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Word Becomes Flesh 1) Forward a) This work is the compilation of over 36 years of Christian discipleship. My wife and I must increasingly everyday give honor to our Father in Heaven for the depth of insight the Holy Spirit has imparted into us. There have been several ministries which LORD has worked through to open the Holy Scriptures to us. At the top of that short list has to be Kenneth Copeland; followed by Dr. Fredrick K. C. Price, Creflo Dollar, Dr. Gene and Melissa Scott, Jerry Savelle, Jesse Duplantis, Joyce Meyers, and Marilyn Hickey. There has been a host of others who have contributed to our growth: Pastors Thomas Messer, Joe DeBolt, C. Tomas Anderson, and Walt Roberts. Even those with whom we have had difficulty: Ron Lee, Tim Morris, and Randy Cheatham have contributed to our growth even if in a bizarre almost perverse way. 2) Preface a) This effort began nearly 32 years ago, when I was pondering the number of divorces occurring within the church. Considering Matthew 19:6, if God ordained marriage then if these marriages were accorded through the church then why all the failures? The Holy Spirit had me look at the other side of that verse. “if man put it together then it will be drawn asunder.” That began my quest to seek out the deeper meaning of God’s Word. This has ultimately led me to the reasoning that the modern pulpit is not capable of preaching only the uncompromised Word of God, based entirely on the Bible as the text. It may be that the church through its evolutionary process has lost sight of the real meaning of Christianity retiring to a form thereof – christianISM. b) It is not the intention of this work to defame, criticize, or even attempt to revise the doctrines devised over the last 1500 (or at least the last 500) years; I have no working dogma as it relates to the Roman Catholic Church, or the Reformation (Protestant) efforts of Luther, Calvin or Arminianism, or even the Restorationist movement of the 1800’s. c) I do, however, subscribe to what is called the Word-Faith movement. This movement by no means promulgates the lesser, fleshy intentions of the name-it-claim-it gospel. If there is any one kingpin verse that best describes this Word-Faith movement it must be Genesis 1:28, and perhaps even more importantly that brings balance to this movement is Matthew 22:35-40. Rather than wrangling knuckles over what man reasons the Bible describes God, the Word-Faith movement seeks to learn what God says about man; and thereby humbling ourselves under the hand of God to become that person God foreordained us to become. d) I do not intend to formulate any new doctrine. In fact this work is more greatly a compilation of years of Bible studies and series teachings from the teacher – prophets ascribed earlier. 3) Introduction a) The Bible, 66 books of canonized writings written in Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek, is God’s spoken and living Word given to man from the throne of God. With careful study, one learns the Bible is what God says about man from His perspective through man’s experience. Discipleship is learning the Bible is the living representation, in written from of the living savior, who desires to indwell the living temple of each individual, further fulfilling the prophecy “and the Word will be made flesh.” Perhaps the greatest revelation we have had up to this time is coming to embrace the living, ever present reality of Jesus, the Anointing; that He is ever more real to us that the struggles we wrought to succeed this race thus far have not been in vain but in fact the catalyst that drives us to press on to the mark of the high calling, Jesus; not merely to meet Him face to face but to embrace Him so tightly that He, The Word, and each of us become one with Him, in Him that our will is surpassed by His will so that we can do all things through the Anointing which strengthens us. 4) In the Beginning a) Genesis i) Genesis 1:1 (1) God’s Word in one verse (a) One God – one creation (b) Man – known from before the foundations of the Earth (c) Redemption plan already in place (d) All provision made for every person ever conceived (2) Who is God (a) Word (b) Light (c) Love (d) Life (e) LORD “YHWH” “Tetragrammaton” (f) The names of LORD (i) Jehovah/Yahweh (the self-existent one: I AM) (ii) Jehovah-jireh (the Lord will provide) (iii) Jehovah-rapha (the Lord who heals) (iv) Jehovah-nissi (the Lord our banner) (v) Jehovah-Shalom (the Lord our peace) (vi) Jehovah-ra-ah (the Lord my shepherd) (vii) Jehovah-tsidkenu (the Lord our righteousness) (viii) Jehovah-shammad (the Lord is present) (ix) Jehovah-Elohim (the Lord God) (x) Jehovah Sabaoth (the Lord of hosts) (xi) El Elyone (the most high God) (xii) Adown (our master) (xiii) El Shadday (Almighty God, the strength