Gnostic Doctrine

Saturday, 25 April 2020

The Seed of the Father

The Seed of the Father 

They were forever in thought, for the Father was like a thought and a place for them. When their generations had been established, the one who is completely in control wished to lay hold of and to bring forth that which was deficient in the [...] and he brought forth those [...] him. But since he is as he is, he is a spring, which is not diminished by the water which abundantly flows from it. While they were in the Father's thought, that is, in the hidden depth, the depth knew them, but they were unable to know the depth in which they were; nor was it possible for them to know themselves, nor for them to know anything else. That is, they were with the Father; they did not exist for themselves. Rather, they only had existence in the manner of a seed, so that it has been discovered that they existed like a fetus. Like the word he begot them, subsisting spermatically, and the ones whom he was to beget had not yet come into being from him. The one who first thought of them, the Father, - not only so that they might exist for him, but also that they might exist for themselves as well, that they might then exist in his thought as mental substance and that they might exist for themselves too, - sowed a thought like a spermatic seed. Now, in order that they might know what exists for them, he graciously granted the initial form, while in order that they might recognize who is the Father who exists for them, he gave them the name "Father" by means of a voice proclaiming to them that what exists, exists through that name, which they have by virtue of the fact that they came into being, because the exaltation, which has escaped their notice, is in the name. (The Tripartite Tractate)


And just as the admirations of the silences are eternal generations and they are mental offspring, so too the dispositions of the word are spiritual emanations. Both of them admirations and dispositions, since they belong to a word, are seeds and thoughts of his offspring, and roots which live forever, appearing to be offspring which have come forth from themselves, being minds and spiritual offspring to the glory of the Father.  (The Tripartite Tractate)


(119) for that which openeth the womb of all these things, whether of the mind, so as to enable it to comprehend the things appreciable only by the intellect, or of the speech so as to enable it to exercise the energies of voice, or of the external senses, so as to qualify them to receive the impressions which are made upon them by their appropriate subjects, or of the body to fit it for its appropriate stationary conditions or motions, is the invisible, spermatic, technical, and divine Word, which shall most properly be dedicated to the Father. (120) And, indeed, as are the beginnings of God so likewise are the ends of God; and Moses is a witness to this, where he commands to "separate off the end, and to confess that it is due to God." The things in the world do also bear witness. How so? (121) The beginning of a plant is the seed, and the end is the fruit, each of them being the work, not of husbandry, but of nature. Again, of knowledge the beginning is nature, as has been shown, but the end can never reach mankind, for no man is perfect in any branch of study whatever; but it is a plain truth, that all excellence and perfection belong to one Being alone; we therefore are borne on, for the future, on the confines of beginning and end, learning, teaching, tilling the ground, working up everything else, as if we were really effecting something, that the creature also may seem to be doing something; (122) therefore, with a more perfect knowledge, Moses has confessed that the first-fruits and the end belong to God, speaking of the creation of the world, where he says, "In the beginning God created ..."{42}{genesis 1:1.} And again he says, "God finished the heaven and the earth."

The depth knew them but they were unable to know the depth in which they were nor was it possible for them to know themselves nor for them to know anything else. that is they were with the Father they did not exist for themselves rather they only had existence in the manner of a seed so that it has been discovered that they existed like a fetus.

it’s good this writers clarifying what he means that he’s saying the church in Christ were more seeds of thought you can think of it that way. not so much entities if that’s the case then I can say that’s a little more agreeable to The way I think Gnostic Christians might might think of a place that you’d put this in the whole puzzle.

like the word he begat them subsisting spermaticlly. and the ones whom he was to beget had not yet come into being from him the one who first thought of them the Father not only so that they might exist for him but also that they might exist for themselves as well. That they might then exist in his thought as mental substance and that they might exist for themselves too so to thought like a spermatic seed. 1 Peter 1:23 1 John 3:9


Genesis 1:11 New International Version
Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so.
When this was written in the Book of Genesis, this was referring to the bodies made by the dust of this earth, and the fruit trees are the different races of bodies, shoots, off spring, fruits. that had as the fore body, the ability to reproduce another body, remember different races are really bodies with seed that will reproduce another body like itself.

 Psa 1:3 And he will certainly become like a tree planted by streams of water,

That gives its own fruit in its season
And the foliage of which does not wither,

The Most High, our Father sees humanity as a seed bearing tree, who's seed is within it self.

1 Peter 1:23 For YOU have been given a new birth, not by corruptible, but by incorruptible [reproductive] seed (Greek spoas´; Latin., semine.), through the word of [the] living and enduring

1 John 3:9 Everyone who has been born from God does not carry on sin, because His [reproductive] seed (Greek 4690 spora) remains in such one, and he cannot practice sin, because he has been born from God.

4701. σπορά spora spor-ah’; from 4687; a sowing, i.e. (by implication) parentage: — seed. σπορά, σπορᾶς, ἡ (σπείρω, 2 perfect ἐσπορα), seed: 1 Peter 1:23((equivalent to a sowing, figuratively, origin, etc., from Aeschylus, Platodown))

4690. σπέρμα sperma sper’-mah; from 4687; something sown, i.e. seed (including the male "sperm"); by implication, offspring; specifically, a remnant (figuratively, as if kept over for planting): — issue, seed.

Now in order that they might know what exists for them he graciously granted the initial form. Wow in order that they might recognize who is the Father who exists for them gave them the name Father by means of a voice proclaiming to them that what exists. Exists through that name which they have by virtue of the fact that they came into being because the exultation which has escaped their notice is in the name alright.

So the concept of the idea of a Father we all have a Father rather adopt him we know that Father or not or we were in a family where we’re not adopted the idea the concept of the Father is there and that experience allows us to know God the Father in heaven. so against the same concept that Christ came to represent the Father in name and so to all the Fathers here that we have on this earth representing in name the concept of the Father. so ultimately these are archetype here’s the Father so put in a name here’s God put in the name in this case would be Christ the infant while in the form of the fetus has enough for him itself before ever seeing the one who sewed it therefore they had the sole task of searching for him

Hebrews 12:23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God" (1 Jn. 5:1). Our spiritual man is what is born of God. All true believers are here spoken of as if they are their spiritual man. All true believers in Christ therefore have a spiritual man within them, which we must seek out, even imagine at times, and with which we should fellowship

Our spiritual man is not limited by the bonds of space. Thus Paul was bodily absent from Corinth, " but present in spirit" (1 Cor. 5:3), i.e. his spiritual man was present with them. It was the same with Colosse: " I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit" (Col. 2:5). When our spiritual man groans, Christ groans too in Heaven, an infinite distance away (Rom. 8:23 cp. 26). There is no time barrier, either. Thus our spiritual man is in close fellowship with " the spirits of just men made perfect" , having died many years ago (Heb. 12:23). This is the glorious unity of the Spirit; we are not just connected with all living saints, wherever they may be, but with the spiritual characters of all true saints throughout history.

