Chapter 3: Eden



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The Wisdom of Antiquity



The Fall of Man



The Flaming Sword



Soma, Sarx, and Pneuma



The Spirits of Elohim


The Wisdom of Antiquity

       About 4.65 billion years ago, God conceived a wonderful new plan. Having already spent eons in lonely amusement, he decided at last to have children. Like any parent, he is very excited about this prospect. Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons.

       To accomplish this, God first created the universe and filled it with stars. Among these inhabitants of deep space, God made the earth, congealing it from dense clouds of matter. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

       Planet earth is the trophy of creation, and on its surface the spirit of God pulsed and flowed with expectancy. Step by step he carefully constructed this singular and wonderful orb, preparing each portion for a specific purpose. In each phase, his attention to detail painstakingly spanned millions of years. The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

       According to his plan, God made the earth as a womb for his future offspring. He coddled the earth with delicate affection and carefully equipped it with every component necessary for the reproduction of himself. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

       The earth was prepared as a precision machine, a carefully planned environment designed to continuously generate the cyclical conditions required for spiritual growth. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. With its alternation of darkness and light, rain and sun, good and evil, the earth was made ready to transform its creatures from death unto life. It is an incubator, designed to produce the offspring of God. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

       As he worked, God established the laws of nature that would govern this most precious planet. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself. Ten times in the book of Genesis, God reaffirmed that everything on earth would bring forth after its own kind. Oak trees would bring forth only Oak trees. Monkeys would give birth only to monkeys. Horses can produce only horses. This is God’s law for everything born on planet earth. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

       Kind after kind is God’s law. Thus when God has children born on the earth, they also will become exactly like him.

       During his sixth phase of creation, God made man. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. The Hebrew word for image also means “shadow” and “heathen image.” As God stood in front of the light of living wisdom, intercepting all its rays, man became the dark shadow that was cast upon the ground. Man is the absence of light, arrayed in the shape of God. As a “heathen image” of God, man delights to worship his own will, and humanism has become the idolatry of every age. God then said, “Let Us make men under Our Shadow, as Our Representatives. Genesis 1:26 (Fenton).

       But there is more to man than just a void of darkness, for man was also made in the “likeness” of God. The Hebrew word for likeness, means “pattern.” As a “pattern,” man is a set of instructions that can reproduce the original item. As the pattern of God, man has been endowed with the ability to reproduce him. Man is the shadow and pattern of his creator.

       This first creation of mankind was a group of hunter-gatherers, the prehistoric men of antiquity. God placed these Neanderthals upon the earth more than 100,000 years ago, and they were given the authority to gather the bounty of plants and animals. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth.

       This creation of man comprised large groups of both males and females. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Having both genders readily available, God told these people to reproduce themselves. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it.

       These first people were not agricultural farmers. Rather, they were nomads who gathered what they could find. And there was not a man to till the ground. In those early days of prehistory, agriculture and irrigation were still unknown. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

       In these early verses of Genesis, the Hebrew word used for God is Elohim. Elohim is the creative aspect of God’s spirit, and it was Elohim that created all these things.

       A great while after he made these first Neanderthals, God did something new and wonderful. He needed a new creation to fit his peculiar plan. So, he made Adam, a single, solitary man for a very special purpose.

       Unlike the earlier men, Adam was not made by Elohim. Rather, Adam was made by “Yahweh-Elohim,” which is rendered “LORD God” in the King James Version. Yahweh is the proper name for God. It means, “I will become whatsoever I will, may, or can become.” This name embodies God’s pledge to become something new, and includes the power of his limitless resource as a guarantee of success.

       Even the method of manufacture was different for Adam. Adam was not spoken into existence as the Neanderthals had been. Rather, Adam was hand-crafted by God from the dust of the earth. And into this earthen body, God then breathed a special spirit. 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 soul.

       The special spirit that Yahweh placed into Adam contained the potential to become a new creature. It had the genetic ability to follow the pattern, and reproduce its Father. With the creation of Adam, God’s plan to bring forth Sons was well under way.

       God then placed Adam in a very special place, the garden of Eden. There, in that primordial splendor, Adam was kept in isolation. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

       Adam was quite unlike the earlier versions of men. Adam was hand-crafted to be an agricultural being. Accordingly, the garden of Eden was created as an agricultural paradise, a fitting habitat for the earth’s first farmer. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

       In the garden of Eden, Adam was subject to certain restrictions, designed to protect the special spirit that had been placed within him. Adam could experience a spiritual death that was previously unknown. Thus unlike the Neanderthals, Adam could not eat all the food that he might find. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

       Also unlike earlier men, Adam was alone. If he was to reproduce himself like the other creatures of earth, he would first need a wife. God eventually set out to resolve this problem. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

       But after a thorough review of all the creatures of earth, God could not find a wife for Adam. There was no creature that could compare with the hand-crafted excellence of Adam, nor the brilliance of his spirit. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

       God thus determined to look inside Adam himself. With that in mind, God removed a small piece of Adam’s skeletal structure and used it to hand-fashion a wife, who came to be called Eve. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.

       Eve found her origin in Adam, and hence had the genetic capacity to share Adam’s destiny. And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. As Adam’s helpmate, Eve contained the womb for Adam’s children, and thus she was called, “womb-man.” And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

       With the finalization of Adam and Eve, the initial phase for the birth of God’s Sons was complete. God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

       The Hebrew word for day is yom. Yom means, “daytime as opposed to night; a period of twenty-four hours; a period of unspecified duration.” The six days of creation were not twenty-four hours each. The “days” of Genesis were individual phases of God’s work, periods of time of unspecified duration. This is conclusively illustrated when immediately after the creation, God referred to all the seven days as one single yom, or “day.” These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day (yom) that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.

       On the seventh day of creation God rested from his labors; his work was completed. And he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. These days of creation are an allegory. The seventh day symbolizes a people, the firstbegotten Sons of God that are to be born upon the earth. For six thousand years God will labor with man to beget these new spirit beings. On the seventh day this firstborn group of Sons will be finished. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made. God will eventually glorify these firstborn Sons, set them over his creation, and rest in their new administration. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.