giver) (xiv) El Olam (everlasting God) (g) And Jesus says, “I AM (i) the resurrection (ii) the way (iii) the truth (iv) the life (v) the light of the world (vi) the bread of life (vii) the good shepherd (viii) the door of the sheep (ix) the true vine.” (x) “Before Abraham was, I AM.” (xi) To Moses, “I AM that I AM” (xii) The Living (not dead) sacrifice (Rom 12:1) ii) The Godhead (1) Father (2) Word – not yet spoken (3) Man – not yet formed (4) Spirit of God ((W)holy) Spirit (a) Activating agent – the energy pulse that precedes any action of word or might. (b) Not necessarily member of the Godhead but with universal power of God. (5) Doctrine of the Trinity (a) Result of Council of Nicea 325AD (b) In response to a teaching that God the Father and God the Son were two distinct gods, not one as Jesus taught: “If you have seen Me, then you have seen the Father,” and “I and the Father are one.” iii) Creation – God Said (1) No creation until the Word (Jesus) speaks (John 1:1-3) (2) No pre-adamic world (3) Day 1 (a) Light (Glory) BE! (i) Not the sunlight (ii) ME BE! (iii) The advance pulse before the action (iv) Light – Day (v) God Paused 1. He saw that it is good 2. Did not say it is good a. Otherwise not good (vi) Darkness – Night (4) Day 2 (a) Firmaments of the waters (i) Outer atmospheric shell of water (ii) The great sea (ocean) (iii) No rain (5) Day 3 (a) Dry land (i) One super continent (Pangaea) 1. No mountains 2. No beachfront 3. Earth relatively flat 4. Evenly temperate (ii) Earth (iii) God Paused 1. He saw that it is good (b) Vegetation (i) Grass (ii) Herb (iii) Fruit (iv) Seed after his kind (v) God Paused 1. He saw that it is good (6) Day 4 (a) Sun to rule the Day (b) Moon to rule the Night (c) The Stars (i) Angelic beings 1. Classes of Angels a. Lucifer – next to God i. Chief of praise b. Seraphim c. Cherubs d. Army of God i. Executer of the Word of God (ii) God Paused 1. He saw that it is good (7) Day 5 (a) Fish in the sea (b) Fowl in the air (i) God Paused 1. He saw that it is good (8) Day 6 (Morning) (a) Cattle (b) Creeping thing (c) Beast of the Earth (d) After his kind (e) God Paused 1. He saw that it is good (9) Day 6 (Afternoon) (a) God makes man (i) In His (Our) image 1. To have fellowship with God 2. To love God with a. Heart b. Soul c. Mind d. Body 3. To love thy neighbor as your self (ii) He wraps His Word in flesh 1. He spoke – “let us make Man in Our image” 2. He made – His Word made flesh (iii) Man – God’s Lord and priest on Earth 1. Lord over death 2. Priest over Life (iv) Establish the Kingdom of God on Earth (v) Man became another speaking spirit 1. Obedience 2. Duty 3. Honor (vi) God Paused 1. He saw that it is very good (10) Day 7 (a) God Rested (b) All creation completed (c) Nothing needed to be added (d) Six days man shall work (e) The Sabbath made for Man iv) The nature of God (1) He is Fruitful (2) He multiplied Himself (Man) (3) He plenishes His Kingdom (4) He subdue (5) He has dominion over His creation (6) He breathes His nature into Man (7) Genesis 1:28 v) Who is man (1) I am complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10). (2) I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5). (3) I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). (4) I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14). (5) I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (I John 5:18). (6) I am holy and without blame before Him in love (I Peter 1:16; Ephesians 1:4). (7) I have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5; I Corinthians 2:16). (8) I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). (9) I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (I John 4:4). (10) I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17). (11) I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17,18). (12) I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons, to speak with new tongues. (13) I have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm me (Mark 16:17,18; Luke 10:17,19). (14) I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him Who created me (Colossians 3:9,10). (15) I have given, and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men give into my bosom (Luke 6:38). (16) I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). (17) I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16). (18) I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13). (19) I shall do even greater works than Christ Jesus (John 14:12). (20) I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:9). (21) I am God’s child¾for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever (I Peter 1:23). (22) I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10). (23) I am a new creature in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). (24) I am a spirit being¾alive to God (I Thessalonians 