THE SPIRIT WITHIN US AND GOD'S DISCIPLINE

In this Lord's Word Explained Bible Study, The Spirit Within Us and God's Discipline, I will show you where we get our spirit from and the discipline doled out to us and why. I will also show you what we are expected to do while we are alive on earth.

All scripture taken from the King James Bible, AV

Let us begin this Bible study with a prayer, O God, thy heavenly Father, open my eyes and ears and grant me the wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be able to understand this document, in Jesus name. Amen.

Let us look at how God formed man in -

Gen.2:7 - And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

So the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed the Holy Spirit into his nostrils and man became a living soul.

In this next scripture, not only will it tell us what happens to our bodies when we die, but what happens to our spirit when we die.

Eccl.12:7 - Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

So your body returns to dust, as God formed Adam from the dust of the ground, only your spirit returns to God who gave it.

In this next scripture, it will show us that we, or our lives, are nothing more than a vapour and that we are only here for a short time, and then we vanish away. Let us take a look at -

James 4:14 - Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

It is your spirit that we should be most concerned about, this is the only thing God is really concerned about, as he tell us in -

John 4:24 - God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.

Let us go back and see what the LORD God commanded the man, (Adam), - Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. - Gen.2:16-17. This is speaking of a spiritual death not an actual death.

In the Bible, God often uses symbols and sometimes it is difficult to understand. I have explained in other documents, that we are often referred to as "trees," so in order to understand this concept, we will have to use both the spiritual meaning and the reality meaning for the word "trees," however, it is the spiritual aspect that will take precedence. As well, I will explain the phrase, "the tree of life in the midst of the garden," but remember, we are dealing with the spiritual aspect. Let us take a quick look at the scripture first in -

Gen.2:9 - And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

In reality, most trees bear fruit at the end of their branches, eg., apples, oranges etc., but when a human is referred to as a "tree," in the Bible, we as humans produce our "fruit" in the middle of our bodies, (our tree,) and hence the "tree of life" is in the "midst of the garden" - in the middle of our bodies. If you want to go more in depth into this, you will need to read and understand the book, Song of Solomon, the end of chapter 4 and the beginning of chapter 5 should give you some help.

A child is innocent and remains pretty much so, until they have been introduced or subjected to fornication or a sexual act, - this is referred to the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The sexual act is for those who are unable to abstain from lusting and fornication and only then is it good or, honourable, if one marries. However, it better not to marry, but to devote your life praising and praying to God. - See - Pray and Prayer - I have gone into the scripture, "marriage is honourable," in the document entitled, The First and Seventh Commandments, so I will not go into it again here. Also see - "...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part I and Part II.

Let me continue with another explanation.

And the Lord made (the first) Adam a "help meet." - Gen.2:20-22 - See - Mark of the Beast--666, for an explanation of "help meet."

We then see in this same chapter that, (the first) Adam refers to this new person made from one of his own ribs is called a Woman - Gen.2:23 - Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh - Gen.2:24

Perhaps the word "wife" in the above verse may not have been the best choice when translating from the Greek language into English. Remember, God made Adam a "help meet," - one who helps you with your walk with the Lord. Then again, perhaps Adam was very easily persuaded, as he says in Gen.2:24, "...they shall be one flesh," he should have been concentrating on being "one spirit," not one flesh - see I Cor.6:15-20 below for a better understanding of this.

Now let us look into the meaning of a couple of phrases in the above verse.

shall man leave his father and his mother and cleave unto his wife: Gen.2:24

I Cor.6:15-20 - Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make [them] the members of an harlot? God forbid. (16) What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. (17) But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

Let me stop here for a moment and go over part of this and explain it. We are told that our bodies are the members of Christ, don't forget that God breathed into the nostrils of Adam and he became a living soul - God breathed the Holy Spirit into the nostrils of Adam. But when a man joins himself (that is marries, or has sexual contact) unto a woman (referred to as a harlot in the above scripture), then he has made himself as a member of a harlot - God forbid. (This also includes having sexual contact with the same sex, male with male, or female with female.) In otherwords, God does not want you to marry, nor does he want you to have sexual contact with anybody at any time - none. Your bodies are the members of Christ. When two people come together they are not supposed to concentrate on the flesh aspect, but the spiritual aspect. Read the scripture above carefully again. Now let me continue on with the above scripture and we will see that we are to -

