The Habitation of Yahweh
In the original Hebrew manuscript of the Bible, “adam” came from a word that means “man.” In several places in the Bible, this Hebrew word “adam” is capitalized and identifies the first man only. In other places, it is not capitalized when it identifies mankind. It seems the translators decided how it should be translated and if it should or should not be capitalized because there are no capital letters in the Hebrew language.
Yahweh said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the foul of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So Yahweh created man in his own image. In the image of Yahweh created he him, male and female created he them. And Yahweh blessed them, and said unto them, ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the foul of the air, and over every moving thing that moves upon the earth,” Geneses 1: 26-28.
Yahweh commanded the man to do five things. He was commanded to be fruitful, to multiply, to replenish the earth, to subdue the earth, and to have dominion over his creation. This was Yahweh’s original plan and purpose for mankind. Adam “man” was to become Yahweh’s king over the earth. This plan has never been changed, defeated, altered, or abandoned. It is still in the process of being fulfilled by him who conceived it. He purposed to make it according to his own plan and after the counsel of his own will: Ephesians 1:1-10; Psalms 8:3-9; Hebrews 2:6-10; Romans 8:19, 23.
Yahweh called the first man he created adam. All the other people, including the females, were also called adam. Therefore, we can safely say that mankind, collectively, is to fulfill these five original commandments.
The Bible tells us that Yahweh is not a man (adam), and in him there is no shadow caused from turning. Yahweh certainly knew from the beginning that the first man would fail; nevertheless, he was not discouraged. He surely knew that in the process of time a man (adam) would come as the Son of Mary to fulfill that fivefold commission. This is why it is written, “By man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead,” 1 Corinthians 15: 21.
Yahweh is Spirit; when man was created, he became a habitation for the Spirit and the Word (Truth). He purposed to fill man with his being, the Spirit of Love, Wisdom, and Righteousness. Man was not only to hear the truth, he was to become the truth, to speak Yahweh’s words and to think Yahweh’s thoughts.
Man became a living soul. To be called a living soul, he had to possess the Spirit of Life, which is Yahweh, but man was void of light, he was empty. Man rejected Yahweh when he rejected Yahweh’s word and refused to be led by the Word of truth, because Adam had on concept of the Word of truth, light and life had no place in him.
When Adam partook of knowledge, it judged him and condemned him, fulfilling the warning, “You will surely die.” Not that Yahweh killed him for his disobedience, but when he rejected Yahweh (the Word or law of Life) there was no other life to replace it.
The word translated “worketh” in Ephesians 2:2 came from the Greek word “energeo” and means to energize or make active. “Wherein in times past you walked according to the course of this age, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that now ‘works’ (energeo, energizes) in the children of disobedience.”
Man is Yahweh’s holy temple, created for the habitation of Yahweh through the Holy Spirit. In the day man was created, Yahweh saw everything he had created and said it was very good, but man is pulled by the desires of his own flesh, bringing him into captivity. The works of the flesh are selfishness, pride, strife, envy, fear, lust, greed, etc. People who have never received the truth depend upon works of the flesh for their survival and resort to wrath and strife as a defense mechanism. Man uses these works to defend, energize, and sustain himself. It takes faith for man to abandon himself to the meek and gentle Spirit of Yahweh, but he must resist the desires of his flesh to become filled with Truth and Life.
Yahweh must cleanse his temple. All creation belongs to Yahweh. Every person is an individual temple, created as his dwelling place. Yahweh is Life, and as the Life-force, he is completely involved with every member of the adamic creation.
Self Examination is Beneficial
Our beings are like houses that have many rooms. Our spiritual kitchen is the place where we satisfy our spiritual appetite. Our living room is the spiritual place of our communication and fellowship. Our spiritual bedroom represents our place of rest, and the family room the place where we entertain and communicate. Before we go to sleep at night, we need to mentally go into these rooms of our spirit and examine the day’s activities.
We should let the Holy Spirit become our detective to look for intruders and bad spirits that may be lurking in the dark corners unseen—impostors masquerading as our friends. Was there a spirit of doubt hidden or unnoticed as we sought to feed our spirit? Did we feast upon carnality? Was old man tradition hanging around, or old man fear? When we went into our family room, did we find the age-old spirit of reveling or did we discover the familiar spirit of lust? Sometimes we may have found greed as we entertained thoughts of our financial ambition and goals. Did we spend time in our kitchen preparing food and feeding our spirit?
Also the spirits of the world often sneak into our parlor unseen. It makes no difference whether we recognize them or not; if they are there, they will certainly stop our spiritual development.
We must always make room for the Spirit of Christ to be with us in every room of our heart. We must make room for love and truth, for mercy and for long suffering, even as we welcome gentleness, meekness, and faith. Joy and peace must not be crowded out by depression and frustration. It is a sin to allow depression to take over and dominate our minds. Pride is one of the works of the flesh that often hides in our temple and robs us of many things. The lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life dominates the lives of many Christians.
The spirit of pride can be very religious and appear very spiritual. We must first take the example of Yasha’s life and then look at Paul’s reaction to that example. We will not be deceived if we adopt the Holy Spirit that controlled them. Many Christians make room for spiritual pride. If we suspect that we are controlled by pride, we should immediately tell Yasha and ask him to deliver us.
We can unintentionally make room for evil spirits if we continue to subconsciously depend upon the works of the flesh as our weapons of warfare. If the Holy Spirit is not allowed to energize us toward the Kingdom goals, we will be energized by greed, lust, strife, or any one of a dozen works of the flesh that is just as deadly. We might even choose not to become energized at all and allow ourselves to be completely overcome by a spirit of lethargy so that we sit and waste our God-given and allotted time. We are subjected to the spirit of this world by birth—our natural instincts are bent toward the works of the flesh. They are our first energizing forces, so it is possible for us to not recognize the need for the Spirit of Life.
Spiritually lazy people often seek counterfeit entertainment. It is cheap and easy to come by, but not beneficial toward spirit development nor self-fulfillment. The person that gives too much of his precious time to entertainment does not develop in the Holy Spirit. He will never achieve the satisfaction and benefits enjoyed by those who refuse to be cheated. A Christian who has a lazy spirit never tastes the sweet fruit of self-fulfillment. Seeking revelation without exercising its demands is detrimental to one’s spiritual growth because lack of exercise destroys the energy generated through revelation.
We need not depend upon evil and carnal forces to help us fulfill our potential in life. We do not need wrath, strife, and anger to protect us—the shield of faith is sufficient. We do not need jealousy to bind our loved one to us—genuine love will bind at the same time it releases. We do not need deceit to cover for us because Christ is the cherub that covers. We do not need any of these impostors in order to be happy, loved, or respected. We do not need them to obtain wealth. We are heirs of Yahweh and joint heirs with Christ. We do not need to accumulate material things to reap a rich, full, and meaningful life. We cannot use carnal warfare and have life immortal.
Many people claiming to be led by the Holy Spirit have not made room for the principles of Christ. Their temples are full of many evil spirits, so that orgies and every form of evil can be committed through them. As long as we are pulled by the lust of our flesh, evil spirits will try to find a place in our temple. They continue to reinforce man’s lust, convincing them they are necessary for survival.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you, and with him will go the evil desires and uncontrolled urges to commit crime. With him will go lust and greed: “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (from these devastating death forces),” John 8:32.