The Prophetic Induction Of Man Created In His Element Of Purpose – Season 2 (Part 2): Sermon By Bishop Gobanga
And the Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden [delight]; and there He put the man whom He had formed (framed, constituted). And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight or to be desired—good (suitable, pleasant) for food; the tree of life also in the center of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of [the difference between] good and evil and blessing and calamity.
Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four [river] heads. The first is named Pishon; it is the one flowing around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.The gold of that land is of high quality; bdellium (pearl?) and onyx stone are there. The second river is named Gihon; it is the one flowing around the whole land of Cush. The third river is named Hiddekel [the Tigris]; it is the one flowing east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.Genesis 2:8-18 (AMPC)
Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?
And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden, Except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.
But the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die, For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity. And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.
Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apronlike girdles. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.Genesis 3:1-8 (AMPC)
Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, Thus says the Lord God: You are the full measure and pattern of exactness [giving the finishing touch to all that constitutes completeness], full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the carnelian, topaz, jasper, chrysolite, beryl, onyx, sapphire, carbuncle, and emerald; and your settings and your sockets and engravings were wrought in gold. On the day that you were created they were prepared.
You were the anointed cherub that covers with overshadowing [wings], and I set you so. You were upon the holy mountain of God; you walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire [like the paved work of gleaming sapphire stone upon which the God of Israel walked on Mount Sinai].
You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until iniquity and guilt were found in you. Through the abundance of your commerce you were filled with lawlessness and violence, and you sinned; therefore I cast you out as a profane thing from the mountain of God and the guardian cherub drove you out from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was proud and lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I lay you before kings, that they might gaze at you.
You have profaned your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities and the enormity of your guilt, by the unrighteousness of your trade. Therefore I have brought forth a fire from your midst; it has consumed you, and I have reduced you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who looked at you. All who know you among the people are astonished and appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and shall never return to being.Ezekiel 28:12-19 (AMPC)
God’s perception of things is equivalent to their existence and actuality.
[Resting] in the hope of eternal life, [life] which the ever truthful God Who cannot deceive promised before the world or the ages of time began.Titus 1:2 (AMPC)
God’s purpose exceeds creation. Creation is the divine apparatus meant to manifest the accomplishment of God’s Eternal purpose.
We are first and foremost spirit. God then made a form (physical body) for man to inhabit for him to function on Earth.
Adam’s pristine state was on the outside and his body on the inside swaddled by the Glory of God. [Reference: The Mount Of Transfiguration]
God intends to restore humanity to the place and state they were before the fall; to enjoy fellowship in the cool of the day in Eden.
God is in the business of restoring mankind to Eden where there is the Tree Of Life.
Adam and Eve had the task of bringing heaven on Earth. They were supposed to bring it in its entirety.
Lucifer was a Cherub assigned to provide covering for the throne of God. He had access to the throne of God that other angels did not have. (Reference: Isaiah 6)
God intended to make man to have His image and likeness to inhabit Earth. They were to have the genetic code of divinity.
It was only mankind that was going to inherit the Earth and preside over the heavenly realms. This is what shattered Lucifer’s identity, birthing rebellion in his heart against mankind.
What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor.Psalm 8:4-5 (AMPC)
Lucifer was covered in 9 blazing stones denoting his authority, power, brilliant, transparent and luminous in nature. In the Old Testament, the gemstones in the high priests’ breastplates were 12. Twelve is the number of divine government.
Lucifer was not ordained to form a government but to worship God. The stones were to reflect the glory of God.
Lucifer was to aid mankind to attain his purpose as God’s representative on Earth.
Angels were tasked to tend Eden to prepare it for man’s habitation.
The Garden of God was in heaven and the Garden planted in the East where man was planted had a seamless connection.
The Tree of Life and of the Knowledge of Good and Evil were at the intersection of both gardens.
The gems were found in the Mountain of God with resplendence of God’s light.
Heaven is a Holy Mountain of God; there is His throne [authority & power].
The river of fire and life has stones of fire [denoting revelation]; a nugget of divine insights of the Most High that Lucifer was to share with mankind to bring him to the fullness of God.
Lucifer was to be a partaker of the works of God as a forerunner for God. This is the same way John the Baptist was for Christ.