(18) Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (19) What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? You need to know and understand your body is a temple, as well as the biblical definitions for the words, "harlot," and "fornication."- See - Temples of God--Churches; the definitions for the words "harlot," and "fornication" can also be found in - Works of the Flesh Word Definitions

There are only two words in vs. 18 - Flee fornication - Why? because he (you) who commits fornication sins against your own body, and your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost in you, which God has given you, and you are not your own, in otherwords, you do not belong to yourself, your spirit belong to God - we are an extention of God because we have the Holy Ghost within each of us. We are in essence, a "little" god, (spelled with a small "g",) for example, we have the power to cast out devils in the name of Jesus Christ, and we have the power to heal others with prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, however, we must keep the commandments of God, overcome, conquer and gain the victory over the works of the flesh, and do the fruits of the Spirit, - See - The True Vine, and one must believe Jesus is the Son of God, was born of the virgin Mary, crucified, buried and rose from the dead on the third day and now sits on the right hand of God waiting to return to earth to rule and reign on earth. And when Jesus returns to rule and reign, he will rule with a rod of iron, - See - Sword of the Spirit--Word of God. However, most of us do not act like God intended us to act, because Adam and the woman (Eve) broke God's one and only commandment. He (God), has given us free rein to run our own lives, to see if we will follow the ways of God, or the ways of the serpent/the devil/Satan - Lucifer. Let us take a look at what Jesus says in -

John 8:44 - Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Remember - the devil/the serpent/Satan/the dragon/Lucifer - is a spirit also.

The devil/the serpent, deceived the woman (Eve) from the very beginning, he (the devil/serpent) abode not in the truth (or, did not stick to telling the truth,) because there is no truth in him. The serpent lied/deceived the woman (Eve) into believing it would be okay to break God's commandment he gave them, that God would not mind, but of course God did mind, because God removed Adam and the woman (Eve) from the Garden of Eden. And we have been following the ways of the serpent/the devil every since the very first deception without even realizing what the deception is. - See - The First and Seventh Commandments; Marrying and Giving in Marriage.

The devil/the serpent, also has other names such as, the dragon and Lucifer; and Lucifer was put on earth to watch over the people God had created on earth, but Lucifer thought himself so beautiful and became so enamoured with himself he rebelled and convinced one third of the angels and took them with him, and he lied to the woman (Eve) and most of us have believed the serpent/the devil's lie as well, and we have become enamoured with ourselves and with lust for others. The serpent said it was okay, to commit fornication, that God would not mind, but God does mind. What did God do with Adam and the woman when he found out they had disobeyed him? He put them out of the garden of Eden, and closed it off to them, and us. The garden of Eden is an actual place, but it is also a spiritual aspect within us.

Your body and your spirit are God's, they are not yours, and when you commit fornication (a sexual act) you are sinning against your body which is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you (and me) - it is in all of us. Because you are part of God when you commit fornication, then you are sinning against God, not only have you defiled yourself, you are defiling God - you are part of him Remember what it said in Eccl.12:7 above, then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. God gave you part of himself. Are you going to defile it with a harlot by committing fornication? Today, we think of a harlot as being more of a hooker, or a call girl, but that is not what a harlot is referring to in the Bible, in the Bible, a harlot is anybody (male and female) who commits fornication and breaks the first commandment. Let us look at this next phrase,

ye are not your own - I Cor.6:19

Rom.14:7-8 - For none of us live to himself, and no man dieth to himself. (8) For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's

Let us also look at -

Eccl.12:13-14 - Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole [duty] of man. (and/or woman). (14) For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil. - See - The First and Seventh Commandments; Ten Commandments; The Two Great Commandments

What is the whole duty of man? See the above scripture.

