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Sunday, April 22 2012

The Church In The Garden

Studies in this series:

1. The Church In The Garden 2. The Church In The Wilderness 3. The Church Today
4. The Church In The End Time 5. The Church In The Kingdom Of God 6. The Church: Mission Accomplished

The "Word of God" existed before the beginning of time (i.e. before Creation - time is a measurement of physical change). All things were created by the Word of God, Who was later born as the Messiah (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah).

"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men." (John 1:1-4 KJV)

"1:14 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 1:14 KJV)

The Messiah is the Creator of His church, His people (see Can You See The Church?) - not merely because He created all people, but because of a greater Creation that He is making available to those who wish to accept it. In the original tongues (i.e. languages; see The Word Of God In The Tongues Of Man) of the Holy Scriptures, "church" means people - specifically, people who are "called out" to live in accordance with the Way of the LORD God, Who was and is Jesus Christ (see Appearances Of The LORD God).

Eden

"1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood [see Innocent Blood], even the forgiveness of sins [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners]: 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." (Colossians 1:12-18 KJV)

The "calling out" applied even to the first humans. "Adam" (from the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-dawm, which means man as a species, male and female i.e. "1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" Genesis 1:27 KJV) was created outside of the Garden, but was then called to live in the Garden, which itself was in Eden (see The Garden In Eden) - a prophecy of coming out of the world to live in God's Kingdom. Eve was "called out" of Adam - an even more profound object lesson of the church (see the Fact Finder question below).

"2:7 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 [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?].

2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden [again, see The Garden In Eden]; and there he put the man whom he had formed." (Genesis 2:7-8 KJV)

"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ"

The first humans were created in the latter part of the sixth day (see The Fourth Commandment, Part One: Work). As such, their first full day of life was a day of Christian rest and worship (see The Fourth Commandment, Part Two: Rest) - a "church service" observing the one and only true Sabbath (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?) with the Creator of people, and the people who then became His first "church."

Fruit

"1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good [see also The Herds Of Abraham, Isaac And Jacob].

1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Genesis 1:24-31 KJV)

"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV)

Despite all of the grace ("a state of sanctification by God; free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God") that the LORD God had given to them, the humans were not to live so "free" as to be lawless. Freedom can be taken to unlawful, even psychotic, extremes - a malignant state of mind. Like cancer cells that regard themselves as "free" to go and do whatever they want, destroying others, and ultimately themselves if not stopped, everywhere in the world in which they all live, Adam and Eve crossed the line to a place where they had no right to go.

Along with the Sabbath, they were not to covet (the fruit of the off-limits tree), steal (the fruit of the off-limits tree), murder (i.e. Cain and Abel), worship false gods (Satan - taking the word of the Devil rather than the Word of God; see Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal) - The Ten Commandments (see The Way To Salvation: Step 10).

Serpent In A Fig Tree

"2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 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 2:16-17 KJV)

The apostle Paul taught that same lesson to the church when he saw them beginning to repeat the error of the Church in the Garden: "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."

"11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things.

11:7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely? 11:8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service. 11:9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself. 11:10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia. 11:11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth. 11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.

11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light [see Who's Hiding On Your Wall?]. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Corinthians 11:3-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: How was the "woman" of the man (Eve was created from "Adam," while being "Adam" herself - both ways, genetically and linguistically) a living prophecy of the Church of God?
See The Birth Of The Bride


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This Day In History, April 22

238: The Year of the Six Emperors: The Roman Senate outlawed emperor Maximinus Thrax and nominated two of its own Senators, Pupienus and Balbinus, to the throne of Rome (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

1124: Alexander I, king of Scotland, died. King from 1107, he was succeeded by his brother David.

1145: The 19th recorded passage of what is now known as Halley's Comet.

1370: Construction began of the Bastille, a medieval fortress on the east side of Paris, at the order of Charles V.

1500: Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral, on a voyage to India, sailed far to the southwest and discovered Brazil, claiming it for Portugal. The land was first sighted earlier that year by a Spanish explorer, Vincente Yanes Pinzon, but he failed to claim it for Spain.

1509: Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England.

1519: Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortés established a "settlement" (i.e. a garrison) at Veracruz, Mexico.

1529: The Treaty of Saragossa, which divided Spanish and Portuguese interests in the Pacific Ocean, was signed.

1793: Prior to the U.S. becoming an imperial power itself, U.S. President George Washington issued a Proclamation of Neutrality for the U.S. to not become involved in the imperial wars between France and Britain. Washington recognized that France supported the rebellion of the New England colonies for no other reason than to reduce the British military presence in North America, so that France could eventually widen its own colonies in and from Louisiana in the south and eastern Canada in the north. France had no interest in anyone's "freedom" (while aiding the rebellion of the New England colonies, France tolerated no independence in any of its own colonies in North America). Washington repeatedly warned throughout his presidency, and later through his retirement years, against the U.S. ever becoming the very same sort of "rise and fall" imperial empire that Washington had just fought against - one of the greatest ironies of Washington's political legacy is that the capital city that is named after Washington became a worldwide symbol of the very same colonial imperialism that Washington himself actually detested and fought against.

1834: The Quadruple Alliance was formed by Britain, France, Portugal and Spain, supporting Isabella II's claim to the Spanish throne against Don Carlos.

1838: The British steamship Sirius became the first to cross the Atlantic from Britain to New York solely on steam power. The journey from Cork to New York took 18 days, 10 hours.

1889: Territory in Oklahoma, formerly the free lands of native American (the "Indians" didn't have a concept of owning land), was opened to white settlers. About 50,000 settlers rushed in on the first day.

1912: Pravda, the "voice" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, began publication in Saint Petersburg.

1915: The Battle of Ypres (in Belgium) began. It was the first major battle for Canadian troops in the First World War. The Germans released chlorine gas (the first use in warfare), forcing the unprepared French army to retreat. The 1st Canadian Division and British troops rushed to halt the German advance. It took a week of fierce fighting and counterattacks involving more gas before the German attack was brought to a halt.

1933: Frederick Henry Royce, co-founder of the English auto company Rolls-Royce, died.

1944: The British 1st Air Commando Group, using Sikorsky R-4 helicopters, became the first to use helicopters in combat.

1948: During the Israeli War of Independence (the "1948 Arab-Israeli War"), Haifa, the major port of Israel, was captured from Arab forces (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1991: Intel released the 486sx processor.

1994: Richard Nixon, who resigned the office of U.S. president due to the Watergate criminal investigations, died at age 81.

2005: Philip Morrison died at age 89. He was a prominent member of the "Manhattan Project" that developed the U.S. atomic bombs that incinerated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Morrison later became popularly known from his book and PBS series entitled The Ring Of Truth.




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