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THE SEED IN EVERY MAN

By Preston Eby 

THE SPIRIT IN MAN

Deep within every man there is a secret

sanctum where dwells the mysterious essence of his

being. This inmost reality is that part of a man which

separates him from every other living creature and

makes him uniquely mankind. This deep hidden

power is what it is of itself independent of any other

part of the man’s complex nature. It is the man’s “I

Am,” a gift from the I AM who created him. The

deep-in human entity of which we speak is called in

the scriptures the spirit of man. “For what man

knoweth the things of man, save the spirit of man

which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth

no man, but the Spirit of God” (I Cor. 2:11). As

God’s self-knowledge lies in the eternal Spirit, so

man’s self-knowledge is by his own spirit, and his

knowledge of God is by the direct union of the Spirit

of God with the spirit of man. I cannot overstress the

importance of this in our forward walk into our

destiny as sons of God! This truth denies that man is

an earthly, physical being having a spirit and

declares, rather, that he is a spirit having a physical

body. That which makes a man a human being is not

his body but his spirit, in which the image of God

originally lay.

Most people on earth have forgotten their beginning.

But the scripture is clear. “And God said, Let us

make man in our image, after our likeness…and the

Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and

breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man

became a living soul. So God created man in his

own image, in the image of God created He him”

(Gen. 1:26; 2:7; 1:28). What God actually did was

that He imaged Himself in man. God imaged

Himself in man by forming Himself in a man of

earth. Thus man was created as a visible expression

of the invisible God. Now that hasn’t changed!

What has changed is our perception of ourselves

because of the fall. But before we discuss that, let us

see just how it was that God imaged Himself in man,

and how it is that man is a spiritual being having an

earthly experience, instead of a physical being

having a spiritual experience.

Wonderful words were spoken at the very dawn of

civilization, recorded in the oldest book of the Bible,

which state simply and powerfully the reality of

man. “There is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of

the Almighty giveth them understanding” (Job

32:8). It is something great in man, Elihu conceives,

that he is spirit, and, because he is, is capable of

being inspired. He is not here speaking of Adam as

he was in the primordial glory of Eden, nor yet of

regenerated man in this wonderful age of the Holy

Spirit; but, speaking thousands of years ago in the

present tense, he magnifies man as being able to be

inspired, just because he is spirit. And it is God, who

likewise is spirit, that inspires him!

Can we not see by this that the very being of man has

a God-ward or divine side, being related

constitutionally to Him. The testimony of scripture

is incontrovertible that there is a spirit in man, or

what is the same, the fact that we are, as being spirit,

permeable and inspirable by the Almighty!

The word “spirit” means literally, breath, and

denotes a quality of life because, in the case of the

spirit in man, God is able to breathe Himself into it

and through it. The word “inspiration,” as used here,

denotes the act of inbreathing. Anyone who is

inspired is “breathed into,” visited internally by the

power of life, and so quickened in mind, raised in

intelligence, ennobled in nature, and empowered in

ability. In this way Bezaleel was inspired when he

“was filled with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and in

understanding, to devise cunning works, to work in

gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in cutting of

stones, to set them, and in carving timber” (Ex. 31:3-

5). Anyone is inspired just as far as he is raised

internally, in thought, feeling, perception, or action,

by a divine movement within! It is God’s Spirit

quickening our spirit, and thus bringing a change, a

release, a raising so that our spirit may function as it

was designed to function. This is what Jesus

described as being “born again,” the spirit that

already existed as the offspring of God being brought

forth, just as a flesh baby is brought forth into the

world, into a new realm, a new level of identity, a

new consciousness, a new expression, a new ability,

a new standing, new rights and privileges and

inheritance! We all understand that a baby’s life

does not begin at the moment of birth — it is simply

released into a new dimension where it can attain to

its full potential in that realm. Thus it is with the

new birth! Our spirit did not originate at the moment

of our new birth — it had to already exist or it could

not have been born! That which is thus “born” of the

Spirit is spirit! It is this capacity of being spirit that

qualifies man as an inspirable creature.

This reveals man’s capacity for God; to

experientially know the presence of God, to let in the

divine nature, to entertain the eternal Spirit

witnessing with his spirit, to be energized by Him

and filled with His glory, in every faculty, feeling,

and power, being a vessel and channel for the life of

God, to think His thoughts and do His works. Thus,

“the Spirit beareth witness with our spirit that we are

the children (offspring) of God!” (Rom. 8:16). And

“because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit

of His Son into your hearts (spirit), crying, Abba,

Father!” (Gal. 4:6). “There is a spirit in man, and the

inbreathing of the Almighty giveth them

understanding.” Only because man is spirit is all this

possible!

In that long ago beginning God “breathed into his

nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living

soul” (Gen. 2:7). Now all the animals and beasts of

the field are also called “living souls” in the creation

story in Genesis. But there is a difference! Let the

fact be imprinted indelibly upon our minds that none

of these became a “living soul” by the inbreathing of

God! God did not Himself breathe into the nostrils

of cattle, lions, elephants, birds, fish, cockroaches, or

any other creature. Their “breath of life” is of an

inferior quality to that of man. The breath of life of

the animal kingdom is merely the oxygen of our

lower atmosphere. They are, therefore, a creation of

God but are unrelated to God. The breath of life in

man, however, originates out of the very spiritessence

of God Himself — inbreathed — thus, when

a man dies his body returns to the dust from whence

it came, but his spirit returns to God who gave it!

(Eccl. 12:7).

In Genesis 1, God speaks of adham (male and

female), and only adham as being made in His

image. The point is emphasized by repetition. As

humanity’s story unfolds through subsequent

chapters, we discover that what makes humans

different is a quality called “spirit.” None of the rest

of earth’s creatures possess it! By “spirit” the Bible

means relationship with God, and the capacity to be

aware of God, to communicate with Him, and

participate with Him in His great and eternal

purposes. Worship is the key evidence of the

spiritual quality of the human race, and the

universality of worship is evidenced in altars,

temples, priesthoods, sacrifices, rituals, prayers,

praise, and religious exercises of all kinds. Burial of

dead, use of tools, or even architecture and the arts

do not qualify as evidence of the spirit, for non-spirit

beings such as birds, beaver, elephants, chimpanzees,

and a multitude of others engage in such activities to

a limited extent. But no animal worships! There are

no chimpanzee or ape altars, temples, priesthoods, or

prayers of any kind. Only man worships! Only man

is a spiritual being! Only man is aware of God!

Only man has heard from God! To worship is as

natural for man — any man, saved or unsaved — as

barking is for a dog! Oh, the mystery of it!

Douglas Wilson once wrote, “There has been a very

sore cry in a great many of our hearts. There has

been a cry that has risen from the very depths of our

spirits. It is a cry to know the Lord, even our God!

It is a cry to be one with the Lord our God. It is a cry

to be with our God even as it is written that ‘he that

is joined to the Lord is one Spirit.’ We have not

understood from whence this deep cry comes. We

have not known the depths from whence it came.

But the Lord knows, for He put it there and has

caused it to come forth. Is it not written that ‘deep

calleth unto deep’? So is it then not written that the

depth of man calls unto the depth of God? And the

depth of God also calls to the depth in man! The

earth is filled with the call of God and the call of

man. The call rises up into the ears of God and He

hears it, for He has put the call within us.

“The Lord would have us know that from the very

beginning, when He brought man forth out of the

dust of the earth and gave unto him of His own

breath, His own Spirit, then He put a depth in man

that was equal to the depth of God. For do we not

know that if God lives in us, and if we are the temple

of the living God, then the depths that are in us must

equal those depths that are in God? Else we could

not contain God, neither could He dwell within us as

our life.

“But the depth that God had put in man became

darkness unto man. So man knew not this depth.

Man deemed himself to be but a created being of

God. Man did not know the depths of his nature! He

knew not that which was deep within him. For to

him the light had gone out and no longer moved in

the depth of his life. Unknown to man the light was

shining dimly and man was only faintly aware of it.

Yet there was to come a day when this light would

begin again to be manifested!” — end quote.

Recently I heard one “kingdom teacher” make the

following statements: “I want to say a word to all

the spooky people out there who believe in preexistence,

in having had some kind of spiritual life in

the bosom of the Father before the world began. We

were not there — HE was there! The reason I am

telling you this is because there is a teaching that

goes around the camp of sonship people which

suggests that you were there with Him at that time. I

can’t take the time today to point out to you how that

is not true, and it defiles the truth. It corrupts the

truth because God said to honor your father and your

mother. Do you know why? BECAUSE THEY

ARE THE ONES WHO GAVE YOU LIFE! That’s

the first commandment with promise. My life did

not begin in the beginning or before the beginning.

God might have thought about me, He may have

known that I was going to come forth, but in due

time I came forth from my parents” — end quote.

This dear brother simply lacks spiritual

understanding. He supposes that the whole life of

man derives only from his earthly parents! He must

never have read the scripture wherein we read, “And

ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh

unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou

the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art

rebuked of Him: for whom the Lord loveth He

chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He

receiveth. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our

flesh which corrected us, and we gave them

reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection

unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily

for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure;

but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of

His holiness” (Heb. 12:5-6, 9-10).

Someone says, “Oh, yes, God is the Father of the

spirits of all those who have been born again.” Yet

the scripture cries out, “O God, the God of the spirits

of all flesh” (Num. 16:22). You see, brethren, we

must think spiritual sense about these things! That

we might better comprehend, I must follow this

instructive passage with some pertinent questions.

Meditate deeply upon these. Does every flesh man

have a spirit? Is every man, saved or unsaved,

composed of spirit, soul, and body? Or do only

believers possess a spirit? If every man has a spirit,

where did his spirit come from? Did it come from

God? Did it come from his parents? Did it come

from the devil? Was your spirit, when you were

born into this world, already “fallen”? If not, when

did it “fall”? Is God actively in the business of

begetting “fallen” or “dead” spirits? Is God really

the Father of the spirits of ALL FLESH? When did

your spirit originate? Did it originate at the time of

your physical birth? Did it originate at the moment

of your conception in the womb? Did it originate

before your conception? Did it exist way back there

when you were “chosen in Him before the

foundation of the world?” (Eph. 1:4). Did it exist

when “God, who cannot lie, promised eternal life

before the world began?” (Titus 1:2). To whom did

He promise eternal life at that time? Could He have

promised it to you if you were not there?

That our spirit came out of God, we know, for we

read, “The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel,

saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens,

and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth

the spirit of man within him” (Zech. 12:1). He who

takes responsibility for the vast expanse of heaven

and earth, also takes responsibility for forming

(maturing) the spirit of man which is within us, and

He is the God of the spirits of all flesh.

What revealing light of revelation Jesus gave when

He opened the truth about the origin of both man’s

flesh and his spirit when on that star-studded night

long ago He explained to the questioning

Nicodemus, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh,

and that which is born of the spirit is spirit” (Jn.

3:6). This in my opinion is one of the most profound

and awe-inspiring statements in all scripture.

According to Jesus, my earthly parents are the

parents only of my flesh, for that which is born of the

flesh is flesh. That’s all it is! On the other hand,

God, and only God, is the Father of my spirit, for that

which is born of the spirit is spirit. Spirit begets

spirit! And God is the God and Father of the spirits

of all flesh! How could we ever think of God as the

Father of the flesh? He is the creator of flesh, of the

physical, but He is the Father of SPIRITS. “God IS

spirit,” so He could father nothing less than spirits.

As Father He puts the same life-force into His

children; and this life-force is that which animates

the flesh so that the body without the spirit is dead

(James 2:26). This is true of all men! What a

glorious statement this is — “the Father of spirits”!

