Bible Believers' Newsletter 324
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we welcome your fellowship in Christ.
In this issue we will be considering God's perfect will and His permissive will. His perfect will is the glorification of every son of Adam. His permissive will is that none should perish, and Jesus died for those would come to repentance. "Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling; Calling, O sinner, come Home!" Home to the liberty by which Christ made us free, never more to entangle ourselves in slavery to Hebrew laws and traditions of men (Galatians 5:1; Revelation 18:4).
In contrast to our Lord's soft call, Bush II's verbal sleight of hand spreading "Democracy" and "Freedom" out of the barrel of a gun, presents an esoteric as well as exoteric message to those informed of the occult design of Washington D.C. Ere the "Jew" Christopher Columbus set sail, the powers-that-be planned and subsequently purpose-built the United States for its present role as the 'Great Satan' to force sinners into one world government.
The 1846 convention of American Roman Catholic bishops declared the Virgin Mary "Patroness of the United States" whose image crowning the cupola on the Capitol Building in Washington has been called "the only authorized Symbol of American Heritage" (National Republic March, 1960). This is actually Persephone, the leading deity in the Eleusinian Mysteries of Ancient Greece. She was abducted by Saturn's son Hades, and made queen-consort of his dominion, the underworld. Celebrated for her immaculate conception, Persephone was re-consecrated and re-identified as the Virgin Mary. As one of her ancient names was Libera (Liberty), her sculptor Thomas Crawford named his Persephone "Freedom" for American consumption.
Persephone ruled the dead and all else within the earth, including precious stones and metals, and as America's queen of the dead, "Freedom," is forcibly taking over foreign oil reserves and spreading the Jews' Hegelian sham "Democracy"against the will of the majority who "hate our Freedom".
Good men and true react "after the fact" whereas the 'Hidden Hand' who wrote the gameplan, is proactive, since they command our governments and control our thinking with near universal monopoly over media, communications and education curricula. As we reported last week, 55 countries have signed an agreement proscribing criticism, which they label anti-Semitic against which "Truth" is no defense, as evident in the case against the valiant Ernst Zundel in Canada.
Like it or not, "Democracy" and "Freedom" will be coming to a town near you . . . sooner rather than later. And men will worship her Trinity, or they will die (Revelation 13:15).
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith and whosoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
False Flag Mission Accomplished?
"We have failed," stated General William E. Odom, ret., former director of the National Security Agency under President Reagan and now director of the Hudson Institute, a pro-administration think-tank specializing in defense policy research, and totally interlocked with the CFR. Hudson assisted NASA with its space programs, helped to promote new youth fashions and ideas, youth rebellion and alienation for the Committee of 300, ostensibly funded by Coca-Cola, and allegedly drafted the 1966 Report from Iron Mountain on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace. The Bush Crusades on Iraq look to have enacted one more scenario suggested in that Report.
Predicting a radical Islamist regime hostile to the West, and one prepared to fund terrorist organizations, General Odom called for the swift withdrawal of US forces. Otherwise Iraqis will be radicalized even further, he warned, risking the destabilization of the entire regionwhich is precisely the objective of the 'Hidden Hand' behind this venture to incite World War III into the 'hot' stage, and gender residual hatred for world-wide revolution shortly thereafter.
There was a mutiny among US forces in April, and the religious co-leaders of Saudi Arabia have issued a fatwa urging the use of "all means" to stop "the fierce onslaught" on Muslims by "occupation forces" in Iraq. Full story: antiwar.com I recommend you read the complete article and follow the links.
In November 2003 Amnesty International circulated their report on the sexual humiliation and physical torture of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in February 2003 the International Red Cross a similar report among the highest levels in the US and UK Administrations. These are not isolated instances but systemic torture. For decades the School of the Americas has trained foreign soldiers in torture, and awarded certificates to graduates, many of whom, after destabilizing Latin American countries have been given US citizenship and allowed to retire in the USA.
