The Last Adam
The perception of our outward man is perishing as we realize the truth of our being. The revelation of atonement makes us realize that the perception we have of our old man (carnal nature) was crucified at Calvary, and our inward man (our spiritual man) is being renewed day by day. We have known that we have the incorruptible seed within us, but I donít think that we have fully realized that we are that incorruptible seed. It is not something we have; it is something that we are.
I would like to ask you the question again, who told you that you were a sinner? I can guarantee you that you have never heard God speak in your spirit and tell you that you were a sinner. We have only received and accepted that information because it has come from our religious teachers and leaders. If there ever was such a thing as a sinner being born, it was not possible after the cross. In fact it is impossible!
The only assurance we have that we are walking correctly and have a correct understanding of spiritual things is that we have to be able to discern for ourselves that which is of God, and that which is not. Jesus the Christ proves to us through the magnitude of Calvaryís victory that our sinful nature does not exist in reality. We are a new creation in Christ and are His sons on this earth. We may feel like sinners and be under condemnation because of living under the law of sin and death, but it is a lie. It may be very real to us, but only the truth of our being will set us free from the law of sin and death.
The scriptures reveal to us that the gospel is a mystery. In Revelation it says, "But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets." Rev. 10:7. When you begin to hear the voice of the seventh angel then the mystery of God in you begins to come into fullness. The mystery of God is fulfilled when you realize the kernel of that mystery is God manifested in the flesh, and not just in a man, but in all men. The mystery of God will be complete when every man is a manifestation of God in the flesh. When I use the word "man" I use it the way the scriptures use it. Man means "mankind". It does not mean "male." When all of mankind reveals, expresses, and walks, as God on this earth, the mystery of God will be fulfilled. When I say walk as God I do not mean some egotistical puffed up intellectual knowledge. I mean that we will walk in love. God is love. To walk in resentment, bitterness, hatred and divisiveness is to experience the ego in the fullest sense of the word. Walking in love does not mean walking with no discernment. It does not mean we cannot rightly divide the truth. It does not mean that there is no severity in God. Everything that God does He does because He loves us. His correction is to bring change in our perception of ourselves and others.
It seems as though everything in this so-called "physical" world that we see that is temporal, is against this manifestation of God in the flesh. You see, no matter how religious you are, no matter how much you love God, no matter how many times you go to church, you might fast, you might pray, you might do all of these things, yet there is something in this carnal mind that will not even suggest to you that you are God on this earth. It is that serpentine lie that keeps you in this state of perceiving yourself as something other than what God is. That was the lie in the beginning and it is the same today. You see the lie is that you are less than what God is so you feel the need to change or add something to yourself that will make you more like God. The reality is You are like God, You are His son, and as His son you cannot be anything less except in the wrong perception of yourself that you are a separate individual. This is what is known as "the ego," or "self life." The personal sense of ego is what causes all the negative forces in our lives. The scriptures tell us that Jesus was the "Firstborn among many brothers." Rom. 8:29. We are just as much a son of God as Jesus is. We have the same life, same nature, same abilities that Jesus has. As He is so are we in this world.
So who told you that you were a sinner? In I Corinthians 15:45, "And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul." Man was "made" a living soul is a very important point. He was not created a living soul but he "became" a living soul. The word made is the same word as became in Strongís 1096 (ghin'-om-ahee). Man was created in the image of God but became a living soul.
"The last Adam (Christ) was made a quickening, or a life-giving, spirit." Now we all know if there is a first man, there can be a second man, a third man, a fourth man and an unlimited number of men beginning with the first man. But after the last man, there can be no other man. You see, there can be no sinners born after Christ. He took the first man into death and raised all of creation into resurrection.
There is a song I love titled, "I am not in Adam, and Adam is not in me." You see, Jesus the Christ, was the last Adam. After Christ there are no more Adams. There are only incarnations of God being born on the earth. I know we havenít thought of ourselves as that. In fact that is the problem. But nevertheless you and I are incarnations of God in this earth. Jesus was the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. We were not born sinners. We are born as inchristed ones. Our bodies are temples of God for the expression and dominion of God in this earth.
