Flesh and Spirit: Biblical Metaphysics


The world we have all been born into consists of physical things which can be seen, touched, tasted, tested, and comprehended by the mind of man. That is the physical aspect of reality; it is observable and quantifiable. On the other hand, the Bible reveals to mankind that there is a spiritual component of reality that requires the Spirit of God to observe and fully comprehend. (see Romans 8:7.) Although the physical and spiritual realms seem to be two different things, this is not exactly so. The forces of the spiritual realm directly determine the behavior and function of the things in the physical realm:

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”
(Ephesians 2:2 KJV)

The substance known as “air” is a physical thing composed of various gases (mostly Nitrogen and Oxygen). Satan, the Devil, is the prince of the power of the air. He is a spiritual being of very ancient origin who currently has control over the physical things of this present world (under God’s permissive will, of course).

Men and women are a synergy of flesh and spirit. Air is necessary for the life of the flesh, and the life of the flesh is in the blood. The flesh is composed of various physical elements from the Earth and functions through physical electrochemical processes. The spirit of man directs the workings of his flesh (mind over matter). According to the Scriptures, mankind’s flesh is under the influence of the spiritual power of Death.

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not.”
(Romans 7:18 KJV)

Both the spirit and the mind of the unsaved are under that malignant control. (I’m not going to mind God, so it does not matter.) If they are saved, their Flesh and Spirit are in constant conflict, and will be until the day they die (unless the Lord returns before they die). This corruption in nature is not limited to people, or just to the Earth. The Bible tells us it permeates the entire physical universe.

“Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.”
(Job 25:5 KJV)

“Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.”
(Job 15:15 KJV)

If these things be true, the bottom line is that all present physical life forms in the universe are generated by a process driven by Death, because all nature feeds on Death. You kill and eat dead things in order to live and procreate other life forms; then things kill and eat you. Mankind is not at the top of the proverbial Food Chain; worms, viruses and bacteria are. The physical life cycle of this present world is a violent and insatiable downward spiral towards total corruption and entropy. It is not “evolving,” but “devolving” into more and more corruption. To be “one with nature” so to speak is to be one with the spirit of Death, not Holiness. As can be seen from these verses, there is much more to understanding the Biblical meaning of “Death” than is apparent on the surface.

“Dead [things] are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.”
(Job 26:5 KJV)

“Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.”
(Psalms 49:14 KJV)

Death has both a physical and spiritual component. Understanding why this is so is crucial to understanding many things in the Scriptures, especially the Genesis Creation narrative.

Since the entire course of physical nature is affected and influenced by spiritual forces, we must therefore conclude that the correct interpretation of the Genesis account is revealed in the dualistic context of both the physical AND spiritual realms, not just the realm of matter. THAT is the fundamental flaw in the myriad past and present interpretations of the seven days of Genesis, and what has been missing from most previous presentations of the “Gap Theory” of Genesis.

Creationism can not be defended in a purely physical context. It is only when this dualistic precept is understood and accepted that it becomes possible to begin to more perfectly understand and interpret what the Spirit is saying in the Genesis narrative. (see Genesis 1:1-2:1 to review the verses.) In order to fully comprehend exactly what is being stated in the Genesis Creation narrative and why, we must look back in time through the Scriptures to the very beginning; to the time of Genesis 1:1, when the “sons of God” rejoiced over the initial creation of the heaven and the Earth:

“¶ Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
(Job 38:4-7 KJV)

Where did Satan and the Angels come from? Who are these “sons of God” spoken of here and in Genesis 6:1-2? They certainly were not men, as they were here before the Earth was created. Who are the “devils” spoken of in the Gospels? The perceptive student will immediately see from the wording of the above verse that these angelic beings were also created creatures, created BEFORE the Lord God began the work of the original creation of the heavens and Earth. How these created beings fit into the overall story is only revealed by the Spirit through the Scriptures. Many of those answers are found in the story of the Pre-Adamite World and the Origin of Satan; the nature of the world which existed at his beginning, his rebellion, and the unleashing of Death across the original Creation in the ancient past as a result of his rebellion against God.

Returning to matters of natural geologic history, the Bible does not give a specific number of years for the age of the planet Earth as it does for the age of this present “world” on the face of the planet (approximately 6,000 years). Neither does it provide much direct knowledge about what transpired on the Earth from the time it was originally created in the ancient past (Gen 1:1) until it is seen again in darkness and ruin (Gen 1:2), prior to the six-day regeneration event by the direct intervention of the Spirit of God (Gen 1:3-2:1). God has chosen to preserve for us the geologic record and His Words to assist us in our search for those answers. The Bible only tells us WHY it became void and without form and provides much insight into the sequence of past events leading up to it. It is only a matter of knowing where to find it in the Bible. Fortunately, much of what happened at the very end of the Pre-Adamite world can be observed in the geology of the Pleistocene. Here are some “observations” on what happened on the face of the Earth at the Death of the Ancient World.