       These firstborn Sons of God will receive the double portion blessing reserved for a firstborn in Israel. The double spiritual wealth of this group is incalculable, for they will become the body of “Christ.” When they are complete, God will transfer his ruling authority to this heavenly body. The arrival of these seventh-day Sons will be heralded by the seventh angel of Revelation. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

       Adam and Eve had hand-crafted bodies and special spirits- thus they had the longevity of angels. As created beings they did not possess immortality, but rather, they were perpetually renewed by the living essence of God. Since they could freely eat of all the trees of Eden but one, their diet included the Tree of Life.

       How long they lived in this blessed state, no one knows. Adam’s life is reckoned as 930 years, but this is measured from the date of his fall. He may have lived in Eden for quite some time, prior to eating from the Tree of Death.

       Using the actual ages of the patriarchs given in the Bible, it is possible to count backwards and ascertain the date for the fall of Adam and Eve. According to the Companion Bible this took place in 4,004 BC. According to the Reese Chronological Bible Adam fell in 3,975 BC. It is no accident that secular history records the birth of agriculture at Sumer, in the region of Eden, about the same time.

The Fall of Man

       Adam and Eve were a peculiar creation, hand-crafted for the high purpose of God. Accordingly, God never told Adam and Eve to reproduce, as he had told the earlier people. In fact, Adam and Eve didn’t know how. Thus they dwelt together naked, but without children. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

       In Eden’s paradise Adam and Eve lived as kings, with all their needs met by the devoted care of God. They did not need to strive to know God, for each day he walked and talked with them, in the cool of the evening. They did not need clothes, for the climate of Eden was always perfect. They did not worry about food as the hunter-gatherers who lived outside the garden. Instead, Adam had a job, to keep the garden and to dress it. In Eden, God abundantly provided everything that Adam and Eve required. Their days were immersed in the beauty, truth, grace, and presence of God. Out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

       Along with Adam and Eve in the garden, there was a Serpent. This Serpent was not a garter snake. The Serpent was an upright biped, specially created as an instrument of evil, in the hand of God. Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.

       The Hebrew word for serpent is nachash. Nachash means “snake,” but in this case, nachash is not a reptile, it is a proper name. Like Redd Foxx or Sitting Bull, Mr. “Serpent” was a man. And within this man there pulsed the rebellious iniquity of Satan. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; ... Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; ... Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

       The being called “Serpent” was created and sustained by the power of God. It was the wisdom of God that directed all his actions.

       Nachash is symbolized by the staff of God in the hand of Moses. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. This troublous serpent, though fearsome at its entrance, soon became an instrument of deliverance. This serpent-staff played an essential role as Moses rescued the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery. In similar fashion, the evil of Nachash is a necessary component in the overcoming process which will eventually change the children of Adam into the Sons of God. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand.

       God is the creator and sustainer of all good and every evil. All his applications of good and evil are directed toward the eternal deliverance of man. Even the wicked rebellion found in Nachash served the pleasure of God and now contributes to the birth of God’s Sons. For the knowledge of good and evil is fundamental to the structure of God’s spiritual offspring.

       During the good days in Eden, Adam received the personal instruction of God. This was a time of calm and preparation, even as the stage was being set for what appeared as disaster. The seeds of Eve’s failure were sown in these “good” times.

       When God first told Adam not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil, Eve was not present. She had not yet been created. Eve received this instruction later on, but this second-hand information did not produce the personal knowledge, nor the intimate relationship with God, that would be required to sustain her. You too must come to know God personally and intimately, or you too will fail.

       Nothing in the garden of Eden happened by accident. Its just that the glory of Eden was never intended to endure forever. When the ominous day of evil drew near, Adam was dispatched by the wisdom of God to a far-off corner of the garden. While attending to some minor chore, the foreboding gloom of God engulfed his wife.

       God intends that husbands and wives should irrevocably entwine their lives to achieve spiritual victory. They are not to be separated. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. By this unity they can ward off the attacks of Satan and garner spiritual success at every hand.

       The cowardly Serpent would never have come against Adam and Eve together. Instead he singled out the naive, beautiful, naked, harmless Eve, as the singular object of his sordid desires.

       Eve was alone when her hour came. When Eve saw Nachash, she was not alarmed by his presence- he was obviously a familiar sight in the garden. When Nachash spoke to Eve, she was not surprised by his speech. She was not repulsed by his appearance or his touch.

       But the spirit of Satan had entered into Nachash, and Eve knew not that he had become a formidable and lethal enemy. By the evil power of Satan working through Nachash, Eve was beguiled, seduced, and quickly overwhelmed. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

       Eve’s response was weak. She did not specifically name the forbidden tree, she only alluded to its location. Eve’s reply was thus accurate, but also incomplete and exploring. Precariously, it left the door open to further discussion. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

       Eve’s feeble reply was also made in the third person, “God hath said, ... .” Eve had not internalized the wisdom of God as her own. She had not yet incorporated his instruction into her attitudes and actions. It had not yet become a part of her own personal character. To Eve, the wisdom of God was still an external commandment, as written in stones, and not in her heart.

       Eve made only a single reply to the advances of Satan. She had that one, solitary chance to defeat his power and prevent disaster. But preventing Eve’s failure was not God’s plan. Eve had been specially prepared for that moment. She had been purposefully separated from Adam, and she did not have the firsthand, personal instruction of God. She did not have the attitude of one doing battle; she was not a warrior for truth. Eve had not internalized the commandments of God, and her defense lacked the power of personal conviction. Her single response was weak and ineffectual. Eve had been prepared to fail. By the wisdom of God she lacked the aptitude for victory, and her one hope for success gently whispered away on the evening breeze.

       Then came the cunning power of the Serpentine lie. Satan’s statements always contain some truth, but his truth is always laced with a fatal dose of spiritual strychnine. By swallowing his truth without careful scrutiny, Eve also ingested his poison. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

       True to Satan’s assertion, Eve gained the knowledge of good & evil when she ate of the tree. But contrary to Satan’s lie, Eve then entered into a state of spiritual death. The glistening spirit that had been placed into her fell into a corruption of servitude. For in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And this was the plan of God.

       God is the energizer of Satanic evil. He was standing right there in Eden, watching this catastrophic nightmare. He could have stopped it at any time. He could have personally instructed Eve, or had Adam return suddenly. God could have prevented this ruinous horror, but that would not have accomplished his goal.