So if there cannot be any more Adams, if He was the last Adam, then who in the world are we? We cannot be anything but the incorruptible seed. Moreover, the moment that we are quickened by God, the moment we are regenerated, the moment we awaken to God, from that very moment we should never again accept the lie, that we are sinners. We should never have ever been told this in the first place. We should never accept the lie that we are sinners. We have never been such a thing! Since Jesus was the last Adam, He put to death that nature, that identity, that separation of a carnal identity. Also when He resurrected He brought into being a new creation, a whole new man. Thatís why Jesus said to Nicodemus, "To enter the Kingdom of God you must be born again." To be born again is to have a totally new identity, and even a new concept about who you are.
I donít know if I can explain this adequately or not, and some of you may know this, but you are affected by the mass-consciousness of this world. People say, "If weíre not sinners, why do we experience this separation from God?" It is because everyone in this universe expects you to act a certain way. Furthermore it also has to do with the tare, the seed of the serpent that is sown in you at the time of your birth. Now what is the seed of the serpent? The seed of the serpent is the human identity, which is the ego, and what weíve always been told is the human nature. It is the Parable of the Sower that sowed in the field, the wheat. In addition as the wheat was sown it says the enemy came and sowed the tare. Well, the wheat is the Christ-nature, the seed of God, and the tare is that false identity, that false concept of yourself that says you are alienated and separated from God. The Carnal religious mind will tell you that although you are saved you must clean up the human nature. When we realize the truth of the magnitude of Calvaryís victory, that human nature will not be there to bother us any longer.
The scriptures clearly teach us about Calvary, and Christ being the last Adam. It is absolutely impossible for sinners to be born in this world. So who are we? We are the seed of God on this earth. You see, weíve bought the lie about being born separated and alienated from God. Peter tells us that we are born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the living, abiding Word of God. So that seed that you are is an incorruptible seed. The incorruptible seed cannot reproduce anything in you other than Christ. Anything in you that you perceive is not Christ is temporal and subject to change when you learn to put on the mind of Christ.
You might say, "Well Gary, are you saying that we donít need redemption any more? Are you throwing out the cross?" Absolutely not! The Cross it the centrality of this message. It is because of the cross and redemption that we are one with God. You have to understand that your redemption took place two thousand years ago. You were forgiven and made a new creation before you were born. However, as long as you feel separated as well as being alienated in your mind, and you still feel like something other than what God is, you will never come into the fullness of what has been provided for you in the atonement. The Cross of Calvary and the resurrection of Jesus are the most important events in history. Your Christian experience will never be full until you have a complete revelation of what happened at Calvary and the resurrection. The whole world has been redeemed and belongs to God. What we need is to be awakened to this reality.
Some of Godís people are fighting against this concept of us awakening to our true nature and identity. But you know the apostle Paul said, "Awake you who are sleeping. Arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine on you." Ephesians 5:14. If you are not walking in the realization of being a son of God on the earth, then you are sleeping and you need to wake up. When you awake, you awake in His likeness. Iíll never forget on July 11, 1982, not that many years ago, I awoke with the realization of many of the things that Iím sharing today. I had sought God and studied for years and God had been leading me to this realization that I am His son NOW not someday. Things that had been bothering me for years, habits and lusts, when I awoke in His likeness, those things fell at my feet.
Many of you have heard me share how that for thirteen years as a Christian I was horribly addicted to nicotine, moreover there was no way that I could break it. I used to tell God all the time, "When you come" You see I wasnít expecting at that time Jesus to appear within me, I was expecting Him to only come in the heavens, I would say to Him many times in tears, "I know that when you come, Iíll probably fall in shame before your coming because there is no way that I can give up this nicotine. I canít do it." But on July 11, 1982, I awoke, and after years of struggling, with tears, with begging, with pleading with fasting and crying, I awoke in His likeness. Never again did I have the desire not only for nicotine, but for all of those other lustful things that had me in captivity. God had been revealing to me for years His unconditional love and acceptance and that is when I began to walk in some of the reality of being a son of God. I began to realize the value of Calvary. Also God began to reveal to me how He looks at us, that Christ was the last Adam. There are no longer two kinds of life in reality born on this earth. There are only incarnations of God coming to this earth. I know how that sounds to those minds that are conditioned by all the teachings about how we are sinners and separate from God.