Only To The Children of God


Only To The Children of God


Do you know that: “They which are the children of the flesh, these

are NOT the children of God” (Romans 9:8)?

“For as many as are LED by the spirit of God , THEY are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).

“For ye are all children of God by FAITH in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26).

“But as many as RECEIVED HIM, to THEM gave he POWER [the right, or, privilege] to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, NOT of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”

(John 1:12-13).

These are the children to whom the following counsels are directed:

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, they shall deceive the very elect [children of God]” (Matthew 24:24).

“Beloved, believe NOT every spirit, but TRY the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

The spirits to be tried (examined) are the claims (teachings) of MEN that may be so near the truth as to deceive the children of God (Matthew 24:24).

How shall we test these spirits (teachings)?

The answer: “Seek ye out of the book of the LORD and read” (Isaiah 34:16).

Because: “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light [truth] in them” (Isaiah 8:2 0).

“God is spirit: and they that worship him must worship him IN SPIRIT and IN TRUTH” (John 4:24).

And: “Except a man be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God ... He must be born of water and of the spirit ... that which is born of flesh is flesh; and that which is born of spirit is spirit” (John 3:3-6).


This new birth is accomplished by the operation of the spirit and of truth upon the heart AND mind, thereby changing a person’s spirit (disposition) which is referred to in scripture as REPENTANCE.

“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you are spirit and life” (John 6:63).

Not only God is spirit but his WORD is also spirit; for Jesus spoke only the words of God. Therefore, we are to live (abide) by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

But he answered and said, “It is written Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

“And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by EVERY word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live” (Deuteronomy 8:3).




We are to add nothing to his word nor diminish aught from it:

“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2).

“What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it” (Deuteronomy 12:32).

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19).


“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man [child] of God may be perfect complete, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

So shall we all be taught of God:

“And all thy children shall be TAUGHT OF THE LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (Isaiah 54:13).

“It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me” (John 6:45).

And Paul writes:

“Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD OF GOD” (Ephesians 6:17).

“That ye put off concerning the former manner of life ... and be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Ephesians 4:22-23).

This is true repentance - a change of disposition (spirit) because: “Of his own will begat he us with the WORD OF TRUTH” (James 1:18).

And Peter writes:

“Seeing ye have purified your souls in OBEYING the truth through the spirit ... being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, BY THE WORD OF GOD” (1 Peter 1:22-23).

Because:

“... God hath revealed them unto us by his spirit: for the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.... Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God ... because they are spiritually discerned [Greek: ‘anakrino’ - examined]”(1 Corinthians 2:10-14).

From these testimonies it is obvious that the scriptures are complete in themselves and prohibit the injection of man’s imagination into it.

The psalmist tells us that the word of God is PURE (Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5). That it is VERY pure (Psalm 119:140). Nowhere in the scripture does God grant unto man the privilege, much less the right, to inject his opinions into God’s word, thereby diluting and poluting it. For this reason God warned: “... he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully” (Jeremiah 23:28).

Accordingly, Paul counsels the believers:

“Now I beseech you, brethren by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the SAME mind and in the SAME judgment [Greek ‘gnome’ - same opinion, purpose]” (1 Corinthians 1:10).

“... that ye stand fast [firm] in ONE spirit, with ONE mind striving together for the faith of the GOSPEL” (Philippians 1:27).

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is ONE body, and ONE Spirit, even as ye are called in ONE hope of your calling; ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism. ONE God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:3-6).

A careful consideration of the foregoing testimonies will disclose that no divisions or differences of opinion should exist among the children of God.


Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves (2 Corinthians 13:5) in the light of God’s truth, lest we find ourselves in that category as outlined by Paul:

“For ye are yet carnal; for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and DIVISIONS, are ye not carnal, and walk after the manner of men?” (1 Corinthians 3:3).

“Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided?” (1 Corinthians 1:12-13).

Yet today, similar conditions exist. There are many different sects with us, many different teachers laying claim to the name of Christ. Is Christ divided? Are we, as individuals, followers of some MAN’s theories? Or are we the followers of the teaching of the spirit of truth? Examine yourself!

We come to know Sige through the Christ who is the Son






We come to know Sige through the Christ who is the Son.

She to us is

the Mother with Him

who is the Immeasurable One.

She is vast in depth of the united womb of Him - instinctually we look up to see.

She is the Mother-Father of Christ

and

Christ is our brother and our Mother is Wisdom

who is called Sophia,

and we here, called little lambs, the Aeons 

are the little children of her.

The Meaning of Sige
Sige-Ennoia The Silent Thought The Mother of all life

Friday, 24 April 2020

Wisdom repented of her ways

Wisdom repented of her ways

Wisdom repented of her ways
She grew up matured with the Christ.
His did see His desire who is She was to be like Him
Brought forth the universe as we know
We are in.

The body of Christ
The bride
Is She
The glory of Sigé
The Father
Is He
The Wisdom of God
Creator through life was initiated from the beginning by the Father of the All.

give unto me that which is mine Gospel of Thomas Saying 100




They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, "Caesar's agents are exacting taxes from us." He said to them, "Give unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, give unto God the things that are God's, and give unto me that which is mine."

