THE HOUSE THAT GOD BUILT
Volume 2, Chapter 10
In The Image And Likeness Of God
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. KJV
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. KJV
2 Cor 3:18
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. KJV
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: KJV
From the moment that fertilization takes place between the sperm of the man and the egg of the woman, there is created a “new thing”, which is formed in the image and the likeness of the father and mother. Two separate books of life are now joined into a single book, containing unique qualities and characteristics that have been forged by the union of two genetic lineages into one sum total. This concept of fertilization and conception is the foundational doctrine of human life itself. Our Heavenly Father is the architect of such a design and is the One that set this grand process into motion. In this writing, we are discussing natural processes and designs, which are but shadows and types of spiritual processes and designs. The natural order is a temporary order, destined to have a limited existence, which moves closer to extinction with each passing second. Without a change taking place, our bodies, our planet, our solar system, everything that is of the natural realm will eventually come to an end and will cease to be. The spiritual order is an eternal order, never to pass away, never to grow old and corrupt, being eternal in its makeup and design. To understand this is to understand that God’s purpose and plan is to bring the spiritual into a state of dominion and power over the natural world that will swallow up all corruption and assimilate the natural types and shadows into the eternal substance that the spirit embodies.
Our physical bodies are natural and temporary. This reality is embedded within the GENETIC BOOK by which this human body has been formed. Within the DNA of our cells, there is a designed sentence of death to our natural existence which is the IMAGE of the earthy. Our human, physical, natural body will not live forever, no matter how many vitamins, nutrients, herbs, etc., we ingest. We may be healthier for the duration of our limited, natural life but we will not be able to live in our natural body eternally. No amount of exercise, programs, psycho-therapies of positive reinforcement, channeling, projecting, paradigm-shifting, group chanting, universal harmonizing, conscious awareness training that we partake of will stop our natural body from dying. Our choices as to what we do or don’t do for our body may cause us to live for a period of time that is longer or shorter in duration, but nothing that we do in the natural can change the ultimate sentence of death written on the genetic tables of our physical DNA.
But, all is not lost! Although we have borne the image of the earthy lineage of limited life in our physical body, the scriptures declare that there is more than one body! Glory to God! We are told that there is a natural body and there IS a spiritual body. (I Cor. 15:44) However, we have begun our earthly life in the limited design and functionality of the natural, having lived most of our life subject to the degenerative qualities of the natural existence, bringing to this world the image and likeness of our earthly father, Adam. We bear in our natural body the genetic lineage of the original, limited, earthly man, Adam. We are his offspring, regardless of how many disillusioned people try to deny their relationship to this original fallen creature. If you are living in a physical, human body, you are the physical offspring of the first Adam. But, all is not lost! The scriptures have some more Good News for us! There is not just one ADAM! There is another Adam (Original) that supersedes the first Adam. As the first Adam was made a living soul, the last Adam is a QUICKENING SPIRIT! Aren’t you glad? So, although we have borne the evidence of our genetic affiliation with the first Adam by reason of our corruptible and mortal self, we have also borne the evidence of another genetic affiliation with the Firstborn Son of God and our spiritual man is eternally living in the substance and power of the Christ of God. Our entire purpose in eternity is hinged upon our relationship with these two genetic lineages, one of which has been in authority in our being for most of our earthly existence with the other lineage being brought to light day by day as we press into the Presence of Jesus, who is the Express Image of His Father, which we now know is our Father also! As the spiritual lineage takes the dominant position in our being, the natural lineage is being swallowed up into the image and likeness of our Heavenly Father.
1 IN MANY separate revelations [aeach of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets,
2 [But] in bthe last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order].