       Instead, according to the purpose of God, Eve was enraptured by Satanic deception. Being seduced and defeated, she actually found herself hungering for the Tree of Death. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.

       At length Adam returned to the scene, to find his pathetic, beautiful, lifelong companion, adorned by the knowledge of good and evil, and groveling in spiritual death. In the agony of this wretched scheme, Adam surely groaned and wept. Even now one can see him throwing himself to the ground and crying out to God with a nauseous sobbing pain that could not be comforted.

       Adam wrestled a long time with the ramifications of this enduring nightmare. But alas the foul deed was done and irreversible. The finality was grave, and writhing, Adam struggled to comprehend the sovereignty of God in this situation of incomprehensible horror.

       In the end, Adam was faced with only two choices. He could either abandon Eve to the lonely wretchedness of her sin, or he could join her.

       Adam was steered through this intense situation by the personal instruction of God. Adam learned that man’s subjection to sin was required for the future production of God’s spiritual Sons. The wisdom of God thus required Adam to sacrifice himself, that he might join Eve in the grip of death.

       This knowledge of God’s plan and sovereignty did not make Adam’s task any easier; it only made it purposive. No doubt Adam sweat great drops of blood, suffering in agonizing torment as he wrestled with his new, unwanted destiny.

       But soon Adam was strengthened by the abiding love of his Heavenly Father. And for the joy of obedience unto God (the joy that was set before him) Adam set aside his own desires for peace and self-preservation. In willing surrender unto self-sacrifice, Adam chose to join the woman he loved. And [Eve] gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

       By acting in obedience to God, Adam gained all the knowledge and experience of sin, but he was not a transgressor. He who knew no sin, was made sin by the wisdom of God. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

       Eve’s sin with Nachash was physical adultery. Just like Jesus, Eve was betrayed by a kiss. As Eve was engaged in this failure, her senses were aroused. So the woman perceiving that the tree was good for food, and beautiful to the eyes, and a tree stimulating to the intellect, she took some of its fruit and ate it. Genesis 3:6 (Fenton). The Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil was sexual intercourse, and by the use of aprons, Adam and Eve tried to hide their new discovery. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

       The result of eating from this tree was the physical conception of children. Thus the judgment of God was made appropriate to the crime, and for Eve’s punishment she was sentenced to pain in childbirth. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.

       The Serpent had beguiled Eve of her chastity. As the serpent completely deceived Eve, in his craftiness, your minds should be corrupted from the singleness and the chasteness which are due unto the Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 (Emphasized). After partaking of the forbidden tree, Eve would become a mother. And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. By way of protection and consolation, God then covered their naked bodies. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

       Eve was sexually seduced by Nachash and conceived to him. Shortly afterward she engaged in the same activity with Adam, and conceived also to him. She took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Nine months later Eve gave birth to twins. And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. Abel was the child of Adam, but Cain was the child of Nachash and he inherited the same Satanic spirit of his father. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother.

       This simple truth is illustrated by the fact that both good & evil grew on the same tree. In this case the tree is represented by Eve’s womb, which Cain and Abel occupied at the same time.

       Cain and Abel grew up, and eventually both men offered a sacrifice to the Lord. Abel’s sacrifice was accepted by God, but Cain’s was rejected. This rejection caused Cain to enter a jealous rage and to kill his half-brother Abel. When God questioned Cain about the event, Cain lied to God. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?

       Cain was the offspring of Nachash; he was a murderer and a liar from the beginning. Thus God placed a curse upon Cain which would pass on to all his descendants. Now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand.

       God then sent Cain away from the geographical area of Eden, so that his children would not commingle with the future children of Adam and Eve. This curse upon Cain was so wretched that he feared for his life as he encountered the hunter-gatherer peoples who lived in the area. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

       Eventually Cain settled in with these nomadic peoples and chose himself a wife. Cain became a great leader of these people, introducing them to civilization, agriculture, and the construction of permanent cities. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

       Cain was eventually killed in a hunting accident by Lamech, his great, great, great grandson. In this same accident, the young son of Lamech was also killed. And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold. (See also, Jasher 2:27-31.)

       In the aftermath of Eden’s fall, Cain was sent away and Abel was dead. A great while later, Adam and Eve had another son, named Seth. It is this third son, Seth, who eventually continued the Adamic race.

       It is interesting to note that Eve’s spiritual weakness had appeared only when she had been separated from Adam. God then remedied this vulnerability by redirecting her desires. From that time forward, Eve would find her fulfillment only in being alongside her husband. And thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

       Even the wives of today will find their peace and spiritual victory in remaining in devoted concert with their husbands. Married people today must jealously guard this mutual desire as their most precious treasure. When husbands and wives immerse themselves in gratitude, giving, and self-sacrifice, marriages flourish. Anything else leads to discord, adultery, failure, and spiritual death.

The Flaming Sword

       The fall of Adam and Eve was crucial to God’s plan, and accomplished three important things. It provided Adam and Eve with the knowledge of physical procreation; it provided them with the knowledge of good & evil; and it lowered them into a state of spiritual death. Prior to their failure in Eden they did not possess these three essential components.

       When Adam and Eve sinned, they gained the knowledge of procreation. Before their fall they lived together in naked bliss, but they had no children. Their hearts and minds were guileless and naive. They were fulfilled and happy in all things. They were not self-seeking, sensual, or hedonistic, and they knew nothing of reproduction. They were never given the command to be fruitful and multiply, and they did not know how.

       But the knowledge of procreation was essential to the proliferation of their race. Without this knowledge they would have remained alone in idle amusement, and you would never have been born. From the sorrow of Eden’s fall, have come the billions of Adamites who have lived upon the earth.

       When Adam and Eve sinned, they also gained the knowledge of good & evil. This knowledge is immensely important. All good and all evil is created by God himself. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Thus the knowledge of good & evil is also the knowledge of God. Good and evil events are a viewport into the mind of God. Since God possesses the knowledge of good & evil, this knowledge is also required for his offspring. You have been subjected to the painful vanity of good & evil on planet earth, and this knowledge and experience makes you more like your Heavenly Father. And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil.

       The third important thing accomplished by Eden’s fall, was the spiritual demise of Adam and Eve. Contrary to Satan’s lie, when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they fell into a state of spiritual death.