Saying 100
Here Jesus is telling his followers that they should to serve the rulers of Israel even during periods of foreign domination since their domination was a punishment for Israel’s sinfulness. (Ezek 21:25-27; Jer 27:4-7 Mal 1:8) God demands the commitment of one’s life to mission of spreading the news about the Kingdom and how to prepare for his Judgement.
Saying 100 is reminiscent of saying 88, where messengers and prophets come to take what is theirs and give you what is yours. But What is it?, it is what Jesus expects to be given. But the Gth is silent about this

100)## They showed Jesus a gold coin [currency of the god of mammon] and said to Him, "Caesar's men [the false religious leaders who follow after "the prince of this world"] demand taxes from us [tithes and offerings]." He said to them, "Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar [as long as you worship the things of the world you will have to pay the price - "Flee fornication"], give God what belongs to God ["What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"], and give Me what is Mine [all that the Father has is His]."

to kill a powerful man Gospel of Thomas Saying 98




(98) Jesus said, "What the kingdom of the father resembles is a man who wanted to assassinate a member of court. At home, he drew the dagger and stabbed it into the wall in order to know whether his hand would be firm. Next, he murdered the member of court."

Saying 98
The point of the parable is that it is necessary to prepare oneself for the inauguration of the Kingdom of God. You must become a spiritual warrior first and foremost the battle is within your own house that is your body cutting off the inclination to evil. We are victorious in Christ within our own consciousness against the enemy within and the external demons without in the world all the things that appeal to the flesh (add Gen 3; 1Jn 2:)
The certain man is the son of man, the perfect man, the man of the one, which is the multitudinous body of Christ that will kill the powerful man who is the man of lawlessness or Gog and his armies or Jesus could be the certain man who kills the powerful man who as the power of death that is the devil which is sin in the flesh. The sword is stabbed in his own house which is his body. The testing of his strength is the temping he went through to strengthen him for tribulations billeds character as Paul says:
Rom 5:3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the holy spirit, which was given to us. 2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
Heb 12:11  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Heb 2:18 Heb 4:15 Heb 2:9 Heb 2:14 Heb 5:7 Heb 7:23 Heb 9:15,16

98) Jesus said, "The Kingdom of the Father is like a certain man [Jesus] who wanted to kill a powerful man [ha Shatan]. In his own house [of God, where the judgment begins "For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?"] he drew his sword [the Word of God "Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth."] and stuck it into the wall [the defensive wall of church doctrine, laws and ordinances] in order to find out whether his hand [the power of the spirit] could carry through [make any headway within that religion]. Then he slew the powerful man [the spirit of anti-Christ that has controlled the "image" (in worldly churches) for 2,000 years]."

the empty kingdom Gospel of Thomas Saying 97




(97) Jesus said, "[What] the kingdom of the [father] resembles [is] a woman who was conveying a [jar] full of meal. When she had traveled far [along] the road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled out after her [along] the road. She was not aware of the fact; she had not understood how to toil. When she reached home she put down the jar and found it empty."

Saying 97
This parable has an eschatological and internal interpretation, the first one stressing that the unture inauguration would be unexpected and astonishing like the reaction of the woman who returns home with a jar of meal, only to find it empty because the handle had broken off on the way.
How ever, this Saying may perhaps have an other meaning. The kingdom can slip away from us. If  people are not careful they can become broken jars with nothing inside themselves.

Alternatively, just as Jesus empted himself of all privileges and rightful dignity, when he stripped Himself of the insignia of Majesty. Paul refers to the mind of Jesus in Phil. 1:8. Back in Phil.1:27 Paul starts to speak of the importance of our state of mind. This is developed in the early verses of chapter 2: "Being of one accord, of one mind...in lowliness of mind...look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus..." (Phil.2:2-5). Paul is therefore speaking of the importance of having a mind like that of Jesus, which is devoted to the humble service of others. The verses which follow are therefore commenting upon the humility of mind which Jesus demonstrated, rather than speaking of any change of nature.
Christ "made himself of no reputation", or "emptied himself" (R.V.), alluding to the prophecy of his crucifixion in Is.53:12: "He poured out his soul unto death". He "took upon himself the form (demeanour) of a servant" by his servant-like attitude to his followers (Jn.13:14), demonstrated supremely by his death on the cross (Mt.20:28). Is.52:14 prophesied concerning Christ's sufferings that on the cross "his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men". This progressive humbling of himself "unto death, even the death of the cross" was something which occurred during his life and death, not at his birth. We have shown the context of this passage to relate to the mind of Jesus, the humility of which is being held up to us as an example to copy. These verses must therefore speak of Jesus' life on earth, in our human nature, and how he humbled himself, despite having a mind totally in tune with God, to consider our needs.

Finally, a point concerning the phrase "being in the form of God". The Greek word translated "being" does not mean 'being originally, from eternity'. Acts 7:55 speaks of Stephen "being full of the Holy Spirit". He was full of the Holy Spirit then and had been for some time before; but he had not always been full of it. Other examples will be found in Lk.16:23; Acts 2:30; Gal.2:14. Christ "being in the form of God" therefore just means that he was in God's form (mentally); it does not imply that he was in that form from the beginning of time.

Thus we must do the same. We must empty ourselves Phil 1:27 2:2-5. So that the spirit or mind of Christ can fill us. Dying to ourselves, we must be conceived and reborn of the spirit as the living Jesus was Ps 2:7 89:27 Mt 3:17 Mk 1:11 Lk 3:22

97) Jesus said, "The Kingdom of the [Father] [which comes as one discovers the proper understanding of the scriptures] is like a certain woman [religion] who was carrying a jar [means "to deepen"] full of meal [so someone full of knowledge of the Truth and the higher/inward (spiritual) meanings of the Word]. While she was walking [on] a road [on her "spiritual" journey], still some distance from home [the eternal rest which comes from conversion (fullness of the spirit) in the Kingdom], the handle [the Keys of Knowledge] of the jar broke [was bankrupted/ruined by the leaven (hypocrisy) of the religious leaders] and the meal [the higher/inward (spiritual) meaning of the Word] emptied out [over time] behind her on the road [the "broad way leading to destruction" which she is on - this is the peril those who are "not of the world" living "in the world"]. She did not realize it [ha Shatan is very subtle in how he subverts the religions of man so the woman could not see the spilling out of the Truth]; she had noticed no accident [because it wasn't an accident!]. When she reached her house [was fully established in her Christo-pagan religious system], she set the jar down and found it empty [all that was left was the superficial (surface-level) understanding of the Word as the cistern in v-74]."

Small Amount of Leaven Gospel of Thomas Saying 96




(96) Jesus [said], "What the kingdom of the father resembles is [a] woman who took a small amount of leaven, [hid] it in some dough, and produced huge loaves of bread. Whoever has ears should listen!

