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Groan within Ourselves
Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body (Romans 8:23). To understand the deep cry of our spirit for our adoption, the redemption of our body, we need to know what we have lost in Adam, where we are presently in God’s restoration plan of all things and the way ahead. Before the fall, man was alive to God, spirit, soul and body and all things were subjected to God in a universe with one realm where the Creator of all things, man and all of creation dwelled together in harmony. When the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul (Greek: psuchë; 1 Corinthians 15:45). God created man in His image and likeness. This means his perfect living soul, which comprises his imagination and memory, seat of the emotions and desires, conscious and subconscious mind and his will, was alive to God and his soul was constantly and totally aware of Him. His soul was filled with God’s perfection, which is His life-force. The perfect members of his body were the willing servants of his godly soul reflecting the glorious character and power of God made manifested in divine magnificence. His body responded in total harmony to everything that his virtuous soul desired to do. Adam’s bodily senses were alive to God and he could observe his Creator with his natural senses, who is Spirit and dwells in

heaven. His spirit was constantly observant aware of God. All senses of his whole being, were aware of Him. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day… (Genesis 3:8a). Adam’s entire being was alive to God, in other words, he was alive to God in his spirit, soul and body. Though Adam was perfect in his entire being, God created him a living soul. That means that he predominantly related to God with his soul and less with his spirit. Adam’s body also received much more impulses from his soul than from his spirit. That was no problem because his soul was perfect in God. Because Adam was a perfect living soul he was created with natural ability to love the only true God spontaneous with all of his heart, with all his soul and with all his strength. He was fashioned to love God perfectly on his own merits. He expressed his feelings and thoughts of his soul through his whole perfect person, which was alive to God. Because he was filled with the light of God his perfect mind functioned at the speed of the light that was in him! Adam did not have to do anything to please God. The substance of his very being, which was in the image and likeness of God spontaneously and effortlessly, pleased God on its own merits. His mere existence pleased God and God’s perfect person pleased Adam. Adam was full of the love of God and he could sense Him with his spirit, soul and body as he abided in His presence. Adam’s entire existence was perfection and fulfillment. When God created man, He created man in Him, one with Him and He gave him dominion over the earth. Adam and Eve were the epitome of divine energy and tranquility and were overflowing with heavenly peace as they ruled their domain. They were filled with joy as they find their delight and fulfillment in doing the will of God according to the 2

anointing that was working in them. As king, Adam lived and related to realities in a world where the Spirit and natural realms were fused into the one world of God, where all things were in Him, subjected to Him. Creation existed in one realm because God is one and in Him is no disharmony or division. It was a perfect existence filled with God which is everlasting life, dazzling light and eternal truth. Man was perfect because he was created the son of God, one with God (Luke 3:38). This was a relationship where man was son of God and God was Father of man. Both God and Adam find delight and fulfillment in their divine Father-son relationship. Man was created to have dominion over all things in the kingdom of his Father. Adam was beautifully fashioned a glorious son of God to be concerned about his Father’s business. He was created a royal prince of light, overflowing with the presence and Spirit of God. God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, not to do his own will, but the will of his Father. Since the beginning of creation God purposed to bring forth a harvest of sons. Therefore, God blessed them to be fruitful and to multiply. When Adam walked with God, He taught him about creation and the purpose for cultivating and maintaining the garden. He also taught him about naming the animals and his relationship with them. Adam was the covering of all the earth. Adam, being in the image of his Creator had creative freedom as he nurtured the garden and cared for creation. Adam was created to manifest the glory of God. God and Adam found great joy and fulfillment in their fellowship as they flow in their oneness of Spirit. God is a Being of light, not just radiating light or illuminated from within, but His substance is light. His light has substance and dimension, the most glorious and magnificent life-form imaginable. All beauty, all love, all goodness were contained in the light that poured forth from this Divine Being. 3

No one is capable of imagining the magnitude of perfect love that this God of light, life and truth poured into Adam. As Adam abided in Christ His creator, doing His will, he flowed with the life-force of God. Adam was in the same light-image and likeness of light as God, always moving, vibrant and an overflowing fountain of the energy of the Spirit of God which was manifesting in Adam’s whole being according to His good pleasure. He was so full of life that he lived 930 years after sin entered him and the discord of sin entered his soul. All life in creation lost its power when Adam ceased to abide in his Creator. Through Adam’s offense we all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. In Adam, we all died to God. Because of Adam, death entered into our spirit, soul and body. Independence from God guarantees death because the flow of eternal life, dazzling light and eternal truth ceased when you move outside of Christ. God was no longer the glorious perfection and holy righteousness of man. In separation of independence from God, man always tends to offer something of himself to God in an endeavor to prove his own righteousness. How can the imperfect think that He can please Him that is perfect or how can the dead satisfy the Living? Though sin is not imputed where there is no law death reigned from Adam to Christ through the tree of the knowledge of good (law or legalism) and evil (lawlessness), for it is written, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17). Since the day of the transgression, until Christ, sin reigned in death. God never gave man a choice between good and evil but between life and death (Deuteronomy 30:19). Good is better than evil but it is still death, from the fruit from of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam deprived his offspring the privilege to know God as Father and to become sons unto Him because the 4

