Chapter 5


THE RE-CREATION STORY


In the previous chapters we elucidated on the Creation Story and how it was an allegory of the manifestation of the Godhead. In this chapter we would like to show how the Creation Story is basically an outline of the Re-Creation Story. The creation of Adam and Eve is an allegory of how the Second Adam, Jesus, and the Second Eve, the Holy Ghost, were manifested in the earth.


HOW THE FIRST ADAM WAS FORMED

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed." -- Genesis 2:7,8.

"And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." -- Genesis 2:15,16,17.

"And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." -- Genesis 2:21-24.

Adam was formed in the image of his Creator. The breathe of life was breathed into his nostrils and he became a living soul. Adam came forth from the Creator's hands a full grown man possessing immortality, perfect in health and beauty. But he was alone and without an helpmate. Adam was then put into a deep sleep and a rib was taken from his side and a woman was fashioned from the man. She was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh. Adam was no longer alone, he too had a helpmate and could be fruitful and multiply his image in the earth.


HOW THE SECOND ADAM WAS FORMED

The Son of man was born of a virgin as a child. He grew up as an ordinary child with no spectacular events in His life. But when He reached His thirtieth birthday, He came forth to be baptized of John.

Baptism is referred to as the new birth, being born again of the Spirit. The Son of man was immersed in the Water of Life (Holy Ghost) and He was born again, a full grown man, and became a new creature, the Second Adam. The first Adam was a son of God (Elohiym). The Second Adam saw the heavens open and a golden dove come down upon Him and the Voice of Elohiym was heard to say, "This is My beloved son, in whom I am well pleased."

"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God (the Divine Mother) descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." -- Matthew 3:16,17

"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." -- Genesis 1:2-5

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe...That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. But as many as received him, to them gave he power 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. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." -- John 1:4-14

The Holy Spirit hovered or fluttered over Jesus in the form of a dove as the Spirit of God fluttered over the waters when the earth was being created and darkness was upon the face of the deep. The Almighty Father, through His representative came in the form of a dove and said "Let there be Light." And the Light (the Shekhinah) of the world shone forth through the Son of man, the Second Adam. The Divine Mother then separated the Light from the darkness and called Him "My Beloved Son". The Second Adam came forth, not from the dust of the ground, but from earthly human flesh. His body was mixed with the living waters of the River of Life; the baptismal waters in the womb of the Holy Spirit Mother. The baptismal fount is the womb of the Church or the Woman, the Jerusalem above. Those that are born of Her Seed are born of the Spirit and are children of the free Woman. The Spirit Mother expressed this when She announced, "This is My Beloved Son." The Spirit took the form of a burnished dove and anointed the Son of man, the Second Adam, with heavenly power and authority as the Son of God. The first Adam originally had this glory and power indwelling him before he placed his will under the control of Satan.


OUR CORPORATE REPRESENTATIVE

Adam was made perfect and holy, clothed with a robe of righteousness and crowned with glory. He was made by and in the image of his Creator. The whole human race had its origin in him who was the representative of the Son of Elohiym in the earth. Adam was the corporate representative of humanity. When he decided to break God's law, we who were not yet born, took on the curse of sin through our corporate representative. We who were conceived in sin are just as guilty as our father and mother, Adam and Eve who committed the original transgression against Elohiym and Their government.

"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned -- for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one mandeath reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -- Romans 5:12-21 NIV

The Second Adam became the corporate representative of humanity and, like Adam, was the firstborn of the Spirit. The Creator, as the Second Adam, clothed Himself with humanity that He might re-establish through Himself what Adam forfeited. He came to fulfill the command originally given to Adam, "be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth with righteous beings." The Family of Elohiym would then have dominion over the household of Satan and thus fill the vacancy left in heaven by the fallen angels. This would bring to an end the great controversy between the Only Begotten Son and Satan.

When the Messiah was conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of a virgin, He was born as the Son of man. When He was baptized by John thirty years later, He was born again. He was baptized and anointed by the Holy Spirit and received the title of the Son of God, the Second Adam. At that moment, the Creator and corporate representative of humanity was anointed and appointed by His Father and Mother to do battle with Satan on behalf of Adam and his descendants.