The only things that are real are spiritual things. Thatís why Paul says that we look not at the temporal things, the things that are subject to change, because if we look at ourselves as a sinful creature, we miss one of the most important revelations. Even though we are born again, many of us have this concept of ourselves as not being good enough, not being acceptable enough, and as long as you have that concept of yourself, it traps you in this alienation by separation in your mind. But if you have the revelation that the scriptures give to you about being a son of God, the incorruptible seed in you can only reproduce a soul that is in the image of God. So when the seed of God is quickened in you, then the only thing that seed of God can do from that point, is reproduce everything in that seed, in your soul. But as long as you continue to buy the lie that we are not like God, that we can never be God, and when I say, "be God", Iím not talking about being the creator of the universe, Iím simply talking about a life. We have believed for years that we have a human life, and nobody gets upset when you say you are a human. But when you say you are God, people get upset because they donít understand that if you are not God, then you are just human. But you are God in the sense that you have His life, His nature, His ability, His compassion, everything that God is, you are! You are as Jesus is, "a God man."
You are as Jesus is a divine human, and itís not something you have to become; itís something that you already are. The very moment we begin to try to become that which God has already made us to be, we are telling God, "We donít believe your Word." I know you said to us that at the cross all of our sins were paid for, that we were raised a brand new creation. But God I want you to make me a better person." We keep pleading and begging for God to change us, when really what we need to be praying for is light and revelation that we might see that which we already are, because you canít become it. The moment you are trying to become that which God has made you to be, you are in the wrong mind-set, because you are in the mind that is separated and alienated from God. You are trying to make that thing acceptable to God, and again, that keeps you alienated and separated from God. But with a little light and revelation from God on the whole magnitude of Calvaryís victory, you will understand that it is impossible for you to be alienated and separated from God, except by receiving the lie in your mind that would tell you that you are something other than what God is. This is putting on the mind of Christ.
Colossians 1:20 says, "And having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has He reconciled. In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight." That is how you are born! Yet we are told, also expected by almost all of creation, that we are born in sin, and are expected to be sinners. Because we have never been told the truth, weíve accepted the lie. Thank God the lie is being exposed. "To present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight" is a present reality, not a future event. There is no one in heaven or in earth that can bring any guilt or condemnation to you. Once you realize the magnitude of Calvaryís victory, and understand that this humanistic life that youíve been living all of your life is not the real you, but you are the incorruptible, indestructible seed of God on the earth. The more we have the realization of that, the more our inner man is strengthened day by day. This outward man; this man, that is lost in a consciousness that is full of defeat, failure, hang-ups and alienated from God, will fall at our feet without any effort on our part at all.
The spiritual life was never meant to be a struggle as it has been for most of us all of our lives. You see, people who view themselves only as a human being find it almost impossible to walk in the God-kind of life, because we believe ourselves to be that person that is separate from God. No matter how much we love God, if we are not willing to accept all that He has provided and what He has said to us, if we are not willing to turn away from that which we feel is real unto that which we know is real, we cannot experience these things. The mind that perceives itself as something other than what God is will not let us experience these things.
I know many have been Christians for years who love God, go to church, and do many good things, yet they do not realize that they still have a natural mind. That is what is killing us! One who learns to put on and live from the mind of Christ is one who recognizes and walks in the reality of the new covenant. Everyone today, has the mind of Christ within them. Everyone can learn and I use the word "learn" for lack of a better word. It is by practice and application that we can begin to walk in the reality of the mind of Christ, which we have. But we cannot practice the application as long as we still allow the thoughts to enter our mind to tell us the lie that we are separated from God.
"Having made peace through the blood of His cross to reconcile all things to himself." This message of Godís unconditional love and acceptance changes people. We had an instance where someone in a mental institution was given one of our books. By reading the book, "Coming Out of Condemnation," they immediately began to recover. There are a lot of Christians in mental institutions. Why are they in such a place? Because of a lie that they are sinners separated from God. They know what they are supposed to be. They know what their life is supposed to be, but they cannot measure up. I suffered under depression for a long time because of not being able to measure up. I know what it is like to feel separated from God and keep trying to do better. Guilt puts many in a mental institution. Thank God I never ended up in a mental ward, but many Christians do.