Torturepassed off as preparing soldiers for what they might expect if they are capturedis the modus operandi in training elite US and British military. And in Vietnam the US military tortured thousands to their deaths.
Only the Talmudic mind that conceived the holocaust myth could execute the cruel torture and humiliation taking place in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, Israel and who knows where else! It ran the Spanish Inquisitions, and after World War II "Revenge (for what?) Corps" of brainwashed American Jews imported cyanide into Germany with the purpose of poisoning the water supplies and murdering as many people as they could. The British caught them red-handed, but their Death Squads murdered German ex-officers, and 2 million troops imprisoned in the Rheinwiesenlager were starved for months then bread was urinated upon and thrown into the mud from the back of trucks. I know one German tank crew who experienced this treatment. Around a million POWs died in this Holocaust of Jewish General Eisenhower; now Jewish General Bremmer's attempt to de-Ba'athify Iraq is replicating the vindictive cruelty of Eisenhower's de-Nazification. In Russian Gulags, Camps and elsewhere, Judaeo-Communists murdered scores of millions, plus hundreds of thousands of Prisoners . . . AFTER THE WAR.
"Of 3,000 people employed on the staff at the Nuremberg Courts, 2,400 were Jews" Louis Marschalko, Special Correspondent.
Comment: According to what an Australian contractor said today, what we have seen so far in recent photographs is a tame example of the far more callous regular torture, humiliation and murder of Iraqi men, women and children as a matter of course. Some previous Jewish 'False flag' operations.
The 'Hidden Hand', working under a different name and in another occupation, has exhausted US military supplies, worn-out her equipment, demoralized and poisoned her troops, increased her debt to Jewish banksters, alienated her European allies, generated undying hatred among innocent Iraqis and Islam worldwide, proven the apostasy of denominational Christianity (so-called), and set up America for the Russian invasion prophesied to follow the earthquake that will sink Los Angeles. Satan's Elders of Zion, their Jesuits and Sun-Tzu must be pleased.
Is the Torture of Iraqis Kosher?
Prisoners raped, covered in feces and urine-dipped cloth sacks. . . and not a faked film portraying the beheading of an already dead man by a non-existent al Qaeda and an 'executioner' who died two months prior to this execution!!! More CIA-Mossad deception?
With mounting evidence that a shadowy group of former Israeli Defense Force and General Security Service (Shin Bet) Arabic-speaking interrogators were hired by the Pentagon under a classified "carve out" sub-contract to brutally interrogate Iraqi prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, one only needs to examine the record of abuse of Palestinian and Lebanese prisoners in Israel to understand what Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meant, when referring to new, yet to be released photos and videos, he said, "if these images are released to the public, obviously it's going to make matters worse." . . .
If additional photos and videos document such practices, the Bush administration and the American people have, indeed, "seen nothing yet." Full story: counterpunch.org
CIA Torture Manual
Faced with a FOIA lawsuit, the Central Intelligence Agency recently released an interrogation manual to the Baltimore Sun that details brutal methods of extracting information from resistant sources. The "KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation" manual does more than simply outline various psychological and physical torture tactics: it demonstrates a real-world application of the CIA's mind control research and offers clues on the agency's role in human rights abuses around the world. This report examines the historical context of the interrogation manual, the MKULTRA connection, and the manual itself, presented here verbatim for the first time online. Full story: parascope.com
Global Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2004
The first example of numerous instances of alleged anti-Semitic violence around the world mentioned in HR 4230 IH was:
In Putrajaya, Malaysia, on October 16, 2003, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia told the 57 national leaders assembled for the Organization of the Islamic Conference that Jews 'rule the world by proxy', and called for a 'final victory' by the world's 1.3 billion Muslims, who, he said, 'cannot be defeated by a few million Jews'. Full story: thomas.loc.gov
Comment: Clearly "truth" is no defense against the effrontery of alien US lawmakers with dual citizenship who lack the courage and integrity of Dr. Mahathir and serve interests inimical to the hand that feeds them. These toadies would never have voiced such wickedness in the face of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, or Abraham Lincoln. Most if not all of the founding fathers attempted the wholesale expulsion of self-styled "Jews" from early America, and again during their American Civil War. Neither would these lawmakers have confronted the Kings and statesmen of 80 nations that earlier expelled this hate-filled tribe (Genesis 3:15).