That is what redemption is all about! It liberates us

from the flesh consciousness of the natural-minded

man and brings us again into the conscious

awareness of our Father and that we are spirit, the

offspring of God. We are being made like Him

because we are of His same substance. Speaking to

His disciples and to the multitudes Jesus once said,

“But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one

teacher, and you are all brethren. And call no man

your father opon the earth, for ONE IS YOUR

FATHER, which is in heaven” (Mat. 23:8-9). Need I

remind you that these words were spoken to men

under the law; Jesus had not died or risen again, the

Holy Spirit had not been poured out, nor was the new

covenant in effect. He informed every one of these

people that they ALL HAD ONE FATHER AND He

is “our Father, which art in heaven.”

That wonderful prayer Jesus taught His disciples,

which we call The Lord’s Prayer, begins with the

words, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Until men

recognize by the illumination that the Spirit brings

who their Father is they remain lost and dying in the

dense darkness of the carnal mind. Spiritually, they

are no different than the adopted child who has never

been told he is adopted and has no concept of who

his biological parents truly are or where he came

from. Our Father is not the one who gave us our

physical life in the womb of our earthly mother. The

only reason Jesus would tell the vast throng gathered

around Him, “Call no man your father upon the

earth, for ONE IS YOUR FATHER, which is in

heaven,” is that we all must recognize that our life

did not begin with our physical birth. Our true

Father is not a man upon earth, but our Father who is

in heaven! Can we not see by this that our life did

not begin on earth — it began in heaven! Nothing

could be plainer than this. Over and over again Jesus

taught the multitudes about their “heavenly Father.”

Just look up the word “father” in Strong’s

Concordance and see how many times in the four

Gospels Jesus told the people that God was their

Father! Once we know who and where our Father is

it is easy to understand where our life began and

from whence we came. Our birth, our beginnings

were with God! God is our Father. Aren’t you

glad!

The heavenly Father is Spirit, in the Spirit state

known as heaven. As spirit, we know Him as our

very own Father, and the only substance of our true

being. We find ourselves coming alive to Spirit, to

God. This is what Jesus has accomplished

redemptively for all men through His blood! The

fact that we are spirit is the very basis of Christ’s

redemptive work. It is not the coming of His Spirit

into us that makes us God’s sons, but the apostle

plainly said that “because ye are sons, God hath sent

forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying,

Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6). We no longer feel

strangers to our heavenly homeland! God has

redeemed us, renewed us, delivered us, and in His

Son made us to be again who we truly are!

One of the greatest needs for understanding among

believers is in this area of comprehending the

relationship of all men to God. Paul expressed it on

Mars Hill, saying, “The God who made the world

and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth,

does not live in shrines made by man, nor is He

served by human hands, as though He needed

anything, since He Himself gives TO ALL MEN life

and breath (spirit) and everything. And He made

from one every nation of men to live on all the face

of the earth, having determined allotted periods and

the boundaries of their habitation, that they should

seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him

and find Him. Yet HE IS NOT FAR FROM EACH

ONE OF US, for in Him we live and move and have

our being…for we are indeed His offspring. Being

then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the

Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation

by the art and imagination of man” (Acts 17:24-29).

God’s offspring! And this was spoken to Greeks

who not only knew nothing of Jesus Christ, but had

no awareness of the one God.

Paul is not talking here about born-again Christians,

he is speaking of the fact that there is a spirit in man

— in all men — and God is the Father of spirits, the

God of the spirits of all flesh. The one Father of all

spirits is but one Spirit. Thus all spirits are related

and unified in Him. We easily forget the human

birth of every man and all these earthly relationships,

races, cultures, and characteristics when we

recognize the One Father from whom we all came.

In Old Testament days it was a great discovery of

truth for people to realize that “The Lord our God,

the Lord is One.” In the days of many gods this was

a great revelation! In our day, however, most of the

civilized world recognizes the truth of the oneness of

God. The problem now is to awaken people to the

truth that the One God is the Father of the spirit of

every man! This is among the deepest and most

precious truths of scripture. No star that shines in the

firmament of revelation is more clear or glorious

than this; no truth ever dropped down upon our earth

from the heavens of God’s Spirit is more full of

significance. This Fatherhood gives meaning and a

tenderness to this life of ours, and is the very

foundation of the value of man’s life, and reveals

why Jesus came from the heavenly realms to redeem

all men by His own precious and divine blood!

THE VALUE OF EVERY MAN

The grandest of all truths is that CHRIST IS THE

IMAGE OF GOD! If you want to know what God

had in mind when He said, “Let us make man in our

image, and after our likeness,” you have only to

look at Jesus Christ. That is what God meant!

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are

lost (who know not who or where they are): in

whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds

of them which believe not, lest the light of the

glorious gospel of CHRIST, WHO IS THE IMAGE

OF GOD, should shine unto them” (II Cor. 4:3-4).

“In whom we have redemption through His

blood…who is THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE

GOD, the firstborn (prototype) of every creature”

(Col. 1:14-15). His dignity is still further elaborated

in these words of the writer to the Hebrews: “Who

being the brightness of His glory, and the

EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON…being made

so much better than the angels” (Heb. 1:3-4). The

Amplified Bible reads, “He is the…expression of

the glory of God — the Light Being, the out-raying

of the divine — and He is the PERFECT IMPRINT

AND VERY IMAGE OF GOD’S

NATURE…taking a place and rank by which He

Himself became…superior to angels.”

How totally inadequate do our words become in the

light of words of such wonder as these! Jesus is the

prototype of what God intends man to be. He is

God’s finished product, God’s perfect man; what

every man should be and ultimately will be. We will

only understand the majesty of man in God’s image

when we see Jesus as THE BEAM OF THE

DIVINE GLORY, and THE OUT-RAYING OF

GOD’S PERSON. Jesus Christ is the express or

exact image of the Father’s being, the perfect

imprint and very image of God’s nature. The

allusion here is to the impression made in ancient

times by a seal on molten wax; and as the image

made on the wax is the exact representation (though

on another substance) of the die, so is Christ the

precise representation of the Father in human flesh.

And thus He was able to say, “If you have seen me,

you have seen the Father.”

The life of Jesus is the life of God transmuted into

the form of our human life, so that we may see,

touch, hear, know, understand, and experience the

very being and nature of God in human terms. The

natural mind cannot understand such a truth as this,

but this is what God meant when He said, “Let us

make man in our image, and after our likeness.”

CHRIST is the image of God and God meant for

every man to look and speak and act and be just like

Jesus Christ! Can you not see the mystery? This is

the value of man’s life in redemption, for God sent

One who was all that man was meant to be to

purchase us — not to harps and golden streets and

fluttering wings in some far-off heaven somewhere

— but back to relationship with God as sons in His

very own image.

As we consider the wonderful advent of man

created “in the image of God” we can only conclude

that this is a SPIRITUAL MAN brought forth out of

the very spirit-substance of God almighty, and

bearing His own divine nature, character, power and

attributes. The image of God is the nature of God

reproduced in man. Thus, man is the true image of

God! The divine nature was best and fully

expressed in the man Christ Jesus who shined upon

mortals the truest revelation of God and lifted man’s

sights higher than their poor thoughts would allow.

Jesus revealed to men their true origin, heritage, and

destiny. He came to show man what man really is,

was intended to be, and through redemption and so

great a salvation shall be — THE IMAGE OF

GOD. Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the

beginning and the end, the first and the last. In Jesus

Christ you see man as he was in the beginning, and

as he ever shall be world without end — THE

IMAGE OF GOD WITH DOMINION OVER ALL

THINGS.

We have come to the most sublime of all truths. The

beauty of these celestial realities is found in the fact

that all Jesus did He did “for us” — not in our place,

but on our behalf. A musician demonstrates the

beauty of the music he teaches in order to show the

learner the way by practice as well as precept. This

was the precious import of our Lord’s sinless life

and of His demonstration of power over the whole

flesh realm, including death. Our heavenly Father

demands that all men should follow the example of

our Lord and Master. In order to enter the kingdom

of the heavens, the anchor of hope must be cast

beyond the veil of this carnal, dying realm into the

Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us; and

this advance beyond the law of sin and death must

come through the joys and triumphs of a people “led

by the spirit” who are “the sons of God” as well as

through their sorrows and afflictions.

It is by facing the enemy in the crucible of

experience and by the authority of the spirit that

victory is snatched from the jaws of defeat. Each

and every test in our lives is an opportunity to prove

for ourselves and demonstrate for those about the

triumph of the spirit over the flesh. That is how

Jesus did it! He knew that He was not a physical

man possessing a spirit. He understood clearly that

He was a spirit encased in a body. Therefore His

spirit must have dominion over His flesh, not the

other way around. He lived, spoke, and acted by the

life of God in His spirit, even the Father who dwelt

in Him. Step by step, battle by battle, victory upon

victory we also ascend into the heights of the

kingdom of heaven (spirit), the image of God, and

the dominion restored in man!

One can never comprehend the length and breadth

and height and depth of God’s great plan of creation

and redemption until first he understands that Jesus

Christ is the revelation of the value of every man.

In the mysterious mists of Eden God breathed into

man the breath of His own divine life and

prophesied of this man that he would be the image

and likeness of Himself, and in due time would take

his place in the Father’s great kingdom with

dominion over all the works of His hands (Ps. 8:3-9;

Heb. 2:6-9).

There is a story about a little piece of wood that

once bitterly complained because its owner kept

whittling away at it, gouging it and making holes in

  1. But the one who was cutting it paid no attention

to the stick’s protests. He was making a flute out of

that piece of ebony, and he was too wise to stop

when the wood complained so bitterly. The man

said, “Little piece of wood, without these rifts and

holes, and all this cutting, you’d be just a stick

forever — a useless piece of ebony. What I am

doing now may seem as if I am destroying you, but

instead it will change you into a flute. Your sweet

music will charm the souls of many and comfort

sorrowing hearts. My cutting you is the making of

you, for only thus can you be a blessing in the

world.” The meaning of this little parable is clear:

That flute, whose music blended so sweetly in the

orchestra, was made a flute only by the knife and

file that filled it with rifts and holes which seemed

to be its very destruction. But the purpose of the

master was the cutting away of the outward form so

that breath could flow through it. The breath upon

the wood created a melodious sound which made it

an instrument to the praise of God. Ah, the Lord is

shaping us, my beloved, cutting away the denseness

of our outer shell with its darkened understanding,

making rifts and holes in the way that seems right to

the natural man, that the in-breathed spirit of life

from God may sweep through our earthen vessel,

producing the image of God, that His glory might

be revealed in creation. Isn’t it wonderful!

This divine potential lies in the spirit of every man

and shows the value of man’s life. Some do not

believe that the seed of God abides in every man,

but I do not hesitate to tell you that every man has

within him a spirit as well as a soul and a body, and

the spirit of every man originated with God and

came out of God. If every man is spirit, soul, and

body, then where else did man’s spirit come from?

Are you going to tell me it came from the devil?

When the Word became flesh and tabernacled

among us we learned the true dignity of man. The

wonder is not that God could stoop so low but that

man was created so high! It was because of the

value of man’s life that Jesus came and took our

nature. The sinless Son of man reveals indeed what

a fall man has suffered, but shows what a destiny is

his, when once the image of his Creator has been

restored. Why lift a sot from his gutter to care for

him and rehabilitate him and bring him to God? The

reason is that man has in him some touch of the

eternal and therefore must be saved; and some

ultimate tide of compassion moves us to save him!

His salvation is not merely from his drink, from his

lust, from his sin and bondage and hell; it is

salvation unto all his awesome potential as a child

of the Father in heaven! It is this divine value of

man’s life that brought Jesus from the portals of

glory to save him! Is this not what Jesus’ parable of

the Prodigal Son teaches us? It was a son that the

father saw afar off, and ran and fell upon his neck

and kissed him and killed the fatted calf and put

shoes and a robe upon him and called all his

kingdom to feast and rejoice with him. His son had

come home! Man is the offspring of God and is

meant to be the head of creation. THAT IS THE

VALUE OF MAN’S LIFE!

