BEHOLD I SHOW YOU A MYSTERY
The Inward Man, The Resurrection
The Old and New Creature, Part I.
Originally written in January, A.D. 2005;
Updated both in A.D. 2007, and A.D. 2015
by: Ted Roberts
Seeking the Everlasting Gospel Ministries, Houston, TX
©copyright 2015 by Ted Roberts
NOTE: All Scriptural quotes are from The King James Version, unless otherwise noted. The passages or words are sometimes in CAPITALS or BOLDING for emphasis. Words in italics, however, within quoted scriptures, are not for emphasis, but were placed within by the King James editors, who 'added' these words for sentence flow, which were not in the original autographs. Text [within brackets] are the authors own thoughts inserted into the biblical text for teaching purposes.
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1 Corinthians 15:51
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.
2 Corinthians 4:16b
. . . the inward man is renewed day by day.
The discussion of this writing is that of the Inward Man and the Resurrection. And even though the actual phrase "Inward Man" is only found in 2 Corinthians, we will soon learn that the name is not the only used one in scripture to describe the same Being. Here is a short list of other applications:
And we will soon learn of this fascinating creature during the course of this telling, and how it resurrects from nothingness; and as far as an in-depth look at this Being, I will deliver more details in another writing of mine entitled: "New Jerusalem, the Mother of Us All." And, indeed, I hit upon the subject numerously in my other writings as well. However, I will give a sufficient amount of detail herein − obviously − since this work is solely dedicated to this Being.
I am poising an idea about this inward creature that may not have been thought of in the past, it's that this creature is not merely a change of mind for us as Christians, but is an actual Being living on the inside of God's elect! We will explore the possibilities in the scriptures.
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.
We must realize the significance of this Creature, and of how it impacts a Christian's life. It is more than just a new way of thinking about things − it is God's son, a created being made in the image of Him:
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.
Now, at first glance of Genesis 1:26, we are thinking natural creation only, but I would disagree − even though I do believe that God created everything natural, as outlined in the first part of Genesis − but, too, I believe that God created everything spiritual; I believe also that the first part of Genesis is a parallel of both natural and spiritual meanings. For more information about the parallels, please see my writing: "In the Beginning." For this reason, I will not go into details concerning the spiritual side of the first part of Genesis; however, I will point out something that has to do with the scripture that I just quoted:
And makest MEN as the FISHES of the sea, [and] as the CREEPING THINGS . . .
As we can see, these types of animals are merely an allegory of the spirit of MAN, and not actual animals. Also see. . .
I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the SONS OF MEN, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that THEY THEMSELVES ARE BEASTS.
The Bible has many examples of allegories and parables, and all are very interesting, but I am not trying to point all of them out here. I just wanted to show that the first of Genesis cannot be taken entirely literally, but has many hidden truths ... Now, I said all that just to say that the man that God created in his own image, way back in Genesis 1:26, was not a mere natural man! Instead, what was created in His image was the inward man: the hidden, invisible creature, that is to have dominion over the outward man − or, rather, that beastly nature, that I pointed out in our examples in both Habakkuk 1:14a and Ecclesiastes 3:18. We must realize that in Genesis 1:1 God created the heaven and the earth: But in the King James Version of the scriptures (the version that I mostly use for all my studies), the translators unfortunately used a singular application when saying that God created the HEAVEN (singular), when in reality it should have read HEAVENS (plural) − the actual Hebrew word used simply indicates a plural meaning:
Harper's Bible Dictionary
Heaven: (Paragraph 2)
In biblical Hebrew the word for heaven is always plural.
And the Hebrew words for Heaven(s) are: Shamayim, Shameh or Shamayin − all, of course, meaning the same thing. However, the particular word used in Genesis 1:1 is "Shamayim," and was also used in Genesis 2:1; and, yet, the translators of the KJV made the 2:1 application plural:
Thus the HEAVENS and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
What am I alluding to here? I wanted to inform the reader that all three heaves were created at the very beginning ... Not just one, but all three ... For proof that there are three heavens, please consult Revelation 21:1 and 2 Corinthians 12:2, or read my discussion on them in my writing "The Face of Jesus" ... Thus, the creature of second heaven (the inward man) was also created at this time as well, and was to have dominion, as I had just pointed out, over the creature of the first heaven − the outward man. We have to realize that the creature of first heaven is the outward man, and the creature of the second heaven is the inward man.
God did everything there was to do within that six day period! Again, see Genesis 2:1...
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