The only anti-Semitic people on the face of this earth are these non-Semitic Jews who's Iraq wars are slaughtering true Semitic descendants of Abraham as these imposters slaughtered real Hebrews when they stole the land of Palestine in 1948 and where they now treat them as third class citizens and murder Semitic Palestinians. (Christian people have no quarrel with the Arab and Muslim worlds. Like all others, this too is the "Jews'" war).
Warnings that Sharon's Latest War Schemes target Syria
May 14, 2004 (EIR) Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, smarting from a big defeat for himself and President Bush in the May 2 referendum in which his own Likud Party voted down Sharon's proposed Gaza "disengagement plan," is now planning a military action against Syria and possibly other Arab targets, as a means of saving his badly weakened position. . .
In their meeting in April, when President Bush issued the signed letter abandoning 50 years of American policy on the issues of the Palestinian right of return, and the sanctity of the 1949 Israel-Palestine border . . . the two leaders reportedly "spoke candidly" about their plunging political support. Bush confided that his re-election in November is hardly certain; and Sharon admitted that he was worried that the Israeli Attorney General, a close ally of his in the past, might be forced to indict the prime minister on the campaign finance fraud charges. . . Full story: larouchepub.com
Saddam's Wife could not recognize her Husband
April 13, 2004 Last week, American authorities arranged a meeting of the former Iraqi dictator with his wife. . . The outcome of their meeting turned out to be quite scandalous. Sajina claims that the person she encountered was not her husband, but his double. . . Full story: english.pravda.ru
A Prison State, if not a Police State
The US has a unique distinction: it is the world's greatest prison state.
"The land of the free," has the biggest prison population in the world and the highest rate of prisoners per capita of all countriesincluding countries that President Bush believes need liberating by US armed forces.
Even China, with one party rule and a population that is 4.5 times larger than the US population, has 30% fewer total prisoners than the US. China's per capita rate is a small fraction of the US rate.
The US prison population per capita is three times higher than "axis of evil" country Iran, five times higher than Tanzania, and seven times higher than a civilized European country like Germany.
One out of every 142 Americans is in prisonand this does not include military prisons or INS jails.
Full story: lewrockwell.com
Comment: Small wonder, as Bush II moans, "They hate our Freedom"! Like a knife in the back.
Hidden Danger when Fueling the Car
You should know that:
- Mobile phones can ignite fuel or fumes
- Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition
- Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boats, etc.
- Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (i.e. solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc.) Full story: pei.org
The Sanctity of Human Blood: Vaccination is not Immunization
We are not sure about our readers, but we are not encouraged to discover that most vaccines contain components like formaldehyde, aluminum, mercury, ethylene glycol, and carbolic acid. Newborn babies do not have the blood-brain barrier that older children and adults have, but what adult even wants to put these products into their bodies?
Dr. Tim O'Shea has been researching and lecturing on vaccines in major cities in the US and internationally.
Full story: thedoctorwithin.com
Comment: Those interested in health matters will find this important reading.
God's Perfect Will and His Permissive Will
Luke 8:11-18, "The seed is the Word of God. Those by the wayside are they that hear; then the devil comes and takes away the Word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. Those on the rock are they, who, when they hear, receive the Word with joy; and having no root believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those, who, when they have heard, go out, and are choked with cares and riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But those that fell on the good ground are they, who, having heard the Word in an honest and good heart, keep It, and bring forth fruit with patience."
"No man, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed; but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is secret, that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. Therefore take heed how you hear. For whosoever has, to him more shall be given; and whosoever has not, even what revelation he seems to have will be taken from him".
