The Godhead and Mankind By Odell Tankersley Jan.10, 2011
The Godhead and Mankind(Gods special messenger) The apostles Petersays In 2nd PETER ch.3 v.11 BELOVED, I am now writing you this secondletter. In [both of] them I have stirred up yourunsullied (sincere) mind by way of remembrance, I bring you this presentation to stir up your minds. The words in yellow are my thoughts and conclusions. These conclusions may be wrong so I ask that you study the Bible for yourselves. For I’m just a ‘dumb kid from Arkansas’
For this study I am using The amplified Bible,. 1987. La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation. Which has the followingParentheses ( ) signify additional phases of meaningincluded in the original word, phrase, or clause of theoriginal language.Brackets [ ] contained justified clarifying words orcomments not actually expressed in the immediateoriginal text, as well as definitions of Greek Words in white are from the Bible ‘The WORD of GOD’
1 IN THE beginning God (God The Father)(prepared, formed, fashioned, and)created the heavens and the earth. GENESIS ch.1 v.1 (AMP)v.2a The earth was without form and anempty waste, and darkness was uponthe face of the very great deep.( Lifeless) ( Like the other Planets) GENESIS ch.1 v.2a (AMPv.2bThe Spirit of God (God the Holy Spirit)was moving (hovering, brooding) (givinglife) over the face of the waters. GENESIS ch.1 v.2b (AMP
And God said, (God Spoke Words)(God the Son) Let there be light;and there was light. Gen 1:3To Speak is to express orallyBy the word of the Lord were theheavens made, (God the Son) and alltheir host by the breath of His mouth.(God the Holy Spirit) Psalm 33:6 (AMP).God the Father in v.1God the Holy Spirit in v.2 The Trinity inGod the Son in v.3 Gen 1: 1,2,3
Back to Genesis !:2b I find this verse very interestingThe Spirit of God (God the Holy Spirit) wasmoving (hovering, brooding) (giving life)over the face of the waters. GEN ch.1 v.2b (AMP)What does hovering and brooding mean to you?Brood - dictionary.reference.com1 brood above / over, to cover, loom, or seem to fill theatmosphere or scene:2 .kept for breeding: a brood hen, brood horse, brood hog4 (of a bird) to warm, protect, or cover (young) withthe wings or body
(Jesus used this in) O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you whoMT.23:37continue to kill the prophets and to stonethose who are sent to you! How often I havedesired and yearned to gather your childrentogether [around Me], as a hen [gathers] heryoung under her wings, but you would not!There are many translations to Gen 1:v.2bbecause of the many shades of meaning.The Earth was a soup of nothingness, abottomless emptiness, an inky blackness.God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above thewatery abyss. “The Message”
And the earth was waste and empty,and darkness was on the face of thedeep, and the Spirit of God washovering over the face of the waters.1890 Darby BibleThe New American Bible 1997,Translates v.2 as The earth was a formless wasteland,and darkness covered the abyss, whilea mighty wind swept over the waters.The underlines are mine
The New American Bible 1997, Translates v.2b asThe earth was a formless wasteland,and darkness covered the abyss, whilea mighty wind swept over the waters.This is the translation that sparked myinterest in this verse. Being an old KingJames reader I remembered.And suddenly there came a soundfrom heaven as of a rushing mightywind, and it filled all the house wherethey were sitting.The Holy Bible : King James Version. Acts 2:2
3And there appeared unto themtongues parting asunder, like as of fire;and it sat upon each one of them. 4 Andthey were all filled with the Holy Spirit,and began to speak with other tongues,as the Spirit gave them utterance. Ac 2:2ASV
