I do not agree with the notion that the Spirit of God was infused into man at the beginning of creation. I also do not believe that the glory of God that had covered man at that time was the Holy Spirit. To teach the first is universalism. That is to say the Spirit of God is in every man. The second, is dualism: God cannot stay with mankind because we sinned. That is even more of a rubbish teaching than the first.
Here are my reasons for saying so.
Here is my basis against what Universalist teach.
I point you to what Dr. Martin DeHann has to say.
“FIRST, the life is in the blood and LIFE is sacred. It was God’s special gift and the effect of His own breath. Moses tells us in Genesis, this fact,
“God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the BREATH OF LIFE; and man became a living soul.”
Now follow closely the Biblical argument. Since life is in the blood, all flesh is lifeless without blood. Here then is Adam formed out of the dust. Just a lump of matter without life. God breathed into his nostrils and lo, he lives. Since the LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD, it was BLOOD which God added to that body when He BREATHED INTO HIM THE BREATH OF LIFE. Adam’s body was of the earth but his blood was DIRECTLY FROM GOD. God demands that we respect this fact since it was God’s own breath which filled all flesh with blood. To eat blood, therefore, is to insult the life of God for “the life . . . is in the blood.””
It is true God breathed the Holy Spirit into Adam? Henceforth the Spirit is in all men except now it is dormant and will be awakened in all men as the Universalist teaches?The above note is from Dr. DeHann which supports the view that God did not breath the Holy Spirit into Adam but blood into Adam. The Red Blooded Man. Notice he was called Adam after the Blood was added to him.
I believe this argument holds water as John himself said “(When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)” John 7:39. So the Holy Spirit could not had been breathed into Adam.
Here is why I do not believe in dualism.
We often think of our Gospel of us recovering what was lost through sin and how we will reach a nirvana-like heaven where we will live in peace with the Almighty after a long hard life much like Pilgrim’s Progress. To many then the Gospel begins when Jesus became the sacrifice on the cross. I want to today bring you further back. All the way to Genesis 1.
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In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.”
It is pertinent to note that the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. This same expression is voiced here when Noah sent forth a dove to see if the waters had receded from the flood.
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8 Meanwhile he sent out a dove to see if it could find dry ground, 9 but the dove found no place to light, and returned to Noah, for the water was still too high. So Noah held out his hand and drew the dove back into the boat.
This picture of the Holy Spirit hovering over the waters of creation tells us the Spirit was looking for a place to rest. As such the Spirit of God was waiting for God to create a place for it to rest! He was waiting for the Father to create something for it to fill, to possess, to own, to seal and to light. God was preparing Man for the Spirit to rest upon. It was always on God’s mind that man be united with God in his Spirit. This is ultimate plan of creation. It is not just that man would enjoy creation and his Creator but that God may enjoy man by resting in man. You then see from creation God was not just interested to stroll with man in a Garden. He wanted to be in man. The ultimate goal of creation is not being with men, that is “Emmanuel” God with us. It was “Immanence” God in us. This was the heart of the Father, that His Spirit would rest in man.
Thus, before he could infuse man with his Spirit, the Father must confer authority onto his creation. He thus gave them the power to co-reign with him. He gave him the power of speech, the medium in which the Father used to create the world. The man became God’s ally and viceroy in creation. Adam was to given dominion over the animals. They will subject themselves unto him.
I sincerely believed that the ultimate union between the man and the Spirit of God would take place at Adam’s consummation of the fruit from the tree of life. I believe that the Spirit of God would finally have rested upon Adam when he took from the tree of life. That is how Adam would live forever, the Spirit in him, the real fruit from the tree of life, the one very thing that sustains him. Yet we see that Adam was never near the trees until Eve was formed. Eve however was constantly hanging around the two trees.
Genesis 1: 9, 16-17, At the center of the garden he placed the Tree of Life, and also the Tree of Conscience, giving knowledge of Good and Bad. But the Lord God gave the man this warning: “You may eat any fruit in the garden except fruit from the Tree of Conscience—for its fruit will open your eyes to make you aware of right and wrong, good and bad. If you eat its fruit, you will be doomed to die.”
Hence the glory that God covered men with is NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT BUT HIS AUTHORITY over creation!
Then tragedy struck.
We lost our authority
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3 The serpent was the craftiest of all the creatures the Lord God had made. So the serpent came to the woman. “Really?” he asked. “None of the fruit in the garden? God says you mustn’t eat any of it?”
2-3 “Of course we may eat it,” the woman told him. “It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not to eat. God says we mustn’t eat it or even touch it, or we will die.”
4 “That’s a lie!” the serpent hissed. “You’ll not die! 5 God knows very well that the instant you eat it you will become like him, for your eyes will be opened—you will be able to distinguish good from evil!”
6 The woman was convinced. How lovely and fresh looking it was! And it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit and gave some to her husband, and he ate it too. 7 And as they ate it, suddenly they became aware of their nakedness, and were embarrassed. So they strung fig leaves together to cover themselves around the hips.
