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“A Quickening Spirit”

April 15, 2013

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. I Corinthians 15:45

Oh, what a great contrast between the two: “a living soul,” and “a quickening spirit.” One is temporal, and the other is eternal. One is mortal, the other immortal. One has the similitude of Creator God, and the other one is Creator God (the Spirit within us, and not us). One is sin bound, while the other is righteous bound. One is filled with passion… man based, and the other filled with inspiration… God breathed. One is holy, the other unholy. One is pure, the other filthy. One is earthly minded, entangled with the affairs of this life, and the other is heavenly minded, running away from the affairs of this life. One has crucified his life with Christ, and the other one has preserved his life. And the list goes on, and on. The contrasts are limitless indeed.

Yet how easy it is for those of us who have been born again, who have been made after “the last Adam” (a quickening spirit), to be drawn back into the grip of “the first Adam” (a living soul). They are so far apart, yet they have a certain similitude whereby we can be deceived as to which one we are actually walking out.

So subtly the enemy works… sometimes quickly, and sometimes over a long period of time by his cunning supernatural ways he draws us back into living life like all those living souls around us, rather than the quickening spirit God has made us to become. And let us not say that it isn’t so, lest we close our eyes and stop up our ears to the God of grace and mercy that would draw us unto Himself again.

Oh, beloved! We are indeed in “the evil day,” and those “perilous times” the apostle Paul prophesied about are already upon us! Let us not neglect abiding in the Word, and prayer, and worship. And let us be careful to fellowship together, giving and receiving the word of the Spirit of the Lord according to the word of God that resonates with that quickening spirit within. Let us be careful not to be encumbered with the affairs of this life, but to live heavenward always lest we become just a living soul again!

“Not only that, but we also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” Rom. 8:23 

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