THE GOD LIFE WITHIN YOU
By Dan Luehrs
"But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you"(Romans 8:11 NASB).
The purpose of our natural life is to receive spiritual life. What we call life on earth for seventy or eighty years is really death without Christ. For if we have true life in our bodies, why would we yet need to be given life by the Spirit God within us? As Christians we have already been given life within, but death is still working in our bodies. God told Adam, "… For in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die" (Genesis 2:17 NASB). The whole experience of what we call life is actually the death that was promised to Adam the day he sinned. Sin brought death and because of this, mankind is surely dead while they live upon the earth, "And you were dead in your trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1 NASB). People will stay dead in sin until they receive eternal life through Jesus Christ. He came to bring life to everyone that would receive His life. "He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life" (1 John 5:12 NASB). What people call life is really death if they do not have Jesus Christ as their life within themselves, for true life can only come from God, because He is life. "For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself" (John 5:26 NASB). "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men" (John 1:4 NASB). What is life? The absence of death! God is life and there is no death in Him at all! "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father (to Life), but through Me (Life) " (John 14:6 NASB). We come to life (our Father), through the life of the Son; (His life comes within us).
Our goal in life is Life! Life is a Person and until we are walking in His fullness of life we are not walking in the abundant fullness of life that He came to give us (see John 10:10). Again, why else would the scriptures speak of us having the need to still enter into life if we already had it? "And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the eternal fire" (Matthew 18:8 NASB). -- "… That what is mortal may be swallowed up by life" (2 Corinthians 5:4 NASB). As Christians we have already passed from death into life spiritually speaking, but have not yet come into the fullness of the life that Jesus died to give us. Now we have the down payment of His life through His indwelling Spirit. We are experiencing the powers of the age to come, yet we are to still seek the greater life of Christ unto the fullness of His life in us. However, for us to gain that greater life of Christ, it will be very costly to us.
"Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matthew 7:14 NKJV).
The way into the fullness of His life is not as easy as some might have us expect. Some would have us believe that the fullness of life is as easy as saying a sinner's prayer or going to the front of a church and making a confession. But it's not! The way into His fullness of life is very difficult and few obtain it. These are not my words they're His! Yes, salvation is a free gift from God to all that will receive it but it isn't cheep! For those who want to know Him in the fullness of His Spirit, which is His life, we have to press beyond the initial salvation experience. The Christian experience is three-fold, "The Way, the Truth, and the Life." This is the thirty, sixty, and hundredfold of God. These three Christian experiences are all found in the feasts of the Old Testament and are experienced in the lives of New Testament believers. The first feast is "Passover." This is where we experience the life-changing power of Jesus as the "Way" in our life as we receive salvation through the power of His blood. The next feast is "Pentecost." This is where we experience the "Truth," the Holy Spirit baptism which is the down payment that has sealed us unto the day of full redemption. The third feast is "The Feast of Tabernacles." This is where we experience the "Life," the fullness of the Spirit that brings us into the full likeness of Jesus. God must do the work in us through these three experiences of God. For we cannot change ourselves.
Jesus said, "… Narrow is the gate (doorway) and difficult (suffering) is the way (the roadway) which leads to (the fullness of) life, and there are few who find (obtain life) it." The word "narrow" means, "to be hemmed in like a tight pass or doorway between the rocks." In other words, as we are climbing spiritual Mount Zion we find ourselves in difficult places that seem almost impossible for us to travel upward into His fullness of life. Jesus said it would be difficult for us to follow the roadway to His fullness of life. The word "difficult" means, "to suffer tribulations and hardship." I believe Jesus is saying that people are willing to suffer for many things in this natural life, (like wealth, a college education, and fame), but few will pay the high price of travelling up this spiritual mountain to "obtain" the fullness of life that He has promised to all those who would believe Him for it. If we will seek Him for the right roadway or path to life that He has promised to give us, He will then help us travel on it with the help of His presence. "You have made known to me the paths (roadway) of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence"(Acts 2:28 NIV). Now our job is to stay on the path of life and stay out of the ditch that is on either side of this path. If our desire is to go to the top of Mount Zion and be swallowed up by His life, this is a must! Sin, depression, doubt, fear, and unbelief will put us in the ditch, keeping us there until we call to our Shepherd to pull us out by His grace. If we are spending time in the ditch we are not travelling forward to our high calling in God and we will delay our transformation into His likeness at the top of the mountain.
