Christ - The Original Matrix (last update to this study was made on 12/20/2004)
My little girl Nicole is 8 1/2 years old and in 3rd grade. I love her dearly and she is Daddy's little girl. Nicole's teacher asked the class to write a letter to whomever they wanted to. So she wrote a letter to her teacher. I quote "Dear ______________. So far I've had a wonderful year with you and I think you 're the best 3rd grade teacher ever created. I love you a lot and I mean it. I bet you're gonna be my best teacher. I'm not just saying that cause you're my teacher. I'm saying that because of many other reasons too! I hope you have a great year with the dolphins, the blue crosses, the falcons, and the cybergators being you're class! Love Nicole" Now when I read this I had a couple of thoughts, one which you also may have had and one which you could not have has it only comes from being her Father and having some prior knowledge regarding her soon-to-be teacher. You see, Nicole was informed when we found out that she got this certain teacher that this person was tough and a "yeller". However, I knew God had given this teacher to Nicole and it was just the right person for her. So when I read this letter I was so very pleased to see how she likes her teacher. However another thought sprung into my mind when I read the letter for the first time. I thought "that is a good way of getting on your teacher's good side." Yet I can assure you that never entered Nicole's mind and she wrote the letter in complete innocence and with all good intentions. You see, as time goes on and we are continually exposed to the world, our thoughts becomes tainted with their ways, their views and their opinions. At times our thoughts can be less than pure or clear, even in the most innocent situations.
Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God made this statement "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure..." (Titus 1:15). The word 'pure' means clean, clear or pure. Let me tell you how not to mistakenly interpret this verse. It does not mean "you are to see or perceive all things as pure in their present state or condition. If your mind is truly pure, you will see all things as pure but if your mind is defiled and unbelieving, you will see nothing as pure". No, what Paul meant is what he said. Unto the PURE, if you are operating in a mind of purity, out of a pure, clean and wholesome mind, you will have clear, clean and pure thoughts. Your thoughts are the fruit of the tree in your mind. However, if your mind has not been cleansed and it is defiled, then it will NOT produce thoughts of clarity and pureness.
Now what I just said does not contradict an analogy we often use and frankly is very good. It is often said how God can see the finished product from the beginning; how he is like the sculptor who uses the hammer and chisel to form that beautiful image that he has captured in his mind (such as the statue of David by one of the greatest artists in the history of the world, Michelangelo Buonarotti of Florence). He is working on us, forming and molding us into the image of his son Jesus Christ, so that all of our thoughts are held captive to Christ and we operate out of a pure mind.
Christ is being formed in our mind, we are growing up into him. Now you may not always see that growth (just as you don't immediately see it in the natural) but it is important to know that it is still taking place. You have heard me use this example before. It reminds me of an article I read in Nat’l Geographic several years back. The article said when you look at the Arctic Ocean, as far as the eye can see, you see nothing but vast whiteness. Everything appears to be dormant, no activity, no life, other than maybe occasional Polar Bear or two. But the author of the article said, when you look underneath that ice, whether it is 12 inches, 24 or 36, there is such vitality, there is such a proliferation of life taking place underneath the ice,,,, more activity than all other Oceans put together, the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and so forth. It dawned on me that is the way it is in the Spirit, our inner man renewed day by day, and we may not always observe it with our senses (sight, hear, smell, taste or feel), …. But is nonetheless true, Christ in You – that hope of glory. And I think we would do well to remind ourselves of that. That there is that inner life that lives inside of us. Hey, you are carrying new life in you! You are pregnant with new life. Ever see most woman when they are first told that they are pregnant or when they are telling others for the first time? They are glowing. They can't hide it. Nor are we to hide our light. Now this analogy of the Arctic Ocean is NOT suggesting that the believer should NOT have fruit; it is NOT suggesting that we can have faith without works. But just as the farmer plants the seed, he doesn't expect a crop the very next day. That is all I am saying. You must have confidence that though your outer man (nature, and outer world of things) is wasting away, the inner man (divine nature) is being renewed day by day.