       The Bible asserts that all men on the earth today are born spiritually “dead.” For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Whether walking around or lying in a cemetery, they do not have eternal life. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead. The unregenerate mortals of earth must be constantly replenished by the spirit of God to survive. They are not self-contained producers of autonomous life. Their continued existence is a gift, not a possession. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

       After the Satanic seduction and failure of Adam and Eve, they came to be ruled by a tyrant of spiritual death. This despotic purveyor of destruction is the fallen, self-centered, Adamic nature. It is called the “carnal mind.”

       The carnal mind was conceived in spiritual adultery, and it is the spiritual offspring of Satan. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. This mind prefers spiritual death above all else. It is sensual, completely selfish, and can never forgive.

       The carnal mind is also “double-minded,” in that it is mesmerized by both good & evil. It dwells in a bipolar world. It can be recognized by its relentless drive to classify every earthly event as either “good” or “evil.” Thus the carnal mind in every man flogs its host to pursue one or the other, and it really matters very little which. For both of these grow on the same tree, and this is the tree of death. Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

       The pursuit of good or evil will both result in continued death for the Adamic race. Death by evil is an obvious malady. It comes amidst impurities, perversions, drugs, crime, and produces both a spiritual and physical demise. Death by good is far more subtle. It arrives amidst temporal abundance, and lurks in the self-righteousness of those who think that wealth and works will make them immortal. To be sure, good excels evil as the heavens are higher than the earth. And you are commanded by God to pursue good and to turn away from evil deeds. But if your spiritual understanding remains paralyzed in this duality, you will die either way.

       Having gained the knowledge of good & evil, your task now is not simply to shun evil and do good. Rather, your mission is to find your way out of spiritual death. Spiritual immortality cannot be found in either good or evil. No amount of good can give you spiritual life. Spiritual life can only be obtained by changing trees. You must climb down off the Tree of Good & Evil, and walk to the Tree of Life.

       The Tree of Life is Jesus Christ. He is the pattern Son, the firstborn of many brethren. He is what you are to become. I am come that they might have life.

       As you begin your trek toward the immortality of Jesus Christ, moving from death unto life, you will encounter the flaming sword of God. When Adam and Eve sinned, God placed a flaming sword to guard the way to the Tree of Life. Your path to eternal life leads through this sword. As a beacon of flashing flame, this sword lights your way to Sonship. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

       The flaming sword represents a process that accomplishes the destruction of your carnal mind. God does not intend for you to gain eternal life while still infested with your fallen, Adamic nature. God intends that your Satanic, double-minded, idolatrous carnal mind, must die.

       This crucifixion of your carnality is also the maturing process for your spirit. As you begin your approach unto life, your carnality will be hacked to pieces and torched. It is the death and decay of this old Adamic nature that provides the nutrients for your spiritual growth.

       The flaming sword represents the earthly trials and afflictions that God brings to your life. Whether you call them good or evil, these events are intended to accomplish the destruction of your carnal mind, and by this same process, the acquisition of your spiritual maturity.

       When the sword of undeserved tribulation enters into your daily sphere, be assured that you are on the path to spirit life. As you are pummeled by terrifying episodes of horror, look through the pain and hold fast to the eternal purpose of God. For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

       The slashing, burning, unfair actions of earthly travail, are part of the process that will lead to your own spiritual conquest. Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. For according to the plan of God, spiritual beauty, life, and joy, can come only from the ashes of your carnality. To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning.

       The carnal mind is addicted to good and evil, and these two must both be eradicated. Good and evil are symbolized by Cain and Abel. Spiritually, Abel represents good and Cain represents evil. Just as Cain and Abel were twins, so also good & evil are twins, for they both grow on the same tree. Good & evil are the twins of spiritual death, the offspring of the carnal mind.

       The destruction of good & evil are symbolized by the experiences of Cain and Abel. Cain was cursed by God and sent far away, but Abel was murdered, or “sacrificed.” This is the formula for the restoration of man. The evil in your life must be sent far away, and the good must be sacrificed.

       This process is further illustrated by Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael was sent away by Abraham, and Isaac was sacrificed. Again, in the New Testament, the evil Barabbas was sent away, while the good Jesus Christ was crucified.

       After you begin to send “evil” away, God will then sacrifice the “good” of your life. This is the work of the flaming sword. Both good and evil must be chopped-up, burnt-up, and consumed as by fire. The only thing that will survive this process is your newly matured spirit, and it will partake of the Tree of Life.

       As you turn away from evil, God will bring experiences to your life that will rearrange your priorities. By this, your good and evil works will all become vain and unprofitable. This process will realign your desires, so that you will not love family, or business, or your own life, nearly as much as you desire God’s fullness. If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

       All that you now value on earth will be hacked to pieces and torched by the love of God. When this process is complete, even earthly good will lose its allure, and your values will be permanently altered to prefer the eternal realm of the spirit above all else. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things.

       Under the Levitical Law there were two goats used in the Atonement. One goat received the sins, or evil, of the people. This goat was cursed and sent far away into the wilderness. Like Cain, he was soon killed by the seemingly accidental events of life on earth. In your life also, the evil must first be sent away. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

       The second goat of Atonement was unspotted and perfect. This sinless goat was sacrificed. It is the blood of this sinless, good goat that finally came to rest upon the Ark of the Covenant. It is the blood of this sacrifice that represents your spiritual destiny, to sit upon the mercy seat of the Ark, which is the golden throne of God.

       The sacrifice of the “good” in your life is not accidental. It is specifically accomplished by the sovereign wisdom of God. When your perfect spouse, children, business, or health, suddenly and inexplicably fail, you are passing through the flaming sword- you are on your way to the golden throne of God. This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.

       Your carnal mind is a double-minded, Satanic assassin. It is a cross-eyed beast, that worships one god of good and another god of evil. Being thus blinded, it cannot perceive the indivisible wisdom of God.

       In contrast, the spiritual Mind of Christ is singly eyed. It prefers an unshakable faith in God’s utter and total sovereignty. The Mind of Christ willingly surrenders to the wisdom of its Father, even when it doesn’t understand it. This surrender will lead unto self-sacrifice, and the crucifixion of your carnality. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, ... being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

       Just as Jesus did, you must learn that every power in the universe is sustained by God. Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above. As John the Baptist, you must come to understand that every accident on earth is the orchestration of God. John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. As Paul, you must become immovably steadfast in the confusing, unseen wisdom of every earthly event. According to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.