ARE YOU BORN AGAIN?
The eternal life that Jesus has given to us is not just life that goes on and on, but it is His life, the zoe life of God that causes all things to live and come to life! We now have God's eternal seed/life in us by the life of Jesus that lives in us that will produce after the God kind of life! Let me try to explain it this way. All seeds reproduce after their own kind. This has been handed down from one seed to the next, generation after generation, even from the very first seeds God created in the beginning. Even though a seed is dead when it is planted, a miraculous resurrection takes place each time it is buried in the ground. Now, how does life come into the seed when it is dead? Because God had already spoken life into the seeds when He created them! "Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed (life), and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with seed (life) in them, on the earth"; and it was so. And the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed (life) after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with seed (life) in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good" (Genesis 1:11-12 NASB). Abraham believed that, "… God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist" (Romans 4:17 NASB). Because God's life/seed is within us, He, "… Will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you!" The resurrection of each earthly seed planted gives us hope of our future resurrection from death. "You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies." -- "It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body" (1 Corinthians 15:36,44 NASB). Hallelujah!
Adam is called the son of God (a son produces seed after his kind). He had God's perfect eternal seed/life living within himself to reproduce God's eternal seed/life into the earth from one generation to another. But when he sinned he brought forth death to the seed/life of God within himself and could not have reproduced the God life/seed into the earth. Now Adam could only reproduce after his earthly seed, not spiritual. His seed was death, rather than God's eternal life because Adam's offspring would now be sinful, which is death. Seeds are the beginning of life in the natural world as well in the spiritual. God has made it this way because His word is the original seed! "The sower sows the word (in us)" (Mark 4:14 NASB). When we first get saved, the seed/word of Jesus is planted in us. As we mature into His likeness, we begin to look and act more and more like Him with the passing of each test as we overcome through the power of His word and Spirit. It is not until we have passed the tests and have grown into the likeness of Jesus that we can partake of the crown of life, which I believe is the full likeness of Jesus. "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial (tests), because when he has stood the test (passed the tests), he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him" (James 1:12 NIV).
We know that the seed has life within itself. But what science doesn't know is how that life gets into the seed and how it stays there after it dries up and dies. This is indeed a great mystery, except through faith! "And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts up and grows-- how, he himself does not know" (Mark 4:26-27 NASB). "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit" (John 12:24 NASB). Jesus is saying that His life is like a seed that needs to be planted in the earth. His life is likened to the smallest of seeds planted in the earth that dies and is then resurrected to reproduce after His own kind in us. Our flesh is the earthen soil that His seed/life must be planted into in order for it to give us life. Even as Jesus was conceived in His mother's womb with the seed of God's word, His seed is conceived in us when we receive Him into our hearts by faith so that His seed/life may grow to full maturity.
When a seed begins to grow in the womb it is called conception, the beginning stage to full growth. The baby does not yet come forth to be born into the earth until it grows large enough to live on the outside of the mother's womb. Now if this is true about natural conception and birth, should it not also be true about spiritual conception and birth? "However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly" (1 Corinthians 15:46-49 NASB).
