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PART 2

THE TWO LAWS OF EDEN

JULY 1990

CHAPTER 2

WE ARE DEALING WITH WHAT WE KNOW FROM THE WORD OF GOD CONCERNING HIS DEALINGS WITH THE PLANET EARTH; FROM THE PREHISTORIC ERA RIGHT ON INTO THE ETERNAL AGE. THEREFORE HAVING DEALT WITH THE PREHISTORIC ERA AND THE SIX (SO CALLED) CREATIVE DAYS OF GENESIS, CHAPTER 1, WE NOW COME TO THE PART WHERE GOD BEGAN HIS DEALINGS WITH OUR PROGENITORS ADAM AND EVE.

After God had placed Adam and his wife in physical bodies, they were left to fulfill the commission He had given them while they were still only spirit beings: "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it." However no child of God ever goes very far without being tested; so that is what we want to deal with in this part of our study. Their test came in the form of two spiritual laws the Creator placed before them. That is why we refer to them as "THE TWO LAWS OF EDEN." We are using charts to illustrate the various points of scripture; and I might say also, We are not preaching these messages again just to be repetitionists; or because there is nothing else that can be preached. We are living at a time in a world, that if you have spiritual eyes to see, you can not help but be aware that time is running out for us Gentiles. The religious systems of the world are crumbling. The leadership of these denominational systems is influenced more by society and politics than they are by the scriptures. In fact, in this hour when there is such a great effort being made by most of the denominations, including the Catholic Church, to pave the way for a common grounds of getting together for fellowship, they are laying aside the Bible doctrines that have divided us for so long; all for the sake of this false unity. After 1900 years, we Gentiles who have been entrusted with the gospel, should ask ourselves one question, Why does the Bible divide people? What is there about it that does this? There are two ways we can look at it. There is a great multitude of people in the world today, that go to church, not because they have a spiritual appetite for the things of God; they have made religion merely a social function. It is like going to a lodge. They feel duty bound. Others go to church services feeling that they need to do so to stay out of hell; but they have no real love for truth; so their motive is wrong; even though God truly has done something for them. They will quickly confess, I believe the Bible; but when you try to fellowship with them in the scriptures, you soon find out that there are just certain things in the Bible they believe. The rest, they treat as unnecessary. They are likely to say, That is not for our day. Some feel that if they do not understand certain things, no one else can either. There is not one thing written in that book just to take up space. Everything written in it, is for man's learning, eventually. Everything prophetic was for a certain time; and not necessarily for prior generations to understand; but I assure you of one thing, Someone, somewhere in time will understand it. The living generation of God's true children, will always understand that which is for their day. Much of that which was a great mystery to prior generations is as clear to us in this hour as John 3:16 was to them. Certain developments in the world, begin to create a setting that just allows the Spirit of God to open up the revelation of the prophetic scriptures that pertain to that particular time. Those scriptures begin to fit right into the time which they are related to. As for the prehistoric age upon Earth, an awful lot of church-goers today just shrug their shoulders and say, What difference does it make, whether there was such an era upon Earth? The Bible tells us all we need to know to be saved; without going into all of that. Saints: That is only part of it. You will never be able to give an answer to many questions that arise today, about discoveries that cannot possibly fit into our six thousand year scope of recorded history; unless you know something about that prehistoric era. Neither can you give an acceptable answer to those who would question you about the way God has dealt with various peoples upon earth since the episode with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; if you do not know the truth about the two laws of Eden, or the two trees in the midst of the garden. That is why we are going to deal with this subject next; because we feel that this end time element of the bride of Jesus Christ should be able to give a sensible answer to those who ask an honest question.

GOD'S PROGRESSIVE PLAN FOR MANKIND UPON THIS PLANET

After the Creator redeemed this planet back out of its chaotic state, it was ready for Him to use again; but there is absolutely no way for us to establish how much time actually passed, before Adam was given a body of flesh; and placed in the garden of Eden. In our last study we followed the recorded course of events down through chapter 1, of the book of Genesis; to the point where God had created man in HIS own image, blessed them, and commissioned them; and that brings us to chapter 2; where we want to pick up and continue our journey through the scriptures dealing with mankind upon this restored planet. When the Bible was first written, it was not written in chapters and numbered verses; it was a continuous thought. The printing press has caused man to make these divisions of chapters and verses which are very helpful to us in our studying of the scriptures. Therefore when we say, Let us go to Genesis, chapter 2, you can find it immediately. Then when we go there, we find that we are continuing on with how the first chapter closes out, God has created the animal kingdom, He has created man and woman, and He has given them a commission. However at this time we must realize, they are not yet in the earth. They are spirit beings, still in the presence of God, awaiting that time when they will be put in the earth. The same way with the animal kingdom. At this point we can say, About the only thing going on, in the earth, is that slow, gradual process of God bringing the planet back in relationship to the sun, and it is going to take many, many centuries of time for the earth to truly warm up; and all that glacier to melt into lakes, rivers, and seas, and establish a climate whereby plant life, as well as the eventual beginning of animal life can function as they were created to. That is why it says in the beginning of chapter 2, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made." He had not re-created the planet. It is just that He had finished His objective; and in His mind it was all a finished process; even though everything had not reached the point where it would eventually be. After finishing all of these works, God then observed a Sabbath. However long that Sabbath was, I am sure of only this, It was not a day of 24 hours. What would He have a Sabbath for? To establish a pattern for the man that would eventually inhabit this reclaimed planet. There was not yet an animal, nor a human walking upon earth; yet He has spoken every spirit being to life; that would eventually appear on earth. In other words, they already existed as spirit beings; but were not yet manifested. While He had a Sabbath, I feel sure that He was meditating upon what He knew would be unfolding in the ages to come. He knew you and I would one day be living on this planet. He knew everything you or I would ever think or do. We have to realize, God is not some hand-me-down myth; He is the very source of all life, knowledge, power and intelligence that ever has been, or ever will be. He knows everything. That is why it is correct to say, He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is without limitation. "And God blessed the seventh day, (that was His Sabbath) and sanctified it." Why would He sanctify it? Because the very fact that He had a Sabbath, set in motion a pattern; that as man would eventually be put on earth, so would he have a Sabbath. However man's Sabbath was not to be related in dispensations or generations. His Sabbath is related to a day of 24 hours. "Because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made. (2:4) These are the generations (The word generations here, describes, or speaks of the dispensations or periods of time.) of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens." Not that He created them again, but regenerated, because they were already created. Let us take that word created; and notice how the apostle Paul used it in the New Testament. The apostle Paul says this, If any man be in Christ Jesus, (what is he?) He is a new creature. How did he become a new creature? Did he become a new creature because he has been re-created? No. It is because he has been regenerated. You can take this back to St. John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, (Nicodemus) Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." You have to see it to understand what the kingdom of God is; but this religious leader of the Pharisees hear Jesus' words strictly from a carnal standpoint. He said, I am an old man, how can I again enter into my mother's womb and be born. You see, that is the way people want to read everything; just strictly from a carnal, natural standpoint. The way Jesus responded to Nicodemus' remarks was, Marvel not at this. In other words, Just do not get hung up on a word. The second statement Jesus made went way beyond the first one; but He did not go into a lot of detail explaining the whole thing to him. That would be a work for the Holy Ghost to do later. Well it is the same way, concerning these so-called "Creative days," here in Genesis. Moses did not sort it all out so any natural minded person could completely understand all about it; but rather, by the inspiration of the eternal God he wrote what happened, without sorting it out for us. In this way, if we are going to understand the whole process, we have to depend upon the Holy Ghost to reveal it to us. Genesis 1:1, tells us this; "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Is this the truth? It most certainly is; but it does not tell us why the earth was without form and void, and engulfed in total darkness. That was left for the Holy Ghost to reveal to us later. Oh yes, the answer is in the same book; but you have to be led to it by the ONE that had it written in its present form. Let us notice, and pay particular attention to verse 5 which says, "And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground." We have to understand, that while God was having His Sabbath and resting from all His works, there was still something going on, as far as the renewing process of the earth? The Spirit of God was slowly pulling it back into a proper relationship to the sun, to get a perfect balance between them; and giving the planet a proper amount of time to warm up, and the soil to become climatized for the first things that were to appear, which was plant life; grass, trees, and all such. Things began to come up out of the ground. It says here, Before it grew, because the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth. In other words, until the flood, there had never been a rain upon this planet. It was not necessary that there be rain. That was not God's first means by how the earth was to receive moisture. "There was not a man to till the ground." Man was created; but where was he? He was still a spirit being; and still there in the presence of God. So was the animal kingdom. They were still only spirit beings, without physical bodies, just waiting for the next phase of the Creators plan to be activated. Verse 6 tells us what happened at the closing of God's Sabbath; when the climate and total earthly environment were finally brought back into balance. "But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground." Everyone knows, when they step outside the house in the morning, and the air temperature is just right, how the grass is dripping with water. What do you call it? Dew. Where did it come from? Do not tell me, It came out of the ground. It did not come out of the ground; it came out of the air. Why did it come out of the air? Because it is the temperature of the earth, and the temperature of the air working together that creates this. To better illustrate this process, take a bucket of cold water, bring it into a warm room and set it down. It will not set there but a very few minutes, until that bucket will begin to sweat. That is not the water inside the bucket coming through. What is it? It is the water in the air, around the outside of the bucket, hitting that cold temperature and condensing. What are we looking at then? The method God used for watering the earth, before He ever caused it to rain. God ordained that when there is a perfect climate in that sense, through the daylight hours when the sun is beaming its radiation down upon the earth, the earth will warm up; the immediate surface. Then as the sun goes down the air will cool. This cooler air coming in contact with the warmed earth causes condensation of the moisture in it. Therefore the next morning, when the sun comes up again, the grass is dripping wet. You can go out and get your feet wet. Why is it that way? We have seen already; by what we have covered already, that if there was going to be a perfect climate, there had to be enough water in a vaporized form, high in the atmosphere, way above the earth's surface, miles and miles up there, to form a vapor barrier. You do not see it. What we see, are the waters under the earth; which are in our lakes, streams, and seas, and so forth. The water up there does not come down. It is this water down here in these various places, that the sun is constantly pulling back out of these bodies, taking it up into the immediate atmosphere, so that it comes back down to the ground in a condensed form. Even though you do not see it happening; unless the atmosphere is just right on certain days, this is still a process God uses part of the time to water vegetation. That was the only way, from the beginning of our garden of Eden to the time of the great flood, that God constantly watered the entire earth. There were no such things as downpours of rain like we see today. Adam never saw a rain cloud in the sky. It was not necessary; because they had a perfect climate. As we have already said, The reason there was a perfect climate, was because the planet Earth and the sun were in perfect balance for the earth's benefit. The moon also, was in perfect balance to the earth. The Creator had restored everything that had been disrupted in that former judgment; back to its created state of perfection. That is why we said, There were 12 lunar months of 30 days each; a perfect 360 day cycle to each year. That gives one complete solar year of 360 days; in which there is a perfect climate. Had sin never entered into our garden of Eden, (which was the beginning of what God planned) there would not be an ice cap on the North and South poles today. Whatever that environment was, that we read about here, would have eventually become the picture all over the earth. That was the first picture God presented to mankind.

MAN RECEIVES HIS BODY OF FLESH

As we read verse 7, remember, God's Sabbath is over; He is going to work again. When God went to work the next time, He has been working ever since. What has He been working with? You and me. If God were like us so that He could have headaches, we would have to say, We have given Him many headaches. Did man's disobedience surprise Him? No. It is written in the Bible; that He knew all about it from before the foundation of the world. This apostle Paul wrote these words in his epistle to Ephesian saints. (Eph. 1:4) "According as He (the Father) hath chosen us in Him (Jesus) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." That would not have been necessary, if God had not known ahead of time that man would fail his test of obedience; and stand in need of a Saviour. Notice what it says in Rev. 13:8 about that, "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, (the beast) whose names are not written in the book of life of the LAMB slain from the foundation of the world. " He put man here on a freedom choice basis; knowing exactly how it would turn out; so what happened in the garden of Eden when Eve yielded to the temptation to disobey the Creator, and then pulled Adam into the same boat with her, was not a surprise to God. He already knew it. However He knew He must put man here on earth with the ability to make such a choice anyway; lest He have the whole earth repopulated with a bunch of puppets; that do His will because they have no choice in the matter. That was not what His heart longed for; He wanted a human family that would follow His plan for them simply because they love Him; and not because they are forced to, or are without the ability to do otherwise. That is why it had to be on the basis of a test; with the man having the ability to go contrary to his Creator's instructions if he so desired. With that, let us read verse 7, We can say this, As far as the earth itself is concerned, grass is beginning to grow, young trees were beginning to come forth; and everything was ready for the Creator to bring His man upon the scene. To do what? To rule. It says in verse 5, to till the ground; but we are going to explore that word till. "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." That means He put inside that vessel of clay the spirit being that He had already created. Why is it worded like that? It means that all those attributes, such as sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell, knowledge and consciousness, all of which was in his intellect, was placed within that tabernacle of flesh and bones. All of that was in his spirit. That is what makes him an individual person. His personality, the things he likes, the things he is interested in are all regulated and controlled by the intellect. Let me illustrate that a better way. A child does not have to grow up in life to learn how to be a mechanic. The best mechanics in the world are those that are born with a desire to get their hands into the grease; and fix an old car. They like to play with nuts and bolts. They like to take Dad's old watch apart; and all sorts of things; just simply because they have that certain attribute in them. It is in their makeup to be like that. Why do some like to be chemists? They like to stand in a laboratory and experiment with different mixtures. They like to know what certain chemicals are capable of doing; in their individual characteristics. They like to pour a little bit of this, and a little bit of that together; and watch the smoke. That is creating, in a sense. Did you know, everything you see out here in this natural world about you came into being like that. I am talking about the things man has invented. Man did not have to read a book to learn how to build the first computer. The first computer ever invented, was a result of someone somewhere getting an idea to do such a thing. He thinks a little on this, and begins to put parts together thinking, This ought to work like this; and the first thing you know, he has a little contraption rigged up. Then he adds a little something more; and he eventually has a little machine to play with. Did he read that out of a book? No. It is because there was something in his makeup that caused him to feel that there ought to be a way to do what he thought to do. Was it in his flesh? No. The Creator put that ability in his spirit makeup. Why is it that some women like to experiment with foods? Look at all the cooking recipes we have today. If the world had all the recipes in one book, you could not find a building large enough to contain it. The point is, man in his soulish makeup, has those attributes incorporated in the spirit which is truly the person he or she is. The flesh we are able to see with our natural eyes, is not the real you; that is only a tangible form the real you dwells in. That is why when the spirit of man was put into a body of flesh, the Bible says he became a living soul; it just simply points to the fact that this created spirit being has become earthly activated. He became conscious of, and a part of his natural, earthly surroundings. When an infant is born, his conscience is very limited; but lying there in that little mind is everything that this particular human being can ever eventually grow up to be. Only the Lord knows what potentials lie in the mind of a small child; and what those potentials will develop into. That is what we have incorporated into this expression; "And man became a living soul." He had become conscious of his earthly surroundings and the purpose for which he was placed here. He has hands, feet, a complete physical body, enabling him to carry out all of what is incorporated in his intellect by his Creator. Adam, in that state, was a miniature Godlike creature. He was not "THE GOD," but he was an offspring of "THE GOD. "That is why it is written, "In the image of God created He him;" because he was made in the image and likeness of the very Creator Himself. Not the body. It is the spirit of that man; that we read about in the 1st chapter of Genesis. The body he was given, had a certain resemblance of the higher form of the animal kingdom he would eventually be the head of.

