by Ryan Wyatt
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
The Bible says in Acts 3:19-21;
“Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.”
This literally means that Jesus Christ is “retained” in the heavens “until” there is a restoration of all things on the earth. Restoration of what? The restoration of God’s original plan and intent for His people on the earth. God’s original purpose for Adam was to be a carrier of the fullness of His glory, to be an ambassador of the kingdom of heaven and to bring heaven to earth daily.
Adam was created in the image of God and was told to have dominion, subdue the earth and fill it. Fill the earth with what? Adam was to fill the earth with the Kingdom of God. Adam was God’s agent and ambassadorial representative on this earth. Let me continue by describing the way Adam was created…
CREATED FROM TWO ELEMENTS IN ORDER TO LIVE IN TWO REALMS
Genesis 2:7 says this:
“Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
Adam was absolutely perfect in every way. He had a perfect body, perfect soul and perfect spirit. God first formed Adam from the dust of the ground. This was an earthy substance that formed the part of Adam’s being that gave him access to the natural realm. In his body, Adam had his five natural senses; seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting.
The fact that every human being has a body is very important because no spirit being can function on the earth without flowing through a human being who has given that spirit permission to function. In Gen 1:26, God delegated the authority over the earth to human beings. This means that humans have authority over the earth and spirit beings flow through them to further their purposes. This is true both for the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. Demons need humans with bodies to flow through in order to function in the natural realm. In the same way, the Holy Spirit is looking for a person who is yielded to Him in order to fill that person and flow out through them. This is the reason why our prayers are effective because as delegated authorities on this earth we open up our lives by asking the Lord to come and flow through us in the earthly realm.
We give this authority either to God or the devil very easily. Gateways are opened for spirit beings to flow through us because of what we set our five natural senses on. Our bodies are gateways. What you set your eyes upon gains entry into your soul, your mind and your heart. The same goes with your other 4 senses. Have you ever heard the expression; “What you eat, you are”? Well, what you open yourself up to is what comes into you and flows and functions through you.
Genesis 2:7 goes on to say that God breathed the breath of life into Adam. This “breath of life” is a Hebrew word for “spirit”. This does not mean the Holy Spirit but rather a supernatural element that came straight from God to form the “human spirit” within man. This very element within man disproves evolution. If you believe that human beings have a human spirit, as the bible states, then evolution is impossible because there is no evolution of the human spirit. The human spirit is a supernatural element that came straight from the very breath of God.
The breath of life, or the human spirit, is what gave Adam access to the supernatural realm. Adam was essentially created from two elements, one earthy (dust) and the other supernatural/spiritual (spirit). So from the very beginning Adam was created as a dual-dimensional person with the ability to live and operate from two realms at one time. In fact, every human being, whether born again or not, is created with the ability to operate in two realms at one time because every human being has a human spirit within them.
In the beginning Adam was perfect in every way and His relationship with God reigned supreme in his life. There was absolutely no barrier between Adam and God. In fact, Adam was so God-conscious that he did not even realize that he was naked. I believe that Adam functioned in full capacity in the spiritual realm as well as physically, in the natural realm. In fact, I believe that this is one of the earmarks of a fully mature son or daughter of God; one who is fully functional in the natural and the spiritual.
This was one of the issues of frustration for Paul the Apostle because he mentioned that he longed to come to the church and feed them solid food but they were not mature enough to receive anything but milk. He called them carnal. We have plenty of people in the Body of Christ that are good at being carnal but very few who have learned to truly be spiritual and mature. Adam functioned in an incredible realm of the glory and kingdom of God. However, Adam made a decision that would change the course of humanity for many years to come, until Jesus arrived on the scene. Jesus came to restore the kingdom of God to the earth.
God did not create robots. He created human beings with free will. One of the greatest acts of grace in all time is that God created Adam with the ability to turn away from Him. God is not looking for robots He can control. He is looking for voluntary, laid down lovers of God who will completely yield their lives to Him in a divine romance that ushers in the eternally powerful Kingdom of God into the earth!