The Apostle Paul said, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek". Romans, 1:16. The only thing that will really set us free is for us to hear the living and abiding Word of God, for us to receive that Word, and then just let it settle in our hearts. Meditate on it. Think about it. Iím not asking you to just receive everything that is said in this writing. Put it on the shelf if you have to, but meditate on it; go to God with it. Once the light of God penetrates in us and out of us, we realize that we are everything spiritual that we want to be. Everything that you desire, you already are in the new creation. But we have to have the veils removed from our eyes. It is tradition that tells people they are born sinners. Yet the Bible teaches the very opposite thing without using those words. At the cross the old creation ended, and a new creation came into being. Thatís why Paul said, "If any man is in Christ, he is a brand new creation. Old things have passed away." Well, have the old things passed away in your life? If they havenít, youíve heard the gospel but you havenít heard the gospel. Youíve received a "mixed" gospel, one that tells you Christ is in you, but you still have this old nature and this old Adam to deal with. So you get into that striving and struggling to make this old image of yourself into that which you believe God is. You see, again, thatís the lie of the serpent. If we really believe the scriptures and what is revealed in the New Covenant, we will be set free from the lie of being in an old creation. We cannot try to make of ourselves what we already are in reality. Oh God, give us a revelation!
In I Corinthians 15:47-49 it says,47 The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. (from New International Version)
In other words, you have been born into this physical world by natural parents, furthermore youíve accepted this consciousness of being a human being that is really separated from God, and unable to do that which your heart longs to do. Thatís the earthy man. Thatís the man in Romans Chapter 7 that has born the image of the earthy. He may be born again but still views himself as separate from God. "As we have born the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." You know that is really a promise. Iíll never forget when I first saw that. This verse literally says, "If you have born this image of the earthly, if you have born this image of being an Adamic human being living in this world of separation, sin, sickness and diseases and all of the stuff that goes with it, if you have born that image of the earthy, you shall also bear the image of the heavenly - absolutely no conditions on that. If you have been born in the earthly image in this consciousness of sin, separation, defeat, failure, disease, heartache, anger, resentment and bitterness, if you have born this image of the earthly Adam, you shall also bear the image of the heavenly man, the man who knows that he is Godís son on this earth. This is the man who knows that there is no longer any such thing as sin, sickness, disease and death.
What are we going to do with that? Are we going to look at our body, or are we going to be as Abraham who considered not his own body as good as dead, but believed Him who promised? God promised Abraham a son, and that son came through no effort. That son came through a word of the Lord. Moreover that son would come to him in due time. But the son of the flesh Ishmael represents the Adamic man. Isaac represents the heavenly man. So Abraham in his own way, in his own carnal thinking, produced an "Ishmael" believing that it was what God had promised him. Abraham got so upset and said, "Oh God I would that you would bless Ishmael." He wanted God to bless the work of his hands. Well God said, "Iíll bless Ishmael, but my promise is still to Isaac." Ishmael, the man of the earth tries by works to become an Isaac. You see, in Isaac everything comes to you by inheritance. As a son of God, as the incorruptible seed on this earth, you receive by promise, by inheritance, everything that God is, without any struggle, without any prayer, without any fasting, without all the religious jargon. Just because you are a son of God, you receive everything that He is. That is not to say we should not do those things as the Lord leads.
Colossians 2:13, "And you, being dead in your sins, being dead to the things of God, being dead in this Adamic human consciousness, being dead in your sin, and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He made alive together with Him, having forgiven you of your trespasses." When did that happen? Ė Two thousand years ago. "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in the cross. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days;"
Two thousand years ago, sin ended at the cross. We keep it alive because we look at that which we can see that is temporal rather than believe that which God hath spoken. Who told you, you were a sinner? Who told you, you were just a human being? I want to mention this one more time. It can never be mentioned enough. But remember the seed of God is the incorruptible seed. Every seed always produces after its own kind. It is impossible for the seed of God in you to reproduce a carnal human being. It produces in you the fine uplifted resurrected humanity of Jesus. It produces in you the indestructible life of God. You cannot plant a seed of God and reap only a carnal human being. You see, that is the lie that weíve accepted. Because it seems so real to us weíve believed the lie.