3 He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the cout-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God's] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power… AMP
There is no reason for us to be ashamed of our genetic link to Adam. Indeed, unless you have first been born of Adam, you can have no part in the inheritance of Christ. This glorious inheritance is not given to spirits, or to angels, or to cherubims, but it is reserved for those that have FIRST borne the image of the earthy, natural humanity. Without that distinction, you would have no part in the redemptive plan of God. There are some today that are teaching there is no need for a cleansing from Adamic sin. They believe that sin is a man made concept that was used by religious people to keep other people in bondage to their religious idea of original sin. Of course, in order to believe this, one would have to throw out almost all of the holy scriptures and lower Jesus to the status of just another man, who was perhaps a great teacher, but nothing else. If Adam did not sin and if that original sin did not pass on to all of Adam’s seed after him, then there was never a reason for Jesus to be born and to die on a cross and be resurrected on the third day. Then, if we are not sinners saved by grace, then we become our own God, leading to the concept that declares, “I AM GOD”. All of this, for no other reason except to find a way out of being a child of Adam! These poor folks are so deceived by their own megalomaniacal ego that they have gone to these lengths to theologically distance themselves from a corruptible image that is embedded in their own genetic makeup, which stands as an undeniable truth in their very own being and bears such a steadfast witness to them being the offspring of Adam that their pitiful declarations of sinless existence turns their teachings into rants of madness.
1 Cor 15:44-49
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. KJV
Because we have borne the image and likeness of corruptible man, we are now able to experience the New Birth, of which we have been predestinated to be partakers of. Because we have no honor in our natural self, we are now made honorable by reason of Jesus, who is our High Potentate and has become the propitiation (the conciliation, the atonement) of our sins. We die, He lives. Because He lives, we live in Him, because we have been born of Him. If we continue to live by reason of our own life, we will only live the prescribed time that is written in our genetic book, so for us to continue to live is tantamount to us living to die. All natural organisms will die, without fail. Our only hope to live eternally is to be born of God, not just in doctrinal statement, but truly BORN, experientially and spiritually of that Quickening Spirit.
We are being fertilized by that Quickening Spirit, just as our natural beginnings took place in the fertilization process in our mother’s womb. If we do not experience UNION with the Quickening Spirit of God, then we will remain in a state of limited life. The whole design that Creator God instituted in the reproductive process of the human race speaks of His plan of redemption for mankind through the integration of man with his God. In this reproductive process, two separate entities are mutually joined together, in a wondrous tapestry of life, combining their genetic codes into one, unique image and likeness of a new creature. Even so, when the Word (Sperm) of God fertilizes the Soul (Egg) of man, a new creature is formed, with all of the attributes of both God and man present in its makeup. That is what separates a MAN from an ANGEL! It is not the divinity of God that defines this New Creature in Christ, it is the lower, common elements of earthly mankind that makes this creature stand out from all other creations of God! God clearly glories in taking something that He has lowered out from Himself and redeeming it with His grace and love! The imagery of fallen man being redeemed by God through the giving of the life of His own, dear Son, is enacted over and over again in the natural processes of human conception, development and birth. If we study this phenomenal miracle of life that is human birth, we will see how the Father created man in His image and likeness, and then hid this image and likeness in the gross anatomy of the human body. Now, there are two bodies dwelling together, one that is made up of eternal stuff and the other made up of temporal stuff. Please understand the immensity of such a moment! God joined Himself to a creature of the earth in a union of spirit and flesh that set all heaven to buzzing! An Almighty God took up residence in a natural creature, infusing MAN with the substance of Himself, announcing to all things everywhere that this was His offspring, not just His created thing, but something that was OF God! Before God made Adam, He had already set in motion the process of conception and birth, having brought forth animal life and then each species of animal started to produce, kind after kind. But these creatures were brought forth by the spoken Word of God, speaking them into existence. With man, God lowered Himself and got dusty in the process, putting His own hand to the creative process and FORMED man out of the dust of the ground, breathing into him His own spirit of life. What a wonder man is! What a contrast of elements, a contradiction of energies, with the makeup of both human and divine struggling to rule over his house. Man is the epitome of a divided house in his present state, but be of good cheer, God has a plan! Out of the vanity of divided man there is coming forth a conciliation that is bringing unity to the duality of this battled creature. Again, it is a pattern of God that one can find throughout the scriptures and the concepts laid out by the scriptures concerning God’s redemptive work. It is the grandest of drama, a cliff-hanger of a story, a plot that leaves us sitting on the edge of our seats. When all looks lost, the enemy has us surrounded, we are down to our last breath, no hope in sight, certain destruction is imminent, like a classic Western story, we hear a bugle sound out and we know the Cavalry has arrived! In God, everything gets the darkest before the dawn arrives, the flesh has to use up all of its resources, our natural man has to utterly spend himself in the struggle of self-survival, our own faith and hope has to come to an end, but then, at the last possible second, the Master appears in the midst of our demise and snatches Victory out of the jaws of defeat! Isn’t it glorious?