The Father, through the Mother, authorized His Son to exercise the power and the glory that was veiled within His flesh that He might to come against the kingdom of darkness. Up until this time, the Messiah did not use His inherent power other than to choose good and refuse evil, thereby, living a righteous life. But now He was authorized by Heaven to outwardly use and demonstrate this creative power in the earth that He might do His Father's will and vindicate His Law of Love. This event was signalized by the form of a dove coming down from heaven and hovering over Him, signifying that He had been born again by the Spirit above -- His Divine Mother -- when the heavenly voice was heard saying, "This is My Beloved Son in Whom I Am well pleased."

The Spirit Mother activated His inherent creative power, the power of the Holy Ghost, so that He could come against the power of darkness in the earth. She said, "Let there be light in the earth." The "Light of men" (John 1) did shine forth in the Second Adam, as Adam's glory did shine forth in the beginning. She awaited Her full manifestation in the Person of His Helpmate and creative power - the Second Eve, the Holy Ghost.


MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT

When Adam came forth from the Creators' hands he was perfect and full of glory. We are told that he spoke and named all the animals and the creatures on the earth according to their purpose. In other words, he called them into existence as he called out and named them according to the purpose or intent for which they were created. As he spoke, the breathe of life came forth from his mouth making his thoughts audible as he called forth the names of the creatures. The creative power latent within him could only be expressed by the words of his mouth and the breathe of his lips, for she had not yet been separated from his body as an independent, individual female being.

The Second Adam was anointed by the Spirit Mother, bringing forth the power of the Holy Ghost hidden within His Body Temple. The Word of God came to speak the Father's thoughts, making them audible to man, that He might re-establish His Law of Love and His character in the human family. Because the Messiah was full of the Holy Ghost, it was Her creative power that went forth from His lips to call forth and name the sons of God, according to His purpose. The Messiah said, "My words are spirit and they are life." We, the sons and daughters of Elohiym (God), are wooed by the Word of God, as we receive understanding through the work of the Holy Ghost -- the Spirit of Prophecy. This is how we receive Life through the Word. Life is the Spirit of Elohiym and the Word is the Son of Elohiym. The Word has Life and Light in Him through the indwelling creative power of the Shekhinah -- The Divine Presence. The Spirit of Prophecy, the Holy Ghost, manifests the Word of the Father and the Mother in our characters and our lives. This is how we take on the character of our Creator and Redeemer.


HE SHALL BAPTIZE YOU IN THE HOLY GHOST AND WITH FIRE

"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:" -- Matthew 3:11

Have we really understood this statement by John the Baptist? The American Heritage Dictionary defines baptize as "1) To dip or immerse in water in a baptismal ceremony. 2) To cleanse; purify. 3) To initiate. 4) To give a first or Christian name to."

The Son of God came to show man how the power of the His Shekhinah would work through the human agent if all was surrendered to Her will. He demonstrated through baptism that we must die to self and be fully immersed in the waters of purification, figurative of being born again through the Spirit. When we die to self we are then resurrected to newness of life. We are born again, not of the flesh, but we are born again in our spirit through the creative power of the Holy Presence - the Shekhinah Glory. Our earthly vessel is formed into a new creature, "a spirit-filled man", a son of God, or a second adam, as the Messiah was born again, in the Spirit, and became the Son of God, the Second Adam, as well as being the Son of man.

Christ's life reflected His indwelling creative power, which He employed only to glorify His Father and Mother in heaven. His life was fully immersed in the Holy Ghost, who had no trouble working through His surrendered humanity. Jesus arose out of the waters of baptism "a new creature"; both God and man, the Second Adam filled with the power and the glory of God through the indwelling of the Divine Presence. The Son of man was initiated back into the Family of God when He was born again and the Spirit uttered the words, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." He received a new name, Beloved Son. The name David means "beloved." Therefore, the Son of man, the son of the earthly David, became the Son of God, the Son of the Heavenly David. Divinity and humanity occupied the same body temple, as they did in the beginning, when the first Adam was created perfect and holy, full of the Divine Presence -- the Shekhinah Glory.

"At the Saviour's baptism, Satan was among the witnesses. He saw the Father's glory overshadowing His Son. He heard the voice of Jehovah testifying to the divinity of Jesus. Ever since Adam's sin, the human race had been cut off from direct communion with God; the intercourse between heaven and earth had been through Christ; but now that Jesus had come "in the likeness of sinful flesh" (Rom 8:3), the Father Himself spoke. He had before communicated with humanity through Christ; now He communicated with humanity in Christ. Satan had hoped that God's abhorrence of evil would bring an eternal separation between heaven and earth. But now it was manifest that the connection between God and man had been restored.

