How often have you looked at the events of Genesis 1 and 2 accounts of the creation of man and were confused because things didn’t quite add up?
If you have, you are not alone. Some of the events are out of order from the two accounts. You can look yourself or do a Google search on “Genesis 1 and 2 order of creation” and read about it. It is a common way people will discard Genesis or maybe even not believe God’s Word altogether. There is an answer, however.
As I wrote in my last article, I believe the answer is to see that Genesis 1 is the creation of the spiritual side of the realm called “Earth” and Genesis 2 is the “forming” of the physical, natural side which includes man or “Adam” as we know him. Although some of the things created in Genesis 1 could be physical too, I believe God is mainly talking of the spiritual creation including spiritual man in Genesis 1:26-30. This spiritual man is the one who would rule the entire Earthly kingdom including all the Heavenly hosts or God’s angels assigned to Earth. Was this Adam? It is supposed to be, but the process has never fully completed in space and time in the realm of physical Earth. Christ came and completed it and one day we will see the second Adam rule all the Earthly kingdom. In the meantime, there is a temporary, false ruler who is defeated and on his way out. But, lets get back to Genesis 1 man who is male and female spirit beings.
Is there any other evidence to show us that Genesis 1 man is not the “first Adam” or “natural man” that we are familiar with?
Yes there is. Let’s look at very powerful clue.
Let’s go to Genesis 9 just after the flood when Noah (a type of Christ) left his Ark and God made a covenant with him. Noah was a natural man right? Was he not a descendent of the “first Adam”? If so, we would expect him to be given the same food to eat as Adam was, by God. Up to this time, mankind or descendants of first Adam (natural man) was not allowed to eat meat or the flesh of animals. God was now allowing natural man to eat meat (flesh of animals) only he could not eat the blood. See Gen 9:3.
Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant (Gen 9:3)
This is great news because I love steak. 🙂 However, there is something very interesting here. Look at what God says at the end. He adds “as I gave the green plant“. This is odd. Do you know why? Go back to Genesis 1 and look at the food that God gave to mankind and to the “beasts”. Remember, he is talking to Genesis 1 mankind.
Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so (Gen 1:29-30)
So, according to Genesis 1:30 who did God give the “green plant for food“?
Not to mankind! He gave it to the BEASTS of the Earth, birds of the sky and every thing that moves on the Earth which has life. How can this be since God told us in Genesis 9:3 that he gave Adam’s descendent Noah “the green plant for food”?
I believe The reason is because Adam as we know him or “natural man” was NOT Genesis 1 spiritual mankind!
Adam as we know him, who is natural and has a human body was Genesis 2 man who was (physically) “formed” and not created. Adam was a natural living being formed from the dust of the ground and given the natural “breath of life” just like an animal or “beast” who had natural life. However, the much stronger, kingdom-ruling Genesis 1 man is a powerful spiritual being who would rule the ENTIRE Earthly Kingdom. There were not (yet) the same being, but Christ would come and complete this merging or “reconciling” work. This is one of the main reasons why Jesus came was to finish this work started in Genesis 1 and 2.
Christ would finally reconcile or merge the spiritual ruling Kingdom of Earth with the natural subordinate, physical kingdom of natural man.
He came to merge Genesis 1 spiritual man with Genesis 2 physical, natural man! We don’t yet “see” this fully, but I believe it fully and finally happened at the cross where the present rulers of darkness were “stripped of their authority”. Earth and it’s spiritual ruling side are fully merged as one ALONG WITH HEAVEN ITSELF! We are simply waiting for God to unveil our minds to this truth in space and time. If God says it will happen for Jim next Thursday at 3:05pm, it WILL OCCUR. He WILL BEGIN to believe and see the truth of Christ. For now, the rest of creating including all natural mankind is waiting for this to occur while “groaning” under the power of darkness because he can’t see this finished work from his still-darkened body. Check out these very powerful verses:
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Rom 8:19-21)
My friend, this is so beautiful. God promises us he will SET THE ENTIRE CREATION free from the bondage of darkness, sin an death. Here is a beautiful key to watch for in scripture.
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now (Rom 8:22)
The whole creation was subjected to the curse by God. The whole creation will be REBORN into Christ and you could argue strongly that it already has but we simply can’t see it. The entire creation has already been placed into Christ at the cross. Col 3:11 tells us “Christ is in ALL” and Col 1:27 says “Christ is in you” speaking to “gentiles” who are (spiritually speaking) unbelievers. Could we all just be waiting for Gods appointed time for each person’s spiritual eyes to be opened? I believe that’s what his Word tells us. At one point called the “Day of the Lord” he will reveal HIMSELF to all mankind. He will not “return” like we are taught. HE IS ALREADY HERE! We (true believers) are his BODY! See Ephesians 5:30 Where are we? Are we not “here” on Earth still yet we are told we were also raised WITH HIM and seated WITH HIM in heavenly places? Could the most simple answer be that Heaven is not some place “up there” or “out there”, but right here on Earth!?! Didn’t Jesus tell us himself that “the Kingdom of Heaven will not come like man says because it is within you“!?! I strongly suspect that those “heavenly places” we can’t yet see are HERE NOW but our natural brains and minds are still veiled to them. God promises to remove the veil for ALL Nations on his day! Is. 25:7 In the meantime, we can only see truth by faith that he gives us or when we leave these natural bodies at physical death. However, the work is finished according to Jesus at the cross.
This is indeed very exciting! In the meantime, we are waiting, expecting and hoping. Hebrews 2 reminds us of Gods plan for man.
For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking. 6 But one has testified somewhere, saying,
“What is man, that You remember him?
Or the son of man, that You are concerned about him?
7 “You have made him for a little while lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,
And have appointed him over the works of Your hands;
8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” (Heb 2:5-8)
Verse 8 tells us Gods plan for the second and TRUE (spiritual) Adam. However, we do not yet see this. We are still waiting for this finished work to simply “appear”.
For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him (Heb 2:9)
Christ finished the work that was started in Genesis 1. He fully merged the power of Genesis 1 spiritual man with Genesis 2 natural man and then the entire realm of Earth with Heaven itself. He removed any separation and barriers. This is why the “veil” was rent or torn. The veil was his body, but it was also the very veil or “expanse” in Genesis 1:6-7 that separated Earth from Heaven! We don’t yet “see” it as we can’t in these veiled bodies, but we will according to Gods plan. The mere fact that we are now seeing things in his Word that we NEVER have before could indicate that we are getting closer. He is unveiling our minds to more and more truth each day.
This is an exciting time to be alive! As more and more people see these powerful truths, the entire World really will be changed as Christ (and HEAVEN itself!) is revealed RIGHT BEFORE OUR very EYES!
Hopefully this article helped to reconcile some of the questions that exist between Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 along with revealing some of God’s glorious plan for man. I also wrote more about this in the last article called Jesus or Satan? Connecting Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 man”
I hope you will seek the truth found in his Word on these amazing things.