicken to Abrahamís consciousness when he asked him where his wife Sarah was. Abraham, if you can put your natural mind in neutral and perceive with your spirit mind that the female was never taken out of the man Adam, then you can reproduce by the power of the spirit and bring forth the child of promise. Because conception by sperm and egg seemed naturally impossible, Abraham being 100 years old and Sarah ninety years old. I pray the Lord would open the eyes of your understanding as we begin to unveil this mystery in the following paragraph.
Tabernacles And Tents
"Abraham, where is Sarah your wife?" And Abraham replied, "Here, in the tent." The Bible symbolically refers to the human body as a tent or a tabernacle. 2 Cor 5:1 declares,
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent [tabernacle in KJV], is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (2 Corinthians 5:1)
What does this tent house? It is a dwelling place for the spirit. Let us lift this principle a notch higher. 1 Chron 16:1 states,
So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. (1 Chronicles 16:1)
The ark of the covenant which was made of wood (humanity) and inlaid with gold (divinity) on the inside and the outside represented the Lord Jesus Christ. The ark was set in a tent or a tabernacle that David had erected for it.
Now we will take this principle to is highest application. John 1:14 declares,
And the Word [the Logos] became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
The verb dwelt is the Greek skanoo which means to indwell a tabernacle or tent. It is the same term that Paul uses in 2 Cor 5:1. The Rotherham translation of John 1:14 reads, "and pitched his tent among us". Youngís Literal Translation reads, "And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us". The Logos is God (John 1:1), and God is Spirit, male and female functioning as one. And the Spirit tabernacled in a body of flesh, just like you and me.
Just like Abraham. His natural mind saw Sarah in a tent, separate from him. God wanted Abraham to see that his origin is spirit, and this spirit is indwelling a tent. And within this tent is both male and female, which is a replica of the image of God according to Genesis 1:26. If Abraham can see Sarah inside of him, then reproduction would not be an impossibility anymore.
"Abraham, where is Sarah your wife?" For everyone of us, our "wife" is
within us as a part of the spirit of our true identity?
A final note about tents and tabernacles. Jesus took three apostles -John, Peter and James - to a mountain where He was transfigured before them and appeared along with Elijah and Moses. He manifested Himself in a spiritual body glowing with the light and glory of God. If you will, Christ took off the tabernacle - which is the body of Jesus - and revealed Who was inside that earthly tent. The spirit of Christ appeared in a form the apostles can see. Matt 17:4 cannot be separated from the question that the heavenly messenger asked Abram: where is Sarah your wife.
Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (Matthew 17:4)
Peterís suggestion reveals the power of religious tradition to blind our spiritual consciousness and knowledge of God. Christ came out of the earthly tabernacle named Jesus of Nazareth to reveal His Spirit identity. And Peterís religious thinking wanted to veil and cover the Spirit that Christ was revealing with a tabernacle, or a system of religious practice and traditional teaching. Amazingly, this is the same Peter who a dozen verses earlier identified Jesus by revelation, "You are Christ, the Son of the living God."
The Woman Within
"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." (Gen 1:28).
The translators did not discern spiritually that God was speaking to Adam only and not to Adam and a separate Eve. The words in brackets are not in the original text. God did not bless Adam while his wife was outside of him; the Adam who received the blessings had his wife inside of himself.
In the Garden of Eden, and according to Gen 2:7, Adam was spirit living in a body; his life was the breath of the Lord God. The spirit in Adam was his true identity and it was male and female joined in unity. This is quite different from the Adam living outside the Garden of Eden, forgetting that he is spirit, believing that he is a living soul and reproducing by egg and sperm with Eve living and functioning outside of his spirit.
The female needs to be restored into her rightful place within us. We need to start thinking of the female being within our spirit and not walking besides us. To the mind of Christ, the female is still within our spirit. But our natural mind perceives that she has been separated from us. So what is needed is a transformation and a renewal of our spiritual consciousness.