"How thoughtlessly we have read the account of the baptism of our Lord, not realizing that its significance was of the greatest importance to us, and that Christ was accepted of the Father by Him who had clothed His divinity with humanity. Jesus offered Himself to the Father in man's behalf, that those who had been separated from God through sin, might be brought back to God through the merits of the divine Petitioner. Because of sin the earth had been cut off from heaven, but with His human arm Christ encircles the fallen race, and with His divine arm He grasps the throne of the Infinite, and the earth is brought into favor with heaven, and man into communion with his God. The prayer of Christ in behalf of lost humanity cleaved its way through every shadow that Satan had cast between man and God, and left a clear channel of communication to the very throne of glory. The gates were left ajar, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit of God, in the form of a dove, encircled the head of Christ, and the voice of God was heard saying, "This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

"The voice of God was heard in answer to the petition of Christ, and this tells the sinner that this prayer will find a lodgment at the throne of the Father. The Holy Spirit will be given to those who seek for its power and grace, and will help our infirmities when we would have audience with God. Heaven is open to our petitions, and we are invited to come "boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." We are to come in faith, believing that we shall obtain the very things we ask of Him." -- SDA Bible Commentary Vol 5, p 178


THE SOUND OF A DEATH KNELL

"When Christ presented Himself to John for baptism, Satan was among the witnesses of that event. He saw the lightnings flash from the cloudless heavens. He heard the majestic voice of Jehovah that resounded through heaven, and echoed through the earth like peals of thunder, announcing, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." He saw the brightness of His Father's glory overshadowing the form of Jesus, thus pointing out with assurance the One in that crowd whom He acknowledged as His Son. The circumstances connected with this baptism scene were of greatest interest to Satan. He knew then for a certainty that unless he could overcome Christ, from thenceforth there would be a limit to his power. He understood that this communication from the throne of God signified that heaven was now more directly accessible to man than it had been, and the most intense hatred was aroused in his breast.

"When Satan led man to sin, he hoped that God's abhorrence of sin would forever separate Him from man, and break the connecting link between heaven and earth. When from the opening heavens he heard the voice of God addressing His Son, it was to him the sound of a death knell. It told him that now God was about to unite man more closely to Himself, and give moral power to overcome temptation, and escape from the entanglements of satanic devices. Satan well knew the position which Christ had held in heaven as the Son of God, the Beloved of the Father; and that Christ should leave the joy and honor of heaven, and come to this world as a man, filled him with apprehension. He knew that this condescension on the part of the Son of God boded no good to him.

"The time had now come when Satan's empire over the world was to be contested, his right disputed, and he feared that his power would be broken. He knew through prophecy, that a Saviour was predicted, and his kingdom would not be established in earthly triumph and with worldly honor and display. He knew that the prophecies foretold a kingdom to be established by the Prince of heaven upon the earth which he claimed as his dominion. This kingdom would embrace all the kingdoms of the world, then the power and glory of Satan would cease, and he would receive his retribution for the sins he had introduced into the world, and for the misery he had brought on the human race. He knew that everything that concerned his prosperity was depending upon his success or failure in overcoming Christ with his temptations; and he brought to bear on the Saviour every artifice at his command to allure Him from His integrity." -- Signs of the Times, Aug 4, 1887


A PLEDGE OF LOVE AND LIGHT

"In our behalf the Saviour laid hold of the power of Omnipotence, and as we pray to God, we may know that Christ's prayer has ascended before, and that God has heard and answered it. With all our sins and weaknesses we are not cast aside as worthless. "He hath made us accepted in the beloved." The glory that rested upon Christ is a pledge of the love of God for us. It tells of the power of prayer, - how the human voice may reach the ear of God, and our petitions find acceptance in the courts of heaven. The light that fell from the open portals upon the head of our Saviour, will fall upon us as we pray for help to resist temptation. The voice that spoke to Jesus says to every believing soul, "This is my beloved child, in whom I am well pleased." -- Manuscript 125, 1902

"Christ's prayer on the banks of the Jordan includes every one who will believe in Him. The promise that you are accepted in the Beloved comes to you. This means that through the dark shadow which Satan has thrown across your pathway Christ has cleaved the way for you to the throne of the infinite God. He has laid hold of almighty power, and you are accepted in the Beloved." -- The General Conference Bulletin, April 4, 1901


JESUS IS LED BY THE SPIRIT INTO THE WILDERNESS

"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered." -- Matthew 4:1-2.