Many recognize Brother Branham as the prophet of Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7 and are able to cobble together a doctrine from his Message quotes. However, no true believer is any stronger and spiritually healthy and alive than his knowledge of and adherence to the pure Word of God, as seen by multitudes of examples in the Old Testament, and I fear a great many within the circle of this Message, having failed to take the quotes back to Scripture, have built upon the "letter" without the "Spirit" and what they seem to have will be taken from them.
Hebrews 11:1-3, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the dispensations were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear".
No matter what any true prophet has said, we must prove all things in God's written Word from Genesis to Revelation to ensure we have the mind of God so that we understand what he means. We must have substance faith, Pentecostal joy and psychology will not give us the testimony that we please God.
Last week when we spoke of Genesis 1:26-28, we said these verses express the perfect will of God which must come to pass in His elect, implying they also express his permissive will since God is omniscient and fore knew that His perfect will would be interrupted by the Fall. In evidence of His foreknowledge we quoted from Revelation 13:8 explaining, "We have heard our name called from the Lambs Book of Life which was written by God's foreknowledge when He saw us crucified in Christ from the foundation of the world" (II Corinthians 5:14).
The Fall would work towards the accomplishment of God's eternal and predestinated purpose (Romans 8:28-33). Not that God caused the Fall, for that would make Him unjust, but having instructed Adam in the way of righteousness and warned of the wages of sin, God placed him on free moral agency whereby he could prove himself a worthy son of the Father. Adam failed to keep His trust but the Fall would be employed to reveal God's divine attributes to the praise of the glory of His grace. How else would we know Him as our Healer unless we were sick? Or our Friend unless we were spiritually alone in the world and in need of consolation; or as a God of mercy to the penitent and Judge of the proud unless we saw injustice crying for recompense? The Fall was in God's plan of Redemption. It was the plan of Salvation. God being a Savior, it was necessary that He predestinate a man who would require salvation in order to give Himself reason and purpose of being.
Jesus Christ is the beginning of the creation of God just 2,000 years ago because He was God's perfect will manifest as a Son by the spoken Word made flesh in a virgin's womb. Nowhere does the Bible imply that Jesus is God's first creation, for that would make Him less than Godhead, but Jesus is the Holy Spiritthe one Person of God Himselfmanifested in material as the virgin-born Son of Man, who as the prophet-Son-Messiah, was qualified to play the part of kinsman redeemer for the Adamic race. Jesus is the beginning of God creating Himself a part of His creation, and the first resurrected of many Sons in a new creation. The elect Church of the firstborn is this creation, a brand new race of God-men of which Jesus is Head.
Colossians 1:15-19, "Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature [in the new creation (Romans 4:25): for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the Head of the Body, the Church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell".
II Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things are become new".
There you can see that although man was of the OLD ORDER or creation, now IN UNION WITH CHRIST, he has become the NEW CREATION of God.
Ephesians 2:10, "For we are His workmanship CREATED IN UNION WITH CHRIST JESUS unto good works".
Ephesians 4:24, "And that you put on the NEW MAN which after the image of God is created in righteousness and true holiness".
As Brother Branham explained, "This New Creation is not the old creation made over, or it could not be called a new creation. This is exactly what it says it is, "NEW CREATION". It is another creation, distinct from the old one. No longer is He dealing by ways of the flesh. That was how He dealt with Israel. He chose Abraham, and of Abraham's issue through the godly Isaac line. But now out of every kindred, tribe and nation He has purposed a new creation. He is the first of that creation. He was God created in the form of man. Now by His Spirit He is creating many Sons unto Himself (Hebrews 2:9-18). God the creator, creating Himself a part of His creation".
