Christ, the Firstborn
In Bible times, “firstborn” was an expression denoting the position of the one who was to be son-placed by the Father—the one that would receive the double portion and the birthright.
Adam is said to be the son of Yahweh (Lu. 3:8), yet Israel (the nation) is called the firstborn son (Ex. 4:22). The Messiah was called the First begotten Son of Yahweh and the firstborn of every creature (Colossians 1:15). He was the firstborn son of Mary and the only begotten son of Yahweh (John 1:14-18; 3:16-18; Acts 13:33; 1 John 4:9).
Through the in-working of the Spirit of Yahweh in the flesh, our Savior was begotten in the image of his Father. He was the first manifestation of the Creator. He was a God-like Spirit-born creature begotten in a flesh body.
At times, Adam and Israel were indwelled “with” that Spiritual Anointing (Christ), but the Savior was “filled” with, or possessed by, the invisible God; He was Yahweh incarnate in the flesh. Just as a child comes into the world in the image of his earthly father because his genes are those of his father’s, so it is, Yasha was in image of his Father and he became the head of a new creation.
Adam’s children were called after his name. Adam entered into death because of his concept of Yahweh. Yahweh did not kill him. What he accepted as truth blinded him to the reality of the Father. Adam’s wrong concept furnished him with the wrong spirit. The lie could not energize him toward spiritual growth so his substance became death. Adam became a manifestation of the lie he believed. That lie controlled him: his vision, his spirit, his works, and his attitude toward Yahweh.
All that Adam was became a manifestation of the lie he believed. Today Adam’s sons and daughters accept the same lie and reproduce the fruits that he produced.
Yasha came to reveal truth, or manifest the Father (Spirit of Life, Truth and Love). All of this is just another way of saying that Yasha is the manifest truth, the word of Yahweh embodied in flesh—a vehicle of mercy designed to exact every promise Yahweh has given to his people.
Death reigned over all the descendants of Adam through the lie. Not because Yahweh willed it, but because their concept of Yahweh produced the wrong spirit in them. Death reigned until Christ (as a descendant of Adam) crucified the spirit that ruled over the adamic by refusing to allow it to control his mind. Descendants of Adam serve Yahweh for personal benefits just as the first Adam. They do so because they see no other reason for serving Yahweh. Whether they strive for natural or spiritual gain makes no difference, it still adds up to service for a wage.
Yasha stripped himself for the Kingdom of Yahweh’s sake. The law is a shadow of spiritual realities. The natural mind cannot comprehend Yahweh’s redemptive plan, but it is clearly revealed in the Passover sacrifice and feast.
Flesh, without Yahweh (Spirit of Truth and Love), bears the image of the beast and is lawless. Egypt is a symbol of bondage or death. The son (Israel) of Yahweh was in bondage of death. Yahweh chose a clean beast to be slain, which typified Yasha. But in the mind of Yahweh the beast, sinful flesh nature, had already been slain before the foundation of the world. Yahweh put his word in flesh (adam, first creation), and the Spirit of the Word slew the man (carnal nature) and brought him into the realm of death and exposed the realm of death. When Yahweh lowered the Spirit and the Word (Yasha clothed in Adam) into the death realm where creation was held in bondage, he was able to lift it out.
The blood on the door symbolized the dedicated (sanctified) One. It testified that the firstborn had been slain to redeem the second. Note that the two sons symbolized here are the carnal nature and the Spirit-man (new creation). Abel (Spirit-man), symbolizing the second born, was under the authority of the firstborn, Cain (flesh-man), until flesh rose up and shed the blood (the life is in the blood) of the Spirit-man. But the Spirit-man’s life (blood) cried out from the earth and brought restoration.
The lamb was not to be crucified until twice seven days. This symbolized two time periods, the dispensation of law and the dispensation of grace. The first condemned sin in the flesh, the other crucified the flesh.
Yahweh has no real fellowship with the beast nature because it is lawless; Yahweh fellowships the Spirit of Christ.
In the Passover, Yahweh saw the sins of his people, but passed over them. But through the Spirit of the sacrificial Lamb, we now have communion with the Father. Through communication, Yahweh destroys, or slays, the lie (first Adam). We can now communicate Spirit with spirit. Yahweh is Spirit and he fellowships with spirit. If the Spirit of Christ (Anointing) is in the flesh, it will crucify the flesh. If the fullness of the Spirit possesses the body, it will transform the body. For this reason Yahweh cannot dwell in the body until the Word crucifies the flesh (contradicts the lie). Yahweh will not accept a sacrifice or an offering that comes out of our first nature.
Our sacrifice must not come from the outer man (flesh); it must come from spirit. The Spirit of Christ gained his throne of righteousness by crucifying the flesh (carnality). He did not allow his first nature to control him, but responded to the Spirit’s impulses. Christ became one with the Father while his flesh was dying, otherwise Yahweh could not have received the offering. Christ became so in agreement with the Father’s will that he saw his personal sacrifice as a glorious privilege and victory.
The Bible must be understood as a spiritual book, i.e. to say we must look at the allegories, parables, and metaphors, etc., and see the spirit of the message. Adam is used in the Scripture to speak to us of our unregenerate, or natural, mind. It speaks of self-preservation (humanity). When we are converted, we receive a new and completely opposite spirit—a self-sacrificing spirit of love. This is the new creative Spirit of Life. This Spirit must take dominion over the adamic. It comes to us in its infancy and must grow in wisdom and valor. Too many people never develop into Yahweh’s likeness. They have a religious experience, but refuse to seek, knock, and ask until the Holy Spirit reveals the Father and Son to them.
Peter, a disciple of Christ, served Yahweh with vigor and vim before he was converted. He did not know he was not converted until his Master made him aware of his lack.
Yasha was so completely Spirit led that he was called the second Adam. Cain (symbolically speaking) is our unconverted first nature. Abel (symbolically speaking) is the truth that was sacrificed or slain by our first nature. Eve (symbolically speaking) is the travailing Church. Seth (symbolically speaking) is the new created man that comes forth in the name and character of the father. He takes dominion over his father’s house and receives the birthright and the blessing