So it is, this drama of life and death is played out throughout the entire biological processes of human life. Every day, at the cellular level of our bodies, there are a multitude of dramas being played out in this thing called life. Human cells play their role to the death for the sake of the body through acts of sacrifice, obedience, commitment, all without personal reward or fame. It is written upon the tables of their cellular hearts, “all for one, one for all”, which is more than a gung ho phrase for them, but it is the defining principal of their own genetic nature. So it is, that the Pattern Son had given Himself for a Living Sacrifice to redeem this woe begotten creature called, MAN, leaving His former estate in the Godhead, He became ONE OF US, LIKE US, in order to redeem us. It is a pattern of sacrifice and union that would repeat itself throughout the existence of mankind. For example, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. (2 Cor. 5:19) What a mystery! Yet, the more we study the scriptures with the revelation of the spirit, we see patterns develop before our eyes that enlighten us as to the ways of the Father. For one thing, God seems to like to hide things inside of other things. Boxes, within boxes, within boxes. Look at the pattern of the Tabernacle, three boxes dwelling inside of one another. The Outer Court, the Holy Place, the Holiest of All. Now, look at the human cell, three boxes dwelling inside of one another. The cytoplasm, the nucleus, the nucleolus. Look at mankind, three partitions within one another. Body, soul, spirit. Now, look at our natural world, the heavens, the earth, under the earth. Now, look at the atomic makeup of our world. Elements, made up of Atoms, made up of sub-atomic particles. Boxes, within boxes, within boxes. Christ in us, us in Christ, Christ and us in the Father. Oneness, through the union of many. These are eternal keys to understanding the world and dimension that spiritual things exist in. That unseen and unperceived world of spirit is brought to light through the manifold expressions of our physical world. As we conceive through the fertilization of our soul with the Word of God, we will become more and more aware of these patterns, or images, of God’s very own substance that He has hidden in the temporary shadow of the earthly existence.
Let us consider how the natural process of fertilization takes place and the different elements that are involved. Where do the male sperm come from and where does the female egg come from? We know that DNA of the human cell has 2 sets of chromosomes, with 23 chromosomes to a set. That means that each human cell has a total of 46 chromosomes. Our body was built by the constant dividing of our original cell to form all of the various types of cells that come together to form tissues, organs, bones, blood, fluids and all other elements of the human body. This process of cellular division is called “mitosis.” Each time the cell divides, it creates an exact copy of itself, with each copied cell containing the original 46 chromosomes. If you recall our former discussion on the DNA molecule, you will remember that the DNA molecule is like a ladder, having two “sides” with rungs that join the sides together. The ribs of the ladder are mirror images of one another, meaning that each rung of the ladder is made up of opposite elements, called nucleotides. There are only 4 nucleotides that make up the rungs of the genetic ladder. If Cytosine is on the left of one rung, the right side of the rung would have to be Guanine, as Cytosine and Guanine always match up with one another. The same is true with Thymine and Adenine, if one is on the rung, then the other has to accompany it. As the cell divides, the double strand of DNA is “unzipped”, just like a zipper on a garment which can either be zipped or unzipped by sliding the handle of the zipper along the length of the zipper. Once unzipped, there are two strands of zipper remaining, which can then be re-zipped by joining the zipper strands at one end and then zipping them together. In the cell, one strand of DNA goes with the new cell and one strand remains in the parent cell. Then, each cell builds the opposite side of the single strand of the ladder plugging in the appropriate nucleotide to complete the rungs of the ladder. Now you have two exact cellular copies. That is how we came from a single cell in our mother’s womb to a mature adult organism with over 100 trillion cells.
