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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 1, Chapter 6

The Creation, Constitution & Fall of Man

Chapter Illustration

Page 1 of Pages 2, 3, 4
Study Questions

Manís Creation

Moses, in Genesis 2:7 gives the following account of the creation of man:

"Then Yehovah Elohim formed Adam of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the spirit of lives; and Adam became a living soul."189

In this verse Moses tells us how God created Man: First, He formed manís body from the dust of the earth. Second, God breathed into man not just life but the breath of lives. The noun is plural lives72 not life.73 When manís living spirit combined with the body, the body came to life and a self-conscious living soul was created. Thus, man has three kinds of life: a living spirit, a living soul and a living physical body.

Manís Spirit 75, 76 is the means by which he has God-consciousness and is able to communicate with and have relationship with God. It is also the means by which man receives Godís will and plan for his life. Finally, it is the vehicle through which spiritual gifts are given and manifested. (1 Cor 2:10-15)

Manís Soul 74, 77 is the means by which he has self-consciousness and is what man becomes and manifests through his physical body in personality, vocation, and life style as a result of heart response to, one, what he has learned through his mind, body, conscience, and emotions; two, through what he has received from God through his human spirit; and three, as a result of those abilities and talents God has chosen to give him individually.159 This is the reason for the resurrection: so man can continue to give expression of his soul-life through his body. In hell one continues to have self-consciousness, but opportunity to give expression of that soul-life is forever ceased which is what is meant by the destruction of the soul: no means to develop or give expression of the soul-life.

Manís Body 78, 79 is the means by which he has world-consciousness and is the means by which he relates to and communicates with the physical world through his five senses. Second, it is the means through which his soul carries out Jesusí love and plan for his life outlined in the Bible and revealed by the Holy Spirit through his human spirit.

Jesse Penn-Lewis, in his book Soul & Spirit, says the following about the constitution of man:

"Tertullian, one of the Church Fathers who wrote in the early centuries of the Christian era, calls the Ďfleshíóor physical beingóĎthe body of the soulí, and the soul Ďthe vessel of the spirit.í The soul stands between the spirit and the body, for Ďdirect communication between spirit and flesh is impossible; their intercourse can be carried on only by means of a mediumíóthe soul being that medium."80/138

Manís Soul is the medium between the spiritual and the physical world. Man receives information in his soul from both the spiritual and the physical world, but it is the soul that decides how it is going to use that information. Neither the spiritual realm nor the physical realm can make man do anything. It is manís soul which chooses his destiny.

This is what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 16:24-25 when he said:

"If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his soul shall lose it; but whoever loses his soul for My sake shall find it. For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"

Jesus tells us in this passage that if we insist on hanging onto our soul-life: our purpose, vocation and destiny in life, we will lose our souls. This means that we will never know the purpose, vocation and destiny in life Jesus created us to have. The person who rejects Jesus as Lord of his life and destiny, when he dies, will go into eternity never knowing who he really was. He will lose the soul-life Jesus intended for him to have and will forever lose any means of expressing and carrying out the soul-life he wanted to have. This is because Jesus is our source of life, existence and this world and all we enjoy in this world.

Jesus gives us 70 years to decide whether we want to have relationship with Him or not. Because He gives us the freedom of choice as to whether to have relationship with Him or not, if we reject Him until we die, He then honors our choice of rejection of Him and separates Himself and all He would have given to us if we chose relationship with Him. The problem, though, is that He is our source of life and all that is. Therefore to be separated from Him is to be separated from everything that is. All that is left is our self-conscious awareness of existence in a fiery black darkness forever with no possible means of ever being able to develop, express or fulfill our soul desires again because without Jesus there is no means because He is the means.

Jesus created man dependent on three kinds of life that are recorded in the First Epistle of John 3:14-17.

"We know that we have passed out of spiritual-death into spiritual-life48, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in spiritual-death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal spiritual-life abiding in him. We know love by this, that He laid down His soul77 for us; and we ought to lay down our souls for the brethren. But whoever has the biological-means-of-life,81 and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

These three kinds of life are the following:

  1. Zoe: zwh;48 which is spiritual life. This is the life of our Spirit. Jesus is spiritual-life82 and the source of nourishment for our spirit. To cut off Jesus is to cut off the means of feeding and keeping our spirits alive spiritually. Jesus said,

    "Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal spiritual-life, which the Son of Man shall give to you, for on Him God the Father has set His seal." (John 6:27)

  2. Psyche: yuchv 77 which is the life of the soul. Our soul is alive when it has the means to express and carry out the talents, abilities, desires and gifts God gave us. If a person is not provided with what is necessary to develop and express the soul life God has called him to, he will go into complete frustration and anger and break down. Now You understand the plight of the ghettos. A person must have the means to develop and express the soul-life God has called him to, to be happy and healthy. When a person is killed physically, the potential for what his soul life might have been in this world is brought to a halt, destroyed. Jesus gave up his soul, his earthly life, as well as his physical life for us on the cross to save us and so we could have the means eternally to express and carry out the soul-life He has for us.

  3. Bio: bivo81 which is the means to sustain biological, physical life. This is the life of our physical body. If you stop feeding your body biological food, your body will die.

Moses gives us further insight into the creation of man in Genesis 1:26-27

"Then Elohim said, Let Us make man in Our image83, according to Our likeness84; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. And Elohim created man in His own image, in the image of Elohim He created him; male85 and female86 He created them."

In this passage, Moses tells us many things about man:

  1. First, man was created in Godís image and according to His likeness.

  2. Second, God created man to rule over the created creatures of the earth and to subdue the earth.

  3. Third, God created Man male and female.

  4. Fourth, God created man to have children and fill the earth.

First, in this passage, Moses tells us that not only did God create man a spirit, soul and body, but that He created man in His own image and according to His likeness. This means many things. First, the Bible teaches us that God is Spirit. Jesus said in John 4:24, "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." God created us a spirit, soul and body, we have a spirit like God.

Second the Bible teaches us that Godís spirit is invisible to us. The Apostle John wrote in John 1:18, "No one has seen God at any time; the only-begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, that one has revealed Him." Godís true self is invisible to us. What we know about God we know through the incarnation of His Son Jesus Christ and through His Word the Bible. Our true self, our spirit, is also invisible to us. Only in the spiritual realm can we see our true self. In this physical life our true self is hidden from us and from others.

Finally, Paul teaches us in 1 Timothy 1:17 that God is immortal: "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever, Amen." Our spirit and soul are also immortal. In this sense we are created in Godís image with one difference: While we had a beginning, God had no beginning but is eternal as well as immortal. When God created us, He created us to live forever.

Second, being created in Godís image means that manís inner constitution operates the same way Godís does with two differences: Godís is infinite and manís is finite, and Godís is independent but man is dependent on God. This is why we are able to communicate with and have a relationship with God because our inward workings are the same as His. Just as God has intellect, emotion and will, so we have intellect, emotion and will.

Third, being created in Godís image means man was created with the moral righteousness of God ruling over him through his human spirit. Watchman Nee in His book, The Latent Power of the Soul, explains what this means:

"The words Ďimageí and Ďlikenessí may seem to be alike in meaning and may therefore appear repetitious. But in Hebrew the word Ďimageí does not point to physical likeness, rather it denotes moral or spiritual similarity. Someone has put it as: Ďchange into likenessí; that is, Ďto be conformed to a likenessí The purpose in God creating man is for man to be transformed according to His image, God wanted Adam to be like Him." 87/18

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