Saying 96
"Here the kingdom is likened not to the leaven, as in the Synoptics, but to the woman.
Jesus here is speaking about the spiritual kingdom here the woman is the kingdom or the church and she is meant to be the model for the readers.

The Little leaven concealed in dough are the chosen few who here the word and believe it the large loves come at the end of the age and are the 3 persons in saying 30 the mutldue that no one can number

Woman=Zion, the true church

Little leaven=the knowledge of the truth

Concealed in dough=missionary work

Large loaves of bread= the body of Christ

Leaven used in a good way:

Le 23:17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

Am 4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

Mt 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Lu 13:21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

96)## Jesus [said], "The Kingdom of the Father is like a certain woman [the holy spirit]. She took a little leaven [the Keys of Knowledge], [concealed] it in some dough [it is hidden within the letter of the Word], and made it into large loaves [the Old and New Testaments]. Let him who has ears hear [both ears to hear the higher and lower meanings]."

Give Freely Gospel of Thomas Saying 95




(95) [Jesus said], "If you (plur.) have money, do not lend it out at interest. Rather, give [it] to one from whom you will not get it back."

Saying 95
This saying does not contradict saying 14 the theme of interest here recalls the antipathy of Thomas to merchants (money lender) (cf. 64.12). Here in this Saying it follows the principle in saying 25 and it clearly demands self-sacrificing generosity.

95)## [Jesus said,] "If you [the Elect] have money [true spiritual wealth - scriptural understandings found with the Key of Knowledge], do not lend it at interest [as the corrupt religious leaders who get gain from their quarters (tithes and offerings) by buying and selling the Word (full of fleshly leaven designed to keep their beggars bags full) which is in opposition to the Father "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." which gives the proper translation and understanding to "You should not be acquiring gold, nor yet silver, nor yet copper into your girdles, no beggar's bag for the road,"] , but give [it] to one [called to receive it see v-109] from whom you will not get it back [for whatever you have to give belongs to your Master]."

He who seeks will find Gospel of Thomas Saying 94




(94) Jesus [said:] He who seeks will find, [and he who knocks], to him will be opened.

Saying 94
Christ is the door no one comes in except thought him by being baptized in to him. Here Jesus promises to reveal the truth to those who seek and knock. If the hearer seeks the truth, Jesus will reveal it to him or her. If the hearer knocks on the door, Jesus will let him or her in.


94)## Jesus [said], "He who seeks [the Truth] will find [the Keys of knowledge], and [he who knocks] [at the door of God's Word "I am the Door. Through Me if anyone should be entering, he shall be saved, and shall be entering and coming out and will be finding pasture."] will be let in [He will open up to him and he will gain entrance to the Kingdom]."

Do not give holy things to dogs Gospel of Thomas Saying 93




'Do not give holy things to dogs, lest they throw them upon the dunghill. Do not throw pearls to swine lest they might make [mud] of it'; 'or they might bring it [to naught'; 'or they might grind it [to bits]

Saying 93
Here as in saying 62 we must watch who we are speaking to, we must only share the truth with the worthy for dogs and swine may persecute us and our teachings bringing them to naught. As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a pretty woman that is turning away from sensibleness

93)# <Jesus said,> "Do not give what is holy [the Keys, mystery] to dogs [scribes, Jews, Pharisees who will always "return to their own vomit"], lest they throw them on the dung-heap [hide the keys in worldly traditions etc..see v - 39 "Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered."]. Do not throw the pearls [the true (spiritual) meanings in the scriptures] to swine [Christo-pagans], lest they grind it [to bits] [using their own lower/outward (carnal) reasoning to anathematize their higher meaning "Now there were more than forty who make this cabal, who any, coming to the chief priests and the elders, say,  "With an anathema we anathematize ourselves to taste nothing till which we should kill Paul." who was sharing these hidden meanings with the disciples of Christ]."

Seek the Truth Gospel of Thomas Saying 92




(92) Jesus said: Seek, and you will find; but the things you asked me in those days and I did not tell you then, now I desire to tell them, but you do not ask about them.

Saying 92
J. D. Crossan writes: "As in the preceding instance, only the seek/find stich is present; but now it is accompanied by another saying whose meaning is not exactly clear. More significant for my own purpose is the fact that the stich's version here is in imperative/future format and thus in the second person." (In Fragments, p. 100) [Cp. John 16:4b-5]

92) Jesus said, "Seek [the Truth] and you will find [the Keys, the mystery]. Yet, what you asked Me about in former times [about the hidden meanings in the scriptures "Now, answering, He said to them that  "To you has it been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of the heavens, yet to those it has not been given."] and which I did not tell you then [because they were not yet ready to hear it "Still much have I to say to you, but you are not able to bear it at present."], now [at the end of the age] I do desire to tell [the hidden meaning], but you do not enquire after it [being content with the lower/outward (fleshly) ordinances, traditions and festivals of men]."

The Pharisees said to him Gospel of Thomas Saying 91




(91) They said to him: Tell us who you are, that we may believe in you. He said to them: You test the face of the sky and of the earth, and him who is before you you have not known, and you do not know (how) to test this moment.

Saying 91
“They” that is the Pharisees tested him. The Pharisees did not have faith in the Christ so they did not recognize the one who was before them. They had the opportunity but they did not know how to read the sings of the times.

91) #They said to Him, "Tell us who You are so that we may believe in You." #He said to them, "You read the face [visible superficial aspects] of the sky [the higher/inward (spiritual) meanings] and of the earth [the lower/outward (fleshly) meanings], but you have not recognized the one [the heavenly being who is manifest in an earthly image] who is before you, and you do not know how to read this moment [how to perceive the higher/inward (spiritual) meanings within the lower/outward (carnal) images]." 

Sunday, 19 April 2020

The Zohar The Book of Light

The Zohar The Book of Light



THE BOOK OF LIGHT.

Containing the doctrines of the Kabbalah, together with the discourses and teachings of its author, the great Kabbalist, Rabbi Simeon ben Jochai, and now for the first time translated into English with notes, references, and expository remarks.