godly seed died in him. There was a need for a godly seed to perpetuate God’s dream for a harvest of sons. Only when Christ, the Seed of God, was made manifested in the flesh He revealed God as Father to man and demonstrated to the earth the truth about the Father-son relationship. Through Adam’s rebellious disobedience he split the universe in two by separating the spiritual from the physical. Previously the universe was only one realm, which denotes divine primacy. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Ephesians 4:46). The number one excludes all differences, for there is no second with which it can either harmonize or conflict. The separation of the universe into the spiritual and physical realms brings about two realms which denote there is another. The Lord will not share his glory with another; therefore, he had casted Adam out of paradise into the lower realm of the natural while He occupied supremely the higher realm of His Spirit. Thus man became incapable of pleasing God. They ceased to be God’s people. God ceased to be one Spirit with Adam; He forsook him just like He forsook Christ on the cross and Adam became a branch cut off from the Vine. The number two surface again denoting there is another, namely, man in enmity against God in his rebellious independence from Him. The transgression closed the door for man to grow up from a living soul into a Life Giving Spirit, which was Christ his Creator. Adam lost the ability to please God on his own merits. Man died to God in spirit, soul and body, and the universe was torn apart. Therefore the Lord God sent man out of the Garden of Eden to till the 5

ground from which he was taken. God made His abode in the upper sphere, the realm of His Spirit, and God casted man and creation under his domain down into the lower realm of the natural. God would not share His dwelling with that which was dead to Him and divorced from His being. As Adam lived in the natural realm he was no longer aware of God's presence. Adam tried to recall some spiritual occurrences in Eden but these were kept on slipping his memory just like a glorious dream that fade away after waking up. It was apparent that he could see little beyond the barrier of his flesh-restricted mind. Adam and Eve used to communicate telepathically but since the fall they did not spontaneously know each other’s heart but unawares they started to babble, expressing the uncertainties in their fearful hearts. Neither could Adam remember fine details of memories that are hidden in the realm of spirit, a life that he shared with the Father, a spirit life that seemed to extend to the beginning of creation. The immense voice that emanated from a pinpoint of light that swelled with each thunderous word until each of its rays filled his whole being he could no longer hear as he was imprisoned by a black wall of mist of doubts and fears. No longer could he behold Him that is far more brilliant than the sun, the light that used to sooth his eyes with its deep and pure white luminescence. Adam sensed, at the time, that the light would not cross the barrier into the darkness. Then it dawned on him that he was no longer in the presence of God. The true Light came only 4 000 years later to give light to every man coming into the world. God purposed from the beginning of the earth to bring forth many sons to glory. Following the fall of Adam, God’s vision was perpetuated in Christ. His vision was to see His seed. This was fulfilled on the cross. God at first established a covenant of works with His people Israel. Because the Law is spiritual, 6

imperfect man could not fulfill its requirements in the flesh. Then God took away the first covenant, the ministry of condemnation that He may establish the second, which is the ministry of reconciliation in His Son. Though the first covenant came in glory that even the skin of Moses’ face shone the New Covenant was brought in much greater glory, even in the glory of God’s only begotten Son. Through suffering on the cross the Lord Jesus Christ completed the work necessary for our total salvation, in spirit, soul, and body as well as restoring all of creation beyond its former glory into the one realm of God’s presence. In spite of Christ’s complete work on the cross, we do not yet see all things being restored to a glory surpassing the former where all things being subdued to Christ in one realm of His presence. What do we see right now? Though, born-again believers are complete in Christ, we only see the spirit of the redeemed being made alive to God because of righteousness but the body is dead due to sin. The soul who is in the blood of their body is enmity against God (Romans 8:7,10). The universe is still divided into the realm of God’s Spirit and the carnal realms of the soul (psychic) and the natural and all things are not yet under the domain of Christ. The whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs until now to be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God and we within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. God willed it this way that we may learn to trust Him in hope that He will finish the work that He has started in us and creation. Presently we live imperfect lives in a broken universe where God demands a flow of faith and hope to please Him. When you are in Christ you have become one spirit with Him. Your eternal spirit is quickened to God because of righteousness but your body is still mortal, void of perfection of immortality, meaning 7

