Seeking First our place
Wade E Taylor
Adam, when created, was formed from dust. Dust, by itself,
is incapable of holding its form. Thus, man was created to
be dependent upon his Creator.
The original intention was that man, by necessity, would
be continually sustained by God through fellowship with Him.
Therefore, all life apart from God will, by the creative design
of God, fall into a formless heap.
God breathed into Adam the breath of life. As a result, man
became a living soul having personal identity and expression.
This word "life" is plural. In God's original intention,
man was formed to live on two different levels of expression,
"earthly" and "spiritual." The "breath"
that God breathed into Adam was the sustaining power to maintain
him on each of these levels.
Through disobedience, man lost his higher form of life. Some
say that man "fell." Satan fell from the heavens,
but man died. Through education and refinement, social religion
would attempt to pick man up and reconstruct him. But man
died. Life is only restored through a new birth.
"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" Gen 2:17.
"One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day" II Peter 3:8. The oldest man
who ever lived died within this "one" day, just
short of the thousand year day. Although Adam continued to
physically live, an immediate death took place. Death is not
"annihilation," rather it is a "separation."
The initial death that Adam and Eve suffered was spiritual.
They were separated from God. Thus, their "fall"
was into a lower plane of life.
This lower state of life is a temporal (temporary) life pertaining
to the earth realm. As an earthly being, we have faculties
that enable us to function in our environment. Through the
use of these, we either prosper or suffer in varying degrees.
Along with this, man is called to a higher state of life.
Through a "new birth," we are enabled to live on
this higher spiritual plane. As a part of our new birth, we
also have been provided with faculties (abilities) to relate
to our newly re created spiritual life.
By being "born again" through regeneration, we
are birthed into the higher dimension of life and potential
which God had intended for the original creation of mankind.
Jesus came to introduce us to, and bring us into, this "realm"
of spiritual life. Having paid the full price to make this
realm of spiritual life available to us, He now stands at
the doorway, and knocks upon the door of entrance, bidding
us to enter.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man
my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and
will sup with him, and he with me" Rev 3:20.
This "doorway" speaks of the point of "transition"
from the temporal into the spiritual realm. Through a new
birth, all that is beyond this doorway becomes accessible
to us. We can be saved and abide near this door, satisfied
with the gift of salvation, or we can choose to go further
and enter into the realm of intimate communion and active
cooperation with our Lord (if any man hear ... and open).
This offer is not available to the natural man. He is locked
into the temporal realm.
As we pass through this door into the spiritual realm, there
is within us, as a part of our new birth, certain gifts and
faculties that enable us to function. These spiritual faculties
have been dormant (dead) within mankind since Adam transgressed,
but in the "new creation" that we have become, they
are recreated and activated, with the potential for their
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby" I Peter 2:2.
We are born into this new creation as a spiritual baby. Just
as those physical senses in a natural baby must develop until
they function properly, our spiritual senses (which are comparable
to our natural senses) also must be developed. If the totality
of our focus upon life is in the temporal area, then only
our natural senses will be developed. However, if the inner
desire and intent of our heart is towards spiritual things,
our spiritual senses will develop and function. This will
result in our being able to distinguish, and understand spiritual
"But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His
righteousness; and all these things shall be
added unto you" Matt 6:33.
If we choose the "spiritual" and place our emphasis
there, the "temporal" also will prosper and find
a higher means of ability and function. Whenever we "first"
respond to the spiritual, we will be infinitely better off
than we would have been if we had expended our time and efforts
in only the temporal realm of life.