As the deer pants for the water, so my soul pants for you… (Psalm 42:1)
Our souls pant. Because of the state we were all born into, the race we are in Adam, we all first open our eyes to the light of day as ones born empty.
THE LOSS OF THE AGES
This may sound negative or even untrue, but let me explain what I mean. The Bible speaks of the scene in Eden, between Adam, Eve, and the serpent as the first trade to take place in history. Wall street is famous for trades in our world today. There, people trade money for (hopefully more) money. Well, in the beginning of creation, things weren’t as vastly far off from this as we might expect. When God created Adam and Even in His own image, He created them both as owners of of the things of God, namely His glory. God created them in mature form, both physically and spiritually. He didn’t create them babies, but adults.
When He created them He created them without sin in them. So spiritually speaking they were mature, full of His glory. They were micro versions of the cosmic tabernacle they were created in. Micro versions even of the earthly tent-tabernacle He’d one day elicit the nation of Israel to construct. They were created as storehouses inhabited by the glory of God.
When Adam and Eve walked the Garden grounds of Eden, eyeing all the fruit trees God had planted therein, they came to the only one God told them would harm them should they eat from it. As they stood there gazing at it, they heard a voice suggesting that the claim about its fruit was false. There they stood confronted with a trade proposition.
Should they believe the serpent, they’d forfeit the glory—the truth—God gave them concerning the fruit. Yet, they may have pondered, what if the serpent was telling them the truth? What if God was just holding out on them? Did they only believe God because He was the first voice they’d heard so far? What if there was more to gain?
It was the gamble of the ages. And it was the loss of the ages.
RUINING AN ENTIRE FAMILY FOREVER
When Adam and Eve traded the truth of God (it will kill you!) for the lie of Satan (no it won’t!), Adam and Eve descended from a state of total fullness from God—owners and storehouses of His very glory—into a state of perpetual emptiness and want. And it’s ripple effects were—and still are—seismic.
Today when a wealthy land owner “gambles the farm” and loses, it doesn’t only effect him, it effects all those in his family who come after him. His loss is their loss too. It ruins an entire family line in devastating ways.
In this scenario, in today’s world, at least in the West, the landowner may be able to start from the bottom and work his way back up. We’ve all heard rare though amazing stories of this happening. Yet, when Adam and Eve lost everything—for themselves and all of humanity—no such thing was possible. The deal was sealed. And God implemented a “curse” to prove it. Read it here (note: this is just Adam’s portion of the curse, the portion that applies to everybody ever conceived, because the generations were still in the loins of Adam, not yet conceived in Eve, when it was spoken):
Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”
UNDERSTANDING THE CURSE
There is not space in this post today to discuss the entire curse. But what we do need to see in it is that the curse states that Adam is dust (dirt). This is the key the unlocks the rest of the curse, and much of Scripture actually.
Adam was made of the dirt of the ground.
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 being. (Gen. 2:7)
We need to consider this fact when likewise considering the fact that God cursed the ground in Genesis 3:17. How often it has been interpreted that man’s curse from God is that work will be difficult, making a living will be hard… while totally missing the point that Adam himself is called “dust” right in the very same passage. Rather, it is better to understand that all “dust of the ground” was cursed, including, and especially, Adam himself—his body created of dust of the ground.
Adam, as a vessel of God’s glory, became Adam, a vessel of no glory at all. The trade was permanent. If there was any question about it, the curse answered it. It would only be reversible upon the body returning to the dust it came from… hence the need for the burial of Jesus.
“Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death…” (Rom. 6:3-4a)
WE ARE ADAMITES
But the bottom line of today’s discussion is that we are all born Adamites. Adam creatures. Of the race of Adam. The family of Adam. What he lost we all lost. Romans 5:12 says it this way:
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned…
WHAT SIN IS
“The world” in this passage is referring to all the people of the world. We were all in Adam when sin entered in. Therefore, it entered into us too. Furthermore, the trade Adam made, we made (“… all sinned…” Because, again, we were in him. Interestingly, the Greek word for “sin” in this verse is a compound word, which, when broken down literally means “no allotment”. Or “no portion”. The Greek word for “portion” here is referring to a division of land. When Adam’s “soil” changed—lost its God-given glory—so did ours. Our inheritance—our allottment—of glorified vessels—soil, if you will—to dwell in, was lost. “Sin”, then refers to the trade, the loss, of glory. Loss of land that could have been ours.
WHY WE PANT
I started today’s post with the Psalm which says, “As the deer pants for the waters, so my soul pants for you…” (Psalm 42:1). I made the bold statement that our souls pant, long, crave. We all understand the virtue of contentment, of not craving anything. Yet, in the soul of man, in our inherent, in-born emptiness, we pant, we long to be filled as we were created to be.
This is normal to mankind. But it is not seen or understood by mankind. It is also not wrong in itself. The farmer who lost everything… is it wrong for him to long for and seek after replenishing what he lost? Of course not! It was a devastating blow with devastating consequences. To seek to reverse that would be virtuous.
So seeking to be filled is virtuous as well.
THE KEY: UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE’RE LOOKING
Yet we must understand our emptiness better and more fully what it means… what we lost and what it’s consequences are… in order to find that which will actually really truly satiate our thirst, our emptiness. Hear Jesus speak to you what He spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:
If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’… Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.’ (John 4:10, 13-14)
You guys, this real life story speaks of how Jesus understood (without previously meeting her or having been told by her) that she was a woman of five husbands.This woman was on a mad search for fullness of soul—of being filled with the glory of God in her inner being. Even if she didn’t know it, she was instinctually doing so. In fact, we all are—even if we don’t know it. We all feel it. We all seek for fullness of the glory of God in us. Yet, like the Samaritan woman at the well, we’re deceived into drinking the water which will not keep us from thirsting again. Like the woman who went looking for another husband, then another, then another, then another…. We too need another drink. Then another drink. Then another drink…. of false glory that does not and cannot fill us.
If it’s not God’s glory filling us, then our thirst is not and cannot be quenched.
Here is where a definition of God’s glory is important. What exactly did Adam and Eve lose? To be honest, this subject needs much more space than I can give it here (but I HAVE given it that space in the study/curriculum I’m writing, and it’s thrilling… stay tuned for that study, please!). However, I will sum it up this way: glory is God’s currency minted from His thoughts. Earth currency is minted from precious metals. Heaven currency is minted from thoughts—God’s thoughts.
You and I are created for God’s thoughts to fill us. We are vessels created to house His glory (2 Cor. 3:18).
HOW ARE YOU BEING DECEIVED INTO PERPETUAL EMPTINESS?
The woman in Samaria had been fooled as Adam and Eve had. Adam and Eve believed a lie that they’d find more in eating that fruit. The woman at the well also believed a lie: a different husband(s) would make her happy, full, content. And today I ask you: what does your own personal deception(s) look like? The one(s) keeping you in a perpetual state of emptiness, carnality, Adam-likeness? Maybe it’s related to food? Craving more food, or even choosing to forego food altogether—maybe one of these will give you a sense of fullness. Maybe its related to people? Wanting more from them or even choosing to avoid them altogether—maybe one of these will give you a sense of fullness. Maybe it’s related to work? Maybe if you work harder you’ll be happier, or maybe if you work less you’ll be happier. Maybe it has to do with control? If you could control life more, maybe you’d be satisfied, or maybe if you could be more spontaneous you’d be happier. Maybe it has to do with health? If you were healthier you’d feel a sense of fulfillment? Or maybe not focusing on health makes you feel more satisfied. What about money? If you had more, do you believe you’d feel better. Or if you spent less, maybe you’d feel better. Maybe its a house. If you had a better house (whatever that means for you), maybe you’d be more content. What if your’ kids were better or your husband nicer, more helpful, more _____________? Or what if you even had kids or had a husband? Maybe its a new location? Would a new location do it for you? Maybe it’s sex… or power…. or _______________ (fill in your blank)….
See what I’m doing here? We need to think through our cravings. What we gravitate toward to find “happiness”. Listen, I’m all about happiness. But the things that make us happy here, don’t they cause us to thirst again? Do they eternal satisfy us, eternally make us happy? Listen to how Peter describe the life lived from the fullness of God’s glory:
“…[Jesus] on whom though not now looking, but believing, [you] exult with joy unspeakable and filled with the glory…” (1 Peter 1:8, Darby translation).
The life of Christianity is a life of deep, profound, lasting, overflowing, and contagious joy!
REMADE FROM HEAVEN
Jesus the Christ (the Messiah) came in order to recreate us from heaven… To re-make us of the fullness of heaven soil, and no longer of the cursed, emptied earth soil. We needed saving (rescue) from the emptied race of Adam, and rebirth, re-creating into the full-of-glory race of Jesus the Christ. This is what Jesus meant when He told Nicodemus that He needed to be “born from above”, as the original Greek reads (John 3:3). He needed a race-change if he ever wanted the fullness he was longing for.