"This is the true revelation of God. This was His purpose. This purpose took form through election. That is why He could look right down to the last age when all would be over and see Himself still in the midst of the Church, as author of this New Creation of God. His Sovereign power brought it to pass. By His own decree He elected the members of this New Creation. He predestinated them to the adoption of children according to the good pleasure of His will. By His omniscience and omnipotence He brought it to pass. How else could He know that He would be standing in the midst of the Church receiving glory from His brethren (Revelation 1:13-20) if He did not make sure? All things He knew, and all things He worked out according to what He knew in order that His purpose and good pleasure be brought to pass".
Ephesians 2:11, "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 337).
Christ is presently sharing these secrets with His end-time Bride represented by John who "turned to see the Voice that spoke" (Revelation 1:12). For His perfect will must come to pass in its designated, decreed season.
Hebrews 2:5-9, "God has not put the world to come in subjection to the angels or elohim. But one certain angelIsrael's King Davidtestified in Psalm 8, saying, 'What is man [in comparison with Your handiwork in heavens above], that You are ever mindful of him? Or a Son of Adam, that You take such care of him? You made him a little lower than the angels [or elohim who share the Divine nature]; You have crowned him with glory and honour, and set him over the works of Your hands: You have put all things in subjection under his feet' (Genesis 1:28). For in that God put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But at the present time we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see the Son of Adam, Jesus, Who [like each of God's elect] was made a little lower than the elohim for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man".
In Genesis 1:26, "The ElohimGod, the sum of all deitysaid, 'Let us [referring to we elohim or elect who express the individual Attributes that make up the sum of His Deity] make [all] man in our image, after our likeness, and let them be amateur gods like us, with dominion . . ." The "us" and the "our" spoke of the elect of God eternally existent in His foreknowledge from the foundation of the world as Attributes of the Logos and partakers of the Divine nature, and who, in the plan of redemption, would become "heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ" Who was God manifest in flesh. The elohim or angels are His foreknowledge of our glorified form. With this understanding we see how the Head of the new creation "was made a little lower than the elohim for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man" in the election.
These "angels" are the representation of our glorified form that must come to pass once we have put on the nature of Christ through the new birth and overcome the seductions of the ten senses given us to contact the natural world. These elohim are eternal Life which explains how God's elect always were eternal and part of Him, and how, in the new heavens and new earth, the "saved" will worship God throughout eternity in the form of His glorified FamilyJesus Christ and the elohim made manifest as our material being for together we are God manifest.
God chose to hide Himself in humility behind man's frailty and inferiority in order that He might display His own glory in selecting an election who would identify with His Word by faith and our own choosing whereby Word-faith would transform the overcomerstrue Spiritual Israelinto His new creation which jointly and severally become His instruments of victory in the confusion of His enemies thereby confirming "His excellent Name in all the Earth".
In Psalm 8 David was speaking of God's perfect will for man who is not yet exalted to his original Divine destiny and still subject to physical death. It was given to Paul to further expound David's prophecy: "Truly we do not yet see man exalted over the works of Your hands, but we do see Jesus, the representative Man, Leader of the destinies of Adam's race and Captain of our salvation, having overcome death and the grave, crowned with glory and honor as the Forerunner of every overcomer".
Praise the Lord! Jesus is the first God-man, the beginning of the creation of God, and we elect taken from His side on Calvary in the form of the Holy Spirit are the continuation of the same creation as the second Adam's wife like Eve was taken from Adam's side in the form of a rib and became a continuation of the first Adam. Eve was not a separate creation from Adam and the elect Church is not another creation apart from the last Adam (Ephesians 2:10). Neither are the elohim distinct from the Logos, nor is Jesus and the elohim distinct from God but manifestations of God: Christ is the bodily expression of the fullness of His character and nature in one Being, and His elect Church is jointly the body expressing the fullness of the nature and character of Christ, but severally partial expressions of Deity. We are one, and in the new heavens and new Earth, God will be worshipped throughout eternity in the form of His glorified Family, Jesus Christ and the New Testament Church.