For all the women, you will be happy with this next statement, God is giving us a make-over! In fact, our soul is the woman and therefore we all (men and women) ought to be happy about that. This reminds me of the time when my children wanted to give me a "make-over". Just a couple of months ago, I was laying on the couch in their play room reading while they were playing in the same room with some toys. So they first started pretending they were giving me a hair cut or shaving my head with this toy razor. Of course that is how I basically do it. (I figured if you got a great looking head like mine, you may as well show it! By the way, I have a theory about you men who have really nice looking hair. It must be that you are insecure to hide your bald scalp. Just kidding'). So the children get their tools out and say they are going to give me a "make-over". Austin, who is 6 years old, started with this toy drill in the back of the head. We were all laughing as it was really funny, and tickled a little. Then Austin got the hammer out and used it on the top of my head and check bones. I had to remind him, not too hard. Then Nicole got the crescent wrench and thought it was good to clip it to my ear and tighten it a little. Of course as I yelled indicating it was tight enough, so naturally they laughed more. They continued with the hammer and the screwdriver and even got the level out (I commented it should show that I am level headed). I am reminding them to take it easy on me and what response do I get? More laughter and more tools. So there I am laying with the wrench hanging from my ear and they proceed to apply the pliers to my nose. I was laughing and lightly screaming at the same time as the twisting sort of hurt. I was thinking of God giving us a "make-over". But I knew it was time to quit when Nicole got the pliers again and said "let's see if his lips are bendable". I had visions of blood and it wasn't the blood of Jesus! I knew it was time for their make-over to be OVER! So now you have another great visual to remind you of God's "make-over". Seriously, when you think of Christ being formed in you and how God uses circumstances, trials and disappointments in life, you can remind yourself of the great Michelangelo forming his David.
Paul made an interesting statement in his letter to those in all of Rome. Before I read it, let me go down a rabbit or bunny trail and provide you some information based on a little analysis I did a few months ago. The letter to the Romans is one of Paul's longest letters, if not the longest (it is broken down by translators in 16 chapters and 433 verses compared to the 16 chapters and 437 verses of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. I do not know which letter had more words, or syllables, and therefore which letter is longer, I will leave that to someone else to count such things). Paul's wrote 14 of the 27 letters in the New Testament and they are all of equal importance. Likewise, John wrote 5 letters, Peter and Luke wrote 2 each and Matthew, Mark and Jude wrote one letter. In terms of quantity (measured in verses) Paul wrote 29% of the N.T. and guess who wrote the second most? Luke wrote nearly as much as Paul with 27% and John wrote 18% of the N. T So now you know. Ok, we got the rabbit. Paul made the statement in Romans 12:2 "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." God's will concerning you is all together good, acceptable and perfect. Paul did not say 'what are (plural) the good and acceptable and perfect wills (plural) of God'. It is one will, not three as is taught. God is not schizophrenic and he is not tri-polar! I am sure you would agree that the thoughts, knowledge and wisdom of this world can be learned according to each of the systems of thought (mathematics, science, politics, arts, etc.), and we need to understand many of these things to function in this world but this is not what is taught by the Spirit. We learn as the Spirit inside of us illuminates our minds and causes us to search out the truth and to look at things differently. This is how our thoughts are truly stabilized. We begin to have thoughts in line with the Spirit of God, which are pure and wholesome.
Paul reminds us "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit" (Rms 8:5). Do you want to know where you are in God? Just examine your mind. What are to constantly minding to? What is your mind full of? Is it the things of God or the world? Many have thoughts full of church activity and religious "doing" but that isn't always the things of God. Does the seven-fold Spirit of God rest upon our minds? His Lordship? Wisdom and understanding? Counsel and might? Knowledge and the fear (reverence) of the Lord? Read them in Isaiah, the seven spirits of God. Paul said "...to be spiritually minded is life and peace". He said "To be carnally minded is death." The condition of your mind is an issue of life or death. Right here, right now. Jesus said "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Your soul is renewed to its youth, your inner man is renewed day by day and your soul prospers when you mind is spiritual. But the mind that is carnal "is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God" (Rms 8:6-8).
There is a place in God where we can be alone and hear what he has to say to us, not as a group, but as individuals, one-on-one. The Psalmist said in chp 68, verse 24 "They have seen Thy goings, O God, even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary." This word 'sanctuary' means separation or the separated, set apart place, etc. "There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's hath not seen" (Job 28:7). This path is completely foreign to the carnal mind, it is not subject to this path neither indeed can be! The vultures eye minds the things of the flesh and there is no flesh on this path. It is a narrow path in God that can only lead to life, right here, right now. To be spiritually minded is life and peace!