BY NURHO DE MANHAR. SECTION I. GENESIS. (CREATION)

(Take everything with a grain of salt, this is the way with Lord Jesus)

"BRASHITH." "In the beginning" was En Soph, a the Divine,  the self-existent infinite begin,  without likeness or reflection, the incomprehensible, the unknowable One, the blessed and only Potentate, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Who only hath immortality, dwelling in Light which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen or can see, before whom the great archangel with face beneath his wings bends in lowly reverence and adoration, crying,  "Holy! Holy! Holy! who art and was and evermore shall be."

Tune had begun. Its great pendulum, whose beats are the ages, commenced to vibrate.
The era of creation or manifestation had at last arrived.
The nekuda reshima, primal point or nucleus, appeared.

From it emanated and expanded the primary substance, the illimitable phosphorescent ether, of the nature of light, formless, colorless, being neither black nor green nor red.

In it, latent yet potentially as in a mighty womb, lay the myriad prototypes and numberless forms of all created things as yet indiscernible, indistinguishable.


By the secret and silent action of the divine will, from this primal luminous point radiated forth the vital life-giving spark which, pervading and operating in the great, enteric ocean of forms, became the soul of the universe,  the fount and origin of all mundane life and motion and terrestrial existence, and in its nature and essence and secret operation remains ineffable, incomprehensible and indefinable.

It has been conceived of as the divine Logos, the Word, and called Brashith, for the same was in the beginning with God.

Friday, 17 April 2020

FIGURES OF SPEECH

“FIGURES OF SPEECH”

The following definition was derived from the encyclopedia and Companion Bible.  The explanation is equally true of proverbs, parables and dark sayings.  It is a style used by God to express His truth hid in a mystery (secret).

A figure of speech relates to the FORM in which the words are used.  It is a designed and legitimate departure from the laws of languages.  This peculiar form or unusual manner may, or may not, be true to the LITERAL meaning of the words; but it is true to their REAL sense, and truer to truth.

In a figure of speech, a word may be transferred from an object, to which it property belongs, to another, in such a manner that a comparison is implied though not formally expressed, or a sentence in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in properties and/or characteristics.  The principal subject is thus kept secret.

Thus saith the Lord: “I wiIl open my mouth in a parable.  I will utter dark sayings of old” (Psalm 78:2).  Jesus quotes: “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the FOUNDATION of the world” (Matthew 13:35).  Thus indicating that 'dark sayings' and 'figures of speech' were used from the beginning (the Garden of Eden) to keep secret the things of the SPIRIT (Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 2:7; Colossians 1:26).
“It is the gloty of God to conceal a thing.- but the honour of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2).

Moses was a prophet of God (Deuteronomy 34: 10).  God made known his ways to Moses (Psalm 103:7).  God spoke unto Moses “mouth to mouth and face to face” and “not by dream or vision” (Exodus 33:11; Numbers 12:7-8).  Thus, Moses' writings were dictated by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21).  For God, who spoke through his Son, also spoke through his prophets (Hebrews 1: 1-2).
We have heard it said by some that the Bible does not give all the answers, that certain scriptures are vague and lacking in detail, particularly the opening chapters of Genesis.  Yet, it is written: “Man shall live by EVERY word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3).  Man shall not change or modify God's word (Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32; Revelation 22:18-19).  For, “all scripture is given by the inspiration of God ... that the man of God might be COMPLETE, thoroughly fumished unto ALL good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
These testimonies prove that for all Intents and purposes the scriptures meet the FULL requirements of the “children of God.”  Hence, any vagueness or misunderstanding of the scriptures is primarily due to taking “figures of speech” as literal or vice versa.   Signs, types and symbols were used in dark sayings to keep secret from the worldly wise the things of the Spirit (Matthew 1 1:25).  To know and understand these things is to be “taught of God” (John 6:45).  For he revealeth them unto us by His Spirit (1 Corinthians 2: 10).  His word is spirit (John 6:63).

Jesus said:  “… be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves”
(Matthew 10: 16).  Here are two symbols used in a figure of speech:
they are SERPENT and DOVE.
THE DOVE is a symbol of peace because of its gentle, peaceful and harmless nature.  Jesus used it in this proverb to signify the characteristics desired in his followers (see Isaiah 66:2; Psalm 34:18) who humbleth themselves before their God (Matthew 18:4; James 4: 10).  God used the dove to signify the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16; John 1:32) thus anointing Jesus of Nazareth as the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) with power (Acts 10:38).

THE SEPPENT, in whose mouth is the poison of death, signifies a sinful person according to God's definition given in Psalm 140:1-3; Romans 3:12-13 and Matthew 12:34.  The name serpent was attributed to those men whom Jesus and John the Baptist had encountered (Matthew 3:7, 23:34; Luke 3:7).  Hence, when the word serpent is used to indicate an intelligent, reasoning creature having guiie (deceit) in his mouth, it signifies a man exhibiting such characteristics.

Is it reasonable to presume that the God of love and mercy, whose thoughts are as high above the thoughts of man as the heavens are above the earth, would utilize a brute beast for frustrating his purpose right at the beginning.?  If so, then why did it repent him for creating man (Genesis 6:6)?  The answer is in verse 5 and chapter 8:21: “For the imagination of man's heart was evil from his youth.”   The thoughts originating in the man's heart and issuing out of his mouth (Matthew I5:18-20) proved to be the venom of death.  Therefore, the Lord signified his (the man's) words as those of a serpent.
The Spirit, speaking through Jesus, is the same Spirit that spoke through Moses (Hebrews 1:1).  Therefore, the same type of dark sayings would have been used in the beginning(Psalm 78:2; Matthew l3:35).  For “God changes not”
(Malachi 3:6; James 1: 17; Psalm 102:27).

With these few thoughts In mind, let us examine the opening chapters of Genesis, giving particular attention to Chapter 3:

CHAPTER 1 - Reveals God's activity in creating the heavens, the earth and the living creatures of the earth.
CHAPTER 2 - Reveals God's activity In creating the man and the woman and establishing them in the Garden of Eden, to dress and keep it.
Adam (the son of God - Luke 3:38) was also a figure of the Christ to come (Romans 5: 1 4).
Eve (the mother of all living - Genesis 3:20) became his bride.  She was out of Adam and thereby is a figure of the ecciesia to be developed “out of” Christ.  The ecciesia will become the bride of Christ.
CHAPTER3 - Reveals MAN's activity with the results.  It is the prologue to the saga of mankind CHAPTER upon the earth: his heart was evil from the beginning.  This narrative was written approximately 2300 years after the fact, so we can be sure it was written in the words of the Spirit and not after the flesh.