Lucifer’s trading [merchandising and trafficking] entailed moving about spreading malicious slander leading to a rebellion of a third of the angels.
He had insight on what God was about to do and incited angels to abdicate their role to mankind; to serve mankind. They decided to take over the heavens to rule in the stead of mankind.
Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation?Hebrews 1:14 (AMPC)
Your heart attitude is key to trading divine mysteries of the Kingdom. God is looking for pure hearts to work with; they that are blameless before him.
You have profaned your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities and the enormity of your guilt, by the unrighteousness of your trade. Therefore I have brought forth a fire from your midst; it has consumed you, and I have reduced you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who looked at you.
All who know you among the people are astonished and appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and shall never return to being.Ezekiel 28:18-19 (AMPC)
Lucifer wanted dominion and influence slated for mankind. This is what removed Lucifer from the trading floor of heaven. He was a master trader of heaven and wanted to defraud mankind of his inheritance. He knew that everything needs a legal requirement. For this reason, he wanted to defraud mankind of their legal right and give them sin instead of their dominion in God subtly covered in deception.
“Did God say? Did he really say?” This is the distortion of Lucifer. He drew Adam away from worshipping God into his own trading floor. There are trade-offs.
Sin, in its myriad forms, is what mankind inherits as he trades with Satan losing his inheritance in God.
Man is deluded that he can define what is right and wrong without God. Sin is not about breaking a law. It is a nature imparted from Lucifer. It is grafted in our nature and is in our hearts before it is an action.
Self-focus is the root of the violation of God’s holy law.
Lucifer lost access to the mountain of God and could not flow in divine revelation. His actions had led to the destruction of the first world in Genesis 1:1-2. This is the judgment of the pre-Adamite world.
The rebellion of Adam and Eve gave Lucifer access to the heavens that he had access to before.
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.Colossians 1:16 (AMPC)
Adam lost his power and dominion as well as the capacity to embrace his identity in God. He fell from glory and no longer had access to the heavenly realms.
Sin redefined Adam’s and Eve’s existence. Mankind inherited death – lack of identity and purpose living a life without God.
Jesus Christ came so that we may have life and life in abundance by accessing the tree of life.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).John 10:10 (AMPC)
Creation will respond to us when we have full glory.
For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].Romans 8:19 (AMPC)
Angles only serve sons of God. They do not serve anyone walking in disobedience.
Man was not only meant to operate in Eden but also replicate it to the entire Earth that had been uninhabited. He was to subdue the Earth. Satan was still at large.
The Tree of Life and The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil are both literal and symbolic. The Tree Of Life represents life and truth from God. It is freely available – by taking and eating. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is available only by revelation from God. If you have access to this tree, you have access to moral dilemmas that only God can unravel and solve. We are better off if we allow God to teach us good and evil.
This Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, was put to set a boundary between God the Creator and man as the creature. Divine boundaries in our lives increase the flow of God in our lives enabling us to see things we cannot see with our physical eyes and sidestep set-backs if we were to live outside the boundaries of God.
If I am truly covenanted with God, there is evidence of fruit in my life bearing testimony to the covenant.
The tree was to inculcate honour [for God and mankind] and elevation for mankind.
God created us to be sons to fulfill our role in the governmental structure in the Kingdom of God.
May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm! Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.Ephesians 1:3-4 (AMPC)
But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).Ephesians 2:4-6 (AMPC)
Jesus has access to all realms and so should we. This administration and rulership is only accessed by a son inducted into the Son.
A son is able to access the realm of the spirit by living a consecrated life in faith.
We will only express dominion on Earth from the heavens as sons. This is the right order.
When we have authority in the heavens we will be able to break the powers of darkness.
By eating the fruit, Adam and Eve partook the nature of Satan into themselves. The fruit of Satan was sown into man and it became part of him. It keeps growing to a full harvest.
When Satan became part of Adam, he found expression in the members of Adam.
But I discern in my bodily members [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh] a different law (rule of action) at war against the law of my mind (my reason) and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh].Romans 7:23 (AMPC)
In the same way that Adam ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, we should eat of the Body of Christ.
And when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance.1 Corinthians 11:24 (AMPC)
Fasting subjects the flesh to the Word of God and the Cross.