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Echoes From The Fall

Part Two

by Lenny Antonsson

July 25, 1998

Neosho, MO 64850

 

At the fall, the spirit of man was killed. (See "Echoes From The Fall, Part I, End note "A"). It died and was buried in the "soil" of the natural, where it lay dormant for all those many, many thousands of years. When Christ died, He quickened the spirit. He made it alive again, and at that time, the control of the natural, the physical part of man was killed and now lies dormant within us. The "mortal" was being "clothed upon with immortality" (I Cor. 15: 53). What is happening here is that "as we have born the image of the earthly, (the mortal) we shall also bear the image of the heavenly," (the immortal) (I Cor. 15:49). So, now we have immortality rising up, maturing, coming alive, being quickened everyday, and this is the immortal seeing God more and more and more, maturing more and more and more. Just like it took the physical and the soul, under the direction of the natural to mature while the spirit was dormant within the flesh; so now we need to understand that the flesh and that part of the soul that's governed by the flesh, is dead in us, is dormant in us, has no real control over us, so that the spirit can become fully alive and mature, without the influence of the flesh. Likewise, the part of the soul that the spirit controls, can mature, as well. This is why the natural, the mortal is going to be covered by immortality so that this maturing can take place.

In Eph. 2:14-15, Paul says that Jesus took the two, both the Jew and the Gentile, the spiritual and the natural, to the cross, and out of the two came forth one new man, one new creation. The Jew was our religious part in the natural, and the Gentile represents the physical or the flesh. The religious part and the physical part of us was taken to the cross, and out of the two, came forth one new creation, the new glorified, immortal man. That new immortal man is the Son of God, sitting on the right hand of the Father. We are now one with that Son, who is the firstfruits of all them that sleep. (I Cor. 15:20,23). We must realize that all the old things have passed away. Behold, everything has become new. (II Cor. 5:17). This is the new Jerusalem, "the mother of us all" (Gal. 4:26). This is the new heaven and the new earth that God is talking about through Peter (II Pet. 3:13) and John. (Rev. 21:1). The new heaven is the new spiritual being, and the new earth is the new immortal body. We are in God and God is in us. (Jn. 14:11, 20). The moment that we saw that Christ died for us, our spirit was quickened, was made alive and at the same time, at that moment, mortality was starting to be clothed upon with immortality. Mortality must be covered with immortality so that the mortal will become dormant within us, in order to allow the spirit to mature and expand. This is God's plan. Not until the spirit is mature shall we be presented both natural and spiritual before God and become one, and at that time, God becomes all in all in us. (Eph. 4:6).

When the Bible says we have been crucified with Christ, yet it is not us living, but Christ living in and through us, (Gal. 2:20) the opposite of what Adam and Eve experienced has happened in our lives. At the fall, our spirit died and was placed in the natural, to lie dormant there. Now, our flesh has been crucified and died, and our spirit has been made alive by Christ's Spirit dwelling within. There has been a changing of the guards. The mortal has been subdued by the immortal. It has been clothed upon so that it will behave; so that we can mature spiritually. It has been controlled to a state where there will be no hindrance for the spirit to mature. Yes, there are some inroads by the mortal into the spiritual, not to destroy, but to discomfort the spiritual. The only way the spiritual can mature is by going through this struggle with the mortal.

Paul explains this process of death being swallowed up in life, in Gal 2:20, where he says, "I was crucified with Christ, yet I live." It is not I living, but Christ in and through me. And the life I now live, I live by the faith of Christ, not by the faith in Christ, because I am dead! How can I have faith in Christ if I'm dead? It is Christ living through me; so it is his faith flowing through me. But also what I saw was, that when Christ rose again on the third day, it was not a resurrection of just the mortal body, but it was the immortal body that rose again. Mortality had been clothed upon by immortality so we cannot go forth in our mortal body any more because we've been crucified with Christ. The mortal body was crucified. It is lying dead, dormant in our spiritual being right now. The only thing that's alive in the eternal, is our glorified, immortal body, that's all. It always bothers me to hear people saying, "I'm a sinner saved by grace, and I sin everyday." Well, it just turns me off something terrible, and now I'm beginning to see why it turns me off. When we were crucified with Christ, that sinful body was crucified. It died on the cross with Christ and we have risen again with Christ in our immortal body. The mortal body has been clothed upon with immortality and that immortal body is a glorified body, a son of God, a part of Christ, and is now, part of the body of Christ. We are NOT sinners saved by grace anymore, because that part of us is dead! (Rom. 6:2, 6-8,11).

