The spiritual Mind of Christ is singly eyed. It prefers an unshakable faith in God’s utter and total sovereignty. The Mind of Christ willingly surrenders to the wisdom of its Father, even when it doesn’t understand it. This surrender will lead unto self-sacrifice, and the crucifixion of your carnality. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, … being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Just as Jesus did, you must learn that every power in the universe is sustained by God. Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above. As John the Baptist, you must come to understand that every accident on earth is the orchestration of God. John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. As Paul, you must become immovably steadfast in the confusing, unseen wisdom of every earthly event. According to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
To the Mind of Christ, all things in the created realm are but a sequence of events, emanating from the throne of God, to accomplish his purpose. The Mind of Christ is an experiential possession of the knowledge of God’s total sovereignty. It is the product of the flaming sword. If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
When God decides to move you toward spiritual maturity, he will bring undeserved trials to your life. When these experiences arrive, you won’t like them at all. Your first thought will be disbelief. Your first inclination will be to deny God’s sovereignty and run away. But each crisis is actually a disguised opportunity to bring about your own spiritual immortality. The afflictions of life present opportunities for you to crucify your carnal mind, and to mature your spirit.
When an inexplicable problem arises in your life, rather than blame the Devil for it, look it straight in the eye and proclaim that the wisdom of your Heavenly Father is lurking inside, even inside the torment and anguish. This is the doorway to spiritual life. The afflictions of earth are caused by your Heavenly Father. They present opportunities for your willing surrender unto self-sacrifice. This is the same opportunity Adam received in Eden, and Jesus received in Gethsemane. Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Face your dilemma squarely, and offer yourself as a living sacrifice. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God. By this spiritual warfare your selfish carnal mind will be killed. As you succeed in this battle, you will climb down off the Tree of Death and approach to the Tree of Life.
The two special trees in the garden of Eden both represent conceptions, the initiation of new life. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil produced physical conception, which resulted in spiritual death. So also, the Tree of Life produces a spiritual conception, which will result in spiritual immortality.
The Tree of Life is a promise that you too can possess the same eternal life that now dwells in Christ Jesus. When a seed from his spirit is brought to maturity inside your spirit, you will become a new source of autonomous spiritual life. You will become a spiritually begotten Son of the Living God.
After Cain and Abel were destroyed, Adam and Eve had a second son. This new son was named Seth, and he represents the spiritual Sons of God, born from the Tree of Life. Seth symbolizes an entirely new spirit creature that is born after the carnal mind and its good & evil have been destroyed. Seth is not Eve’s first birthing, but her second. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. Seth, Eve’s second birthing, represents the spirit child of God. The first man is of the ground, earthy: the second man is of heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:47 (Emphasized).
And so it is with you. Your first birth brought forth your physical Adamic body. Now it is your second, spiritual birth, that will bring forth the offspring of God. Your physical man and its carnal mind will inherit nothing from God. It is only your spirit that can inherit all the wisdom, wealth, and life of your Heavenly Father. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
As your physical glories are exhausted in earthly vanity, God will do a supernatural work in your spirit, to bring forth a spiritual child. Your spirit is to conceive to the life that is found in Jesus Christ. By this you will bring forth a new spirit being; a begotten Son of God. Just as in the book of Genesis, everything on earth brings forth after its own kind. Thus the Sons of God that are born on the earth will become just like their Father. As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. The spiritually conceived Sons of God will inherit eternal life, and all the wealth that their Father possesses. To accomplish this spiritual birth is the only reason for your existence on this planet. That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Prior to the fall of Adam and Eve in Eden, they did not know how to have children. They gained this knowledge when they were overwhelmed by evil. Thus evil was the catalyst necessary for reproduction. Spiritually the process is identical. Without your subjection to evil, you could not bring forth a spiritual child. This was God’s purpose for the fall of mankind in Eden. The Adamic race has been subjected to evil, that it might eventually bring forth the Sons of God. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
As a result of Eve’s failure in Eden, she received perhaps the single greatest promise of God in the entire Bible. This promise was God’s unconditional statement that she would experience earthly sorrow, and that as a result, she would bring forth a spirit child. All the immutable power of God lies in this promise of ultimate spiritual triumph. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.
This one phrase, In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, summarizes the mind of God. It reveals his plan for man, the process that will achieve it, and your destiny. You will have sorrow, and you will bring forth a spirit Son. The veracity and performance of this promise does not depend on your actions. The power of this promise resides purely in the pleasure of God. In his own good time, God will bring forth this promise to His Spiritually reborn heirs.
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- Spiritual Warfare-Pastor Andy Thompson WOCC Sunday Service Notes (nochurchgirl.com)
- The Standpoint (danielquarteyministries.wordpress.com)
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- The Essence of Joy (lifextwo.wordpress.com)