Jesus Christ is our pattern and he taught us "God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship IN SPIRIT and in truth" (John 4:24). This is not a flesh to spirit connection but rather Spirit to spirit. This is deep calling to deep. This worship is happening in our spirit man and can take place anywhere and anytime. This verse is not subject to conditioning and prepping the right environment. You can often, not always, change your attitude in a split second and align it with his Spirit and immediately be IN SPIRIT and in truth. Now, I understand there are some situations which may take time as to everything there is a season. But to worship IN THE SPIRIT, it can be at home while cooking or cutting the grass, it can be on the job, or it can be whiling driving in the car. It is a condition of the spirit in your mind. It is our spirit having communion with him. And those around you will know the difference, what spirit you are of. Are you moody, full of strife and argumentative? Then you are not worshipping him in the Spirit. Or are you compassionate, loving and forgiving? Then you are a worshipper of him. If we desire to move on in God, to progress forward, to GO ON or walk in the light as he is in the light, we will have fellowship one with another as is stated in I John 1:7. In that particular passage, John is not referring to horizontal relationships as with you and I when he states we will have fellowship one with another. He is referring to a vertical relationship, as you the believer having fellowship or communion with God, the Father. Of course, we know when you are in the light and I am in the light, our fellowship is no problem with one another. It is like that commercial on T.V., are you gellin?
The spiritual mind is based on revelation. There is a spiritual mind that is born of the Spirit. This mind will think, understand and act spiritual. This is not the same as reforming the carnal mind. Many are trying and continue to reform the carnal mind and change their way of thinking or alter/raise their consciousness into a higher dimension. But the scriptures says, who by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature? I believe there is a blessed wonderful truth in the words of Jesus to Simon Peter when he said "Blessed art thou Simon Barjona for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee but my Father which is in heaven." This was revelation from another source if you think about it. It was from another source other than Peter. This was spiritual enlightment, it was unfolding revelation and it was given to Peter by the Father. It is the Father whom imparts revelatory truth and it is this actual truth that transforms us from one glory to another. It says in Psalms "In Thy light we shall see light." He is light and he brightens our understanding. He supplies the spiritual light. There is no other true spiritual light. There is only one God and there is only one light that can brighten our path. It is as the shinning light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day or as the Young's translation would say "till the day is established" (Prov 4:18).
Jesus said "the sheep that are my own HEAR and are LISTENING to my voice, and I know them and they FOLLOW me...". These three things are vital and necessary of us if we are to walk in that union and close relationship with our Father -- it is these three -- we hear his voice, we listen to his voice and we actually follow him.
Why is this so important? To hear, listen and follow? Because creation is groaning and travails IN PAIN, waiting for the sons of God to release them from their bondage. And until that great day of the unveiling, of the full manifestation and the seven fold spirit of God in full operation, God gives us lessons with creation on a smaller scale.
Let me tell you a brief story. Two woman, Star, a 25 year old Puerto Rican girl; and Stacy, a 36 year old Italian girl. These two were walking on Kennedy Blvd in Tampa about 10 P.M. They needed a ride and I stopped. You can guess one of their occupations. To make a long story short, the compassion of Christ was revealed to them that evening. I took them where they wanted to go and then per their request back to their near-by motel. They thought they had a customer. I proceeded into their room, told them what they had thought was going to happen was NOT and then said to them that I wanted to talk to each of them separately. I kneeled in front of the younger woman and held her hands. Her one hand had been seriously wounded and it obviously hurt her. I looked into her eyes and asked if she had any idea what she was doing? I said that her lifestyle was in a never-ending downward spiral and will only get worse and worse. She said, you are a Christian, aren't you? She told me she had been praying and praying and this was her second sign. I told her Christ was present right now in her room and he is just as real when she is walking on the street as is in church and he wants to speak to her heart. I uplifted her and spoke positively to her and told her of full potential as a woman. She held me so tight and cried like a baby. I just embraced her and she knew there was a man holding her that actually cared for her and had compassion on her. I then spoke to her friend. I thought she would not be receptive as she was more talkative. But instead she told me of her Catholic background, many of her problems and her $345 disability check, all that she had to live on. I prayed for her too and held her as she cried and cried. I then left, also leaving them $100. I wish it could of been more. Within a matter of five minutes, while driving I too broke down in tears. Their lifestyle and hardship was tough and I thought how creation is groaning and needs deliverance.