       To the Mind of Christ, all things in the created realm are but a sequence of events, emanating from the throne of God, to accomplish his purpose. The Mind of Christ is an experiential possession of the knowledge of God’s total sovereignty. It is the product of the flaming sword. If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

       When God decides to move you toward spiritual maturity, he will bring undeserved trials to your life. When these experiences arrive, you won’t like them at all. Your first thought will be disbelief. Your first inclination will be to deny God’s sovereignty and run away.

       But each crisis is actually a disguised opportunity to bring about your own spiritual immortality. The afflictions of life present opportunities for you to crucify your carnal mind, and to mature your spirit.

       When an inexplicable problem arises in your life, rather than blame the Devil for it, look it straight in the eye and proclaim that the wisdom of your Heavenly Father is lurking inside, even inside the torment and anguish. This is the doorway to spiritual life. The afflictions of earth are caused by your Heavenly Father. They present opportunities for your willing surrender unto self-sacrifice. This is the same opportunity Adam received in Eden, and Jesus received in Gethsemane. Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

       Face your dilemma squarely, and offer yourself as a living sacrifice. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God. By this spiritual warfare your selfish carnal mind will be killed. As you succeed in this battle, you will climb down off the Tree of Death and approach to the Tree of Life.

       The two special trees in the garden of Eden both represent conceptions, the initiation of new life. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil produced physical conception, which resulted in spiritual death. So also, the Tree of Life produces a spiritual conception, which will result in spiritual immortality.

       The Tree of Life is a promise that you too can possess the same eternal life that now dwells in Christ Jesus. When a seed from his spirit is brought to maturity inside your spirit, you will become a new source of autonomous spiritual life. You will become a spiritually begotten Son of the Living God.

       After Cain and Abel were destroyed, Adam and Eve had a second son. This new son was named Seth, and he represents the spiritual Sons of God, born from the Tree of Life. Seth symbolizes an entirely new spirit creature that is born after the carnal mind and its good & evil have been destroyed.

       Seth is not Eve’s first birthing, but her second. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. Seth, Eve’s second birthing, represents the spirit child of God. The first man is of the ground, earthy: the second man is of heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:47 (Emphasized).

       And so it is with you. Your first birth brought forth your physical Adamic body. Now it is your second, spiritual birth, that will bring forth the offspring of God.

       Your physical man and its carnal mind will inherit nothing from God. It is only your spirit that can inherit all the wisdom, wealth, and life of your Heavenly Father. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

       As your physical glories are exhausted in earthly vanity, God will do a supernatural work in your spirit, to bring forth a spiritual child. Your spirit is to conceive to the life that is found in Jesus Christ. By this you will bring forth a new spirit being; a begotten  Son of God.

       Just as in the book of Genesis, everything on earth brings forth after its own kind. Thus the Sons of God that are born on the earth will become just like their Father. As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. The spiritually conceived Sons of God will inherit eternal life, and all the wealth that their Father possesses. To accomplish this spiritual birth is the only reason for your existence on this planet. That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

       Prior to the fall of Adam and Eve in Eden, they did not know how to have children. They gained this knowledge when they were overwhelmed by evil. Thus evil was the catalyst necessary for reproduction.

       Spiritually the process is identical. Without your subjection to evil, you could not bring forth a spiritual child. This was God’s purpose for the fall of mankind in Eden. The Adamic race has been subjected to evil, that it might eventually bring forth the Sons of God. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

       As a result of Eve’s failure in Eden, she received perhaps the single greatest promise of God in the entire Bible. This promise was God’s unconditional statement that she would experience earthly sorrow, and that as a result, she would bring forth a spirit child. All the immutable power of God lies in this promise of ultimate spiritual triumph. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.

       This one phrase, In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, summarizes the mind of God. It reveals his plan for man, the process that will achieve it, and your destiny. You will have sorrow, and you will bring forth a spirit Son. The veracity and performance of this promise does not depend on your actions. The power of this promise resides purely in the pleasure of God. In his own good time, God will bring forth his Sons from the people of the Adamic race. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Soma, Sarx, and Pneuma

       The garden of Eden was a physical and historical place, but it also symbolizes the motives and methods of God. Eden is an allegory of your life.

       In Hebrew, garden of Eden means “enclosure of pleasure.” Within this enclosure there were three principal players: Adam, Eve, and Nachash. The Bible describes these three as co-existing inside the garden that God planted.

       Your life is also the garden of God. You are the planting of the Lord, and the garden of Eden represents your present state upon planet earth. Your Adamic existence is an experience in sensuality (pleasure), ordained by the wisdom of God. Within this enclosure your life has three parts: Adam represents your physical body; Eve represents your spirit; and Nachash represents your fallen Adamic nature, the errant desires of the carnal mind. A garden enclosed is my Darling, my Perfect. Song of Solomon 4:12 (Fenton).

       Your physical body is symbolized by Adam. Adam was formed from the dust of the ground. His body then became a container for the spirit that God breathed into him. By this, God became Adam’s Father twice, first in the natural, then in the spirit. In like fashion, your physical body is a container for the spirit that God placed inside you.

       The physical body is perfectly described in the Greek by the word, soma. Soma means, “the body, both of men or animals, living or dead.” The body (soma) is the hardware of your life, and includes the five basic senses. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, ... And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, ... for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body (soma) should be cast into hell.

       The body (soma) originates the physical needs required to sustain its health. These include the need for food, water, warmth, and sleep. Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body (soma), what ye shall put on.

       The soma is the home for your spirit during its earthly sojourn. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body (soma), we are absent from the Lord. The soma has no life of its own. It is only a physical container for the spirit. The body (soma) without the spirit is dead. When the spirit leaves the body, the body dies. Thus the soma can be considered as being either alive or dead. He went to Pilate, and begged the body (soma) of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body (soma) to be delivered.

       Your spirit is represented by Eve. Before Eve’s incarnation she dwelt inside Adam’s physical body. In like fashion, your spirit dwells inside your physical body. Also like Eve, your spirit is feminine. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD. This means that, like a woman, your spirit has the ability to reproduce life. God is the Father of every spirit, and every human being has a personal spirit which came out from God. It is this spirit that is capable of reproducing a Son of God.

