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1 Corinthians 15:46 establishes this principle.
46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual (God uses physical happenings or natural events to depict or sometimes foreshadow what is happening or going to happen in the supernatural).
29 The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty
years old and above.
30 Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.
We too leave the world behind
for a much greater land, the Kingdom of God
! How hard it is to get there depends largely on our attitude also, just like old Israel
. They went through the Red Sea, the color red symbolic of Adam, a name derived from the Hebrew name to be ruddy, and the sea, the sea of humanity
, referring to Adam's race. We experience the red sea miracle as we sever soul ties to the world
, die in the watery grave
and resurrect from our death at baptism
as a new creature
. In other words we leave our life in the world to be born again
, a new kind
, no longer connected to Adam and his race.
44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."
7 and the handkerchief (sweat cloth) that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself (this act made it possible for us to enter God's rest).
9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
9 That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us.
You see God did all things, worked out His whole restoration plan before He ever created man, and then He rested. He knew what we would do, He knew what Satan would do also. Man's victory over the enemy lies within God's rest where we must enter
Colossians 3:10 tells us,
10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him (we are restored by God's knowledge to His image),
2 Corinthians 5:2-4
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven (these clothes are assigned to us by God),
3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
4 For we who are in this tent (body) groan, being burdened (with the sickness, pain and sorrow of this world), not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed (here is why), that mortality may be swallowed up by life. (When fully clothed the enemy cannot attack, not even the enemy of death!)
In Deuteronomy 29: 5 we see again a prototype in old Israel of the newborn being covered by God
. This was after she was baptized in the Red Sea.
5 "And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet;
1 Corinthians 15:53-54
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption (if we walk totally in God's law it would be impossible to corrupt us), and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality (is fully clothed), then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
I Peter 1:23
23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides
1 Peter 3:20-21
20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
21 There is also an antitypewhich now saves us-- baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
Side Note: Jesus like us, was born through a human mother
that was of the Adamic bloodline. So Jesus also had to be born again, because His body, like ours, was corruptible. It genetically carried defects
from the sin of Adam through His mother and would one day die, even though His spirit and soul were immortal. In other words, He had to be born again to be bodily a perfect specimen, a flawless, unblemished sacrifice for humanity
, one also spiritually fully clothed to gain the victory over the enemy. An Adamic body cannot fully be clothed in spiritual clothes. Remember the skins God put on Adam and Eve? Even though Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified in order to pay our death penalty, death itself could not hold Him captive. His walk was perfect, He never broke God's law
. His body was therefore covered, because His spirit was fully clothed making Him incorruptible and therefore immortal.
Jesus was not born spiritually fully clothed. He came as flesh and blood, because that is what Eve chose for us.
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
He not only had to be born again, but be filled with the Spirit
. He endured temptation and affliction
at the hand of those led by unclean spirits just like us to acquire His spiritual clothes. This meant He was faced with situations where pride could have entered in, yet He remained humble
and gained the victory over pride to be dressed in humility. He had to be heavy at heart at many points in His life and ministry on earth, to be covered in the garment of praise
, etc. The word tells us He was tempted in all things just as we are.
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? (We actually die to this world and its people at baptism if we are truly separate in our hearts and minds before we are put in the watery grave.)
4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk
in newness of life (have our grave clothes removed along with our face cloth so if we die to our works we are able to enter God's rest to manifest the works He did so long ago, and be covered with a robe of salvation).
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His
Wasn't God's plan perfect
! Jesus gave us the chance to be born over again, shaped, molded and dressed spiritually to become like Him, immortal!
1 Corinthians 15:22
22 For as in Adam all die (not able to be clothed spiritually), even so in Christ all shall be made alive (through Him a new generation is born, matured and beautifully dressed in royal robes resulting in a new species).
1 Corinthians 15:42-44 says it this way:
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption (as Adam), it is raised in incorruption (in Christ).
43 It is sown in dishonor (because of Adam's fall, and those not born again are in his image), it is raised in glory (because of Jesus' victory, and we are reborn in His image). It is sown in weakness (we lived by soul power), it is raised in power (we are now guided by our spirit).
44 It is sown a natural body (without our spirit man), it is raised a spiritual body (our spirit is given control). There is a natural body (led by the soul and intellect), and there is a spiritual body (with the spirit that operates through the gifting of the Holy Spirit and the mind of Christ).
Now here is something for those who are already born again to thinkabout. The Word tells us the outside of a person reflects or mirrors what they are on the inside. One who wants to please God must then ask themselves, in the natural, do our actions, speech, decisions, and yes, even our natural clothing
, reflect a soulish person or a person guided by their spirit? For instance, are our actions self-centered
, all about what we want, or do we esteem the needs of others
over ourselves? Is our speech coarse, offensive to others? Are off-colored jokes
still a little funny? Do we speak harshly, hurt others' feelings just because we are angry? Do we secretly think we are superior to others because of our worldly education and training
? These are all carnal reactions to life in this world, and the course, crude, unloving language of our soul man. When we make decisions, do we first consider what the Lord would have us do? Do we check that our decisions are in line with the truth found in the Word and in line with God's law? Understand, our spirit humbly seeks direction from God
, while our soul intellectually seeks instruction from the world's knowledge and reasons for itself. Again, which Kingdom do we represent
? The Kingdom of Light or darkness
? Look at all the body piercings and tattoos
found on people of all ages and both sexes and sadly in the world's churches in spite of Leviticus 19:28 for instance.
28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead (piercings), nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.
40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.
41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,
42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!