Jesus was anointed and named the Beloved Son of God. The Spirit descended upon Him in power as signified by the golden form of a dove. The Holy Spirit (Divine Mother) commanded Him to go into the wilderness that He might learn to use and depend on the power She had just called forth from His being and authorized Him to use. He was authorized to speak in behalf of Elohiym (the Godhead) with the power and authority of the Divine Presence, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Holy Ghost.

We can see from the Scriptures regarding His wilderness experience that He met Satan's fierce temptations with a "thus saith the Lord." In doing so, He spoke the words of the Spirit of Prophecy, and in those words was the power of Life. "My words are spirit and they are life." Satan could not overpower His indwelling Glory. It was the Glory of the Son of God that overcame Satan in heaven. She had taken his place at the throne of Elohiym as the Spirit of Prophecy. Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of man, was about to overcome Satan in the earth as He did in heaven. The Shekhinah Glory, the Spirit of Prophecy, the author of the Word of God, filled His Body Temple with the Presence and the Power of Elohiym.


THE FIRST TEMPTATION

"And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 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 4:3-4.

"From the time of Adam to that of Christ, self-indulgence had increased the power of the appetites and passions, until they had almost unlimited control. Thus men had become debased and diseased, and of themselves it was impossible for them to overcome. In man's behalf, Christ conquered by enduring the severest test. For our sake he exercised a self-control stronger than hunger or death. And in this first victory were involved other issues that enter into all our conflicts with the powers of darkness.

"When Jesus entered the wilderness, He was shut in by the Father's glory. Absorbed in communion with God, He was lifted above human weakness. But the glory departed, and He was left to battle with temptation. It was pressing upon Him every moment. His human nature shrank from the conflict that awaited Him. For forty days He fasted and prayed. Weak and emaciated from hunger, worn and haggard with mental agony, "His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men." Isaiah 52:14. Now was Satan's opportunity. Now he supposed that he could overcome Christ.

"The Saviour was faint from hunger, He was craving for food, when Satan came suddenly upon Him. Pointing to the stones which strewed the desert, and which had the appearance of loaves, the tempter said, "If Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread."

"Though he appears as an angel of light, these first words betray his character. "If Thou be the Son of God." Here is the insinuation of distrust. Should Jesus do what Satan suggested, it would be an acceptance of doubt. The tempter plans to overthrow Christ by the same means that were successful with the human race in the beginning. The word of God was Christ's assurance of His divine mission. He had come to live as a man among men, and it was the word that declared His connection with heaven. It was Satan's purpose to cause Him to doubt that word. If Christ's confidence in God could be shaken, Satan knew that the victory in the whole controversy would be his. He could overcome Jesus. He hoped that under the force of despondency and extreme hunger, Christ would lose faith in His Father, and work a miracle in His own behalf. Had He done this, the plan of salvation would have been broken. Neither here nor at any subsequent time in His earthly life did He work a miracle in His own behalf. His wonderful works were for the good of others. Though Jesus recognized Satan from the beginning, He was not provoked to enter into controversy with him. Strengthened with the memory of the voice from heaven, He rested in His Father's love. He would parley with temptation.

"Jesus met Satan with the words of Scripture. "It is written," He said. Satan demanded of Christ a miracle as a sign of His divinity. But that which is greater than all miracles, a firm reliance upon a "Thus saith the Lord," was a sign that could not be controverted. So long as Christ held to this position, the tempter could gain no advantage." -- Desire of Ages, pp 118-120

When Christ said to the tempter, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God," He signified to Satan that His power came from the word of God. Satan always twisted the Scriptures for his own selfish motives. But, when the Word is spoken as the Truth and the Life in love, the power of the Holy Ghost accompanies it as the breathe of life, to accomplish and to manifest the very words that are spoken. Christ's faith laid hold of the power in the Scriptures He spoke to Satan. The power of the Holy Ghost is what overcame the power of Satan. The power of truth and love always overcomes the power of selfishness and deception.


THE SECOND TEMPTATION

"Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." -- Matthew 4:5-7.

