Genesis Chapter 1

 

Verse to Verse Study of Genesis Chapter 1

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Genesis 1 Verse 7 – Conclusion

General Comments:

The Old Testament (The Torah and all other Hebrew scripture) is enough for the Jews who adhere solely to Moses laws.

For those of us, Jews and Gentiles, who knew Christ and confessed him as our Lord and saviour, the New Testament is in a constant dialogue with the Old Testament, to clarify, analyse, address or sometimes to replace as prophesied by Jeremiah 31:31-34; and 32:40;  Isaiah 42:6; and 54:10; and finally by Ezekiel 37:26.

For the New Testament’s most prominent writers, the creation is not an uncharacteristic or accidental act of God, separate from his own nature.  According to Paul (and less directly expressed by John), the creation is very much to do with who God is.

Acts 17:27-28 that “they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

Also John 5:26 said:
For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;

 

Acts 17:25

nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;”

If the statement made in Acts 17 -28  is to be taken as it is, in the context laid by verse 27 and the verses that preceded it, then it would have serious implications on the way one has to read and understand Genesis chapter 1.

If humanity lives inside of God on a physical level, how should one interpret the story of the creation, especially that the Spirit of God was depicted to be roaming freely within the space frame of the world/universe?

The first honest answer is that we don’t know for sure and that we will never know hundred per cent the truth because we don’t have the brain capacity and the required intelligence to understand fully all the secrets and mysteries of God.  We are mere specs of dust, and what could specs of dust know outside their realm of existence if they have ever been endowed with a conscious mind and a type of self-realisation?

The second speculative answer is that God is the total sum of everything or the total sum of all living things.  The word ‘living’ here does not convey the scientific meaning of life, but the spiritual one.

Mark 12:27 “He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye, therefore, do greatly err.”

Luke 20:38:

For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Matthew 26:63

But Jesus kept silent And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God.”

1 Timothy 3:15

but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”

Hebrews 3:12

Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.”

Hebrews 12:22

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,”

Jeremiah 10:10

But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God

Jeremiah 23:36

For you will no longer remember the oracle of the LORD, because every man’s own word will become the oracle, and you have perverted the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God.”

Deuteronomy 5:26

“‘For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living God

Joshua 3:10

Joshua said, “By this you shall know that the living God is among you,”

And the list of references goes on.

The understanding that Jehovah Jireh; the I Am, is himself the living God or God of the living, has been established a long time ago by the patriarchs of the Old Testament.

This understanding comes as a contrast of a then dominant belief system which worshipped many Deities, some of whom were evil beings who governed the realm of the dead.

Due to the Judaistic and Christian endeavour to emphasise the importance of worshipping the Living God alone, confusion was born about the identity of the Enemy and the essence of evil.

In an attempt to annihilate a Theistic worldview, all the focus was put on the identity of the God who deserved to be worshipped and on creating a special relationship between him and us. This was necessary for a long time, and maybe continue to be necessary, to the present day, as people’s natural fear of the evil realm can drive them to worship it.

So, what does all this mean?

This means that in a sense,  Johova, Jireh, the I Am, was not the only God there was, in the absolute sense.

The evil dominion; the realm of darkness and death, has pre-existed consciousness or co-existed with it from the beginning. This entails a recognition that there are two realms; one is dead and the other is living.

The meaning of death in a spiritual sense is different from the worldly meaning. Death does not mean the cessation of movement, thought, intelligence or even the most superficial conscious realisation of things, which how the majority of us define it to be.

In a spiritual sense, death is evil and evil equals death. This entails that death is the absence of good. It is primarily the absence of true consciousness; the only mind-state that can lead to the realisation that evil is fundamentally based on sheer ignorance and the abject absence of love. Therefore, the kingdom of evil is fundamentally based on unconscious ignorance of the Truth; which means based on the absolute darkness of mind and heart.

So, what is this Truth that only true consciousness, enlightenment and understanding of its meaning can bring the dead to life?  It is the truth behind altruistic love, which is the mystery of all mysteries.

