THE FLESH IS NOT COUNTED FOR THE SEED

Why is it that so many believers think it of little consequence – and not even noteworthy – that Adam (man) DID NOT have his “beginning” IN THE GARDEN, but was “formed from the dust of the ground” OUTSIDE OF IT?

The FIRST MAN Adam was FIRST FORMED “out of the dust of the ground” BEFORE God breathed the breath of life into him, making him “a living soul”.

While scripture does say that man is “created in the image of God”, it doesn’t say that it is THE NATURAL MAN who bears this image. It says that it is THE SPIRITUAL MAN, THE SECOND MAN, THE LAST ADAM who bears THE IMAGE OF GOD.

If we understand that apart from Christ we have “NO LIFE” in us, though we are PHYSICALLY ALIVE and we can see that when Adam sinned and “DIED” that he was cast out of the garden TO TILL THE GROUND FROM WHICH HE WAS TAKEN (still PHYSICALLY ALIVE) then how can we not see that it is only by God “sending forth His spirit” (seen ALLEGORICALLY in Gen 2 when God breaths the breath of life into Adam/man) that man is “created in the image of God”… and NOT BEFORE?

And looking at that which IS SEEN, in order to reveal to us those things that ARE NOT SEEN, what  happens when God “sends forth His Sprit” (His WORD, His SON, by which we are to be BORN AGAIN) into this world full of DEAD MEN?

Don’t they “crucify Him”… in a place called A SKULL?

Thus, the very WORD OF GOD (that INCORRUPTIBLE SEED) by which man was to be BORN AGAIN… was PUT TO DEATH… and BURIED IN THE HEART OF THE EARTH!

UNTIL… THE THIRD DAY!!

UNTIL…  RESURRECTION DAY!!

Our LIFE is HID with Christ in God… until HE who IS OUR LIFE APPEARS!!

Christ IN YOU, the HOPE OF GLORY!

So while this SEED OF LIFE has BEEN PLANTED in the hearts of ALL MEN, that does not mean that CHRIST (THE SPIRIT OF LIFE) “lives” in ALL MEN.

Many there are who are just as DEAD IN CHRIST as Christ is DEAD IN THEM!

There needs to be AN AWAKENING!! A RESURRECTION!!

There needs to be A SECOND COMING, if you will, OF CHRIST… this time, not as a sin offering but UNTO SALVATION!

HE WHO DIED FOR US IS OUR BLESSED ASSURANCE ~of~ RESURRECTION!!

In that HE IS RISEN!!

For, IF CHRIST BE IN YOU… the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness and IF THE SPIRIT OF HIM THAT RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD DWELL IN YOU, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Let us, therefore, be not debtors to the flesh, that we should die… but let us WALK IN THE SPIRIT AND LIVE!

Let us also understand that this comes by being BORN AGAIN. It is not something that THE NATURAL MAN… the FIRST MAN ADAM could EVER DO!!

The SPIRIT OF GOD… the BREATH OF LIFE…. IS REQUIRED!

Let’s not forget that this LIFE was NOT something that Adam had UNTIL it was SENT FORTH from God!! And it was ONLY THEN that Adam was PLACED INTO THE GARDEN… and given access to both THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL ~and~ THE TREE OF LIFE!

Let us not also forget that THE SOUL THAT SINNETH… IT SHALL DIE!

And just as we do not “give birth to” MATURE SONS… neither does God…

A CHILD “is born”… A SON “is given”.

SONSHIP requires MATURITY!!

We do not receive that “placement” (adoption) OF SONS until we have been “delivered of the child”. And we cannot be “saved in childbearing” until CHRIST (THE SON) “is formed” IN US.

It is not until HE APPEARS… that we SHALL APPEAR WITH HIM (in glory)!

We must “grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ”.

Then shall we come “in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” WHO IS THE IMAGE OF GOD.

THE FLESH IS NOT COUNTED FOR THE SEED!!

It never has been!

 

All Blessings in Christ!

Christine

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About Christine

My name is Christine and since my favorite past-time, the one that I find the most fulfilling, is studying the scriptures and seeking to know and understand "the deep things of God", I have created this blog as a place to not only post my own bible studies but as a way to connect with others who are are also seeking the Lord and the Truth. I've posted some of my studies on other websites and haven't yet decided if I will post them here, as well, or if I will just post future blogs/studies here. We'll see. Thanks for stopping by and please do so again... maybe after I get something posted. :) ALL BLESSINGS IN CHRIST!!
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8 Responses to THE FLESH IS NOT COUNTED FOR THE SEED

  1. jcmmanuel says:

    Sooo biblical always;) — Okay let me NOT go there. But… you do it with style. The very basic and simple observation that the creation of Adam was not necessarily connected to this garden, neither was it connected to the physical appearance (I guess one could think of the ‘evolution theory’ side of the story at this point) makes perfect sense. Why don’t people more often think of it. It’s a spiritual kind of story to begin with – that’s where the very quality lies.

