WHO ARE WE REALLY?
“Jacob” is a name given to me by parents, my experiences “FORMED” me into this man I know to be Jacob. There I was a little baby, pure, just out of the womb and within moments, my earthly mother and earthly father began to imprint me. They gave me my name. They said, “You are Jacob” but was that really WHO I WAS or WHO I AM?
Go up to anyone today and ask them, “Who are you?” and EVERYTIME they will say, “I AM Bob, or Helen, or Tyrel, or Eunice and Bartholemule (If your parents were cruel lol)… BUT IS THAT WHO WE ARE?
Then we begin living, as this “name we have been given” and as we go about our lives we are imprinted more. We are told how to act, what to wear, when to go to bed, how to eat, how to think, how to speak. EVERY aspect of our lives, CONDITIONED, and slowly we begin to believe this is who we are. But this so called PERSON that we think we are, is a LIE. It is a creation of MEN/WOMEN.
Values, Beliefs, Names, all forced upon us after entering this world. Perhaps this is why we all cry. Perhaps, we somehow know what will befall us. Perhaps this is why we cry, because soon we know we shall DIE (become ignorant of who we are).
This EGO that is FORMED by our parents, peers, experiences, and the world at large, I call the FIRST MAN.
Now, lets go to the scriptures. Let’s look at how God created MANKIND….
The 1st Man (ADAM) is FORMED from the Dust of the EARTH.
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.
To understand the significance of this, you MUST do a word study of the word “Dust” and see what scripture declares “DUST” to be. In scripture DUST is compared to many things, Lies, Idolatry, Imagination, Sin, etc etc…
So you see DUST in scripture is a SYMBOL for everything that is opposite of TRUTH. Dust is another words to describe the NATIONS OF THE WORLD, the DESCENDENTS of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob… Dust is symbolic of the death found in the WORLD.
Think first of what DUST is made of. Many think of dirt, but really, Dust is DEAD FLESH. We know that FLESH is Carnality at its finest, for the FLESH is ENMITY with the spirit. Moreover, dust is another word for LIES… And isn’t that really what WE are formed out of in this world. We are given a phoney name, we begin to believe that we are what our experiences mold us into thinking we are. If we are called Fat, we become FAT and think we are FAT. If we are called a LIAR, we begin to believe this.
The words and actions of others (toward us) become a CHISEL forming us with the very lies spoken about us. And we are also imprinted with Beliefs and Ideas about God. Most of which, if not all, are lies. For the FIRST MAN is of the earth, earthy (ignorant)
And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust:
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
We were all MADE in this DUST OF DEATH. The FIRST MAN was FORMED IN IGNORANCE. –
“To be carnally minded is DEATH”
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts
The First Man, here depicted as the OLD MAN, is CORRUPT with decietful LUSTS. Because we believed the LIES OF THE WORLD.
However, regardless of what lies we have believed ourselves to be. We are MORE than our experiences, we are MORE than what others claim us to be. We are MORE than we have ever thought overselves to be.
John 16 12I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
There is a GREAT TRUTH to who we ALL ARE. But many will not yet be able to recieve it. Like the disciples, Jesus could not tell them, as the HOLY SPIRIT had not OPENED THEIR EYES TO THE THIS TRUTH.
Instead, before CHRIST we lived in IGNORANCE. The 1st Man lives in DEATH, exists in the WILDERNESS not the PROMISE of eternal life. The 1st MAN is dead in his trespasses. The 1st Man was FORMED in LIES and BELIEVED THEM.
A life of ignorance is a life of DEATH. If we believe we are someone, we are NOT, then in fact, who we REALLY ARE is DEAD. In our MINDS the TRUTH is buried.
There is a great word picture of this in scripture, when CHRIST who is TRUTH, is put to DEATH at GOLGATHA (the place of the skull)… This powerful CRUSIFICTION in fact, has happened to us all. For we are ALL CRUSIFIED WITH CHRIST. This is why we all cry out at times “Father why have you forsaken me”… Because we ignorantly have been conditioned and FORMED into a creature that believes God would somehow punish us or leave us, for doing what we only could do, out of the very ignorance, God formed us in.
We in fact, have come into this world to DIE as Christ died.
Matthew 10:24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
What is good for the goose they say, is good for the gander. Jesus assured us, as they hated HIM, they will HATE US, as they persecuted HIM, they will persecute US. Now this comes in many ways, ways we may not even see.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
As Christ DIED, we too, MUST DIE… Who do we die to?
THE 1ST MAN! = the Adamic Nature (our ignorant ego)
1 Corinthians 15:47
The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
This FIRST MAN is LAST, and the LAST MAN is FIRST into the KINGDOM. This is why Paul said, “It is no longer I (Paul’s ego) that lives, But CHRIST”
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
This is who is CRUCIFIED with Jesus, OUR FIRST MAN (who we think we are, or thought we were) – OUR EGO – Our ADAMIC MAN.
But you shall see, we shall also be resurrected.
But back to the 1ST Man (Adam), the DEAD MAN, dead because he is IGNORANT, to be CARNALLY MINDED IS DEATH. This 1st Man, Adam, US, is FORMED out of DUST, LIES… This 1st Man SHALL BE LAST into the KINGDOM (righteousness, peace, joy) … You see the 1st BORN, the 1st US never inherits the PROMISE.
No matter how many times you go to church, how many hail mary’s you say, no matter how many good deeds, or tithes you pay, YOUR WORKS are pointless.
