THE SEED OF PROMISE …
THE SPIRIT OF MAN
Deep within EVERY man (ADAM)
(humanity , both male and female)
there is a secret sanctum
where dwells the mysterious (HIDDEN)essence of his being.
This inmost reality is that part of a person
which separates us from every other living creature
and makes us uniquely mankind.
This deep hidden power , is what it is ,
of itself ,
independent of any other part
of the man’s complex nature.
It is the man’s “I Am,”
a gift from the I AM who created him.
This essence is called in the scriptures :
The spirit of man.
(I Cor. 2:11).
“For what man knows the things of man,
save the spirit of man which is in him?
Even so , the things of God knows no man,
but the Spirit of God”
As God’s self-knowledge lives in the eternal Spirit,
man’s god-knowledge is by his own spirit.
Our knowledge of God , is by the direct union of ,
the Spirit of God with the spirit of man.
Spirit of GOD + spirit of man = a new creation
The importance of this in our forward walk into our destiny as sons of God ,
cannot at this point , be overstressed
This truth corrects the ideology that man is an earthly
physical being who has a spirit ,
and declares instead …
that he is a spirit who has a physical body.
That which makes a man a human being is not his body ,
but his spirit , created in the image of God .
Most people on earth have forgotten their beginning.
But the scripture is clear.
Gen. (1.) 1:26 and 27… Gen.(2.) 2:7
(1.)“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…
(2.)and 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.
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God created He him”
What God actually did was that He imaged Himself in man.
God imaged Himself in man by forming Himself in a man of earth.
I will write further at a later time ,
how we are a complement to GOD
in the same way that a man and a woman
in the physical body complement
or fit together with each other
Thus man was created as a visible expression
of the invisible God.
Now that hasn’t changed!
What HAS changed is our
” perception of ourselves ”
in our lower state of communion …
with the serpent
or beast nature
But before we discuss that,
let us see just how it was that God imaged Himself in man,
and how it is that ;
man is a spiritual being having a physical experience,
instead of a physical being having a spiritual experience ” .
Wonderful words were spoken at the very dawn of civilization,
recorded in the oldest book of the Bible,
the book of Job ,
which states simply and powerfully the reality of man.
“There is a spirit in man:
and the inspiration of the Almighty
giveth them understanding”
It is something great in man,
Elihu conceives, that he is spirit, and, because he is spirit,
he is capable of being inspired.
He is not here speaking of Adam as he was in the glory of Eden,
nor yet of regenerated man in this wonderful age of the Holy Spirit;
but, speaking thousands of years ago in the present tense,
He magnifies man as being able to be inspired,
just because he is spirit.
And it is God, who likewise is spirit, that inspires him!
At some point we will need to look more closely at the words ;
However for now ,
the word “spirit” means literally,
and this denotes a quality
and KIND of life
in the case of the spirit in man,
God is able to breathe Himself into it
and through it.
The word “inspiration,” as used here,
denotes the act of inbreathing.
Anyone who is inspired is “breathed into,”
visited internally by the power of
and is :
quickened in mind,
raised in intelligence,
ennobled in nature,
empowered in ability.
In this way Bezaleel was inspired when he :
was filled with the Spirit of God,
to devise cunning works,
to work in gold, silver, and brass,
the cutting of stones,
to set them,
and in carving timber”
Anyone truly inspired
is raised internally,
by a divine movement within!
It is God’s Spirit…
quickening our spirit…
and thus bringing
so that our spirit
may function as it was designed to function.
This is what Jesus described as being “born again”
The spirit that already existed as the offspring of God ,
being brought forth or engendered ,
just as a the seed of a man
and the seed of a woman are joined
and begins to form within the womb ,
to be delivered or birthed :
into the world,
into a new realm,
a new level of identity,
a new consciousness,
a new expression,
a new ability,
a new standing,
We all understand
that a baby’s life does not begin
at the moment of delivery—
it is simply released into a new dimension
where it can attain to its full potential in that realm.
Thus it is with the new birth!
Our spirit did not originate at the moment of our new birth —
it had to already exist or it could not have been born!
As we all were and are in the first man Adam …
So also we were and are in the last man Adam
Which is to say “in Christ”
That which is thus “born” of the Spirit is spirit!
It is this capacity of being spirit
that qualifies man as an inspirable creature.
This reveals man’s capacity of relationship to God;
to experientially know the presence of God,
to let in the divine nature,
to entertain the Eternal Spirit witnessing with our spirit,
to be energized by Him
and filled with His glory,
in every faculty, feeling, and power,
being a vessel and channel for the life of God,
to think His thoughts
and do His works.
Thus, “the Spirit beareth witness with our spirit
that we are the children (offspring) of God!”
And “because ye are sons,
God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts (spirit),
crying, Abba, Father!” (Gal. 4:6).
“There is a spirit in man,
and the inbreathing of the Almighty
giveth them understanding.”
Only because man is spirit is and all of this possible!
In that long ago beginning …
God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7).
Now all the animals and beasts of the field are also called
in the creation story in Genesis.
But there is a difference!
Let the fact be IMPRINTED INDELIBLY
upon our minds
that none of these animals became a “living soul”
by the inbreathing of God!
God did not breathe Himself
into the nostrils of cattle, lions, elephants, birds, fish, cockroaches,
or any other creature.
Their “breath of life”
is of an inferior quality and kind than that of man.
The breath life of the animal kingdom
is merely the oxygen of our lower atmosphere.
They are, therefore, a creation of God
The breath of life in man,
originates out of the very spirit-essence
of God Himself
When a man dies his body returns to the dust
from whence it came,
but his spirit
—the inbreathed life—
returns to God
who gave it! (Eccl. 12:7).
In Genesis 1,
God speaks of adam (male and female),
and only adam as being made in His image.
The point is emphasized by repetition.
As humanity’s story unfolds through subsequent chapters,
we discover that what makes humans different is a quality
and kind of life called
None of the rest of earth’s creatures possess it!
By “spirit” the Bible means ;
relationship with God, (OUR FATHER)
the capacity to be aware of God,
to communicate with Him,
and PARTICIPATE with Him
in His great and eternal purposes….
Worship is the key evidence
of the spiritual quality of the human race,
and the universality of worship is evidenced in altars,
and religious exercises of all kinds.
Burial of dead,
use of tools,
or even architecture
and the arts
do not qualify as evidence of the spirit …
Non-spirit beings such as birds, beaver, elephants, chimpanzees,
and a multitude of others engage in such activities to a limited extent.
But no animal worships!
There are no chimpanzee or ape altars,
or prayers of any kind.
Only man worships!
Only man is a spiritual being!
Only man is aware of God!
Only man has heard from God!
is as natural for man
saved or unsaved
as barking is for a dog!
Oh, the mystery of it!
I conclude this page with a simple prayer
unto GOD ALMIGHTY …
May FATHER GOD ,
take these words
and breathe life
into our spirit