Progressing Into All Truth
There are four steps of progress, or experiences, the creature must experience in his spiritual ladder. The first step is the results of believing, confession, and repentance. In this realm, one experiences water baptism. This is where we will find the masses of Christians. Many are members of denominations that reject the Holy Spirit baptism. They are true servants in the House of the Lord, and their works of benevolence are felt throughout the world.
The second step is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is our Guide, Comforter, and Teacher, and experiencing the gift realm. This step makes us candidates for spiritual growth.
The third step is progressing toward maturity, that is, sacrificial living. It is presenting our bodies a living sacrifice, or walking in “the more excellent way” spoken of in First Corinthians 12:31-13.
The fourth step gives us an immortal body, swallowing us up into Life.
The Bible is written in four realms of understanding. First, the Bible is a factual history book. It gives us the story of creation and of the different administrations of progress. The historical value of this book is unquestionable; archaeologists have relied upon its resource for hundreds of years.
Second, it is a book of lessons and ensamples. Through this we see the working of Yahweh in the lives of his patriarchs and prophets. We learn much about life and what our Father expects from us from this realm. If we are not careful, by the time we finish this course we are too Bible smart to feel the need to progress farther. This reality includes the initial Spirit baptism and a mi-nute degree of the gifts and miracles.
In the third realm of understanding, the Bible becomes a book of illustrations brought out in types, shadows, figures, parables, and allegories. These illustrations are used to help us begin to understand the spirituality of the Word and Yahweh’s original plan and the method he uses to bring it to perfection, that is, creating adam (mankind) in his own image.
This third realm, the realm of parabolic teaching, is harder to understand than the first two realms. We must become acquainted with these parables, allegories, figures, and shadows before we can benefit from it (see end of this message for meanings). Here we must seek for the Spirit of Revelation so that we may comprehend Yahweh’s word—“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of Promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Yasha, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Yasha Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” Ephesians 1:12-18.
Look carefully at the words I have made bold, you will see the different steps of growth. The bold words speak of believing, or accepting the Lord, receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and of the need for the Spirit of Revelation. These are three distinct spiritual experiences. But the churches usually teach there are only two experiences.
The fourth dimension of understanding comes through applying these illustrations spiritually and using them to experience the process that takes us from the earthly into the Spiritual creation.
If we have reached the third realm, we have begun to compare spiritual things with spiritual. “But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which Yahweh has prepared for them that love him. But Yahweh has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of Yahweh. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of Yahweh knows no man, but the Spirit of Yahweh. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of Yahweh; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of Yahweh. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-14.
I will show a few examples to explain how the law was intended as a shadow.
“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect,” Hebrews 10:1.
A shadow gives us a distorted image of something, but a shadow never has substance. If a shadow was all we had to learn about a tree, we would have at least a glimpse. Adam was said to prefigure Christ. (Rom. 5:14). He was not Christ, but his life gave us a vague image. “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him (Christ) that was to come.”
Abraham’s family was said to be an allegory: Agar (Hebrew = Hagar) becomes symbolic of the Mosaic Law given at Mt. Sinai (natural Israel).
Sarah symbolizes the Bride of Christ, the Church.
Ishmael represents the attributes of natural Israel, law, or flesh (as the fruit Hagar bore).
Isaac symbolizes the attributes of the Spirit-born children of the Kingdom.
See Galatians 4:21-31, “Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons (Ishmael and Isaac), the one (Ishmael) by a bondmaid (Hagar, Sarah’s slave), the other by a freewoman (Sarah, Abraham’s wife).
“But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh (Abraham went into Hagar in an attempt to produce the promised seed); but he of the freewoman was by promise (Sarah was too old to bear children when Isaac was born. His birth was from a miraculous conception). Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants (one covenant to Abraham and the second was the law, which was 430 years later). The one (the Mosaic Law) from the Mount Sinai, which gendereth (regenerates) to bondage, which is Agar (Hagar).
“For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers (symbolizes) to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
“But Jerusalem (pre-figured by Sarah) which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, you barren that bears not; break forth and cry, you that travails not: for the desolate has many more children than she which has an husband.
“Now we brethren, (the Spirit filled Christians), as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
“Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son (Hagar and Ishmael): for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we (Christians) are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.”
“Then said Yasha to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, You shall be made free? Yasha answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abides not in the house forever: but the Son abides ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed,” John 8:31-36.
Adam and Eve becomes symbolic to Christ and his Church in Ephesians 5:1-33 (especially Ephesians 5:29-32). “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the Church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”
Compare this with Genesis 2:23-24—“this is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church.” “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
The flood was symbolic to water baptism: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to Yahweh, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of Yahweh waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (But not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward Yahweh,) by the resurrection of Yasha Christ,” 1 Peter 3:18-21.
Circumcision represents the born-from-above effects on our heart. See 1 Peter 3:18-21 and Colossians 2:11-13. “In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has he quickened together.”
Now that I have explained how these figures of speech are used in the third realm of understanding of the Bible, I will do my best to show you what the third realm is. This will be difficult, but if you will be prayerful and patient my awkward attempt may become fruitful. Once you understand, the Bible becomes a new and exciting book. This understanding changes the image of Yahweh and the hope for the future so dramatically that it is astounding.
In reality, there are only two headships (or creations) spoken of in the Bible. They are spoken of as two men, first and second Adam.
“Adam” comes from the Hebrew word meaning, man; it is transliterated Adam thirty-one times and translated man more than 450 times in the Old Testament.