Since the word serpent signifies a MAN of PERVERSE speech, we will paraphrase the verses as we proceed with our investigation:

Genesis, chapter 3:

Verse 1 - “Now the serpent [the man] was more subtle than any beast [living creature, RSV].”  This is the first place in the scriptures where the word SERPENT appears.  To those who believe In a personal devil, the word serpent immediately suggests an animal, so it Is NATURALLY taken literally.  Understood SPIRITUALLY, it is a figure of speech.
Verse 2 - The woman said to the serpent [the man], “We [you and I] may eat...”
Verse 4 - “and the serpent [the man] said...”
Verse 5 - “then your eyes shall be opened.”  Literally, her eyes were already open.  Here is a figure of speech of the type that is used throughout the word of God and denotes the dictation of the narrative by the Spirit to Moses.  It is not the language of a brute beast.
Verse 6 - “… she [the woman] took of the fruit thereof and did eat, and GAVE to her husband with her and he did eat.“
Verse 7 - “And the eyes of them BOTH [simultaneously] were opened [spiritually opened].”  Literally, their eyes were open before, or else they could not have seen that the fruit was pleasant to look upon.
It was not necessary for the Lord (Elohim) to ask any questions, as the Lord knows the thoughts of the heart (Hebrews 4:12-1 3).  Here is disclosed God's principle in judgment.  It is a foreshadowing of the day appointed for judgment (Acts 17:31).  ]esus said: “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matthew 12:37).  Adam and Eve were given the privilege to answer for themselves individually (Romans 14:12).
Verse 12 - “And the man said, the woman whom thou gavest to be wth me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat.”  Here is no indication that Eve seduced Adam into eating.  In fact, Adam is partially blaming the Lord for the woman's presence.
At the same time he was trying to place the responsibility upon Eve for his disobedience.  Yet, there is not one accusation against Eve throughout the scriptures, except to state that she, being deceived, was in the transgression
(1 Timothy 2:13-1 5).  The Spirit places the blame SOLELY ON ADAM
(Romans 5: 12, 17, 19; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
Verse 13 - And she [Eve] said: “The serpent [the man] beguiled me and I did eat.” (She and Adam ate together.)
Verse 14 - “And the Lord God said unto the serpent [the man], because thou hast done this, thou are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast [living creature, RSV] of the field:upon thy belly shalt thou go and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy Iife.” This figure of speech signifies the penalty: death, return to dust of ungodly disobedient man.


The curse above all cattle and living creatures is outlined in verses 17-19.
God provides for the living creatures of the field (Psalm 104:21-23; 147:9; Matthew 6:26) while man must labor in “the sweat of his face” in order to eat (Psalm 128:2; 2 Thessalonians 3:10; 1 Timothy 5:8). “Upon thy belly shalt thou go and dust shall thou eat” is a proverb signifying the status and penalty of the wicked.  “Upon thy belly” is to be geared to the earth, their destiny downward, their penalty death(dust). For the wicked shall “lick the DUST Iike a serpent” (Micah7:17).
The Spirit uses a similar proverb in Psalm 44:25 - “For our soul is bowed down to the dust. our belly cleaveth unto the earth.”  And Isaiah, prophesying of God's kingdom when his judgments are in the earth, states: “Dust shall be the serpent's meat”
(Isaiah 65:17-25).  This figure of speech denotes the death penalty of the wicked (the serpent).  For: “The soul that sinneth it shall die” (Ezekiel 13:4, 20).
Verse I5 - “And I will put enmity between thee [the serpent, the sinful man] and the woman [the bride of Christ], and between thy seed [the men encountered by John the Baptist and Christ Jesus (Matthew 3:7, 12:34; Luke 3:7)] and her seed [the righteous], it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel.” to put to death the devil, Christ was crucified to put to death the devil, the serpent:  sin of the flesh.
Cain, who was banished from the presence of the Lord, (Genesis 4:16), and his descendants (the seed of the serpent: sinful man) fall into this category (1 John 3:8-12). Jude (verses I0-11) discloses who belongs to the “way of Cain.”  The woman (the bride of Christ, the anointed) and her seed are the descendants of Seth, the sons of God by faith (Genesis 6:2).  Adam became one of these through repentance and faith (Luke 3:38).  A son of God Is one “that doeth the will of my heavenly father” (Mark 3:35).
Verse 16 - Here we learn the penalty imposed upon Eve for her part In the transgression (1 Timothy 2:13-15).
Verse 17 - “And unto Adam he [the Lord] said, because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife....”  This is a figure of speech meaning: because thou accepted the fruit from thy wife and ate with her.  Eve did not coerce Adam to accept the fruit.  The Elohim knew this and recognized Adam's attempt to shift the blame to Eve, whereupon the Lord reprimanded Adam with this figure of speech, then added to the death penalty the curses stated in verses 17-19.
Verse 21 - Shows the covering provided for Adam and Eve, which signifies the acceptance of Adam and Eve through repentance and faith.  The flg leaf covering (V. 7) was after the imagination of the flesh and was evil.
Verse 22 - Reveals that Adam had had access to the tree of life.
Verse 23-24 - Discloses that Adam, because of his disobedience, was banished from the Garden of Eden and barred from the tree of life.  However, we believe that they were taught of God through the covering provided for their nakedness (sin - V. 21) and they in turn instructed Seth and his descendants.  These, through faith, called upon the name of the Lord, thereby becoming the sons of God (Genesis 4:26 with 6:1-2).  The daughters of men were the descendants of Cain (Genesis 4:16-24).

Chapter 3 is expressed by the Spirit in figures of speech (dark sayings) thus concealing the truth hid in a mystery (1Corinthians 2:7; Colossians 1:26).  It discloses the character and natural inclination of man with the results of his behavior.  The enmity between the serpent and the woman and between their seed is the enmity existing between the natural man and the spiritual man (Romans 8:5-8) and between the world and God (James 4:4; 1 Corinthians 2:14).