I said earlier that Christ is our pattern but what might be more appropriate is to say that he is the ORIGINAL PATTERN. He is the original ideal or model. He is the exact precision and clarity to that which is being formed in the womb of our minds. We are to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. His presence swallows us up, it engulfs us into a whole new dimension, environment or reality. He said that where I am, there you may be also. This is an environment in which one comes to be! That is the definition of a matrix. He is the point in which we make connection with reality. Christ is the Original Matrix!
Let's discuss this Original Matrix. We are going to go deeper into the Spirit. Some don't like the suggestion of "going deep" due to concerns that it is not practical and relevant. I agree, that can often be the case. But this isn't kindergarten either. It is my conviction when you truly go deep into the spirit, when you start approaching his place that is set apart, it will stir things in your spirit and it can not help but be profoundly relevant and very practical. Why? Because when we do that, we will have heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the Spirit in the garden of our minds. Now, he may say something we don't expect. He may say, where art thou? Not that he doesn't know where you are at. But he says that, to bring something to your attention. Where are you? Do you know what you are doing, where is all of this going? Your mind is full of things and on a downward spiral; like a vortex that never ends.
Where art thou? Where are you? Where is your mind at? What are the things that you are constantly minding? What is your mind full of? Is it carnal or spiritual? Is it pre-occupied with the cares of this world and all of your daily challenges? Where is all of this leading? Where art thou? Do you realize this is not your original habitat? Do you realize your present state of mind is not connected to Christ, your Original Matrix?
Genesis 1:1 reads "In the beginning God created the heaven(s) and the earth". What does it mean, in the beginning? The answer to this question requires an illumination from the Spirit. This is not referring to some temporal beginning or time. IN THE BEGINNING. John writes "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." He then goes on in verse two and states "The same was in the beginning with God." In other words, he tells us of a particular person in verse one and then says 'the same was in the beginning with God'. John is speaking of Christ in verse one. In fact, he speaks of the same in verse three through five "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not" (Jhn 1:1-5).
In Genesis 1:1, this is not a WHEN question. "When" is in eternity before time. "Who" is God. "What" is the act of creation. "Why" isn't explained in verse one. "Where" is in the beginning and probably better asked, HOW? It is a HOW question. We can only understand this idea in the Spirit. HOW did God create? He did it IN THE BEGINNING. John said in the beginning was the Word. We can flip that sentence and not alter its meaning. The Word was IN THE BEGINNING. Perhaps now we can understand that IN THE WORD God created the heaven(s) and the earth. Paul said by the Christ all things were created. Christ said "I am .... THE BEGINNING" (Rev 1:8). God created IN THE BEGINNING. And isn't it amazing that all things are also reconciled back to him in the Christ? God was in Christ reconciling the world. From creation to the consummation, it is all done IN THE WORD. Jesus said "I am ...... THE ENDING" (Rev 1:8). This is what makes Christ the point of connection, THE ORIGINAL MATRIX.
And when we are not in Christ, not walking in the light of his presence, not on that secret and hidden path, not in that Original Matrix, what does he do? He says where art thou? It is at that very point that He convicts us of missing it. He says this is the way walk ye in it. He as the WORD convicts us of being out of the way, of missing the mark, of sin. Now some think what I just said is all together wrong. That he takes away our sin (which he clearly does) but he never convicts us of sin. Oh really? If you are of this opinion, you greatly err in your spiritual understanding. Jesus himself said "If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin......" (Jhn 15:22). This does not only apply to the visible Jesus but to the invisible WORD long before it became flesh and dwelt among us. He as the WORD "rides on a white horse .... and he doth judge and make war" (Rev:19:11). He is riding this very minute as the WORD of GOD through our soul, Jerusalem. He cannot be overthrown and he opposes every thought and word that is not pure. Christ, the Word convicts us to connect us! To put us back together again. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, all of the kings horses and all of the kings men couldn't put Humpty back together again. But Christ, the Word can!
And yes, he does judge now and we should be grateful he loves us enough to still judge us today. I need to go on record and make this statement. Judgment is not all in the past tense. Though the Finished Works doctrine has many good truths, it also is seriously flawed. Just like the children of Israel, Christians today want to hear only good, positive, uplifting and comforting words. But Isaiah tells us of Israel for they said to their prophets "Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us SMOOTH things..... Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path" (Isa 30:10-11).
There is a struggle and conflict when he rides through your soul. The flesh lusteth AGAINST the Spirit, and Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to another. Flesh and Spirit, they both have their own agenda's and guess what? One must go! You ask me, what am I saying? The infusion of the power of Christ in the life of a believer is a threat to the desire and wishes of your very own ego and self-will.