Now let us go back and look at the phrase -

they shall be one flesh - Gen.2:24

Eph.5:28-32 - So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. (29) For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourished and cherisheth it even as the Lord the church: (30) For we are members of his body, (the Lord Jesus Christ's body), and of his flesh, and of his bones. (31) For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Now pay particular attention to this next verse.

(32) This is a great mystery: but I Paul speak concerning Christ and the church.

Jesus Christ (the LORD God) is our husband and we - the church/temple, we are his wife, regardless of what sex you are - because it is a spiritual relationship. We are to commit ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ, as Jesus committed his life to God. - See - Temples of God--Churches, for a better understanding of church/temple.

Let us look at the next 2 or 3 scriptures so that I can show you who our husband is -

Is.54:5 - For thy Maker [is] thine husband: the LORD of hosts [is] his name: and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. - see - Rom.3:29

Is.61:10 - I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels.

II Cor.11:2 - For I (God) am jealous over you with godly jealously: for I (God) have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you [as] a chaste virgin to Christ

We have been espoused by God the Father to have one husband - Jesus Christ, and to put him (Jesus Christ) away from you and marry another is divorcing him whether you realize this or not. Many of us have broken the first and seventh commandments without even realizing it. - See - The First and Seventh Commandments. Also see - The Husband and The Bride--The Kingdom of God, to have a better understanding of our husband/wife relationship with the Lord.

In these next scriptures, the LORD is talking about his Son, Jesus Christ

Ps.2:8-9 - Ask of me (the LORD GOD), and I shall give [thee] (the Lord Jesus) the heathen [for] thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession. (9) Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

Please read all of Psalms chapter 2 for yourself. You and also read Psalms chapter 1 as well.

Jesus Christ will be given the earth to rule and reign forever, upon his return to earth, as a reward for following God's rules/commandments - all of them, he lived a righteous life and he definitely did not put somebody ahead of God by marrying a human while he was here on earth, because that means he would have broken the first and seventh commandments. See further below for more explanation. Also see - The First and Seventh Commandments

for I (God) have espoused you to one husband - II Cor.11:2

Hos.2:19 - For I (the LORD) will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies.

I Cor.4:15 - For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet [have ye] not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I (God) have begotten you through the gospel.

Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, we on the other hand are begotten through the gospel - we must believe that Jesus is the Son of God, was born of the virgin Mary, crucified, buried and rose from the dead on the third day and now sits on the right hand of God waiting to return to earth to rule and reign on earth. And when Jesus returns to rule and reign, he will rule with a rod of iron for a thousand years, you will not have any choice, because Satan/the devil/the dragon, will be chained up, then at the end of that period of time, Satan will be released for a short period of time again, then you will have two choices, to obey the commandments of God and live a righteous life, or you may choose not to obey the commandments of God and follow the ways of Satan again, in which case you will be destroyed in the lake of fire, the same as Satan/the devil/the dragon will be destroyed. - See - Ps.2:8-9 above again, also see - Furnace of Fire/Lake of Fire and Brimstone

I may present you - II Cor.11:2

Col.1:28 - Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

[as] a chaste virgin to Christ - II Cor.11:2

Lev.21:13 - And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

Here is something for you to think carefully on.

Because he was disciplined. Jesus Christ, the Son of God/Son of man, born of the virgin Mary, was sent here by God, and tempted of Satan, the devil/the serpent/the dragon, and he (Jesus) rebuked Satan, he told Satan to get thee hence, (or get behind him, or, get out.) - Matt.4:10. Jesus had to endure Satan just as we do today, and Jesus had to be strong to resist the temptations of the devil - all the temptations. Jesus came and showed us it could be done, without using his Godly powers, he could have called upon his angels (the good angels) to help him when Satan/the devil was tempting him and persecuting him, but he did not call upon any heavenly or, Godly, powers, (that he had before he came to earth,) other than praying to God, probably to give him strength to endure Satan. - Matt.4:1-11 and we likewise, can pray to God for strength to resist the devil and his ways. See - The First and Seventh Commandment.