that it is dead to God because of sin (Romans 8:10). Your soul is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be (Romans 8:7). Your hope in Christ is that you will be alive to God, in spirit (already alive if you are born-again), soul and body when the Spirit of Him (Father) who raised Jesus from the dead will quicken your mortal body (Romans 8:11). Then you will be alive to God as a total man when the Spirit of God (Father) dwells in you (Romans 8:9). You can only live with the spirit part of your person in the realm of God’s Spirit because it is the only part of you that is alive to Him. Your spirit (if you are born-again) is alive to God due to righteousness and is the part of your person that can experience God and His kingdom. Therefore your relationship with God is not through your physical senses but by faith. Faith, hope and love is the three doorways into the Spirit, which is the three dimension of a divine relationship in the spirit (1 Corinthians 13:13). God is Spirit and one with your born-again spirit. He reveals Himself to you in your spirit through the Holy Spirit. It is the will of God for you to live with your spirit in heaven while be physically on earth. No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven (John 3:13, emphasis added). Jesus told Nicodemus he is on earth and heaven simultaneously. Through faith you can have a life in the Spirit (heaven) while being on earth. You can train your spirit to be constantly aware of the Lord. Waiting on the Lord is one way to train your spirit to be constantly aware of His presence. Your soul is enmity against God and lives in the soulish realm. All people that come into the world have excess to the soulish or psychic realm. A faith life is when you present your soul to God, which is enmity to Him, as if it is a friend of Him, bringing 8

into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ by meditating on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtues and praiseworthy that you may be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Your mind is the bridge between your soul and spirit. It is where the carnal mind and “spirit of your mind” dwell together. Your body is dead to God because of sin and is limited to dwell in the natural realm. Your body of death cannot experience God with its physical senses because your body lives in the natural and God dwells in the Spirit. Because you cannot feel God with your hands, or smell Him with your nose, or hear Him with your physical ears, or see Him with your eyes of flesh, or taste Him with your tongue does not mean He is not there. Your bodily senses and God are in different worlds that is why you are missing God who lives in heaven. Through faith you present your body, which is dead toward God because of sin, as being alive from the dead and the members of your body though dead, as instruments of righteousness to God. This is how you live your life on earth as if you are in heaven. Paul said that this is acceptable to God, the way a normal Christian should live (Romans 12:1-2). Our faith in God is in hope to attain bodily to the resurrection from the dead and to be perfected in our soul. We also hope to see all things under Christ in a sphere where heaven and earth is one as it was in the beginning. Faith procures substance in the books of God even if we have not yet received the promise (Hebrews 11:1). Our hope in Christ is when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. While we are living our lives through faith in the Lord we must look to Him in hope of a complete redemption of the whole man. Our hope is to be alive unto God, spirit, soul and body and to see all things subdued 9

to Christ in a realm where heaven and earth is one. When a born-again believer dies his spirit goes to the Lord So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). With physical death the soul of the deceased in Christ sleeps the sleep of death. Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death (Psalm 13:3). Physical death causes the body to return to dust and the spirit goes to the Lord. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7). At the last trumpet, those who went before us, the dead in Christ, who were sowed in corruption, will be raised with an incorruptible body, and those who will be alive with their mortal bodies will be clothed with immortality. The hero’s of faith and the rest of the family of God that is captured in the cloud of witnesses has not received the fullness of this glory yet because it is written that they should not be made perfect apart from us. We who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For, if those in heaven have found this glory, the New Testament would not have spoken of this perfection to come. We who believe will enter into this glory at the last trumpet. However, the faith of Enoch and Elijah defied times and seasons and they were changed in their bodies before the appointed time of the last trumpet. Their faith demanded that time is no more, that tomorrow’s fulfillment is to be walked in today. They attained bodily to the resurrection from the dead and were made perfect in their souls. Through 10

faith God took them that they did not see death. Their faith brought substance to their hope, a world clothed with heavenly perfection, in the freedom of a sphere where heaven and earth is united as the one world of Christ. In their world the will of God has being done on earth as it is in heaven. As far as they were concerned they were alive to God in spirit, in soul and in their body, the New Jerusalem has come down and heaven and earth has become one. They had so much life in them that God had to take them. Paul manifested the same faith as Enoch and Elijah when he made known his intense groaning to attain to the perfection of sonship. If, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained [bodily resurrected], or already perfected [perfected in the soul]; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me (Philippians 3:11-12). I am convinced that if God did not destined Paul to die for His name sake, he would have attained to the resurrection from the dead just like Enoch and Elijah because of the same faith that was in him. Let me repeat the vision of our hope which is the cry in our spirit for sonship: “Our hope is to be alive unto God, spirit, soul and body and to see all things subdued to Christ in a realm where heaven and earth is one.” According to Revelation 12 there will be those that will enter in this glorious promise before the appointed time. I have also witnessed this event in a night vision in 1973.

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