Fundamentally, BLOOD is the most important natural element in Christendom because of the Sacrifice of Jesus, His Blood and Its connection to Christian salvation. Drawing from divine inspiration, the etymology (study) of classic Hebrew and Greek words and other fields of study, this book attempts to answer two basic questions: What is the Blood of Jesus and how can "It" actually save us? The theoretical answer lies inside the pages of this book. The author invites readers to join him in a sort of "Crime Scene Investigation" at the foot of that Cross to determine the true nature of Jesus' Blood.
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THE HOLY GHOSTHE IS THE BLOOD OF JESUS
By Derick Virgil
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2011 Derick Virgil, PhD
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Chapter OneADAM'S STAIN / OUR STAIN
"Sin had left a Crimson Stain; He (Jesus) washed it white as snow" ~ From the Hymn Jesus Paid It All by Elvina Hall (1822-1899)
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. ~ Isaiah 1:18
The sin of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, tainted the being and blood of every man and woman, every living soul on earth, according to the Bible. Our entire being, spirit, flesh, and blood, inherited the sin that these two committed and doomed us to a "life" or more accurately stated, "an existence," separated from the True Life and presence of God. This separation meant spiritual death and ultimately physical death. Their transgression was based on their disobeying the first mandate God gave man in the garden, which was ...
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Their disobedient actions produced this final pronouncement to Adam:
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
According to scriptural principle, "the soul that sins (disobeys or turns away from God) must die." In other words, when you leave your source of life, you will lose your life as these scriptures detail ...
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Ezekiel 18:19, 20a
19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Because Adam was the first of us, his sin doomed all of us.
The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
Because of the seemingly unfair sentence Adam's transgression placed on humankind, God provided a way of redemption for us through His Son's sacrifice. Through faith in His Son, we would be able to be "reborn" (St. John 3:3) and have a new sinless bloodline through Jesus that connected us once again to the Father. According to scripture (Hebrews 10:19-22), Jesus' Blood becomes the payment and contains the sinless prerequisite to get us back into right relationship with God. Jesus' Blood is the Anti –Stain to Adam's stain. It is the life of our flesh as Christians (Genesis 9:4). The Life in His Blood saves our "souls," our blood (Leviticus 17:11).
Now while we consider this revelation, one must remember that because man is more than just spirit, man's salvation would have to be one where his spirit, soul and body would be saved. The nature of man is not celestial (or spiritual) alone but also terrestrial (earthly). In order to save the whole being of man, God's salvation of Mankind would have to be complete, including man's spirit, flesh, and blood.
Because Adam was given authority over the earth and Adam gave this authority over the earth away by disobeying God, all Mankind had to be reconciled with our Creator. In order to "save" man, God, because of His Own just Law, would have to gain entry into the earth through another man that had God's Bloodline and reclaim the authority that was lost through the first man, Adam, by paying the cost for that authority through this "New God –Man." Another "God Man" like Adam would have to give up His Pure Life freely in submission to God to regain the Pure Life that the other lost through rebellion toward God. This would return the lost authority to the New God-Man in a multi-dimensional way and allow Him to help all other lost men (or the other men that were separated from God, even those yet to be born) to return to God. Jesus was this "Second Adam" or New God-Man. Apparently there are universal laws that God created that all creation must abide by and this was a major example.
Now, how man (Adam) existed before his fall from grace can only be assumed, extrapolated and considered from what we can gather from scripture. But however it was, it was the perfect state in which we were meant to exist if Adam had never failed and this "Second Adam" (1 Corinthians 15:45) would have to be similar to that perfect state.
What were Adam and His Blood Like Before "the Fall of Man?"
The "First" Adam's Composition on Earth
Based on scripture, before the fall, Adam was able to commune with an invisible God whose nature is Spirit. Adam was also made in this God's image. So, based on this knowledge, we know Adam was made as a spirit being with a flesh body (Genesis 1:27, Numbers 16:22). We know that God made Adam's flesh from the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7 and Genesis 3:19). We know that before the Fall of Man, Adam's flesh was without sin, and being without sin (or without rebellion toward God) and because Adam ate of fruit from a certain tree called the Tree of Life, he was immortal (Genesis 3:22; also consider St. John 11:26). Because he was vitally united with the source of his life through relationship and obedience, his life would never end. The World as we know it was quite different than it appears now.
We also know that Adam (Man) had a soul or the capacity of free will or volition. We know this because God gave Adam a command that Adam had the power to obey or disobey according to his soul which was comprised of his mind, will, emotions, personality, memory, imagination and intellect (Genesis 2: 2, 7, 16, 17). After Adam sinned, his "soul" needed salvation. This soul resided in his blood as we see in these scriptures, mentioned before but repeated below ...
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement (a covering) for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
It is important to note and remember that the Hebrew word for life, soul, and ghost are the same here - "Nephesh" - which means that the "life" and what we call the "soul" of the flesh are the same and are in the blood based on the above scriptures. The life, the blood, and what we call the "soul of a man" are one in the same according to the Bible. The "soul" of a man includes man's mind and will, intellect, memory, personality, imagination and emotions as mentioned previously: all were tainted in the fall of Adam (Romans 5:14, I Corinthians 15:22).
Based on what we know about Adam before the fall, we apparently also were originally meant to be perfectly blended Spirit/Soul/Body creatures with God-like abilities, immortal souls and bodies. In other words, we were single or "whole" in our makeup and not divided.