Why did Jesus not use Godly powers? Because he temporarily gave those powers up while he was here on earth, however, Jesus could have prayed to his heavenly Father at any time and God would have given Jesus a great number of angels, but the scriptures would not have been fulfilled, and Jesus knew he had been sent to earth for the scriptures to be fulfilled. - Matt.26:53-54. And because it would have defeated the purpose of why Jesus came to earth in human form - that was to show us by example what we are suppose to do, which is to resist the temptations of the "works of the flesh." - See - The True Vine; Parable of the Sower - Mark and Luke, for a list of the "works of the flesh," and to keep the commandments of God - all of them. Jesus also came to show us how to enter the kingdom of heaven - See - Parable of the Kingdom of Heaven

We are no different than Jesus Christ when he was here on earth in human form, we are tempted every day, the point is - can you resist the temptations of the serpent/the devil/Satan/the dragon. It means that you have to stop doing the "works of the flesh," all of them, and keep the commandments of God - all of them.

Here is another question for you.

When did God give the man (the first Adam) and the woman (Eve) permission to commit the sexual act. Be careful when you answer that question.

Even though in the Bible the woman is referred to as his (Adam's) wife, and they shall be one flesh - Gen.2:24, I have already explained this above - refer to Eph.5:28-31 again.

Now read Gen.3:1-13 If you read this carefully, you will see that God was very angry when he found out (the first) Adam and the woman (Eve) had disobeyed his one and only commandment - thou shalt not eat of the tree of good and evil, for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (spiritually die) - Gen.2:16-17

I have already explained about the word "tree" and the phrase, "tree of good and evil."

It was not until (the first) Adam and the woman (Eve) had disobeyed God's one and only commandment that God told the woman that he would multiply her sorrow and her conception. Let us take at look at the definition for the word -

sorrow - 6093 - O.T. - AV - sorrow, toil - 1) pain, labour, hardship, sorrow, toil - from root word #6087

from root word #6087 - a primitive root - AV - grieve, displeased, hurt, made, sorry, vexed, worship, wrest - 1) to hurt, pain, grieve, displease, vex, wrest; 2) to shape, fashion, make, form, stretch into shape, (TWOT) worship

We can see from the word "sorrow" in Gen.3:16, we assume the understand of word to mean pain and labour, hence labour pains when the woman in pregnant and about to deliver, but look at the primitive root AV meaning, it also includes - grieve, displease, vex, wrest, as well as worship. So let us look at the scripture for some of these words.

Gen.6:6 - And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Is.63:10 - But they (the people) rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

Read all of Is., chapter 63 for yourself.

Ps.56:5 - Every day they (the people) wrest my words: all their thoughts [are] against me for evil.

Jer.44:19 - And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

Reading Jeremiah chapter 44, you will see that God was not very happy with the Jewish people for what they were doing.

God is not very happy that he made man, it grieved him at his heart - Gen.6:6, because the people rebelled and vexed his holy Spirit, and God turned to be the enemy of the people and fought against them - Is.63:10, (you might want to read, Four Horses of Revelation); every day the people wrest with the words of God and all their thoughts are against God for evil - Ps.56:5.

Let us take a closer look at the definition for the word -

vexed - #7489 - a primitive root - AV - evil, evildoer, hurt, wickedly, worse, afflict, wicked, break, doer, ill, harm, displease - 1) to be bad, be evil; 1a1) to be displeasing; 1a4) to be wicked, be evil (ethically); 1b2) to do evil or wickedly; 2) to break, shatter, 2b) to be broken, be broken in pieces, be broken asunder

We can see that God's definition of the word "vexed," means that we have displeased him, and that we are a bunch of evildoers which have rebelled and do evil or wickedly against the Holy Spirit and break his word. Remember, I explained that when God formed man from the dust of the ground, he breathed into his nostrils the breath of life - of the Holy Spirit, and man became a living soul - that is man had a part of God within himself, therefore, we are an extention of God, or "little" gods, but do not go getting yourselves all puffed up like Lucifer, thinking you are more important than what you really are. - See - The First and Seventh Commandments, for more explanation.

