Foundational Themes in Genesis – Study 05
In the book of Genesis God gives very important foundational themes on which the whole revelation of Jesus is built. We must never think that there is no physical application in the Scriptures, but that is not the focus of the spiritual mind of Christ. The visible things are spiritual types by which we come to an understanding of the invisible things of God (Rom 1:20), but it is only through the gift of faith we can get revelation of what these things mean to ourselves and how they apply within our lives. The focus is therefore not the acquisition of knowledge, but how that knowledge brings spiritual understanding and wisdom which is applicable in our lives in relation to Godâ€™s purposes for us and others. If the creation story in Gen 1 and 2 is only speaking of God as the creator of physical things applying to this planet and our physical life, then we have not been given eyes to see beyond the fleshly veil:
2Co 3:14-15 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
The works of God in Genesis start off by creating a heaven and an earth where emptiness, formlessness and darkness are first observed:
Gen 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
But in verse 3 a very important theme is introduced for the first time:
Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Light was called to make a clear division from the darkness. There was first darkness before the light was called on the first day of the physical creation. This pattern is revealed in the opening verses in Genesis by which God shows us how He works in the generations of the first Adam to bring them all to spiritual life. If darkness correlates with spiritual death, then the light is therefore relating to spiritual life:
Joh 1:4 In him (Jesus the Word) was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
1Co 15:22 (CEV) Adam brought death to all of us, and Christ will bring life to all of us.
Here in Gen 1 the following significant phrase is repeated six times within each creation day (ref. Gen 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, and 31):
And the evening and the morning wereâ€¦
The Scriptures are consistent and unshakable. The â€œeveningâ€ (which relates to the darkness in Gen. 1:2) was first, and the â€œmorningâ€ (day/ light) came afterward. But even when these truths are emphasized and repeated so many times here in Gen 1 and in â€œthe sumâ€ of Godâ€™s word, most cannot accept that the days in Gen 1 are not only talking about the six physical evenings and mornings, but they also reveal the process of salvation which God set in motion from the beginning for all in the generations of the first man Adam. As we have seen, darkness refers to spiritual ignorance/ death when we focus only on the natural. The morning afterward therefore points to a waking up or resurrection from this state of death when we can see the spiritual application behind the natural. This means the resurrection (from the dead) is a foundational theme from the beginning, even from the second verse of Gen 1. The resurrection from the dead was not an afterthought from God, but was initiated on the first day of creation. God is not busy with damage control after Satan, Adam and Eve supposedly caught Him off guard as many in spiritual Babylon propagate. The resurrection from the dead is another clear witness of what Adam was when he was created – he was spiritually dead, but a spiritual resurrection was already in place, from the beginning:
1Co 15:21 For since by man (the first Adam) came death, by man (â€œthe last Adamâ€) came also the resurrection of the dead.
When God says He will make all things new, surely that thought was in His mind when He created Adam from dust first. The old Adam was not â€œnewâ€ or spiritual. Only the resurrection can bring spirit life to anyone, even to Adam who never had that life:
Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
In the â€œdarknessâ€ or â€eveningâ€ we must first eat flesh (death), but in the â€œmorningâ€ we will see the Light when we eat the true bread of life, Jesus Christ:
Exo 16:8 And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.
Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
It is clear that Adam did not choose his initial or first condition of naked and dusty flesh and the same goes for our second condition â€œafterwardâ€â€“ God appointed all in Adam to be given â€œnewâ€ spiritual life in Christ, from the beginning:
1Co 15:45-46 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening (live- giving) spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
God alone makes the decisions. He creates the darkness and He commanded the light to shine out of darkness, which so many revolt against when they claim they make that call, not God. No, this is Godâ€™s call as He commands and works all things:
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Anyone who believes that Adam was created in the spiritual image of God, is deluded. Adam was carnal as â€œall in himâ€ are up until this day. That is why all in Adam was given a physical body of death. A physical body houses and relates to a carnal mind. Everyone in a natural body of death has a natural or carnal mind â€“ which is called death also (Rom 8:6). It is only through the last Adam, Jesus Christ that the fullness of spirit life will be given to all in the first Adam at the resurrection (â€œthe morningâ€):
1Co 15:52 in a moment, in a glance of an eye, at the last trumpet. For a trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed.