The single strand of DNA acts as a template, from which copies can be made. When someone orders a dress pattern from a catalog, they will receive a “template” of the dress, which they will use to make an exact copy of the original dress design. Patterns, or templates, are used in a multitude of industries to promote mass replication of a design that they want repeated in an exact copy. The designer can send out thousands of these templates and there will be a thousand copies of that original design made from that single pattern. Likewise, Christ is THE PATTERN SON! From that original, divine Pattern there is coming forth many sons, or offspring of that single Son, each one having the exact pattern of character and nature that is found in the original Son of God. The very fact that we are called “sons” in the scriptures testifies to this grand and awesome process of continuity that involves many sons coming to glory through the transforming power of The Christ. As you can see, if we do away with the original Son, then there are no more sons in existence, since all sons came from an original Son, just as all cells come from original cells and all things come from the One True Creator. We are “OF” God and we are “joint heirs” with Christ. We are being changed into the exact pattern of the King, who is now become the King of kings and the Lord of lords, having entered into a place in His Father where He may bring us to sit down with Him and reign with Him for the ages to come. Thank God for the Pattern Son, Jesus who is the Christ of God and who has InChristed us with Himself!
Now, this is how our cells reproduce themselves and how the body is built from the forming of new cells. Out of One comes Many and each new cell has the exact same Book of Life that the original cell had. All of the thousands of different types of cells in the body comes from the same Book of genetic instructions and each cell contains the same Book of Life. Within this Book, there is found the entire blueprint instructions to bring forth all of the manifold kinds of cells that are found throughout the human body. As the new entity starts to grow and divide in the mother’s womb, there begins to develop a process called “differentiation” that designates the structure and function of the new cell. Although the genetic blueprints of all cells of the body is found in the Book of Life, the new cell is only given access to the blueprint that corresponds to the type of cell it has been designated to become. The heart cell is designated as a heart cell by the genetic blueprint of the heart cell found on the DNA molecule. The liver cell, the brain cell, the skin cell, etc., all are given access to their particular cell type found on the pages of the DNA code and once they are initiated into that cellular identity, they are forever “locked” into that differentiation of structure and function that each type dictates. There is no jealousy, competition, or envy involved in this ordained and chosen specialization, only a unified willingness to be that part of the body that they have been designated to fulfill. How I wish we could be like those tiny, microscopic cells in our calling and function in the Body of Christ! How pleasant it would be, how glorifying to the Father it would be, how life-giving it would be to see each member of the Body of Christ become aware of their true calling and purpose to the spiritual Body and then to determine themselves to be the best at that calling. In such a case, there would be no need throughout the Body of Christ. Unity and harmony would be on open display, the Word would minister out of willing vessels to every area of need, we would be a people that are willing in the Day of His Power to stand in our lot, an army of Joel, 144,000 strong, a company of designated sons of God, each in their right place and doing what the spirit has anointed them to do. Heaven on earth! Instead, we have seen an ugly competition and cutthroat mentality amongst God’s people that gives rise to spiritual warfare amongst those that are all vying to be God’s man/woman of the hour with the power. How my heart aches to see the Body flow together with the same mind and a single heart concerning the advancement of the Kingdom of God in the hearts of His people. When we do find our place in Him and stand in that place with peace and joy, there will be an astounding abundance of healing and restoration that will begin to put on open display the appearing of the Christ in the sons of God. We all have the same God in our hearts, none having more or less of Him. We are all called and ordained by the same spirit, we all have received the same Lord and the same