In Jewish mystical thought (Lurianic Kabbalah), the human soul's three highest attributes are Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge.
These attributes have their counterpart in the "Heavenly Man" (Jesus), a manifestation of God's glory.
These three attributes are also associated with God creating the world (Proverbs 3:19-20).
In this lesson, we explore these attributes from Genesis through to Paul's letters and discuss how we can structure our own interactions with God through the Holy Spirit.
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"Repetition is the mother of all learning."
We learn through repetition. Each time we encounter a biblical concept, we see something we didn't see the first time. It's kind of like watching a movie a second or third time and seeing something you didn't see the first time.
Information - "in-forms" us. We are formed when we learn, and therefore we are different each time we encounter what seems to be the same information. We often feel this way when reading the Bible. Each time we read the same passage, it impacts us in a new way.
The "Heavenly Man" lesson is not an easy one as it resides in the mystical. Mystical, by definition, is a mystery.
In this lesson, we continue our exploration of the "Heavenly Man." As we review the first video's information (click here), we will add some additional verses to help you see deeper into this amazing concept.
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In 1 Cor. 15:49, Paul refers to Jesus as the "heavenly man" compared to the "first Adam."
The idea of the "heavenly man" was not new to the Jews of the first century. In fact, we see this term used in the writings of Philo of Alexandria who was a Jewish philosopher
(20 BC - 50 AD).
The "heavenly man" is derived from a mystical vision that Ezekiel records in Ezekiel 1.
Ezekiel sees the figure of a man sitting on a throne in heaven that is the fullness of the glory of God (Ezekiel 1: 26-28). The "heavenly man" is, therefore, a king.
Philo also calls this heavenly man - the Word (Greek Logos).
In this lesson, we will explore how both Paul and John use these terms to refer to Jesus and how it pertains to our spiritual growth as we transform into His likeness.
Class Handout to help with your studies:
Louis Ginzberg - Adam Kadmon -
Daniel Boyarin, "Logos, a Jewish Word: John's Prologue as Midrash"
Adam Kadmon - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Kadmon
Scott Broberg - I have a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Bethel Seminary - San Diego - Biblical Studies with and emphasis on the Old Testament.
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