       The spirit is perfectly described in the Greek by the word, pneuma. Pneuma means, “the wind; breath; the spirit, which like the wind, is invisible, immaterial and powerful.” Pneuma is used for the spirit in man, the Holy Spirit, and the spirits of angels and demons. A pneuma can be either good or evil, but it is never both.

       When applied specifically to the spirit in a man, pneuma means, “the sentient element in man, that by which he perceives, reflects, feels, desires.” Pneuma is “the vital principal by which the body is animated; a simple essence, possessed of the power of knowing, desiring, deciding, and acting.”

       Your spirit (pneuma) is the real “you.” It is your self-awareness, your conscience, and your living personality. You are a spirit being (pneuma) dwelling inside a physical body. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit (pneuma) of man which is in him? Your spirit was sent from God and entered your body when you were conceived in your mother’s womb. When your body dies, this process is reversed. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit (pneuma) shall return unto God who gave it.

       Your spirit (pneuma), desires uprightness in your life. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit (pneuma) in the gospel of his Son. The spirit cannot bring forth evil. It can be subjected to evil, and beguiled by evil, but of itself it can bring forth only Godliness. For the fruit of the Spirit (pneuma) is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.

       The pneuma (spirit) in man is sinless, and not corruptible. But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit (pneuma). Though your mind and body may sin, yet your spirit cannot. And if Christ be in you, the body (soma) is dead because of sin; but the Spirit (pneuma) is life because of righteousness. Your spirit subsists in purity, awaiting the quickening unto life. For we through the Spirit (pneuma) wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. Your spirit is expected to grow up, grow strong, and ultimately to seize control of your body. But I keep under my body (soma), and bring it into subjection.

       Your fallen Adamic nature is represented by Nachash. Just as Nachash lived side-by-side with Adam and Eve in the garden, so also your carnal mind lives alongside your body and spirit. Nachash was Satanically energized as the betrayer of Eve. So also, your own carnal nature is energized by evil, and is the betrayer of your spirit. Nachash represents the corrupt, “fleshly” nature of mortal man.

       The flesh is well described in the Greek by the word, sarx. Sarx can mean, “flesh; the soft substance of the living body.” But sarx also means, “human nature; the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence; the animal nature.”

       When Adam and Eve fell into sin, their human nature took on a new and devilish character. The sarx (flesh) was infused with Satanic evil. After that the sarx was defined as, “the seat of sin in man (but this is not the same thing as in the body); the lower and temporary element in the Christian.” Sarx is most often used in the New Testament to describe an acquired, sinister, and malignant nature. The sarx is your own carnality.

       Your carnal mind is the offspring of Satan through Nachash. This is Satan’s entrance into your life. Because the carnal mind (sarx) is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Your own carnality is a conduit for Satanic evil. By this oppressive miscreant you are made subject to the vanities of earth. All of your sins have been originated by Satanic power, acting through your “flesh” (sarx), which is the carnal mind. I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh (sarx) the law of sin.

       The sarx is a treacherous villain, a conspirator meeting with the Devil to plot the sins that are later expressed in a groveling body. The wicked sarx is a dumping ground for every Satanic notion that is looking for a home. As a diseased depository, it accepts every desire for filth and uses these unctions to bombard your body and spirit. Putting off the body of the sins of the flesh (sarx).

       The sarx was created in Eden and has been placed in your life as the loyal opposition. It is the adversary of your spirit. Your spirit is expected to rise up and slay the sarx. The sarx is to be eradicated from your life. Make not provision for the flesh (sarx), to fulfil the lusts thereof.

       This is the maturing process for the spirit Son of God that is growing within you. By this competition this spirit warrior must distinguish himself as one of the greatest conquerors who will ever exist. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh (sarx) with the affections and lusts.

       The trilateral consortium of Adam, Eve, and Nachash, represent the composition of every man. Each human being is composed of body (soma), spirit (pneuma), and a licentious human nature (sarx).

       Before the fall in Eden, these three dwelt together in peace, along with the visible presence of God. But after the fall, the relationship between body, spirit, and flesh were dramatically altered. Both Nachash and Adam had inseminated Eve. Eve was thus joined as one flesh with Nachash. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. And Eve was also joined unto one flesh with Adam. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

       At the fall in Eden, Eve became welded into one flesh with both Adam and Nachash. This represents the fallen state of Adamic man today, for your spirit is now fused to a physical body and an evil carnal nature.

       The insemination of Eve was the forbidden fruit, the very action that God had prohibited at the Tree of Good & Evil. When Nachash and Adam violated this prohibition, God set a curse on them both. For their rebellion and sin, God cursed Nachash (the flesh), and Adam (the body). These are the “curses of Eden.”

       The fall of the Adamic race was instigated by Nachash. Thus he received the first curse of God. As the serpent, the fleshly nature of man was cursed by God to become the lowly carnal mind. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field.

       The carnal mind of man is the lowest form of animal life on planet earth. Upon thy belly shalt thou go. Only man is capable of blasphemy, perversion, and depravity. Like Nachash, the sarx was invaded by Satan, and became the carnal mind. This carnal mind is of its father, the Devil. It is deluded with evil and enthralled with its own beauty. It is the father of lies, and a murderer from the beginning. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness.

       This Satanic adversary (Nachash, the sarx, the carnal mind) was then given power over your body (the dust). And dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. To your fallen carnal nature, your body is but snake food, the fodder and playground of iniquity.

        Adam was made from the dust of the earth, and hence the second curse of God was directed to the ground, which represents the substance of the physical body. And unto Adam he said, ... cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.

       After the fall, the physical body of man began to produce disease, aging, and death. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee. This corrupted body requires constant effort to prolong its health, and in the end it will die. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

       The fall of Adam in Eden was the plan of God all along. For though Adam was created as a man to “till the ground,” he was not actually set to this task until after the fall. Only after the fall was Adam finally sent forth from the garden to accomplish the objective for which he was created. Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. Thus the fall of Adam and Eve, and the curses of Eden, were the plan of God from the beginning.