When we are saved or converted, God's seed/life has been conceived in us by faith; for what good would a seed be if we did not have faith that it could grow? His seed in us must be grown into the full likeness of Jesus who is the exact likeness of the Father; the seed must be fully-grown to reproduce after its own kind. If it is true that our natural and spiritual life begins at conception, then why does the church teach that we are immediately born again when Jesus comes into our heart? Please understand my question. When a human is conceived they are not yet born, they are just conceived! So why then does the church falsely call conception to mean being born again? Does not a baby have to grow in the womb first in order for it to be born or manifested to the world? And do not the scriptures teach us that we are hidden in God now, so that we can be revealed or manifested with Christ later? "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory" (Colossians 3:4 NASB). A baby in the womb can be easily miscarriaged if the mother does not properly care for it; the pregnancy must be brought to full development for a healthy baby to be born. When we are first saved Jesus becomes a seed in us; we must feed this new life in us with spiritual truth to grow to full maturity. Our mind must be transformed into the likeness of Jesus so that His birth or manifestation may come through us.
When we were saved God's eternal seed was then planted within us that Adam had died to in the garden many years before. But now again the seed of God is conceived in us through Jesus to grow into the full likeness of the Father. Adam had never brought this seed to maturity in the earth because he failed his tests and trials before God. God's seed is being begotten again in the earth through His people, the church. We are now the seed of Christ; we are called, "The forty-second generation" (see Mat. 1:17) that is growing in the earth. The seed of God is growing in us, it is no longer the seed of sinful man! "Whosoever is begotten (conceived) of God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten (conceived) of God" (1 John 3:9 ASV).
Even as man/son's have natural seed/life in them that they can give away through intercourse, when we are fully born again as manifest sons of God we will be given spiritual seed/life to give away to all the Father desires us. For it will be through our very words/seeds that will bring change to all of creation, because God's word and authority will be in our mouths! Jesus said, "Even as Thou gavest Him authority over all mankind, that to all whom Thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life" (John 17:2 NASB). A seed has life within itself and so it is with the seed of Christ that was sown in us. However, a seed must be grown in order for it to come to full maturity and reproduce after its kind. The problem with most Christians is that they do not allow the seed of God to grow to maturity within themselves because they are so busy doing the "things" of God, rather than growing in God. The church today acts as if Christianity is about filling buildings with people and making money, rather than bringing people to maturity in Christ. Paul said his calling was to bring people into the maturity of Christ. "It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil and struggle with all the energy that he powerfully inspires within me" (Colossians 1:29 NRSV). Since this is true, the church is guilty of breaking child labor laws! For they tell newly conceived Christians "to get busy working in the kingdom, for God is pleased with this." When in fact, they need to be telling the people to do what is necessary… to sit at the feet of Jesus to learn and grow in Him!
So why does our Bible use the term born again? The Greek words for "born again" mean, "to beget or to be begotten from above." "Beget" means, "to procreate, to conceive, or be born." "For you have been born again (conceived) not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God" (1 Peter 1:23 NASB). "Do not be astonished that I said to you, 'You must be born (conceived) from above" (John 3:7 NRSV). When we are conceived from above, the seed must now grow into the full likeness of Jesus. Anything other than this would be a failed seed. God is now waiting for this precious fruit of the earth (His seed or sons) to come to full maturity. Jesus became a seed in us when we were saved and until that seed in us comes to maturity and looks like Jesus, we have not yet come to full maturity with His fullness life in us. "Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand (His fullness is at hand)" (James 5:7-8 NASB). The life of Christ is in the seed planted and His very life will be imparted into other seeds, "His fully manifested sons," the seed/life of Christ in them will change the world by the power of His indestructible life! We will then be fully born again when Jesus is manifested through our bodies and we will be transfigured into the likeness of His spiritual body on the great day of His revealing. We are, "Waiting eagerly for our adoption (placement) as sons, the redemption of our body" (Romans 8:23 NASB).
In Revelation 12:1-5 there is a woman about to give birth. We are that woman. "And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered" (verse 2). These travailings and tribulation pains that we are going through in our life are our birth pains so that the life of Jesus will be manifested through us. "And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne" (verses 5). Jesus promised us as overcomers that we would sit on the throne with Him to rule and reign.