Jehova Jireh, the I Am, Elohim and the Christ is this true conscious power that understood everything and that created the ultimate solution to combat the existence of evil; which is the love-sacrifice, and the sacrifice of love.

This enlightened realisation is God who is Perfect Wisdom. He came to bring forth Perfect Love; the Christ, the solution for evil.

So, Perfect Love came from him. He was always in him; his firstborn and only true Son. Christ, then, is the Son of this wisdom; He is the sacrificial love that Perfect Wisdom brought forth. Christ is Jehova’s only solution for evil.

Perfect Wisdom also became the Father of all true living entities, of the realm of perfect consciousness; of Heaven.

This is why Johova saw himself as the only God, because He is the only living God. He is the only wise God. He is the only Good God. He is the only loving God. He is the only conscious God, in the sense that consciousness means enlightenment; means knowledge of the absolute truth. He is the only Holy God, who is perfect and without sin. Therefore, He is the only God who deserves to be worshipped.

The creation of this physical reality was not the first act of God but it may be the first act within an intricate and long salvation plan!

The Wisdom and Holiness of God which led to his unlimited altruistic love for all things, drove his spirit to move away from his heavenly, peaceful state to embrace the kingdom of death itself. The conqueror, the Lion of Judah came from on high to sew the seed of life in a barren realm.  He formed something alive out of the nothingness of death. He gave up from himself; his breath, to expand his authority through a broken Kingdom that was torn by hate and submerged in the deep waters of dark ignorance. He fashioned all living things out of a non-living, evil matter.

God breathed the breath of life into the body of death. So, does this mean that the creation was made out of God?

Jesus said to the Pharisees in John 8: 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me… 38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with YOUR father.”39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham... Abraham did not do this. 41 You do the deeds of YOUR father.”

Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.”

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me... 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it

Jesus explains plainly in this chapter the identity of the devil and his offspring; the Pharisees. It is very interesting that Jesus said the devil was there from the beginning. He was never created and was never good as some theologians state. He was always there, outside of time, but also outside of life. He was always dead and evil. However, although dead, he didn’t exist as a singular point in time and space. He was an extended realm of intelligent form.

Even on a physical level, intelligent forms don’t all have to have a biological living status. Take viruses for example. They have not what it takes to make them described as living entities. However, they behave as such.

An American scientific magazine said this about them:” It is easy to see why viruses have been difficult to pigeonhole. They seem to vary with each lens applied to examine them. The initial interest in viruses stemmed from their association with diseases… ” In the late 19th century researchers realized that certain diseases, including rabies and foot-and-mouth, were caused by particles that seemed to behave like bacteria but were much smaller. Because they were clearly biological themselves and could be spread from one victim to another with obvious biological effects, viruses were then thought to be the simplest of all living, gene-bearing life-forms. Their demotion to inert chemicals came after 1935, when Wendell M. Stanley and his colleagues, at what is now the Rockefeller University in New York City, crystallized a virus— tobacco mosaic virus—for the first time. They saw that it consisted of a package of complex biochemicals. But it lacked essential systems necessary for metabolic functions, the biochemical activity of life. Stanley shared the 1946 Nobel Prize— in chemistry, not in physiology or medicine—for this work.”

Going back to my initial question; does the breath of life in humanity means that God is the only creator of this race?

The answer is yes and no. Yes, God is the ultimate creator of the life force in this realm, and humanity is the by-product of the breath of life filling dead matter.

However, this does not mean that God is the only Father/source of this creation. God’s creation is a testimony of warfare in each and every single one of us. We are the by-product of a war; light invading darkness, good trying to control evil, life overcoming death. However, as it happens in all wars, there are small battles won and others lost.  The breath of life that God breathed in Adam and was carried by all his offspring is the spirit of the person that fights for the Good God, trying to win the person-host into a full salvation and freedom from evil. Unfortunately, the spirit of God that dwells inside people is not always successful because of their material, dark essence; the natural home of the demonic. The spirit breathed by God will only fight to a certain extent within the individual before the person is abandoned to their own evil nature that is controlling them.