What does Gen 1 v.2b and Acts 2:2 have in common?In both the Holy Spirit is giving Life. Just as the Earthwas lifeless, we are lifeless Without The Holy Spirit.AND YOU [He made alive], when you weredead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sinsEven when we were dead (slain) by [our own]shortcomings and trespasses Eph 2:1 and 5 (AMP)It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]; the flesh conveys no benefit whatever[there is no profit in it]. The words (truths)that I have been speaking to you are spiritand life. John 6:63 (AMP)
And God said, (God Spoke Words) Letthere be light; and there was light. Gen 1:3For God Who said, Let light shine out ofdarkness, has shone in our hearts so as[to beam forth] the Light for theillumination of the knowledge of themajesty and glory of God [as it ismanifest in the Person and is revealed]in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah). 11Cor. Ch4 v.64 And God saw that the light was good(suitable, pleasant) and He approvedit; and God separated the light fromthe darkness. Gen 1: 4 (AMP)
5And God called the light Day, and thedarkness He called Night. And there wasevening and there was morning, oneday. Gen. 1: 5. (AMP)I don’t usually look up or use Commentaries, but Ilook at Matthew Henrys Commentary once in a while.And in the new creation, the first thing that iswrought in the soul is light: the blessed Spiritworks upon the will and affections byenlightening the understanding.Those who by sin were darkness, by gracebecome light in the Lord. Henry, Matthew Ge 1:3
In days 2 through 5 God finished Creating theHeavens and earth and “He approved it”.On day 5 God created everything in the seaand the waters, and every winged birdaccording to its kind. Ge 1:21On Day 6God made living creatures on the EarthAnd God said, Let the earth bring forthliving creatures according to theirkinds: livestock, creeping things, and[wild] beasts of the earth according totheir kinds. And it was so. Gen. 1:24. (AMP)
God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and HolySpirit] make mankind in Our image, afterOur likeness, and let them havecomplete authority over the fish of thesea, the birds of the air, the [tame]beasts, and over all of the earth, andover everything that creeps upon theearth. GENESIS ch.1 v.26 (AMP)So God created man in His own image, inthe image and likeness of God He createdhim; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27 (AMP)
Now the Lord God said, It is not good(sufficient, satisfactory) that the man shouldbe alone; I will make him a helper meet(suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.Gen. 2:18And Adam gave names to all the livestockand to the birds of the air and to every[wild] beast of the field; but for Adam therewas not found a helper meet (suitable,adapted, complementary) for him. Ge 2:20And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fallupon Adam; and while he slept, He took oneof his ribs or a part of his side and closed upthe [place with] flesh. Ge 2:21
22 And the rib or part of his side which the LordGod had taken from the man He built up andmade into a woman, and He brought her to theman.23 Then Adam said, This [creature] is now boneof my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall becalled Woman, because she was taken out of aman.24 Therefore a man shall leave his father andhis mother and shall become united and cleaveto his wife, and they shall become one flesh.25And the man and his wife were both nakedand were not embarrassed or ashamed in eachother’s presence. Ge 2:22-25 Amp
Did you ever wonder WHY?With all the heavens and the wonderful things(animals, birds, ect) to enjoy on the earthWhy did God want or need Mankind?What is the one thing we can’t do or have withall the things God has given us?WE cannot have ‘REAL or TRUEFELLOWSHIP’ OR A ‘RELATIONSHIP’with the Creatures the earth brings forth.