Mankind lost his authority to reign. He handed it to an outlaw spirit. The Serpent became the god of this world, the god of this age and the prince of the air. He took Adam’s place among the sons of God. The glory then was the authority men had. That is why it was said of Jesus he was made lower than the angels then God restored him with glory and honour. That glory is the authority as man. Jesus said “All authority has been given to me”. That is when man’s authority was restored. Hence the glory was restored.
A new Man
Hence, it was necessary for a man to triumph over the serpent. God must find therefore a champion to represent mankind to restore what he had initially planned. His union with man can only be completed if a man were to defeat the Serpent and wrestle that place which Satan gained ground. That champion appeared in the river Jordan one day.
Again we find the Spirit hovering above the waters. Except this time, the Spirit rested on this one man. The last Adam. He had never been tainted with the sin of Adam. He came full of grace and truth. The eternal Son of God became the Son of Man. “Eternity stepped into time, Manna became man, Light became life”. Mankind has a new champion. God has a new Adam. His plane of creation can finally be completed. The Spirit finally has a place to rest. He does not need to brood over the waters anymore. The Spirit now finally can rest upon a new Adam.
Mark 1:10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
God introduced an intervener into the cosmos of the Serpent. He intervened himself into the jurisdiction of the Serpent. He was restoring creation back to humanity. There was a new kid on the block. His name is Jesus.
He is the very man that God was looking for. He is the completion of creation. He is the first of the many men the Spirit of God would eventually rest on. Creation started when the Spirit of God hovered above the waters. Creation ended when the Spirit of God rested on Jesus when he came out of the waters. In this perfect Adam, he made those in him, New Creations by dying to the old world and resurrecting us to the new. Through him, God seated all of us to the right hand of the Father.
What happened at the Fall: Did God really leave Adam and Eve?
God disallowed man to eat from the tree of life. I always thought God meant it as a punishment. Until I saw the word “take also”. Dear friends, it was not as if God did not allow Adam to take the fruit of that tree, He did not allow him to take ALSO. Mixture. You see dear friends, by now Adam has a complete warp idea of 3 things. God, himself and his home.
God: While God is still loving and enjoying his fellowship, Adam now thinks of God as a demand, a judge, a prosecutor, a person who hates him.
His home: His home was paradise, not just Eden but the very garden of Eden. Yet he was in a place which reminded him of his failure, a place which he lost his glory, a place where an animal had dominion over him, a place of defeat, a place where his perfect beauty wife became in his eyes an object of blame, a place where he felt nothing but shame, and not even the presence of God could rescue him from. Sadly Adam became even more afraid, when God came nearer. The love of God to him became the consuming fire which further condemns him.
Himself: Adam now thought himself, a fugitive. A person who always wanted to pay. Pay for his mistake. He had to work. A person who thought God’s goodness had to be earned. Things are no longer free. He thought himself a debtor. No longer a viceroy, no longer a prince. He no longer saw himself, a workmanship of God but an object of God’s wrath.
Now if God allowed him to take the tree of life, he would live forever. AT THIS STATE! If he lives forever this way and in this state…. What is it called?
So God had to banish him from his place, God had to satisfy Adam’s sense of justice. It was Adam who wanted to pay. Not God. Adam constantly would be looking as to how to pay. But he could never. He could never satisfy this debt he thought he owed. You see God did not send Jesus to satisfy His sense of justice. He gave His Son to satisfy Adam’s sense of justice. Adam’s sense of justice was to pay out of guilt. True forgiveness demands nothing. God freely gave His Son, the Bible says. Freely. He never expected anything back.
So you see. Sin is the father of all religions. It demands that you make payment. So God allowed man to have a religion, a system of law for man to “try to make right” his relationship with God. To render him a temporal solution to a problem he created for himself. Man thought by this manner, he could bring himself to God by “installment”. An annual subscription.
The writer of Hebrews puts it this way:
10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
You see we labored in our darken understanding that we can make these payments like “credit cards”. Except while we can draw near, but our conscience would condemn us. So we still think we can make these payments. The question here is this. Did God want man to pay?
“5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’”[a]
He obviously didn’t. You see forgiveness is free. God doesn’t love you just so that you love him back. He loves you. Period. when we love, we want to loved back. So we project our limitations on God.
But the problem isn’t God. Its us. Even if God has freely forgiven us, do we really believe it?
Truth is truth even if you don’t believe it. Where faith in Christ comes in is where the truth becomes an experience for us. For example, God loves you. Truth. When does it become truth TO you? When you believe. When thus does forgiveness take place? At the cross. When did it become real for me? When I believe him.
That is why only those who believe, experience a forgiveness. That is why only through faith in this provision (Jesus at the cross) allow you to experience salvation. You see if you don’t believe that God has forgiven your sins, cleansed you and already made you perfect, you won’t experience it. You still think you have a debt to pay. You still think God will fry you.