1 Corinthians 15:21-22: “For since by man (adam) came death, by man (an adam) came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ (the new Creation adam) shall all be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:42-51: “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonor (in flesh); it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body (the adamic creation); it is raised a spiritual body (the in-Christed creation). There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam (earthy) was made a living soul; the last Adam (spiritual) was made a quickening (Life giving) Spirit.’ Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural (the first creation); and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy Adam, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (Christ).”
I hope you will have seen two things in the above scriptures. First, being that the Bible is dealing in spiritual matters, not earthly. Second, Paul was not dealing with a natural husband and wife relationship in Ephesians 5: 1-33. If you did not catch that, reread verse 32. He was explaining Genesis 2:23-24.
When Adam was created he and his wife were one. The Father caused a deep sleep to come upon Adam and He took a part of Adam and made a help mate for him. Count your ribs. You will find them all there. Now (if you are a guy) look for your womb. She may be in the kitchen cooking your dinner. You could not have fulfilled the commandment “Be fruitful and multiply” without her or one of her kind.
The original scripture in Genesis spoke, not of a rib, but of a womb that was taken from Adam.
In Romans 7:1-4, we began to understand what the Spirit is revealing. “Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? For the woman which has an husband (under the Mosaic Law) is bound by the law to her husband so long as he lives; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband, so then if, while her husband lives, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.”
“Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the law (your first husband) by the body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto Yahweh.”
Read the above scripture very carefully, notice how Paul speaks to these men as though they were Christ’s bride (feminine). Also, notice that they were married to another before they were resurrected with Christ. This would be a very strange text if we were not thinking spiritual.
There are several scriptures that tell us that we are the temple (inner sanctuary, Holiest of Holy) of Yahweh. Man is triune; he is masculine, he is feminine, and he is a body. The brain, with its five senses, is a part of the body. But the spirit that uses the five senses is not of the body. In every person there are two forces, the masculine and the feminine. We usually think of our feminine spirit as the subconscious, or subjective. Some speak of it as the moral senses.
We are aware that our natural mind is carnal and is the enemy of Yahweh (see Rom. 8:7) This is spoken of as our old man, it is the spirit that we think with before we receive the Spirit of Christ.
“That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please Yahweh. But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of Yahweh (the Father) dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ (the son), he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit (the Father) of him that raised up Yasha from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit (of the Father) that dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of Yahweh, they are the sons of Yahweh. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba (Father), Father. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of Yahweh,” Romans 8:4-16.
There are three distinct personalities spoken of in the New Testament:
1. Adam, the old man, carnal mind, or nature, the son of perdition that is, the one that was crucified by the death of our Lord.
2. The woman, who is called the Church, the bride, or the Lamb’s wife. This one is to be cleansed, blessed, and united with Christ.
In Romans 8:1-4, she is crucified with her husband and resurrected with him into the newness of life.
The man that walked around in the Garden of Eden was not Yasha (the Savior, the Word made manifest in flesh). This Adam was never Yasha and shall never be. Nevertheless, Yasha took on the likeness of the first Adam. He stepped into the realm, or nature, of the first man; he became a man, or adamite. He joined himself to the death realm to gain victory over death. Remember what I said about there being only two headships, or two Adams. Spiritually speaking there was only one. Because when Christ came to earth he came under the dominion or the headship of the first Adam. He took on or bore the sin that Adam put upon the world.
Christ went to the grave to destroy the power of death. When he came out of the grave the whole creation came out with him.
Yasha was the sin-bearer for the whole world. “The next day John sees Yasha coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, which takes away the sin of the world,” John 1:29.
When Adam rejected the Word of Yahweh, he rejected the Spirit and the Life also, for they are one. He entered into a death realm. His wife, Eve (the subconscious mind, mother of living), entered into death with him. The woman can only bear that which she receives through the man. Eve’s man (adam) was to return to the dust, Eve’s (mother of all living) seed was destined to bruise the serpent’s head (power, authority). That seed was the first living creature to come out of the dead and barren soil of the earth—that Seed was Christ.
3. The third personality spoken of in the New Testament is the heir, sometimes called the man-child or the overcomers. He is the heirs of Yahweh and joint-heirs with Christ, the royal priesthood, the one that is adopted (meaning son-paced).
The masculine, the feminine, and the Son are one (strange, but true). The old adam, our first nature, is to be crucified by Christ within (our new creation man). Christ cleanses Eve (our conscience) by the Spirit-word of Truth. That is, he impregnates the subconscious mind with Life and Truth.
After we are joined to Spirit, we are free to become fruitful and reproduce the Spirit of the Father in the earth in as much as our first husband (our first nature) is dead.
Yahweh is Spirit. If we conceive his sperm (anointed word—life) into our subconscious mind (our Eve), we will not bring forth after the flesh. That is, we are not saying we are going to produce flesh and blood children for “…the fruit (seed) of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith and meekness,” Galatians 5:22-23. These are the offsprings of Spirit. When these attributes are manifested, the Spirit of the Father is manifested in the earth. This fruit is the power that will prevail over sin in the earth. “Love will never fail!” 1 Corinthians 13:8.
Parables: in some original sense of superiority in mental action; properly, a pithy maxim (condensed saying), usually of metaphorical nature; hence, a simile (as an adage, poem, discourse), imagery.
Allegories: to allegorize, a story in which people, things, and happenings have a hidden or symbolic meaning.
Figures: a similitude (“parable”), i.e. (symbol.) fictitious narrative (of common life conveying a moral), apothegm or adage (wise saying). Shadows: apparently a primary word; “shade” or a shadow (literally or figuratively [darkness of error or an adumbration]). A dark image made by such a body.