The problem is, most of us do not even remotely begin to act like God wants us to, in fact we act more like our father the devil, let us look at the scripture where Jesus tells us this in -

John 8:44 - Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Let us look at the definition for the word -

lusts #1939 - NT - from #1937 - AV - lust, concupiscence, desire, lust after - Outline of Biblical usage - 1) desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust

from #1937 - from #1909 and #2372 - AV - desire, covet, lust, lust after, fain - Outline of Biblical usage - 1) to turn upon a thing, 2) to have a desire for, long for, to desire, 3) to lust after, covet, 3a) of those who seek things forbidden

from #2372 - from #2380 - AV - wrath, fierceness, indignation - Outline of Biblical usage - 1) passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again, 2) glow, ardour, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength)

from #2380 - a root word - AV - kill, sacrifice, do sacrifice, slay - Outline of Biblical usage - to sacrifice, immolate, 2) to slay, kill, 2a) of the paschal lamb, 3) slaughter

from #1909 - these are prepositions - you can look them up for yourself if you wish.

"Lust" or, "lusts" is a longing desire (for), eagerness to possess; sensual appetite. vi to feel an intense desire. Definition from, Webster's New Dictionary and Thesaurus. It is an act done within your mind, it has not been physically or actually acted upon with another person, but it is listed in the works of the flesh, and is a sin - it is a killing, or, murder of the spirit, which you have been given of God.

Now go back and read John 8:44 above again.

are of [your] father the devil - John 8:44

Matt.13:38 - The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one], - See - Parable of the Tares of the Field

abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him - John 8:44

Gen.3:1-5 - Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (2) And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: (3) But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. (4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: (5) For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Now we can certainly see the serpent/the devil, lied and/or deceived the woman into believing that it was okay to disobey God's commandment which was not to eat of the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden, and I have explained "the midst of the garden" above. Let us continue looking at scripture for - "abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him."

II Cor.11:3 - But I (Paul) fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Jude 6-8 - And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (7) Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengenance of eternal fire. (8) Likewise also these [filthy] dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

Let us take a look at definition for the words -

[filthy] dreamers - #1797 - AV - dream, filthy dreamer - 1) to dream (divinely suggested) dreams, 2) metaph., to be beguiled with sensual images and carried away to an impious course of conduct

It does not matter how you look at it, whether the woman (Eve) allowed herself to be carried away to an impious course of conduct or whether the woman (Eve) and Adam actually did commit the sexual act with each other, or if they only dreamed of defiling the flesh, they still did disobeyed God's only commandment he had given them. It is wrong to commit fornication, it is wrong to think about fornication - it is wrong to lust. You must be able to discipline yourselves, to overcome, conquer and gain the victory over the works of the flesh. Ask for the help of Jesus Christ - pray for the peace of Jerusalem. - See - Pray and Prayer, if you need to have a better understanding of the peace of Jerusalem. Please see - Four Horses of Revelation, for a better understanding of the words and/or phrase, "overcome, conquer," and "gain the victory." Also see the scripture - Rom.1:24-25 below.

Please re-read Gen.3:1-13 again and let me repeat one of the paragraphs above and continue from there. It was not until (the first) Adam and the woman (Eve) had disobeyed God's one and only commandment that he told the woman that he would multiply her sorrow and her conception.

So up to this point God had not given permission to commit a sexual act, otherwise, if God had given them permission he would not have been so angry. Now some may say that the woman committed the sexual act with the serpent, but the serpent is a spirit, not a human, and the Bible clearly states that Adam knew Eve, his wife (or, help meet/companion) and she conceived and bare Cain, .... And she again bare his brother Abel .... - Gen.4:1-2 So Eve did not commit the sexual act with the serpent - a spirit. The woman (Eve) was deceived by the serpent, she may have touched the serpent, who most likely may have plied her with sensual images or, lusted with the serpent and carried away to an impious course of conduct, but did not actually commit a sexual act with the serpent, regardless, it was still a sin to God - it was a desire for what is forbidden, an act done within your mind.