  2. Blaine says:

    Hi!
    Thank you for posting EXCELLENT discussion points.
    If you don’t mind, I have a few questions/comments which I would hope that you consider E-Mailing me with your thoughts.
    The beings which lived in primal history (dinosaur age) were present prior the appearance of man and were created absent of the image of God within them.
    All humankind since (natural man/being) are born in the IMAGE of God. That’s why they, by nature, display the character of God insofar as love, faith, kindness and so forth. For instance, it’s the image of God which forms the human conscience; which writes the natural laws of God in our hearts.
    The spiritual man/being is re-created (changed into) the LIKENESS of God by a process of metamorphosis.
    The Garden of Eden is a parable; a visible image of an invisible reality. It expresses the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place; rather, it’s a climate … a spiritual atmosphere … dimension (for lack of a more appropriate way of explaining it). In this spiritual dimension, there are two opposing kingdoms: the Kingdom of Light (ruled by the Spirit of Life) and the Kingdom Darkness (ruled by the spirit of Death/Sin).
    The parable of the Garden is equivalent to the Kingdom of God and is comparable to the born again man being “seated in heavenly places”. Adam and Eve “fell” from this elevated position and came under bondage with the climate of the Kingdom of Darkness which dominates the flesh and which is ruled by the Law of Sin and Death.
    I don’t think there will be sufficient room for me to discuss the Tree of Knowledge and other subjects you discussed in post Post. How about I jus’ give you a Link to an article where you can read adjacent ideas?
    http://www.stolenspirit.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=749:let-us-make-man&catid=53:qpower-from-on-highq-1982

  3. Christine says:

    Thank you for the link, I will definitely check it out, as I also see the story of Adam and Eve as a parable. This story demonstrates to us “how” God is “creat-ING” man in His own image. This is done, of course, by God “sending forth his spirit” by which we are “born again”. And we get a glimpse at the difference between “the first man” (natural) and “the second man” (spiritual) in the story of Cain and Abel. We also get a picture of “Christ and the church” in “Adam and Eve”… as well as in Abel and Seth. There is no other book like the bible… when “rightly divided”.

  4. Blaine says:

    Hi! Christine
    Absolutely! A lot of the scripture are parables; especially from the Old Testament. The natural mind is largely incapable of perceiving the invisible dimension (aka: the Kingdom of Heaven). So, we shouldn’t be surprised that God spoke/inspired to the writers of scripture using parables; Jesus, oftentimes spoke in this same manner too.
    The scripture writers (prophets) of ancient days did not behave as what we know of today as ‘mediums’ or ‘soothsayers’. It’s not as if the Old Testament was forcefully written under the direction of a compelling spirit which had somehow captivated some men to write verbatim by dictation. No, it’s only the evil one who would unlawfully enslave the inner being of a man in such a manner. On the contrary, God only cooperates with man; appealing to their willful obedience.
    So, some of what we read in the Old Testament was written from the murky knowledge or from behind a veil which covered the mind of the writers. We see that these writers were divinely inspired by visions, dreams and godly parables which they dutifully/faithfully wrote. For instance, that’s why one writer improperly stated that it was God who told David to count the number of the people while another writer who possessed more insight into the realities of the Kingdom of Heaven was able to clearly state that it was the devil who instructed David (compare 2Sam 24:1 ” Again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, ‘Go, number Israel and Juda’ ” and that of 1Chr 21:1 where it more correctly says “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel”.
    Anyways, yes, I agree with your saying that story of creation in Genesis is a parable; using natural/visible images which express supernatural/invisible realities.

  5. Ken Sheck says:

    Don’t know if this will be current because I notice the messages above were written in Oct. 2011. In reference to both scriptures as to who caused or moved David to number Israel, they are both correct. We can understand David as a natural man, and with some pride or such about himself or his position, would want to know how much “power” he himself had access to and control over. In other words, perhaps pride or some other common mindset and motive or appetite caused David of his own natural self\nature to “number Israel” Satan and that which is called the anger of the Lord are one and the same thing. In scripture Israel as a people is called the generation of God’s wrath. The wrath of man is the anger that is in existence only because of what the Lord is doing in brining forth mankind as His soon to be gardener for the whole universe. The wrath is the “unfinished parts” of man and as Man is finished in God as His son who the Father will be entirely existent in, all the wrath and unfinished parts of man will be GONE. These that will be destroyed by God’s indwelling ETERNALLY EXISTENT love in us consists of all that the wrath of man is. Anger, hate, greed, prejudice against others, jealousy against others, fear, immaturity and ignorance, etc.
    When scripture tells us that God would make man in his image, God also says that they, yes, THEY, were to have dominion BY being fruitful, multiplying themselves, and subduing the {dead} earth by REPLENISHING it, or by making it alive, life producing. There is a carnal or natural meaning to this as well as a spiritual one that applies to US.

    Bless, ken

  6. Ken Sheck says:

    Since Man had to do something in order to have dominion, we can see clearly taht man was not finished “the work that God has set out for him to do”. Thus, the man that God is making is not yet completed or able to spiritually apply those commandments to be fruitful {by good works of life}, multiply the maturity they are at that time, and subdue or OVERCOME THE WORLD as it now is, and REPLENISH it and the whole universe by making it all alive as a garden and by bringing it into a life supporting and life sustaining place. The Kingdom of God on earth His will being done in earth as it is in “Spirit\heaven”.

  7. Ken Sheck says:

    God, Eternal life, is the seed, and the physical body of man is the flower of that seed, that will be able to do the things of the seed and produce in themselves that same seed able to do and be all the things the first seed is, just like flowers do.

  8. Christine says:

    Hi Ken! I wish more people could see that God is not finished with man(kind) UNTIL we are “conformed into the image of His Son” and that this is a process, that being the FINAL result (not the place from which we started).

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