       For her part, Eve did not receive a curse from God, but she was made subject to both Adam and Nachash. Eve (the spirit) was made subservient to Adam (the body). Today your spirit is enslaved to the maintenance of your physical body and besieged by the constant cravings of the five senses. And thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

       Eve (the spirit) was also made subject to the torment of Nachash (the carnal mind). By the edict of God, the spirit and the carnal mind took up permanent positions as sworn enemies. Today your spirit and your carnal mind are locked in mortal combat, a battle to the death. Your spirit must ultimately eradicate the carnality within you. Through this struggle your spirit will eventually bring forth a Son of God, matured and strong. I will put enmity between you [the carnal mind] and the woman [the spirit], and between your offspring and her offspring; He [the spirit Son within you] shall bruise and tread your head under foot, and you [the carnal nature] will lie in wait and bruise His heel. Genesis 3:15 (Amplified).

       The events of Eden produced the state of your existence today: you are a feminine spirit that is chained to the curses of God. You are Adam, Eve, and Nachash; soma, sarx, and pneuma; three travelers bonded in a struggle of life against death. The current condition of man is this contradictive mixture of sin, vanity, discord, shame, and sensuality, all joined to the promise of immortal strength.

       In this new interrelationship men need God desperately, yet hide from him. Running and darting amongst the trees of the garden, they waiver precariously between good and evil, life and death. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

       God is the benevolent source of all goodness and each day he calls to wayfaring man. God initiates every contact with his fallen creatures. He comes to you, and not vice-versa. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

       But in terror, and with a destitute spirituality, man hides from God’s truth, his judgment, and life. I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. All this wondrous drama is enfolded within the stealthy wisdom of God, as he surreptitiously manipulates all things, with a feigned naiveté. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?

       Sealed within the womb of planet earth this intrigue unfolds, with each actor playing its assigned role and coursing toward its certain destiny. The body, carnal mind, and spirit, each have a part to play. Romans 8:13 describes this current state of man, and summarizes the objectives of your spirit. For if ye live after the flesh (sarx), ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit (pneuma) do mortify the deeds of the body (soma), ye shall live.

       The carnal mind (sarx) is God cursed, despitefully wicked and deceitful above all things. The body (soma) is duped and controlled by the carnal mind. As a parasite the carnal mind uses the body to bring forth evil deeds, which hasten the body’s own demise.

       The spirit (pneuma) has an objective. It must control the deeds of the body and kill the carnal mind. This takes place at the flaming sword, where the carnal mind is hacked to pieces and torched. Accomplishing this is a prerequisite that you must complete before you will ever partake of the Tree of Life.

       This same interrelationship is illustrated in the Tabernacle. The first and largest room is the Holy place and it represents the body (soma). Like the body, this room is equipped with bread, oil lamps, and incense, which minister to the five senses.

       The smaller inner room is the Most Holy Place, and it represents the spirit (pneuma). Like your spirit, this smaller room contains the Ark of the Covenant, the unbroken laws of God, and the luminous glory of God’s abiding presence.

       Between these two rooms is a sturdy veil. This veil sits at enmity between the body and the spirit, blocking access and vision. The veil represents the flesh (sarx), the carnal mind. It is this veil that was ripped in half at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, just as the carnal mind in you must be crucified and destroyed. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh (sarx).

       Your body was designed as a container for your spirit. Within this container your feminine spirit is expected to conceive to the Holy Spirit and bring forth a new Son of God. But by the wisdom of God, the interjection of Satan-Nachash (the sarx), complicated this simple arrangement. What? know ye not that your body (soma) is the temple of the Holy Ghost (pneuma) which is in you, which ye have of God?

       The sarx was Satan’s futile attempt to prevent the birth of God’s Sons. Since the fall of Adam in Eden, every human baby has been born with a sarx, a fallen, Adamic nature. Each child comes into the world laboring under the two curses of Eden, one on the mind, and the other on the body. When your spirit conceives to the Holy Spirit, and you set out on the path to Sonship, you will find the sarx already in your way. It stands as a veil, to block your vision and impede your progress.

       Each morning of your life, Satan’s Sarx paces to and fro, like Goliath, boasting conceitedly, asserting that its power is invincible, and defying the promise of the living God. Daily the Sarx arrogantly demands obeisance from your body and spirit, as some pompous, little, over-stuffed, self-possessed dictator. This, your own carnal mind, is the Anti-Christ. It is the adversary of your spiritual maturity. It is the minister of Satan in your life. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he [the carnal mind] as God sitteth in the temple of God [your body], shewing himself that he is God.

       As long as the sarx continues its reign of terror in your daily affairs, spiritual mastery will elude you. Every morning this contest begins anew, sarx verses spirit, death verses life. Within the battleground of your own body, your spirit must eventually become victorious over the carnal mind. For they that are after the flesh (sarx) do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit (pneuma) the things of the Spirit.

       The victory of the Sons of God must originate within your spirit. Which worship God in the spirit (pneuma), and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh (sarx). After your spirit conceives to the Holy Spirit, it then mounts an offensive to destroy the carnal mind. So then they that are in the flesh (sarx) cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh (sarx), but in the Spirit (pneuma), if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

       The carnal mind craves to perpetuate your spiritual death. But as this slithering adversary is destroyed, the conquering Son of God within you will eat from the Tree of Life. For to be carnally (sarx) minded is death; but to be spiritually (pneuma) minded is life and peace.

       This battle between soma, sarx, and pneuma, has been specially provided by the wisdom of God. It is designed to produce the spiritual strength required for the mature Sons of God. And the outcome of this confrontation rests in the certainty of God’s plan, administered by his loving kindness.

       God made your body sorrowful. In sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. He also made your spirit sorrowful. In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children. These two will be changed and brought to a glorious resurrection. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly. Though your spirit is now in anguish, it carries the promise of eternal life. In the midst of judgment there is the promise and the certainty of the Lord’s deliverance there shall be no gloom for her who was in anguish. Isaiah 9:1 Amplified.

       But the carnal mind was never sorrowful. It is a ravenous destroyer which is never satisfied with its destructions. Your fallen carnal nature was designed to fail, and it will eventually die. It is the spirit (pneuma) that quickeneth; the flesh (sarx) profiteth nothing. For the carnal mind, there is no permanent resurrection.

       Immortality is the promise for your spirit alone. Your spirit will one day conceive a Son which will kill your carnal mind and control your physical body. This new victorious Son will be honored with resurrection, and glorified with everlasting life. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh (sarx), but after the Spirit (pneuma).