Hypnotism is a good illustration of this Adamic person that we think we are. Most of you are probably familiar with hypnotism. Have you heard the story of the man who was brought onto the stage and hypnotized, then told there was a white dog at his feet? So this guy went through all the actions because he saw the white dog. All of a sudden, the guy that hypnotized him said; "This dog now is a mad dog and he is trying to bite you." The guy literally ran all over the stage, he panicked trying to get away from this dog that was trying to bite him on the leg. With a snap of the hypnotistís finger, the man woke from his dream and realized there was no white dog.
Iím telling you folks, when you wake up, you will realize there was never any such thing as a sinner in the eyes of God. Youíve been hypnotized by accepting the lie of the serpent. Oh, but we are waking up! Who told you that you were a sinner? Ephesians 1:3 Ė Paul begins to tell you in Ephesians chapter 1 who you really are, and what you really have. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." Is that truth? Itís before the world began. Itís before the disruption of the world. God chose you in Him! How could you be a failure? Only if you have not really accepted, or had a revelation of these words. Now some people teach that there are only a few people that this is meant for. All of us were chosen in God before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. The cross made that a reality for you. Christ was the last man Adam, and there will never be another one.
You are born as Christ on the earth. If you had never been taught anything else, and you were raised expecting that as you grow in Christ, everything in you would begin to manifest that which God is, you would quickly see this whole planet redeemed from the bondage of corruption. Menís perception of themselves would be changed. "But are you saying again we donít need the cross, because it sounds like you are offering salvation without redemption?" No Iím not! You have been redeemed! You donít need to be redeemed again. You need to awake out of this stupor of sleep and hypnotism. The Apostle Paul says "Awake unto righteousness and sin not." It is simply a matter of knowing there is nothing we can do in ourselves. God today is speaking that living and abiding Word of God that will cause your spirit to arise out of the darkness of that serpentine lie and come forth a shining example of what God is on this earth.
Matthew 16:24, "Jesus said to His disciples, ĎIf any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." You see, as soon as you are willing to turn away and lose this personal sense of an "I", this personal "ego" thing; that is what has to fall into the ground and die. As long as you cling onto your earthly humanistic existence, you wonít find your real life. But as soon as you find within your being the Spirit of God arising, you begin then to turn away from all that which is mortal, all that which is humanistic in your thinking, all that which is failure and defeat. You begin to turn and focus everything upon that which you are, the incorruptible seed of God on this earth. When that inner man begins to arise, the outer man begins to fall dead at your feet. It is not that difficult.
If we were told that we need to pray for about three hours a day for a year and read ten chapters a day for five years, and by doing these things you will be just like Christ, and we really believed that, we would do it. However itís not necessary to do anything. The work has been done. The work, it is said, was finished from the very foundations of the earth. Thatís Hebrews chapter 4. It says that "there is a rest" for the people of God". The rest is because they begin to have a realization with an understanding that the works are finished from the very foundation of the world. How else could you rest if you did not know that everything that you could possibly need, is already accomplished for you. If you are constantly being concerned about your condition, about your health, about all of these things, how can you rest? But if you know that all things were finished from the foundation of the world, and you have been born as an incorruptible seed on this earth, and everything in that seed will reproduce in you everything that you need, you can rest. Whatever happens to us in the natural, if we can learn not to focus our attention on that, but look unto Him who has spoken, we cannot fail. Overcomers arenít made; they are born. We have seven promises to overcomers in the book of Revelation. You cannot be anything but an overcomer once you awake to being a son of God. The Spirit of God in you cannot do anything but overcome. You are born an overcomer.
