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New Book-[The Economy of God]-Chapter15-Part1

THE ALL-INCLUSIVE DEATH IN THE ETERNAL SPIRIT

All of these items compose the old creation, and, as we have seen, fallen man became the very center of it. All the negative things of the whole universe were gathered together and concentrated in man. Satan, with his kingdom and worldly system, was in man, along with Sin, sins, death, self, flesh, and the old man. Everything of the old creation, including all the negative things of the universe, was centralized in this fallen man.

Then Christ became incarnated as man. Christ put man upon Himself—not a small, simple man, but a man all-inclusive of the old creation. This is why Christ was incarnated as man, and as man was crucified on the cross in the form of a serpent. Before the cross Christ was a man, but on the cross He was a man in the form of a serpent. Moreover, Christ was made Sin on the cross (2 Cor. 5:21). When He was on the cross, God not only put all of our sins upon Him, but He also made Him Sin. God put all the iniquities and all the sins of the human race upon Christ, and at that time He also made Christ to be Sin in the form of Satan. Since all the negative things in the universe were concentrated and centralized in the fallen man, Christ came into this man and brought this man to the cross. When He brought this man to the cross, He brought every negative thing of the universe to the cross. When He put this man to an end, He also put the old creation to an end. All the twelve items of the old creation were terminated by the all-inclusive death of Christ on the cross. If we have the heavenly point of view and spiritual insight, we will jump up and say, “Hallelujah!”

The last chapters of Ezekiel show us the building of God’s house, God’s temple. If the whole picture were drawn on paper, one would discover that the altar, a type of the cross, is located exactly in the center of the whole construction. Both the vertical and horizontal measurements of the building pinpoint the altar at the center of God’s temple. This is very interesting, for it portrays the all-inclusive death of Christ, which has brought the whole old creation to an end through the cross.

This all-inclusive death was accomplished by the eternal Spirit. We read in Hebrews 9:14: “...Christ...through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish unto God.” The all-inclusive death of Christ occurred in the eternal Spirit. This term, the eternal Spirit, is mentioned only once in the Scriptures. When Christ was incarnated in man, He became the very center of the whole creation, which included all the negative things of the universe; and when Christ brought this fallen man to death upon the cross, He did it in the eternal Spirit. He ended this all-inclusive man in a Spirit that is eternal, One that has no beginning and One that can never be ended. In other words, the death of Christ ended everything but the eternal Spirit. Christ brought every negative thing with Him to the cross and ended it, but He remains the same because He is in the eternal Spirit. Though all things were ended on the cross, His Spirit could never be ended. Therefore, it is by this Spirit that Christ was resurrected. Christ as a man brought all negative things to death. All things passed into death and were ended; only the eternal Spirit passed through death and remained. It was in this Spirit and by this Spirit that Christ was resurrected.

Romans 1:4 says that Christ was “...the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” What does holiness mean? And why does it say the Spirit of holiness instead of the Holy Spirit? Holiness simply means separation. Even though this eternal Spirit went into death, He was and still is a Spirit of separation. Death could end everything else, but death could not end the eternal Spirit; He is different and separate from all things. He is the Spirit of holiness, proved by the resurrection from the dead. I may put some books and other items in the trash can to discard them, but if I put a man in the trash can, he will jump out! He will not be willing to be put to an end; he is different from the books. By jumping out, he separates himself from the other items; he becomes a man of separation. In like manner, all things went to the cross—man, Satan, everything—and were put to an end; but only the eternal Spirit, who also went to the cross and into death with Christ, could never be put to an end. He is the Spirit of separation. Death did everything it possibly could, but death could not hold this Spirit. It is by this different Spirit, this Spirit of separation, that Christ was resurrected.

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