Personification



FIGURES OF SPEECH: PARABLES, DARK SAYINGS, PROVERBS

“FIGURES OF SPEECH: PARABLES, DARK SAYINGS, PROVERBS”
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A figure of speech relates to the FORM in which the words are used.  It is a designed and legitimate departure from the laws of languages. This particular form or unusual manner may, or may not, be true to the LITERAL meaning of the words, but It is true to their REAL sense, and truer to truth.
In a figure of speech a word may be transferred from an object, to which it property belongs, to another, in such a manner that a comparison is implied though not formally expressed, or a sentence in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in properties and/or characteristics.  The principle subject is then kept secret.  See:
Psalm 78:2 - “I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old.”
Matthew 13:34-35 - “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and a parable spake he not unto them.
35.  “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things which have been kept SECRET from the foundation of the world.”

Parables (secrets) have been used since the Garden of Eden: things of the spirit.
Romans 16:2 5 - “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the MYSTERY, which was KEPT SECRET since the world began.”
I Corinthians 2:7 - “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the HIDDEN WISDOM, which God ordained before the world.”
Colossians 1:26-27 - “Even the MYSTERY which has been HID from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints.
27.  “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this MYSTERY among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. ”
By spirit these mysteries are revealed to his followers.
Proverbs 25:2 - “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”
Nothing is hidden from those who seek.
Deuteronomy 34:10 - “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew FACE TO FACE.”
Psalm 103:7 – “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.”
Moses knew God's secrets:
Exodus 33:11 - “And the LORD spake unto Moses FACE TO FACE as a man speaketh unto his friend” (dictated by the Holy Spirit Angel).
Numbers 12:6-8 - “And he said, Hear now my words.  If there be a prophet among YOU, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
7.  “My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
8.  “With him will I speak MOUTH TO MOUTH, even apparently, and not in dark speeches, and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”
2 Peter 1:20-21 – “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
Hebrews 1: 1-2 - “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2. “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.”
Matthew 4:4 - “But he [Jesus] answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”  Quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, Jesus knew God's words help.  If God's truth is vague, why does it say “every”?) Every word can be understood if shown to us by God's spirit (not man's idea).
Deuteronomy 4:2 - “Ye shall not ADD unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
Deuteronomy 12:32 - “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not ADD thereto, nor DIMINISH from it.”
Revelation 22:18-19 - “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book,
19.  If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of things which are written in this book.”
Surely the Bible contains ALL the answers.
2 Timothy 3:16 - “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

All scriptures are perfect - complete.
These testimonies prove that for all intents and purposes the scriptures meet the full requirements of the “children of God.”  Hence any vagueness or misunderstanding of the scriptures is primarily due to taking “figures of speech” as literal or vice versa.
Signs, types and symbols were used in dark sayings to keep secret (from the worldly wise) things of spirit.
Matthew 1 1:25 – “I thank thee, 0 Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”
John 6:45 - “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all TAUGHT OF GOD, Every man that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me [Jesus Christ].”
1 Corinthians 2: 10 - “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit.”
John 6:63 - “The WORDS that I speak unto you, they are SPIRIT and they are LIFE.'
2 Timothy 3:17 - “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

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Two symbols used in a figure of speech:   (1) DOVE;   (2) SERPENT:
“Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. be ye therefore wise as SERPENTS and harmless as DOVES” (Matthew 10: 16).

1.   DOVE:        Symbol of peace, because of its gentle, peaceful and harmless nature.  Jesus used it in this proverb to signify the characteristics desired in his followers (Isaiah 66:2; Psalm 34:18) who humble themselves before YAHWEH (Matthew 18:4; James 4:10).  God used the dove to signify the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16; John 1:32) thus anointing Jesus the 'Prince of Peace' (Isaiah 4:6) with Power' (Acts 10:38).

2.   SERPENT:   The serpent In whose mouth Is the poison of death, signifies a sinful person according to God's definition (given in Psalm 140:1-3; Romans 3:12-13; Matthew 12:34).
 The name “serpent” was attributed to those MEN who Jesus and John the Baptist had encountered (Matthew 3:7; 12:34; Luke 3:7).  Hence when the word serpent is used to indicate an intelligent  reasoning creature having guile (deceit) in his mouth, It SIGNIFIES a man exhibiting such characteristics.

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Genesis 6:6 - “And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”

QUESTION:    Is It reasonable to presume that the God of love and mercy, whose thoughts are as high above the thoughts of man as the heavens are over the earth, would utilize a brute beast for frustrating his purpose right at the beginning?  IF SO, then why did it repent him for creating man? (V. 6).

ANSWER:      Genesis 6: 5 - “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only EVIL continually.”  EVIL: source of origin: man's heart (mind, imagination).

Matthew 15: 18-20 “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20. “These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” Thoughts originating in the man's heart (V. 19) and issuing out of his mouth (V. 18) proved to be the venom of death.
Therefore, the Lord signifies his (the man's) words as those of a serpent. The spirit speaking through Jesus is the same spirit who spoke through Moses (Hebrews 1: 1). Therefore, the same type of dark sayings would be used in the beginning.  For “God changes not” (Malachi 3:6; James 1: 17; Psalm 102:27).  If God never changes, it would appear that his spirit would never change.


GENESIS:   CHAPTERS   1   THROUGH   3.

CHAPTER 1 - Reveals GOD'S activity in creating the heavens, the earth, and the living creatures of the earth.

CHAPTER 2 - Reveals GOD'S activity in creating the man and the woman and establishing them In the Garden of Eden, to dress and keep it.
ADAM, the son of God (Luke 3:38), was also a figure of the Christ to come (Romans 5: 1 4).
EVE, the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20), became his bride.  She was out of Adam and thereby a figure of the church to be developed “out of Christ.  The Church will become the Bride of Christ.

CHAPTER 3 - Reveals MAN'S activity with the results.  It is the prologue to the saga of mankind upon the earth: his heart was evil from the beginning.  This narrative was written approximately 2500 years later, so we can be sure it was written in the words of the spirit and not after the flesh.

Since the word “serpent” SIGNIFIES a MAN of PERVERSE SPEECH, WE WILL PARAPHRASE THE VERSES IN CHAPTER THREE:

1. “Now the serpent [man] was more subtle than any beast [living creature, RSV] of the field which the LORD God had made.  And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

     This Is the first place in the scriptures where the word “serpent” appears.  To those who believe in a personal devil, the word “serpent” immediately suggests an animal, so it Is NATURALLY taken LITERALLY. Understood SPIRITUALLY it is a FIGURE OF SPEECH.

