One of the big questions in the minds of many Christians today is why they are still subject to so many of Satan’s attacks and temptations. They cannot understand how a person can be born-again, even filled with the Holy Spirit, and still have so many problems with the devil and suffer so many afflictions at his hands.
The answer to this is found in the mystery of that first Adam versus the New Creation Man. After the fall of Adam in the Garden, God put a curse on the serpent, and also gave him a promise: “And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and DUST SHALT THOU EAT all the days of thy life”. (Gen. 3:14) Then to the man, God said: “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.” (3:19)
So that first Adam, sinful and fallen, is declared to be dust . . . of the earth, earthy. And as such, he is the rightful food for the serpent (Satan). These terms are symbolic and spiritual. For we know that snakes do not eat dirt. They eat rabbits, field mice, etc. But Satan feeds upon that Adamic nature. Adam is his rightful food. And as long as man remains in the image of that first Adam, he can expect Satan to feed upon him, to attack and afflict him.
THE NATURAL MIND
The Bible is very plain when it says that “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.” (1 Cor. 2:14) Why? Because Satan has an open door into the natural mind, easy access into that polluted Adamic nature. This is why men of science, education, medicine, and even theology cannot know God by the wisdom of their natural minds. Analogy, logic, theory, and opinion can never search out the deep truths of God, and are a poor substitute for divine revelation by the Spirit. They can know only those things pertaining to the first Adam. Only the New Creation Man, with the mind of Christ, can know the heart of God and the truths of that last Adam, the Lord from Heaven.
This is why there are so many denominations, so many divisions in Christianity today. This is the reason for the multitude of theories, mountains of theology, and the many isms, cults, and sects in religion. It is the natural mind trying to explore into the deep things of God, while Satan is sitting on the throne of that natural mind. Remember friends, that New Creation Man will never create nor be a part of a divisive sectarian denomination, an earthly ecclesiastical organization controlled and driven by the natural mind of man. He will love those poor souls who are slaves of such machines, but he himself will never be enslaved by such a system. He is led by the Spirit of God, and is subject only to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
OF THE EARTH, EARTHY
Let me read portions of 1 Corinthians 15 from three translations: “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening (life-giving) spirit. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from Heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” (KJ) “Thus it is written, The first Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” (RSV) “The first man was from out of earth, made of dust – earth-minded; the second Man is the Lord from out of heaven. Now those who are made of the dust are like him who was first made of the dust – earth-minded; and as is the Man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven – heaven-minded. And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, so shall we and so let us also bear the image of the Man of heaven.” (Ampl.)
So you wonder why Satan is allowed to put afflictions on you, tempt you, torment your mind? It is because you are still bearing at least a portion of that image of the first Adam, the man of dust. And dust is the serpent’s meat. He has a right to eat on you as long as you have that nature of Adam in you. Would you like to starve the serpent, that old dragon, the devil? Then get rid of the dust. Stop bearing the image of Adam, and as the Bible says: “So let us bear the image of the Man of heaven.” When you have come fully into the image of Jesus Christ, that last Adam, then you will have nothing for Satan to feed upon.NOTHING IN COMMON
Jesus said in John 14:30 (Ampl.) . . . “I will not talk with you much more, for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me – he has nothing in common with Me, there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, he has no power over Me.”
This is the image of Christ. Nothing in common with Satan. None of the nature of Adam in Him that belongs to Satan. Therefore Satan has no power over Him. And when you have died completely to that Adamic life, when there is none of the dust of Adam in you, Satan will have no power over you. I can tell you, beloved, that already Satan is finding short rations and skimpy meals in some of God’s sons that are pressing on to the High Calling. Victory after victory they are gaining, because they are putting their old man to the cross, crucifying that earthy nature. They are letting the Christ come forth in His fullness in their lives, and beginning to bear more and more of His blessed image. They have no fear of Satan or his weapons. They could walk through the midst of hell itself, and no devil could touch them. Thieves, murderers, drunkards, gamblers, and harlots cannot contaminate them. Filthy lucre cannot tempt them, sex-lust cannot draw them. They are Overcomers, witnessing to the world of the image and power of the Living Christ! This is the purpose of God for His sons! It is for you, beloved . . . believe, and enter in.
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