ECHOES FROM EDEN
MALE AND FEMALE
"And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: so God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; MALE AND FEMALE created He them" (Gen. 1:26-27).
EDITOR'S COMMENT: In last month's article we dealt with the subject of MALE AND FEMALE in the natural realm - the relationship between man and woman, husband and wife, on the physical plane. In this writing we shall consider the fuller revelation of Male and Female in the higher realm that pertains to the Spirit. Since they symbology for these spiritual truths is rooted in the natural relationship presented in the previous study, I suggest that it be read before proceeding with this one.
MASCULINE AND FEMININE
Of all the mysteries that have perplexed the people of God throughout the ages none has proved to be a source of misunderstanding and contention among saints more than the relationship between male and female. As we pursue this subject I feel it necessary to point out that all natural things have spiritual counterparts, all physical things picture and portray higher and greater realities in the spiritual realm. The shallow understanding of the church system and the superficial teaching of its unspiritual ministry are the basic causes of the gross ignorance among most Christians of the transcendent SPIRITUAL REALITIES accessible in the realm of the Kingdom of God of which all earthly things are but shadowy types. As long as people are kept ignorant of the glorious and eternal realities of that higher realm, they will continue to toddle about in the lower realms of carnal interpretations and applications of the Word of God.
In the Garden of Eden story many people seem to think that Eve symbolizes woman as sex and that Adam somehow stands for man as a sex, but the truth goes far beyond this. It is significant to note that in most languages of earth ALL WORDS have endings which classify them in one of the three genders: masculine, feminine, or neuter. This means that not only are living things classified as male and female, but a great umber of other things as well. Notice now that in the Hebrew and Greek languages, in which the Holy Spirit inspired the Old and New Testaments to be written, every word is in one of the three genders: masculine, feminine, or neuter. For example, the word "SPIRIT," and all that pertains to the life and realm of that which is SPIRITUAL, is masculine. A whole group of words associated with spirituality is in the masculine gender, such as - MAN, BRIDEGROOM, SON, TEMPLE, OVERCOMER, etc. On the other hand, the word "SOUL," and all that pertains to the realm of that which is SOULISH, is in the feminine gender, such as - WOMAN, BRIDE, CITY, PENTECOST, etc. The Greek word for "BODY" is found to be in the neuter gender.
With these principles in mind we have a better foundation from which to understand that in the Garden of Eden ADAM TYPIFIES THE SPIRIT, and EVE TYPIFIES THE SOUL. How precious and pregnant with meaning every word of the Bible becomes when seen by the spirit of revelation!
SPIRIT is masculine - the life giving force, essential being, substance, strength.
SOUL is feminine - that which proceeds out of spirit, as in the Garden we see Eve "taken out of Adam." The King James version of the Bible says of this momentous event, "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" (Gen. 2:21-22). It would be well, for a moment, to consider this word "rib." It is the Hebrew word "tsela" which appears forty-two times in the Old Testament, and this is the only place where it has been translated "rib." In every other case it has been rendered "side," or "side chamber," or simply "chamber." It is used of side of a man, of inanimate things such as the tabernacle, altar, side chambers, cells of the temple, etc. In Ezekiel 41:9 it is the word used for the space between the two walls of the temple, intended for these chambers.
Many Hebrew scholars have affirmed that "rib" is a mistranslation. The idea that Eve was made out of one of Adam's ribs has its origin in rabbinical lore, and indeed, many, varied, and fanciful are their fables! Paul cautioned his son Titus: "Wherefore rebuke them sharply...not giving heed to JEWISH FABLES...that turn from the truth" (Tit. 1:13-14). One Rabbi said that "Eve was made out of a tail which originally belonged to Adam." Rav., the great head of the Babylonian rabbinical school, declared, "Eve was formed out of a second face, which originally belonged to Adam." Another Rabbi declares, "Instead of a rib taken from Adam, a slave was given him to wait upon him." But Rabbi Joshua, in his commentary, has given the fable which has received the widest acceptance even among Christians. Rabbi Joshua says, "God deliberated from what member He would create woman, and He reasoned with Himself thus: I must not create her from Adam's head, for she would be a proud person, and hold her head high. If I create her from the eye, then she will wish to pry into all things; if from the ear, she will wish to hear all things; if from the mouth, she will talk too much; if from the heart, she will envy people; if from the hand, she will desire to take all things; if from the feet, she will be a gadabout. Therefore I will create her from the rib, which is not even seen when man is naked." And this is the inane fable which lies at the basis of the idea that Eve was made out of Adam's rib, whereas the Bible says God took one of Adam's "chamber," or a part of Adam's INNER NATURE, out of which He "builded" her!