5:23; Romans 6:11). (25) I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind (II Corinthians 4:4). (26) I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22,25). (27) I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17). (28) I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37). (29) I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11). (30) I am a partaker of His divine nature (II Peter 1:3,4). (31) I am an ambassador for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20). (32) I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (I Peter 2:9). (33) I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 5:21). (34) I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own (I Corinthians 6:19). (35) I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13). (36) I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). (37) I am His elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and longsuffering (Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12). (38) I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7). (39) I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13). (40) I am redeemed from the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty (Galatians 3:13; Deuteronomy 28:15-68). (41) I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7). (42) I am called of God to be the voice of His praise (II Timothy 1:9; Psalm 66:8). (43) I am healed by the stripes of Jesus (I Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:5). (44) I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Colossians 2:12; Ephesians 2:6). (45) I am greatly loved by God (Colossians 3:12; Romans 1:7; I Thessalonians 1:4; Ephesians 2:4). (46) I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11). (47) I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7). (48) I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (Philippians 3:14). (49) For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). (50) It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20). vi) The Blessing (a) First words Man heard (b) Having all needs met and available (i) Need here on Earth (ii) No need in Heaven (c) I AM that I AM – Names of God (d) Recited to Noah (Gen 8:16-17, 9:1) (2) God planted a garden – The garden of Eden (a) Of all the plantings – two significant trees (i) Tree of Life (ii) Tree of Knowledge of 1. Good and 2. Evil (b) Garden designed to spread across the entire world (c) God delegated to man to tend garden (d) Refer to Noah (e) Additionally (i) Nimrod (ii) Abraham (iii) Moses (f) Refer to Jabez – increase territory (3) Be Fruitful (a) Fruit of the Spirit (i) Love (ii) Joy (iii) Peace (iv) Longsuffering (Patience) (v) Gentleness (vi) Goodness (vii) Faith (viii) Meekness (Humility) (ix) Temperance (4) Multiply (a) Have family (5) Replenish the Earth (a) Plenish on Earth what is in Heaven (b) Replace what is used (c) Produce more than is consumed (6) Subdue it (7) Have dominion (a) Over oneself (b) Fish of the sea (c) Fowl of the air (d) Living thing on the Earth (e) Not over another Man (8) Live in the Blessing of the Father (a) Rest of God (i) Rest as in a respite (ii) Rest as in every thing else available vii) The making of Woman (1) As God made each creature (a) Adam named it (b) Exercised dominion (c) No helpmeet for Man (2) The house of Adam (a) Adam male and female (b) Made fully mature and productive (c) 1st Blood Covenant made (d) God caused a deep sleep (e) God opened Adam (f) Removed the femaleness of Adam (g) God formed Woman – the womb of Man (h) Divided house does not stand viii) The Fall (1) No aging before the Fall (a) Maybe days, weeks, months, seasons, years, decades, centuries, millennia (b) Only allowance for old Earth (c) Time without aging (d) Since the fall (i) Aging is a progressive event (ii) Adam lived almost 1000 years 1. died in the same physical condition we do today (iii) Only takes about 100 years today to age 1000 years in time of Adam (iv) Progressive event 1. 6000 year old earth now looks billions of years old (2) War in Heaven (a) Fear entered Lucifer (i) When God said “Let’s make man in our image.” (ii) I will ascend into heaven (iii) Will exalt my throne above the stars of God 1. Seed of Abraham – Gentiles (iv) I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation 1. Seed of Abraham – Hebrews (v) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds 1. Angels (vi) I will be like the most High (God) (b) Man made lower than the Angels (c) Man to judge (govern) the Angels (d) Lucifer (Satan) cast from heaven like lightening (i) Adam saw this event (ii) Jesus states He saw Satan fall (iii) Jesus spoke as a man (iv) Jesus only spoke from Man’s experience (3) The only Command (a) Tree of Life (i) In the Garden (ii) At Calvary (iii) The New Jerusalem (iv) Fruit meant to eternalize life (b) Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (i) Do not eat – not, do not tend (ii) The first intended Tithe (iii) Fruit not yet ripe (4) The Deception (a) Eve deceived (i) Believed half truth (ii) She sinned 1. Fear that God was holding back 2. Ate of the fruit of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil 3. The lust of money is the root of all evil (iii) She spiritually died (iv) Physical Death began (b) Adam sinned (i) But; did he have a choice? (ii) Salvation rested in Adam (iii) He had to die so The Promise would come (iv) No other helpmeet promised (v) If he denied Eve Adam would live forever alone (vi) Adam sacrificed to save Eve (5) Cast from the Garden (a) Became naked – lost the glory coat (Light be) (i) Man made as Word made flesh (b) Adam and Eve made aprons of fig leaves (i) Lost glory sight – Light line (ii) Aging in time began (iii) Toil for provision began (c) God call Adam, where are you? (i) God not surprised (ii) Benefit of listener (d) God made coats of skins (i) 2nd Blood covenant (e) The gate of the garden guarded (i) Ground cursed for sake of Adam – sorrows (ii) Thorns and thistles (iii) Sorrows at conception for Eve (iv) The Tree of life guarded 1. Man has become as God 2. No Tree of Life a. So man won’t live forever in Sin b. So Satan won’t live forever ix) It’s in the Blood (1) Life is in the Blood (2) Death is in the Blood (3) New creation – blood renewed x) From Adam to Noah xi) Abrahamic Covenant (1) Third Blood Covenant (a) The circumcision (b) Unlike ALL other blood covenents xii) Jesus – The Christ (Messiah, Anointing, Promise, Blessing) (1) Conceived in a virgin – Mary – of the Holy Spirit (2) Son of God (a) Fully God (3) Son of Man (a) Fully Man (4) Word made flesh (a) Lord over the Curse (b) Priest over the Blessing (5) Lived and ministered as a man (a) All citations from man’s experience (b) Never spoke as Son of God until the Resurrection (6) Only revealed His divinity a few times (a) His baptism by John (b) Mount Transfiguration (c) Lost in crowds seeking to stone Him (d) The crucifixion (e) The gathering of disciples (f) Road to Emmaus (7) The Passion (a) He was made sin (b) He took our shame (c) He took the wage due us (d) He submitted to the Father even unto death (e) He humbled Himself to the Father (i) Agreed with God the Father what Father God says about Him (8) Last Supper – the Communion Service (a) This do in remembrance of me – as a toast (b) Bread – symbolic of the lamb flesh of Passover (i) Eat the wHole Lamb for health (c) Wine – symbolic of the blood of the Passover (i) Brush with hyssop on the lentils of the doors (ii) The blood is for life (9) The Crucifixion (i) Jesus – the perfect sacrificial lamb 1. Examined by the priests 2. Examined by the lords 3. Examined by the people 4. Determined suitable sacrifice (10) The Burial (a) Jesus was made sin (i) Sin is cast away from God – Hell (ii) Death, the wages of sin (iii) Only Jesus, without sin, but made sin, could accept the payment and live (iv) Jesus’ flesh was born again (11) The Resurrection (a) Because Jesus never sinned (b) Jesus the Man rose from the grave (c) Jesus the Man, was glorified (12) The Ascension (a) Jesus bodily ascended to Heaven (b) Sits at the right hand of the Father (c) Indeed, His Word became flesh (13) Outcomes (a) “I and the Father are one” (b) “If you have seen me, then you have seen the Father” (c) Jesus is the Christ – anointing (d) The Anointing is in man (e) Man is in the Anointing (f) “I die daily, never the less not I but Christ (Anointing) lives in me” (g) Man is commanded to not sin or sin no more (i) Man is capable to live without sinning (ii) It is a personal choice to sin or not (h) If I be fully dead to the flesh(ly desires) then I agree with and become what Father God says I am (i) The Word is thus made flesh (14) On works (a) The motivation of works (i) Self or (ii) Spirit 1. If by the spirit 2. The works I do, I do by the power of the Spirit 3. Not of my own doing 4. Lest I should boast (15) The Cross is the pivot point of His(s)tory (a) What was undone from Adam to Jesus (b) Is redone (restored) from to the Renewal (c) Examples xiii) Humility (1) Entomology traces back to Adam (a) The Promise (Gen 1:28) (2) Basic definition (a) To agree with another what is said about you (b) Agree with what God says about man (i) The Righteousness of God (ii) Little gods (Speaking Spirit) (iii) The Word becomes Flesh (iv) I die daily, never the less, I live, yet not I but (the) Christ (Blessing) in lives me. (v) I can do all things through (the) Christ (Blessing) who strengthens me. (vi) Partaker in His divine nature holy. (n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved November 22, 2007, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/holy

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