To procreate naturally requires the participation of a man and a woman. We end up having a wife who is walking outside of us as a separate entity, because we are still walking in the Adamic dream world in which the female part of us was removed and now is no longer an integral part of our true spirit being. Men with wives separated from their true spiritual identity can never produce true sons and heirs of God. We will never see our seed as the stars of heaven because the only offspring we can produce are living souls.
God wants us to believe what He declared to Adam in Gen 1:28, and that is to be fruitful and multiply with the consciousness that the female is within us. Before Abraham and Sarah could produce the covenant son, Abraham had to see Sarah by the mind of the spirit as an integral part of himself and not see her as a separate entity, which is the living soul of all humanity today.
The fact that we can procreate without any help from outside of ourselves is an impossibility to our thinking. But this has been - and still is - the intent of Godís word in Gen 1:28. G od rejected Ishmael because Sarai convinced Abram to follow a carnal route in producing his seed. Abraham and Sarah would produce the covenant son out of the spirit of Abraham, with both male and female functioning as one.
Producing the Heir
The child that is to be birthed in us is not a literal baby for this is a spiritual process to produce a spiritual Christ, who is our own true identity. God created us in His image so we can reproduce spiritually from within just He does. James 1:18 speaks of this divine reproduction,
Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:18)
God did not look for a female outside of Himself to reproduce; He is Spirit, with male and female together joined in an unbroken unity.
Until this experience becomes reality for us we will continue to live as by the natural mind believing we mortal human beings. But when this spiritual birthing takes place, we begin to function out of our true identity which is Christ, with our wife being on the inside of us, joined with us as one. Which is the true meaning of Matt 19:5, signifying that the male and female whom God joined together in one spirit are not to be put asunder.
Abraham birthed the Christ when the female was restored into her place within his spirit through a renewal of his consciousness. This is the meaning of Genesis 15:4, that he that shall come forth out of your own bowels - inside - shall be your heir. If Abraham did not hear, believe and rightfully appropriate the voice and the word of God, all humanity would have suffered ill consequences. Abraham is a crucial figure in Godís plan of restoration, and what applies to Abraham still applies to you and me today. God wants us to produce a true heir by the spirit, birthed from within us. Most Christians have not produced that heir - who is Christ - nor are they conscious of this divine purpose for their life.
Abraham greatly underscores the relevance of this spiritual procreation because the Seed of Abraham who would inherit the promised land - our body - is Christ.
Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ. (Gal 3:16)
What God spoke to Abraham applies to us today: we must birth from within ourselves our true heir, the One who would inherit all the blessings God had given to him. We must bring forth the same "Seed".
Love Vs. Fear
Genuine love unifies to the point of oneness. This is the agape love that God had for man and that man had with God at creation. Adam was created in the very image of God. And the breath that Jehovah Elohim breathed into the nostrils of the man He formed was His very own life, His Spirt, His wisdom and creativity.
Today, man has left his first love, which is a love relationship with the Father and substituted for it an agreement based on doctrine or knowledge. Mankind now seeks the knowledge of God through an intellectual understanding of the Bible, ignoring the heartís cry for the love of the Father. Doctrine and head knowledge divide mankind. God created mankind in Christ and Christ is the singular expression of the Fatherís love.
Jesus Christ said that if we love Him, we would keep His commandments. Inversely, He is declaring that if we do not love God, we will never obey His word. Because God based His relationship with us upon the foundation of love, He will not force any of us to love Him or to obey Him. And genuine love is giving and not an excuse to getting and receiving from God. God so loved that He gave us His only begotten Son. That through Christ we can again became fully one with God, the object of our love.
To associate judgment and damnation with God - as religion does - alienates man from God and replaces love with fear and guilt. How can one love a tyrannical God whom religion falsely claims will burn His own children in eternal flames of fire? God is love. Religion portrayed God exclusively as a judge rather than a loving Father. A judge who has already condemned us as sinners to eternal separation from himself. This is absolutely not true. We are the ones who make the decision to love and obey God - or not. Hearing, believing and obeying Godís voice are acts of our volition. God will never force his will upon anyone. Deut 30:19 is an old testament witness and the words of Jesus in John 5:24 are a new testament witness to this truth.