Let us look at a few examples of how this word "tsela" is translated. "And it came to pass that he (Solomon) began to build the house of the Lord...and against the wall of the house he built CHAMBERS (tsela) round about...the nethermost CHAMBER (tsela) was five cubits broad...the door for the middle CHAMBER (tsela) was in the right side of the house...so he built the house and finished it" (I Kings 6:5-9). Tsela is translated CHAMBERS ten times in the description of the prophetic temple seen in vision by the prophet in Ezekiel chapter forty-one.
The word "rib" does not adequately describe what God took out of Adam. When we think of a rib we think of a BONE in Adam's side. But if God only used a rib - a BONE - then when He brought Eve to Adam he should have said: "This is now RIB OF MY RIB!" or, "This is now BONE of my BONES..." PERIOD! But Adam said, "This is now bone of my bones, AND FLESH OF MY FLESH!" Therefore, when man and woman are united in marriage they become ONE FLESH, not ONE RIB or ONE BONE! What God actually did, of course, was to remove from Adam a VITAL PART of his being, one of the CHAMBERS of his innermost nature, and out of that which was formerly concealed within man God built an EXTERNAL EXPRESSION AND MANIFESTATION. Eve was thus "taken out of Adam," from his inner nature, from that region of the heart, where lies the seat of all that is within man, where the heart's throbs are felt, and the fount of life wells up, the conceded dwelling place of the appetites, desires, will, affections, and emotions. From thence, from within the man, came forth the woman, so that the appetites, desires, will, affections and emotions which lay hidden deep in the inner recesses of his nature now became revealed and expressed - IN EVE! This is why Eve was FIRST TEMPTED and first fell. Eve is Adam's inward and invisible constitution, character, quality, temper, disposition, mood, desire, emotion, mind, will, and affection BROUGHT FORTH INTO AN OUTWARD AND VISIBLE MANIFESTATION. Ah, yes, Eve is Adam's SOUL! We need no greater evidence than this of the certainty that Eve represents the soul, as Adam represents the spirit, for spirit is BEING and soul is EXPRESSION.
For the sake of understanding, the soul can be said to have five senses just as our physical body has the five senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. The soul comprises your INTELLECT - that is your mind with all its mental capacity for knowledge, understanding, and reason. Then you have your WILL - the mental power to choose and the forces directly urging you to action. Then there are the EMOTIONS - strong forces of personality and passion with many aspects such as love, hatred, joy, peace, grief, anger, fear, etc. Then come the DESIRES - the ability to wish or long for, to want or crave something above and beyond what is already possessed or experienced. Finally, there is the AFFECTION - heart attachments, the power to search out and cleave to that for which we have a natural feeling, passion, predisposition, or propensity.
The Greek word for SOUL is "psuche," which means MIND. It is the root word from which we get all our English words dealing with the psychic, i.e. the human soul, the mind, the mental life. Psychoanalysis, psychology, psychiatry - all these words come from the same root - "psuche." Proverbs 2:10 suggests that the soul needs knowledge. "Knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul." Note also Prov. 19:2 and 24:14. Since knowledge is a function of the mind, this proves that the mind is a part of the soul. All three of these verses from Proverbs tell us that we need to have knowledge in the soul. Then Ps. 139:14 says that the soul knows. "I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." To know is something of the mind, which again shows that the mind is a part of the soul. Ps. 13:2 says the soul considers, or counsels, which refers to the mind. Lamentations 3:20 indicates that remembrance is of the soul. That is, the soul can remember things. From these verses we can see that there is a part in the soul that knows, considers, and remembers. This part is called the mind.
The second part of the soul is the will. Job 7:15 says the soul chooses. "So that my soul chooseth death rather than life." To choose something is a decision made by act of the will. This proves that the will is a part of the soul. Job 6:7 says the soul refuses. To choose and refuse are both functions of the will. I Chron. 22:19 says, "set your soul to seek." Just as we set our minds to think, so we set our souls to seek. This is, of course, the soul making a decision, which shows that the will is a part of the soul. Then in Numbers 30, "bind his soul" is mentioned ten times. When we read this chapter, we understand that to bind the soul is to make a decision. It deals with a vow that is made to the Lord. To make a decision to bind the soul is to make a vow to the Lord. Thus, it is demonstrated that the will is a part of the soul. In Ps. 27:12, 41:2, and Ezekiel 16:27 the Hebrew word for "soul" is translated "will." This again reveals that the will is a part of the soul.