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness." The cross is the answer for our condition, for the world situations, all the sin, sickness, disease, and heartache. The problem is that we look at the appearance instead of the cross. Iíve often shared that if you take a rose and cut it off the rose bush, that rose looks very much alive. But the moment you cut off its life source it is dead. Well two thousand years ago, the life source of the Adamic man was cut off. He may look very much alive to you. The appearance of evil may be all around you, but I can assure you, it is only a false image because the Adamic man was dealt a deathblow at Calvary. Christ was that last Adam. The vision of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us, which are saved, it is the power of God! Why do we not experience the power of God in our life? It is because we have not had a revelation of the cross.
We love Jesus. We worship Jesus. We go to church, but we do not know the value, the magnitude of Calvaryís victory. The cross put an end to everything in the universe that is ungodly. We can walk in the knowledge of that, or we can walk in the knowledge of what we sense is our alienation and separation from God. Many of us feel that way because we donít feel like we measure up. Colossians Chapter 3 verse 1 teaches us, "If you then be risen with Christ. We are already resurrected in Christ. We have the resurrected, transcendent life of God within us. So "if we be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affections, your attention, your heart on things above, not on things of the earth." Donít look with this carnal mentality. "For you are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God. And when Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in glory." I think we all know where God is appearing, donít we? He is appearing in you and in me. We need to be ready to give up that false perception we have of ourselves, and be as Abraham, who considered not the things that he saw, but he considered Him who had promised as one being able to do that which He promised.
"Beloved now are we the sons of God. 1 John 3:2. It doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." I love that verse, because when you see Him as He is, you will be like Him Ė why!? Ė Because you will see Him as yourself. You will see that there is no separation, there is no distinction, there are not two entities in this world, there is only one, and it is Christ. We are one with Christ! Thatís why Paul said, "He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit." People talk about the human spirit as though it is something separate from God. But your spirit, has been joined to the Lord, if it has been quickened by the power of God, if you are awakening in His likeness, there are not two spirits; there is only one spirit. Think of it, folks. If your spirit and the Holy Spirit are one spirit, how could you be a mere carnal human being? When the full realization of this hits us, how could we be less than what He is? When Christ shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. This is for NOW, not a futuristic event.
The man of sin that we perceive ourselves to be is the problem. 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 verse 3, says, "Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God showing himself that he is God." You see; the man of sin is your human identity sitting in the temple of God, really not admitting the truth of your being, as well as governing your own life, and running your own life according to the knowledge of good and evil. "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now restrains will restrain until he be taken out of the way, and then shall that wicked be revealed whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: even him, whoís coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion." What is the delusion? That the cross really wasnít effectual. Oh we believed in it, but the delusion was that we are still independent beings operating apart from God. Even some of our songs, and I thought of one particular song that says, "You are God in heaven, I am here on earth." It is a beautiful song, but it shows that even in our worship we have an Adamic mind-set. You are God in heaven; I am here on earth. That has been our concept. If your spirit and the Holy Spirit is one spirit, how could God be in one place and you be in another? Paul said, "We are seated with Christ in heavenly places" not someday, not after you leave this earth, but right now! So thank God we are being awakened to righteousness. The only reason we manifest all of the traits of unrighteousness, is because we do not understand Calvary. I guarantee that, if you understand Calvary as well as understanding God is not holding you accountable for sin, that alone will release you from its grip and its power. It is only in you trying to overcome with a carnal mind-set that gives strength to that power of sin in your life. The more you try to overcome it, the more it will have you in its grasp. That is why Paul said, "The strength of sin is in the law." 1 Cor. 15:56 Do you want to give strength to sin? Put somebody under the law and tell them they canít something. It gives strength to the sin in your life.
Who is the man of sin? It is not a man coming some day to rule the earth. The man of sin is that nature that sits in your temple, the temple of God, who declares himself to be God, and who opposes God. You may say, "Now wait a minute. Thatís not me." Well, the man of sin will never let you see who you really are. That false identity, that religious mentality that might be lodged between your ears, would never let you see the reality of being Christ on this earth. That is what dethrones the man of sin from our temple. When He (Christ) shall appear, He shall destroy that man of sin by the brightness of His coming. When the Lord begins to arise in you He destroys that false concept that you have in your mind of being alienated and separated from Him in any way. The false image that is only in your mind will begin to fall at your feet. "For the mystery of iniquity does already work, and only he who now restrains will restrain until he be taken out of the way." What is restraining the appearing of Christ? It is that false image of yourself, your ego. When that is taken out of the way, Christ shall appear in you. "And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: even him whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish, because they receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved."
