Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well.”
Part 1: What is the ground?
Genesis 2:4-5,7 “These [are] the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and [there was] not a man to till the ground. …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.“
Genesis 2 and 3 is talking about the man who is made to “till the ground” in the “day” that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens. And symbolically speaking, man is “the dust of the ground” with breath that makes him also a living being (soul) with awareness. Man is to till himself, or work on himself because he is the dust of the ground. Man represents the soil and man tills the soil of the ground (earth). The ground and earth are symbolic representations of man and the soul of man.
Genesis 2:8 “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.”
The LORD “plants” a “garden” on the east of Eden and there he (puts) the dust of the ground with the spark of life (living soul). The dust of the ground is put into a garden (enclosure) that is east of Eden. In other words, the soil that is man is put into an enclosure to grow and produce specific things (i.e. “garden”).
Genesis 2:9 “And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”
And while man is in the garden that is “east” of Eden the trees grow and the rivers flow and gold is found (Gen 10-14). These things come out of the ground where the soil (man) is placed. The soul is a spark of life (awareness) that produces these things out of the ground while in the garden that is east of Eden.
Genesis 2:15, 17 “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. ... But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
So the LORD then “took” the man [that was in the garden that was east of Eden, and presumably with all of the trees and rivers and gold and everything that had sprung from man that was planted east of Eden, and put him into the garden of Eden, which appears to be a different garden than the one that is east of Eden. Here in the Garden of Eden the LORD directs the man to dress and keep the Garden of Eden and warns him to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil because this tree would lead to death.
While in the enclosure of pleasure (i.e. Garden of Eden), the conscious awareness of the soul is told to stay away from the knowledge or an understanding that would surely lead the soul of man to mortality.
Genesis 2:19 “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof.”
As man tills the garden of Eden (i.e. dresses and keeps it), additional life comes out of the ground and is “brought unto” man. And man is then referred to as Adam and he calls out, or begins to speak or “call out”. The word “brought” here means by Strong’s definition “to go in, enter, come, go, come in”. So it says the beasts go into or enter into man, and man or “Adam” calls out [names]. This additional life from the cultivated field gives man more life, and Adam is now able to call out or speak. The word “beast” here in Genesis 2, from Strong’s, means “living or alive”. So the “beasts” make Adam alive, with speech.
Symbolically, what is the ground that the LORD utilizes to bring forth Adam who now has the trees, rivers, gold, and beasts that are all part of him and whom he has become; where the soil of the “ground” can also be part of this garden or enclosure?
Psalm 92:13-14 “Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;”
Psalm 92 implies that there is a “house” or enclosure where man is planted and a part of. So the garden could be compared to a house where one (the soul) lives and grows. The LORD uses the ground and the garden (enclosure) that holds the soil, that is cultivated by man, to plant, grow, and create things. Man is the dust of the ground. But again, symbolically, what is the ground referencing exactly?
Genesis 3:17-19 “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.”
Remember from Genesis 2:15 that the LORD took the man from the garden that was on the east [of Eden] and put him into the Garden of Eden. The dust or soil is moved from one garden to the next, but the ground is still the ground. And if the soil is removed from the ground, the ground does nothing and is cursed due to the lack of good soil. And dust is also nothing if it is not part of the ground as soil.
Ground that has no loose soil (dust) produces nothing but thorns and thistles, and man has to collect wild herbs. The ground does not fruitfully produce when there is no fertile soil on it. The curse represents ground that has no good soil, or ground that has had its soil removed. And dust that has not yet returned to the ground, represent dust in the wind that is carried about and produces nothing. So man (soil/dust) must return to the ground that he was first taken from and learn to till the ground and make it good and fruitful.
Genesis 3:23-24 “Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
Knowledge from the tree causes man to lift from the ground in pride. And the ground cannot be tilled and will not produce fruit if man does not return to the ground in humility.
Genesis 3:21-23 “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.”
Proverbs 12:11 “He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain [persons is] void of understanding.”
