The caterpillar becomes a butterfly:
The caterpillar DOES NOT become a different type of caterpillar
The caterpillar ” ACTUALLY BECOMES ” an entirely new creature.
What happens is the mystery of ” Christ in You ” revealed in part in this metamorphosis .
I will refer to this very process later but for now , let’s approach the mystery from what we can see with our physical eyes , and let the physical world speak through it’s nature .
- Nature = Phusis = Greek Lexicon Strongs Concordance – G – #5449
the natural constitution or inherent power of a person or thing,” and is also translated “kind”
in particular concerning the mystery of ” Christ in you ” .
The revelation begins to unfold ( where else ) at the beginning .Genesis 1:12
And the earth brought forth grass,
the herb that yields seed according to its kind,
and the tree that yields fruit,
whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Now the principle very plainly stated here is :
” Every seed brings forth in it’s own kind ”
and within this own kind is the inherent nature .
Now here you must look a little closer to see something a bit more that is being said …
There are two ” kinds of seed ” mentioned here .
- Herb yielding grass
- Tree yielding fruit
but you really won’t have to look far .
Herein the two seeds of grass and fruit tree represent spirit seed and flesh seed.Here are a few examples of this in witness of scripture :
Judges 9:8 – The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them;
and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.
I have heard him, and observed him:
I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.There is more than ample scripture to identify Adam (humanity) as a tree ,
but I will leave that for individual examination as that is a study within itself.Don’t we use this terminology
when searching our family roots as our ” searching the family tree ”
The point being made here is the seed kind in the earth ,
and again the earth is typical of mankind in general ,
for we are formed from the earth ,
and are of the same chemical fashion as the earth .
and therefore we eat from the dust ,
the nutrients necessary for our existence.
Where are these two seeds “in the earth”
The primary point being made here is
that in order for us to become like God
We must have His life and seed already preexisting within us ,
ready to be “awakened” or “made alive” or “quickened” .
LET’S LOOK BACK AGAIN AT THE CATERPILLAR
he turned into a butterfly.” ~Proverb
The pre-existing cells of the caterpillar don’t change into new caterpillar cells .The butterfly cells are new cells and seem to appear out of nowhere ,
they are not in fact caterpillar cells at all .
These new cells are called imaginal cells , and they are genetically different and separate from the caterpillar . They are in truth BUTTERFLY CELLS .
Now the first thought might be to connect “imaginal” with imagination , and there is a connection ,
but it goes quite a bit deeper than simply just the imagination .
and concepts of things in the mind , that do not yet exist.But Wait ….. Let’s remember , We’re talking about a caterpillar here .
I don’t seem to be able to “imagine” too many caterpillars with my mental power of imagination .
Actually these “imaginal cells” are lying dormant , or in a sleeping state within the caterpillar .
When the “imaginal cells” begin to awaken, they are intuitively drawn to one another.
They actually resonate and begin to form or cluster together .
This “intelligence” is within the body of the caterpillar ,
but is an entirely different nature from the caterpillar itself .
As I stated earlier this is NOT A DIFFERENT KIND of caterpillar , this is a NEW CREATURE .
The truly amazing part of this process, however, is in the scientific detail of how it actually happens in nature.
We now know and understand in far greater detail the creative intelligence in DNA .
What makes us is our particular genetics and this is the determinant
as to how we appear , and behave instinctively .
What is the instinctive behavior of the caterpillar ?
The end result, we know, is a butterfly, but the truly astonishing thing is
that there is no structural similarity at all between a caterpillar and a butterfly.
actually dissolves into organic goop.Cells, which had been dormant in the caterpillar and which biologists have the poetic genius to call “Imaginal cells,” begin a process of creating a new form and structure.
I will return to this thought , but for now let’s pause and turn in a slightly different direction .
I pause here to deflect from the caterpillar to humanity.
This is in many ways analogous to our human behavior
where we exhibit our ravenous appetite for everything in the flesh realm .
I see here a direct correlation here within the essential composite of humanity .
Humanity is spiritual and physical with an intermediary aspect of ,
or state of being , expressed as , the soul .These states of being exist , and relate to all of creation , within each of these particular realms .
These three states of our being , are interwoven and although separate , constitute our being in whole as humanity , or in biblical terminology , “Adam” and recognized as such , in physical definition as both male and female .
We exist here in earth in three dimensions , and those dimensions are namely spirit , soul , body
Let me be a bit more precise in language and use the original greek words for clarification .
- spirit = pnuema = Greek Lexicon – Strong’s Concordance – G – # 4151
primarily denotes “the wind” (akin to pneo, “to breathe, blow”); also “breath;” then, especially “the spirit,” which, like the wind, is invisible, immaterial and powerful.
- soul = psuche = Greek Lexicon – Strong’s Concordance – G – # 5590
the soul as an essence which differs from the body and is not dissolved by physical death (distinguished from other parts of the body)
the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions , emotions etc.
- body = soma = Greek Lexicon – Strong’s Concordance – G -#4983
The word is used for physical nature, as distinct from
pneuma, “the spiritual nature,” and from psuche, “the soul,”
Divine Nature Attributes = Spiritual D N A is inherent within our spiritHow then do we accomplish this awakening of our spiritual DNA .
This transfiguration of becoming a new creation in Christ
(a) of Christ’s “transfiguration,” Mat 17:2; Mar 9:2; Luke (in Luk 9:29) avoids this term,
which might have suggested to gentile readers the metamorphoses of heathen gods,
and uses the phrase egeneto heteron, “was altered,” lit.,
“became (ginomai) different (heteros);” (b) of believers, Rom 12:2,
“be ye transformed,” the obligation being to undergo a complete change which, under the power of God, will find expression in character and conduct;
morphe lays stress on the inward change,
2Cr 3:18 describes believers as being “transformed (RV) into the same image” the change being effected by the Holy Spirit.Mar 9:2
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.2Cr 3:18
and to hold fast to those things which are honest and true