When God was in the garden with Adam and the woman (Eve), they only heard him or perhaps saw him as a bright shining light. Remember, no one has seen the face of God. The serpent/Satan/Lucifer etc., is the bright and morning star and appears as a bright light - a false god, so when the woman (Eve) was talking with the serpent in the garden, may be for a brief moment, she may have thought she was talking with God, and touched him and if she touched the serpent, (or, this bright light) he plied her with lustful images in her mind.

Lucifer - Satan/the serpent, was initially put in charge of the earth to protect the people God had created and/or formed. But Lucifer became enamoured with himself and thought/thinks he is going to exhalt himself above the stars of God, and that he will be like the most High - See, Is.12:13-14

We also see in the next scripture, that the angels did not keep their first estate - that is they did not worship and praise God, to lead, and to rule the people on earth. Lucifer was an archangel, he was the chief leader over the earth, but he became enamoured with himself. See - Isaiah chapter 12. That is why God sent Jesus Christ down to earth to live as a human, to take away the sins of the world - the sins of the serpent/the devil/Satan/Lucifer, etc., and to show us as humans, that we could overcome, conquer, and gain the victory over the works of the flesh. Jesus overcame Satan, and gained the victory over all the images and promises he (Satan) had plied Jesus Christ with, at the end of the temptations of forty days and nights, Jesus told Satan to "get hence," or get behind him - that he (Jesus) would worship, pray and praise only God. And Jesus did not use his "Godly" powers which he had before he came down to earth as a human. Jesus was in every sense of the word, human. We have exactly the same powers and capabilities as Jesus Christ had when he was living on earth as a human - exactly, however, we just do not seem to realize this, because when we take our eyes off of the Lord, we loose faith and sink, just as Peter sank when he took is eyes off of the Lord, when he tried to walk on water, (I will try to write a document on this to explain it more fully in the future.)

Let us take a look at -

Jude 1:6 - And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgement of the great day.

Let us look at the definition for the word -

first estate - #746 - N.T. - = from #567 - AV - beginning, principality, corner, first - Outline of Bible Usage - 1) beginning, origin, 2) the person or thing that commences, the first person or thing in a series, the leader, 3) that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause, 4) the extremity of a thing, 4a) of the corners of a sail, 5) the first place, principality, rule magistracy, 5a) of angels and demons - found 58 times

from #567 - middle voice of #757 (through the implication of precedence) - AV - begin, rehearse from beginning - Outline of Biblical Usage - 1) to be the first to do (anything), to begin, 2) to be chief, leader, ruler, 3) to begin, make a beginning - found 84 times

middle voice of #757 (through the implication of precedence) - a primary word - AV - rule over, reign over - Outline of Biblical Usage - 1) to be chief, to lead, to rule - found twice - Mark 10:42 and Rom.15:12

Let us look at the next scripture.

Rom.1:24-25 - Wherefore God also gave them (Adam and the woman/Eve) up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, (or minds), to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: (25) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. - See - The First and Seventh Commandments

In the above verse, the word "creature," is referring to a human being and the "Creator" is God, who is Spirit. - See - Born Again (or, From Above) for more information on what a "new creature" is.

Read Rom.1:24-25 above again.

Let us look at the above scripture more carefully. God gave Adam and the woman/Eve up to what he calls "uncleanness," through the lusts of their own hearts, (or minds) to dishonour their own bodies between themselves, who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature (the human body of another person) more than the Creator (God), who is blessed for ever. So Adam and woman/Eve believed the serpent's lie that God would not mind if they indulged in uncleanness/lusting/dishonouring their own bodies between themselves, rather than obeying God's one and only commandment - in fact if we look at Gen.3:3, it not only say they were not to eat of the fruit of the tree of good and evil, but, they were not to even touch it, lest they die, (that is, a spiritual death.)

