†Faith, Chapter 13
In the last chapter I opened a can of worms, so to speak, when I said to you:
"There is no place in the New Testament, after Jesus went to the cross, where we are ever instructed to ask our Father to forgive us."
Like many of you I was taught that we must constantly ask the Lord to forgive us and especially to forgive us of our unforgiven sins. The preachers would quote Isaiah 64:6 which says, (NIV)
†††††† †"All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away."
They would use this verse of scripture to tell us that in God's eyes we are nothing but filthy rags and our only hope is to ask Him to forgive us constantly so that if we were to die we can stand before Him forgiven. This cannot be any farther from the truth. In the first place this is not what Isaiah was saying. He was talking about our own efforts to be righteousness. There is nothing we can do in and of ourselves to be righteous in God's sight. No matter of deeds or good works or sacrifices on our part can ever measure up to His standards. Jesus made a very profound statement in His sermon on the mount when He said in Matt. 6:36,
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
He instructed us to seek His righteousness, not our own. There is nothing I can do in word or in deed to ever be able to measure up to His righteousness. John the Baptist also made a very profound statement in John 1:29,
"The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world."
John said that Jesus is the one who takes away the sin of the world. Did He do this and if He did how did He do it? In order to understand this I must ask you a question! How did sin enter this world and what was the consequences of it? Would you agree with me that the scriptures say that it was when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and the consequence was death?† Paul said in Rom. 5:12-14,
"Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adamís transgression, who is the figure(type or likeness) of him that was to come."
Why would God hold us accountable for what Adam did? We didn't disobey God by doing what He told us not to do. I like to call Adam a corporate man because he represented all of mankind since all of mankind descended from his flesh. Paul said in 1 Cor. 15:45-50,
"The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; 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, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."
Notice that Paul said that Adam is the figure or type of Christ. He was the first man to walk the face of this earth and when he sinned against God something happened to his DNA. Death entered along with corruption and only by God's grace was his life allowed to continue for a period of time. Since all of mankind were descendents of Adam's flesh, their DNA was also effected and not only this but they were separated from God in their own thinking.
Paul said in Col. 1:21-22,
"And you, that were sometime alienated (from God) and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:"
Praise by unto God, there was a second Adam. A second corporate man who represented all of mankind and because of Him there is a different out come for
all mankind. The first man was of the flesh and the second man was of the spirit. Paul said in 1 Cor. 15:45,
"The first man Adam became a living beingĒ; the last Adam, a lifeĖgiving spirit."
So there was a first Adam who was a representative of all mankind and as a result of his sin all of mankind was effected and received the status of sinners. I want you to notice that we did nothing to receive our status as sinners but because we were in the one who sinned that was the consequence. However, there was a second Adam who was the Son of God that came down from above and because, in God's sight, we were in the one who was righteous we became righteousness.
Even as mankind did nothing to receive their status as sinners so mankind did nothing to receive their status as righteousness. It has all been done for us and all we have to do is receive it. John said in John 1:12,
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
Jesus the Christ, was the last Adam. After Christ there are no more Adams. There are only incarnations of God being born on the earth. I know we haven't thought of ourselves as that. In fact that is the problem. But nevertheless you and I are incarnations of God in this earth. Jesus was the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. We were not born sinners. We are born as inchristed ones. Our bodies are temples of God for the expression and dominion of God in this earth. Every man on the face of this earth has the seed of God in them and that seed is either lying dormant or it has been germinated and is growing. When it matures it will be in the image of it's Father who is the Great I Am. It is written in Num. 27:16,
" Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh."
So if there cannot be any more Adams, if He was the last Adam, then who in the world are we? We cannot be anything but the incorruptible seed. Moreover, the moment that we are quickened by God, the moment we are regenerated, the moment we awaken to God, from that very moment we should never again accept the lie, that we are sinners. We should never have ever been told this in the first place. We should never accept the lie that we are sinners. We have never been such a thing! Since Jesus was the last Adam, He put to death that nature, that identity, that separation of a carnal identity. Also when He was resurrected He brought into being a new creation, a whole new man. That's why Jesus said to Nicodemus, "To enter the Kingdom of God you must be born again." To be born again is to have a totally new identity, and even a new concept about who you are.