"Satan now supposes that he has met Jesus on His own ground. The wily foe himself presents words that proceeded out of the mouth of God. He still appears as an angel of light, and he makes it evident that he is acquainted with the Scriptures, and understands the import of what is written. As Jesus before used the word of God to sustain His faith, the tempter now uses it to countenance his deception. He claims that he has been only testing the fidelity of Jesus, and he now commends His steadfastness. As the Saviour has manifested trust in God, Satan urges Him to give still another evidence of His faith.

"But again the temptation is prefaced with the insinuation of distrust, "If Thou be the Son of God." Christ was tempted to answer the "if"; but He refrained from the slightest acceptance of the doubt. He would not imperil His life in order to give evidence to Satan.

"The tempter thought to take advantage of Christ's humanity, and urge Him to presumption. But while Satan can solicit, he cannot compel to sin. He said to Jesus, "Cast Thyself down," knowing that he could not cast Him down; for God would interpose to deliver Him. Nor could Satan force Jesus to cast Himself down. Unless Christ should consent to temptation, He could not be overcome. Not all the power of earth or hell could force Him in the slightest degree to depart from the will of His Father.

"When Satan quoted the promise, "He shall give His angels charge over Thee," he omitted the words, "to keep Thee in all Thy ways"; that is in all the ways of God's choosing. Jesus refused to go outside the path of obedience. While manifesting perfect trust in His Father, He would not place Himself, unbidden, in a position that would necessitate the interposition of His Father to save Him from death. He would not force Providence to come to His rescue, and thus fail of giving man an example of trust and submission." -- Desire of Ages, pp 124-125

Jesus declared to Satan, "It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." These words of Scripture came forth from His lips with power and authority, breaking Satan's deceptive power. Again, it was the power of the Spirit of Prophecy in the words that came forth from His lips that overcame the father of lies. Jesus believed in the Word of Elohiym (God). Through It He had power to overcome the fiercest temptations with which Satan could assail Him. The tempter can never compel us to do evil. He cannot control minds unless they are yielded to his control. Before Satan can exercise his power upon us, faith must let go its hold upon the power of the Holy Ghost, and the will must consent to temptation.


THE THIRD TEMPTATION

"Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him." -- Matthew 4:8-11

"Jesus is victor in the second temptation, and now Satan manifests himself in his true character. He is a mighty angel, though fallen. He avows himself the leader of rebellion and the god of this world. Satan asked the Saviour to bow to his authority, promising that if He would do so, the kingdoms of the world would be His. Satan's dominion was that wrested from Adam, but Adam was the vicegerent of the Creator. His was not an independent rule. The earth is God's and He has committed all things to His Son. Adam was to reign subject to Christ. When Adam betrayed his sovereignty into Satan's hands, Christ still remained the rightful King. When Satan offered to Christ the kingdom and glory of the world, he was proposing that Christ should yield up the real kingship of the world, and hold dominion subject to the tempter.

"Before the Son of man Satan displayed all the kingdoms of the world. As Satan saw them, they possessed great external grandeur. But Christ saw them in a different aspect, just as they were - earthly dominions under the power of a tyrant. He saw humanity full of woe, suffering under the oppressive power of Satan. He saw the earth defiled by hatred, revenge, malice, lust, and murder. He saw fiends in possession of the bodies and souls of men.

"Jesus said to the wily foe, "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve." Satan had asked Christ to give him evidence that He was the Son of God, and he had in this instance the proof he had asked. At the divine command of Christ he was compelled to obey. The power and authority of the Holy Ghost came forth with the words of His lips giving life and power to the Scriptures. Divinity flashed through suffering humanity. Satan was repulsed and silenced. He had no power to enable him to withstand the peremptory dismissal. He was compelled without another word to instantly desist and to leave the presence of the world's Redeemer. The Second Adam's victory was as complete as had been the failure of the first Adam.


THE POWER THAT MAN MAY COMMAND

"The Son of God was assaulted at every step by the powers of darkness. After His baptism He was driven of the Spirit into the wilderness, and suffered temptation for forty days. Many believe that Christ could not have had the same nature as man, for if He had, He would have fallen under similar temptations. If He did not have man's nature, He could not be our example. If He was not a partaker of our nature He could not have been tempted as man has been. If it were not possible for Him to yield to temptation, He could not be our helper. It was a solemn reality that Christ came to fight the battles as a man, in man's behalf, His temptation and victory tell us that humanity must copy the Patternman must become partaker of the divine nature.