anointing which is working in us all. Out of the diversity of His own Lordship, there is being formed a corporate expression of His very own Self, a symphony of Word and expression that will fill the earth with the knowledge of the Lord. We represent the full counsel of His will in the earth, a spiritual Sanhedrin of governmental power and unity. Without this oneness of spirit and function, His full counsel is kept hidden from His people, being shut up behind the veil of carnal understanding, found both in the unregenerated minds of the unbeliever and also within the ranks of the religious, carnal believer. The Good News is that He is forming a specialized company of sons that are being given an appointment with an intense encounter with their Master, being put through a boot camp of God that will purge them of all pride and selfishness, removing from them any personal motive and ego-driven desires, renewing them and re-minding them with the knowledge of their true origins and nature. This is the reconstitution of sons, the re-identifying of their true identity in Christ, which will make them into martyrs of the faith, dying to self and rising to God! Every son of God must die to their earthy image and be raised to their heavenly image. In order to live, we must die in Christ, freeing us from all other dominions and thrones and powers that have attached themselves to us throughout our earthly existence. The fire of God’s judgments in our lives will bring about this release. Without the Righteous Judgment of God we will remain in a divided, corruptible state and condition. Once judgment is allowed to run its course in us, we will begin to return to the original image and likeness of our Father. Most believers today want to find a safe place in Christ, a haven of child-like innocence where they know nothing and thus are not responsible for anything. But, for those sons that are designated to bring to this world the perfect image of their Father there is no escaping this fearful encounter with a Holy God.
We must bring to this realm that original code of life that was found in Jesus the Christ of God. It must be wrought in a people that will produce that same nature and character as found in the Elder Son. Jesus is the original genetic code of Sonship and we are His genetic kinsmen. We bear His name, which means we bear His nature, His calling, His priesthood, His purpose, His kingship and His lordship. He is the King and we are His kings, He is the Lord and we are His lords. We are His continuing sonship and lordship in the earth, having committed to us His inheritance of all things, making us heirs of His Lordship. Can you see why there cannot remain in us the faintest whisper of carnal man? Can you not see why He has dealt with us in such steadfast judgment and cleansings? If we are to be the “EXPRESS IMAGE” of Him then we must not have any wild weeds in us that would bring death instead of life. Don’t worry. He won’t let that happen, even if it means turning the heat of His fire up a hundredfold, He will forge a people in His furnace until we reflect a flawless image of God’s divine Self. It is our destiny to be the progeny of His wondrous Self, the offspring of His glorious substance. In bringing us to the realization of this holy destiny, the Father is unfolding the Plan that He finished in Himself before the foundation of the ages. The Plan is right on time and everything is in its right place. Conception is realized and now the formation of a New Man is being curiously wrought in the womb of our soul. As each individual cell starts to become that chosen expression in the Body of Christ there is a corporate expression that is synchronizing with this individual change. As hearts are interconnected with each other across the spectrum of the visible and invisible, there comes into view a Corporate Man expression that will begin the trumpets blasting a new sound in the earth and in the heavens. Out of this transfiguring event there will come a sound that every person will instantly know and be familiar with, for it is the sound that they heard once before, a long, long time ago. As each successive trumpet sounds throughout the Plan of God, there is found in that generation a people that have the ear to hear the trumpet. God has never blown a trumpet without having brought forth a people that are able to hear the blast. As a new trumpet begins to sound today, we can rest assured that there is a people, formed out of the furnace of afflictions, tried in the rigors of faith, challenged by unbelievable tragedies, a people stands in the presence of their God and they are hearing what the spirit is saying to us today. Glory!