I think one of the reasons God created mankindwas for fellowship, and to have a Relationship.7 However, I am telling you nothing butthe truth when I say it is profitable(good, expedient, advantageous) for youthat I go away. Because if I do not goaway, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper,Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener,Standby) will not come to you [into closefellowship with you]; but if I go away, Iwill send Him to you [to be in closefellowship with you]. John 16 , v.7 (AMP)
What we have seen and [ourselves]heard, we are also telling you, so thatyou too may realize and enjoyfellowship as partners and partakerswith us. And [this] fellowship that wehave [which is a distinguishing markof Christians] is with the Father andwith His Son Jesus Christ (theMessiah). 1 Jn 1:3 (AMP)
8 And the Lord God planted a gardentoward the east, in Eden [delight]; andthere He put the man whom He hadformed (framed, constituted).9 And out of the ground the Lord Godmade to grow every tree that is pleasantto the sight or to be desired—good(suitable, pleasant) for food; the tree oflife also in the center of the garden, andthe tree of the knowledge of [thedifference between] good and evil andblessing and calamity. Genesis 1:27 (AMP)
And the Lord God took the man and puthim in the Garden of Eden to tend andguard and keep it.And the Lord God commanded the man,saying, You may freely eat of every treeof the garden; Genesis 2:15,16 (AMP)But of the tree of the knowledge of goodand evil and blessing and calamity youshall not eat, for in the day that you eatof it you shall surely die. Genesis 2:17 (AMP)Its like telling your kids not to put their hand inthe fire it will burn you. God knew and knowswhat is best for us
Before we get into the temptation of Eve, Ihave often wondered how could Jesus havebeen tempted in all points like as we are, yetwithout sin. Heb 4:15Looking at 1 Jn 2: 15, 16 we see what Ithink is the answer.15 Do not love or cherish the ‘world’or the things that are in the world.If anyone loves the world, love for theFather is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world—(1) thelust of the flesh [craving for sensualgratification] (2) and the lust of theeyes [greedy longings of the mind](3) and the pride of life [assurance inone’s own resources or in the stabilityof earthly things]—these do not comefrom the Father but are from the world[itself]. 1 Jn 2:15-16 (AMP.)Are these the basis of all Temptations?Look at the temptations of Eve and see howSatan introduced the ‘world’ (sin) into theGarden of Eden.
NOW THE serpent was more subtle andcrafty than any living creature of thefield which the Lord God had made. Andhe [Satan] said to the woman, Can itreally be that God has said, You shallnot eat from every tree of the garden? Ge 3:1 (AMP)2 And the woman said to the serpent,We may eat the fruit from the trees ofthe garden Gen 3:2 (AMP)
3 Except the fruit from the tree whichis in the middle of the garden. God hassaid, You shall not eat of it, neithershall you touch it, lest you die.Gen 3:3 (AMP)4But the serpent said to the woman,You shall not surely die,5 For God knows that in the day youeat of it your eyes will be opened, andyou will be like God, knowing thedifference between good and evil andblessing and calamity. Ge 3:4-5 (AMP)
And when the woman saw that the treewas good (suitable, pleasant) for food= (1) the lust of the flesh [craving forsensual gratification]and that it was delightful to look at= (2) and the lust of the eyes [greedylongings of the mind]and a tree to be desired in order tomake one wise = (3) and the pride oflife [assurance in one’s own resourcesor in the stability of earthly things]
DavidAnd from the roof he saw a woman bathing,and the woman was very beautiful to behold2 Samuel 11:2= (1) and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of themind]Then David sent messengers, and took her;2 Samuel 11:4 = (2) the lust of the flesh [craving forsensual gratification]And he wrote in the letter, saying, “SetUriah in the forefront of the hottest battle,and retreat from him, that he may bestruck down and die. 2 Samuel 11:15= (3) and the pride of life [assurance inone’s own resources or in the stability ofearthly things]
THEN JESUS was led (guided) by the[Holy] Spirit into the wilderness(desert) to be tempted (tested andtried) by the devil.2 And He went without food for fortydays and forty nights, and later Hewas hungry. Mt 4:1-2—(1) the lust ofthe flesh [craving for sensualgratification]
