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When we die, our spirit bodies are separated from our physical bodies. We have no power to recombine with them. Even if we did, would we want to come back into our diseased, often mangled, sometimes deformed, old and wrinkled, etc., bodies? I know I wouldn’t.

We have no power to reunite them into perfected, glorified bodies. That, however, is the miracle of the Resurrection. Without the miracle of the resurrection, Christ’s suffering in the garden would be for naught. What happened in the tomb is equally as important as what happened in the garden.

Before we get more into the why of Christ’s suffering, let us consider further his resurrection.

The scriptures tell us that Jesus was resurrected. In other words, his spirit body re-entered his physical body, into a perfected and glorified state and not the body that suffered from the tortures of the Romans. Many suppose this was just a temporary thing, that he would once again toss off his body and remain as a spirit entity forever, but this is not so.

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. (Ecclesiastes 3:14.)

Thus, we can see that the resurrection was meant to be a forever event. But was it intended for Jesus to be the only one who was to be resurrected?

Until Jesus entered into the world, no one had ever been resurrected. No one had that power. There had been those who had been raised from the dead in both the Old and New Testaments (1 Kings 17:17-22; 2 Kings 4:32-35; 13:20,21; Luke 7:11-15; 8:41,42,49-55;John 11:1-44; Acts 9:36-41; 20:9,10), but that isn’t the same as being resurrected. They all eventually died a normal death.

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (1 Corinthians 15:20.)

But Jesus did have the power of resurrection and because Jesus had the power to resurrect, he opened the door for others to be resurrected, as we see in the following verse:

And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose. And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (Matt. 27:52-53.)

“. . . and appeared unto many.”

This illustrates that, even as Jesus appeared unto many, others did also. And even as Jesus was seen of the disciples and others, those who were raised from the grave were seen by many as well. And Jesus appeared to as many as five hundred people at one time:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above [i.e. up above, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible] five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:5-6. Translators also rendered “above” as “more than”.)

We can see that the resurrection is as necessary for God’s plan for mankind as is baptism in the mode of Jesus. Otherwise, why would Jesus be both baptized and resurrected? He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness.

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. (Matthew 3:13-15.)

Can we not say that Jesus was resurrected to also fulfill all righteousness? Did he not set the example for all of us to follow?

Come, follow me . . . (Matthew 4:19.)

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And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7.)

This man, who would later come to be known as Adam, became the first living, at least animal life, on the face of the earth, bar none, according to the chronology given in Genesis chapter 2.

For a treatment on whether the creation of Adam and Eve was literal or figurative, you may wish to read my two-part series, starting at: “Was Adam Created from Clay?”

First there was water in some form (we’re told it was a mist) that watered the whole face of the earth, then there was Adam.
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God Rests

Before we move on to the next phase of earth’s physical creation, let us look at the following verses:

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. (Genesis 2:2-3.)

What exactly is meant by the word “rested”? It certainly implies a ceasing of some sort of activity; i.e., in this case, the physical creation of the earth, as well as the spirit formation of heaven and earth’s flora and fauna established in Genesis chapter 1. But is there anything else we might learn from this word?
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The Creation of Mankind

Now we shall consider the creation sequence that exists in Genesis chapter 2. It isn’t as extensive as in chapter 1 and only covers the physical creation or formation of the earth’s fauna and flora.

However, before we begin, let us take a closer look at Genesis 1:26-28:

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.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth . . .

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It’s All Wrong

This may come as a shock to you, and perhaps you won’t believe it, but a good deal of what we’ve been taught in Sunday School about the creation of the earth is wrong.

However, before you get your knickers up, to quote an old expression, allow me to explain.

If you read Genesis chapters one and two carefully, you should come across a bit of a conundrum: Why are there two creation accounts instead of just one?

Be honest: Have you ever noticed that before? If you did, what did you think about it? That it’s just repetition?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but haven’t we been taught since we were toddlers, and for thousands of years before that, that Genesis chapter one chronicles the physical creation of the earth and all that dwells on it?

If that’s so, why, then, are there two separate creation accounts, or at least one whole and one partial account? And the second one in reverse order from the first?

