The Binary Embodiment Of Being – Part 1: Sermon By Apostle Gobanga
[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins. [Now] He is the exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible]; He is the Firstborn of all creation. For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him. And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together). He also is the Head of [His] body, the church; seeing He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, so that He alone in everything and in every respect might occupy the chief place [stand first and be preeminent].Colossians 1:13-18 (AMPC)
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”Genesis 1:26-28 (NKJV)
An image is the embodiment of a person or a thing. The man in Genesis in Chapter 1 is spirit while the man in Genesis Chapter 2 was formed; a physical being. Man therefore has a twofold embodiment.
For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.2 Corinthians 4:4 (AMPC)
God created man in the image of Christ in Genesis because in Christ is the fullness of the God head embodied.
In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.John 1:1 (AMPC)
The word is Christ and the word exists where there is purpose. There is nature which gives the word expression. The word then manifested. The divine and natural in Christ were distinct and separate yet was in one man.
Jesus was able to manifest God in as much he was fully man. His Spirit was fully veiled beyond visibility. He was the one who was made in the image of God.
To be in tune with the Spirit to be in tune with the second man in heaven.
The words of Christ were Spirit and life in that they carried a heavy duty nature of God.
Our spirit man is able to interact with the heart and mind of God in His word. There are things that the Spirit of God teaches us and we can only understand them in the spirit. Thus there are things about life that we do not need to be taught. For example, we cannot be taught to worship because it is in us to worship.
But as for you, the anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which you received from Him abides [permanently] in you; [so] then you have no need that anyone should instruct you. But just as His anointing teaches you concerning everything and is true and is no falsehood, so you must abide in (live in, never depart from) Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him], just as [His anointing] has taught you [to do].1 John 2:27 (AMPC)
The second Adam is Christ who is a life giving Spirit. Jesus is the First born of all creation. This is not about physical lineage but of the purpose of God.
The purpose of the Holy Spirit is so that we have the mind of Christ. If we are the body of Christ then we are able to tap into what is happening in the mind and the body can transact with the mind. The parallel is that we are able to transact with Christ when we are spiritual.
A son is a spirit being and it is not reference to gender. This means as sons we have the capability to transact in the realm of the Spirit, discern times and seasons and manifest the Father.
The Son of God is the image of the invisible God. He is the first born in light of purpose. Christ transacts in the invisible and what he transacts is made manifest on the earth.
Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is? And they answered, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.Matthew 16:13-17 (AMPC)
In this Scripture, though there was the revelation Peter did not come to the full understanding of until after Pentecost because he had made the Holy Spirit his dwelling place. It is the Holy Spirit that enables us to be a dwelling place of His presence. When we make the Holy Spirit have dwelling in us, we know how to manifest per time per season.
In Genesis 1:26, man is the image and likeness of God. He is a representation and embodiment of God. This man had a prophetic mandate – dominion over the earth. But in Genesis 2, there is a manifestation of this man in the physical to cultivate the garden.
For a man ought not to wear anything on his head [in church], for he is the image and [reflected] glory of God [his function of government reflects the majesty of the divine Rule]; but woman is [the expression of] man’s glory (majesty, preeminence).1 Corinthians 11:7 (AMPC)
The manifestation of man was to bring glory to God. He was formed out of what was existing, not a new thing. The physical man was made from the afterglow of God. The soil was not the physical dust because the ground had not been cursed. Dust is used due to linguistic limitation. In essence, what dust means is the afterglow of God. All things created came from God.
But God gives to it the body that He plans and sees fit, and to each kind of seed a body of its own. For all flesh is not the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for beasts, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies (sun, moon, and stars) and there are earthly bodies (men, animals, and plants), but the beauty and glory of the heavenly bodies is of one kind, while the beauty and glory of earthly bodies is a different kind. The sun is glorious in one way, the moon is glorious in another way, and the stars are glorious in their own [distinctive] way; for one star differs from and surpasses another in its beauty and brilliance. So it is with the resurrection of the dead. [The body] that is sown is perishable and decays, but [the body] that is resurrected is imperishable (immune to decay, immortal). It is sown in dishonor and humiliation; it is raised in honor and glory. It is sown in infirmity and weakness; it is resurrected in strength and endued with power. It is sown a natural (physical) body; it is raised a supernatural (a spiritual) body.
[As surely as] there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, The first man Adam became a living being (an individual personality); the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit [restoring the dead to life]. But it is not the spiritual life which came first, but the physical and then the spiritual. The first man [was] from out of earth, made of dust (earthly-minded); the second Man [is] the Lord from out of heaven. Now those who are made of the dust are like him who was first made of the dust (earthly-minded); and as is [the Man] from heaven, so also [are those] who are of heaven (heavenly-minded). And just as we have borne the image [of the man] of dust, so shall we and so let us also bear the image [of the Man] of heaven.1 Corinthians 15:38-49 (AMPC)
Here there are two different images of God. In these two images, that which is perishable cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. Everything must bring forth out of its kind. That which is perishable cannot inherit what is imperishable. The spiritual cannot inherit the physical and vice versa.
Due to the presence of sin the earthly man has dominion but it was the spirit man who was to have dominion. Through Christ, there is an exchange of dominion as God intended.