Then the devil took Him into the holycity and placed Him on a turret(pinnacle, gable) of the templesanctuary.6 And he said to Him, If You are theSon of God, throw Yourself down; forit is written, He will give His angelscharge over you, and they will bearyou up on their hands, lest you strikeyour foot against a stone Mt 4:5-6= (2) and the lust of the eyes [greedylongings of the mind]
8Again, the devil took Him up on avery high mountain and showed Himall the kingdoms of the world and theglory (the splendor, magnificence,preeminence, and excellence) of them.9 And he said to Him, These things, alltaken together, I will give You, if Youwill prostrate Yourself before me anddo homage and worship me. Mt 4:8-9= (3) and the pride of life [assurancein one’s own resources or in thestability of earthly things]
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good(suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful tolook at, and a tree to be desired in order to make onewise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some alsoto her husband, and he ate.7 Then the eyes of them both were opened, and theyknew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leavestogether and made themselves apronlike girdles.Ge 3:6-7They made themselves apronlike girdles in an attempt tohide their Sin from each other. They had more care to hidetheir sin from each other than to seek Gods forgiveness.Are we like that today? For Adam also and for his wife the Lord God made long coats (tunics) of skins and clothed them. Ge 3:21
Adam and Eve ‘chose’ to disobey GOD (not heedhis warning) they Sinned against God.Disobedience is Sin.They suffered the consequence of their sinwhich is death to ‘FELLOWSHIP’ or any‘RELATIONSHIP’ with God, for which they werecreated.And they heard the sound of the LordGod walking in the garden in the cool ofthe day, (God came in the cool of the day toFellowship)* and Adam and his wife hidthemselves from the presence of the LordGod among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8 (AMP)
But the Lord God called to Adam andsaid to him, Where are you?* Genesis 3:9 (AMP)He said, I heard the sound of You[walking] in the garden, and I was afraidbecause I was naked; and I hid myself. Genesis 3:10 (AMP)And He said, Who told you that you werenaked? Have you eaten of the tree ofwhich I commanded you that you shouldnot eat? Genesis 3:11 (AMP)
And the man said, The woman whom Yougave to be with me—she gave me [fruit]from the tree, and I ate.. Genesis 3:11 (AMP)The first blame others for our sinsAnd to Adam He said, Because you havelistened and given heed to the voice ofyour wife and have eaten of the tree ofwhich I commanded you, saying, Youshall not eat of it, the *ground is under acurse because of you;* (See Ro.8:20-22) insorrow and toil shall you eat [of thefruits] of it all the days of your life. Genesis 3:17 (AMP)
22 And the Lord God said, Behold, theman has become like one of Us [theFather, Son, and Holy Spirit], to know[how to distinguish between] good andevil and blessing and calamity; and now,lest he put forth his hand and take alsofrom the tree of life and eat, and liveforever—23 Therefore the Lord God sent himforth from the Garden of Eden to till theground from which he was taken.Ge 3:22-23
THIS IS the book (the written record, thehistory) of the generations of theoffspring of Adam. Genesis 5:1 (AMP)When God created man, He madehim in the ‘likeness’ of God.He created them male and female andblessed them and named them [both]Adam [Man] at the time they werecreated. Genesis 5:2 (AMP)
When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own ‘likeness’, after his ‘image’; and he named him Seth. Genesis 5:3 (AMP) Seth was born in the ‘image’ and ‘likeness’ of sinful (dead) Adam.After he had Seth, Adam lived 800 yearsand had other sons and daughters. Genesis 5:4 (AMP) They to were born in the image and likeness of Sinful (dead) Adam
We were created in the image of GodBut born in the image of sinful AdamWe are all Dead in trespasses and Sineven when we were dead through ourtrespasses Eph. 2:5 9 (AMP)Therefore, as sin came into the worldthrough one man, and death as the resultof sin, so death spread to all men, [noone being able to stop it or to escape itspower] because all men sinned. Romans 5:12 (AMP)
One of Adams descendants was Enoch who wasborn about 622 years after the fall.22 Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship]with God after the birth of Methuselah300 years and had other sons anddaughters. Genesis 5:4 (AMP) 23 So all the days of Enoch were 365 years. 24 And Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him]. [Heb. 11:5.]