Can man who has sunk so low be raised so high?

Consider with me the destiny of one muddy road.

The clay, left long enough, hardens into a sapphire.

The sand becomes by refraction of light an opal.

The soot is a diamond in the rough. And the water

when it freezes, is a snow-white star. Ah, there is a

finer destiny for muddy humanity, but you do not

see it in our raw state! Only the mighty pressures

and processes of God’s redemptive dealings can

transform the murky elements into the essence of

divine beauty, glory and power! And this, dear one,

is the answer to Job’s piercing question, “What is

man, that Thou shouldest magnify him? and that

Thou shouldest set Thine heart upon him? and that

Thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try

him every moment?”

Sin-cursed and sin-broken, sick and weak, murderer

and prostitute, proud and arrogant, mean and

vindictive — all that is humanity! But is that the

value of mankind? What is the value of human life?

JESUS is the value! For just such humanity there

was the Man from Galilee, the Son of God, the

express image of the Father, the pure, sinless,

harmless One, love personified, the heir of all

things, the Lord of the universe — there was that

One nailed to a cross, to redeem every man that

ever lived or shall live. THAT IS THE VALUE OF

MAN’S LIFE! JESUS IS THE VALUE OF MAN!

The price that is paid for an object reflects its value.

The price God paid for humanity was His own Son

in the image and glory of the Father. God saw

beneath man’s tattered garment and marred image

His own omnipotent potential buried there. Love

pierced through the gloom and roughness and saw a

diamond in the rough, but a diamond sure enough.

It was within that divine spark within man’s spirit

capable of being renewed that we find the reason

for the cross. If we would have been less than the

offspring of God He could have sent something less

than His own Son to redeem us! No one redeems

the life of a monkey or an elephant or a cat or a dog

with the life of a man. Oh, no! There is no

correspondency there. The cross was God’s great

act by which He released His life-flow, the precious

blood of Jesus, to heal, quicken, and restore man to

his place in God.

It would do us all a world of good to take inventory

of our attitudes — how we see men. I fear that we

would be both surprised and disturbed to see how

often we view men out of our carnal minds rather

than with the eyes of our heavenly Father — the

Prodigal’s Father! Oh mystery of mysteries! Jesus

went to the cross not only to take away our sins, He

went there for the good in man, to redeem it and

restore it into the image and likeness of God. The

deepest mystery of all is that God is multiplying

Himself in man, and is bringing Himself into a new

dimension. There is a MAN seated upon the highest

throne of heaven. Not an angel, not a cherub, and

not even merely a spirit — but a MAN! That man is

still clothed in the body that walked along the

shores of Galilee, for the cave of Joseph of

Arimathea is empty, although that body has been

spiritualized by the power of incorruptible life.

The dwelling place of a son of God is in the Father

and the dwelling place of the Father is in the sons.

The sons are the out-raying of the Father’s

substance and the perfect imprint of His nature in

human form. I never enjoy trying to see pictures

where no picture exists, but it is plain to an

understanding born from above that ultimately all

men will be manifest sons of God, for Jesus Christ,

the Son of the living God, died and rose again to

save and redeem and restore all men to God as His

very own children. The Prodigal is all men! Jesus is

the firstborn of every creature! That will be the

glorious consummation of God’s ages-long purpose

to make man into His image and after His likeness.

Nothing short of that can suffice. Only then will

God be ALL-IN-ALL!

The words came to me some time ago, the startling

and remarkable expression Jesus made when He

stood in the earth and declared, “I am the bread that

is come down from heaven, that if a man eat of it,

he shall never die. I am the living bread. I am the

bread that is come down. I am the bread that is

become personified in a body of flesh upon this

earth. I am the bread that is from heaven.”

Immediately the question came to mind — Why

was He the bread that came from heaven? Why did

He say, “from heaven”? Why did He not simply

say, “I am that I am,” or “I am the bread that your

Father has provided on the earth”? This is

reminiscent, of course, of the manna that came from

heaven, the food that God sent from heaven to the

children of Israel in the wilderness. Why did the

manna come “from heaven”? Could it not have

crawled or grown up out of the earth? Could it not

have just appeared on the ground?

As I mused within myself concerning this mystery,

the inspiration of the spirit commenced to articulate

within me the wonder of this great truth. It came to

me so powerfully as an illustration. Consider with

me for a moment a group of astronauts who are

soaring away from earth to a strange planet in a

distant galaxy. While traveling on their journey

through space their spacecraft develops a serious

problem, and they are forced to land on an unknown

planet in a far away solar system. The name of the

planet is Timur. Having landed, they realize they

are stranded! They know nothing of this world into

which they have descended. As they step out of

their spacecraft they discover a very hostile

environment. Everything there is inhospitable to

them. All vegetation on the planet is toxic to their

system. They cannot eat or drink anything, for all is

death to them. They cannot breathe the atmosphere.

Everything militates against them.

Soon, the realization dawns within their

consciousness that their resources are finite. Some

desperate action must be taken. They contact earth

about their predicament. Their government agrees

to dispatch a rescue expedition. A second spacecraft

comes from earth and in due time lands on the

planet Timur. This second group of astronauts step

out of their ship and say to those who are stranded

there in that world, “We are the men who have

come from earth. We have the bread that is from

earth. We bring the water that is from your

homeland. We bear that which is not hostile to you,

for it is from your own world. The food we bring is

compatible with who you are and what you are. It is

biologically adapted to your constitution. We have

come from earth and we have the bread that is your

bread, the drink that is your drink, that which

pertains to your state of being, which will sustain

you, energize you, quicken you, and give you

expression of who and what you are. We have the

bread that has come from earth!”

Can we not see that the bread from earth was the

bread from home! Let there be no doubt in the mind

of any man that Jesus came from heaven and

descended into this earth realm, into our darkness,

into our limitations, into our bondage, into our

ignorance, into our sin, into our false identity, into

our distorted perceptions, into our natural life, into

our carnality, into our physical, mortal sense of

being. He stepped, as it were, out from His

spacecraft and proclaimed to lost men, “I am the

bread that is come down from heaven! If a man eats

of this bread he will live and not die, because I am

the bread that is come from the realm that you came

from. I am the one from your homeland, out of your

true habitation! I am the one sent from your true

world, the world of Spirit, the world of the Father,

the world of divinity, the world of eternity. I am

from that world, and I have come to speak a word

into you! The words that I speak unto you, they are

spirit and they are life. These words are adapted to

your constitution and pertain to the realm from

whence you are. I am the bread that has come from

the heavens, and when you eat this bread, when you

receive this word, when you are energized by the

Spirit of Life that I am, you will live and not die!”

Now we would ponder briefly on “our spirit”

contrasted with “His Spirit,” for Paul declared, “The

Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that

we are the children of God” (Rom. 8:16). And

again, “God is my witness, whom I serve with my

spirit in the gospel of His Son” (Rom. 1:9). There is

a distinct difference whether we are serving God

with our flesh, or with our spirit. The spirit of man

in the unregenerate individual does not serve the

Lord, for it is in darkness, and knows not from

whence it came nor who or what it is. But our Lord

Jesus Christ is that “TRUE LIGHT which lighteth

every man that cometh into the world” (Jn. 1:9). Ah,

when HE lights our candle, when our spirit is

quickened by His Spirit, there is awakening,

illumination, comprehension, and we begin to see

into realms of spiritual life and reality to which,

heretofore, we had been blind. This involves more

by far than someone informing us that we are a

spirit, a spiritual being, and that we should therefore

actively begin to live out of our spiritual reality and

identity instead of from the intellect of our soul and

the desires of the body. It is not by mere knowledge

or human effort that we can live out of spirit — the

spiritual life! The awakening we must receive

involves the sovereign, dynamic, living, redemptive

operation of God within our spirit producing the

actual standing up within us of a new creature

raised up by the power of God through the washing

of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost

(Titus 3:5).

Are we so blind that we cannot see the impossibility

of our awakening ourselves? We cannot quicken

ourselves, nor can we regenerate ourselves! The

very idea is idle and senseless; for the plain reason

that being regenerated is the same as having

inspiration — it must originate out of God as a work

upon our spirit. The precise thing needed is to be

raised out of the separated, self-centered, blind

ignorance of the carnal mind by the sovereign

intervention and penetration of the Holy Ghost. Are

we then going to lift ourselves by our own

bootstraps, stand up out of our grave of darkness,

sin, and death by our own volition? Can the dead

raise themselves? Are the ignorant capable of

instructing themselves? Do the blind open their own

eyes? A baby does not even birth itself!

Regeneration is a renewal that consists of the

inbreathing of God’s Spirit, effecting union with

His life. “And you hath HE quickened who were

dead in trespasses and sins: wherein in time past ye

walked according to the course of this world,

according to the prince of the power of the air, the

spirit that now worketh in the children of

disobedience…even when we were dead in sins,

(HE) hath quickened us together with Christ, and

hath raised us up together, and made us sit together

in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:1-2,5-6).

Ray Prinzing once said it so aptly, “Strange indeed

the past theology of man. The corpse is floating

upon the water and we throw it a life-rope and tell

the corpse that if it will grab hold we’ll help to pull

it in. What nonsense! He is dead, he can’t grab hold

of anything. The man is DEAD IN TRESPASSES

AND SINS, his back is toward the light, he is all

enwrapped with self-rebellion against the Lord,

there is no light in him at all. Then we are supposed

to call out to this one totally dead in trespasses and

sins, ‘Come to Jesus!’ How can he come? He’s dead

to all spiritual life, he has no power to turn around

and walk towards God. Then we blame him for not

coming to Christ for salvation! How foolish! But

now, if a mighty one overtakes him, and light is

brought to this one in darkness, and life is given to

them, then shall they respond and serve Him.

“When they are covered with the love of God, there

will be no need to tell them what sinners they are,

and knock them down a little further into the mud.

‘A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking

flax shall He not quench, till He send forth

judgment unto victory’ (Mat. 12:20). We shall not

give them any more condemnation and smother that

last little spark they have, but rather it shall be

fanned into a strong flame, and the message will be

clear that God is their Father and does love them,

and freely offers them His abundant life. It is a life

which maketh rich and addeth no sorrow, for in His

presence there is fullness of joy, and at His right

hand there are pleasures forevermore.

“Praise God, His mighty ones shall flow out with

love and life unto all men. They won’t condemn the

sinner and tell him to clean himself up. They won’t

cry to those who are dead to come and receive life.

They shall TAKE LIFE to those who are dead, they

shall bring help to those who are weak and undone”

— end quote.

We know a little about the Holy Spirit but we have

known very little about the human spirit because it

is buried, concealed deep beneath the shell of our

soul and body. Every man has a spirit, but the outer

realms of soul and body, the flesh life, cover it up.

The living Word of God comes as a sharp, twoedged

sword, to pierce our soul (carnal mind) in

order to break it away from the spirit “For the word

of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any

twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing

asunder of soul and spirit…” (Heb. 4:12). Only the

living Word of God can do this! Some people

entertain the erroneous notion that all the divinity

they will ever need to know lies inherently within

their own spirit. They recognize no godhood outside

of their own spirit. The testimony of scripture,

however, is clear, “What? Know ye not that he

which is joined to an harlot IS ONE BODY? For

two, saith He, shall be ONE FLESH. But he that is

joined unto the Lord, IS ONE SPIRIT” (I Cor .

6:16-17).

The analogy is drawn from a man joined to a

woman — these two, joined, are ONE FLESH.