Jesus' life within us is growing to full maturity as a pea grows within a pod. When the pod can no longer encase the seed/life within because of its growth, the pod will have no choice but to release the maturing seed. When a seed has grown and become fully matured, it must be harvested; just as a woman must give birth when the baby has grown to full term. Our body is this pod and Jesus is the seed within us that is growing to full maturity like never before. God is giving us great grace right now for us to grow by the revelation of His word and Spirit. As a woman and a pea pod cannot hold for too long the life within them, so we also will not be able to hold the life of God within us much longer either! The likeness of Jesus is now hidden in our heart if we have received Him as Savior and Lord. No person knows how far along they have come, but God can see exactly how much we have grown into the likeness of Jesus. The Lord gives us a great promise in these verses, "The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. "But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest (fullness) has come" (Mark 4:28-29 NAS). When we have completely come to full maturity in the likeness of Jesus He will "immediately" harvest us and than plant us into the lives of others. This only makes good farming sense, for what farmer would harvest his grain before it was completely matured? This would be a complete waste of seed! We are the first fruits of God, "In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word (seed) of truth, so that we might be, as it were, the first fruits among His creatures" (James 1:18 NASB). If we are His first fruits, then there must be a second, third and more to come along later! Yet many Christians get saved and think that they are ready to be planted in the lives of others when they have not yet matured and died to self in the process.
The most important thing we can be doing right now is to feed the maturing seed/life within us with present truths and with the presence of the Holy Spirit. Much of Christianity today thinks that it has been fully born again upon salvation, and there is no need to feed the seed/life within themselves. We must continue to hear the voice of the Spirit and obey accordingly. Few Christians want to press into the deeper things of God today, but we must if we are going to be born again into His full likeness!
Donald Henry wrote an article entitled, Know Thyself that I think will bring further understanding to what I am trying to say here.
"In 1937 my mother bought me a fine leather-bound Bible and in the front cover she wrote, 'My son, remember your origin and your destiny.' A famous Philosopher once said that any country that forgets where it came from does not know where it is going. Another Philosopher said, 'Know thyself.' This encompasses, where we came from, where we are going and who we are. To discover the answers to these three questions is very important to each and every one of us. When we discovered that we are the natural seed of Israel it made our Bibles read very differently because now the scriptures are talking directly to us instead of talking to someone else. This is in the natural. When we discover just who we are in the spiritual it makes just as great a change in our outlook because where we came from impacts who we are and who we are impacts our destiny.
When I came alive to the Spirit my whole relationship changed. We who teach sonship have been accused of denigrating Jesus and exalting man about his proper place. Just who is man? Many Christians classify man very nearly the same as the people that say we crawled out of a slime pit, that we are created worms. Our flesh was created but our spirit was not created, it came out of God's Spirit just like Eve's flesh came out of Adam's flesh.
No one ever saw Adam as he was originally created. We have only seen two halves that Adam was divided into. The male half and the female half. When we reproduce, we produce a male half or a female half, we cannot produce a whole as Adam was when he was created. We have been lowered considerably in our flesh when compared to Adam as he was created. Our spirits have been lowered in the same degree. We are all the feminine half of God's Spirit.
This is an allegory. God made Adam complete and placed him in the Garden of Eden and the scripture indicates that Adam spent some length of time in the Garden doing things before Eve arrived. Genesis 2:8, 'And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.' Verse 15, 'And the Lord God took the man, and put him in the garden to dress and keep it.' Verse 20, 'And Adam gave names to all cattle, and the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field.' I have one question. Where was Eve while Adam was dressing the Garden, naming all of the animals and walking and talking with God in the cool of the evening?
Answer, she was part of Adam and was doing whatever Adam was doing. Then God reached into Adam and took out a portion of Adam's flesh and made it stand alone and called it woman. She was not exactly in Adam's image and likeness; but she was never-the-less bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh and capable of receiving Adam's seed and producing a son in the image and likeness of Adam. It is like Paul's statement that Levi paid tithes to Melchisedec a hundred years before he, Levi, was born because he was in the loins of Abraham when Abraham paid the tithes to Melchisedec (see Heb. 7:9-10). If this be true then we were in God when He laid the foundations of the world and we are spirit of His Spirit. This is an allegory of what God did to Himself when He Who is Spirit took a portion of His own Spirit and breathed it into flesh to become man's spirit as part of the process of producing sons in His own image and likeness as stated in Genesis one. Our spirit came from God and it was part of God before He separated it from Himself.