Darkness is our first spiritual state because we are spiritually blind â€œfrom birthâ€ in order that â€œthe works of God should be made manifestâ€. It is the work of God from the beginning and not our works or sin that brought about our initial blindness:
Joh 9:1-5 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Godâ€™s light was there in the beginning, but it is only given to us after we experience darkness when we are able to give an account of what God wrote in His book about us before the beginning (Psa 139:16). Again we, like Adam, have no choice in this matter. God withholds His light from us as He appears to us in darkness first:
Psa 18:11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters (Hebrew: â€œmayimâ€ as in Gen 1:2) and thick clouds of the skies.
â€œHe made darkness His secret placeâ€ is written to show carnal manâ€™s perspective of God. This darkness affects and influences the natural manâ€™s understanding of God intimately until that mind is totally renewed/ transformed to discern the will of God:
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove (discern) what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Through this God- appointed darkness Adam and all in him first experience a relationship with God. God indeed communicated with Adam as He also communicates with all carnal spirits, like Satan (see Job 2 and 3). That does not prove that Adam could understand the spiritual things of God! Just look what Adam did in Gen 3 and it all makes sense for those who can receive it. Adam and Eve could not spiritually discern the snakeâ€™s spirit coming through his words. Adam and Eve were easy targets for the snake, by Godâ€™s design. They were not given the life- giving spirit of God which is ONLY available through Jesus, the last Adam. There was no spiritual wisdom in the natural mind of the first man Adam. In this state we cannot see the spiritual things of God because they appear foolish to us:
Ecc 2:13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.
Adam was made a living soul in spiritual darkness. That means a living soul is â€œborn in sinâ€¦and in iniquityâ€ (Psa 51:5) which is therefore a dying soul from the beginning:
Eze 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
We can only see the kingdom of God when we are born again â€“ resurrected from this death state. Adam was created in the flesh with a natural mind â€“ that means he never saw the spiritual kingdom of God, otherwise Jesus was wrong when we said these words:
Joh 3:1-3 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Jesus is never wrong! No one in the first Adam will see the kingdom of God unless he is born again â€“ that surely included Adam himself! We are first born into the natural before we are born or made of the spirit. â€œBorn againâ€ is not a statement of faith or an emotional experience, but a definite act of God when He calls light out of darkness. That is when He brings spirit life in place of death:
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
This is the journey of Adam and also our own lives in the first man who came out of the earth in a â€œbody of this deathâ€. â€œAll in Adamâ€ will eventually be made in the spiritual â€œimageâ€ of God and God ordained that to happen only at the resurrection. Off course those who come up in the second resurrection at the white throne judgment will still need to be taught these truths, because they cannot receive or accept them in this age:
Rev 20:14-15 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
All who say the resurrection (where spirit life is given in its fullness) has already taken place for anyone before Christâ€™s resurrection (or after that), speak profane and vain babblings:
2Ti 2:16-18 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
The spirit of God was not absent while this darkness and spiritual blindness ruled Adamâ€™s life. â€œThe spirit of God moved upon the face of the watersâ€ means God has a purpose with this â€œdeepâ€ and the â€œdarknessâ€ He created, and He will achieve that goal â€“ to bring spirit life to all. Initially Adam and his wife could not even see that they were naked just like the Laodicean church in us believes at some stage:
Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
All in spiritual Babylon who believe and confess without shame that Adam was spiritually perfect and that he was in Godâ€™s spiritual kingdom of heaven while he was in â€œflesh and bloodâ€, cannot see their own spiritual state as being â€œwretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and nakedâ€:
1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Only those who follow these truths of Jesus will be granted to sit on thrones in the re- generation â€“ the re- birth into the generations of Jesus:
Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
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