“One flesh” denotes one whole, specific, particular

individual. It does not mean two of the same kind. It

is two making one. We all understand how it is that

a man is not a whole man, nor is a woman a whole

person! They each are distinct and complementary

aspects of Adam’s life. Adam was created both

male and female (Gen. 1:26). Only in the joining of

man and woman do we truly have ADAM. In like

manner, he that is joined to the Lord is ONE

SPIRIT! Adam, male and female, is the

representation of the nature and being of God. God

is spirit and man is spirit, yet we are each distinct

and complementary aspects of divine life. The idea

that each of us inherently contains within our

unquickened spirit the full attributes of deity is a lie

of enormous proportions. Only the joining of our

spirit with His Spirit makes man ONE SPIRIT or A

WHOLE SPIRIT! This is what Paul means when he

says, “Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, IF

SO BE THAT THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELL IN

YOU. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ,

he is none of His” (Rom. 8:9). That is, he does not

belong to Christ as a wife belongs to her husband,

he has not the necessary spiritual complement, he

has not experienced union with God by the spirit.

This fact explains why the scriptures emphasize the

work of the Holy Spirit within us and through us!

There are many works of the Holy Spirit within our

spirit. Teaching — When HE the spirit of truth is

come, HE will teach you all things and lead you

into all truth. Quickening — It is the spirit that

quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing. If the

SPIRIT OF HIM who raised up Jesus from the dead

dwell in you, HE that raised up Christ from the dead

shall also quicken your mortal bodies by HIS

SPIRIT that dwelleth in you. Begetting anew —

Born of water and of the Spirit. Dwelling — The

SPIRIT OF GOD dwelleth in you. Leading — As

many as are led by the SPIRIT OF GOD, they are

the sons of God. Strengthening — Strengthened

with might by HIS SPIRIT in the inner man.

Witnessing — The Spirit Himself beareth witness

with our spirit. Revelation — God hath revealed

them unto us by HIS SPIRIT. Gifts — For to one is

given BY THE SPIRIT the word of

wisdom…faith…healing…working of

miracles…prophecy, etc. All these worketh that one

and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man

severally as HE will. Transformation — We are all

changed into the same image from glory to glory,

even as by THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD. Sonship

consciousness — God hath sent forth the SPIRIT

OF HIS SON into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Sealing — Sealed with that HOLY SPIRIT of

promise. Confidence — Hereby we know that HE

dwelleth in us, by THE SPIRIT which He hath

given us.

The Spirit of God is able to perform all these

actions, and many more, within us just because we

are spirit. God can act omnipotently on all created

things, as things. He can penetrate all central fires

and dissolve or change every most secret atom of

the universe, but it cannot be said that these things

receive Him. “To as many as received Him, to them

gave He power to become the sons of God” (Jn.

1:12). NOTHING CAN TRULY RECEIVE HIM

BUT SPIRIT! Just as a man or woman do not join

themselves in union (marriage) with a rock, or tree,

or fish, or chimpanzee simply because there is no

correspondency of life, so the Spirit of God does not

enter by the power of life, mind, will, emotion,

action, and personality into any except spirit of a

corresponding nature. He may pass through things

and affect them in some way and on some level,

they can be shaken, melted, exploded, and

reformed, for truly all things are in His hands and

subject to His power — but they derive nothing

from Him that is personal to Him. No creature can

truly receive Him save one that is constitutionally

related to Him in a correspondency of life. There

must be intelligence offered to His intelligence,

sentiments to His sentiments, reason to His reason,

will to His will, personality to His personality. To

speak of an inspired mountain, or planet, or breeze

of air, an inspired tree, or an inspired brute, has

even the sound of absurdity. Not so to speak of an

inspired man! For man is a spirit, a nature

configured to God, and therefore able to receive

Him. Spirit only can be inspired, and there is a spirit

in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth

them understanding. Oh, the wonder of it!

Only man, of all God’s glorious creation, can be

penetrated and lighted up from within by the mind

of God, to have an understanding of things unseen

by the inspiration of the eternal Father, in one word,

to be spirit, and have the consciousness even of

God, as being irradiated, permeated, filled,

ennobled, glorified by His infinite Spirit and His

divine fullness.

Oh, that all men everywhere might see the origin

and constitution of our human life as spirit, with its

Author and Creator! In the original scheme of

existence, it was purposed that man should be

complete, and, as it were, infinite in God, by reason

of his perpetual participation of God. This is the

true and normal state of man! In that normal state

man was to be a continually inspired creature,

conscious always of God as of himself, living and

moving and having his being in the radiant essence

of the Father. Paul said that only in Christ are we

complete. “For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of

the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him”

(Col. 2:9-10).

The Emphatic Diaglott says, “In Him dwells all the

fullness of the Deity bodily; and you are

replenished by Him.”

The Amplified Bible reads, “In Him the whole

fullness of Deity continues to dwell in bodily form,

giving complete expression of the divine nature.

And you are in Him, made full and having come to

fullness of life…you too are filled with the

Godhead.”

  1. B. Phillips translates, “It is in Him that God gives

a full and complete expression of Himself in bodily

form. Moreover, your own completeness is realized

in Him.”

Finally, Kenneth Wuest renders, “In Him there is

continuously and permanently at home all the

fullness of absolute deity in bodily fashion. And

you are in Him, having been completely filled full

with the present result that you are in a state of

fullness in Him.”

This great truth, on the other hand, reveals clearly

the true idea of man’s fall. When the Holy Spirit of

truth unveils your eyes and your mind is renewed,

you realize that you are a spiritual being and that

you have always been a spiritual being. When

Adam was lowered out of his pure spirit existence

and entered this physical world, he came into a

realm of darkness and death. The life of the spirit

dwelt within him, yet encased within the womb of

the outer flesh. Thus, there were two ways set

before mankind — the way of life in the spirit by

living in union with God through the tree of life, or

the way of death by walking after the flesh in union

with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The fruit of the tree of life would constantly

invigorate man’s spirit in the knowledge and

strength of divine existence, whereas the tree of the

knowledge of good and evil would invigorate man’s

flesh in the knowledge and power of the outer,

physical, carnal world. The serpent offered Eve the

power to be “like God” or the personal sense of

“godhood.” “God doth know that in the day that ye

eat thereof, you shall be as gods, knowing good and

evil.” And after the woman and the man partook of

that realm of sense-consciousness, selfdetermination,

and fleshly wisdom, God Himself

acknowledged that they had indeed become “as one

of us, to know good and evil” (Gen. 3:22). Yes, they

had become AS GOD! They had assumed a state of

GODHOOD! The only problem was that it was a

godhood in the wrong realm! It was a godhood of

independence from the life of God, not a Godhood

through union with God. Man became a self-created

god, a self-centered god, truly the god of this world,

but not the expression of the divine nature. The

Spirit of God which had been in union with man’s

spirit fled, and man’s spirit sank low into the hidden

depths of his being. A long night of darkness,

sorrow, sin and death ensued!

Let us understand the paradise of God with the tree

of life in its midst! The tree of life is mentioned

very simply in the opening chapters of Genesis. It

was IN THE MIDDLE — that is all that is said

about it! “And the Lord God planted a garden

eastward in Eden…the tree of life also in the midst

of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good

and evil” (Gen. 2:8-9). The life that comes forth

from God is in the middle. In the middle of the

realm in which Adam lived and the world over

which he was given dominion was not Adam

himself, spirit, soul, or body, but the wonderful tree

of God’s very own eternal and incorruptible life.

Adam’s life was to come from the middle which

was not Adam himself, but God in him. This means,

simply, that with God as his center man would

have Life! Man was created with the dual capacity

of living in the spirit or of walking after the flesh.

He was free to eat of the tree of life, or to eat of the

tree of the knowledge of good and evil. One of

man’s inherent potentials was to know God in the

spirit as the center and source of his life!

But — like the tree of life — the other tree also

STANDS IN THE MIDDLE! In the middle. Death.

Within! In man’s very nature. One of man’s

inherent potentials was to know Self as the center

and source of his life. But Self would not bring life,

it would mean death. Man could make the world ,

the outer physical realm, his soulical senses and

bodily appetites, his center. Death dwelt in that

center! How do we know that sin is “in the middle”

just as life is “in the middle”? Jesus understood it!

He explained it! “There is nothing from without a

man, that entering into him can defile him: but the

things which come out of him, those are they that

defile the man. For from within, out of the heart of

men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications,

murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit,

lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride,

foolishness: all these evils come from within, and

defile the man” (Mk. 7:15,21-23). These inspired

words carry us right back to the garden of Eden!

There were two trees in the middle. Life and death

were in the middle! Two trees in the midst of the

garden of man’s experience and being. “For they

that are after the flesh do mind the things of the

flesh; but they that are after the spirit the things of

the spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but

to be spiritually minded is life…” (Rom. 8:5-6).

Two minds — in the middle!

In the two trees of life and death in man’s middle

the Holy Spirit points out man’s LIMIT. In these

two trees is contained the BOUNDARY set by God

upon man from the beginning. This LIMIT declared

how low a man could fall and how high a man

could rise. Man could fall as low as the tree of

death, the carnal mind, the realm of the flesh could

carry him — unto the whole dreadful realm of

darkness and death in which is contained every

sorrow, tragedy, pain, trouble, sickness, hatred,

strife, heartache, ignorance, fear, and torment

known to man; or, he could rise as high as the

spiritual mind, the realm of the spirit could carry

him — unto the eternal and incorruptible life of

God in which is contained all the joy, peace,

righteousness, love, faith, wisdom, glory, and power

of GOD HIMSELF!

What fathomless bounds are contained in this

LIMIT! Man, by walking in the spirit, can rise as

high as God in the realm of His life, or by walking

after the flesh can sink as low as the devil in the

world of darkness and death. Neither of these

realms are illusion; they are both realities! What a

LIMIT! And man was destined to fall as low as he

could fall and rise as high as he could rise. The

totality of man’s experience is to be found within

this limit established by God for man. All that both

death and life are would ultimately be experienced,

known, and demonstrated by man. This is his limit.

This is his territory. This is his destiny. Both

realities are in the middle! Within man. One or the

other is every man’s center, the sphere of his

existence. But mark it well — both cannot be the

center of any man’s life! He who eats of the tree of

life will find that the death realm has no more

dominion over him. And he who eats of the tree of

death will discover that he becomes alienated from

the tree of life — driven from the garden. Thus,

both trees, both realities are in the center of man’s

life, but both cannot be the center of his life! “For

if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye

through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body,

ye shall live” (Rom. 8:13). “This I say then, Walk in

the spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the

flesh” (Gal. 5:16).

The tree of life in the midst of the paradise of God

was truly “in the world” but not “of the world.” The

life of this tree was right within man, the life of God

in his spirit, and man’s spirit was not of this world,

not formed of the dust of the ground, but breathed

into his nostrils by the Father of spirits. “God

breathed into his nostrils the spirit (Heb.) of life.”

The glorious life of Christ on earth is the essence

and reality of the tree of life in the midst of the

paradise of God. This tree of life within man had

absolutely nothing to do with the realm of

earthiness of man’s soul and body, for it was

heaven’s own divine life breathed into man. In the

tree of life God invited man to find Him as the

center and source of life!

As George Hawtin once pointed out, by the tree of

life man would be full of light, abounding in

heavenly wisdom and knowledge, fearful in power

and dominion, ethereal as a spirit and shining in the

image of God. The fruit of this wonderful tree

would indeed make man radiant with the

resplendent glory of God as was Jesus, the second

man and the last Adam, at the transfiguration,

whose face shone as the sun and His raiment was as

the light. In this tree of life the effulgent perfumes

of the heavenly realm would be fragrance and life to

man’s nostrils. He would taste spiritual realities and

touch heavenly things. The wisdom and power of

God Himself would be wide open to him and he

would walk in the presence and glory of celestial

realms. The gates of that realm would never be shut

by day or by night. Man would need to eat of no

other tree nor drink of any of the waters of earth.

Man would have “meat to eat” that no other creature

in heaven or earth knew of and “water to drink” that

none other had ever tasted. The heavens would be

opened over his head and he would walk in the

glory of the presence of God in Eden!