After the ending of days for the old Earth and heaven of the Pre-Adamite world, and as part of the Lord’s preparations for the new regenerated world of Man, a cosmological structure of three (3) heavens was established on the second creative day. It is instructive to note that God does NOT say “it was good” after ending the work of the second day. (See Genesis 1:8.) That omission speaks volumes. The Apostle Paul related his vision and knowledge of the Third Heaven in 2 Cor. 12:2 of his Epistles. A brief study of The Firmament, Third Heaven, and Structure of Things Biblical provides some additional insight into the Creation account and other Biblical doctrines.

To better understand exactly what happened at the end of the ancient world and at the special creation of our present world (this current “generation” of the heavens and the earth [see Genesis 2:4]), we need to look closely at the Life Forms Prior To, and After the Seven Days of Genesis.

Based on the materials covered so far, from what is revealed in the Bible, and what is found in the fossil record, the following thought deserves serious consideration: Could the Pre-Adamite race of hominids that was on this Earth before Adam, and whose physical structure was so similar to modern man, actually have been the physical remains of the fallen “sons of God” who took on flesh and bone to dwell in the world of the old physical creation? The Bible tells us that they did something similar both before and after the days of Noah:

“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown.”
(Genesis 6:4 KJV)

If this is true, then it would go a long way in explaining the real truth about the ancient remains of Neanderthal and other ancient hominids, which the Evolutionists claim are the ancestors of modern man. Without the knowledge (or acceptance) of the Biblical Gap Theory, the logical assumption would be that they were direct ancestors. But, as has been shown in the “Life Forms Prior To, and After the Seven Days of Genesis” page (read it again if necessary), there is NO DNA biological connection between those remains and modern living humans. The missing link is still missing. Those creatures, which had a physical likeness similar to man, were not the ancestors of man. They may have been fallen angels or the mutated offspring of angels breeding with biologics. This makes perfect sense, because everywhere in the Bible where angels appear in our present world, they appear as men. Consider the following:

“And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred [and] forty [and] four cubits, [according to] the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.”
(Revelation 21:17 KJV)

“Yea, whiles I [was] speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.”
(Daniel 9:21 KJV)

If the “good” angels appear as men, does it not make sense that the “bad” ones would also? We therefore conclude that when God told Adam and Eve to “replenish” the Earth (Genesis 1:28), that which Adam and Eve (true man – made in God’s image) replaced was the fleshly race of the “sons of God” who inhabited the face of the old world and perished along with everything else by the time of Genesis 1:2, where the Earth is found without form and void.

CONCLUSION: Putting All Things Into Their Proper Biblical and Scientific Perspectives

Taking the literal wording of the King James Bible and the face value of the available “scientific observations” presented, the only possible interpretation which meets BOTH the literal wording of the Scriptures and the scientific data is the Ruin – Reconstruction (Gap Theory) scenario, as fantastic as it may seem.

The fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, is credited with this nugget of deductive reasoning:

“When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”

Although the originator of the principle was fictional, the principle itself is a very sound one in the search for truth.

We realize, of course, that the material presented here does not meet the acceptable standards of scientific empirical evidence, because in our interpretation of the available scientific evidence we have elevated the Word of God to a position equal to, yea more than equal to, the prevailing body of scientific thought and opinion on matters of origins. As Christians, we place our faith in the authority of the God of the Holy Bible over the wisdom of men in all matters, be it scientific or religious. We also realize that the material presented here does not meet the acceptable standards of many within the “Christian” community, because we have elevated the King James Version and Premillennial eschatology to positions of authority higher than all other English language translations and schools of prophetic interpretation. We make no apology for this, but do hope the reader will objectively and without prejudice consider the worth of the material presented, using that which is found to be of value to enrich his own pursuit of sound doctrine.

There are many fundamental Christians who espouse the Young Earth Creationist position and will be quick to dismiss this work as a compromise to the Evolutionists. That is an emotional and irrational defensive mechanism and part of human nature. All men fear what they don’t understand. Anyone who objectively reads this material and comprehends the argument, will see that this is most certainly not the case. As we have shown throughout this presentation (assuming you are reading the linked pages and looking up the Bible references), acceptance of an old age for the Earth is not an acceptance of Evolution. On the other hand, we make no apology for accepting the validity of sound geologic evidence (not theory), when that evidence is in harmony with what the Bible actually says.

As Christians, as Creationists, and as Bible Believers, we are in agreement with the doctrine that the Lord God “made” the present “world” complete with the heavens and earth, in six, literal 24-hour days, about 6,000 years ago, just as the Bible states in Exodus 20:11 (see also Heb.1:2). But that fundamental doctrine of the faith, in itself, is not the end of all Biblical truth. Neither Exodus 20:11 nor Romans 5:12 contradicts or invalidates the empirical geologic data that reveal that this planet Earth is also very ancient (on the order of hundreds of millions of years) and has a definite fossil history of being and habitation prior to the creative events that begin at Genesis 1:3.