In considering the origin of the WORD as it relates to God, the Word did not come into being as if he were not with God before all time and eternity. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word has always been with the Father, they have never once been separated. It does not say, in the beginning the Word came into being. The Word already was. It also says the Word was God. The verb 'was' in the middle links the new nouns. Our Jehovah Witnesses brethren try hard to insert an indefinite article and say it should read "The Word was a god" but I've read that is bad grammar and bad Greek and also they are unable to carry their same logic to other verses.
Again, John writes "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Of course we all know that the Greek word 'logos' is used here. It reads 'in the beginning was the logos, and the logos was with God, and the logos was God'. Now on the surface this could be confusing. In the first instance, a distinction is made between God and the logos. It says the Word was WITH God. When we use the word 'with', we are making a clear distinction between two distinct entities or persons. John is making a distinction between the logos and God and he does it with the word 'with'. There are a few different ways in which 'with' is used in the N.T. One means together or to be in sync. To be with each other or in a sense as partners. Another way is to be alongside of something as in a relationship. However, John uses a Greek word that actually forms the basis of another Greek word that is used for 'face'. So, John uses WITH as in a face-to-face relationship in the most intimate way. The Word was WITH God, the logos was in the closest possible relationship. Yet it still denotes a distinction between two parties. John then goes on to say 'and the Word was God'. As I said, it is a linking verb and it is reversible. The 'Word was God' and we also say 'God was the Word'. This is a clear description of deity of the Word.
We know Christ was the Word made flesh. They were to call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. It was God in Christ reconciling the world. Though I have heard many say, Jesus never declared himself to be God, I beg to differ. He said to the Jews "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." Moses asked who should I say sent me and God responded with I AM. Jesus said I AM and they knew exactly what he was saying. How do we know this? Because the next verse reads "Then took they up stones to cast at him....." (Jhn 8:58-59).
Now, I have heard others go in the opposite direction and make the mistake by using such logic as 'If Jesus were God and Jesus died on the cross, then God died on the cross'. But that is absolutely impossible and not a well thought out statement. If God can die and cease to exist for one fraction of a second or nanosecond, it would send this entire universe into a never-ending abyss. The suggestion of God dying on the cross completely misunderstands Jesus and his human attributes or the Word made flesh; it also fails to understand the Godhead and most of all it misses all together the immutability of God. He is unchangeable, he cannot change. There is no mutation in him. His own word states "I the LORD do not change". With God there is no variableness neither shadow of turning. He cannot increase in anything because he is already complete and perfect. Nor can he decrease. (Of course I am aware of the verse that talks about the increase of God, but that has to do with his expansion, not the increase of God as I am referring to here). He cannot undergo any sort of modification or improvement. He is not discovering himself and He is not in "process" nor dependent upon the decisions and actions of his creation as taught in process theology. However, God is attached, related, involved and very much connected with a creation that is in process and in constant change.
Back to Genesis. So in the Word God creates the heavens and the earth. In writing Genesis, Moses doesn't tell us of these heavens but instead he next describes the earth. It reads "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." It is not revealed to us here in Genesis but in Isaiah it tells us that the earth was not created without form and void. It says "For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain..." (Isa 45:18). In fact, the Literal Concordant says "yet the earth BECAME a chaos and vacant....." and the verse continues on about the Spirit of God vibrating over the surface. So we have a span of time between the earth in its original creation and it becoming chaos and vacant.
Likewise, when we entered this earthly plane, we were born in sin and shapen in iniquity. We were covered and darkness was upon the face of our deep as the Spirit of God moved upon our waters (spirit). We had a beginning, a time of creation. We are created beings for Ps 104 says "Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created." However, we were not created in vain, in chaos, empty, in sin and shapen in iniquity. Oh no, let the Spirit illuminate your mind to this truth. Jeremiah 1: 5 says "BEFORE I was formed in the belly, he KNEW me. Before I came out of the womb he sanctified and ordained me." This does not mean he 'knew OF me' but rather he 'knew' me in the way of a relationship as Adam 'knew' Eve and Joseph 'knew' Mary. Psalms 139 tells us that the LORD had covered us in our mother's womb and that our substance was not hid from him. I think Psalms 90:1-2 says it best. Before quoting the verse, permit me to say that there is a 'common view' in how to read this verse after the 'letter' and it may very well be true that the Psalmist had in mind this rendering. However, it is possible that he did not and it could be read another way. More importantly, given that the Doctrine of Pre-Existence is an absolute fact, allow me to offer this verse 'beyond the letter' for such is nonetheless true. We read, "LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou are God". The LORD has been our dwelling place before the mountains were brought forth and before he formed the earth and the world. Our beginning did not start in our mother’s womb at the time of conception.
