LIFE GIVERS MINISTRIES
First Adam Ė Last Adam
August 2003 #30
Having stated in numerous Life Notes that Father has directed
us, as a ministry, to challenge people to prove to themselves
why they believe what they think they believe. I offer the
following quote from Rene Descartes (1596-1650) ó If you
would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at
least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all
things. Are your beliefs something you have received by
revelation and experience or are they based on what someone has
told you? Our ministry is one of challenge, not one of
appeasement. I have no intention of validating, for the most
part, what the religious system teaches as "truth." If you are
not up to the task of searching scripture for yourself, with no
preconceived ideas, then our ministry is really not for you. We
are seeking to speak to the "hungry" within the body. I trust
that the majority who receive our newsletter are, as we,
"seekers of truth."
When I first began this walk as a believer over thirty years ago I was willing to accept just about anything that a preacher or other spiritual person would tell me without checking it out in the context used, thus proving it for myself. It didnít take long for me to determine that many people, preachers included, were not speaking the truth according to scripture. They were not intentionally speaking error, as I donít doubt they were only repeating what they had been told. I feel it is vitally necessary for one to prove, for them self, the validity of statements made, especially concerning scripture. So often Iíve heard statements like: "my bible college teacher said;" "my pastor said;" "my Sunday school teacher said" etc., that I have come to the place where I have a difficult time believing what anyone says concerning a scripture until I receive revelation from Holy Spirit. Then, and only then, do I feel I have the correct interpretation of the scripture in question.
One of the first things I was told was that when God "made" Adam in Genesis 1:26, He made him a "perfect" replica of Himself. PROBLEM! If that were in fact true, then it would have been impossible for Adam to have partaken of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Therefore, there would have been no "sin" entered into the world. However, if you look at the word "make" in this verse, you will find many and varied translations of the same word (make) used throughout scripture, for instance -- do 1333, make 653, wrought 52, deal 52, commit 49, offer 49, execute 48, keep 48, shew 43, prepare 37, work 29, do so 21, perform 18, get 14, dress 13, maker 13, maintain 7, misc 154 ó the number following each represents the times used as that meaning. The Concordant Version of Scripture is the only version, to my knowledge, that uses the definition of a word as it is used the first time in scripture, and carries it throughout the rest of scripture. The following is the text of Genesis 1:26 in the Concordant Version Ė And saying is the Elohim, "Make will We humanity in Our image, and according to Our likeness, and sway shall they over the fish of the sea, and over the flyer of the heavens, and over the beast, and over all land life, and over every moving animal moving on the land." The word "make" connotes doing something with material at hand. Man was not formed until Genesis 2:7, where we find he was "formed" from the dust of the ground. After being formed, the Lord God breathed into the form His Spirit and man became, at that time, a living soul (creature, verse 19 same word). This man, Adam, is I believe, the one that Elohim is referring to in Genesis 1:26. The making of that man into His image is a very long process that could easily take several eons (ages) of time to accomplish. We donít, in reality, know exactly where we are on Godís time table. The so-called prophetic teachers of today for the most part, spout the same rhetoric Ė "when the rapture takes place the "saved" are going to be caught away to "heaven" and then the tribulation will start." The only way they can "prove" any of that is to take scriptures out of context and distort their meaning. There will be no rapture and there is no heaven off somewhere in an ethereal place for us to go to. The body of believers has a great need to grow up and search the scriptures for themselves. Rely on Holy Spirit, not man, as your learning resource.
Let us begin. Please notice the wording of Genesis 1:26 where Elohim said: "Let us MAKE man in our image." He did not say: "Let us createÖ" To make something implies using material that is available which is not what creating is. In creation, God spoke things forth from his Spirit and they were created as spirit items, whatever they were. They were NOT visible to the natural eye. Spiritual things are never visible to the natural ó they must be spiritually discerned. Also recall that in Genesis 2:7, the Lord God (Yahovah Elohim) FORMED man from the dust of the ground. When He breathed into the man, He was breathing Spirit breath. If you accept the fact that Almighty God is Omniscient (all knowing), then the "fall of man" did not catch Him by surprise. I think that is the reason for the statement in Genesis 1:26 "let us make man." The making of the man was to be a long, slow and often times painful process.