My flesh came down through Adam who was the son of God. Luke 3:38, 'Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.' As Adam's heir I am a child of God. That is for my flesh, now let us look at my spirit. I Cor. 6:19, '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?' This says that my spirit is a portion of God's Holy Spirit and that it came from God.
This is the spirit of unregenerate man. 1 Cor. 3:16, 'Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?' Verse 1 7, 'If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.' That portion of God's Spirit that He put into this house of flesh, as my spirit, is enough to make this pile of mud holy. That portion of God's Spirit that He separated from His Spirit and put into me as my spirit is how I am spiritually related to Him. He is Spirit, my spirit came from Him and is related to Him. He is the Father and source of the spirits of all the sons of Adam.
Job understood this, Job 27:3, 'All the while my breath is in me, the Spirit of God is in my nostrils' (as in Adam's nostrils). Job is saying, As long as I am breathing, a portion of the Spirit of God is in my nostrils and this portion is my spirit. Elihu the Buzite understood this. He said in Job 34:14-15, 'If He (God) gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; all flesh shall perish together.' David understood this, Psalm 90, 'Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth.'
The heredity of our flesh is a separate line of heredity from our heredity in the spirit. Our flesh came from Adam while our spirits came directly from God's spirit. These are two separate and distinct lines of heredity. Hebrews 12:9, '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.' Two lines of heredity.
Ecclesiastes 12:7, 'men shall the dust (my flesh) return to the earth as it was: and the spirit (me, my person) shall return unto God who gave it.' You cannot return to some place unless you have been there before. We have dual natures, one for our flesh and one for our spirit. My spirit, which is me, came from Him and will return to Him. Have you ever watched someone die? When the spirit left, the person left. We are spirits dwelling in tabernacles of flesh. Our flesh started at conception but our spirits came from God's Spirit. 'It is the spirit that quickeneth.' It quickens our flesh.
In the Old testament God required all of the adult males to come and present themselves before Him three times each year. They were required to appear before the tabernacle at Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. In the story of Job we find two such meetings. Job 1:6, 'Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.' Satan was required to come just like the sons of Elohim (man). Job 2: 1, 'And again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord.' Satan was required. Also note that here man is called the sons of Elohim and Elohim means deity. Here man is called the sons of deity and if we look at the 82nd Psalm we find there that man is directly called Elohim, which is deity.
Note Elohim is a collective noun that is plural, and it always describes deity. It is used for both feminine and masculine, real deity, false deity, and also for the imperfect deity but always for deity. It is used some 2300 times describing God as our deity. In Leviticus God said 43 times 'I am Yahweh, your Elohim.'
The 82nd Psalm is another meeting where all the adult males present themselves before God and here God is very critical of them. The word God/god appears four times in the King James version of the eight verses and every time the original word is Elohim and every time it refers to man. God is translated as the Most High. It is like the son of a king is royalty even if he is an imperfect child and we are imperfect children of the Most High.
Psalm 82, 'The Elohim (plural, you and I) standeth in the congregation of the El; He (the El, God) judgeth among the Elohim. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. They (the imperfect Elohim) walk in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said ye are Elohim, and all of you are children of the Most high. But ye shall die like Adam and fall like one of the princes.' Verse 8 is our destiny after we are perfected: 'Arise O Elohim, and judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.' We inherit from our Father's house. I did not climb out of a slime pit; I am a child of the Most High.
