Man in his fallen state, like the earth in the beginning, is without form (order) and void. While darkness covers the mind of fallen man, the Holy Spirit hovers over him to bring order out of his chaos. When creation became disorderly because of the adversaries fall, God’s first divine command began the process of transforming the chaos back into His divine order. Gen. 1:3, “Then God said, let there be light; and there was light”. Light is the presence of illumination in general, so as the light of God enters the spirit of man, the light begins the restoration of man’s soul and finally his body. In the process of man becoming His likeness and image, God planted a garden wherein He put the man to live. Within the garden God also planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as well as the tree of life. While the tree of life associates with experiencing the life of God, including immortality, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents self rule and assumes independence from God in all areas of life. Gen. 2:9, “And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree to grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”.
The appetite is the God given part of man’s makeup that entices the eater with the nourishment needed to continue in the life cycle of his God given existence. As the world of physical science has told us, we are what we eat. This principle is that which God established in His desire for humanity to mature into the type of vessel that God purposed for each man to become. Truth shows us that according to that part of the environment of this world we partake of, it is what we become. As we eat or consume the mind-set, the knowledge that this fallen world propagates we become the manifestation of that fallen world. However, by eating and consuming that which is of Christ Jesus’ world, we become the manifestation of His world. Proverbs 23:7a declares, “For as he [man] thinks in his heart [soul], so is he”. What is in our hearts? That which we assimilate into our minds, the knowledge received is usually that which the desire of our heart becomes. For this cause, Jesus declares unto the disciples. John 6:53-54, “Then Jesus said to them, most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day”. (Read John 6:48-58). Understand that to eat the flesh of Jesus and to drink His blood is to be spiritual activity. The eating and drinking of flesh and blood points to the necessity of believers partaking in the benefits of His death by coming to Him and believing in Him. Nevertheless, this is also speaking of the need to go beyond the initial coming to Him for forgiveness of sins. It speaks of being joined to God and receiving of the benefits of His life. Christ is the covenant sacrifice and is God’s provision for our sustenance. When we feed on Him through faith, we become partakers of the divine nature, which is life eternal. Through the Holy Spirit’s work, we receive His life and partake of His promises. That same Holy Spirit is rising up in those who share in the mystery of having a relationship with Christ.
God, the great I Am, is the master chef. He has prepared a diet for His people that not only places them upon a heavenly pathway, but also sustains them throughout the entire journey. Matt. 4:4, “But He answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. Temptation is that which can cause us to partake of this fallen world’s mind-set or its diet, but can be overcame by the supernatural strength that man receives through using God’s word. God’s word sustains our place of victory as we continue to walk upon this pathway to the heavenlies, the spirituals of God. Death, the pathway of this fallen world is defeated, as the whole man becomes a vessel full of light. What does this mean? It means that darkness; unable to comprehend the light must flee before the light. It means that darkness does not gain control of the light. Thus, receiving the Christ, the light of God into our spirit enlightens us to know Christ Jesus spirit to spirit. However, God’s purpose is to know the whole man. Therefore as we eat of the diet God set before us, from the spirit of man, to his soul (mind, will, emotion and desires) and from the soul, through out the entire body, light and life consumes the whole man. Matt. 6:22 declares, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye be single, you whole body will be full of light”. Being full of light gives one a life of meaning and purpose while darkness gives one a life without true meaning. Darkness is a life that is selfish, covetous, and miserly, one that is without true contentment or satisfaction.
We, His people, abide in the Fathers good will as we abide in His love. While He not only places us upon the pathway to the heavenlies, He also supplies all the supplements needed to enable us to walk this path. He gives light and life; He makes available His revealed word and by eating of the tree of life, we mature in His love. John 5:20, “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does, and He will show Him greater works than these that you may marvel”. Remember that Jesus prayed for us that we might be one in Him even as He and the Father are one. (Read John 17th chapter) Thus, the requirement in walking the pathway to the heavenlies is, do not live independent of the Father. Jesus understood that, because He and the Father are one, He did only what His Father showed Him. It is in the Father to always show His obedient ones an excellent way. This excellent way or path is the pathway of love, for love is the ultimate issue behind all things of God.
Herein, because of love, we can walk this pathway to the heavenlies. Its basic principle is interdependence, a knowing that I cannot do it alone, but knowing that we need God the Father in all things. The goal of interdependence is to reflect the unity of the body of Christ in the midst of its diversity. God has gifted different parts of the body to build up the whole. As the body functions in the way God intends, He uses it to draw alienated people to Jesus Christ. While interdependence is difficult, to develop in a culture that insist on its independent way and rights, we, Gods people, are to minister reconciliation to dependency in Christ. The ministry of reconciliation is the results of a people who forsake the ways of a fallen world and pursue the ways of the heavenlies, so, in what world do your feet walk. By consuming the things of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we manifest a life-style that reveals corruption and mortality in all we do and are. By consuming the fruits of the tree of life, we manifest a life-style that reveals life and immortality. With Paul the apostle, we declare that the pathway to the heavenlies is a walk, an exercising of the proper diet to fulfill Philippians 3:10-11, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead”. We must want Christ for Christ’s sake, not our own. We are to become lovers of God, not users of God. Our pursuit is to know Christ, fulfilling our journey in truly knowing God. (Read 1 Cor. Chapter 13). Love exercised is a walking upon the pathway to the heavens, knowing our dwelling place in Christ.