God formed Adam from the dust of the ground, and placed "him" in the Garden of Eden, then God used one of Adam's ribs to make a woman, she also was placed in the Garden of Eden - a special place away from the others he had created. Some of you are going to say, what others? There had to be others, let me start with - when Adam and the woman (Eve) disobeyed God's one and only commandment, God removed them from the Garden of Eden. Then when Cain slew Abel and God sent Cain further east of the Garden of Eden and immediately he found a wife, how did he get a wife, if God had only created Adam and the woman (Eve) and they had two children, both boys, Cain and Abel, and Cain slew Abel, where and how, did Cain find a wife? unless there were others - which were not in the Garden of Eden. And who was Cain afraid might kill him if they came across him? His mother and father? I do not think so. Yes, there had to be others, but they were not, and never were, in the Garden of Eden.

At what point did God give humans (from the lineage of Adam and Eve) permission to go forth and multiply the earth?

Not until Noah - Gen.9:1, God also made a covenant with Noah, Gen.9:9

So you see, God was very disappointed with (the first) Adam, because he did not have the strength to resist the temptation and say no to fornication or the sexual act, or lusting.

Remember - Our Maker is our husband; the LORD of hosts [is] his name; and the Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. - Is.54:5 For I (God) am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ - II Cor.11:2 - See Marrying and Giving in Marriage - to be typed and listed soon.

Now let us go back and look at some of the phrases in Eccl.12:7 - the first scripture in this document.

shall dust return to the earth as it was: - Eccl.12:7

Gen.3:19 - In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art,] and dust shalt thou return.

and the spirit shall return unto God - Eccl.12:7

Eccl.3:21 - Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

The "spirit" of man that goeth upward - this is the spirit which God gave us - see, Eccl.12:7 above.

who gave it - Eccl.12:7

Zech.12:1 - The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

The word "Israel" in the above scripture is referring to the tribes or houses of Israel.

formed the spirit of man within him - Zech.12:1

Heb.12:9 - Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us,] and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

Now let us look at some scripture for God's discipline.

Heb.12:5-11 - And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: (6) For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (7) If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? (8) But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. ("then are ye bastards, and not sons," that is a pretty strong statement, go back to the beginning of this scripture and and read it again before continuing.) (9) Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us,] and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? (10) For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he (God) for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness. (11) Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

So what this is saying is, when we are young children we are often chastised by our biological father, and we may not have liked it, but we usually respected his authority. However, wouldn't you rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? Our biological father only chastises us for a short period of time in our lives, but God the Father chastises us so that we might be partakers of his holiness, and no chastising might seem joyous initially, but in the end, or at the time of the return of Jesus Christ it would be grevious, because you have not refrained from doing the works of the flesh, and you have not kept all of the commandments of God, then you will not be able to rule and reign with Jesus during the thousand years.

Have you every had something happen to you and you say, why me? what did I do to deserve this? Perhaps you are being chastised by God the Father. Think about that for a moment. Have you been following the works of the flesh? See - The True Vine for a list of the "works of the flesh."

Let us look again and see what the scripture has to say about what we are suppose to do.

Eccl.12:13-14 - Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole [duty] of man. (14) For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.

Now just so that you do not think the commandments have been done away with in the New Testament, let us look and see what the scripture says.

Matt.19:17 - And he (Jesus) said unto him, Why callest thou me (Jesus) good? [there is] none good but one, [that is] God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments

John 14:14-15, 21 - If ye shall ask any thing in my (Jesus Christ's) name, I (Jesus Christ) will do [it.] (15) If ye love me, (Jesus Christ,) keep my commandments (21) He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 15:10 - If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I (Jesus) have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

I John 2:3-6 - And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (4) He that saith, I know him, (Jesus Christ) and keep not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (5) But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. (6) He that saith he abide in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he (Jesus Christ) walked.

Please read the whole chapter for yourself. Also watch for the document entitled - The First and Seventh Commandments; as well as, Marrying and Giving In Marriage, or something close to those titles.