"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live" (Deut 30:19)
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment-or condemnation- but has passed from death into life." (John 5:24)
True Love is in very short supply in the world because man lacks the genuine capacity to express true love to his fellow man - Christians included. Divorce is tearing marriages apart, and children grow up in families with no love. Both secular and religious history is a stark reminder of manís capacity to inflict evil and terror upon others. So many wars have been waged in the name of religion, God or faith. Jerusalem, the city of peace, has never known peace in centuries!
When did man begin to fear God instead of having a love fellowship with the Father? When Eve and Adam ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. For the first time, they became conscious of their nakedness. They were naked all along and knew no guilt or shame. But once their mind was conscious of both good and evil, shame and guilt arose and they covered their loins with leaves. And when Adam heard the voice of God in the Garden, he hid himself among the trees rather than join God in love and fellowship. The trees represent our thoughts. And mankind is still hiding from God in a mindset and doctrines that he devised with his carnal mind instead of pursuing the love of God with the heart.
The Purpose of Life
Man is Godís prized creation. Psalm 8:4-6 underscores this truth.
"What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the Elohim, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet." (Psalm 8:4-6)
This parallels the revelation in Gen 1:26 that God created man in His own image and gave him dominion over all creation.
Why did God create man so wonderfully and magnificently? And what role does man play in Godís overall plans and purposes? Exodus 25:8 is part of the answer:
"And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them." (Exodus 25:8)
God instructed Moses to ask the children of Israel to build a sanctuary that He may dwell among them. This is the very reason for the creation of man. If you asked any Israelite in the wilderness as to where God dwelt, he would point to the tabernacle that Moses built and tell you that God is in the Most Holy Place. Today many Christians would point up to the sky indicating Godís dwelling place. The truth is that God dwells in you.
Choosing man to become the habitation of God in the earth is part of the mystery of God. In 1 Cor 6:19 -20, Paul reveals that our body is the temple of God; Paul uses the Greek term naos to identify this temple. Naos means the most holy place. Not the outer court, not the holy place but the holiest of all. The King of Kings, the Creator of heaven and earth lives in us, ruling our body; and through us, He divinely rules and reigns over the universe. This is when the world becomes the kingdom of God.
Peter declared by revelation from the Father that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matt 16:16). Jesus replied,
"Thou art Peter, [Petros, a small stone or rock] but upon this rock [Petra a mountain rock - the revelation that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God] I will build my church; and the gates of hell [Hades or the grave] shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matt 16:18,19)
Jesus Christ came to demonstrate the purpose of man on the earth: what God binds in heaven, man binds on the earth. And what God loosens in heaven, man loosens in the earth. God entrusted man with the very keys of the rule of His kingdom. We are not here to be mere Christians, attend church, die and go to heaven. Our assignment is to make the invisible God visible in the earth because we are His spiritual body, the Body of Christ. Jesus Christ began a work. We are divinely empowered by God to continue His work.
The Restoration of the Soul
The Soul consists of the natural or carnal mind, the emotions and the will. The soul controls manís physical body, having no contact with the spirit. The soul is what the Bible refers to as "self". Jesus declared,
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Matthew 16:24)
God never created a "self"; God created man as spirit, which is male and female functioning together as one. The separated entity that Adam called "the woman " has now become the identity of every man and woman on this earth; this woman is the living soul. When man became a living soul, he forgot his identity as spirit and became afraid of His Father, God. Fear and guilt replaced love towards God in manís heart.
Soul is the Hebrew term nehfesh (# 5315) and means a living, breathing being with Life in the blood. The term nehfesh is also the seat of appetites and the center of the activity of the mind. In Semitic languages, nehfesh is from a root meaning breath. Hence, the living creatures which God created in Gen 1:21 are also identified by the term nephesh because they also draw the breath of life.