The emotion is the third part of the soul. With the emotion there are many aspects: for example, love, hatred, grief, joy, peace, fear, etc. All of these are expressions of the emotion. References to the fact that the soul loves are found in Sam. 18:1, S. of S. 1:7, and Ps. 42:1. These verses show that love is something of the soul, proving, therefore, that within the soul there is such an organ or function as the emotion. II Sam. 5:8 says, "Whosoever getteth up and smiteth the Jebusites that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief." This passage shows that hatred is something of the soul. See also Ps. 107:18 and Eze. 36:5. Since hatred is an expression of the emotion, these verses also prove that the emotion is a part of the soul. Joy, an element of the emotion, is also a part of the soul, as seen in Isa. 61:10 and Ps. 86:4. Then there is the matter of grief, mentioned in I Sam. 30:6 and Judges 10:16. Grief is another expression of the soul.
The fourth part of the soul is the desire. We read in I Sam. 20:4, "Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for thee." This verse shows that desire is found in the soul, making it a part of the soul. See also Deut. 14:26. This verse and many others show desire to be in the realm of the soul.
The affection is the fifth part of the soul. We read of Abraham's nephew, Lot, who, though he lived in Sodom, his heart affection was toward the Lord, and the record states, "For that righteous man dwelling among them, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds" (II Pet. 2:8). Lot vexed his righteous soul because his affection was not upon the things they were doing. From his prison cell in Rome the apostle Paul penned these immortal words, "Set your AFFECTION ON THINGS ABOVE, and not on things on the earth" (Col. 3:2). Hear now the inspired words of Jesus as He teaches His disciples, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy SOUL...this is the first commandment" (Mk. 12:30). This quality of love - agape - means in the Greek "to have affection" (see Strong's Concordance). Thou shalt HAVE AFFECTION for the Lord thy God! What magnificent words these are, describing as they do the affection that we should have for the Lord with all our SOUL. This proves that affection is a function of the soul.
We noted in the previous study on this subject that Adam and Eve, though existing in two bodies, were nonetheless ONE FLESH. "From the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall become ONE FLESH, so that they are NO LONGER TWO, but ONE FLESH. What therefore God has united - joined together - let not man separate or divide" (Mk. 10:6-9), King James and Amplified). As Adam and Eve were ONE, dwelling together as a complement to one another without hostility, division, inequality or duplicity, so were the spirit and the soul ONE in the beginning. Spirit is BEING and soul is EXPRESSION, the TWO were ONE, the spirit was the source of the soul's expression, and the soul expressed perfectly the nature of the spirit! As Adam and Eve were SET TOGETHER over all the earth and every living thing that moved upon the earth, so were the spirit and the soul SET TOGETHER over the "earth" in which they dwelt - the body realm. "Spirit," of the masculine realm, and "soul," of the feminine realm, were UNIFIED in their "earth." In Eden's blest Garden the spirit did not rule OVER the soul, but WITH her. The body served as a base of operation for the invisible realm of spirit and soul. The spirit was LORD over the body and the soul was ONE WITH THE SPIRIT. THEY were the king and the queen REIGNING TOGETHER IN JOINT DOMINION in the "earth" of the flesh in which they tabernacled! What a Kingdom was that, the body was adapted to the glory and beauty, to the harmony and life and wisdom and power of its rulers, and there was no pain, neither sorrow, nor tears, nor death anywhere throughout that blest domain!
Think of the momentous tragedy when spirit and soul, made in the image of God, commissioned to rule over the body and have dominion over all the bestial realms of the flesh, entered into transgression at the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil (sense knowledge, body senses) and consequently into the realm of death, thus losing their glory and their dominion, together with their ONENESS. There is a most enlightening statement made by the apostle Paul in II Cor. 11:3 where he admonishes, "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds (soul) should be corrupted from the SIMPLICITY that is in Christ." The whole purpose of the serpent's beguilement was to CORRUPT THE MIND (SOUL) FROM THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST. The word "simplicity" actually is the Greek word for "singleness," from the same root as used in the verse, "When thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light" (Lk. 11:34). The singleness which the spirit and the soul enjoyed was the unity they had in being ONE IN GOD. The spirit had been birthed out of God into a divine state of being, and the soul, in blessed harmony, expressed the inmost nature of the spirit. Wonderful union! Together they ruled over the body, the body was the stage, spirit and soul the actors, and there was wondrous peace and divine life throughout all the realms of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. While spirit and soul dwelt IN the flesh, they were not to allow themselves to moved BY the flesh. Now, by the flesh, I do not mean merely the desires and appetites of the flesh, but I mean the SENSE-KNOWLEDGE which is derived from the world through the five senses of the body.
In the Garden of Eden the serpent bespeaks the bestial spirit of the world, which tempts the soul, seducing it by the lower sense and emotion of the animal faculty of sense-knowledge, together with the passions, emotions, and lusts of the flesh which seem to offer a whole new realm of happiness and fulfillment. In allowing the appetites of the flesh to penetrate the soul, the soul became contaminated and became itself as sensual as the body. As the soul was enticed to join itself to the flesh, a division was wrought between soul and spirit. The affections, mind, will, desires and emotions of the soul BECAME ONE with the five senses of the body and thus were transferred from the imperishable things of an eternal realm to the perishable things of a dying world. The soul became darkened in its intuitive aspects as it was drawn away from REVELATION KNOWLEDGE received from the spirit and received its impressions from the bodily senses. The soul forsook the SPIRIT OF THE WORD for the LETTER OF THE WORD, it abandoned the SPIRIT OF TRUTH for the outward FORM OF TRUTH, it deserted REALITY for RITUAL, and now served the CREATURE rather than the CREATOR.
The soul died to the eternal and incorruptible things of the Spirit of God to become alive to the worldly things of the spirit of this passing age; dead to the Spirit of holiness and alive to dirty mindedness, immortality, uncontrolled passion, self-seeking, evil desire, pride, worldly wisdom, lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, abominable idolatries, witchcraft, contentions and strife (I Pet. 4:3; Col. 3:8; Gal. 5:19-21). In receiving the testimony of the five senses of the body, the soul was lowered into that lesser realm. Entering into an adulterous union with the flesh, the soul became DIVORCED FROM THE SPIRIT, was MARRIED TO THE BODY, thus BECOMING THE SOUL (WIFE) OF THE BODY rather than the soul of the spirit! Soul and body are now ONE FLESH - and "flesh" is ALL THEY ARE!
GOD IS THE FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS
There is coming a glad and wonderful day when spirit and soul shall be unified again into true oneness, restored to that realm which Adam and Eve knew in the Garden. United in one they shall once more rule in splendor and authority over the body and the bodily manifestations will again become the expression of the image of God unto the physical creation. This is already blessed reality to many, in the measure that His redeeming and transforming power has been experienced.
It takes the SPIRIT OF GOD within our life to awaken us out of sleep and work the necessary transformation. This is quite a process, for far too long our minds have been given over to the flesh, to be "dominated by the very spirit of this age of this world system." But we shall be "transformed by the renewing of our mind" (Rom. 12:2) until the soul and the spirit become one, to rule over the body, a NEW CREATION. When man, responding to the call of the Spirit, is willing to acknowledge the LORD as his HEAD, and seeks to be led of the Spirit in all his ways, "casting down imaginations (carnal reasoning's), and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (II Cor. 10:5), then there is a spiritual development of the new creature within.
This brings us to a very important thought. Not only did the soul fall, being joined to the body as the soul of the body, but the spirit followed the soul into transgression and died. This is why there must be a SECOND BIRTH - for the first birth resulted in a MISCARRIAGE. When Adam (spirit) was born as a Son, he was an ABORTED SON - immature - an unripe fruit. In order then to come into that fullness and permanency of Sonship life, we must RETURN AGAIN TO THE WOMB (of God) and be born out again, this time FULLY DEVELOPED. That is why Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again...he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be BORN AGAIN" (Jn. 3:3-7). And that is also why the Greek indicates that the manchild of Revelation 12 is born a FULLY DEVELOPED MAN. The first birth produced an ABORTED CHILD - the SECOND BIRTH produces a FULLY DEVELOPED SON!
The spirit of the unregenerated man is DEAD, and is therefore UNRESPONSIVE to that sphere from which man fell, which is the sphere of life in the Kingdom of God. The natural man is a lamp that is not lit, lacking the essence-life of God. A fallen man, dead as he is in spirit, can only live by the corrupted soul of the body realm. But we who have been begotten again from above have a quickened spirit, are made alive to that higher dimension, and can live by the spirit. God has quickened us so that we can return to the spirit and live by the spirit.
The reverent heart is made to wonder at the unmistakable simplicity of the ways of God. Long centuries ago the apostle penned these meaningful words, "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?" (Heb. 12:9). This verse tells us that GOD is the FATHER OF OUR SPIRITS! Ah, He is not the father of your empty religious rituals and static creeds; He is not the father of your denomination; He is not the father of your flesh; He is not the father of your carnal mind and all your outward activities. You can never meet God in any of those realms - He is not there. God is the God of your spirit, you must be in your spirit to be with God and touch God. Today I am sitting in my office in El Paso, Texas. If you go to Dallas you will miss me. If you go on any other street, you will miss me. If you stand outside my house on the street corner, you will miss me. You must come to the door and enter my dwelling to be where I am and know me. God is the God of our spirits! We all need to turn to the spirit. From thence is the fountain of all life!