Adam had a decision to make. When God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden Adam was neutral. Nothing had become internal within Adam at this point in time. God placed two trees in the garden; the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam could either eat from the tree of life and receive eternal life, or he could eat from the tree of knowledge and accept the nature of Satan. We know that Adam never ate from the tree of life because Genesis 3:22-24 says this:
“Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” — therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life.”
Adam had already eaten from the tree of Knowledge and God clearly states that He had to drive Adam out of the garden because if he now ate of the tree of life in his fallen state he would live forever in that fallen state. At the very moment that Adam ate of the tree of Knowledge, not only did he and Eve become cursed but the earth became cursed as well. Before this time Adam did not have to toil and till the ground. Everything was just blessed and plush and overflowing with abundance. But when the earth came under the curse Adam had to sweat in labor to toil the ground (Gen. 3:17-19).
Adam had just lost the ability to fulfill the original mandate given to man because he was no longer a perfect man. This is why Romans 8 states that the creation is groaning in birth pains for the revealing of the sons of God in the earth. Creation yearns for the sons of God to arise because only the sons of God have authority to reverse the curse on the land. Jesus came as “The Son of God” to show us a prime example of the authority that a son of God can have over the earth.
THE LINE OF ADAM
We are all separate, unique individuals but at the same time we are all one. We are all part of the same family tree. Adam was the first prototype of a new race, human beings. When a prototype is wrong then all the others that follow after it will be wrong as well. When Adam fell, he brought all of humanity into the fallen state with him. Every human being born after Adam was corrupted because Adam himself, as the prototype, was corrupted. Genesis 5:3 says this:
“When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.”
Adam’s first son was born in Adam’s image and likeness. This was a bad deal because Adam was no longer living in the image and likeness of God because he was corrupt. All of humanity is born in Adam’s image with a fallen nature.
This spoiled God’s plan of having a perfect race of people on the earth, filling it with the Kingdom of God. However, God is never caught by surprise and had a plan to reverse the curse and redeem humanity even before the foundation of the world (Jn. 17:24). After Adam’s fall, the best God could do was to give Israel a set of rules, or laws, to live by and if they believed in God and lived by the laws then it would be accounted to them as righteousness. Everyone who died before the resurrection of Jesus, who believed in and obeyed God, was put into a hull of the earth called paradise where they would await the savior of the world who would raise them up and take them to their eternal home in heaven. No human being who had died before Jesus ever lived in heaven until Jesus died on the cross, plundered hell and led captivity captive (Eph. 4:8).
However, taking Old Testament saints to heaven was not the ultimate goal of Jesus Christ coming to earth as the Son of God. Jesus Christ was sent and lived His life as a prototype of what is possible and available for each one of us as believers. Jesus lived His day-to-day life out of the intimate voice of God and carried His kingdom, the supernatural realm of heaven, on the earth with miracles, signs and wonders following Him.
Jesus came to birth a “New Breed” on the earth and restore the Kingdom of God to them. This new breed is a remnant of people recklessly abandoned and in love with their God who through intimacy, destroy the works of the devil, and bring the realm of heaven to earth daily. This new breed would continue the mandate originally given to Adam and fill the earth with the Glory of God.
Abiding Glory Ministries
About Ryan: Ryan Wyatt is the Founder and Apostolic Team Leader of Abiding Glory Ministries, which incorporates the Abiding Glory Apostolic Base and The Habitation (their local fellowship of Believers), both headquartered in Knoxville, TN. The burning passion of Ryan's heart is to help prepare and equip an end-time Army of Believers who will be raised up to establish and advance the Kingdom of God. Ryan releases the glory and power of God everywhere he goes through a strong prophetic and miracle-healing anointing with many instantly healed and delivered in his meetings. Ryan, his wife Kelly, and their three sons live in Knoxville, TN.