God tells us in Heb. 11:5 how this happenedBecause of faith Enoch was caught upand transferred to heaven, so that hedid not have a glimpse of death; andhe was not found, because God hadtranslated him. For even before hewas taken to heaven, he receivedtestimony [still on record] that hehad pleased and been satisfactory toGod Heb 11:5 (AMP)
The sons of God saw that the daughters ofmen were fair, and they took wives of all theydesired and chose. Gen 6:2 (AMP)Then the Lord said, My Spirit shall notforever dwell and strive with man, for healso is flesh; but his days shall yet be 120years. Gen 6:3 (AMP)The Lord saw that the wickedness of manwas great in the earth, and that everyimagination and intention of all humanthinking was only evil continually. Gen 6:5 (AMP)
6 And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart. Gen 6:6 7 So the Lord said, I will destroy, blot out, and wipe away mankind, whom I have created from the face of the ground—not only man, [but] the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air—for it grieves Me and makes Me regretful that I have made them. Gen 6:7I wonder if God is grieved at the way things are going in our World today?
For God’s [holy] wrath and indignationare revealed from heaven against allungodliness and unrighteousness of men,who in their wickedness repress andhinder the truth and make it inoperative. Romans 1:18 (AMPBut Noah found grace (favor) in the eyesof the Lord. Ge 6:8 AMPThis is the history of the generations ofNoah. Noah was a just and righteousman, blameless in his [evil] generation;Noah walked [in habitual fellowship]with God. Ge 6:9 AMP
And God looked upon the world and sawhow degenerate, debased, and vicious itwas, for all humanity had corruptedtheir way upon the earth and lost theirtrue direction.13 God said to Noah, I intend to makean end of all flesh, for through men theland is filled with violence; and behold,I will destroy them and the land.14 Make yourself an Ark- Ge 6:12-14Gen 6:14-16 God gives instructions on how to build the Ark
Enoch had warned these people (Jude 14, 15);Noah had preached righteousness to them (IIPet. 2:5); God’s Spirit had been striving withthem (Gen. 6:3). Yet they had rejected Godand were without excuse.17For behold, I, even I, will bring a floodof waters upon the earth to destroy andmake putrid all flesh under the heavensin which are the breath and spirit of life;everything that is on the land shall die. Ge 6:17 Amp.
18But I will establish My covenant (promise,pledge) with you, and you shall come intothe ark—you and your sons and your wifeand your sons’ wives with you. Gen 6:18 AMPAND THE Lord said to Noah, Come with allyour household into the ark, for I have seenyou to be righteous (upright and in rightstanding) before Me in this generation.Gen 7:1 AMPJust as God made a covenant with Noah. HE also made acovenant Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that he would makethem a great nation and they would show the world thetrue God and when he saw the
21And all flesh died that moved upon theearth, both birds, and cattle, and beasts, andevery creeping thing that creepeth upon theearth, and every man:22all in whose nostrils was the breath of thespirit of life, of all that was on the dry land,died.23And every living thing was destroyed thatwas upon the face of the ground, both man,and cattle, and creeping things, and birds ofthe heavens; and they were destroyed fromthe earth: and Noah only was left, and theythat were with him in the ark.24And the waters prevailed upon the earth ahundred and fifty days. Ge 7:21-24 Amp
We see the results that sin produced on theEarth, and we get a glimpse of what Godthinks about sin.What do you think of sin?We read in Romans 5:12Therefore, as through one man sinentered into the world, and deaththrough sin; and so death passed untoall men, for that all sinned:--So, what hope is there for Mankind?
The hope we have is in Gods Love, mercyand Compassion23 However, after a long time [nearly fortyyears] the king of Egypt died; and theIsraelites were sighing and groaning becauseof the bondage. They kept crying, and their crybecause of slavery ascended to God.24 And God heard their sighing and groaningand [earnestly] remembered His covenantwith Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.25 God saw the Israelites and took knowledgeof them and concerned Himself about them Ex 2:23-25 Amp
Just as God saw and heard the Israelites.God concerned Himself about them andbrought them out of their bondage.It says in Eph. 2:5Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own]shortcomings and trespasses,For God so greatly loved and dearly prized theworld that He [even] gave up His onlybegotten (unique) Son, so that whoeverbelieves in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Himshall not perish (come to destruction, be lost)but have eternal (everlasting) life. Jn 3:16
How did this happen?The angel Gabriel was sent from God to atown of Galilee named Nazareth,27 To a girl never having been married and avirgin engaged to be married to a man whosename was Joseph, a descendant of the houseof David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.28 And he came to her and said, Hail, Ofavored one [endued with grace]! The Lord iswith you! Blessed (favored of God) are youbefore all other women!29 But when she saw him, she was greatlytroubled and disturbed and confused at whathe said and kept revolving in her mind whatsuch a greeting might mean. Lk 1:26-29
30And the angel said to her, Do not beafraid, Mary, for you have found grace(free, spontaneous, absolute favor andloving-kindness) with God.31 And listen! You will becomepregnant and will give birth to a Son,and you shall call His name Jesus. Lk 1:30-3134And Mary said to the angel, How canthis be, since I have no [intimacy withany man as a] husband?
35Then the angel said to her, The HolySpirit will come upon you, and thepower of the Most High willovershadow you [like a shining cloud];and so the holy (pure, sinless) Thing(Offspring) which shall be born of youwill be called the Son of God. Lk 1:34-35
30 And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid,Mary, for you have found grace (free,spontaneous, absolute favor and loving-kindness) with God.31 And listen! You will become pregnant andwill give birth to a Son, and you shall call Hisname Jesus. Lk 1:30-31 Amp34 And Mary said to the angel, How can thisbe, since I have no [intimacy with any man asa] husband?35 Then the angel said to her, The Holy Spiritwill come upon you, and the power of theMost High will overshadow you [like a shiningcloud]; and so the holy (pure, sinless) Thing(Offspring) which shall be born of you will becalled the Son of God. Lk 1:34-35
This is the same Holy Spirit in Gen v2bv.2bThe Spirit of God (God the Holy Spirit)was moving (hovering, brooding) (givinglife) over the face of the waters. GENESIS ch.1 v.2b (AMP
37 For with God nothing is everimpossible and no word from God shallbe without power or impossible offulfillment.38 Then Mary said, Behold, I am thehandmaiden of the Lord; let it be done tome according to what you have said.*And the angel left her. Lk 1:37-38
19 The creation waits in eager expectation forthe sons of God to be revealed. 20 For thecreation was subjected to frustration, not byits own choice, but by the will of the one whosubjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itselfwill be liberated from its bondage to decay andbrought into the glorious freedom of thechildren of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has beengroaning as in the pains of childbirth right upto the present time. 23 Not only so, but weourselves, who have the firstfruits of theSpirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly forour adoption as sons, the redemption of ourbodies.
He (Jesus) is the sole expression of the gloryof God [the Light-being, the out-raying orradiance of the divine], and He is the perfectimprint and very image of [God’s] nature,upholding and maintaining and guiding andpropelling the universe by His mighty wordof power.. Heb 1:3And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) andtabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us;and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty),such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father,full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. John 1:14 (AMP)
In the last of these days He has spoken to us in[the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heirand lawful Owner of all things, also by andthrough Whom He created the worlds and thereaches of space and the ages of time [Hemade, produced, built, operated, and arrangedthem in order]. Heb 1:2He is the sole expression of the glory of God[the Light-being, the out-raying or radianceof the divine], and He is the perfect imprintand very image of [God’s] nature, upholdingand maintaining and guiding and propellingthe universe by His mighty word of power.. Heb1:3
IN THE beginning [before all time]was the Word (Christ) , and theWord was with God, and the Wordwas God Himself. John 1:1 (AMP)And the Word (Christ) became flesh(human, incarnate) and tabernacled(fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile)among us; and we [actually] saw Hisglory (His honor, His majesty), suchglory as an only begotten son receivesfrom his father, full of grace (favor,loving-kindness) and truth. John 1:14 (AMP)