THE SOUL OF GOD
Beloved reader of these lines, ponder, if you will this solemn inquiry: Has the Holy Spirit ever revealed to you the SOUL OF GOD? Have you even considered that the God who lives in your spirit HAS A SOUL? Here we must ask the Lord to lift the hidden things from before our understanding and reveal the things that since the world began have been kept secret. Listen to the words of the Lord as He presses this golden truth home to the heart of the prophet Jeremiah: "Yea, I will rejoice over them (His people) to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with My whole heart and with MY WHOLE SOUL" (Jer. 32:41). Notice that God speaks of HIS SOUL and says that He will REJOICE with His SOUL. Rejoicing is an emotion. Emotion is a part of the soul. If we were to say God has no sol, we would say that God has no emotions! In this verse God reveals that He has both emotions and a soul. Again, "Your new moons and your appointed feasts MY SOUL HATETH: they are a trouble unto Me, I am weary to bear them" (Isa. 1:14). Is hatred an emotion? Is emotion a part of the soul? Certainly! Does God have hatred for anything? Does not God therefore have a soul? The Lord Himself declares that He does! "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, MY SOUL shall have no pleasure in him" (Heb. 10:38). See also Jer. 6:8 and 9:9.
Mind is a function of the soul. Does God have a mind? "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! For who hath known the MIND OF THE LORD? or who hath been His counsellor?" (Rom. 11:33-34). If we say God has no soul, we say that God has no mind! The will is a part of the soul. Does God have a will? "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect WILL OF GOD" (Rom. 12:2). "I delight to do THY WILL, O my God" (Ps. 40:8). God has desire, therefore He has a soul. God has affection, and so it is clear that He has a soul. Scripture could be piled upon Scripture, but I do not have the ability to make this truth any plainer than the Lord Himself has made it in the prophecy of Isaiah where the Spirit declares, "Behold My servant, whom I have chosen; My beloved, in whom MY SOUL IS WELL PLEASED: I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall show judgement unto the Gentiles" (Mat. 12:18). All the fruits of the Spirit are manifestations of the soul of God: "...love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" (Gal. 5:22-23).
When he that readeth can grasp the truth we have shared in the previous article on this subject, that God bears within Himself both the characteristics of male and female, then he can better understand that God is SPIRIT, masculine, and also SOUL, feminine. As YAHWEH, the "self existent One," He is masculine, having life in Himself. But as EL SHADDAI, the "Breasted One," He is feminine, the pourer and shedder forth of life as a woman bears her child and then feeds and sustains it with the milk from her breast. God as SPIRIT is the divine being, omnipotent, omniscient, complete within Himself. God as SOUL is divine expression, God revealed, manifested, giving out of His own life as He begets His Sons and Daughters and feeds and sustains them with the "milk" of His Word from His own bosom.
Would God that all the saints might see not only that God has a soul, but that "He that is joined unto the Lord IS ONE SPIRIT" (I Cor. 6:17). The soul of God is rooted in the Spirit of God, whereas the soul of man is rooted in human flesh. The soul of God is the outward expression of divine nature, while the soul of man is the outward visible expression of carnal nature of his flesh. A correct knowledge of this sublime truth will enlighten the eyes of our understanding to see that when a man receives into his spirit the Spirit of God, HE IS ALSO MADE A PARTAKER OF THE SOUL OF GOD. As the wonder and majesty of this truth breaks upon our consciousness we will find it impossible to separate between the Spirit of God and the soul of God, or between the Spirit of God and the spirit of the regenerated child of God, or yet between the soul of God and the soul of the NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST JESUS!
For many years my prayer has been that God would put HIS thoughts, HIS understanding, HIS will, and HIS wisdom into MY mind. My prayers has been that He would somehow transform MY emotions, MY desires, and MY affections that they might become like HIS. Good as such a prayer as this may be, it is no longer the prayer that fills my heart. Paul told us of something higher far when he said, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5). Good as it is that God would stoop to put His thoughts in the human mind, let it be known to all who partake of His Spirit that He has purposed something greater far when He told us that, as His children, we could know the unspeakable wonder of HIS MIND DWELLING IN US. Those in whom the mind of Christ is permitted to dwell will discover that they are thinking in the Spirit, yea, thinking with the mind of Christ. Because a NEW MIND is born within them, it need not be amazing that understanding like unto that of the Most High should be continually with them. The mind of the Most High dwelleth IN THEM. The SOUL of the Most High becomes truly THEIR SOUL as the Spirit of God becomes the life of their spirit. And while I prayed that MY emotions, My desires, MY will, and MY affections might somehow be transformed to become like His, the Spirit of the Most High one gladsome day whispered gently into my inquiring heart this wonderful message, "Strip yourself of your former nature - put off and discard your old unrenewed self - which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; and be constantly renewed in the SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND...and put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God's image, Godlike in true righteousness and holiness" (Eph. 4:22-24, Amplified).