It is interesting, to the point of concern, to note that many church people do not seem to understand what the word "last" means. Let us look at the definition of last according to the American Heritage Dictionary. When used as an adjective-- placed after all others; final. When used as an adverb-- After all others in chronology or sequence; Most recently; At the end; finally. When used as a noun-- One that is at the end or last; the end; the final mention or appearance. (highlights mine)
Let us explore for a bit the difference between Adam and Jesus. In John 1:1 we see that Jesus was the logos of God. Logos means the total thought and intent of God. Adam was formed an adult in full possession of the faculties and functions of a mature man, although undeveloped, whereas Christ was created in embryo, a life germ in the womb of Mary, and then generated and brought into the world in the natural way (Gal 4:4). Look at the prophetic account of creation in Genesis and read the "Spirit of God moved upon (brooded over or overshadowed) the face of the waters" and the outcome is the creation set forth in prophecy. Christ was the beginning of the fulfillment of this prophecy. He is the real Adam of whom the first Adam was only a "figure" (Rom 5:14), as so "when He cometh into the world", it is by the brooding of the Spirit and the overshadowing of the power of the Highest, and therefore is He a Son of God by creation as was Adam. Jesus was not called Son of God until His incarnation. He became the Son of God when He became the Son of man (Luke 1:35 & Gal 4:4). In Luke 1:35 the translators inserted "the" at their discretion as it is not in the original. See also Rom 8:29 and Heb 2:10. Had Jesus been wholly the product of Godís creative power, He would not have been of our race at all, but of another human race. But, being the joint product of Godís creative power and of natural generation he is at the same time a Son of God and Son of Man, a veritable member of the human race and yet the "beginning of the creation of God" (Rev 3:14), a "new creation." Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us, and yet "He was made like unto His brethren in all things! (Heb 2:17) He is God manifest in the flesh; human and yet divine; divine and yet human. Ah, the mystery of the incarnation, a glorious and blessed manifestation of the "manifold wisdom of God" and of "the unsearchable riches of Christ." Eph 3:8,10. Keep in mind that if Jesus had done anything as God, using the power that He had laid down in order to become as us, it would invalidate all the work that he accomplished. I think that that was what confronted Him as he came out of the wilderness experience. His mind, Satan, started playing tricks with Him attempting to get Him to do something using His divine power. He didnít submit to that or any other temptation that was offered Him throughout His human existence. Read Heb 4:15.
When speaking of Messiah Yashua (Jesus) as the Last Adam, we should be able, without any stretch of the imagination, to discern that there cannot, by definition, be any more after His being the Last.
Having been exposed to the scripture in 1Cor 15:45 (KJV) that states -- "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit" many years ago and could never resolve to my own satisfaction what the scripture seemed to be saying as opposed to what the preachers were saying in attempting to explain its meaning. I was constantly being told that I had been born with the Adamic nature, a sinner and that was the reason that I needed to be "saved" from a burning hellfire. I was at risk of being separated from God, in torment forever, if I never made the choice to ask Jesus into my life. The truth seems to be that the last Adam died at Calvary and therefore any kind of "Adamic" thought I may have must be from within my own soul; just like in the garden originally. Praise God, over the years I have come to an understanding that I really believe is from the Holy Spirit and I will attempt to convey some of that understanding over time.
It was interesting to me that the first mention of "man" in Genesis 1:26, is translated from the word adam (to be red, ruddy). This same word is alternately translated as: man 408 times; men 121 times; Adam 13 times; person(s) 8 times; hypocrite 1 time; common sort 1 time. As you can see, the translators had varying views of the original word. There is only one translation I am aware of that obeys the law of first reference, meaning the first time a word is used, its definition is carried throughout all the scripture, The Concordant Literal Translation.