In Christ - spirit - there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female. All mankind is one in Christ Jesus, because we are all spirit, created in Christ, all having One Heavenly Father. The spirit of Christ unites us into one. But the soul creates divisions, differences, classes and ranks among people, races and nations. Different cultures in various nations are developed by the living soul; each individual culture with its unique characteristics becomes the identity of a specific group of people, differentiating them from other people and cultures. Color, language, attitudes and religion become the basis for separation among peoples and cultures. Out of the soul flows bigotry and intolerance, leading to isolation, fear, hate and violence. The history of discord and harmony among mankind throughout the ages is the handiwork and creation of the living soul.
The living soul develops its own code of conduct exercising sovereignty over itself, being subject to no one else. It becomes a law unto itself. Under the control of the living soul, the body becomes susceptible to sickness and disease and ultimately subject to death. The living soul is basically selfish and self centered; soulish relationships are difficult to maintain. This is the cause behind alarming rate of divorce.
God created man as spirit. He never created a living soul. This creature is not recognized by the mind of Christ nor does it exist in Godís thinking. What sin the soul may have committed is never recorded by God. Furthermore, the living soul can never know God because it has been separated from the spirit, who is God. Clearly then, the soul can only be restored if God takes the initiative. In His love and mercy, God who has never abandoned us, reaches out to us constantly inviting us to know Him.
David says of the Lord in Psalm 23:3, "He restores my Soul". Here, David is not speaking individually. David is recognizing the divine will and purpose of God to restore mankind to his rightful place in Godís kingdom, to renew his spiritual consciousness until man realizes that he is spirit - male and female functioning as one - and not a living soul which has made a covenant with death; a covenant sealed by the deception of the carnal mind, the serpent which destroyed the knowledge of God in man till this hour.
The process of restoring the soul reaches its zenith with the conception and birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. The angel Gabriel was sent by God to the city of Nazareth to a virgin named Mary who was betrothed to a man named Joseph who was from the lineage of David. It is essential that Mary be a virgin, never having received the seed of a man. There must be no contamination of human seed in the birthing of Jesus Christ the son of God. Secondly, it was crucial that Mary be espoused too a man.
In the natural, this means that Mary was already engaged, or promised as a wife to Joseph. But to the mind of God, Mary was already an integral part of the spirit of Joseph, which is Josephís true identity. Spiritually speaking, Mary is the female of the spirit that is Joseph just as Eve was the female of the spirit that was Adam. Again, we are not speaking of gender here because God never created a woman. We are identifying what constitutes the spirit that God created man to be. Once our spiritual consciousness see the male and female aspects of the spirit integrated into one functional entity, the spirit can reproduce from within as God designed it according to Genesis 1:28.
Mary can now accomplish what God commanded Adam to do in Gen 1:28, and that is to be fruitful and to produce an heir of God, the covenant Son, the Son of the Most High God. Now a race of Godís Seed can fill the earth and mankind ceases from birthing living souls subject to mortality.
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end." Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?" And the angel answered and said to her,"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:31-35)
Mary birthed the Lord Jesus Christ, a literal incarnation of the Logos. You and I are also to produce a Seed from within our own being. The child that you and I will birth is not a literal child. This process is meant to produce the Seed of God, a spiritual Christ, who is in reality our own true identity. This will happen when our consciousness is renewed and we see our wife joined to us as one on the inside and not as a separate living soul walking on the outside.
What do we do with the wife who now functions and lives on the outside? We restore her in our consciousness to the place that God designated for her in creation, which is inside of us. Now the two become one. He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit [with Him]. Now we are living as the Christ of our true identity. And now the soul has been restored.
`` This Book has been written by the spirit of God,
and is a revelation that has had a profound effect
on the writer, and so I ask that you read and re-read
this book prayerfully. Not to gain knowledge,
but to KNOW HIM JESUS CHRIST, AND THE
POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION.
It is my desire that your SEED will be as the
STARS OF HEAVEN,
just as promised in the Covenant God made with
ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED.