In every person is a dormant seed; every plant was made to bear seed of itself according to its kind.
Within the seed is the full potential of life to spring forth, to mature into a fully developed being; to produce seed.
God is a Spirit, and so also are you who were made in His likeness.
A child from the womb has an awareness of its mother, for though it is physically blind, and its intellect undeveloped it is a spirit alive and aware. The spirit of the child can discern its mother’s thoughts and feelings because its body is connected to hers. It is not its mother, but its body is connected with hers so their spirits communicate. As the child grows, and its mind develop, her tendency is to find the residence of its awareness in the body – by which it communicates with others. As the intellect develops further, she tends to find the residence of her awareness in the mind – by which she constructs new ways to communicate, and internalizes that which is commmunicated to her.
Spiritual awareness is swiftly transfered to the awareness of body, and soul (the mind, and emotions), and the spirit becomes largely dormant as sleeping. Becoming aware of the physical world we live in becomes the primary function of our being.
In this universe, there is a moral law. It is universal to every created thing, for all was made by the same architect, who is a Spirit. The moral law is spiritual in nature, and is for the good of every being, for the designers intention was unto life.
When once we begin to attain awareness of morality – which our spirit soon discovers (man has labelled this spiritual awareness of morality with the name of ‘conscience,’ you certainly have heard its voice) – we also discover our unwillingness to comply with it; our soul and body come into dominion over our spirit (which part, alone, would be willing and desirous to comply with the moral code – for your conscience surely testifies to you) and put it to death. ‘For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.’ (Romans 7:9)
There is, nevertheless a spirit within man, and I speak to your mind that your spirit may come back to life, for as surely as you are reading this, you also have experienced the process that I’ve described above. Your spirit was alive, but as your body and mind grew, and you became aware of the moral law – obtaining some degree of the knowledge of both good and evil – you chose to break that moral law, and so did I. We may blame the Creator, or someone else as a smokescreen for our own guilt, but the fact is you learned, and broke some moral law. This I guarantee, for all have sinned, and fall short the glory of God.
Yet even now within you is the raw potential for life – even the revitalization of your spirit, and its return to fellowship with the Spirit of God, in whose image the seed that is you was made.
Interesting analogy: a seed. Like an egg it has three parts; deep inside is the germ (or the yolk); that living part tiny and frail deep in the midst of the whole. Surrounding the germ is the endosperm – the part most plentious, like the soul, is food designed for the germ’s consumption. Containing it all is the husk, the seed’s body.
Within you is a spirit, but your consciousness dwells chiefly in your soul, which maintains acute awareness of your body, to which your mind is attentive so that it serves your body, and the impulses of your flesh you gratify. Whether your body be hungry, or thirsty, or sexualy aroused, or in pain the awareness of your soul seeks to please your flesh.
In the image of God, rather, our soul ought to maintain its awareness, and attentiveness to our spirit; as our flesh has cravings and desires so also does our spirit albeit we are far less aware of this part of our being, for in fact we put it to death that we may rather continue pleasing our flesh. But the husk of the seed is only temporary; it will die and rot away; should the substance of the endosperm be used up in feeding the perishable husk? Shoukd it not rather feed the germ which will grow into the plant?
But the spirit is starved until the mind is renewed, and begins to be attentive to the needs of your spirit – that part of you which is the wellspring of life, which will live beyond the life of the husk of your body.
What are the desires of the spirit? Above all else, a plant craves water, and the light of the sun. Likewise, your spirit’s longing is for the presence of the Father who made it. It desires fellowship with the Creator, it acknowledges, and seeks to abide the moral law so that it can come into the light. The Spirit of God is water for your thirsty spirit, and the Son of God is the light that it craves. You were made in the image of God, and these longings are intrinsic within your spirit; yet because we have trained our soul’s awareness to the flesh, and not to the spirit, our mind concieves of the deeper yearnings of our spirit as something else. What peace there is in ‘home’! Or in companionship with others. Things such as these that we find comfort in, we find comfort in largely because of our spirit whose ultimate craving is for the presence of, and fellowship with God.
There is a way to revive our spirit; the Creator has opened the way. Since our spirits have been put to death by our soul, and body, God came as the man Jesus Christ and allowed His body, and soul to be killed. His Spirit then revived both His soul, and His body. Why would this make a difference to our particular human dilllimma? The process of death is the the only way for our spirit to become free of the bondage that our soul and body have become, yet because we have denied the moral law in favor of the cravings of our flesh – and you certainly have done so, just as I have for it is written: ‘All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ – our eternal spirit would needs be sent to prison upon the death of its housing.
Jesus Christ never obeyed His flesh above the moral law, but subject His flesh to the Truth, His death in perfection completed the human experience in perfect spiritual harmony with God. His Spirit so powerful that it brought life back into His dead body. So now His blood sacrifice is the only sacrifice able to atone for our sin, as kt is the only life lived without sin. The sacrifice was made once for all, the death of the Son of God was an eternal event, those who put faith in the Son of God and the sacrifice He made for mankind have their spiritual fellowship restored with God, and can then begin to grow, and live as the spiritual beings were we made to be.