The body of the man Jesus was physical, made after the likeness of sinful flesh. He, however, did not have sin. That is why Paul said Jesus condemned sin in the flesh. He did not come to bear witness to the physical but the spiritual. His prophetic mandate was to deal with the spiritual. Thus, those who understood Him had to be spiritual.
His divine nature was veiled in a physical body for the sake of humanity. He had to speak using human lingo. That is why as a son we need to know how far we can go in the natural. There are situations where we cannot change things unless in the spiritual.
The first experience we have as humans when we are born is physical.
There are things that we cannot understand about Christ unless we understand the humanity of Christ. Embracing the physical will enable you to understand the spiritual.
When man was formed, that is when he was called Adam.
Christ is the first image of God, not Adam. The first man that existed was Christ. Man in prophetic lingo is a spirit not the natural man. Thus, we exist in Christ because we are made in His image. Adam is the first member of the human race but is not the first man. The image and likeness was about the spiritual man not natural.
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.John 3:16 (AMPC)
There is a name we have in the spirit. When we are born God has a name for us and a plan that is not the same as that of our parents. This is why we are not to seek to look for the approval of men since we have an origin that is not physical.
He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (conquers), I will give to eat of the manna that is hidden, and I will give him a white stone with a new name engraved on the stone, which no one knows or understands except he who receives it.Revelation 2:17 (AMPC)
We are to manifest on earth who we are in the spirit. God has to create a context to manifest you. The context is hardship or suffering. That is why we are not to complain when things get hard. It is a chance to manifest.
To manifest means that we bring the devil to shame.
Adam is our first representation of God and Christ is the image of God. Man is a binary embodiment of being. He is not male or female. God has used gender to manifest purpose in the natural not to limit purpose. There is no male and female in God.
He created them male and female and blessed them and named them [both] Adam [Man] at the time they were created.Genesis 5:2 (AMPC)
There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.Galatians 3:28 (AMPC)
The feasts were a shadow of things to come. It is wrong for people to major on examples and shadows. The Church is not made to focus on this but on the principles they represent. Human beings have attachment to the past (past experiences, religious background, etc) yet God loves change. When we do not understand this, we will transact with God with our earthly understanding.
We need to have our mind fixed on heaven above. This means having a renewed and transformed mind that is in conformity to His heart and mind for us. The coming of Jesus Christ brought us the Kingdom of God i.e. rulership of God is in us. The establishment of the rule of God in our lives – Jerusalem – is by the power of the Holy Spirit. He gives a new mind – the mind of Christ – and regenerates our spirit.
The question is – which aspect of our human nature are we transacting with God? Is it natural or spiritual? If we have an earthly concept of ourselves (based on what people have told you over the years), we are as good as fallen and it denies the power of God and your identity in God.
If we have an earthly concept of things, we will give up easily. We would not pray for Kenya because of its current state, we would not push beyond the struggle in our lives, we will not pray for the Church. This concept can cause us to make wrong decisions about ourselves and the world around us.
God causes change through chaos so do not be afraid of it. Where there is chaos we need light, wisdom and counsel from God not men. God is the only one who knows the fulfillment of all things. He alone knows His children and the end of all things. That is why we are not to judge people because no one is perfect. We may think we stand and condemn those who struggle, but we do not know when we will fall only God knows everything.
We should not have an earthly concept of God. Otherwise, we will be impeded from receiving from God through Christ i.e. the spirit man in the second heavens.
The real Christ is Spirit not a man. He is the representation of God out of heaven and out of the fullness of the spirit. The reality of Christ is not limited to that which was seen on Earth – it is fully captured in the realm of the Spirit.
Adam disappears in Christ and that is why Christ is called the second Adam, the son of God in John 3:16. He fulfills what Adam was not able to fulfill. The first Adam was human, a type and a shadow compared to the real deal who is Jesus Christ, the culmination and ultimate representation. When He came, what is in the natural ceases to exist. The natural represents limitation (the defeatist mentality) and God has no limitation.
Afterglow: An afterglow is a broad high arch of whitish or rosy light appearing in the sky due to very fine particles of dust suspended in the high regions of the atmosphere. An afterglow may appear above the highest clouds in the hour of deepening twilight, or reflected from the high snowfields in mountain regions long after sunset. The particles produce a scattering effect upon the component parts of white light. The true Alpen glow, which occurs long after sunset or long before sunrise, is caused by the back scattering of red sunlight by aerosols and fine dust particles low in the atmosphere. It is an afterglow caused by direct illumination of atmospheric particles by sunlight as it refracts and gets scattered through the earth’s atmosphere. The high-energy and high-frequency light is scattered out the most and the remaining low-energy, low-frequency reaches the observer in the horizon at twilight. The back scattering of this light further turns it pinkish-red. This period of time is referred to as the blue hour and is widely treasured by photographers and painters as it offers breathtaking imagery. The afterglow persists till the earth’s shadow (terminator line) takes over the sky of the observer as nightfall and the stars appear, with planet Venus being the brightest star visible in the night sky just opposite to the Belt of Venus at the anti-solar point.
For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light]. For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life. And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] [b]expose and reprove and convict them. For it is a shame even to speak of or mention the things that [such people] practice in secret.Ephesians 5:8-12 (AMPC)
Light is not just light here but it is knowledge wisdom and understanding:
The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple.Psalm 119:130 (AMPC)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.John 1:1 (NKJV)
In Christ are hidden the treasures of wisdom.
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