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God’s Gift Rejected

God’s gift of holy spirit was not just the third part, the third step in making the perfect man. Yes, man was designed as a three part being, but all three parts were not equal.

According to one online chef the ingredients of the perfect omelet consists of unsalted butter, eggs, a little water or milk, cheese, and your favorite meats and veggies. But, how would that omelet taste if you removed the eggs from the recipe? Perfect man without holy spirit is an omelet without the eggs. Perhaps a silly example but it demonstrates the point that all parts are not always equal in importance.

The linchpin of man’s life is God’s gift of holy spirit. Man’s spirit was that which connected man to God intimately, in perfect union and sweet harmony. God is the source of life. From God emanates all True Knowledge, all True Wisdom, all True Understanding. 

Colossians 1:8-9
Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Without God’s gift of holy spirit, knowledge, wisdom, and understanding are limited to that which is learned by way of the senses or that which is provided by God’s Adversary, like the knowledge Adam and Eve acted upon. 

God’s gift of holy spirit is what gave perfect man his essence, his fulness, and elevated man into the kingdom of God. Without God’s gift of holy spirit man cannot understand spiritual matters.

1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The natural man is a man of body and soul only, he is a man, or woman, that is missing God’s gift of holy spirit.

When speaking with Adam, God said, if you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will surely die. Some speak of this as the seeds of death being planted since Adam does not fall over and die. Improvising with God’s Word is what Eve did and she was wrong. 

Others have said they do not understand what God said to Adam. This latter group is the more honest and they have left the door open to learn.

Genesis 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

“Thou shalt surely die” is muth muth in the Hebrew. It is the figure of speech polyptoton, the same verb used with more than one inflection. One muth is imperfect and the other is an infinitive. Therefore, the accurate translation is, in dying you shall die.

Genesis 2:17 shows us some of the importance of holy spirit to man. In dying spiritually, you will then also die physically. Our spiritual life, God’s gift of holy spirit, is the focal point to an abundant and prosperous life, both now and eternally. God’s gift of holy spirit was the most important aspect of Adam’s perfection, it was the essential key to his fulness of life.

This truth of the dual death is exemplified in the two-fold death of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 53:9
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

This is a Messianic verse, meaning it is about the Messiah. In the text the word death is plural. It is not translated that way because translators did not understand that Jesus Christ had to die spiritually before he could die physically. Just like Adam and just like you and me. 

Ephesians 2:1
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

From the moment you and I are born, we begin to die. This is what we inherited from our first father, Adam. 

Genesis 5:3
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:

Adam died spiritually in the Garden when he sinned. He has passed this on to all succeeding generations for we are in his likeness and image, we are of his bloodline. Ephesians chapter 2 explains that you and I were dead in trespasses and sins, we were spiritually dead. Because we were spiritually dead, we are also dying physically. We are walking around breathing and talking, yet there is no life in us spiritually. Without spiritual life a person cannot have fulness of life now or eternally. This condition we inherited from our father, Adam.

Jesus Christ was not of Adam’s bloodline. Therefore, he was not born in the sin of Adam. Then Jesus lived a sinless life, he never disobeyed God. Because there was no sin in him, either through birth or his actions, the Adversary had no right to lay a finger on him. 

John 14:30 
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

Other versions say it this way:

English Standard Version: I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me,

New International Version: I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me,

New English Translation: I will not speak with you much longer for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me, 

Young’s Literal Translation: I will no more talk much with you, for the ruler of this world doth come, and in me he hath nothing;

Jesus Christ was not of Adam’s bloodline and he lived his life walking with and obeying God. Therefore, Jesus was sinless, and the Adversary had no rights to Jesus. (How the Adversary got the rights to your life and mine will be handled when we study the full spectrum of the consequences of Adam’s betrayal.) 

Jesus had to choose to lay down his life, he had to sacrifice his life, no one could take it from him.

Matthew 26:53
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

This is what Jesus said at the time of his arrest when Peter thought to defend him with a sword. Jesus ALLOWED himself to be arrested. He chose to become the perfect sacrifice for all of mankind.

Then, after enduring many hours of cruel torture and beatings, Jesus ALLOWED the Adversary to nail him to a tree.

Luke 23:46
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

The word “spirit” is the Greek word pneuma and the word “ghost” is the Greek word ekpneo and should be translated breath. “Commend” is the Greek word paratithemi and could be translated, place beside you, or deposit with you.

Jesus placed or deposited his spirit alongside of God and then took his last breath. Without God’s gift of holy spirit Jesus died physically. 

The Just dying for the unjust, the innocent blood shed to cover corruption, the Lamb without spot or blemish, the sin offering to take away the sins of the world, the righteous sacrifice of Abel, the sacrifice provided by God as Abraham told Isaac, God will provide, Jehovah-jireh.

This is he that God raised out from among the dead, the same day the ark bearing Noah returned to land after the Adversary’s flood in Genesis.

Genesis 8:4
And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

The same month and day almost 2,500 years after Noah Jesus Christ was raised from the dead! This is he who upon being at the right hand of God shed forth God’s gift of holy spirit to all who believe so that man could once again fellowship with and receive from their Heavenly Father.

Acts 2:33
Therefore, being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

Adam died spiritually the moment he ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. However, because he was perfect in body and soul, he physically lived another 930 years. Adam’s body was designed to be physically immortal but without holy spirit corruption enters. 

Romans 5:12
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so, death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

God told Adam, in dying you shall die, and Adam died, spiritually and physically. 

God means what He says!

Man’s body and soul were designed to operate with spirit as the focal point, the guiding or directing force. The body and soul of man was not designed to function without holy spirit. Without holy spirit man is a rudderless boat drifting upon the angry seas of malcontent. 

When God formed, made, and created Adam God elevated him into the Kingdom of God. Adam’s natural habitat was to be in the presence of God. Your natural habitat is to be in the presence of God. 

Man will never be at home, at rest or truly at peace, until he rests in the arms of his Heavenly Father. 

Adam gave this up because he had a better idea!

This is what our first earthly father gave us for an inheritance. But our Heavenly Father has not forgotten us as He sent His son, the last Adam, to die instead of you and me dying.

Romans 10:9-10
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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All verses quoted in this teaching are from the King Jmes Version unless otherwise noted.
The Fall of Mankind