       The Sons of God are newly begotten spirit beings who have conquered the mind and body. For as many as are led by the Spirit (pneuma) of God, they are the sons of God. These Sons will grow into life eternal and receive a new resurrected body with unlimited capability. This new habitation will not be a prison like your present body. After the resurrection you will be able to put a body on, or take it off, like a tailored suit. Who shall change our vile body (soma), that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.

       Like Jesus Christ, all the Sons of God will eventually be resurrected to become autonomous, self-perpetuating sources of pure spirit life. These Sons will be free of the sarx, dwelling in immortality, with or without a body, where and how they please. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit (pneuma).

The Spirits of Elohim

       The destiny for your spirit is so glorious, it easily exceeds the abilities of human comprehension. But equally wonderful is to discover the ancient origin of your spirit. What could be the source of this amazing entity, that has within itself the capability to reproduce God? While the events of Eve’s creation are historical fact, they are also an allegory to explain the origination of your spirit. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made.

       After God made Adam, he began a search for a suitable helpmate. But being a unique creation, there was nothing found in all the universe that could match Adam’s excellence. Therefore God stopped looking outside Adam, and started looking inside.

       God put Adam to sleep, and rummaging around inside, found a small section of rib that could be used to create Eve. God removed this small piece from Adam and used it to fashion Adam’s wife. Thus Eve originally dwelt as a living part of Adam. She was a rib, a piece of the structure that was closest to his heart. When Eve was separated from Adam she was bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh.

       Eve was a suitable wife for Adam because they shared a common origin. Eve originated from the excellence of Adam, and thus carried with her the genetics of Adam’s glorious, limitless capacity. Eve was created for a specific purpose, not only as Adam’s helpmate, but also to be the womb for Adam’s children. Eve was created with the ability to reproduce her husband.

       Adam and Eve eventually had a son named Seth. When Seth was conceived he was a brand-new Adamite, one that had never existed before. When Seth was born he was a new life source, wholly independent from Adam or Eve. At maturity, Seth possessed all the same stature, capacity, strength, intellect, and life, that Adam possessed. But Seth was not Adam. Seth was virtually identical to Adam with respect to quantity and quality; but Seth was a new living entity, with a life of his own. Seth was the delight of his father, and inherited all the wealth that Adam possessed.

       While these events are true and factual, they are also an allegory to explain the creation of man. Adam represents God, Eve represents your human spirit, and Seth represents the Son of God that will be born from the union of these two.

       When God decided to reproduce himself, he scoured the created realms looking for a wife. After diligent search he found nothing suitable, for nothing in creation can encompass the capacity of its creator. God was the only deity in existence. He was the only life source dwelling anywhere in space or time. Finding nothing suitable for his wife, God finally began to look within himself. There he cast his eye on his own “rib.” This rib was “Elohim.”

       Just as your body is composed of heart, bones, hands, etc., so also God is composed of several distinct portions. Each of these portions specializes in a specific task. One portion of God is Elohim.

       Elohim is a Hebrew word that occurs about 2,700 times in the Bible, and is normally translated “God.” Amazingly, this word is both plural and feminine. Even as your heart is composed of millions of individual cells, so also Elohim is composed of millions of individual spirits. And each of these Elohim spirits is “feminine.” This means that they can reproduce life, but they do not possess it innately.

       Like any woman, the Elohim have the ability to reproduce life, but they cannot initiate it. Like a wife being joined to a husband, a feminine spirit of Elohim is only half of a whole¾ it does not possess all the totality of God. Being feminine means that the spirits of Elohim have the ability to reproduce a new creature, if they first get the seed of life from their husband. And being a living part of God, the Elohim share his genetic potential and limitless capacity.

       The many feminine spirits of Elohim are the creative aspect of God. In the beginning, “Elohim” created the heavens and the earth. In fact, Elohim created all things in the universe, except Adam himself. Adam was fashioned by Yahweh.

       As the center of God’s creative resources, Elohim represents the “womb” of God. Each spirit of Elohim is like a feminine spiritual egg, that has within itself all the ability to reproduce God. When this spiritual egg comes in contact with the masculine spirit of Yahweh, spiritual conception occurs. The new spirit embryo that is formed is an entirely new creature. This new spirit being possesses a new life, all its own.

       During gestation this spiritual child grows to maturity. When it is fully grown it comes to spirit birth and emerges from the womb. This new spiritual Son is then a brand-new, autonomous life source. It will possess all the same stature, strength, intellect, and life, that its Father possesses- and that is all the substance of God. Like Seth, this new Son will be the delight of his Father and will inherit all his Father’s wealth.

       The spirits of Elohim are the rib of God. God removed a piece of the Elohim from himself, and placed a small portion into each Adamic body. Shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

       All the children of Adam are the feminine spirits of Elohim made flesh. Your own spirit originated from this Elohim company. You are a feminine spirit of Elohim, dwelling in a mortal body. Jesus Christ himself stated that you are a spirit from the Elohim group. I have said, Ye are gods (Elohim); and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men. (Psalm 82:6-7, and quoted by Jesus in John 10:34-36.)

       Your spirit is as ancient as God himself. Your spirit originated with God from the beginning. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.

       As a feminine spiritual egg, your spirit has the capacity to reproduce your Heavenly Father. Having predestinated us unto the adoption [SonPlacing] of children by Jesus Christ to himself. When you receive the masculine seed of life from the resurrected Jesus Christ, your feminine spirit combines with his male spirit and a new conception occurs. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.

       Immediately after conception, the egg and sperm disappear, for they join to form a single new spirit being. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be. These new spirit beings are newly conceived Sons of God. This new spirit Son that will be born from you is begotten of God. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

       This new life source is then matured in earthly travail, by killing the carnal mind and subduing the Adamic body. By your endurance shall ye gain your lives for a possession. Luke 21:19 (Emphasized).

       This process was perfected first in Jesus Christ. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. And now it is going to happen in you. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

       When you complete your path to Sonship, you will possess all the same wisdom, knowledge, power, and immortality that your Heavenly Father possesses. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. You will be the delight of God and inherit all his wealth. If children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

       This is the heritage and destiny of the Sons of God. This is the wisdom and promise of Eden. An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you



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