What if there were, in fact, two separate creations? What if Genesis chapter one chronicles the spiritual creation of the earth (i.e., earth as a spirit body) and chapter two chronicles the physical creation of the people and things that were to dwell upon the physical earth?

Before you write me off as a certifiable nut job, consider the following.

A Spiritual Creation

Did you know that all those who would ever inhabit the earth—human, plant and animal—were created even before Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden? It’s true. Of course, you might just say it’s my interpretation and you might even be right. However, we find in Genesis 2:1 the following:

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

Does anyone really ever pay much attention to that one little innocuous verse? Think about it. What could this possibly mean?

Just so we’re on the same page, let us look at the possible meaning of the word “host.”

First, we’ll look in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. According to the Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary, the word for “host” (#6635) means “a mass of persons (or fig[uratively] things).”

Next, we’ll look in my Webster’s NewWorld Dictionary, Second Concise Edition. There are three different entries for the word “host,” labeled “host1,” “host2,” and “host3.” We’ll be interested in number three, definition two: “a multitude; great number.” It’s the one that comes closest to the context of our subject. You can look up the other meanings if you so desire.

Using these ideas, we might with reverence rephrase Genesis 2:1 as follows: “The heavens and the earth were finished, and all the multitude of peoples and other things that would dwell upon it.”

If you have a better explanation of what this verse means, I’d welcome discussion on the matter. Meanwhile, we’ll continue on in this vein.

I realize this is a new concept and might not be easy to accept. I only ask that you put aside any critical desires until you read all four parts of this series. Thank you.

Let us consider the following points:

  1. Genesis chapter 1 chronicles the spiritual creation of the earth and its host.
  2. Genesis 1:1-10 could also represent the physical creation of the earth, as the order seems a logical one.
  3. Genesis 2:1 states that all that would dwell in the heavens and earth had already been created or formed. By implication, this creation would have to be spiritual. The creation of this great multitude or host could not have been physical, for obvious reasons.
  4. Genesis chapter 2 chronicles the physical creation or formation of life on the earth and in the heavens at the time of Adam and Eve.

Here’s a question to consider: If all the people, animals (fauna) and plant life (flora) were created or formed spiritually, or with spirit bodies, if you will, then where are they?

If Genesis chapter 1 were indeed the spiritual creation of the earth, or even the physical creation of the earth, then I would have to assume that all the host of them were placed on the earth at that time and are yet upon the earth in some kind of higher spiritual plane of existence or dimension that we are physically unaware of. Modern quantum theory certainly allows for a number of other dimensions.

Whether this spirit form of the earth is the same size as the physical form of the earth, I cannot say. However, I would have to think the spiritual earth would be larger to accommodate this great host of human, animal and plant life.

This idea is not a new concept. It has been known for a long time that not only humans, but animals and plant life, have auras surrounding them. This has been seen through the use of Kirlian photography, as well as by people with extra sensitive perception.

These auras actually extend beyond the limits of the physical bodies that contain them. So, it should not be too far a stretch to imagine that the aura, or spirit body of the earth, could extend beyond its physical limitations or boundaries, even as the auras, or spirit bodies of earth’s inhabitants, do.

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A Christian Conundrum

There are a growing number of people who believe that not only was Jesus married, but like many of the prophets before him, had more than one wife. According to this theory, these additional wives, along with other notable women, followed him around as he went about preaching, providing sustenance for him and his twelve apostles.

From the scriptures, we know that there was a contingent of women who, in fact, did follow Jesus around. Some of them were named and some were not. Some relationships were given; others were not.

Is it possible that some of these “were nots” may have been Jesus’ wives? We can’t really know without a new revelation. And I’m wondering, if there were a new revelation, and it revealed that Jesus was, in fact, married and had several wives, how many Christians would believe it? The cry of false prophet would undoubtedly be heard throughout the land.
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The Validity or Invalidity of Tradition

So, was Jesus married or not?

In considering this question, we must remember the answer has absolutely no bearing on our salvation; yet, it is of interest to a great many people.

On the other hand, the great majority of Christianity simply do not want to hear about the subject. For them, it’s an open-and-shut case—Jesus was not married and nothing you can do or say will make any difference to them. And that’s okay; that’s where they’re at.

However, that attitude brings to mind a verse from Proverbs: “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” (Proverbs 18:13.)
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