Man with his coat of skin (a natural body) that is cast out of the garden of Eden can die and return to the ground, both symbolically speaking and naturally speaking. In order for man, the living soul, to be able to die he had to become something that could die, a mortal body. Symbolically speaking man dies when he returns to humility and allows his ego to die and stop thinking he “knows”, and naturally speaking, mortal man will die in time. So in the process of death man tills the ground, naturally and symbolically. Where the symbolic ground that he comes from, is still yet to be defined exactly.
Jeremiah 11:17 “For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.”
Numbers 24:15-16 “And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, [which] saw the vision of the Almighty, falling [into a trance], but having his eyes open:”
Genesis 3:7 “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
The LORD intended for man to be able to know that he was naked, so he pronounced evil against the man that he planted, and he himself (the LORD) also “fell” asleep with his “eyes open”. Man and the “almighty” with their eyes open is yet still asleep in a trance, the trance that teaches man about nakedness. The trance that represents the death of the LORD.
Romans 6:5 “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection:”
Both the LORD and man are planted in death, asleep in a trance with both eyes open.
Matthew 27:38 “Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.”
John 10:1 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”
The two thieves that are crucified with the LORD have tried to climb up their own way rather than entering in by the door.
Ephesians 2:6 “And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:”
Man and the LORD are planted together in death. Man who represents the two thieves (i.e. serpent) and the LORD are also raised up together. The serpent (two thieves) is raised as is the LORD. But the thieves cannot “climb up” some other way, but must enter in by the door.
But again what is this ground in which man and the LORD are planted together, that man is sent out to till?
Luke 8:15 “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience.”
The “good ground” must be ground that is no longer cursed. It must be ground that has received its fertile soil a new, where man (dust) has returned to the ground to give it life a new.
Galatians 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:”
1 Corinthians 15:56 “The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.”
Eating from the “tree” of knowledge not only causes the ground to be cursed but also causes the curse of the carnal law that causes death. But what is the “curse of law” and what does this have to do with the ground that is cursed?
Titus 1:15 “Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.”
A ground that is cursed has been defiled by the tree of knowledge, by the law of good and evil (i.e. the carnal law). Pure ground is not defiled by the knowledge of good and evil, but all things are pure. If the “ground” can be defiled by knowledge, the “ground” can be affected by knowledge.
Hebrews 7:16 “Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.”
A pure conscience is not made by the law of a carnal commandment, a cursed ground is made this way.
1 Timothy 1:5 “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and [of] a good conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned:”
A pure conscience is the end of the commandment, which is the end of the knowledge of good vs evil by having pure faith and a pure heart.
The ground is consciousness, where consciousness can produce both good and evil, hence the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Good ground is consciousness through a good conscience via a good heart, where the good ground has no evil but only good. The adulterated consciousness has eaten of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Acknowledging evil adulterates the consciousness and produces the curse.
But how is the good ground produced and the curse broken? Through the tilling of the mind, through the process of bringing the soil back down to the ground (i.e. humility), through the end of the carnal commandment. Man, the soil of the ground, comes from the consciousness, but the consciousness is fruitless without good soil, or a good heart that is the living soul of man. Consciousness has dust, which is the living breathing life force of the mind. But consciousness is nothing (fruitless) without a soul to till it with the ability to break the curse.
Genesis 3:24 “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Man finds the way to the tree of life via the flaming sword that is east of Eden. There, east of Eden, he learns to return to the ground and properly till the ground with faith, to hopefully find his way to the Garden of Eden, the house or enclosure of the LORD via the way of the tree of life.
Part 2: What is the body?
Genesis 2:17 “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
The tree of knowledge of good and evil, a tree of the consciousness, causes death to the man that is a living soul.
Genesis 2:21-24 “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
The LORD made the Woman to enter into death [with her husband] via the flesh, as “one flesh”, “closed up” in the flesh. And keep in mind that;
1 Corinthians 15:39 All flesh [is] not the same flesh: but [there is] one [kind of] flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, [and] another of birds.”
The “one flesh” of man is also the “body of flesh” that is mankind.
Romans 6:5 “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection:”
The seed from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which is in the consciousness of man, is planted in death - in the flesh. Where flesh represents death of the spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:15-17 “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make [them] the members of an harlot? God forbid. 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.”