"In Christ, divinity and humanity were combinedDivinity was not degraded to humanity; divinity held its place, but humanity, by being united to divinity, withstood the fiercest test of temptation in the wilderness. The prince came to Christ after His long fast, when He was an hungered, and suggested to Him to command the stones to become bread. But the plan of God, devised for the salvation of man, provided that Christ should know hunger, and poverty, and every phase of man's experience. He withstood the temptation, through the power that man may commandHe laid hold on the throne of God (upon which is the Shekhinah Glory) and there is not a man or woman who may not have access to the same help through faith in God. Man may become a partaker of the divine nature: not a soul lives who may not summon the aid of Heaven in temptation and trial. , Christ came to reveal the source of His power, that man might never rely on his unaided human capabilities.

"Those who would overcome must put to the tax every power of their being. They must agonize on their knees before God for divine powerChrist came to be our example, and to make known to us that we may be partakers of the divine nature. How? - By having escaped the corruptions that are in the world through lust. Satan did not gain the victory over Christ. He did not put his foot upon the soul of the Redeemer. He did not touch the head, although he did bruise the heel. Christby His own examplemade it evident that man may stand in integrityMen may have a power to resist evil - a power that neither earth, nor death, nor hell can master: a power that will place them where they may overcome as Christ overcame. Divinity and humanity may be combined in them." -- Review and Herald, Feb 18, 1890

We may resist temptation, and force Satan to depart from us. Jesus gained the victory through submission and faith in the power of the Holy Ghost. By the apostle James, He says to us, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded." James 4:7,8.

We cannot save ourselves from the tempter's power; he has conquered humanity, and when we try to stand in our own strength, we shall become a prey to his devices; but the name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." Prov. 18:10. Satan trembles and flees before the weakest soul who finds refuge in that name.

Jesus means "God is Salvation". When we believe upon that name and we speak it forth we are calling forth the power and the authority that was in Jesus Christ Himself. The Holy Ghost was sent from the Father in His name or with the same name, but in the feminine gender. In the Hebrew, Jesus is translated Yeshuwa and means "He will save". Salvation is given to us through the power in His Name. The Hebrew feminine name of Jesus is Yeshuw 'ah and it literally is translated as "victory, deliverance, prosperity, health, salvation." " yasha', yaw-shah'; H3467, a primitive root; properly to be open, wide or free, i.e. (by implication) to be safe; causative to free or succor: -- X at all, avenging, defend, deliver (-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (-iour), get victory.

" Yehowshuwa', yeh-ho-shoo'-ah H3091; or Yehowshu'a, yeh-ho-shoo'-ah; from H3068 - Yehovah and H3467 - yasha'Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (i.e. Joshua), the Jewish leader: -- Jehoshua, Jehoshu ah, Joshua. Compare H1954 - Hoshea, H3442 - yeshuwa'.

" Yeshuwa', yay-shoo'-ah, H3442; from Yehowshuwa' H3091; he will save; Jeshua, the name of ten Israelites, also of a place in Palestine: -- Jeshua.

" yeshuw'ah, yesh-oo'-aw; H3444 feminine passive participle of H3467 - yasha'; something saved, i.e. (abstract) deliverance; hence aid, victory, prosperity: -- deliverance, health, help (-ing), salvation, save, saving (health), welfare." -- Strong's Hebrew Dictionary

Through the Other Comforter sent by the Father in His name -- Yeshuwa -- He actually gives us Yeshuw 'ah, the power by which we are saved and delivered from Satan and his yoke of bondage. What a wonderful realization! Yeshuwa (Jesus) gives us the means to become the sons and daughters of God and to overcome sin in our lives through the power of His indwelling Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Other Comforter sent in His name, Yeshuw 'ah.

It is through the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ, the Shekhinah, that our humanity is combined with divinity. This is the power and the glory Adam and Eve lost. This is the power and the glory that Yeshua, the Second Adam came to demonstrate and to restore to fallen humanity. It is this power of Salvation that Yeshuwa came to baptize or immerse mankind into. "He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire." This was the major theme of His life and ministry after His wilderness conflict with Satan. Having learned through His temptation to understand and call upon the power of the Shekhinah, the Divine Presence, to overcome Satan, He set forth to complete the work He had begun; to rest not until the adversary is vanquished, and the fallen human race redeemed. Praise the Lords!