However, in order to reproduce, kind after kind, the human organism performs another kind of cell division, called meiosis. This specialized cellular division creates “gametes”, which are sex cells that contain only ONE set of chromosomes, numbering 23. This means that instead of forming the entire ladder, the gametes are single strands, just one side of the zipper, with half of the entire number of chromosomes as regular cells. The female forms an ovum, or an egg, which houses one set of the chromosomes of her DNA, numbering 23. The egg is immobile, as it is passive in its design, having to be VISITED by the male sperm. We will write more about this wonderful likeness of the relationship between man and The God, which will bring to light the APPEARING of the Lord through His saints. The male forms a structure called the sperm, that is mobile, containing the one set of chromosomes in a spherical head made up of protein, of which is attached a flagellum, or a long strand of material that acts as a tail by which the sperm whips back and forth to move toward the egg. The sperm and the ovum (egg) contain a sex chromosome that is used to determine the sexual gender of the potential embryo. There are two types of sexual chromosomes which determine the sexual make up of the offspring, which are designated as X and Y. The male can produce both types of sexual chromosomes, X &Y. The female is only able to produce one type of sex chromosome, the X chromosome. Depending on which sexual chromosome is present in the sperm when it fertilizes the egg, the offspring’s gender will be determined by the sperm being either an X or a Y chromosome. If an X chromosome is present, the offspring will be female, which is always, X, X. If the Y chromosome is present, the offspring will be male, which is always X,Y. In this regard, the male determines the gender of the offspring, since the female egg is always X, or female.
Now, let us delve into this, considering what we know to be true concerning Christ and mankind. First, we need God as much as the egg needs the sperm. No man can approach God, he must be approached by God. We don’t seek Him out, He seeks us out. We did not choose Him, He chose us. We could not save ourselves, He had to offer Himself to be our Savior. We are only half fulfilled by ourselves. Our destiny can only be fulfilled by our union with our Better Half, which is Christ. Christ needs us also. We fulfill Him, as He has been elevated to His position as Lord and King by reason of our humble subjection to His Lordship. Every Lord needs subjects! Otherwise, just call Him brother, or buddy, or some other title. If He truly is King of kings and Lord of lords, He is fulfilled by our servitude. The sperm is the smallest cell in the human body. Mature sperm cells are about 0.05 millimeters long, and swim at a rate of about 3 millimeters per minute. They have to wave their tails over 200 times a minute to cover those 3 millimeters. The sperm cells are produced in the male testes, taking about 72 days to produce. The male will produce over 12 trillion sperm cells over the course of his life. The Greek words that make up the word, “spermatozoa” come from “sperma” and “zoon” which means, “living seed.” Considering this information, we can only imagine how much determinative love has been involved in the seeking out of the lost by Christ Jesus, our Lord. He is the sperm to our egg and He has overcome all opposition to be our Champion of Love! He has overcome the dark waters of death, the darkness of the grave, the fires of hell, the power of sin, the wiles of the devil, the blindness of the Law, the hopelessness of man’s heart, the fear of religion, the unbelief of His own house, the loneliness of being The One, the sins of the world, all because He loved us from the beginning, before the age of sin. Before we ever were formed and fashioned as “human”, He loved us with an everlasting Love and He will hold the ages of time at bay until every single man, woman and child has come into union with Him. I want you to know something today, my friend. No matter how far you think you have strayed from His path, no matter how lost you think your life has become in the darkness of your mind, His eye has never strayed from you and He will visit you with His Love that will set you free. Never, ever think otherwise. Your destiny is to show forth the other side of your genetic ladder and Jesus is able to do that for you. The only thing you need in order to make a new life for yourself is Him. Where is He? Stop looking outside of you, for the church buildings to show Him to you, for your Christian friends to show Him to you, for the TV Ministries to show Him to you, because that is not the answer you are seeking. Close your eyes, get in a quiet place, be still in your heart and see Him in the House that He built for Himself. YOU! He is coming to you and He is going to break through all of the things that would oppose Him from revealing Himself to you and He will take you into Himself and give you LIFE. Wait on it. You have waited for other things in your life, so believe me when I say that of all the things you have waited for in your life, this is the most worthy thing to wait upon you have ever experienced. Present yourself to Him as many times as it takes for the conception to take place. Day by day, night by night, come before the Lord and offer yourself to Him and LIFE will break out inside of you!
