Chapter 27 of the book Yah Is Savior: The Road to Immortality
A few of us humans will achieve immortality when we are given a new spiritual body at the time of the resurrection, the time of the Messiah’s return. But not everyone that says that He is Master of their life will become immortal. It will only be those who are alive and have the Spirit of God dwelling in them in a reality, or those who had the Spirit of God dwelling in them at the time that their earthly bodies fell asleep, these also will be given a new immortal spiritual body during the first resurrection.
You have a mortal, fleshly body at this time, but God Almighty has unlimited power and he is quite capable with the mere power of his word to give you a new spiritual body as it has pleased him in his eternal plan and purpose laid down since before the beginning of the world. (II Cor. 5:1). He will have called many, but few are chosen for this the greatest of all honors—to be one of the many sons and daughters that God is bringing to glory. It is a great love that will bestow this on a select few, for few there will be to find this way of truth. It is quite easy to find the way that leads to destruction, misery, and desolation. A narrow gate awaits those who enter the way that leads to love, honor, and glory.
The sole criteria in achieving immortality is that we receive the Spirit of God somehow into our bodies. But therein lies the problem for mankind. The Spirit God will not dwell in unclean temples. The human body was created for the express purpose to house the Spirit of God, the essence of Himself. God made his crowning creation, man and woman, to house Himself. Mankind is to be His temple.
However, God cannot dwell in the fleshly, earthly tabernacle called the human being until He cleans out the temple first. The old carnal nature dwells in unregenerated man. Man in his original fleshly state is abominable before God.
If He were speaking directly to us, perhaps He would say, “Your actions toward your fellow man make you filthy before Me. The inside of you is dirty. It is your heart that needs cleansing. Your nature of selfishness is an abomination before God. You lie, cheat, steal, kill, commit adultery, want other people’s worldly possessions–even their sons and daughters and wives and husbands. Nothing is sacred to you humans anymore, but then it was always that way. I gave you a simple ten point law and you refuse to keep it because there is nothing in it for yourself. You worship other things besides Me, your Creator God. And you don’t keep the one day that I said to keep holy, the sabbath. A very simple law, but a very profound law.
“You humans basically worship yourselves, think of yourselves first, put your thoughts for your lives first. Always first, first, first. And before you realize it, there is little if any thought for, or even about Me in your thoughts. You see, your thoughts make the temple, your body, unclean. Your center is not right, is not on Me the Creator, and so, man and woman live out their little mortal existences, leading their little desperate rut-like lives, never glimpsing the truth of the potential of what could be for them. And that potential is immortality, never ending life, everlasting life, eternal life, a life of infinite years.
“But man’s problem is that he wants his own life to go on without end. He wants his own selfish little existence to continue unabated with everyone worshipping him and centering in on his every whim and inordinate desire. He wants to live forever in his way of getting for himself. And yet he doesn’t realize that that way of life cannot last forever. The way of getting selfishly will end up in death. Labor in the fields of selfishness, and all you are paid is death. In all man’s thoughts these things should not be, but that’s the way of all man’s flesh that doesn’t heed the higher call. This is man’s grief—that he can’t take it with him. This is the proverbial vanity of vanities. No profit under the sun of all one’s labor spent upon oneself.”
So God cannot live in the midst of all that selfishness—a lawlessness that is called sin, for the breaking of the ten commandments is sin. And God hates sin because it is so against His nature. He wants to live in man and woman, but He can’t because when man is full of himself, then there is no room for God. Selfish action is a selfish spirit and is the opposite of God’s Spirit, which is the action called Love.
So there again is man’s problem; he wants to live forever, but wants to live his own selfish life forever, and this thinking breeds mortality, the way of death. In order to gain immortality, man must have God’s Spirit living within him. But the Spirit of God will not dwell in temples (bodies) that are unclean (have actions done in them that are sinful in breaking the l0 commandments). Mankind that comes as far as this knowledge on the road of life comes to a fork in the road. He must chose to either remain as he is and how he has been living, or he must seek a way to repent, to change the error of his ways. In other words, he must find a way to stop breaking the l0 commandments.
And men have tried in the past to do just that to keep the ten commandments of God. They have failed miserably, for they have tried on their own strength and power to do so. It is impossible to keep them without God’s help. We are created that way, so that we must, in order to please Him, turn to Him for his power and strength to keep His holy law. The mightiest of body and the noblest of mind found among men cannot obey the law without His Spirit doing it in and through them.
One would ask then, “What can a person do in order to keep the law?”
First, he must through a broken and contrite spirit and heart be sorry for the way he has treated his fellow man and God. This sorrow can grow and eventually yield a desire to not do those things again. He will then repent of his sins, turn away from that way of getting for himself, and throw himself on God’s mercy to forgive him. God is rich in mercy and wants to receive his creation back into the fold of His plan and purpose. If they are sincere, He will forgive them and cleanse them from the filth and uncleanness.
We are cleansed by the shed blood of the Lamb, Yahshua, Yah-in-human-form, who gave Himself up in sacrifice for us.
It all hinges on faith and belief in the sacrifice that God has ordained–the only sacrifice that can take away a person’s sins. The sacrifice is the Lamb of God, the only one who lived a sinless life. If you can really believe that your sin was placed upon him the day of His death, that when He died, your sin died with it, and that when He was buried, your sinful life was buried, and when He was resurrected, you also were raised again to walk in a newness of life—if you can believe all this, then you can receive into your body (temple) that same Spirit and power that raised Him from the dead. It takes belief, faith.
If you ask Him, He will give you a portion, an earnest, a down payment of His Spirit. And that Spirit will come into you to replace that old spirit and will grow like a tiny seed in a large garden. You must water it with your prayers and feed it with your study. And that little portion of His Spirit will grow up into a full-fledged son and daughter of the Spirit who will someday be transformed in a twinkling of an eye and will be changed when immortality will come down out of heaven to swallow up that which can die.
For without God’s Spirit dwelling within us, we are only a member of the walking dead who spend a few nightly whispers with loved ones and then bury their dead and wait to be buried in turn. Without that entity, the Spirit of God, that makes alive whatever it touches and lives in, we are just as good as dead. Without His Spirit, if we are walking around, we do it on borrowed air in an incredibly delicate and fragile shell. And our shell will in a few moments, comparatively speaking, go back to dust from where it came, and our brief stint at self-glory here on earth will not be remembered anymore. Every thing that man says and does without the Spirit of God is vain and of no profit in the final analysis. Kenneth Wayne Hancock