I donít know if I can explain this adequately or not, and some of you may know this, but you are affected by the mass-consciousness of this world. People say, "If we're not sinners, why do we experience this separation from God?" It is because everyone in this universe expects you to act a certain way. Furthermore it also has to do with the tare, the seed of the serpent that is sown in you at the time of your birth. Now what is the seed of the serpent? The seed of the serpent is the human identity, which is the ego, or the soul, and what we've always been told is the human nature.
It is the Parable of the Sower who sowed wheat in the field. As the wheat was sown the enemy came and sowed the tare. Well, the wheat is the Christ-nature, the seed of God, and the tare is that false identity, that false concept you have of yourself that says you are alienated and separated from God. The Carnal religious mind will tell you that although you are saved you must clean up the human nature. When we realize the truth of the magnitude of Calvary's victory, that human nature will not be there to bother us any longer.
The scriptures clearly teach us about Calvary, and Christ being the last Adam. It is absolutely impossible for sinners to be born in this world. So who are we? We are the seed of God on this earth. You see, weíve bought the lie about being born separated and alienated from God. Peter tells us that we are born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the living, abiding Word of God. So that seed that you are is an incorruptible seed. The incorruptible seed cannot reproduce anything in you other than Christ. Anything in you that you perceive is not Christ is temporal and subject to change when you learn to put on the mind of Christ.
You might say, "Well David, are you saying that we donít need redemption any more? Are you throwing out the cross?" Absolutely not! The Cross is the centrality of this message. It is because of the cross and redemption that we are one with God. You have to understand that your redemption took place two thousand years ago. You were forgiven and made a new creation before you were born. However, as long as you feel separated as well as being alienated in your mind and you still feel like something other than what God is, you will never come into the fullness of what has been provided for you in the atonement. The Cross of Calvary and the resurrection of Jesus are the most important events in history. Your Christian experience will never be full until you have a complete revelation of what happened at Calvary and the resurrection. The whole world has been redeemed and belongs to God. What we need is to be awakened to this reality. The seed of God remains dormant in many people and the truth of the true Gospel or Good News is that God is love and is your Father and He loves you will awaken that seed He deposited in you. Paul said in 2 Cor. 5:18-19,
"And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation."
Some of God's people are fighting against this concept of us awakening to our true nature and identity. But you know the apostle Paul said, "Awake you who are sleeping. Arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine on you." Ephesians 5:14. If you are not walking in the realization of being a son of God on the earth, then you are sleeping and you need to wake up. When you awake, you will awake in His likeness.†
The only things that are real are spiritual things. That's why Paul says that we look not at the temporal things, the things that are subject to change, because if we look at ourselves as a sinful creature, we miss one of the most important revelations. Even though we are born again, many of us have this concept of ourselves as not being good enough, not being acceptable enough, and as long as you have that concept of yourself it traps you in this alienation by separation in your mind. But if you have the revelation that the scriptures give to you about being a son of God, the incorruptible seed in you can only reproduce a soul that is in the image of God.
So when the seed of God is quickened in you, then the only thing that the seed of God can do from that point on is reproduce everything in that seed in your soul. But as long as you continue to buy the lie that you are not like God, you never will act like Him.
You are, as Jesus was, a divine human and it's not something you have to become; it's something that you already are. The very moment we begin to try to become that which God has already made us to be, we are telling God, "We don't believe your Word." I know you said to us that at the cross all of our sins were paid for and that we were raised a brand new creation, but God I want you to make me a better person." We keep pleading and begging for God to change us when really what we need to be praying for is light and revelation that we might see that which we already are, because you canít become what you already are.
I realize that what I am sharing with you is probably something that you have never heard or something that you have not been exposed to but study this out for yourself and ask the Lord to reveal His word to you. It was hard for me to understand this and through much study and listening to the Lord it became real to me.
My prayer for you today is the same prayer that the Great Apostle Paul prayed in Eph. 1:17-23,
"That the God of our Lord Jesus 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 ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.