In the creating of His man, God breathed into him the spirit of life and man became a living soul. As a living soul, man began to express a life that consisted of a mind, a will, emotions and desires for manifesting a nature liken unto God. As God’s creation, in innocents, Adam and Eve begin to walk with God in the spirit of the day of creation as they began to learn and move with God in the fulfilling of God’s purpose. God’s purpose was first to be formed within them and then to affect all creation through their offspring. In the innocents of their existence they moved about the garden, experiencing the enlarging of their mind, their will, their emotions and their desires.
Here, within the Garden of Eden, their soul functioned after the order of God in obedience to the fellowship they had with Him. In their continuing fellowship with God, they remained pure in all they expressed and manifested. But, through Eve, when enticed to disobey their required obedience and becoming disobedient to God’s leadership, a change began to take place. Eve, through deception, with Adam willfully partaking in Eve’s disobedience, they found themselves experiencing that which God promised, a realm called death. This death, eventually to affect the whole man, spirit, soul and body, began by them being spiritually separated from the glory of God. This separation removed them from that glory which had, from the beginning, manifested from them in their union with God as living souls.
This fallen condition, their separation from God, caused man to cease from being a living soul to one that went about in a darkened condition within their fallen soul. This darkness was such that they were no longer overshadowed with the light of God that had once manifested forth from them. The soul, as it became because of the fall, was now asleep to God the Father as they now became a being that ruled over himself under the influence of a carnal mind, the mind of the flesh and its selfish desires. Casting aside the leadership of God, they became a god unto themselves. In losing their position with God in the garden, they were now sent forth from the garden, God’s order of life, to be ruled over by self and the now cursed creation. Now, instead of fellow-shipping with God, their desire was to hide from Him.
Nevertheless, in their failure, God’s love left for them the promise of Gen. 3:15, “And I will put enmity between you [the serpent] and the women, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel”. This promise is one which declares that the seed, the offspring of the woman would someday crush the serpent’s head. Pointing us to the human (hewed-down man) race, but those reborn from God through His Christ, will eventually completely triumph over the flesh man. Rom. 16:20 says, And the God of peace will crush the adversary under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, Amen”.
This word “crush” is a word meaning “to trample upon, break in pieces, shatter, bruise, and grind down, smash”. This speaks of regaining a victorious life wherein man shall be restored to his rightful inheritance according to this promise from God. For this cause until restoration could be completed in man, until his inheritance could be fulfilled, man was driven out from Eden with God placing a guard to guard the way of return. The return was to be made available through the sacrifice of the forth-coming Christ where receiving man might again be filled with all the goodness of life as God purposed it. Gen. 3:24, “So He [God] drove out the man, and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life”.
Therefore, God preserves the way for man to one-day return to his inheritance through the blood of Jesus. This inheritance comes through a God given revelation and a need for obedience. Man, unable to have true life without the life of God, finds himself separated from God, but still with a soul. Within this fallen soul, the realm of his own existing purpose, a God-life is held in an embryonic state, to finally be awakened for growing into spiritual maturity. This maturity could only come as the man receives and lives in obedience, following the leadership of Christ.
Matt. 16:24-26 declares, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, if anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself [appetites of the fleshly carnal man], and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life [fallen fleshly life] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will man give in exchange for his soul?”. This dying to oneself has the deep-seated meaning of putting the interest of God and His kingdom first and foremost in one’s daily living. This includes a renouncing of self-centered ambitions by receiving the sacrifice and Lordship of Jesus Christ alone.
With God having placed within each vessel a sacred seed from Himself, one that dwells within the heart of each man’s soul, ask yourself this question; is it true, that within each seed there dwells the exactness of the pattern of the mature plant? This means that within each man’s soul, dwells the exact perfect pattern of man’s own destiny. But, another truth also exists, that this perfect pattern within can be altered or changed by the man himself. How? When man completely rejects the pattern, Jesus Christ, he alters it by choosing to abort it. Again, man can choose whom he will serve, God’s purpose or man’s own selfish purpose. Herein, the man who permits the pattern contained within the sacred seed of God to grow and come forth, he can again be filled unto the fullness of the glory of God as Christ stated prayer in John 17:5 & 22, “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. … And the glory which you gave me I have given them, that they may be one just as we are one”.
With the coming sent from God Holy spirit living within, how does one contact his soul and the Christ life set within Him? Man who has ruled over himself since birth with a fallen soul, finds himself through situations and circumstances in need of a Savior. Thus, God has promised in Matt. 11:28, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heaven laden, and I will give you rest”. Herein lies the invitation to come to Him, a returning to our created purpose. Coming to Him speaks of fellow-shipping with God and He with us. Here we find our need as we allow Him to become Lord of our lives. This speaks of more than a one-time experience, but it speaks of learning how to maintain a continuing relationship. Psalms 46:10 speaks to say, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”. This earth includes the earth that we individually are living from within as well as the earth we dwell on.
By knowing God, His purpose is to exalt Himself through the person. How? Through a people who are willing to be still from the carnal mind and know God. “Be still” from the above verse means, “to desist; cease your efforts”. This denotes that we are to withdraw from outside influences and carnal activities. Pointing to all those things of a life-style that occupies our thoughts and motivates us outside of God’s leadership. In this place of “being still” man will develop the power to listen. By shutting down to all the many voices of the world that are speaking, we can then open our stilled minds to hear God’s voice as God speaks. What are we listening for? Are there not many question about God and His ways that we need to find answers to? In this we can come to Him, seek for answers and in the answers, you can get acquainted with God.
In the “be still” from life’s intense outward motions and by turning inward, God will begin to instruct and give answers. Be obedient, follow each instruction with an honest heart and God will create a fellowship with you that grows nearer, dearer and louder. The pace is quickened as a person lifts his thoughts to God in praise and worship. This does not mean just the singing of songs only, but it means a turning of your heart to Him in love and adoration. Here the soul matures as compassion engulfs the whole being in his relationship with God.
Again, how does one hear from the soul? 1 Kings 19:11-13 gives us some insight as God revealed Himself to Elijah, “Then He [God] said, go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So, it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, what are you doing here Elijah”.
In this Elijah learns that the voice of God is the sound of stillness (desist, cease your own efforts). Indicating that the voice of God may be mostly spiritually felt rather than naturally heard. When all else is stilled, God speaks, and His voice brings forth a knowing that doesn’t always need to make a sound. It becomes a still small voice because within the soul words are not needed to be uttered. We began to know that we know that we know when He speaks. Herein God relates with man as man relates to God aside from the many voices of the world.
In obedience to God’s reveals word, man begins to fellowship with God in a relationship of walking with Him in the spirit of the day. Herein God’s created man begins to subdue, first his own earth (spirit, soul, and body), which then begins to affect the earth around and about him. In this relationship man lays hold of and begins to take dominion over the earth with God’s kingdom being established to become the visible expression of God in all the earth. Remember, the Christ seed received bring forth after its own kind. To this we say amen.