When the members of the body of Christ that are “one spirit” become members of a harlot they become “one body” of flesh, and this is death to the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:44-45 “… There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.”
The soul of man is planted in death (i.e. Romans 6:5). The living soul planted in the death into the natural body. But there is also a spiritual body which is “one spirit”. But that soul planted in death can also be made into a quickening spirit planted in life.
Romans 6:8 “Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:”
Romans 8:9-10 “But 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. And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.”
Romans 7:24 “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
Romans 8:6, 8 “For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. ... So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
The natural body is death because of sin (i.e. wrong thinking). Christ is planted into the death of the natural body. But the good news is the seed of Christ is also in man who is planted in death [mortal body] via the seed from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Luke 8:11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”
John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
The seed or the Word is planted into flesh (i.e. death). But the hope is that this seed may sprout and grow by hearing the Words of grace and truth.
1 Corinthians 12:12, 14 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ. ... For the body is not one member, but many.”
The natural body is “one flesh” of mankind, but the body of Christ is “one spirit” a spiritual body that also has many members. The carnal (flesh) body of mankind has many members as does the spiritual body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 15:37-38 “And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other [grain]: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.”
And the seed that is sown is not the body that will be. It is a naked seed. And each seed has its own body, whether it be the body of flesh (carnal man) planted in death, or one body that is Spirit with many members planted in life. The seed is planted in the consciousness of man, and each seed has its own body.
1 Corinthians 15:44 “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.”
Each seed has a natural body (physical body…) because it says the seed is sown a natural body. The natural body must come first.
Genesis 3:4 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:”
The words (seed) of the serpent are sown a natural body, but they are raised a spiritual body. The natural body is the process of sowing of the seed. The seed in the consciousness of mankind first produces the natural body and this is how the seed is sown and is able to sprout and grow. The natural body serves a purpose, and that is to grow the seeds of the consciousness of man; to grow the seeds of the Word planted in flesh.
Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Romans 8:7 “Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”
James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.”
The carnal mind is the enmity (discourse) that is between and within the consciousness of man. The carnal mind works through the double (dual) mind. The split (double) tongue of the serpent (tree of knowledge of good and evil) divides the consciousness of man which divides the mind and creates the enmity. This causes man to create a law himself; the law of knowing and judging both good and evil (two eyes wide open). The seed of the serpent is a seed of duality which is a seed of two eyes, where it causes the mind to begin the process of division of good from evil and hence the also the enmity between that arises due to the two eyes perceiving good and evil as opposing forces.
Genesis 3:7 “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
The tree of knowledge of good and evil opens “both” eyes of the mind and the consciousness. Before this, the soul could not see its nakedness as a problem. It did not perceive anything as “evil”.
Genesis 3:21 “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”
So the LORD God gave the naked soul a covering of skin which is the “bare” seed planted as a natural body, the body of mankind in the flesh, which also has many members (people). And since the male (spirit) and female (soul) of mankind is “one flesh”, so the members of the body of mankind also mirror this same image with both male and female members who also are each “one flesh”, one body, one person.
1 Corinthians 10:16-17 “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we [being] many are one bread, [and] one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”
1 Corinthians 11:24 “And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.”
And as man is planted in “death” he is given a coat of skin to cover the soul, and the body of man is broken [into a zillion pieces]. Where each person or member or piece (soul piece – female side) is given a seed a spark from God (spirit – male side); the word made flesh. And this covering of flesh, this coat of skin that covers each member allows the seed (word) to germinate and grow and be raised a spiritual body (1Cor 15:44). The natural body must come first for the spiritual body to grow and come to full maturity.
Luke 11:34-36 “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when [thine eye] is evil, thy body also [is] full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore [be] full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.”
Two eyes gives man the ability to comprehend and see light and dark (good and evil), however, it says this ability can also fill the whole body with darkness because the double mind (carnal) has eyes that will see evil when the light is only a reflection which is still darkness.
Jeremiah 4:22-23, 31 “For my people [is] foolish, they have not known me; they [are] sottish children, and they have none understanding: they [are] wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. I beheld the earth, and, lo, [it was] without form, and void; and the heavens, and they [had] no light. ... For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, [and] the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, [that] bewaileth herself, [that] spreadeth her hands, [saying], Woe [is] me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.
