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    parthens
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    “And the LORD said unto [Rebekah], Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23)

    This prophecy of the conflict of twins, Jacob and Esau, is also an allegory far-reaching in relevance and practical applicability: “the first Adam” (Genesis, chapter 2) versus “the last Adam” (Genesis chapter 1).

    Scripture teaches that the last Adam must come first in my consciousness, above all other thought-models, while the first Adam must come last. The first Adam is the sod-man. The last Adam is the God-man.

    Practically speaking, all spiritual tests have to do with overcoming the first Adam by summoning forth all the might and power and abilities of the last Adam, and in this, Jesus passed every one of his tests, including the most difficult of all: Gethsemane and the crucifixion.

    “… [A]bove the appeal to a man-God [the deity of the first Adam], lift thyself to the Wisdom and Love that maketh the God-man [the last Adam], and you will at length reach Christianity . . . . where the belief of supreme being changes from person [first Adam] to Principle [last Adam].” *

    “Jesus regarded himself Principle instead of person…” **

    * Science & Health, by Mrs. Glover, 1875, p. 227
    ** Ibid, p. 40

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    Susanne
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    Thank you for this helpful post!

    “…lift thyself to the Wisdom and Love that maketh the God-man [the last Adam], and you will at length reach Christianity.”

    We must lift ourselves up!!!!! I like to think of keeping myself “plugged in” to the one Source, God, wherefrom cometh my energy, the divine energy of Spirit, and all the other spiritual qualities that He has endowed upon us as His children.

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