This was the glory of the tree of life in Eden! And

what was that glorious tree? John the beloved tells

us clearly in his Gospel, “In the beginning was the

Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word

was God…in HIM WAS LIFE; and THE LIFE

WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN” (Jn. 1:1,4). This lifegiving

tree, the living Word of God, even Christ,

was from the beginning the life and the light of

mankind. The reason Jesus came forth as the visible

expression of the Father, the Word made flesh, the

tree of life in man’s middle, was that there might be

a focusing, a manifestation which would become a

meeting place for us to come to know God, and

become one with Him, as it was in the beginning. “I

am the living bread which came down from

heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live

forever: and the bread which I give is my flesh (the

Word made flesh), which I will give for the LIFE

OF THE WORLD” (Jn. 6:51). It is in Christ Jesus

that God and creation meet, come together, and are

made one! Christ Himself is the light which lighteth

every man that cometh into the world! The spirit of

man is the candle of the Lord, and Christ Jesus is

the light that lights our candle! The last Adam is

also the second man who has been made a

quickening spirit (I Cor. 15:45), and when our

spirit is quickened by His Spirit, then it is that our

candle is lit! Christ who is our life has been planted

in the garden of the kingdom of heaven within us!

This is the dimension missed by those in so-called

Metaphysical Christianity, New Age, and New

Thought philosophies who suppose that their

unregenerated, unquickened spirit represents their

full divinity and godhood. Not so! Only “he that is

joined to the Lord is ONE SPIRIT.” The

unregenerated, unquickened spirit of man is indeed

spirit, the offspring of God. But it is not a whole

spirit! Apart from union with God’s Spirit through

the baptism in the Holy Spirit as recorded in the

book of Acts, the spirit of man is weak and unable

to function as the supreme power of man’s life. “I

indeed have baptized you with water: but He shall

baptize you with the Holy Ghost” (Mk. 1:8) “And

(Jesus) being assembled together with them,

commanded them that they should…wait for the

promise of the Father…ye shall be baptized with the

Holy Ghost not many days hence…ye shall receive

power AFTER THAT THE HOLY GHOST IS

COME UPON YOU” (Acts 1:4-8). “And they were

all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak

with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them

utterance” (Acts 2:4). “Now when the apostles

which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had

received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter

and John: who, when they were come down, prayed

for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost;

then laid they their hands on them, and they

received the Holy Ghost” (Acts 8:14-17). Then we

read of how Peter went by revelation to Caesarea to

speak the word of Christ to Cornelius and his

household. The record states, “While Peter yet

spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on them

which heard the word. And…they heard them speak

with tongues and magnify God” (Acts 10:44-46).

Later we find that when Paul was on his way to

Ephesus he met some disciples of John the Baptist

who had been baptized in water unto repentance,

but had heard nothing about receiving the Holy

Ghost. “And when Paul had laid his hands upon

them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake

with tongues and prophesied” (Acts 19:1-7).

I speak the truth when I suggest that not one in a

million of New Age, Metaphysical, and New

Thought adherents have received any such

supernatural experience in the Holy Spirit! The fact

is, they have not even met Jesus Christ as

SAVIOUR! Nor have they experientially

appropriated the CLEANSING POWER OF THE

BLOOD OF CHRIST! I also speak the truth when I

say that men whose spirits have not been quickened

by HIS SPIRIT are motivated and controlled by the

intellect of the soul (carnal mind), rather than by the

life of the spirit. That which they perceive as their

“inward Christ consciousness” is in reality just the

awesome power of their soul life! Just as a man or

woman, without a mate, is not a whole person, and

therefore missing a dimension of human reality, so

the spirit of man which has not experientially been

joined to the Spirit of God in a supernatural union

of life, is lacking in its spiritual ability and capacity.

It is this very condition that spawns the whole

system of “intellectual religion” which is pawned

off and misinterpreted as spiritual life!

There is an even deeper mystery to this tree of life

and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

They appear as two trees; yet in reality there was

only one tree, with two sides, two aspects, or two

dimensions. It is stated so simply in these words:

“The tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and

the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Gen.

2:9). There was one tree, and yet two trees! The tree

of life is Christ — the living Word of God. The

profound truth is that in Eden there were two words

— a living word, and a word of death! Christ is the

living word! But there is another word, and this

word is also from God, but it is a word of death.

Who planted the tree of death in Eden? Why, bless

your heart, God did! “And out of the ground made

the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to

the sight…the tree of life also in the midst of the

garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and

evil.”

Paul makes these two trees, these two words, very

plain when he writes, “Who also hath made us able

ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but

of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit

giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written

and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the

children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the

face of Moses for the glory of his

countenance…how shall not the ministration of the

spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of

condemnation be glory, much more doth the

ministration of righteousness exceed in glory” (II

Cor. 3:6-9). Here we have two ministrations, two

testaments, two words, which answer to the two

trees in Eden — the one is “the letter that killeth”

and the other is “the spirit that quickeneth.” Yet

both of these words are the word of the Lord! Just

as God planted two trees in Eden, so was it GOD

who gave the law with its external religious forms

and observances to Moses, and it was GOD who

has given us the living word, with its inward

spiritual life in Christ! There are two words, and yet

they are but two sides of the same word — the

WORD OF GOD!

I firmly believe that the Bible is the word of God;

however, when we know it only as the letter, it

kills. Laws, rules, regulations, doctrines, creeds,

outward ordinances, forms, ceremonies, facts,

literalistic interpretations of man, natural concepts,

carnal understanding of the written word — there is

no life in any of these! There is only death. The

dead letter of the word produces dead sermons,

dead churches, dead forms, dead meetings, and

spiritually dead believers. Yet, the “letter of the

word” is still the word of God! But there’s no life.

Moses preached the law, the law was from God, the

law was the ministration of death written and

engraven in stones, and everybody that received the

law died. It was the ministration of condemnation. It

had the power to condemn men, to judge them, to

punish them, to tell them what they ought to do —

but it possessed no power to give them life! It was a

word of God, but it was the letter of the word. It

was a word without life. It was merely a type, a

shadow, a symbol of reality.

THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD

AND EVIL IS THE LAW! By the law, Paul says,

we know sin. The knowledge of good and evil is the

letter of the word! All the preachers who are out

there telling men what great sinners they are, and

how they need to stop sinning, threatening them

with damnation is they don’t stop sinning, are

feeding their hearers from the tree of the knowledge

of good and evil. This letter of the word killeth, but

it’s still a word of the Lord! It is the word of the

Lord on a lower level, stripped of its life and power.

But the other side of this tree, this word, is the

WORD OF LIFE! THE TREE OF LIFE IS

CHRIST, THE LIVING WORD! There are two

words, yet they are the very same word on different

levels. One is shadow, the other is substance. One is

outward symbol, the other in inward life. There are

two trees, yet they are but two sides of the same

tree! Adam’s sin and fall consisted in his choosing

to live a carnal life on the earthly plane, even a

religious life, subject to the restraint and regulation

of the external law of a carnal commandment,

instead of living the spiritual life on the heavenly

plane by the Living Word of God!

Another precious insight was shared in a letter to

me from a friend of many years, Connie Asbill. She

wrote, “Several years ago, I was sitting in the back

yard of my house when suddenly a tree that I had

looked at numberless times burst alive with a truth.

During its formation, the tree had split so that it was

growing in two different directions. For me, that

split tree became the tree of the knowledge of good

and evil. In it, I saw the tree of life struck by

lightning and split right down the middle to make

the tree of life the tree of knowledge of good and

evil. Why struck by lightning? Well, I would have

been at a loss myself to explain why that impression

had formed in my inner eye if it had not been

plainly followed by the words of Jesus when He

said, ‘I saw Satan fall as lightning from heaven.’

“As I contemplated this, I saw the word and the life

split: the word turned in one direction, the life

turned in another. This, to me, became a picture of

the beginning of the ‘double minded man who is

unstable in all his ways,’ and, again, of that

condition lamented by David, in spirit, when he

prayed, ‘Help, Lord, for they speak with a double

heart.’ At this point there came a breach in the spirit

of man — a breach that I think we can see portrayed

in the parable of the prodigal son. There were two

sons: one which remained with the Father, that is,

never left home; the other which took what was his

through the Father and turned it downward toward

the animal side of life. Now, of course, we have

heard this story used from the pulpits to call sinners

home to God and to give recognition to those

faithful few who remained unsullied in the church.

And there is that application, for some among us do

remain unsullied from the seamy side of life while

others among us do wallow in the pigpen of human

degradation and deprivation.

“I am convinced, however, that the deeper meaning

refers to that which occurs inside all of us, for there

is a part of all of us, I think, that has remained with

the Father and there is a part of all of us that has

split away to flow in the opposite direction — to

feed upon the dust of the earth, to identify with the

instincts and emotions of the body, and thus to bring

the word that is transmitted from the Father’s house,

where the other part of us has remained, down into

the earth with us. We feed on the husks (forms) of

truth when that part of our spirit that has turned

downward toward the animal nature filters the word

through ego, through unrestrained desires, through

fear, through carnal expectations, all of which

imprison it in externals. This gives rise to the law of

carnal commandment, which is nothing in the

world but the truth of God changed into a lie (Rom.

1:25) because even without realizing it we are

worshipping and serving the creature more than the

creator.

“I am convinced there is a part of us that never left

God. We have always been there, which is why the

kingdom has always been at hand. And I am

convinced that it is only as we expand our

understanding until we can see how that can be that

we can begin to woo the heart back to the true

meaning of that Word which has always existed in

the heavens. The prodigal son is that portion of the

spirit that was split away when lightning struck the

tree in the midst of the garden of the soul. What fell

in the fall, of course, was the understanding. When

Jesus talked about salvation, He used the Greek

word sozo which means to make whole. As I see it,

the saving of the soul is the healing of the soul

through a healing of the spiritual breach. The soul,

of course, is the battle ground of conflicting

thought, conflicting desire, conflicting emotion,

where Jacob the deceiver (the prodigal son) wrestles

it out with the angel of the Lord (the word of God)

to make peace with his brother (the son that never

left the Father’s house)” — end quote.

This “split” has happened to all of us, and that is

why we need to be RE-conciled, RE-newed, REgenerated,

RE-surrected. Think about it! The lost,

sin-blighted, unbelieving world lives a spiritual life

not unlike the lowly caterpillar. Caterpillars do not

live very exciting lives. They are, indeed, to be

pitied! They never travel very far and when they do

tremendous exertions are required. After all, what

sights do they see down there groveling in the dirt?

Ah — caterpillars live very limited, morbid lives!

The story is told of two caterpillars, however,

making their way laboriously across the muddy

earth, when one of them looked up and spied a

butterfly fluttering by. As he watched this butterfly

dipping and flitting around in the sky, and being

picked up by the breeze and carried off into the

ethereal blue, he turned to his companion in the

mud and said, “You’d never get me up in one of

those things!” Yet — right within that caterpillar

was the very life which would one day bring a

metamorphosis and carry him into the heavens. But

he didn’t know it!

At the fall of man, we lost our identity. We are all

here by choice, and have forgotten why we came! In

Christ God is now giving us back our true identity,

and we are waking up to our true nature.

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and

arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”

(Eph. 5:14). We do not awaken all at once,

however. Most who read these lines have been

being awakened to the glorious and eternal realities

in the Spirit little by little through manifold

experiences over the course of many years. And

now I understand, as the words of the chorus

describe it, that

From out of eternity, before time began,

In the bosom of the Father, while the morning stars

sang

I shouted for joy while beholding His great plan,

God’s purpose on earth, His election in man!

