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The Seeds of God’s Eternal Purpose in 7 Days: Days 3-7

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am done blogging. This blog post is to finish off the remaining days in the series and will be an overview, rather than an in-depth post.

Day 3

[9] Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. [10] God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. [11] Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. [12] The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. [13] There was evening and there was morning, a third day. – [Gen 1:9-13 NASB]

Day 3 is the third day of division. The land coming out of the water on the third day is a picture of the resurrection of Christ. He is the Good Land and the waters represent death.

This growth of plant life represents our experience of the resurrected Christ. We are plants that abide in the Good Land and bear fruit.

Day 4

[14] Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; [15] and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. [16] God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. [17] God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, [18] and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. [19] There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. – [Gen 1:14-19 NASB]

Day 4 is the fourth day of division and is the day of experiential light. We saw that on Day 1 God made light, yet it was something objective. Here we have a way to really experience that light. The Sun is a picture of Christ as the manifestation of God. The Moon is a picture of the Church. The Moon has no light of its own, but only reflects the light of the Sun. The Stars are the overcomers, shining examples to all of what it means to express Christ. If we are to experience God’s light, we must do it through these three lights. Although, the lights of these three may seem different, in actuality there is only one Light.

Day 5

[20] Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” [21] God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. [22] God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” [23] There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day. – [Gen 1:20-23 NASB]

Day 5 is the increasing growth of life. On Day 3, we saw some growth in the plant life, but on Day 5 we see even more growth. As the creatures in the sea we are able to live in the seas of the world, without dying. Salt water is something of death to us, but we have Christ as our Life to live in this dead world. As the birds of the air we are able to ascend over the trials and difficulties of this life. Although, we must go through them, we are in the heavenly places in Christ. He is our joy through the most difficult of circumstances.

Day 6

[24] Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. [25] God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. [26] Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” [27] God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. [28] God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” [29] Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; [30] and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. [31] God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. – [Gen 1:24-31 NASB]

Day 6 is the final growth of life and fulfills God’s eternal purpose. In Day 5, we saw the fish and the birds, but on Day 6 we have the beasts of the earth. As the beasts of the earth we are able to carry each others’ burdens. This is a higher experience of Christ than in the previous day. In carrying each others’ burdens, we have something of the experience of the Corporate Christ.

Finally, we come to the fulfillment of God’s eternal desire. On Day 6, we see Man expressing God’s Image and Exercising His Dominion. This is not a single man, but a Corporate Man. This Corporate Man is composed of the male and female life. The Male is the Bridegroom and the Female is the Bride, coming together as the Corporate Christ, a New Man.

Day 7

[1] Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. [2] By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. [3] Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. – [Gen 2:1-3 NASB]

On Day 7, God has attained His eternal desire and rests. As we can see, He does not attain His desire at once, but there is a process. These 7 days show us this process, in its simplest form, that God takes us through to achieve His desire. This day of rest is both God’s rest and our rest. This Rest is just Christ and the Church mingled together forever.

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I Won’t Be Blogging Anymore

The End

The title really says it all. I don’t really have much to say in this post. Since I am in the middle of a series, I will finish the series with one more post summarizing what I wanted to say, without going into all the details. Also, I will have one more blog post after that as a farewell blog post. In that post, I will give my reasons and a little more information than in this post.

The Seeds of God’s Eternal Purpose in 7 Days: Day 2

Impact of water in a water-surface

[6] Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” [7] God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. [8] God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day. – [Gen 1:6-8 NASB]

This is the third post in a serious of posts. Links to the previous posts are at the bottom of this post. Let’s do a quick review. In Day 0, we saw that the universe, that God created, had come under His judgment. Then, we saw the Spirit brooding over this problem. In Day 1, we saw God made light, even though the sun, moon, and stars had not yet been made. Thus, this light was an objective light.

We are looking at these days the lens of God’s eternal purpose and what He is doing in us to achieve that purpose.

Now, for Day 2!

Day 2 is the second day of division. In Day 1, we saw the division of the light and darkness. Now, we see the division of the waters below and the waters above.

The waters below, or the sea, represents the world. It is something of death. Salt water is not good for drinking. If you drink salt water, you will die. Ironically, your death would be from dehydration. As people drink in the salt water of the world, they think that they are being hydrated. Instead, with every drink, they are more and more dehydrated.

On the other hand, the waters, which were above, represent the elect of God. We are the heavenly waters. The waters above are fresh water. Water that is good for drinking. We are these fresh, heavenly waters because we have the Living Water within us. The Spirit is a well of Living Water within us, saturating us, and flowing from us. How Christ quenches the thirst of those who come to Him!

The division on the second day is the Spirit separating us from the world. We are no longer in the seas of death, but we have ascended to the heavenly waters.

[36] Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” – [Jhn 18:36 NASB]

We have died to this world and are now sojourners. We live in tents, looking forward to the City to come. If you cling to this world, then you will be like Lot’s wife, who looked back to Sodom.

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Jesus Christ, the Ram of God

Ouessant ram

[13] Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. – [Gen 22:13 NASB]

You have probably heard of Christ as the Lamb of God, but in the Old Testament, we see that He is even the Ram of God. Don’t think that the Lamb and the Ram are very different. They are both sheep. But, they show us different aspects of our dear Lord.

The Ram has horns, symbolizing Christ’s fighting power.

[53] “Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? – [Mat 26:53 NASB]

So what prevented Him from using such power?

Thicket

We see that this Ram’s horns were caught in the thicket. This thicket symbolizes fallen humanity. Christ had so much fighting power. He had power over nature, demons, illnesses, and even death. But, He was caught by our fallen humanity.

In order to attain His eternal purpose, God needs a People who express His image and exercise His authority. Fallen humanity, poisoned with sin and death, could never achieve God’s eternal purpose. So Christ laid down His horns, in order to suffer and die for us, becoming the Lamb of God.

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