Examples of this, in Romans 1:24: “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.”

Even more so, in 1 Corinthians 5, Paul ordains the church to pray evil against the physical body of the unrepentant, so that his spirit may be saved: “In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”  Of course, the deliverance here does not mean to torture the body of the sinner or cause him physical harm, but to pray for this to happen in spirit, so that the power of evil that the unrepentant sinner carries within, strikes his own physical body. When the sinner is plagued with disease, this may distract him from sin and may even bring him to repentance, hence the salvation of the spirit.  Of course, this was only advised, I believe, in the case of big, stubborn sins which cannot be remedied such as incest and murder.

So, if God the creator of life, is not the Father of all, as confirmed in John 8, how can we all live in him?

By creating the earth and the universe, God has not only created consciousness in this world but throughout the universe too. God who is a spirit created a physical body to be his own.

In the first instance, God separated between light and darkness and He submitted darkness to the authority of the light. The body of Christ was perfect. Every single spec of mater was to submit to the authority of the Living One. God’s love endures forever.

So, although God who is spirit created the world, Paul says that everything was in him. This strengthens the conclusion that everything God has made was to become his own physical body, submitted directly to his own spiritual authority. This should be true for every single sub-creation including ours. When God breathed the breath of life, his spirit permeated throughout the physical realm and was sewn into the fabric of matter.  The spirit that was breathed by God was to be the crown of salvation for each and every form of life, in this realm. Humanity is one form that reflects the image of God, thus reflects his spiritual truth and his authority over a body of matter.

This is the only way I could see it possible for me to be in God and for God to be in me at the same time.

Furthermore,  John 5:25-26 said that what was true for God, was also true for Christ.
25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself.

 

Within the conscious marriage between the physical and the spiritual which is governed by the Perfect Wisdom of the Holy One, a new realm was created to home those who will be governed by the sacrificial love of Christ. This is a Son (child) Kingdom within the Father (source) realm.

Ephesians 2:22 also says: “in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”

If the Father’s realm is only governed by the knowledge of the Wisdom of God; the knowledge of the law, of righteousness, of purity, etc, then the Son (child) kingdom within this realm is also governed by the sacrificial altruistic Love and Grace; by Christ himself.

Living within the realm of God the Father requires a perfect knowledge of the law and complete obedience to it or repentance. Within this realm of perfect righteousness, a different child Kingdom emerges. It’s a kingdom where sacrificial love takes over the mere knowledge of the law. In this Kingdom, citizens are not only expected to do the right thing, but they are also expected to reflect the nature of Christ, the Saviour, who gave himself as a living sacrifice to whoever accepted the invitation to become a citizen of this Kingdom, a Child of God.

The Kingdom of Christ is not the Kingdom of easy living, as we all believed when we first received the invitation to become his followers. Christ does not expect us to always receive, but never to mature enough and grow to reflect his own image.  When we first receive Christ, we start by bathing in this pool of water. It is the symbol of the love and grace that He pours on us.  Being submerged in his love and grace will lead us to purity and right doing over time.  It will also lead us into maturity and into the right understanding. Once this takes place, then we are expected to begin reflecting the true likeness of Him who saved us.  We are expected to begin loving sacrificially and selflessly, paying a hefty price for our love, not because it is an adoption requirement, but because if we were filled by true sacrificial love, this will lead us to pour out ourselves for others without resenting the cost.  This shift in the spiritual state of the believer; from the righteousness of the law to self-sacrifice, is the peak of the spiritual journey and only attempted by few. Thus there is no time limit in which the believer is required to make the transit.

Are the Father and the Son different?

The Father and the Son are One in essence. They are not one in a metaphoric sense but in a full sense. They were not two different entities, to begin with, then they merged to become one or that they were unified by love. God the Father and God the Son are the same one God.