A story I once read illustrates the truth of our

journey back into the fullness of Christ. It concerns

a peculiar case of creeping paralysis recorded in

medical records about a hundred years ago. The

man afflicted lost his eyesight to begin with. Then

hearing left him. Then followed by slow degrees the

loss of the sense of taste, of smelling, and of

feeling. Finally he lost all power of motion. He was

perfectly helpless. All avenues of approach to his

mind were entirely blocked. He could breathe and

even speak to the world. But the world could not

speak to him, for there was no open avenue of

communication. He was dead to the world

apparently. But one day it was accidentally

discovered that there was one spot on his cheek

which was capable of feeling. By tracing letters on

that spot his friends could at last speak to him, and

thus a connection was established between his little

world and the great world without. But that was

merely a beginning! A most strange phenomenon

took place. Slowly, ever so slowly, by stimulating

this one spot of sensitivity, an awakening and

process of rehabilitation was begun and the day

came when the man was fully restored. Oh, yes!

God has come to us by His Spirit and has touched

our spirit in that small susceptible spot of divine life

where we yearn after Him and, like the prodigal in

the pigpen, we have begun to come to ourselves!

It is doubtful that in all the scripture any subject is

more prominent and yet surrounded with such

mystery as the truth concerning the spirit in man.

Now let me share with you a further truth

concerning the life, or that spirit which was

breathed into each of us. Many scripture passages,

and the parables of our Lord, call it a “seed.” The

Bible uses the illustration of a seed to tell us who

we really are! You see, to tell a person in a

darkened state of mind, bound in sin-consciousness,

in their present weak and frail human condition that

they are the manifestation of God on the earth,

would be absolutely impossible for them to fathom.

If they did understand such a concept, they would

receive it into their carnal minds, become puffed up

and egotistical, distort, misapply, misuse, and abuse

it, becoming even a worse devil than they are.

The seed of God is in every man, and the life of that

seed is the spirit of man. But you meet the drunk on

the street, you see your unconverted, worldlyminded

neighbor, you rub shoulders with the people

of the world, you watch the evening television

news, and you don’t see God in anybody! That is

because God in every man is a seed. A seed doesn’t

do anything. It just is. It can lie on the shelf for fifty

years and never express a thing! You see no action,

no manifestation of the life within; all you see is the

outer shell which reveals nothing. Seeds have been

found in the tombs of Egypt that are more than three

thousand years old, and they look today just as they

did when they were placed there, but they have

never produced a harvest. You see, my beloved, just

as the seed (sperm) of a man and the seed (egg) of a

woman must conceive in order to change, grow, be

born, and express and accomplish, so must the seed

of the vegetable kingdom be germinated in order to

be productive. The life is hid in the seed, but it is

covered by the outer shell and abides in a state of

dormancy, inactivity, or death. It must be planted in

the earth, then subjected to two things: heat and

moisture. The rain falls upon it, the sun shines upon

it, and suddenly there is effected a mighty release!

There is a stirring of that life that is restrained on

the inside, the shell that conceals that life bursts

open, and the life within springs forth, puts down

roots, and grows upward; it breaks through the earth

and is “born” into a new world, a new realm, a new

expression, a new form, a new ability, a new reality.

It rises high enough to draw its life from new

dimensions.

Can we not see by this that the spirit of man is

indeed the seed of God but it is buried in, encased

by, the outer man of flesh, the carnal understanding,

and the natural consciousness. Just as a credit card

or a cell phone must be activated, the spirit of man

must be activated! Until it is activated it is not a

living, pulsating, energizing, ruling, growing power

in man. It must be germinated, quickened by the

power of the invigorating rain of God’s Word and

the warm sunshine of God’s Spirit! Once our spirit

is quickened by God’s Spirit, it springs forth into

new birth. And that which is born of the Spirit is

spirit — it doesn’t become spirit when it is born, it

already was spirit before it was “born” just as a

flesh and blood baby already is flesh and blood

before it is born! If the seed of God in man were not

spirit, the offspring of God, it would not be

quickened into God- like-ness by the act of regeneration!

Let there be no doubt in the mind of any reader of

these lines that WE DID NOT BECOME SEED BY

REBIRTH — WE WERE SEED AND

THEREFORE WERE REBORN, FOR ONLY

THAT CAN BE RE-BORN, RE-NEWED, REGENERATED,

RE-SURRECTED, AND RESTORED

WHICH ALREADY EXISTS. It is not

simply that sin has made a necessity for God to do

something new, but rather that sin had diminished

and darkened something old, which needs to be

restored. The recreative and reconstructive work of

the Holy Spirit is grounded on the primordial nature

of the spiritual life in man. Men are made to be

divinely inhabited, to live in eternal inspiration and

conscious union with God. To be “in the spirit” is

the heritage of every man, his original and normal

condition, his light, his strength, his glory. Because

we are seed is the reason we can be quickened! In

non-seed there is nothing to quicken! And it is not

the flesh that is being quickened, but the inner man

of spirit!

Hold this carefully in mind. Now take the next step.

To redeem means to buy back. It restores to the

original owner and state. Jesus, by His death, the

shed blood, BOUGHT BACK HIS OWN. He

bought back every son and daughter out of His

loins. You never were anything but a son of God!

You never were a pig or a dog or a devil or a mere

human animal. That is impossible, for every kind of

life produces the same kind and there is no change

of specie. As we came out of the loins of God into

this existence on earth, there had to come a day

when we would hear His voice, and hearing that

voice become aware of our Father calling us, and

recognize that we are the sons of God. We heard

His voice and we cried out, as did the prodigal son,

“Save me, oh, my Father! I am returning to Thee.”

The Father’s promise is sure, as Linda Musgrove

has articulated in her beautiful song (available on

cassette or CD from Stacy and Linda Musgrove, P.

  1. Box 111, Cunningham, Texas 75434-0111.

Cassette albums are $10 postpaid, CD’s are $15

postpaid):

I’ll take you back to where you were in me

Before the fall of man;

I’ll restore your soul, I’ll reconcile your heart,

I’ll give you back your true identity!

I’m removing the veil from your eyes

So that you can clearly see;

You will be with me in Paradise,

On this earth you’ll walk with me!

A son of God can go a long time before he is

awakened to the fact of his sonship. In fact a lot of

God’s children are like the story of the baby eagle

that was hatched out under a hen. You know that

the eagle is a type of the sons of God who live and

soar in the high places of the Spirit. Well, a farmer

took an egg from an eagle’s nest and he placed it

under a hen. In due time all the eggs under the hen

hatched out. The baby chicks got along fine with the

mother hen but that little eagle could not figure out

the clucking and scratching for food in the manure

pile. He managed to make a living but he was pretty

confused about it all. But one day, from way up in

the air the mother eagle that had laid the egg spied

that little eagle on the ground. She swooped down

with tremendous speed and screamed at the top of

her voice for him to fly up to meet her. He had

never heard an eagle cry, but when he heard that

first scream something in him stirred and he longed

to launch out toward it. But he was afraid to try.

Again that mother screamed for him to arise in the

wind and follow her. He screamed back that he was

afraid. Once mo re she called out, screaming that he

try. Beating his wings he hurled himself into the air,

and answering the cry of his mother, he soared off

into the blue skies. You see, he always was an

eagle! He acted like a chicken for a little while but

he could not be satisfied. But when he heard the call

of the great eagle he came to his own place. And

once a son of God hears the cry of the Spirit by the

Word, he too, will realize who he is and run to the

great eagle who begat him to be seated in the

heavenly places in Christ Jesus. We are “being

born again, not of corruptible seed, but of

incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth

and abideth forever” (I Pet. 1:23). We are born

again when we hear the living word of God

speaking to us, calling us to arise and be all that

God has ordained for us!

I freely confess that I believe in the reconciliation

and restoration of all men to God. I have to believe

it, because if the seed of God is in every man, every

man must hear the voice of the Son of God and live.

“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming when all

that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall

come forth…verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour

is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the

voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall

live” (Jn. 5:25,28).

The seed of Christ is in every man, but God has an

appointed time for that life to be revealed. And how

is it revealed? You take that seed, you plant it in the

earth, and in the appointed time God sends two

elements that will produce a revelation of Christ out

of that person, in his time. I don’t care who the man

is; there’s a time, an appointed hour. God sends the

sun of His illumination, and the rain of His

quickening life, He rains upon that seed and shines

upon that seed, and there is a stirring of that life on

the inside, and suddenly the shell which concealed

the life begins to burst. The revelation of the life

that is in the seed comes by the removal of the outer

part of the seed. The inner life is released. The

genetic code is intact. Everything that plant will

ever be is right there in the seed! When the life

springs forth all that hindered is broken asunder.

Every step of the revelation of Christ is an

unveiling! God removes the outer, and when it is

gone we behold the power, beauty, and glory of the

inner life. Some of us were in churches, in

denominations, and God began to stir us. The life of

sonship was already there. All God did was break

open the cocoon that we were in, so that the thing

He had planted in us could come forth, stretch its

wings, and fly away into the heavens of God’s

Spirit. Oh, the wonder of it!

CHOSEN BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN

Some years ago I received a tape from Bob and

Charlotte Torango which spoke powerfully in my

spirit. Charlotte was talking about what she termed

our “congenital condition.” “Congenital” simply

means “that which is from birth.” I had never

known the meaning of that word until 1995 when

the doctors diagnosed me with a “congenital

anomaly.” I thought, “My God, what’s that?” The

more common term is “birth defect.” You see, I had

a bone up around my first vertebra that did not fuse

from birth. Of course, it originated before that! It

was already there as a pre-existing condition at the

time of my birth.

There was no history of this in my family, but it

happened. Very gradually over nearly sixty years,

that bone kept moving by microscopic measures

toward the center. Finally it began to compress my

spinal cord, at the base of the brain stem. Symptoms

appeared which I contributed to age and arthritis.

Eventually, overnight, I developed very serious

symptoms. I awoke one morning with pain and

weakness in all my extremities, coupled with

involuntary movements of both arms and legs. I

could barely walk, and at times collapsed. An MRI

showed that my spinal cord had been compressed to

the thickness of a ribbon. The neurosurgeon told me

that if the damage had not been done so very, very

slowly over many years, I would have already been

either dead or quadriplegic, but my body had kept

compensating for the damage until finally it could

compensate no more.

A brain surgeon performed the surgery, going transorally

(through the roof of my mouth) into the area

of the brain stem and cutting away the bone,

releasing the pressure from the spinal cord. The

doctor informed me that I should at least partially

recover from the near-paralysis and other

symptoms, but that he could guarantee no progress

beyond one year. Well, let me tell you something.

There’s a seed in my earth! You see, at the time of

my illness I earnestly sought the Lord for healing.

We have experienced the power of God in healing

and miracles! In my early ministry, in the days of

the great healing revivals, the Lord performed

mighty signs and wonders through my word. This

time, however, the Lord spoke right out of my spirit

and plainly said, “I’m not going to heal this. You

will have the surgery!” When I received that word

from the Father, He also gave a peace, peace that

passes understanding, peace so deep that it cannot

be fathomed. When I was wheeled in for a surgery

that was the equivalent of brain surgery, there was

no fear nor apprehension whatsoever, I wasn’t even

nervous. I was able to laugh and joke with the

nurses until I passed out. And, my friends, I have

continued to experience progress in my physical

condition far beyond what the doctors promised —

progress every year since 1995! And while I don’t

put a great premium on this physical, earthly realm,

I will not be at all surprised when my change comes

and all the effects of the spinal cord injury and the

surgery disappear!

Now, why do I relate this? Because what I had was

a congenital anomaly. It was a condition I had from

birth, from before birth, even from before

conception, hidden away somewhere in the seed

(genetic make-up) of my parents who conceived

  1. You see, we are prone to look at our whole

carnal, human state as a congenital condition. We

think we are like we are because we were born that

way! We say, “I was born in sin. I was born

alienated from God. I was born dead. I was born

Irish, and I do have a temper! I was born an

alcoholic, I was born homosexual, I was born lustful

and over-sexed, I was born prideful, I was born with

my foot in my mouth.” That’s how we see ourselves

if we look from the earthlies, with a carnal mind!