So you pull away. You continue to be condemned. Not because God condemns you. You did. You are still Adam. You are still in the darkness. Your idea of God is still an angry judge. A bitter old man demanding justice from you. In reality you are the person who is demanding payment not for him but your restitution. YOUR RESTITUTION. You are doing that when God has already reconciled you to him.
The language of the spirit soul and body
The spirit of men died when Adam took the fruit. The language of the soul is emotions and logic. The language of the body is senses. The language of the spirit is faith. The minute Adam took the fruit of knowledge of good and evil, his spirit died. That is why he began to think with his emotions and senses instead of his faith. When he said ‘I was naked’ God retorted by saying. ‘Who told you?’ In God’s eyes there were not. The deception was in their minds. Hence since then men lived according to their souls and bodies. They think with their logic emotions and senses. When the Spirit of Jesus resurrected us, he made our spirit alive. This is when we are not called to live by the spirit. Hence we are called to live by faith. Not senses not logic not emotions.
This is where repentance come in, the changing of your mind. So long there is no faith in believing that it has been paid, you will still be stuck in that mind set. You will run away. You will run into a presence with God. God does not sent us to hell. We do, because we are the ones who do not want Him. There is only one place we think where He is not there. Hell. But He is.
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5 But to one who, not working [by the Law], trusts (believes fully) in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness (the standing acceptable to God).
See also how God demonstrates his vengeance.
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3 I have trodden the winepress alone, and of the peoples there was no one with Me. I trod them in My anger and trampled them in My wrath; and their lifeblood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I stained all My raiment.
4 For the day of vengeance was in My heart, and My year of redemption [the year of My redeemed] has come.
5 And I looked, but there was no one to help; I was amazed and appalled that there was no one to uphold [truth and right]. So My own arm brought Me victory, and My wrath upheld Me.
Do you see it? Who is the arm of the Lord. He is Jesus. Yet Jesus is mentioned as the one who brought victory and Jesus upheld His Wrath. So how does God take vengeance on us? By sending His Son, except that it was not to punish us. But that you will take note that his vengeance was also his favor.
“I am confused”, you may say. But is there isn’t it? The day of the Lord’s favor is the day of the Lord’s vengeance.
Have you ever wondered why?
Because God wants you to see that your sins have been paid for. Not for him. But for you. That you may see that your need for payment is paid in full. You don’t need to pay. Its’ been paid. In full! You don’t have to make restitution. That’s the law. Payment by credit card. It has been cleared. Once. Once and for all. Now that it has been paid. There is only one thing left.
The truth won’t set you free. This is because freedom isn’t freedom until you believe it and then experience it. Only then you know the truth. When you “know the truth” the truth sets you free.
The thought that the glory that God clothes with is the Holy Spirit and that he left us the minute we sinned is complete rubbish. The Spirit of God in the past was with Moses, David, the prophets and even with the apostles. He was with them but not in them. So to suggest that when Adam and Eve sinned, the Spirit left them is akin to say God deserted you when you sinned. Why then was he with the people I mentioned?
Profoundly we sometimes fail to understand the significance of Jesus calling himself the Son of Man. He was saying that he had come to be Man’s representative. He was here to represent us a man not as God. (I must state here that he is both man and God). His role here was to declare to the world, what Adam could have been and how he should have been.
Firstly Jesus “can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.’ John 5:19. Whatever he did, he did through the power of the Holy Spirit.
There are many who claim “O we are awaken as the Holy Spirit is already in us. Everyman is already saved because the Spirit is dormant in us and as such we don’t even need to believe.” I must state this despite what I have written and what has been reveal to me, I am not a universalist and I do not believe the Holy Spirit is in every man.
38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”[a]
39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
The Spirit of God had not been given yet. Also note it is conditional upon belief in Jesus.
John 14:17 clearly states “That helper is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it doesn’t see or know him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be in you.”
He was with the disciples and not in the disciples. The only person whom the Spirit was in at that time was Jesus.
A new humanity
It was only in Acts after Jesus’ resurrection the Spirit of God rested upon all who believed in Jesus. The Spirit now finds rest on humanity. However a new humanity. A humanity which was birth from the side of the body of Christ. A new creation. A creation created through the resurrection of the perfect man. While Jesus was the only begotten son before the cross, he became the first born of many brothers.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be thefirstborn among many brothers and sisters.
The perfect union and creation henceforth came into fruition here.
- 2 When Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Passover, came, all the believers were together in one place.
- 2 Suddenly, a sound like a violently blowing wind came from the sky and filled the whole house where they were staying.
- 3 Tongues that looked like fire appeared to them. The tongues arranged themselves so that one came to rest on each believer.
- 4 All the believers were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.
So why do we live by faith? It because now we moved by the language which we were made for. We live in the realm of the Spirit not the soul and the body. We have been justified by the perfect work of Jesus. Now Jesus is no longer the only begotten Son after his resurrection he became the first born of many sons. He justified us, He infused all who are born of God with his Spirit. We have been justified and the just live by the Spirit. The just live by faith. I suppose why the first gift the Spirit gave us was tongues. Its time we speak or believe in a system not by sight but the language of our spirit. Faith.