THE GREAT "EXCHANGE"!
With this exhortation fresh upon our minds let us meditate briefly upon the difference between the TWO SOULS - our soul and God's soul. I Cor. 2:14 says, "The SOULISH (Gr: "psuchikos" - soulish) man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God...and he cannot know them." These words speak clearly and thoroughly concerning the condition of the human soul as to the things of the Spirit of God. The soul "receiveth not" the things of the Spirit of God and "cannot know them." The soul does not desire the things of the Spirit of God, nor can it receive them; even if it wants to receive them, it CANNOT, because it cannot know or understand them. The nature of the human soul is not in accord with the things of the Spirit of God; therefore it neither wants nor receives the things of God. Moreover, it also has no ability to know the things of God. Therefore, as to things of the Spirit of God, a man living by the soul has no feeling, no interest, no desire; neither does he seek them, receive them, or even understand them. For this reason God must deliver us from the human soul so that we do not live by the soul!
This means an EXCHANGE - we must PUT OFF the human soul and PUT ON the soul of God residing in our regenerated spirit. We have been regenerated in our spirit, but now there is a problem with the soul. Our spirit has been reborn and regenerated with Christ as life by the Holy Spirit, but what about our soul? What about our mind, will, emotion, desire, and affection? In our spirit we are entirely different from the people of the world, but in our soul we are still exactly the same! Regeneration has been accomplished in our spirit, but after regeneration, there must be a dealing with the soul, for the newly regenerated man is TWO-SOULED, being that DOUBLE MINDED man who is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). To be double minded is to actually possess two minds. Two minds necessitates two souls. The two minds are presented in Rom. 8:6: "Now the mind of the flesh is death...but the mind of the Spirit is life and SOUL-PEACE both now and forever" (Rom. 8:6, Amplified). This verse should prove to any open mind that the MIND OF THE SPIRIT is in the SOUL OF GOD. There are TWO KINDS of manifestations of MIND: one from the spirit, the other from the flesh. There are likewise two wills, and two sets of emotions, desires, and affections. So then, when a man is first regenerated he has TWO SOULS! He is the DOUBLE MINDED, TWO-SOULED MAN!
In the first study on this subject we pointed out that in the realm of imperfection and duplicity, as a result of the fall, the husband is given headship over the wife. The voice of God announced the terrible sentence to mother Eve, "And thy desire shall be to thy husband, and HE SHALL RULE OVER THEE" (Gen. 3:16). "Thy desire (soul) shall be to thy husband" should be better translated, "Thy desire shall be SUBJECT to thy husband," that is, thy desire shall be subjected to the WILL AND PLEASURE OF THY HUSBAND. One ancient translation reads, "The direction of thee shall be with thy husband." "... and he shall RULE OVER thee." Another version says, "...and he will DOMINATE you!" Spiritually, this means that as long as we walk in imperfection and duplicity, being two-souled, THE SPIRIT IS GIVEN HEADSHIP AND DOMINION OVER THE SOUL. The soul is commanded to be under obedience and is to be subjected under the authority of the spirit. Ah, but the headship of the man over the woman was never part of God's original order in the heavenly realm of the Kingdom of God in Eden where man and woman walked and reigned together in the mind of Christ. There, in the glistering glory of that celestial realm, Eve was in no way subordinate to Adam, for the TWO WERE ONE. In God's grand and glorious plan, when redemption is complete, fully inworked into our lives, and all duplicity is swallowed up, man and woman, male and female, SPIRIT AND SOUL shall both be so quickened by the Spirit that in the pure nature and holy mind of Christ the two shall again BE ONE. SUBMISSION shall have been swallowed up in UNITY!
Armed with the understanding that Adam represents the SPIRIT and Eve represents the SOUL, can we not see that after a man is regenerated in his spirit, while yet he lives in a state of duplicity, "the flesh warring against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh," the divine order for this man is THE HEADSHIP OF THE SPIRIT OVER THE SOUL.
In his third anointing (II Sam. 5:3), David became king over all Israel. But between his second and third anointing, we read, "There was a long was between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker" (II Sam. 3:1). The house of Saul stands in type for the realm of the human soul minding the flesh, while the house of David stands for the minding of the spirit. There is a LONG WAS, often waged hot and furious, before we no longer mind the flesh, and are totally given over to the minding of the things of the Spirit. Praise God, it does read that the one realm gets steadily weaker, while the other waxes stronger and stronger. We are to be "changed into the same image FROM GLORY TO GLORY, even as by the Spirit of the Lord!"