As the sperm and the egg are made for each other, we were made for God. Sperm meets egg, union takes place, THEN WHAT? I am glad you asked! Once the single strand of DNA in the sperm fuses itself to the single strand of DNA in the woman, something wonderful takes place. It is a NOVA of NEW LIFE!
2 Cor 5:16-17
16 Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh].
17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! AMP
Ah yes! The Fresh and New has come! A Fresh You, a New You, a new perspective about Christ is coming forth, we can no longer see Him through the old bi-focals of religion, which see Him as limited, vengeful, mad, grudging, thinking that God is powerless to save His creation, so He is trying to save only a portion of the entire human population before helplessly seeing them sent off to eternal separation from Him. Oh Yes! The Fresh and the New has come and with it we see Jesus, high and lifted up, His train filling the temple of God, laying low all the enemies of His plan and purpose. We see Jesus, the Undefeated Champion of Love, cancelling out the covenant of death and the agreement of hell. We see Jesus, transforming us, changing us, saving us, filling us, until every man sees His glory and is found in His presence. Let the old, pathetic doomsday prophets bray on, but we will believe the Lord and be filled with great expectations until we see His enemies made His footstool. Death will not have you, hell will not contain you, misery will not imprison you, for you are born of God, offspring of His loins! His blood flows through you, His image and likeness is in you. His substance is taking you over, His glory is rising up in you and spilling over, He is making your path straight and is speaking tender mercies into your being. You ARE His Image and His Likeness in the earth!
That is why I am so happy to write this to you. Have you ever heard someone say this about a child? “He is the spitting image of his father” or “she is the spitting image of her mother.” That happens all the time and it is a common occurrence because it is a physical reality. The offspring of a union of a man and a woman have taken on the genetic substance of their parents. We, as the offspring of our Father, are taking on the genetic substance of His glory and character. Surely you know that He is changing you from the earthly to the heavenly? We have borne that earthly image, not TRYING to bear it, but it just came real natural to bear it, didn’t it? It won’t be any different with the image and likeness of our Spiritual Father. Genetics win out every time! I don’t have to TRY to be a son of God, I AM A SON OF GOD! Our relationship to God is not an intellectual constitution of doctrinal purity, we have an intimate, Living Seed, relationship with Him. He is come! He has made us His abode and He is living in us, right now, right here, in you, in me! I pray that the people of God will wake up from their doctrines of striving and justifying themselves to be the children of God. You do not need the approval of your pastor, or bishop, or prophet, or priest, or church, or in-laws, or husband, or wife in order to live the life of an heir of Jesus Christ. NO ONE can take your inheritance from you, it is written on the tables of your heart, not in some church roster. Thank God! Don’t let anyone keep you from enjoying your place in the Kingdom of God. Don’t let anyone keep you in prisons of jealousy, envy, anger, greed, lust, immorality, selfishness or any other man made device. Free yourself! As our good friend, Stacy Wood, used to say, who is now amongst the heavenly host, urging us onward and upward, “The Throttle of your life is in your hands!” Oh God! Can you hear it? Don’t let others weigh you down or keep you down. Get up and lay hold on eternal life! It is our time to shine, to illuminate the night with the light of Christ. We will not be held down any longer by those weights that have so easily beset us in times past. I declare a New Day for you, clean the slate, turn the page, turn around and start to walk the other way, forget the past, change your name, renew your mind, BE BORN ANEW! It is your destiny, your right in Christ, your appointed designation, to be amongst those that participate in the inheritance of the Pattern Son. From this day onward you will walk a new walk, strong and bold, into the Light and Glory of the Father. Those past lords that have had dominion over you are dead and they will not rise again. A new door is opened for you and you will walk through it. Have no fear! You have been here before.
By Robert D Torango
(To be continued)
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