THE FIRST MIRACLE OF YESHUA - JESUS

"And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants,'Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.' And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, 'Fill the waterpots with water.' And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, 'Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast.' And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, 'Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.' This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him." -- John 2:1-11

"The gift of Christ to the marriage feast was a symbol. The water represented baptism into His death; the wine, the shedding of His blood for the sins of the world. The water to fill the jars was brought by human hands, but the word of Christ alone could impart to it life-giving virtue. So with the rites that point to the Saviour's death. It is only the power of Christ (the Holy Ghost), working through faith, that they have efficacy to nourish the soul.

"The word of Christ provided ample provision for the feast. So abundant is the provision of His grace to blot out the iniquities of men, and to renew and sustain the soul.

"At the first feast He attended with His disciples, Jesus gave them the cup that symbolized His work for their salvation. At the last supper He gave it again, in the institution of that sacred rite by which His death was to be shown forth "till He come." -- 1 Corinthians 11:26

"The wine which Christ provided for the feast, and that which He gave to His disciples as a symbol of His own blood, was the pure juice of the grape. As the guests at the feast remarked upon the quality of the wine, inquiries were made that drew from the servants an account of the miracle. The company were for a time too much amazed to think of Him who had performed the wonderful work. When at length they looked for Him, it was found that He had withdrawn so quietly as to be unnoticed even by His disciples." -- Desire of Ages, pp 148-150


THE MARRIAGE OF HUMANITY AND DIVINITY

The first miracle that Yeshua (Jesus) performed and which began His public ministry, was symbolic of the work He came to do in humanity. This miracle pointed forward to the completed work He came to do in Adam's children; restoring His perfect image in humanity; the marriage of humanity and divinity.

Mary, the earthly mother of our Saviour came and told Him that there was no wine left at the marriage feast. And He replied, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come." In other words, God's appointed time has not reached its fullness for Me to begin My public ministry and to show who I Am. Mary, representing the Divine Mother, bids the servants, "What ever He says to you, do it." These words are similar to the words spoken by the Spirit at His baptism, "This is My Beloved Son in whom I Am well pleased, hear ye Him." Listen to His words for they are spirit and in them is life.

The Saviour saw that there were six waterpots made of stone or earthenware and each of them held about 20 to 30 gallons of water. These waterpots were used to hold the water for the rite of purification as it was the custom of the host to wash the feet and hands of the visitor(s) before partaking of the meal. These six empty earthen vessels represented humanity. Six is the number of man, since he was made on the sixth day and he was made of the earth. The emptiness of these earthen vessels reflects the heart of man without the life of the Spirit.

Yeshua speaks to the servants and they do as He says, "Fill the waterpots with water." The water of course represents the living water, the Holy Ghost. The earthen vessels are filled by the servants of the Lord. What takes place is a miracle! The water changes into wine or grape juice which we understand represents the blood of the Messiah. The Scripture tells us that the life is in the blood. The blood of the Saviour does have Life in it. That Life is the Light of men, the Holy Ghost. The power of the Holy Ghost changed the water into the wine. It is the power of the Holy Ghost that changes the water of life in our earthen vessels into the wine or the blood of the Lamb. Through the indwelling His Spirit, the fountain of Living Water, our sinful characters are transformed into the righteous character of Son of Promise. This truly is a divine miracle wrought by the power of resurrection and Life; the power of God given to man.

We must empty our earthen vessels of self to be filled to the brim with the Water of Life by the servants of our Lord. All our preconceived ideas and private interpretations must be put away, emptied out of our earthen vessels so that the servants or prophets of the Lord can then fill our minds and hearts with the Living Spirit of Prophecy. The present Truth, brought forth by the True Witness, the Holy Ghost, will give power and life, and will recreate a new creature who reflects the perfect righteous character of Yeshua our Saviour and Redeemer. The marriage of our humanity with His divinity was all prefigured by the miracle wrought by the Master at the marriage feast at Cana.

When we are truly baptized with the Holy Ghost and with the fire of purification, we actually become new creatures, the sons and the daughters of Yeshua and His Shekhinah, recreated in Their image and likeness. The first miracle Yeshua performed pointed forward to the last and the greatest miracle He will accomplish in His creation; filling humanity full of His Shekhinah Glory, His Divine Presence and thereby, recreating humanity in Their image and likeness, as Adam and Eve were before their fall. Blessed be the Name of the Lords! We praise You Yeshua and Yeshuw'ah our Creators and our Redeemers!!

© Charles Pace 2016