The story is told of a young boy who, on a certain occasion, was walking with his father through the streets of Manchester, England. His attention was suddenly drawn to a man standing before the door of a building, announcing loudly, "Come in, ladies and gentlemen, and see the great American Pig." Having his curiousity aroused, he paid his penny and entered the building. There, sure enough, was an amazing pig performing feats and giving evidence of an intelligence no pig had ever exhibited before. At the command of his trainer, he would pick out, from the alphabet lying on the floor, the letters "G-O-O-D P-I-G". He would also walk on his hind legs and shake hinds with those who stepped up to greet him. This pig had been washed and scrubbed until he was perfectly clean and he was dressed in a beautiful garment. Of course, he commanded the highest admiration and no one could deny that he was well-educated and well-behaved in every respect. But in spite of his remarkable culture and his attractive appearance, HE WAS STILL A PIG - better off, perhaps, than most other pigs - and yet, after all, only a pig and by nature a pig to remain, however advanced his learning. Put him back in the pig pen and he will again wallow with all the other pig!
Ah, I do not hesitate to tell you, beloved, that the great American Pig is a perfect picture of the human soul! Good that it can be commanded by the spirit, wonderful that it can be kept in check and made to behave very respectably, great that its offensive nature can be subdued and it can be trained to put on a very fine act, but forget not for one moment that in spite of its "righteous" or "religious" appearance, it is still the Pig! Oh yes, the human soul can be suppressed, subdued, brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. It can be taken to the meeting where a religious atmosphere is created by a man at the pulpit, with a forceful personality he tells you to stand up, clap your hands, sing, raise your hands, praise the Lord, etc. Your soul obeys. There is nothing wrong with standing up, clapping the hands, singing, raising the hands and praising the Lord. There is nothing wrong with religious activities, good works, good behaviour, etc. The real issue, however, is the SOURCE of these things. Are they a spontaneous outflow of HIS LIFE from within because of a deep moving of the Spirit of God within our spirit, or are they actions of the subjected soul? Ah, better that the soul "behaves" than that it misbehaves! Better that it sings the songs of Zion, than the perverted music of the world. Better that it does good, instead of bad. The headship of the spirit is designed to control the conduct of the pig (soul) for a season, but God ultimately is not after the headship of the spirit over the soul, rather, God has purposed to unify the two again into TRUE ONENESS. Soul and spirit shall be joined in one - one in mind, will, emotion, desire and affection - a marriage to be celebrated indeed!
The allegory of lover and beloved, bride and groom, union of marriage, gives to us one of the best examples of the ONENESS which we desire to share with the Christ, and which we desire in our own selves, the union of soul and spirit. We are weary of the realm of duality. We are tired of speaking in tongues one minute and flying off the handle the next. From the time when Christ came into our lives we have battled this dualness. Our mind often pulled to the direction of the flesh, our spirit yearning after that life from above which alone would satisfy. And to quote it once again, "There has been a LONG WAR between the house of Saul (type of the flesh) and the house of David (type of the spirit)." Thank God, the Spirit of Christ within is gaining the ascendancy as the soul becomes more and more subdued. But the prayer remains, "that they all may BE ONE..." (Jn. 17:21).
Now the question arises: WHICH soul is to know this blessed oneness with the spirit - OUR SOUL, or GOD'S SOUL? Certainly not our soul, for we are exhorted to "lose" our soul. In Mat. 16:24-25 the Greek word for "life" is the same word for "soul." "Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever shall save his soul shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his soul for My sake shall find it." Four things are emphasized: first, "deny himself;" second, "take up his cross;" next, "follow ME;" and finally, "lose HIS SOUL." We are not to cross out others and put others on the cross, but put our own soul on the cross. If any man will follow Christ, he must first deny his soulish life, then put his soulish life on the cross, and finally, LOSE IT by death! When the soul has been put to death, only the SOUL OF GOD IN THE SPIRIT remains! You see, the spirit is designed to rule over the human soul only long enough to complete the warfare victoriously - as we then learn to walk only and wholly in the soul of God in the spirit the marriage takes place, SPIRIT AND SOUL ARE JOINED ETERNALLY in the blessedness of the ONENESS OF HIS LIFE.
There were no mistakes in Eden. Every detail was in harmony with a master plan for the working out of an eternal purpose. The only bride Adam had was the one "taken out" of his own inner life. The anti-type of this is that the only SOUL that can ever be adorned as a bride to be joined to the bridegroom, the realm of the SPIRIT, is the soul which is rooted in the spirit - HIS SOUL, not ours! It must be the woman, the wife, the soul taken from the spirit of the SECOND BIRTH, not the fallen, adulterous soul of the first Adam! His (God's) must be PUT ON, while ours must be PUT OFF. "Whosoever loseth his soul shall find it," Jesus said. It is not the human soul that is "saved," but the realm of the soul. After losing "yours" you gain "His," thus the possession of the faculty of soul is preserved so that you do not become "soul-less"!