THE GARDEN FOR ADAM WAS PREPARED BY THE CREATOR

Verse 8 shows us what God began to do; after He had rested through His Sabbath. "And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden." Where would that be? That is a direction; and it sounds very specific; but as we study this, it is necessary that we read between the lines of what is written; if we are really going to understand what the garden He planted really was. Do not picture God as some man walking along with a sack hanging over His shoulder; and a hoe in His hand planting seed. That is not it. He is a Spirit. How can He plant something? The word "PLANT," is man's earthly terminology for what God did. He established a garden there. He placed a garden eastward in Eden. What kind of garden did God establish eastward in Eden? Let us first read the description of this place called Eden. The garden itself was not Eden. The garden was one thing, and Eden was another. The garden was in Eden; not Eden in the garden. Here is the description we get from the Bible itself. We will read verse 10; before we read verses 8 and 9. "And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads." As you and I look at the planet earth today and seek to identify this place called Eden, we are looking at the area of Eden many centuries after this description was given. Remember, There was a flood 1600 and some years after Eden's geographical area appeared like this description. Therefore the geographical spot of earth called Eden, no longer shows us necessarily, the same description applied to it here. Notice the description connected to the river that was parted, and became into four heads. "The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold." If you looked at a map, especially in the back of your Bible, you will see that today, this is a dry, desert river bed that runs across the country of Saudi Arabia. "Where there is gold." That is where King Solomon got his gold from. "And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. " Notice the word compasseth. That is a word that sounds like it encircles, or as we would say, Runs around it. Yet when we look at it in a geographical way, maybe on one of the little maps in your Bible, where it shows the land of Egypt, or North Africa, Ethiopia is a plateau mountainous country south of Egypt. The Nile River, the head waters of it, start. Therefore the word compasseth, means it is the river that drains the whole land of Ethiopia. Where does it drop to? It keeps dropping, dropping from that plateau mountain region until it enters the land we call Egypt. Then it flows northward to the Mediterranean Sea. This is two of the rivers that distinguish the boundaries of where Eden was, in its original beginning. "And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. " You look at your Bible maps and you will find these two rivers come from a general mountain region north of the countries of Iran and in through there. As that mountain region drains, it forks. One of the rivers becomes Euphrates, and the other is the Tigress. In our minds then, we can associate these rivers, where they are, and what they are related to. That gives you the natural, earthly, geographical area where God placed this garden for the sole purpose of again starting another cycle of life on this planet. This was for the reproduction of life; human life, plant life, and animal life, on the planet. The reason I am taking my time explaining this, is because there are a lot of religious critics in the world today who jump to conclusions, just like I used to do. We read in chapter 3, how God drove man from the garden of Eden, and it literally sounds like man was driven from a geographical locality; never to be allowed to return again. If that is the concept, or the fact of it, you will have to agree with me about this, Somewhere on the face of this earth today, There has to be an off-limits spot. A place where mankind is forbidden to trod. Go to your secular history; and you will find that all secular histories take our roots right back to the Middle East. There is where we all genetically sprang from. All secular histories refer to the Middle East, which I have just read about, as being the Fertile Crescent. All histories that deal with man's civilization, and the rise of all empires, date back to that original beginning place. The Bible is a book compiled and written by people that lived in the Middle East. Why am I saying that? We have to begin to see the garden altogether different than just a place where some trees grew. Keep in mind, Eden was geographically lying between those river border boundaries. That means it was between the Nile and the Tigress, the Havilah and the Mediterranean. In there, is the area where God ordained to put man. In there, is where He put something else also; which was different than just mere trees like we see out here today. When man was driven from the garden, he was not driven from a geographical place where those natural trees grew. He was driven from the spiritual paradise God had placed there with those plant life trees. Let me phrase it like this, Wherever God geographically purposed to initiate the beginning of the new cycle of life on this planet, He placed a little bit of