This man of sin, this one thatís lodged between our ears that takes the place of Christ in us, can be a very religious person. Just because some are out here performing all kinds of miracles, signs, and lying wonders in the name of Jesus, does not mean they are a spiritual person. Remember what Jesus said to some. They said, "Lord, weíve cast out devils in your name. Weíve healed the sick; weíve raised the dead; weíve done all these mighty wonderful works". And He said, "I never knew you." We have not had a proper revelation, or understanding of this man of sin. Anything in your being that is not according to godliness, anything that you are doing even for Him thatís not out of His life, nature and direction is antichrist. The scriptures say, "With all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish, because they receive not the love of the truth" Ė What is the love of the truth? The love of the truth would be to accept everything that the scriptures tell us about ourselves is truth. The scriptures tell us that we have no guilt, no condemnation, because everything that we thought we were, all the alienation, the sin, all the separation was put to death at the cross, and we are now simply Godís sons who are manifesting God on this earth. What else could we be? If He is the head and we are the body, could we, as this body, be any less divine than the head, as far as life and nature goes? There could be no difference. The same life, nature, compassion and ability that is in the head, is in the body. My head is not something other than what my body is. So we have to put down the lie that we are something other than what the scriptures, and what God reveals to us we are. "Because they receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved, for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:" What is the delusion in the lie? It is that you are something other than what God is. That is the greatest deception this world can have, for you to believe that you are something other than, or less than what God has said you are. Who told you that you were a sinner?
If you are not willing to see the truth of your being, if you reject the word of who you are, or you reject the thought that you are gods on this earth, or that you are a manifestation of who He is on this earth, the only thing left for you is that strong delusion of the lie that you are a just human being. You may try the best you can and go to church as much as you want, do all the right things, do everything right, and you will still be living in that delusion of being separated and alienated from God. Even trying your very best through the knowledge of good and evil to get back to that place in God where you can be one with Him. That is the delusion. The work has been done. It is finished; itís over. When you begin to live out of a Christ-identity, out of that incorruptible seed, you tell me that Christ needs processing. You tell me that Jesus needed sickness in His body to process Him into the kingdom. I donít think so. Yet we have accepted the lie! Iíve done it myself! Thank God, we are learning not to look at that which is seen through the physical eyes. For that which is seen is temporal, subject to change. But that which is unseen is eternal, everlasting. 2 Corinthians 4:18
Iím going to repeat this one more time. It is impossible for the incorruptible seed to grow up in you and produce a carnal human being. The incorruptible seed can only produce God on this earth. Are you willing to receive that? Many times Iíve cried out to God. Iíve spent weeks praying to God, "Open my eyes. Oh God, open the eyes of my understanding." I knew these things before I ever began to walk in them. Now I say, "Oh God, open my understanding. Reveal to me that the same power that is in Jesus Christ now dwells within me. I know it, but I want to walk in it." I did not realize for a long time that to walk in it, I had to deny everything that I thought I was in this human carnal person. Thatís what Paul meant in Romans chapter 7 when he said, "If you do that which you do not want to do it is not you. You see, actually - - as long as you identify with the habits of sin, the problems, the lusts, as long as you identify with that and say, "That is me", as long as you identify with your sickness, no matter what it is, as long as you line up your identity with that which is humanistic, you will not experience walking in the kingdom of God in a practical way. I am not just a human being on this earth; I am the indestructible, incorruptible seed of God. That seed of God cannot produce sickness, disease, separation, heartache, bitterness and resentment.
"Because they would not believe the truth, they were sent a lie, a strong delusion that they should believe a lie." Now letís stop believing the lie and believe that He is faithful Who has promised. He is faithful Who has spoken, "I have chosen you before the foundation of the world. And you are holy and without blame. I have seated you in heavenly places. I have given you rule and dominion and authority over all that is in your realm." He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Well we know who the Lord is, Jesus Christ. But He is the Lord of Lords. We are His Christ on this earth. Let us go forth in that reality. Amen.