UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but this is my one aim:
to forget everything that's behind, and to strain every nerve to go after what lies ahead.
I press on toward the finish line, where the prize waiting for me is the upward call of God
IN KING JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14)
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by – Stuart H. Pouliot
January 18, 2015
From the Disruption of the World
In 1 Corinthians 15:35, Paul unfolds the principle that death leads to life, and he does it by using the
example of the seed that grows into a new body that looks nothing like the seed, which must go into the
ground and die in order to produce life.
In this issue, I want to make the point that death is not an aberration or anomaly in God's plan, as if death
became a necessity on God's part to correct something that went wrong in the garden. Death is God's
plan; it is His perfect way to life. God alone is responsible for the death-life cycle.
To begin, let us key off the phrase the foundation of the world , which appears in scripture ten times
(Matthew 13:35; 25:34; Luke 11:50; John 17:24; Ephesians 1:4; Hebrews 4:3; 9:26; 1 Peter 1:20; Revelation
13:8; 17:8).
Interestingly, the number 10 signifies ordinal completion or perfection of divine order . I believe scripture
teaches us that divine order was established from (before?) the foundation of the world, and this is
especially brought to light in Revelation 13:8. Consider these two translations of this verse.
And will worship him all those dwelling on the earth, of which not has been written the name in the
scroll of the life of the lamb of that having been killed, from a casting down of a world . (Revelation
13:8 Diaglott-NT [bold italic added])
And all who are dwelling on the earth will be worshiping it, everyone whose name is not written in
the scroll of life of the Lambkin slain from the disruption [foundation] of the world ." (Revelation
13:8 CLV [NASB] [bold italic added])
Most translations use the word foundation , except there are a few that try to use a more literal word
based on the Greek. In particular, the CLV or Concordant Literal Version uses the word disruption , for it
comes from the Greek word katabole , meaning "a deposition or a conception," and physiologically
referring to the discharge of seed from the ovaries. This is seen in the way the CLV translates katabole in
Hebrews 11:11: By faith Sarah herself also obtained power for the disruption of seed .
Given this, the Lambkin, that is, Christ or the Son of God, was slain or killed from the disruption of the
world, meaning that from the beginning of our world, God's Son was slain for the sin of the world before
there was ever sin in the world. Do you see how this is one of the strongest arguments in favor of the
salvation of all mankind? Before we were yet in our sin, one died for us as the Savior of the world that He
would bring into being. Truly, this is a mystery that the theologians have attempted in many ways to
explain. However, I am content that it remains a mystery ; nevertheless, in this mystery we discover an
irrefutable principle or divine law set in motion by God from the disruption of the world. The divine law
of death to life was set in motion in the Son as the Lambkin well before Genesis 1:2. As the number 10
signifies, this is the perfection of divine order .
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From the Disruption of the World
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Most of us have been taught that death came into the earth in the garden of Eden with Adam's one
transgression. Truly, death came into Adam's race in that day, a fact to which we all testify. But what we
have not been taught is that death did not commence in the garden as if it were an unexpected
consequence of so-called free will , but the law of death and life had been established by God well before
this fatal event. Stating it another way, before the disruption of the world and even before the formation
of man from the soil of the restored earth, God established a death to life cycle for His creation. Only
through death does life come forth. This is not a correction or an unintended consequence; it is by the
preordained will of God. It is the plan of God in order to achieve His ultimate purpose of All in all . This
cycle was set in motion by God in and through His Son.
A further confirmation that this death to life cycle existed prior to Adam's transgression is discovered
when Elohim restored the earth in six days and gave Adam every plant yielding seed (Genesis 1:29). Every
plant had to contain this divine law of death produces life if plant life were to continue to flourish and
grow on earth. Plant life was created to produce seeds that had to fall into the ground and die in order to
propagate more life. Another way of stating this is that plant life had the seed-body cycle built within it,
and, by the way, humanity was predestined to go the same way.
Herein lies the good news; this mystery was played out once again and manifested for the world to see
when the Son of God, the creator of all things, came to this earth. Like a seed, He was planted in the earth
as a man, fully man, not just some spirit taking over a body, as the gnostics teach. He was sown into the
earth in birth and then sown in the earth as He went into death and the grave. This was not a necessary
corrective move; it was the plan.
This Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a
cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. "But God raised Him up again, putting an
end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power." (Acts 2:23-24
NASB)
The creator Son died so that a new life, a new body, would come forth. His root dug into the earth, and
out from this root came the one new man, an entirely new creation, part man and part God, part flesh
and bones and part spirit, and part earth and part heaven. Don't let this fact escape you; this new man is
truly new. He is not a reformulated man, not a restored man, not a revived man; He is the NEW
HUMANITY, one that creation and the angels had never seen before, at least as far as we know. They must
have been in awe when He came out of the tomb and later rose to appear before His Father in the
heavenly temple, presented alive, the living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I
have the keys of death and of Hades (Revelation 1:18).
Dear beloved people of God, the divine law has not changed. It was set in motion as soon as, if not before,
the world as we know it was conceived: death leads to life . Jesus came and took on our form; He became
one of us, and then died as one of us but without sin, so that He would be our brother, our elder brother
in all things. He came in seed form, if you will and went into the earth in order to bring forth an entirely
new creation, one that had never been seen before, one that joins both heaven and earth in one man. He
is both of heaven and of this earth. He is both of God and of man. When He descended out of heaven to
earth, He did not shed His heavenliness; and, when He ascended back to His Father in heaven, He did not
shed His earthliness. Behold, I make all things new! So, don't look upon death as if it were an accident or
an aberration in God's plan. It is by God's design. It is the plan of God, played out, proven, and manifested
through and by God's Son, our Lord Jesus.