An earth that is void with no true light comes first and so is the first born. The woman gives birth to a first born but there must also be a second born. The first born are “wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.” The first born is a “murderer” and so therefore kills all of the good and overpowers it so that the light in them is darkness. The first born is a “murderer” because of the carnal mind that comes from the duality. It slays the knowledge and understanding to do good. The soul of man knows nothing of deciphering between good and evil before the tree of knowledge. The tree gives man knowledge, however, with this knowledge comes growing pains because before good can overcome the evil, man must learn the true difference and see the reflected light that is actually darkness. But the subtle words of the serpent are confusing because they are dual (i.e. double edged sword), and ignorant man cannot understand the depth of the truth of it until the natural man side of man is overcome. And before the natural side of man can be overcome, it must be separated (distinguished) from the spirit by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 25:23 “And the LORD said unto her, Two nations [are] in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and [the one] people shall be stronger than [the other] people; and the elder shall serve the younger.”
But eventually the good will rise to overcome the evil and the elder (first born) will be of service to the good. The natural man is born first from the process of separation.
1 Corinthians 15:46-47 “Howbeit that [was] not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man [is] of the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord from heaven.”
The first man is a natural man of the natural world [a carnal fleshly man]. The second born man is spiritual. But the natural can and will eventually serve the spirit. The natural world is created first through the serpent and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The seed of the serpent (duality) murders the spirit and it dies to come into the natural world as a seed (Christ) that can be born [again] of the spirit.
Genesis 2:4-5 “These [are] the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and [there was] not a man to till the ground.”
The Lord made the “earth and the heavens”, where the earth comes first. So the man who tills the ground also comes first; before the rains come.
Genesis 4:1-2 “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.”
Cain, the first born, and his seed is the man that tills the ground. And “to do good he has no knowledge” and he knows nothing of the spirit so the second born is initially dead, “murdered” by Cain.
The natural man must birth the second born to replace what is lost, what is killed, once the carnal mind is understood and controlled. So the natural man via the natural world must be needed in order to serve the spirit and help produce the second born.
Isaiah 5:20-21 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto [them that are] wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”
Matthew 12:34 “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
When the subtle tongue of the serpent that is within the heart of man is not understood, it speaks lies to him. And this is due to the initial ignorance and innocence of man. The carnal mind is born first due to the subtleness of the serpent’s tongue that is hard to know and understand so it confounds the heart of man. And because of the heart of man is deceived, he is planted into a delusion that he must wake from. But how will man come to know what is good and also choose it?
Isaiah 7:15 “Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.”
Isaiah 7:16 “For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.”
Hebrews 5:13-14 “For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
These words above in Isaiah are symbolic. Butter represents the changing of the milk of the word into something better (i.e. the churning of the cream, the best part of the milk, to make butter). And honey represents the sweetness of it. The two kings that must be forsaken represent the double mind. And when the double mind is forsaken and the second born is grown (raised), the younger will service the elder and the spirit of the matter will prevail. The senses must first be exercised before the child (second born) will be able to discern both good and evil. The trees give man the ability to see both, but not the automatic ability to discern the true difference, hence what it says in Isaiah 5 and Luke 11 above. Man must be planted as the natural body to birth and then also raise to maturity the spiritual child that gains the ability to discern what is truly good. Knowing or seeing is not the same as understanding, they are two different things.
Romans 7:24 “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-44, 53 “But some [man] will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? [Thou] fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other [grain]: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. So also [is] the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body….For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.”
It says that the man that is planted a natural body (“this body of death”) is not that body that shall be. The body that shall be is a spiritual body. But it also says that the mortal will put on immortality…. So;
2 Corinthians 5:1-9 “For we know that if our earthly house of [this] tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in [this] tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing [is] God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore [we are] always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, [I say], and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.”
These words imply that the mortal (“naked”) body will be clothed upon with something that will “swallow” up the mortal body. The natural body will be consumed by the spirit to produce the spiritual body. The first body has to be swallowed up or consumed in order to produce the spirit. But what does this mean?