When you look from the heavenlies, however, you

see something else! You came into this world out of

the bosom of the Father! Before the Creator formed

you, He knew you. He didn’t know you in your

present physical form as Joe Smith or Sally Brown,

but He knew you as spirit. God spoke to you about

His plan for your life before ever you were formed

as an embryo in the womb of your mother. Paul

states it so clearly when he says, “Blessed be the

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath

blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly

places in Christ: according as He hath chosen us in

Him before the foundation of the world, that we

should be holy and without blame before Him in

love” (Eph. 1:3-4). The Amplified Bible reads,

“Even as He chose us (actually picked us out for

Himself as His own) in Christ before the foundation

of the world.”

Never doubt this reality for a moment — the only

way God could have loved you, chose you in Christ,

and picked you out for His own before the

foundation of the world is that you truly existed in

and with Him before the appearing of the worlds.

Nothing can be plainer than that! Yet we have

supposed that we were just recently, in this life,

apprehended of God to sonship. I thought the work

of God began in my life sixty years ago. Now I find

that the thing God is doing with humanity began in

eternity! It didn’t begin in time. It began before the

ages were framed! God loved me, chose me, knew

me, counseled with me, and picked me out for His

unique purpose before the foundation of the world.

My origin was in God! God begat me of Himself as

spirit before He exhaled me as spirit into a very

unique body upon earth. THUS, I WAS BORN

INTO THIS WORLD WITH THAT

CONGENITAL CONDITION — A SPIRITUAL

BEING HAVING AN EARTHLY EXPERIENCE!

And so were you, precious friend of mine, and so

was every man who has walked planet earth. We

were born this way. We were born with a spirit, as

well as a soul and a body. We came into this world

with a God-ward side, with the instinct to seek after

God, with a yearning after Him.

Each of us was born into a mortal, physical body

and into a world of darkness, sin, and death. But

this was according to God’s plan! Paul says that we

are “in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot

lie, promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2).

This is indeed wonderful! We were born into this

world with a promise from God — the promise of

eternal life! That was our congenital condition —

born with a promise. But this hope of salvation was

not promised us when we came into the world, or

after we were born into this life — it was promised

us before the world began! How could God make

such a promise to us if we were not there with Him

before the worlds appeared? Not only was salvation

promised, the kingdom was promised also. “Then

shall the King (Jesus) say to them on His right hand,

Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom

prepared for you from the foundation of the world”

(Mat. 25:34).

The kingdom message deals with the conformity,

maturity, and inheritance of the sons of God. This

great plan was conceived and initiated in eternity,

before time began. “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. Moreover whom He did

predestinate, them He also called: and whom He

called, them He also justified: and whom He

justified, them He also glorified. What shall we then

say to these things? If God be for us, who can be

against us?” (Rom. 8:28-31). Now notice! These

five verbs — foreknow, predestinate, called,

justified, glorified — are all in the aorist tense. This

denotes action at a given point in the past. All these

things happened to us “before” the ages began!

Some have stumbled over the fact that Paul says

that those whom the Father foreknew, predestinated,

called, and justified, He also GLORIFIED. They

have questioned the meaning of “glorification,”

wondering how they could already be glorified in

their present imperfect, mortal state. Let us

understand — ALL of this is in the past! God

foreknew us in the past — before the world began.

That is also when He predestinated us, called us,

justified us, and glorified us. Jesus, the firstborn of

this company of sons selected before the world

began, reveals the deep mystery of this when He

prays, “And now, O Father, glorify Thou me with

Thine own self with the glory which I had with

Thee before the world was” (Jn. 17:5). Ah, that is

when we were glorified! It is not something

happening now, though it shall be manifested now,

but it was given us in Christ in that long ago before

the world began. “For we are His workmanship,

created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God

hath before ordained that we should walk in them”

(Eph. 2:10). Aren’t you glad!

We should always be keenly aware of the great

reason and purpose God had in mind for sending

His spirit-sons through this earthly experience.

Have you considered the truth that lies hidden in

this inspired statement: “And we know that all

things work together for good to them that love

God, to them who are the called according to His

purpose” (Rom. 8:28). It is significant that this

passage in found in that great sonship chapter where

the Holy Spirit speaks explicitly of our calling,

choosing, and predestination before the foundation

of the world! When we were with the Father as His

spirit-sons we were pure, perfect, and holy — but

innocent and unproven. We were holy but did not

know why we were holy, never having experienced

the opposite. Job was a perfect man, the Lord said,

but he was untested, and thus all that befell him was

for his testing and proving.

We could have remained hidden in God in that

bright glory world of spirit and borne the image of

our heavenly Father, but without knowledge,

choice, or experience. We would never have been

holy because we understood why we should be holy,

we would simply have been what we were without

understanding. We would never have been holy

because we chose to be holy! We would never have

understood why the wages of sin are death, why

pride goeth before destruction, why sin is a

reproach, why the tree of the knowledge of good

and evil is dangerous, delusive, and disastrous, why

the ways of the Lord are perfect and right

altogether. We would never have understood the

why of anything, and thus would ever have

remained innocent, void of discernment and

vulnerable. We would have been like an overprotected

child in this world who is innocent of

much that goes on about him, and therefore unable

to cope when exposed to temptation, pressure, and

problems. Our all-wise Father wanted sons who

become sons indeed through experience, having

encountered the opposites of life, holiness, wisdom,

power, and glory. Oh, yes! God wanted sons who

were processed, tested, proven, learning to

overcome all things and be made strong and

victorious through experience — not naive,

ignorant, undisciplined sons rich through

inheritance but with no nobility of character to

handle what they receive. This is why we had to

come this route, and believe me, before God would

turn the universe over to us WE HAD TO COME

THIS WAY! Earth, with all its sin, darkness,

sickness, sorrow, fear, delusion, hatred, death, and

demons is the divine “Boot Camp” for all of God’s

spirit-sons!

When man fell, and I do believe man fell, he was

lowered into a state which the scripture calls death

or sleep in which he became unaware, unconscious,

unresponsive to the dimension of the life of God in

his spirit. A yearning after God was there, but no

certain knowledge of life in the spirit. Through the

flesh, the natural consciousness of the physical

world and the carnal mind, and through sin, man

became captivated by the power of death. This has

been the state of Adam, bound within the prison

bars of mistaken identity, because of his

unresponsiveness to God. Now let me tell you

something about death, that which we call “spiritual

death.” Death is not non-existence! When a man

dies and you put him in a coffin, is he non-existent?

I’m speaking of the physical body that you see there

in the coffin. You walk up to the coffin and say,

“There lies uncle Joe. Doesn’t he look natural? Oh,

he looks so peaceful! Didn’t the mortician do a

beautiful job? He looks so good in his favorite suit.

Oh, uncle Joe!” We pat uncle Joe on the forehead,

kiss his cheeks, and say our goodbyes. You see —

uncle Joe is not non-existent because you see him

there! You touch him, even talk to him.

Now hear what I’m saying! To be dead does not

mean that you cease to exist. It means that you

cease to be responsive by the expression of life.

You can stand there beside the casket, you can

flatter uncle Joe, you can rehearse all the nice things

he ever did and enumerate all his wonderful ways.

You can eulogize him right into heaven even if, in

fact, he was a scoundrel. While you speak all these

nice things poor old uncle Joe doesn’t puff up with

pride. He gets no smile on his face, no sparkle in his

eyes. His ear doesn’t begin to twitch. Oh, no! Uncle

Joe is there, alright, but he is unresponsive. He is

unconscious of the world around him, or of his own

existence in it. It is the same as if he were sleeping

— and that is why death and sleep are often used

interchangeably in the scriptures. A sleeping man is

not non-existent, but he is unaware and

unresponsive!

On the other hand, you can stand there and “cuss

him out,” ridicule him, slap his face and tell him

what dog and a devil he was and how much you

hate him. Uncle Joe will not strike back! He will not

turn red in the face with rage. He will not jump out

of that casket and grab you, because he’s

unconscious and unresponsive to the world he’s in.

THAT IS DEATH! We came into this world with a

loss through Adam of the life of God in our spirit

and the bright world of spirit. Therefore we are dead

in trespasses and sins. But, is the spirit- life in man

non-existent? Not at all! It is not non-existent, just

unresponsive. We were born without the capacity to

express the spiritual life because we lost the

consciousness of who we are in the true world we

pertain to. That is why Jesus came. He came to save

us from this condition, He came to awaken us, to

resurrect us, to reconcile our heart, to restore us to

God and heaven. Through His blood He quickens

our spirit, awakens our consciousness, and restores

the reality of being.

Oh, yes! You were with the Father before the

foundation of the world. But — do you remember?

Can you remember when you were there with your

Father? Can you remember what was said, what you

knew, what you had when you were with the

Father? Do you remember the wonderful plan

devised at that time, and your agreement with it? Do

you remember being chosen in Christ, promised

eternal life, predestined unto placement as a son of

God, before the foundation of the world? Do you

remember the beginning of your journey?

Do you remember? YOU ARE REMEMBERING!

Do you know how you’re remembering? The

answer is simple — all revelation is but a

remembering! Someone says, “Oh, brother Eby, the

Lord showed me such and such — I’ve had a

revelation and I see thus and thus.” Yes, you had a

revelation! The reality is, however, that what you

perceived as a revelation was simply God

reminding you; He woke you up!

We should always be fervently aware that a

revelation is an unveiling. That is the meaning in

Greek. To have something revealed means to have

it unveiled. There have been masterpieces of art and

sculpture that have had a day of unveiling.

Michelangelo was famous for the unveiling of some

of his great works. But you see, my friend, the

unveiling is not the creation of the thing unve iled!

The unveiling is simply the revelation of something

which already exists! Spiritual revelation is the

uncovering of the secret knowledge of God within

our spirit. Revelation is a remembering. The whole

purpose of the Holy Spirit’s moving upon us in our

journey in God in this life in the flesh is to cause us

to remember the realm from whence we came, who

we are, what our purpose is — that we might

complete the journey and fulfill that purpose! That

is the mystery.

I know what it means to awaken naturally. The

deepest sleep I have ever been in was at the time of

my surgery. I remember when the doctor woke me

up! I will never forget the first words he said, “Do

you feel like a Mack truck has run over you?” My

first thought was, “I’m alive!” I was just so glad to

be alive, I didn’t care about the Mack truck, it was

simply wonderful to know God had brought me

through. Yes, I was alive, but I had never been dead

— just unconscious. I did not know who or where I

was. The world I awoke to seemed distant and

confused. The nurse wheeled me into my room and

someone turned on the television. I’ll always know

where I was that day, just as most people remember

exactly where they were the day President Kennedy

was shot. When I received the news that Kennedy

had been assassinated I was at the airport in La Paz,

Baja California, Mexico on my way back to the

mainland from a Convention with some brethren in

La Paz. I’ll never forget that! We were told that the

President had been killed, and that when Vice

President Lyndon Johnson received the news he

died of a heart attack. We flew all the way to Los

Mochis in a state of shock thinking that was the

truth. In like manner, I will always remember where

I was at the time of my surgery on April 19, 1995,

because while I was on the surgeon’s table Tim

McVeigh exploded a truck bomb at the Alfred P.

Murray Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City.

As I awoke, all this news was on the television

about this bombing and that 168 innocent people

had died, among whom were nineteen children,

most of whom attended the day care on the second

floor of the building, with all the chaos, tragedy,

and sorrow of that event. I was lying there on my

bed full of morphine, awake enough to hear what

was being said, but not alert enough to comprehend

the immensity of the event or the meaning of it. I

was trying to sort the thing out in the dream world

of a semi-conscious state. It was strange indeed!