The 1st Born, is a LIE to begin with. He or She believes God is seperate and this is why they WORK so hard to appease this distant, angry, God.
This 1st Man believes everything he or she is taught about this GOD. Depending on where they are born, depending on which faith, these carnal man made beliefs are driven deep into their minds… as the THORNS were driven deep into CHRIST’S.
In scripture we see in many wonderful parables, how the 1st is last, and the last (2nd) is first. You see the SECOND BORN is always the one who inherits God promise.
It is the SECOND BORN not ADAM, CANE, ISHMAEL, ESAU, but it is CHRIST, ABEL, ISAAC, JACOB… Even though tradition dictated the 1st born inherit the Father’s goods, when it comes to our TRUE FATHER it is not the ONE FORMED IN DEATH, but the ONE RESURRECTED IN LIFE.
This is why Jesus said, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN… You see the FIRST YOU is a LIE. The First Man is from the Earth, earthy, but the SECOND MAN is from HEAVEN ABOVE.
What wonderful word pictures these are in scripture. I tell you the truth, these are all Word pictures of US…
If you see ADAM as anyone other than yourself, than you are mistaken. No, I am NOT saying there was no LITERAL ADAM. I am saying, LOOK TO WHAT this account speaks of… Scripture is good for instruction, and what benefit is it to you, if you look at it only as a HISTORICAL ACCOUNT and not ALSO as an ALLEGORICAL ACCOUNT or YOU!
The 1st You is as much ADAM, and the 1st Man Adam is ADAM. Which ironically means “MANKIND” “RUDDY”
Let me show you, when you were a child, you were NAKED (not covered with understanding) but you were ALIVE and FREE…
UNTIL you ate of that TREE. Until you began to believe everything you were told and experienced. From a religious perspective, at some point we are all TOLD we are SINNERS and that we NEED A SAVIOR… And LIKE ADAM, we also ignorantly clothe ourselves in FIG LEAVES (religious tradition)
Notice we do not clothe ourselves with FRUIT. Because the 1ST MAN does not gather figs but THORNS (cares of the world)
Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
…. Also like ADAM we begin to FEAR GOD and we SEPERATE OURSELVES from GOD… And so we DIE in our IGNORANCE…
“Ye are gods and yet we shall die like mere men!” Ps 82
We are driven from the GARDEN (the unity of the spirit/heaven/paradise) and we begin to try and WORK OUR WAY BACK…
But the WORKS of the 1st MAN (EGO MAN) never get us anywhere, because they are a lie. We cannot work our way back to God, because GOD has never left us, and the belief that we somehow need to do this, or to do that, to recieve this great salvation is the very BLINDFOLD that keeps us from the light to begin with.
We need to be BORN AGAIN. We need to realize that we are GOD’S CHILD.
The good news is, as we are ADAM, we also become CHRIST… One day the HEAVENS (God’s truth and ways) will be OPENED to us and we will understand…
“Behold my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”
Then we also, like Jesus will be driven for a time into the wilderness to be tested and tried.
This life is our schoolyard, and as a chisel and hammer is used to chip away the stone to form the perfect sculpture, so our trials and tribulations chip away our carnal nature.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
It is THE DUST this FIRST MAN is formed in that needs to be destroyed. The DUST which are the LIES of this world.. are EATEN up by the FATHER OF THEM ALL…
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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:
The SERPENT eats DUST… The LIES in our MINDS are consumed by the adversary until there is nothing left to consume but itself.
So even when we SIN, there is a work being done. Even when we are at our worst, GOD IS AT HIS BEST, working it ALL TOGETHER so the SECOND MAN Christ, can be brought into this world, THROUGH YOU, AS YOU.
“Christ In You, The Hope Of Glory”
This is good news, We cannot FAIL, because there is NO ONE to FAIL to begin with… There is only GOD. And God finishes HIS CREATION (US) in VICTORY not defeat. Our Ignorance was always part of the plan.
Romans 8 tells us, that God subjected us to this vanity but he also has subjected us in hope. He concluded that none would believe so he would have mercy on all to believe.
Jesus knew many could not understand what he understood. There is more to us than we have been told. There is more to us all. We for a time suffer this death, but a seed must die so it can produce many others when it springs back to life.
Come boldly to throne of Grace. Those who SEEK, FIND, those who KNOCK the doors open for them. Who you WERE is not who you ARE IN CHRIST. And as ALL DIED in the ignorance we were formed in, ALL are ressurected to LIFE, when we are BORN AGAIN FROM ABOVE.
1 Corinthians 15:21-23 21For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
There is the KEY WORD PEOPLE, EVERY MAN in GOD’S ORDER. God makes EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL in it’s time. God is in control.
Who we were is not who we are, or who we shall know ourselves to be. For now I will leave you with this thought…
If you have eyes to see and ears to hear. If I have the MIND (thoughts) of Christ, and I am the body of CHRIST, and I am the given the NAME of Christ… WHO AM I?
For more information on this, there is a great YOUTUBE of Gary Sigler talking about ADAM AND CHRIST at the link below. It is great, you will love it, check it out. Also you will find many great links on his “Kingdom Resources” page.
Peace to you all, Jacob
What an awesome truth to be taken in. Thank you Jacob for sharing who you really are. Gary Sigler is an awesome teacher. His writings have so ministered to me and made mefree.
This is such an awesome essay, or I would rather say “teaching”. I’ve been through alot in the past 2 1/2 yrs and my faith has really been tried. A friend led me to your site. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you. It is so freeing. Such a blessing to me. Lori