Jeremiah 18:3-4, 'Then I went down to the Potter's house, and behold he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 'The vessel was marred in the hand of the Potter and we are that vessel.' Psalm 8:4-5, 'What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels.' The word translated angels is Elohim/deity. The ASV translates it God, a little lower than God. If we research that 'little lower than' we find the Hebrew word that is translated lower means to lack, or want, to be incomplete or imperfect. This says that we were made to lack from the perfect or that we were made incomplete and imperfect.
Then if you look in Hebrews 2 you find Psalm 8 quoted. Hebrews 2:6, 'What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands.' Note again we were made incomplete and imperfect. Hebrews 2:8, 'But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death.' Note that Jesus was also lowered, made incomplete and to lack from the perfect. He came down to where we were/are so He could take us by the hand and lead us back home. He was made imperfect so that he could show us the way to perfection and we must be perfected through the same process that perfected Him. We both started out in the flesh as incomplete and imperfect Elohim put here to be completed and perfected.
Hebrews 2:11, Moffatt translation, 'Sanctifier and sanctified have all one origin, that is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers.' These scriptures state that Jesus and the Adamic man came from the same place, origin. We all have the same spiritual origin and we were both lowered or made incomplete and imperfect. While Jesus and we came from the same spiritual origin, God's Spirit, we arrived here by different routes and in different conditions. Our flesh came through Adam and is the seed of Adam while Jesus' flesh was not Adam's seed but the seed of the woman. Jesus had to be lowered to where we are so He could take us by the hand and lead us back home. We were born imperfect and separated from the source of life by sin while Jesus was made sin by taking on our sin. We, our flesh, is Adam's seed while Jesus' flesh was the seed of the woman.
Genesis 3:15, to Satan, 'I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between her seed and thy seed.' In the flesh he was the seed of the woman. In Matthew 1, the forty-first generation is the seed of the woman and the forty-second generation is the seed of God, count them. Jesus identified the seed of Satan in John 8:44. Jesus' Spirit was made complete when the Holy Spirit descended upon him in the Jordan River and remained. We call that process conceiving to the Holy Spirit. The scripture says that He was made perfect through suffering and became the express image of God's person and the brightness of His Glory and the Beginning of the Creation of God. We will be the rest of that creation.
With our dual natures there is marriage in the flesh that produces flesh, and there is marriage in the spirit that produces spirit. John 3:6, 'That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.' Creation is a two step process, first 'That which is natural, and afterward that which is spiritual.' I Cor. 15:46. There will be a birthing in the spirit and John 3:5 states that one parent of the sons being birthed will be the Holy Spirit. Guess whose spirit the other parent will be! (We will give birth in spirit also). 'Except a man/person be born of the Spirit (God's Spirit) he cannot enter the kingdom of God.' The church's custom of having one repeat a confession of faith and then tell them that they are born from above is a fraud. If we think that we have something we do not have, we will never go looking for it!
We are told of two marriages - one at Sinai, and the marriage of the Lamb. Procreation in the spirit will have to come under one of those two marriages. Conception in the spirit, like conception in the flesh, is a transfer of life, a giving and receiving of life. We must receive that infusion of His life, call it what you may. He said 'I am come that you might have life.' John 10:1 0. John 1: 12, 'But as many as received him (and He is Spirit) to them gave he power to become the sons of Elohim.' There is a giving and a receiving. He gives us the spiritual seed of life (through Jesus) and then we carry it to fruition which will be the birthing into the spirit.
The spirits of the disciples were made complete (conceived) when Jesus breathed on them in the upper room and said, 'Receive ye the Holy Spirit' and they were processed/perfected through suffering until the day they went to their graves. And I firmly believe that they will be birthed into the Spirit on resurrection day as sons in the image and likeness of their spiritual Father. This process is now going on all over the world to one here and one there as Christ picks out His firstfruits company.
I did not climb out of a slime pit, I came from God and I will return to Him. And my prayer is that I will have been completed and perfected before I stand before that great Judge." (End of quote).
Our calling in Christ is much greater than any one of us can comprehend at this time. I would not want to miss this for anything this world could offer me! We must continually dedicate our lives to God daily to make sure that we don't.