2. “And the woman said unto the serpent [man], We [you and 1] may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3. “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, test ye die.
4. “And the serpent [the man] said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.-
5. “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened”

   Literally her eyes were already opened.  Here is a “spirit” of speech used all through the Bible.  The Holy Spirit revealed these words to Moses; it is NOT the language of a brute beast.
“... and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

6. “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that k was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and GAVE ALSO UNTO HER HUSBAND WITH HER,- AND HE DID EAT.”
7.  “And the eyes of them both [simultaneously] were opened [spiritually]”... Literally, their eyes were opened before, or else they could not have seen that the fruit was pleasant to look upon.

       “... and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
 8. “And they HEARD the VOICE of the LORD God waiting in the garden in the cool of the day - and Adam and his wife hid thenuelves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
 9. “And the LORD God called unto Adam and said unto him Where art thou?
10. “And he said I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.
11. “And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?  Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”

Hebrews 4:12-1 3 says concerning this: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discemer of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.“

    God did not need to ask Adam and Eve questions - as is God's principal on Judgement Day (Acts 17:31; Matthew 12:37 - “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”)  God will ask US on judgment day, just as He did Adam and Eve.
   Romans 14:12 - “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
12. “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”

This gives no indication that Eve deceived Adam or seduced him into eating.  In fact, Adam is partially blaming God for the woman's presence.  At the same time he was trying to place the responsibility on Eve for HIS disobedience.  Yet there is NOT ONE accusation against Eve throughout the scriptures, except to state that she, being deceived, was in the transgression (1 Timothy 2:13-15 “For Adam was First formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.”)

The Spirit (Bible) places the blame SOLELY on Adam - “Adam was not deceived.”  See Romans 5: 12-14, 17, 19:  12.  “Wherefore, as BY ONE MAN sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  13. “[For until the law, sin was in the world.- but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  14.  “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transition, who is the figure of him that was to come ...  17. “For if by one MAN's offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.]  19. “For as by ONE MAN’s DISOBEDIENCE many were made sinners.”

So, by Adam (man) - not Eve - sin (V. 12) entered the world by man's offense (V. 17), man's disobedience (V. 19).
1 Corinthians 15:21-22 - “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
One MAN (Adam); not WOMAN (or Eve).

13.  “And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?  And the woman said, The serpent [man] beguiled me, and I did eat.”
         She and Adam ate TOGETHER (V. 6).
14.  “And the LORD God said unto the serpent [man], Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast [living creature] upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.”
Penalty (figure of speech) signifies:  death, return to dust of ungodly, disobedient man.
15.  “And I will put enmity between thee [serpent, the sinful man] and the woman [the bride of Christ] and between thy seed [the men encountered by John the Baptist and Christ Jesus, Matthew 3:7; 12:34; Luke 3:7] and her seed [the righteous] it shalt bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

          Christ was crucified to put to death the devil, the serpent: sin in the flesh.
          Cain of Genesis 4:16 and his descendants (seed of the serpent: sinful man) banished from the presence of God: these fall in the category of “serpent's seed' (as in 1 John 3:8-12 - “He that committeth sin is of the devil. for the devil sinneth from the beginning.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil. whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother.  And wherefore slew he him?  Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.”
         And Jude 10-11 - “But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsay of Core.”
         The woman (Bride of Christ) and her seed are the descendants of Seth, the Sons of God by Faith (Genesis 6:2).  Adam became one of these through repentance and faith. (Luke 3:38 - “... which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.”)  A Son of God is one who does God's will (Mark 3:35 - “For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”)
16. “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”  The woman's penalty for her part in the transgression (1 Timothy 2:13-15 - “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”).

(GENESIS 3 : 17 - 19:    CURSE   OUTLINED:)
Psalm 104:21 -23 – “The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.  Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.” God provides for the living creatures of the field (also see Psalm 147:9; Matthew 6:26).  God feeds BEASTS (creatures) while man must labour to eat.

Psalm 128:2 says, “For thou shalt eat the LABOUR of thine hands.- happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.”
     2 Thessalonians 3: 10 - “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

     Man must labour to eat:  Even Christians - 1 Timothy 5: 8 – “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
     Serpent's curse continued in man's curse: “upon thy belly” is: to be geared to the earth: their (evil people) destiny downward into the dust (death).  Wicked shall “lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms  of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee” (Micah 7:17).

17. “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: CURSED IS THE GROUND for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.”

(Figure of speech meaning because you accepted the fruit from your wife and ate with her.  Eve did not seduce Adam into accepting the fruit.  God (Elohim) knew this and recognized Adam's attempt to shift the blame to Eve, God reprimanded Adam.  This figure of speech then ADDED to the death penalty - FOR THE LIE - the curses in verses 17-19.)

18. “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
19. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
20. “And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
21. “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”
           Compare the covering provided by God (acceptable and showing faith and repentance) and the flg leaf (V. 7) which was after the imagination of flesh and was evil.
22.  “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil.- and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.”  Adam had access to the Tree of Life.
23. “Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24. “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
   
 Verses 23 and 24 disclose that Adam, because of disobedience, was banished from the tree of life, but they were taught of God through the covering provided for their nakedness (V. 21 ) and THEY taught Seth and his descendants.  These were the sons of God.
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COMPARE GENESIS 4:2 AND 6:1-2:

Genesis 4:2 - “And she again bare his brother Abel.  And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground “
Genesis 6:1-2 - “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were bom unto them,Tthat the sons of God saw the daughters of MEN that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”

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Chapter Three is expressed by the Spirit (Bible) in Figures of Speech (dark sayings), thus concealing the Truth In a mystery as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 2:7-16:
7.  “But we speak the WISDOM of GOD in a MYSTERY, even the HIDDEN wisdom, which God ordained BEFORE THE WORLD unto our glory.
8.  “Which none of the princes of this world knew.- for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9.  “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10. “But GOD hath REVEALED them to us BY HIS SPIRIT for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God
11. “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the THINGS OF GOD KNOWETH NO MAN, but the Spirit of God.
12. “Now we have receieved, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13. “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; COMPARING SPIRITUAL THINGS WITH SPIRITUAL.
14. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God. for they are foolishness unto him. neither can he know them, because they are spiritually DISCERNED [examined].
15. “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?  But we have the mind of Christ.”

Personification