The most prevalent teaching concerning "mankind" is that he has a "human" soul (mind, will, emotions) to overcome so that his "spirit man" can rise to ascendancy. When taking that statement at face value it sounds correct and I used to believe it. However, when I compared it with James 1:8 a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways; I found that having to contend with two minds is not a thing to be desired (Rom 8:6). We are taught that man has a natural, or carnal mind, and a spiritual mind that must co-exist. This condition was addressed by Elohim, where reading Genesis 3:11, we see that God asked Adam who told you that you were naked? Obviously, it was not God who told Adam he was naked so the question is who did? Recalling where I previously stated that Eve was most likely having a conversation within herself, I would imagine that Adam went through the same process and also arrived at an incorrect assumption. What I believe is that Adam discovered himself to be without his "light suit" (Godís glory) and perceived himself "naked." Interestingly, the word "naked" in Gen 3:11, comes from a root word meaning subtil, the same word used in Gen 3:1. We read in Genesis 3:21 that God made coats of skin and clothed them. It seems obvious to me that if God could and did make everything that we now behold, He could also create and make "coats of skins" to clothe Adam. Nowhere, except in manís interpretive imagination (image-nation), does scripture state that God killed an animal to make clothes for them.
What then does Jesus mean when He told Nicodemus that he "must be born again?" As I stated in a previous Life Note, Maryís statement of be it unto me according to your word was sufficient to bring about the conception in her womb. We, like Mary, need to receive the word of Father into our spirit in the same manner. As Holy Spirit broods over our "water" He will "make alive" the seed of the Christ which is resident within every human. That experience is correctly identified as being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible seed. Walking the isle and saying the "sinners" prayer is not a scriptural activity. Again that was something that man thought up. If you will look at history, when the pope came into being and everyone was decreed a Christian, around 327 AD, the idea of a "Danteís Hell" was foisted upon the so-called laity. What better way to keep them in line than to "scare the hell out of them?" We have the same problem existent today within the religious establishment. I would challenge you to "do some homework" and stop listening to someone just because "theyíve been to seminary" or bible school and think they know all the answers. Thatís what they would like you to believe but, in a lot of cases, it isnít so! The only one with the answers is Holy Spirit. Trust Him, not any man!
If you will take the time to search out the scriptures cited in this paper allowing Holy Spirit to enlighten your spirit, you will realize some spiritual growth that is, for the most part, unavailable to the nominal church attendee.
Hopefully in the next Life Notes we will look at the subject of the "Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil." What is it, where is it, and how does it relate to us today?
Remember, Christ is in you and He is your hope of glory.
Thoughts from Barbara
It has been a while since the last Life Notes but as you remember we said only when Father had something to say through us would we go to print. It is easy to print what we want to say but we want to bring Life to you and abundant Life from Father. We have wasted your time and ours as well as His finances if we only send you our opinions. They are not any more meaningful than anyone elseís.
Father has been telling us so much by His Spirit until itís hard to tell what He wants us to do with it all. You know well that sometimes He will whisper secrets just for us, other times there will be "shout it to the world" information and other times things for just certain people. It is our responsibility to know when we are to shout it to the world, keep it to ourselves or share it with a smaller group. You see, Father knows whose heart is ready and prepared for His message. We really want to be prompt and precise so forgive us when it takes a while.
He is taking us all to a place we have never been before. The path has always been there but we have never been able to walk on it. His Light, the Word, is shining brighter and brighter (we canít say the Light of His word because according to John 1, they are one). What I see is that more of Father is being seen and understood than at any other time. People are resisting but there are many more that are embracing hidden truths. Holy Spirit is helping all that will "study to show themselves approved...2 Tim 2:15, to understand things that we have not been able to understand before.
I believe the biggest change we have to make before any big move in God can happen is that He is Spirit and we have to allow our spirit to communicate with Him. For so long we have tried to communicate with our carnal mind and have failed miserably. How long will it be before we choose to let Holy Spirit teach us and we believe that there is further to go, that we really havenít "arrived"? Can we really believe there is no destination we are striving to arrive at? Is there really a place in God that we can "enter into His rest" and not work so hard to please Him? Can we know He loves us no matter what? I believe so and these next Life Notes will help us all if we really want and choose to change.
Moving on to His Highest,
Rom 8:6-8 ó For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
2Tim 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.
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