heaven there; so the man whom He created in His own image and likeness, if he did everything right, could live to enjoy the eternal presence, and the eternal peace and happiness of God being there with him. That is what we have attempted to call attention to, on this little chart we are using. When we read verses 8 and 9, it says, "And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; THE TREE OF LIFE ALSO IN THE MIDST OF THE GARDEN, AND THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL." Every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; certainly speaks of natural, plant life trees. These are the natural things that man can relate himself to today; because he is earthly minded. That is why the apostle Paul speaks in 1st Corinthians, that this man is earthly. (15:47-49) "The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." He was showing the difference between God's created son and His begotten Son; and how redemption will make the earthy into the image of the heavenly. He speaks of Jesus who is heavenly; to show the contrast. In what way is man earthly, compared to Jesus who is the heavenly? Is it because Jesus did not have a nose that looked like ours? Is it because He did not have ears that looked like ours? Was it because His hair looked different than ours? No. That is not what you look at; trying to find out what is heavenly and what is earthly. The whole concept is this, Natural mankind can only think in an earthly way. He is only capable of relating himself to those things that are natural; things he can touch, see, smell, hear, and taste. When he tries to look beyond this material realm, he gets lost. Not so with Jesus; the begotten Son of God; He was just as familiar with the spirit world as He was the natural world; when He walked the earth revealing the name of the Father to lost mankind. You will remember how, when He began to choose the disciples one went and got Nathaniel; saying to him, Come see a man who we believe is the Christ. Nathaniel was like a lot of religious people today; just plain critical of everything anyone else says or believes. Where did He come from? Where did He go to school? What seminary did He come out of? (I am only calling your attention to a spirit that has always been present any time God has ever done anything that did not fit into the religious mold of the main-line religionists of whatever hour it was.) They said to Nathaniel, Out of Nazareth. Evidently Nazareth did not have a very good name in that hour of time; for Nathaniel said, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Well come and see. (You are always obligated before you criticize; to come and see for yourself.) He went with them; and here is what happened. While he was coming into the very presence of Jesus, before he got too close, Jesus looked at him and said, Behold an Israelite in whom there is no guile. Nathaniel's mouth dropped open; and he replied, How did you know me? Jesus said, While you were under the fig tree I saw you. (That took more than mere human vision to see that.) He immediately yelled out, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus said, If you think that is something, stick around a little while. After this, you will see the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man. (I am just paraphrasing) Jesus was constantly aware of the presence of angelic beings in His life. What does that tell you? The spirit world was not a million miles away. How many can see that? Even when He went to the desert and prayed for 40 days and 40 nights, fasting, we find that they were right there to minister to Him. At the end of that time He hungered; and what does the scriptures tell us? That particular account tells us that when His temptation was finished, angels came and strengthened Him. God the Father, the great eternal Spirit, allowed His Son to be faced with the greatest trial in His life; but when it was over, Satan knew God had ONE SON he could not lead astray. Satan was allowed to come to Him in all his power, to see if He could be tempted to go against the will of His Father. He was tempted in three areas of what He Himself was ordained to become, in the course of His total ministry and purpose. When Jesus had used the scriptures to defeat His adversary, naturally He had gone through the greatest cycle of tests He would be faced with before the final attack when He would be nailed to that old cross where He died to pay the sin debt for all who would ever believe. That certainly should convince all who would ever be tested by this evil adversary later, that the devil cannot stand up against the word of God; if we will just use it properly. We cannot stand up against him with just our words alone; we have to use the sword of the Spirit; which is the word of God. The apostle Paul tells us that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal; and in the Ephesian epistle he admonished them, saying, "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." You can read the 6th chapter; and find out what the armor of the true child of God is; and let me say this, You must be dressed in this armor before you can effectively use the sword of the Spirit.

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