Why such a statement is NOT a contradiction of the doctrine of Romans 5:12 is a difficult concept for many of our Brethren to grasp, because they have wrongly vilified ALL science in their zeal to stand for the defense of the Bible against Evolution. Unfortunately, many do so because of insufficient instruction in the Holy Scriptures and the sciences, which would empower them to make well-reasoned determinations by themselves. The result is seen in the current “Creation Science” movement, where misdirected loyalty to defending traditional Fundamentalist positions has had the exact opposite effect, and has actually led to abandonment of sound doctrine and the embracing of corrupt translations to defend their position on this matter. Once you begin to question the literal wording of the KJV Bible in order to make a doctrinal point, you have already lost the argument.

Instead of wasting time arguing about better translations and holding up geological anomalies as proof against scientific realities of fact, spend more time learning about some very important Christian doctrines and Spiritual truths which are vanishing from the pulpits of today because of the sin of unbelief.

Study and understand the full truth about the “Sea” that God placed above the physical universe (Gen 1:6-10, Rev 4:6, Rev 21:1), what it is, and why it is presently there. (Review the “The Firmament, Third Heaven, and Structure of Things Biblical” link’s material.) Understanding of the Spiritual importance of such things is interrelated with a comprehensive knowledge of other equally important Scriptural doctrines and precepts.

Study and learn about the dispensations (different times) as revealed in the Holy Bible. Get a firm understanding of the Chronology of the “Worlds” past, present, and future as revealed by your Bible. Learn the extremely important Doctrinal Differences between the terms “Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 11:12) and “Kingdom of God” (Luke 17:21) as presented in the Scriptures. From the very beginning of time until the end of time, control of the “Kingdom” is the central theme of struggle behind the whole Biblical story. If you don’t get this down solid, you won’t be able to get the full truth out of Genesis.

Learn all the truth about the 1,000-year literal reign of the Lord Jesus Christ and the regenerated heavens and Earth (a new “world”) when He returns (Matt 19:28, Isaiah 65:17-25, Revelation 20). Understand the continued existence of Death for surviving mankind (not resurrected saved Saints) who get the victory over the Beast, live through the Great Tribulation, and obtain entrance into that regenerated world (Isaiah 65:20) called the “Kingdom of Heaven.” Learn why the Kingdom is here on the Earth during that period of time yet to come, a period which correlates in prophetic type to the Seventh Day of Genesis (see 2 Peter 3:8). Once you grasp these truths, you will more perfectly understand the full import of the final abolishment of Death after the 1,000-year Kingdom of Heaven on the Earth (Rev 20:14) and the change of structure and dimensions of the new heaven and earth which will be created after the final judgment (Rev 21:1). Then the disappearance of the “Sea” in Revelation 21:1, which is between the second and third heavens, and which was first established at the beginning of the days of true man (see Genesis 1:6-10) will make sense, and the you will better understand the reasons for the gap between Genesis verses 1 and 2. Confused? That is why you need to study and rightly divide the words of truth.

Within the pages of the King James Authorized Version of the Holy Scriptures you will find the EXACT English language wording that, today, can still faithfully and effectively reveal the truth and full import of these matters. Only when the scriptures are taken as a whole, and interpreted as such, can the full truth be found. You also MUST be a born-again child of God to understand and accept some of these doctrines, because they are spiritually discerned (see 1 Cor. 2:14 and 1 John 2:20). Even for many saved people, some of this material is difficult at first; but as you learn these doctrines, more and more of your Bible will begin to open to you.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
(Proverbs 3:5 KJV)

“For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
(Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV)

All learning takes place on the periphery of what we have previously learned. The more you study the Scriptures, the more you learn; and as you learn and accept, more will be revealed to you:

“Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts. For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little:”
(Isaiah 28:9-10 KJV)

Claim these spiritual promises by faith, in full assurance that your King James Bible is still a sure Authority. Don’t let some over-educated scholar or preacher convince you that the KJV Bible is inaccurate or out of date. That Bible is an inexhaustible source of true knowledge and wisdom. A firm grounding in some of the basics of science and logic will complement a prayerful study of the Scriptures and enhance your understanding, and God’s Spirit will witness to those things which are true and show which things are not. God is the author and creator of all things, both physical and spiritual. His Scriptures are the Final Authority in all matters, including the science of natural history. What we learn from the geological evidence beneath our feet provides important details to the whole story. That is why it is there; the rocks and fossils, as well as the other things in this world, testify of His workings, glory, and judgment across time and space (see Psalm 19).

*** Will Myers

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About Will Myers

I am an "Intelligent Design" writer who has the Christian faith. Part of my background is that I have a degree in physics, and have been inducted into the National Physics Honor Society. Sigma Pi Sigma, for life. My interest has lead me into metaphysics, farther into Christianity. Optimum metaphysics becomes religion.
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