The Father in his Perfect Wisdom is also the Christ in his sacrificial love, but He could not show this latter side of him from the beginning because this would be almost impossible for the majority to grasp or follow, and God’s primary concern is salvation ahead of absolute enlightenment and perfection.  The realm of the law is easier to adhere to than the realm of sacrificial love. The law only requires to love God (the source) and to obey his commands or repent.   It did not require the perfection of the heart. It did not require the death/circumcision of the Self; the ego, for the benefit of others. This would have been impossible for anyone to follow in the historical period that preceded Jesus.

The Christ was also called the Son due to the fact that this spiritual state of being (the sacrificial love) emerged from a wider state of being characterized by Perfect Wisdom. Perfect Wisdom did not precede Sacrificial Love in the time of its existence. It only preceded in the time if its manifestation vis-á-vis to humanity.  Christ is the sacrificial aspect of God himself. He was there from the beginning in/with God. He emerged later on as a side Kingdom within the bigger realm of the Perfect Wisdom. A child Kingdom was formed to focus on this aspect of God; on his sacrificial love more than his righteousness, although requiring righteousness indirectly as a pre-requisite. Righteousness on its own no longer pleased God as it did not reflect his holy nature.  Pure, sacrificial love became the main unspoken requirement in the new covenant.

In plain English, Christ means the sacrificial love that God always had in him.  The revelation of this aspect of God required a certain extent of enlightenment in the human soul to receive it. So, it was postponed until the time it became suitable for God to show this aspect of him, which could also be a requirement for salvation at the same time. The Christ emerged from this state of being; even brighter Son of dawn.

The only illustration that may describe this relationship in financial terms is a parent organisation that gives birth to a child organisation; the two organisations are in essence one, but the child organisation emerged due to a strategic shift aiming to focus more on the parent organisation’s most fundamental aspect.

Are Jesus and Christ the same?

This is a very serious question, for if the answer was yes, this would mean that Jesus was Jehova Jireh, the I Am, and God the Father himself. This is because God the Father and Christ the Son are two sides of the same token.

If the answer was no, this would question our complete obedience to him and cast a lot of shadows on what He said about himself.

The truth is more intricate than to provide a yes or no answer.

To begin with, let’s start by talking about the son of man; Jesus, the son of Joseph; Yahshua Ben Yousef, the carpenter. This formal status of his identity as the son of man sets up his limitations. If we perceive him to be conceived of a man and/or of a woman, then this sets his limitation. A man made out of evil matter, in essence, becomes the permanent temple of the Holy Spirit of God who was the essence of Perfect Wisdom and of true life and who is limitless, boundless and timeless.

If God chose to live in a weak, imperfect human body to show his glorious victory over sin, then this would only give Jesus the honour of being the temple of Christ.  Jesus, therefore, should never be worshipped apart from his status as being the temple of the Christ during the time of his ministry.

But is this true? Was Jesus conceived of man; be it male or female?

What does the New Testament say about Jesus relationship to Mary?

And what does Jesus say about this matter?

 

In Matthew 1: 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1: “31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.”

 

Now, looking at the dramatic events that preceded Jesus birth, there was nothing there to hint that Joseph was by any means less worthy than Mary to parent Jesus, biologically.  Quite the contrary, apart from the fact that Joseph was a man of integrity, displaying a great wisdom and humility in dealing with the issue of Mary’s pregnancy, apart from this, he was also a descendant of King David, and through him, Jesus became the fulfilment of God’s promise to King David, and to the latter’s own prophecies.

In which case, why would God not want Joseph; out of the two parents, to be the biological Father of Jesus Christ?

The Bible does not provide any clear answers and biblical interpretations long assumed that Jesus was conceived by Mary and the Holy Spirit.

It is very likely that the reason why God did not want Joseph to be the biological father, is the fact that he did not want Jesus to be an earthly being, conceived of an ordinary matter.

The only issue in this interpretation is having a human mother. However, the Bible never said that Mary’s egg was used. The Bible only said that the baby will be made by the Holy Spirit.