I John 3:22-24 - And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, (God), because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (23) And this is his (God's) commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. (24) And he that keepeth his (God's) commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he (God) abideth in us, by the Spirit which he (God) hath given us.

Please go back and read John 14:14-15, 21

Remember also, that God gave us our spirit - see Eccl.12:7 and Gen.2:7 above.

I John 4:21 - And this commandment have we from him, (God), That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Read all of I John, chapter 4.

I John 5:2-3 - By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. (3) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandment are not grievous.

Please read all of I John, chapter 5.

In the scripture where it says to "love one another," "love his brother," and "love the children of God," is referring to a non-sexual love - a brotherly love of one another, or a spiritual love of one another.

Rev.12:7 - And the dragon/devil/the serpent was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Rev.14:12 - Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

The word "they" in Rev.14:12 is referring to "the remnant of her seed," in Rev.12:17.

Now let us look at -

For God shall bring every work into judgment, .... - Eccl.12:14

Matt.12:36-37 - But I (Jesus) say unto you, That every idle word that men (or, women) shall speak, (and/or do,) they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

(37) For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

word that men (or, women) shall speak, (and/or do,) - Matt.12:36

Read Eph.5:3-33. Also read - Temples of God--Churches; Heir and Joint-Heir With Christ; The True Vine; The First and Seventh Commandments

Let us look at and contemplate this next scripture -

James 4:14 - Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

What are you doing while you are alive here on earth? Are you spending most of your time thinking highly of yourself, or, wishing you had a better body, or envying somebody else's body, are you lusting or committing fornication? or -- are you obeying the ten commandments, praising and praying to God and allowing God to feed or nurture the spirit within you.

You should now be able to see that God gives us a spirit - Eccl.12:7 and Gen.2:7, and that our whole duty is to love God and keep the commandments of God - Eccl.12:13 and that every work shall be brought into judgment, even those things which are done in secret - Eccl.12:14.

It is very important for you to understand what the "fruits of the Spirit" are, and what "the works of the flesh" are, and that we are to overcome, conquer and gain the victory over all the works of the flesh. If you need more help understanding the words, "overcome, conquer" and "gain the victory," please see - Four Horses of Revelation. Also see - The True Vine for a list of the "fruits of the Spirit" and "the works of the flesh."

It is also very important that you understand the documents, The First and Seventh Commandments, as well as, Marrying and Giving in Marriage.

It is not up to me to disciple you, you have to be able to discipline yourself, or be disciplined by your heavenly Father. It is not up to me to judge you the Lord will judge you when the time comes, as he will judge all of us. I give you the information in the Bible, it is up to you if you wish to follow the words of the Lord, or whether you wish to follow the works of flesh - or Satan.

This document is meant to help you understand your Bible more easily, however, it may not give you all the answers, you will need to study your Bible as well as read other documents, but let no one deceive you, prove all things; hold fast that which is good, because, ultimately, you, are responsible for your own salvation.


Pray and Prayer
Works of the Flesh Word Definitions
Temples of God--Churches
The Husband and The Bride--The Kingdom of God
The True Vine
Sword of the Spirit--Word of God.
The First and Seventh Commandments
Ten Commandments
The Two Great Commandments
Furnace of Fire/Lake of Fire and Brimstone
Parable of the Sower - Mark and Luke
Parable of the Kingdom of Heaven
Parable of the Tares of the Field
Heir and Joint-Heir With Christ
Four Horses of Revelation
The Root or Stem of Jesse/A Righteous Branch/Holy One/Savious--Jesus Christ
Mark of the Beast--666
"...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part I
"...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part II
Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
Born Again (or, From Above)
Parable of the Ten Virgins--Wise and Foolish
INDEX

Let us end this Bible study with a prayer - O God thy heavenly Father, please help me to be a better person each day, to follow the commandments, and help me to strive each day to be more in thy presence, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.





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Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2003
Last updated: Friday, February 13, 2004






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