Colossians 2:8 says,
“…in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
The glorified Christ is full of God’s glory. If you’ve believed Him to be your savior from the race of Adam, then you are what the Bible calls “In Christ”. As you were born in Adam (from his descent, you inherited his loss of glory), so you have been re-born “in Christ” (from His descent, inheriting His gain, His fullness of glory!).
“…if anyone is in Christ, he is ta new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 cor. 5:17).
“But you are A CHOSEN RACE… A HOLY NATION…” (1 Peter 2:8)
“…in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him…” (Col. 2:8)
WHAT ARE YOU CHASING?
Friends, what are you chasing today? What is it you think will satisfy you? What will make your life easier, happier, better, less painful, less hard? If it is not the glory of God you are chasing—His perfect, powerful, all-knowing thought-currency inside you—then you’re being deceived. The thing you’re chasing won’t satisfy you.
Take this exhortation seriously, friend. Chasing the wind doesn’t work. And anything that isn’t the pursuit of glory is wind. Chasing the glory of God in Christ Jesus really truly works! It can and will be found. It can and will really truly satiate your every longing. And, with time, fill your whole being (this process, over time, is called ‘sanctification’). Take some serious stock of your own life—not another’s—and evaluate your expectations of what will fix your life or your heart today. Stop making excuses and passing the blame to another. Are youhungering and thirsting after righteousness? That is the question.
THIRSTING FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS
Righteousness comes from a Greek word that means “guidance”. If we’re filled with the glory-thoughts of God, we are guided by God Himself. He fills every place of our heart: every emotion, every thought, every hole, every weakness, every longing. This is what we all crave. Even if don’t realize it. Even if we’re calling it something else. We were created for this. We were made to house the glory of God, the righteousness of God, and we long for it once more.
But unless we seek THIS as the main pursuit, the main objective of our whole lives, we will not ever, ever live satisfied lives, in union and fellowship with the one true glorious God! Pursuing religion, pursuing virtue, moral character, pursuing human relationships, pursuing the highest good of life on earth… will not satisfy us. But oh….
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matt. 5:6)
Friends, the glory of God is no small, temporal, disappointing pursuit. If we only knew what we were missing out on, we’d all gamble “the whole farm” of our Adam-self on this. We’d trade the lies of our enemy, of the things that temporarily fill us, and we’d run wildly, passionately, after the glory of God. We’d learn to crave it more than we crave our next _______________ (you fill in the blank with what’s appropriate for you).
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness… “ Friends, blessed will you BE!! And SATISFIED will be your heart! Finally!
IT COMES BY FAITH
This Christian life… it’s a life of deep faith—believing (an exercise of the mind) that something we can’t see is more real than all the things we can. Yet in truth, compared to what’s ours in Christ, everything here is an illusion. In the purposes of God, life on Earth is also an amazing picture of Heavenly truth. I.e. How could we understand spiritual trade (truth for lie) if we didn’t have an earthly example? But in the purposes of Satan, everything becomes a device to distract us from seeking the real-er thing—Heavenly gain (glory). He incites us to instead seek earthly gain (false-glory… sorta like Monopoly money… it’s empty).
But friends, really. What are we doing being blinded by the temporal distractions of here and now? I understand HOW distracting they can be! But we must fight the fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12)! Distraction is a device of our enemy to ruin us! To keep us empty. To keep us from sweet union with God through Jesus! We must wake up! We must come to LIFE in Christ Jesus… What is already OURS if we’ve trusted He’s the Rescuer!
THIS. SEEK THIS.
Imagine all the wrongs that would be righted in your world if the one, singular denominator in all your life situations—YOU—hungered and thirsted for (and therefore, pursued) the righteousness of God in her or his inward man above all else? We keep blaming all the things that are NOT the problem, instead of seeking the one thing that can CHANGE our actual problem—our own inherent emptiness.
So today, if nothing else, will you just recognize that you were born empty? This isn’t a post to shame you. NO WAY. Just see the human condition for what it is—including your human condition. You’re human, right? If so, then in your natural man, you are empty. And you hunger as one living in that natural man.
And if you can do this, if you can see this in yourself today, will you pray for a hunger and thirst for righteousness above all else? Christ’s righteousness, not your own—because you have none! Will you begin to thirst for that which can satiate you and not just change, but revolutionize, your whole life, all your circumstances, and have a wave effect into those around you? This one thing, friends. One thing: the glory of God—His righteousness/guidance—in Christ Jesus, in you.
Chase this one thing. WITH ALL. YOUR. HEART.
…But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness… (Matt. 6:33)
But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having aa righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:7-12)
Abide in Me, and I in you… (John 15:4a)