My, How You’ve Fallen! (Part 1) by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II
Isaiah 14:12(KJV)“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”
There is much to be studied and shared concerning the spiritual realm. Many refer to the spiritual realm as something that is other-dimensional, mysterious, or imaginary; but, to those whose spiritual eyes have been opened to the marvelous Grace of God, the spiritual realm is merely the “water” in which we live as if we were fish in a large aquarium to be viewed by those who dwell in the reality of the spiritual.
It is not my intent to speak in mysterious terms, but today’s Scripture is burning in my heart as I relish the fact that I am a flesh and blood, spiritual being who has been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb of God – Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Praise His Name!
I am convinced that the angelic hosts who inhabit and thrive in the spiritual realm are equally interested, inquisitive, and intrigued by those of us who thrive in this physical realm, as we are wondering about their life in the spiritual realm. There are specific Scriptures that cast the mysteries of the spiritual realm for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, there are specific Scriptures that clarify these mysteries, and there are specific Scriptures that communicate the fullness of these mysteries. Today’s Scripture, and the whole of Isaiah Chapter 14, is such that communicates the fullness of a mystery.
To understand where the Holy Spirit is leading us today, we must be reminded of how Jesus taught…
Matthew 13:1-9 (KJV)“The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Emphasis Added).
In the timeline of Jesus’ life, this was the first time that Jesus spoke to the people in parables. Prior to this, He spoke plainly, answered questions specifically, and His reputation of wisdom grew. With the presence of His miracles, it was no great problem gathering a crowd, or crowds. However, the Man, Christ Jesus, learned very early that most of the people were not the least bit interested in the spiritual realm. They were more interested in having their immediate needs met, being made more physically comfortable, and to have their consciences ameliorated in the process.
The Man, Christ Jesus, however, had come to understand His Mission – Luke 4:18-19 (KJV)“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Emphasis Added).
Jesus learned that, while His desire was to save everyone, NOT everyone was willing to be saved, nor were they desirous to “see” the spiritual.
Matthew 13:10-17 (KJV) “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them” (Emphasis Added).
Jesus learned that His Mission was NOT to make this world a better place! His Mission was to make the inhabitants in this world better flesh and blood, spiritual beings!
This was the essence of His conversation with Nicodemus…
John 3:3-12 (KJV)“Jesus answered and said unto him, 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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? (Emphasis Added).
Jesus told Nicodemus, and us, that every human needed to be restored to their “spiritual” selves, that part that “died” when sin entered mankind through Adam’s disobedience. Genesis 2:16-17 (KJV)“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 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” (Emphasis Added).
The moment Adam disobeyed God, and ate of the “forbidden fruit,” Adam died spiritually. His spiritual vision and vitality ceased, and the most important focused aspect of his existence became the physical realm. One could say that Adam stopped being a spiritual being that lived in a human body and became a human being that would long for the spiritual. This would be like anyone who has experienced losing an arm or leg. They have the “sensation” of what is no longer present.
The Man, Christ Jesus, had to learn early in His life here on earth that He could not rely on His physical abilities to accomplish His Mission, He had to rely on His Spiritual Abilities. Therefore, the Man, Christ Jesus conducted Himself as an able-bodied flesh and blood, spiritual Man Who dwelt in a place that was NOT His Home. He was more comfortable “seeing,” “speaking,” and “sensing” the “spiritual” than seeking to enjoy the pleasures of this world.
At the age of 12 years-old, the Man, Christ Jesus was engaging and articulating the spiritual realm as readily as He was the physical. The Word, Jesus Christ, came to understand that every Word He spoke was “Spirit and Life,” because He was not speaking in Himself – He spoke as the Holy Spirit breathed through Him. John 6:63 (KJV) “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (Emphasis Added).
All prophecy in Scripture came the same way, 2 Peter 1:21 (KJV)“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (Emphasis Mine).
God created us in His image, and after His likeness, Genesis 1:26-27 (KJV) “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Grace is amazing! Just think, we’ve been created by God in His image, and after His likeness. Since we “fell,” I wonder how many times Satan attempts to bring our spirits down by whispering in our ears, “My, how you’ve fallen!”