God turned creation to an experience of vanity with a purpose in mind. I cannot explain it but to say if he had done it any other way, something would have been lost. There is an element of appreciation and understanding that comes with experiences, hard as some may be a times. God chose to lower man into a realm of frailty, vanity and futility. You or I did not have a say in the matter. The apostle Paul has made it very clear to us - "For creation was not rendered futile by its own choice, but by the will of Him who thus made it subject, the hope being that creation as well as man would one day be freed from its thralldom to decay and gain the glorious freedom of God's children" (Rom. 8:20-21 Moffatt). The Young's Literal, Concordant Literal and Diaglott translations all bring this same idea. Adam was lowered into the realm of death, not willingly! But with a divine purpose in mind. You and I were lowered into this realm of death and carnality, not by our own choosing, but rather by a divine supreme being. Yet, it was not without specific purpose and plan. "Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men" (Ps. 90:3 KJV). Young's Literal says it this way, "Thou turnest man unto a bruised thing, And sayest, Turn back, ye sons of men" Also Moffatt Bible says, "Thou crumblest man away, summoning men back ....".
God knew what he was doing when we left the Original Matrix and yet he decreed TURN BACK, RETURN. God has set in motion that return, every man in his own rank, order and time. And when we fully return to Christ who is our Original Matrix, to the WORD who is before all things, we will know him even as we are known. This is not to suggest we are trying to live in the past but rather we know where we are from, who we are, and where we are going. We return as the WORD becomes flesh in us and it is no longer I but Christ that liveth in me. No longer I but the WORD that liveth in me. We are having the Word formed in us but this is not just about returning to an original estate of pure spirit that we had long ago. Oh no, we never had this before! This is not some sort of remembering, though we are to know where we are from. Think of it, if I were to spend all my time recalling the past, I would not be living in the present and miss the very purpose God has for me now. Moreso, to simply return to something we once had makes no sense at all and lacks any meaning or purpose in the orignal intent. BUT TO RETURN in greater power; to return with newly aquired wisdom and understanding; to return with something that we did not have before; then it begins to have divine purpose! We are having the WORD formed in us, the WORD MADE FLESH in many sons!
In Genesis we see that the Spirit of God vibrates over the surface and continues through the various stages of creation. And this vibration is not to suggest that heaven and earth are really both one. It is not to suggest that both planes are really the Spirit of God himself just vibrating at a different frequency. That is a form of pantheism ('pan' meaning 'all around') or everything everywhere is really God. Don't fall for it my friends. But what we see is that God vibrates over his creation and he said let there be light: and there was light. Here is perhaps a new thought to you; it is to me as the Lord gave it to me of recent. God did not just say let there be light. He said TO THE WORD 'Let there be light' and the Word became light where there was no light, namely where darkness was upon the face of the deep. Scripture says by him (the Word) were all things created, right? The Word said, I can only see and do what he sees and hears the Father do. God the Father said, let there be light and the WORD shines in darkness. There was light, and the darkness comprehended it not.
There is so much more here to talk about but for the sake of time lets fast forward through creation and wrap this thing up. God goes through the act of creation until when? Let's see what it says. "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness....". God and the Word makes man in their image and then God ceased from his work or rested. The whole world had been created for that final work of man in the image of God to rule and have dominion over it. It is our inner man that is made according to the image of the Word for the Word was God and God is Spirit. Likewise, he says of him "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature." (Col 1:15) The Lord began to show me that is why he is the firstborn of every creature. Israel, who is your first born? The image of the Word is first to be fully born in each of us. And what image does he bear? He is the express brightness of God's glory and the express image of his person (Heb 1:3).
Christ is that true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world and he will take them through their own creative process (Genesis) until Christ is formed in them. When the sound of the hammer and chisel is no longer heard, when Christ is completely formed in the mind, then we will have returned to our environment and place of meeting, our place of destiny in God and we will bear the express image of our God as only found in his name who is called the Word of God, Jesus Christ, the Original Matrix.