Adam was the original seed and head from which the Book of Life, his race, was born. Jesus Christ, the physical manifestation of the Creator of the original seed, was born of a woman in Adam's race (who furnished a virgin womb but not the ovum) in order to qualify as the kinsman redeemer for Adam's race. Now since He was the Logos manifested in flesh and we are born of His Spirit by faith in the Logos or expressed thoughts of God, our new Life comes out of the Logos, not from our first animal birth, and quickens our soul into oneness or union with the Word who is our Head (Hebrews 2:10-17). Our new Life expresses His Attributes, confirms our hope of glorification and testifies to all men we are the Sons of God and eternal Attributes of the Logos.
There is only one form of eternal Life, and that is the Life of God which is Jesus Christ (I John 5:11-12). Those who have that Life were always eternal with Him and as Sons of His Spirit constitute the Lamb's Book of Life. The names in this Book can never be removed, and we can no more be lost than God can be lost.
Paul expands on these words to the Hebrew Christians in his first letter to the Hebrew and Gentile Christians in Corinth. He writes, "If being a Christian is of value to us only now in this life, we are the most miserable of creatures. But the fact is that Christ did actually rise from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of the Old Testament saints that slept. For since by one man, the first Adam, death came into the world, by one Man, Jesus Christ, the last Adam, came also the resurrection of the dead. Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, being members of his sinful race, and wherever there is sin, death results. But all who are related to Christ will rise again. Each, however, in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they who are Christ's at His 'parousia' Coming."
"Then comes the end, when He will turn the kingdom over to God, even the Father; having put down all enemies of every kind. For Christ will be King until He has put all enemies under His feet (Matthew 28:18). The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death" (I Corinthians 15:19-26).
Paul proceeds in I Corinthians 15:36-45 to explain the journey of God's elect in birth, death and resurrection whereby we are initially made in the image of the first Adam, who is earthy, before overcoming faith lived transforms us into the image or Spiritual resemblance of the last Adam, with the heavenly attributes of a Christ-like character (Hebrews 12:1-12).
Far from preventing the resurrection of the body sown by the seed of mortal man, death is an element essential to the quickening process of God's Word, our partaking of the divine nature and eternal Life to which we are predestinated. For as the outer body of a wheat seed that is sown must rot and be dissolved in order for the kernel to rise and express its new life in the many-membered body of new grain, we must die to the desires of our ten senses in order that we may grow above our world and earthiness to express new Life in Christ which we multiply as we pass His Life through the Body to quicken other elect together with whom we will one day possess new bodies like Christ's glorified body.
Jesus' death and resurrection were necessary in order that He might prepare our way back into the Presence of God (John 14:6). It is likewise necessary in order to follow Him that we die to the life received from Adam so we may receive the Life of Christ. And when earth's sojourn is complete, enter the theophany of our glorified body or change into glorified form and receive our theophany without death (I Corinthians 15:51-55).
Even though our theophany, angel or elohim celestial body is eternal Life in the likeness of our glorified form and always before the Father (Matthew 18:10), our terrestrial body "is sown in corruption" because the seed or sperm of Adam's race is sold under sin and subject to death. But when our newborn soul brings our mortal spirit subject to the revealed Word it causes our corruptible terrestrial body to die to its carnal desires in order to express the will of God. His Life enables us to rise above corruption and harm, sin and disease into an imperishable state wherein we are sealed to the day of our physical redemption.
We were first sown in dishonor through Eve's deception in the humiliating corruption of an earthly body; but having overcome the world are raised in the dignity of a resurrection body fashioned like Christ's glorious body. We were sown in a state of powerlessness overcome by corruption, aging and decay; we are raised in inherent power enabling us to execute God's perfect will with the utmost ease and readiness. We were first sown in a sensual animal body dependent upon breath for natural life and subject to corruption, dishonor and weakness of which death is the sum, but we are raised a spiritual body or theophany not made by human means. It has no dependence on the physical world for its existence and displays itself in the incorruption of a glorified body.