Reflecting back at the Biblical description of what was going to happen in Mary’s womb in Luke 1, there was no evidence that her egg was used to contribute to making the foetus.  The only evidence was that she was to carry the fetus in her womb.

 

This does not mean that the Holy Spirit was to interfere with Mary’s sexual organs the way a husband would interfere with his wife.

It is more likely that the Holy Spirit’s interference was in the fact that He created a fetus from a source that resembled matter, though was not made of an earthly matter. It is in fact very likely that Jesus was created exactly like Adam before the fall.

Once the creation was made, an angelic being might have assumed the role of a doctor, injecting Mary’s womb with the embryos, so that he may be carried in a womb like a human baby, for the rest of the pregnancy.

Basically, Mary could have had an uncalled for IVF treatment. This is what one of the Fertility Clinics say about this procedure:

IVF or ‘in-vitro’ treatment means ‘in glass’, which is where the term ‘test tube baby’ originates. However, no test tubes are actually involved in the process. It seems deceptively simple to mix sperm and eggs together until the eggs are fertilised, but it requires closely controlled laboratory conditions and skilled embryologists to maintain. Once the eggs are fertilised, the embryos are then carefully incubated and the best candidates are selected for transfer into the womb a few days later. Once the resulting embryos have grown and developed in-vitro, under the supervision of the embryologist, the best 1-2 are transferred into the uterus. Ideally, the embryo then implants to become a pregnancy, … In some instances, the transfer may be left a few days later so that the embryo can reach an advanced stage of development and becomes a blastocyst. This is rare as our usual policy is to attempt IVF with embryos.”

If this is what humanity is able to do, why don’t we think God is more capable to create a being out of a heavenly substance that reflects the perfect aspects of matter, without the sinful DNA?

But why God had to use a women’s vessel to carry baby Jesus? Mary’s pregnancy was crucial to seal the link between Jesus and humanity and make him the Son of Man, who came to save the world. He is also to be grafted in David’s tree through the conception of the wife of one of his descendants in the same way Obed was grafted in Naomi’s family tree through Ruth; her daughter in law.

So, if Jesus was made in Heaven to be the vessel that carries the Spirit of the Holy One of Israel in this world, and if He was resurrected and taken back to Heaven, then He is more than just a human temple used by God.  Jesus was the fleshly body of Christ in this earth. He was the Christ on this earth and reflected God in the same way that each one of us reflects their own spirit.

Jesus, as a body, would have been created to channel all the spiritual flow of energy emanated by God.  He was a holy body reflecting the Holiness of the Spirit that dwelled in him. And although He was tempted, temptation came to him from the outside rather than from within.

 

What I talked about so far; the realm of God the Father and the Kingdom of the Son; the Christ it is meant to be on both; spiritual and physical levels.

The first spiritual dimension is God the Father who is the Perfect Wisdom and Knowlege of the Truth and his conquest of the dark realm, to bring it under his authority.

The first physical dimension is Israel getting to know the true living God and submitting to him.

The second spiritual dimension is Christ the Son who was the first born of the Perfect Wisdom of the Truth.  The Christ who, out of love, longed to suffer for the good of all, and so, needed a physical body to pay the ransom and save those who were bound by evil but longed to be freed. The Christ built his Kingdom on the physical body of Jesus; Yeshua of Nazareth. This Jesus was the manifestation of the Christ; his image on earth.  was the spiritual Father of Jesus. He was the one Jesus said of him:

In John 5: 17, (King James 2000 Bible), Jesus said about his Father:
My Father works still, and I work.”

The second physical dimension is more dangerous and shocking than the first one.

 

the establishment of the Christian Church, who is called to be the Body of Christ. It is the bride who is called to obey the Spirit of its saviour to the death of the Cross. It is a body of love who is willing to burn, be crucified and suffer for the good of a dark and evil realm because the love of her husband; the Spirit of Christ has willed her to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the Spirit of God is the spiritual side of God

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