Before the fall, in addition to feeding us physically, our food also fed us spiritually and apparently mentally. We can base this on the names of the trees in the Garden of Eden (i.e. the Tree of Life, Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Genesis 2:9). Adam's words based on Adam's works (choices) could determine a thing's purpose and nature, could create things, could cause movement, and could keep the living alive and cause the living to die. Scriptures in the Bible that suggest these perpetual and universal ideas also are found in the following scriptures:
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
18 In the morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry,
19 and he noticed a fig tree beside the road. He went over to see if there were any figs on it, but there were only leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" And immediately the fig tree withered up.
20 The disciples were amazed when they saw this and asked, "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?"
21 Then Jesus told them, "I assure you, if you have faith and don't doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, 'May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,' and it will happen.
22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were:
[An angel speaking] Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
There was a "Tree of Life" and a "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." Apparently eating from these physical trees did more than nourish our physical bodies back then (Genesis 2:16, 17). Eating from these trees apparently was connected to Adam's choices, his growth and spiritual maturity as well as his physical existence (Edwards, 1985). We still have a symbiotic relationship even now with plants and trees as they take in our carbon dioxide and as we breathe in their oxygen. This is a residue or a remnant of our beginnings; a remnant of what Adam was and what we were initially meant to be.
The "Tree of Life" apparently ensured our physical immortality as we ate from it (Genesis 2:9). As a result of the curse, the ground no longer provides the richness it once did in order to accomplish such a feat of immortality, but now we must contend with the food of the earth for it to benefit us, even if in only a natural way. Even the way we grow crops (hybrid crops, hormones, chemical additives, etc.) affects our food's ability to help us in a negative way, and thus we have to "sweat" or work hard to make sure we benefit from it (Genesis 3:17-19, Leviticus 19:19).
Death ("Thanatos" in the Greek) means a separation from Life (See Appendix B). When Adam and Eve fell, they were separated from the "Tree of Life" and the presence of God. Adam's sin also somehow within him separated his spirit from his soul and his soul from his body and ultimately the Spirit of God from his soul. We have ultimately, because of the fall, become divided creatures within ourselves and have affected the earth around us as well. We will soon realize that in order for God to save us, He would have to allow the same sort of separation to occur to Him, at least within "Time," (separation between the Father and the Son, separation between the Son and the Holy Ghost – the greatest sacrifices ever known, see Appendix B). Thus Jesus' admonition for us to "re-member Him" in communion takes on an additional meaning ... He allowed Himself to be separated not only from His Father, but from the Precious Holy Ghost of God (I Corinthians 11:23-29).
It is our calling to "re-member" or put the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost (Psalms 22:27, I John 5:5-8, Luke 22:19) "back together" in our hearts and minds by faith during our existence in "Time."
I Corinthians 11:24, 25
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
Though the "God-Head" or the Father, Son and Holy Ghost have certainly never left one another eternally, they allowed this "separation" to occur in "Time" for our sakes that we might be saved and not have to enter Eternity without the one who made us, God. (See Appendix B: The Meaning of Life). Now, understanding all of the aforementioned, the blood (because the life of the flesh dwells there according to Leviticus 17:11 and Genesis 9:4), must be considered as the seat of the life, the soul and consciousness of man. Communion represents a re-union of sorts of the entirety of God's family (See Appendix C).
Some would say that the human being, then, is a tripartite being, with the Spirit being the innermost part of man, the flesh being the outermost part of man and the soul (which is comprised of the mind, will, emotions, memory, imagination and intellect) - or "the blood" being the mediator or intermediary between the spirit and flesh (I Thessalonians 5:23, Genesis 2:7).
I agree with this assertion that we are triune beings as a description of how things are today especially as Christians; however, I believe that before the fall, Adam and Eve, as individuals, were "single." What I mean is that I believe that the voice of their spirit, the voice of their flesh and the voice of their blood were "one voice" before their act of disobedience; so when Adam's spirit, soul and body "spoke," "they" spoke as one.
Adam's fall separated him internally and changed his blended Spirit, Soul and Body into a Tripartite: spirit, soul and body. Our confusion as humans often stems from the multiple voices of each part of us calling for different remedies for different hungers in addition to external voices. For example, for the Christian, when the flesh calls for natural food, often the spirit of a man calls for a fast; the soul then argues with both and says you should read up on fasting and eating before you make a decision. When Adam disobeyed God's primary command, he lost his ability to focus and to be single minded to the truth or the Voice of God.
But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul
(Nephesh!) desireth, even that he doeth.
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Adam and Eve's choice to eat the fruit was an action of their whole being. Scriptures that most relate to this idea include:
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
In any case, in our current state, it must be then that with our spirit we connect with God, with the flesh we connect with the earth and within the blood are the elements for the function of sentient (consciously and volitionally aware) life and correspondence between God, our own spirit and our flesh.
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Table of Contents
ContentsPreface The Hypothesis....................xiii
Introduction The Blood of Flesh Has a Voice!....................xxix
Chapter 1 Adam's Stain / Our Stain....................1
Chapter 2 Water into Wine....................35
Chapter 3 The Spirit, The Water, & The Blood: Symbols of the Overcoming Life....................53
Chapter 4 The Witness is The Blood....................75
Chapter 5 The Life of Your Flesh is in Your Blood!....................97
Chapter 6 The Ghost of His Flesh is in Our Blood....................111
Chapter 7 The Holy Ghost: The Blood, The Altar, The Sacrifice and The Fire....................125
Chapter 8 The Soul (Mind) of Jesus' Flesh is in the Believer's Blood....................157
Chapter 9 We Must Be Filled to Overflowing!....................205
Chapter 10 Jesus Paid It All! His Soul Saved Our Souls!....................249
Appendix A Books on the Blood:....................310
Appendix B The Meaning of Life....................312
Appendix C An Allegorical Picture of Our Communion with God....................314
Appendix D A Practical Application: The Apostle's Doctrine of Laying on of Hands....................322
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