If there is a natural, animal body which the soul has for its house of expression, there must also be a spiritual bodynot of animal (sexual) origin as we now have, for "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God"to clothe the souls of God's elect, and through which we can express the image of the last Adam unhindered by the carnal desires of a natural-born body (John 14:1-3; II Corinthians 5:1). "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit".
Man's soul was not necessarily mortal as most afterwards become by sin, for the first Adam was made "a living soul," and destined to live forever had he fellowshipped with the Tree of Life (Genesis 3:22); still, the life of his body was but an animal spirit. He did have a spiritual body or theophany in the sixth dimension like all true believers but like us he bypassed that to be tempted and tested of sin for he was not a "Life-giving Spirit," as Christ became after His resurrection.
Until His resurrection, the sinless Christ was still in the image of sinful flesh with an animal body and mortal spirit. For it was not until after He had overcome by solving the problem of maintaining the original sinlessness of His soul through all the stages of His natural life in a world of sin, that He, who, by a living resemblance, was the representative of a humanity that had become flesh in all its natural susceptibility to sin and death, incurred the judgment due each of us and lay down His life for the deliverance of the (potentially) lost, and became henceforth in His newly quickened and glorified body the divine organ for life-renewal, quickening the dead which reaches its perfect realization in their bodily resurrection or body change. Thus He became "a quickening spirit" (Romans 8:11) and thereby the representative and Head of a spiritually and divinely glorified new creation.
Like his descendants, Adam was a "living soul," but only so long as his mortal spirit maintained breath in his body. For it is the Spirit of Christ that imparts the divine Life-power which It has in itself "to make alive". John 5:25-26, "The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the Voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father has Life in Himself; so has He given to the Son to have Life in Himself."
John 6:39-40, "And this is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me that everyone who sees the Son, and believes on Him, may have everlasting Life: and I will raise him up at the last day".
I Peter 1:23-25, "Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God, which lives and abides forever, because 'All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever' (Isaiah 40:6-8). Now this is the Word which by the gospel was preached to you".
God's law of reproduction states that each specie of life brings forth after its own kind, whose seed is in itself, the first man who was made a "living soul" could only reproduce other men after his image who were living souls with an animal spirit and body. "Adam" means red earth, and our first head having sprung from the earth, was "earthy" literally, "of heaped earth" or clay (Genesis 2:7; 3:19).
As the first and earthly Adam came before the second and heavenly Adam, so the natural body and spirit comes first, and must die before it can be changed into the glorified body in which God's Spirit is the essence of life, our theophany replacing breath and a mortal spirit.
Humanity in the last Adam is also generic (Genesis 1:11), and since Christ is from heaven (John 3:13, 31), from the time of His resurrection onward He is able to clothe our souls in spirit-made bodies like His own glorious body. Christ the representative Man is the federal head of redeemed men in whom man is impersonated in his true ideal as God originally designed. I Corinthians 15:49, "As we have borne the image of the earthy man [or permissive will of God], we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man" (or perfect will of God).
Our theophany bodies portray the perfect will of God expressed in His elect who put on the character and nature of Christ through trials and testings being God's foreknowledge of the glorified form of His elect. He chose each one of us in eternity before there was anything made that is made. His choice was not arbitrary, neither did He invent those little theophany figures in His great imagination and then create them here on earth. But being omniscient He knew by foreknowledge how Adam the original seed Word, when constrained by love for his fallen wife and by faith in His true identity as an eternal Son of God, would step over the time line and the Life line in order to redeem her, forfeiting his dominion and ours to Satan, and subjecting the whole creation to death.
Before there was one molecule God foresaw the multiplication of Adam's seed, how many and who would be born in his lineage and not cross with the lineage of Cain and lost. His omniscience foresaw the decisions they would make when called to eternal Life by the present Truth, the Word for their day. "And as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the Sons of God. . ." (John 1:12). That gives an eternal quality to the elect.
Ephesians 1:4 says, "He has chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." That means that we were right there WITH Him in the mind and thoughts of God before the foundation of the world. nl324.htm
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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.