Jesus is the pattern. Jesus said, "I lay down my life (Gr: soul) that I may take it again...I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again..." (Jn. 10:17-18). The word POWER used here literally means "the right, the privilege," while the word LIFE is "psuche" on the Greek, meaning the SOUL, the soul realm with its mind, will, emotion, desire, and affection. Thus, to use Jesus' words, "I HAVE THE RIGHT TO LAY DOWN MY OWN SOUL-LIFE, die out to all the flesh appeal which would bring me into bondage to the world's system; and I HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE UP MY SOUL-LIFE IN A HIGHER SPHERE OF THE SPIRIT." The end of this is, "Not my will, but THINE be done" (Lk. 22:42).
In the process of being joined to the Lord as one spirit, is the process of putting on His soul, so that there are not two wills, His will and our individual will, and not just our will SUBMITTED to His will, but ONLY HIS WILL! Not two minds, nor two sets of emotions, desires, and affections, and not ours SUBMITTED to His, but, thank God! only HIS. In the marriage union of spirit and soul there is one new creature, Christ, with one mind, one will, one emotion. Blessed union! It is not His mind controlling our mind, but it is our possessing HIS mind. This is CHRIST IN YOU the hope of glory. It is more than just a "fill me" with more of God, but a being swallowed up into Him, that henceforth it is "no longer I, but CHRIST liveth in me" (Gal. 2:20). This is what we are yearning for - that we might have a constant outflow of our true inner nature. As Paul wrote, "Stop assuming an outward expression that does not come from within you and is not representative of what you are in your inner being but is patterned after this age; but change your outward expression to one that comes from within and is representative of your inner being..." (Rom. 12:2, Wuest).
How can this change be wrought? Permit me to share with you some precious words of exhortation penned almost a decade ago by a brother whom I now quote: "The same trust and the same faith that brings salvation to the believing heart is that which also brings every other blessing of redemption into the believer's life. O how often men have said to me, 'I am praying that God will give me the mind of Christ.' Frankly, my brother, I do not think you should pray that way. As Christ offers justification from all sin, free of charge, without money and without price, saying to all who seek, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved," even so now He says by the Holy Ghost, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus' (Phil. 2:5). Consider the significance of this word LET, for the Spirit says, 'LET this mind be in you.' While the Christian in his traditional unbelief is begging God to give him the mind of Christ, the Lord is asking him to accept it. He is saying, 'LET THIS MIND be in you.' The only way I can receive a gift is to reach out my hand and take it. The only way to receive the mind of Christ is to believe that, when Christ gave me Himself, He also gave me His mind, and now, by my faith in such utter completeness, I LET that mind become operative in me. Believing that the MIND OF CHRIST dwells in me, I can now attain much through prayer, as I seek to have no mind of my own, casting down every human imagination to bring every thought into obedience to the mind of Christ.
"I am well aware that, since I have said these things, many carnal men with carnal minds, will boldly proclaim that they have the mind of Christ; but give neither attention nor heed to them, for I say through the grace given unto me that men who walk in the glory and light of the mind of Christ will never be found sounding a trumpet before them. They will rather walk in humility and in the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit."
From earth's teeming millions of all ages there is a people rising in the image of Christ. There is a nation rising in the earth who is seeking ONLY THE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. There is a people rising from the dust of the earth-realm to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Though they live on the earth and walk in bodies of clay and dwell among men, they are strangers and foreigners in the earth, for their true citizenship is in the heavenlies. Here they have no continuing city, but are being built up as living stones in that glorious city which comes down from God out of heaven. Because they are strangers in the earth, they never FEEL AT HOME with its inhabitants. Their speech does not agree with the accent of those who are of the earth earthy. Because they are foreigners, they are pilgrims. Therefore they pause not to build mansions and monuments to acclaimed by this world system, but daily pitch their tent toward that better country.
These blessed ones are the Sons and Daughters of the Most High. Prefigured by Adam and Eve in Eden, these are the PERFECT MAN, male and female, spirit and soul, the image of God, to whom is given dominion over all things. These are rising from the confusion of religious Babylon, returning from the far country of sin and self, to be united again as one in the Spirit of God. These shall rule and reign gloriously, first over the domain of their own individual "earth," and in due time over all the endless vastnesses of infinity forever! Dearly beloved brethren, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us and, forsaking all else, cleave only to Him. The marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready!
J. PRESTON EBY
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