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!