At the cross also, our flesh was crucified. Our natural self died on the cross, not the spiritual self. The spiritual self was quickened. It became alive at the cross as the natural was crucified and placed dormant within us. Now when I say dormant, I don't mean annihilated, dead, completely gone. There are still impulses from the natural that come forth from the natural into the spiritual, to question the spiritual, to complain to the spiritual, to disagree with the spiritual, to try to hinder the spiritual. This is what happened in the fall, when the spiritual part of man died and became dormant within us, but there were always impulses from the spiritual questioning the natural, trying to control the natural, trying to hinder the natural from maturing. This is that tug back and forth that causes the two to mature, each in its own time.

All the pain that I have in my body is part of the struggle that's taking place. After the fall, while we were away from God, our spirit was going through the struggle, in pain all the time, a pain caused by the loneliness of being away from God. Well, now the physical is going through the same thing. The natural is being shut down by the spiritual, and there is tremendous pain in my physical body because of this taking place right now. After the fall, we were in agony of spirit, and now, after the crucifixion, we are in agony in the natural, in the Adam nature, because the Adam nature feels that it is being destroyed. It is only being controlled, but it feels like a death blow and that it is being destroyed, and that is why it affects me so much physically.

Pain is part of God's process. Remember that Jesus said, "If you suffer with me, ye shall also reign with me" (II Tim. 2:12). This suffering that He's talking about is what I'm thinking about now. When the spirit had died because of the fall, the spirit was still able to pulsate consciousness and to stir us spiritually very slightly, but it was still there to a limited extent. Well now, the mortal body has been crucified. It is dormant within the spirit, but it can also pulsate slightly. Now what is the result of this pulsation? It causes sickness in our body because it is trying to communicate in a mortal way, and that mortal way causes the body to have sickness. This is what Jesus is saying, by indicating that we will suffer with him. (Phil. 1:29). The suffering is weakness, sickness, emotional, financial or other stress from the part of the soul that the mortal body still has control of. This happens because the spirit has not yet fully taken over the whole soul, and as a result, the soul has not understood that all these things come from God for our good and His glory.

The more our spirit invades and takes over the soul, and woos the soul with love, mercy and kindness, the more Jesus or the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, is able to open up our understanding; not only open up our understanding, but take us deeper and deeper into our Father, into God. The deeper we are, or are taken into God, the more God becomes all in all in us.

We have been walking with Christ in the Spirit, for 2,000 years, and it is still illusive to us, though we have been able to come up with some structure and some vitality in this place. Now, God is changing the program again. We are coming into the new age, the age of the kingdom of God. In the past age, the age of grace, we've had our physical bodies to provide food, shelter and protection. We've had our minds, our emotions to deal with our thoughts and feelings, and those things combined with the Spirit, have caused a growth in us, a tremendous growth. But now we step into this new age, where God is totally, totally in control. He calls all the shots. This is brand new for us again. We never saw these things before. This is what Paul talks about in Ephesians 1:11, where He says that God "works all things after the counsel of His own will." That means everything. All is under the control of the Father.

In Revelation 21:2, it refers to this new creation as, "The New Jerusalem," coming down out of heaven, out of the spiritual, out of the presence of God. It is not a physical heaven above us, but it comes out of the presence of God. It is all God, the new city, the new heaven and the new earth, in which there is no sea. (Rev. 21:1). The sea is representative of the world's systems. God said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away. (The Jew and the Gentile shall pass away; the spiritual and the natural shall pass away), but my word shall not pass away" (Matt. 24:35). Christ shall not pass away. Christ is the word, (Jn. 1:14; Rev. 19:13) and the Word shall not pass away. He's all that will be left. The physical struggle of man, the soulish and the intellectual and the subconscious struggle of man, and the spiritual struggle of man is going to vanish away. Earth is man's physical. Man's physical has taken over the soul. Heaven is man's spiritual and the part of the soul that the spirit has taken over. All that is going to fade away, but Christ will not fade away. Christ will be all that remains. We have been crucified with Christ, yet we live, but it is not us living. It is Christ living in and through us. (Gal. 2:20). That is the whole thing. Nothing else will be left, and then Christ will present us to the Father, (I Cor. 15:24) and the Father will become all and in all. (Eph. 4:6). There is an age to come when all three, body, soul, and spirit, will be turned over to the Father so that God becomes all in all. The first Adam will be matured and clothed upon with immortality and will become totally functional in God. At that very moment, we are going to fully, completely, unconditionally, eternally know that in Him do we live and move and have our being. It is amazing to see that only in the fulness of time, does God come and teach us something like this. He declares "the end from the beginning, and from ancient times, the things that are not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure." (Is. 46:10).

Lenny Antonsson

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