But over days my mind cleared. My consciousness

returned. I began to comprehend. And today I know

all about it! Spiritually, my beloved, that is what

God is doing in this hour. HE IS AWAKENING

US! When we first begin to awaken to our true

identity in the spirit world the reality seems rather

fuzzy. Our first thought, at the moment of

regeneration, is, “I’m alive!” We are just glad to

know that we are spiritually alive! But that is not

the beginning of our spiritual life, it is merely our

first remembrance of who we are and where we

came from. Most Christians never get beyond that!

They spend all their lives in that salvation realm,

rejoicing that they have been made alive in Christ.

But as our walk in the spirit progresses things

become clearer and clearer! Now we are tuning in

to the realm of the Spirit. We’re hearing the voice

of our Father. Little by little we’re remembering the

realm from whence we came, and the great purpose

for which we were born. We call this “revelation,”

but revelation is merely a “remembering.” It is not

new information, it is recovered reality!

Once a man or woman is filled with the Ho ly Spirit,

the Holy Ghost begins each day to bring to his or

her “remembrance” everything that God spoke over

them and about them in that long ago before the

foundation of the world. By and through the Spirit

we have begun to “recall” His voice and “re-collect”

our predestined inheritance! What comes to us as

“new revelation” is actually the RENEWING OF

OUR MINDS! You can only re-new something that

you had before. Never forget this truth: Revelation

is Remembrance. We are being transformed by this

renewing of our minds! The truth that we knew

before is making us free. He is quickening the

Father’s decree over you from the beginning.

Clarity is coming to the sons of God.

Understanding, perception, consciousness,

expression, purpose, destiny, God is awakening all

of this in us. He is awakening within us that reality

we knew with the Father from before the foundation

of the world. You are here by divine appointment.

All your steps are ordered of the Lord. The body

you were born with, the family you were born into,

your parents, the town you were raised in, the

school you attended, the friends you acquired, the

mate you chose, the job you held, the life you’ve

lived, the experiences you’ve had, the joys and

sorrows, the tragedies and triumphs, the apparent

mistakes and the victories, all that has taken place in

your experience was mapped out in the council of

God on that glorious day when the morning stars

sang together and all the sons of God shouted for

joy.

Every son of Adam has a time to be awakened.

Some — the forerunners, the firstfruits — are being

awakened here and now. Many will be awakened at

another time, under different circumstances. “For as

in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made

alive, but every man in his own order…” (I Cor.

15:22-23). Some who read these lines remember the

great move of the Spirit of God called Latter Rain

which came to the Lord’s people in 1948. Many

were not in that visitation and have only heard

reports of the glory that came and the mighty

manifestations of God’s power. As the Lord

restored the gifts of the Spirit to the church at that

time, there came into manifestation what was

termed “confirmation services.” The confirmation

service was taken scripturally from the passage

which says, “And when they had preached the

gospel to that city, and had taught many, they

returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and

Antioch, confirming the souls of the disciples, and

exhorting them…” (Acts 14:21-22). The way the

Spirit revealed this was that every child of God was

to be confirmed in the body of Christ by prophecy

with the laying on of hands. The presbytery, the

ministry of the apostles, prophets, and elders would

lay hands on the saints as the Spirit directed, and by

prophecy their call, appointment, and place in the

body of Christ would be revealed and confirmed,

gifts of the Spirit imparted, and the saints

established and set into their function as members

of the living organism of Christ’s body. It was a

wonderful day for me when hands were laid on me

in Toledo, Ohio. I’ll never forget the words that

came out of the mouth of one of the prophets: “Yea,

thou shalt be a teacher of the kingdom of God!” At

that moment I didn’t even know what the kingdom

of God was! It was also said that I would prophesy.

When the prophets had finished, one of them said to

me, “Brother Eby, the Spirit has said that you have

the gift of prophecy. Now — prophesy!” That

nearly scared me out of my skin. But within seconds

the spirit of prophecy came upon me and prophetic

words began to flow out of my mouth. The things

declared that day have come to pass in a remarkable

way.

I believe in confirmation. I believe in impartation.

There’s a reality there. But I’ll tell you something. I

have seen by the Spirit another confirmation

meeting that happened so many eons ago that I

could never calculate them, on a glorious day when

the morning stars sang together and all the sons of

God shouted for joy. There never has been since nor

shall there ever be again such a meeting! Everything

that would ever happen in this time-space world

happened in that meeting. The works of God were

finished in that meeting (Heb. 4:3). Your destiny

and mine were pre-arranged in that meeting (Eph.

1:3-5; I Cor. 2:9-10; Is. 46:10). The Lamb was slain

in that meeting (I Pet. 1:18-20; Rev. 13:8). Our

names were written in the book of life in that

meeting (Rev. 13:8). And you and I were there…in

Him!

Before any human being ever set foot upon this

planet, the purpose of God in each and every one

was confirmed in that meeting! There was spoken

into my spirit, and into yours, out of the heart of

God, out of the mind of the Father, His great and

wise plan of the ages. There was imparted and

impregnated into us a destiny, a purpose to be

fulfilled upon earth. Therefore I say unto you, if you

missed the 1948 confirmation meeting you didn’t

miss anything because you were in the one eons

before that! The words of a little chorus we sing

express it so well:

The throne room looks the same

As I ascend back to whence I came;

There’s the scepter that was mine

Before I left there;

And there I sit with all the sages

I was enthroned with before the ages,

But most of all, my Father

Out of whom I came!

There is Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,

And Sarah involved in my makeup;

And all the others who are in my family tree…

And down the corridors of eternity

God controls my destiny,

For back into Him I can trace my pedigree!

THE GOLD MINE

The natural resources of this earth are mindboggling,

yet in the midst of all the riches of this

marvelous planet there are literally billions of

people living in poverty. They live in squalor,

disease, ignorance, limitation, bondage, and

servitude, yet the earth is abundant in wealth. There

are untold trillions of dollars of natural resources, of

gold and silver and precious stones and others too

numerous to mention, but most of them are

controlled by governments or owned by wealthy

and powerful corporations. There is gold in the vast

oceans of the earth, but it’s so diluted that it’s

unusable by the average person. There are treasures

that are buried in the ocean, but there have been

only a few of earth’s inhabitants that have been able

to bring up those stout Spanish galleons with their

marvelous treasures and recover them. There is gold

on strange planets in distant galaxies, but nature is

too intractable, the distances so vast, and the human

life-span so short that men are unable to go and

secure it.

How different things would be if only we had gold

mines that were very close to us, that were near at

hand, that were accessible to us, and convenient.

How differently things would be for some of us if

we knew that we had a gold mine in our back yard,

concealed behind the rose bushes, unknown to our

neighbors and unknown to the government! How

secure we would feel if on a summer evening we

could chat with our neighbors over the fence, water

our lawn, and play ball with our children knowing

that when the sun sank below the horizon we could

sneak out under the cover of night and mine a little

bit of the gold out of our private gold mine at the

back of our house, behind the rose bushes.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful when income tax time

came, if we didn’t have to worry about anything?

Just slip out in our mine and get a few nuggets the

size of walnuts. Or when tragedy struck, or an

unexpected expense occurred, we could just get a

few bags of gold dust out of our mine and pay those

bills. Or perhaps we want to travel, but we don’t

have a rich uncle and we haven’t won the lottery, so

we sneak out again and get some gold out of our

gold mine and we’re able to fly away wherever we

want to go, travel the earth, see the sights, stay at

five-star resorts, live like a king, with no lack or

limitations whatsoever. Oh, how delightful that

would be!

I write these words today to tell you, my beloved,

that you have a gold mine! It’s not behind your

house. It’s not under the rose bushes. IT’S IN

YOUR SPIRIT! You’ve got a gold mine. Each one

who now reads these lines has a gold mine and it’s

closer to you than the air that you breathe. It’s

closer to you even than the blood that courses

through your veins. The gold mine that you possess

is all the riches and the glory and the wisdom and

the knowledge and the righteousness and the joy

and the peace and the understanding and the power

and the omnipotence of God in your spirit! God is

in your spirit! Isn’t it wonderful! You are the sons

and daughters of the Most High God. The very life

of God is within you today. In that life there is no

limitation at all. All the wealth of divinity, all the

riches of the mind of the Father, all the abundance

of joy, peace, love, and power that are in Jesus

Christ, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge

that are hidden in Him are in you today, in the

Spirit of the living God which is in your spirit, that

spirit which you are upon this earth!

The Indian mystic, Sadhu Sundar Singh, said in one

of his teachings, “Many there are that are like a

hunter who, while wandering in the jungle, picked

up some pretty stones on the bank of a stream.

Unaware of their value he used them one by one in

his sling to shoot at the birds perched on the trees

near the river, and so one by one they fell into the

water and were lost. With one still in his hand he

returned to the city, and as he passed along the

bazaar a jeweler caught sight of it, and told the silly

fellow that it was a valuable diamond for which he

could get thousands of rupees. When the man heard

this he began to bewail himself and say, ‘Woe is

me! I didn’t know their value, and have been using

many of these diamonds to shoot at birds by the

riverside, and they have fallen into the river and are

lost, otherwise I should have been a millionaire!

Still I have saved this one, and that is something

gained.’”

The spirit of every man is like a precious diamond!

Ah, yes, there lies buried within you the greatest of

all treasures — the kingdom of God within your

spirit. Discover that kingdom today, my friend,

draw from its wealth, suck from its life, receive

from its power and you will become a new creation,

transformed into the image of God. All things are

possible to him that believes this! All that is true in

God lies within that kingdom, for it is the image of

God created in man from the beginning, now buried

deep beneath the debris of the carnal mind and

fleshly life. It is there and it is yours, for the taking.

Only the earth, the earthiness of your outer self,

your own carnal consciousness, needs to be

removed for the image of God to be seen. It is still

there within you no matter how weak, sinful, or

undone you may feel, or how miserably you may

have failed. Your heavenly Father who sent you

here to earth is this day calling you back to Himself,

back to the wisdom and power of God inherited out

of His life. As you “live in the spirit” and “walk

after the spirit” you will be an overcomer in all

things, eventually qualified to share your Father’s

throne!

When a man is truly yielded up to the inspiration of

God in his spirit, then he is restored to the normal

state from which he fell; made conscious again of

God, knowing God as revealed in his inmost life, by

a knowledge that is beyond the mind and senses,

filled with the righteousness, peace, joy, love, and

power of the kingdom of God. He begins to live as

he was made to live — inspired, led, ennobled,

empowered, a temple for the habitation of God. In

his spiritual perfection his whole action is out of

divine impulse. All sin, lack, sorrow, and death are

drunk up or lost in the divine perfection. He

celebrates a reign — not a reign in some far-off

heaven somewhere, nor yet upon a throne in some

earthly sphere, but within himself, in the more

magnificent heaven and the more glorious throne of

his own exalted powers and thoughts and the

glorified nature of his spirit. Man finds his paradise

when he is imparadised with God!

Christ is within us as a seed! Within this Christ-

Seed can be found all the divine attributes necessary

to make us fully manifest sons of God — Christs

like the original seed of the fullness of God in

Christ. As each single cell of our body contains

within it the genetic code that made us what we are

physically, so the seed of God within our spirit has

within it all the power of the life of God to

transform us into the full image and likeness of our

heavenly Father. As a literal, natural seed grows

from a seed to become a blade, then to the ear stage,

after that to the full corn in the ear, so the seed of

God within grows progressively within us until He

who is within makes us full grown sons of God —

master of all the opposites! Having been tested,

tried, and proven in all that is contrary to God, and

having fully overcome in it, we are at last truly

LIKE HIM, holy as He is holy, understanding why

we must ever be holy, choosing once and for all and

forever to abide in His holiness, knowing good and

evil as God knows it, discerning, perceiving, and

comprehending the folly of all the way that seems

right unto a man, but whose end is the way of death.

Now we, as our Father, are light, for He is the

Father of lights and in us there is no darkness at all!

Now in us, as in our Father, there is no variableness,

neither shadow of turning.

THE SEED IN EVERY MAN HAS

CONQUERED! Oh, the wonder of it!

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