John 6:53-54 “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.”
The flesh and blood of the natural man (the first born son of man) are to be completely consumed (i.e. eaten up) in order to bring life to the spirit. In other words the understanding of the natural body is dissolved and consumed of the spirit, and this is how man may be spiritually minded rather than carnally minded. It is not that his flesh and blood are literally consumed by the natural body to produce eternal life, but rather the understanding of the natural body (flesh and blood) is swallowed up and destroyed by the spirit and this is what produces eternal life through the spirit. The flesh profits nothing in itself and must be consumed. The understanding of what the body is changes to produce real life.
Romans 8:5-11, 13 “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 and peace. Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But 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. And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that 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. ... 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.”
The mortal body is quickened or changed because the perception of the body changes in the mind with changes to the carnal mind.
Genesis 2:7,21, 25 “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;… “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
Romans 13:11 “And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.”
Adam (man) has been asleep [in the flesh] from the beginning. The natural body is the sleeping soul. But the spirit is the true reality, not the natural body which is but a dream. Man is simply planted in death (sleep, dream) to produce new life through the spirit. The mortal body serves this purpose.
But mortal body is not what really dies because it is not what it seems. Sleeping Adam’s dream cannot “die” because a dream is not real. So the seed within the carnal mind is what dies, and then the mortal body is quickened or changed due to a change in the perception of the mind [of the body]. The seed or the understanding of the body is what changes; it changes from death to life, from mortal to spiritual. And the flesh and blood is completely consumed (“eaten up”) by the spiritual understanding of the matter.
1 Corinthians 15:52 “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
The eye of the carnal mind “twinkles” or changes its focal point, and when the last trumpet sounds, that which is dead (i.e the seed of the carnal mind) will change. The understanding in the mind will change from carnal to spiritual. And the body will no longer be seen and understood as a fleshly body but as a projection or dream of the spirit; which means the body is “born again” of incorruptible seed (duel edge of the word of God). And the mortal body puts on immortality because of a twinkling in the eyes of the mind that awakes from the dream.
1 Corinthians 15:51, 53 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, ... For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.”
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
When the carnal mind is renewed by the spiritual understanding, the understanding of the body is transformed from natural to spiritual.
Romans 13:11-12, 14 “And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. ... But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].”
The body of man is not what it seems. The coat of flesh covers man in his dream while in the darkness of night time where man sees through the carnal mind and operates through the natural body or coat of flesh.
And so it says man is to “cast off” the works of darkness (i.e. carnal flesh based mind) and put on the armor of light. But how does the mortal body put on an amour of light?
Romans 8:20-21 “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
In 1 Corinthians 15 it implies that the natural body is that which is corruptible, and here in Romans 8 it says the creature itself will be delivered from this bondage of corruption. So how will the physical creation will be released from the bondage of the natural body and cast off the coat of skin and in turn put to death the deeds of the body all the while still operating through the body of flesh and the natural world?
Romans 1:19-25 “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
The visible creature is corruptible and is not the true being of man or of God that is invisible. But the visible natural physical world can be used to help man understand God because it says he is “manifested in them”. The corruptible world is simply a representation of the invisible. The representation is not God, only a dying (mortal) corruptible dream that represents something else. The creature is not the creator. The dream is not the dreamer. Natural man is not God. But mortal man can come to understand this aspect about himself and this is the amour of light that he can put on, the amour of true enlightenment which is an understanding of what is real and what is not.
Isaiah 64:7-8 “And [there is] none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. But now, O LORD, thou [art] our father; we [are] the clay, and thou our potter; and we all [are] the work of thy hand.”
The creature gets confused because the face of God is hid from him. But there is a purpose for the creature, for the mortal pot of clay.
Ephesians 4:14-16 “That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
Luke 8:11, 15 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. ... But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience.”
The fruit of the earth is the increase of the body to the fulfilling of the purpose of love. The body, the clay vessel, is to produce the fruit of the earth. And the analogy says the clay pot holds the soil that can produce the fruit. Without the clay vessel, the soil would simply still be part of the uncultivated ground. However, man was made to till the ground that the dust is from and without a natural body this growth is not possible.