"Two nations are in your womb. Two peoples shall be separated from your body. One people shall be stronger than the other." (Genesis 25)
Herein we find why conflict exists. Two men live within you, Two men are manifesting on earth, and these Two kingdoms are opposed. According to scripture, this is the story of humanity's struggle.
"The flesh lusts against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another."
Rebekah, a barren woman, became pregnant. She immediately felt an internal struggle, so she inquired of God: "If all is well, why am I like this?" God answered her, "Two nations are in thy womb." Rebekah gave birth to twins, just as you are preordained to give birth to the two men that live inside you.
The first child that came out of Rebekah's womb was Esau. He was red and hairy, the ugly baby! The second child that came out was Jacob, the cute one!
"The natural is first, and afterwards, the spiritual."
Esau grew up to be rough, a man of the field. He symbolizes the carnal man of the earth (Adam race consciousness) whereas Jacob grew to be mild, dwelling in tents, a place of rest — symbolizing the heavenly man (Christ race consciousness).
"The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image (consciousness) of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly man." (1 Cor 15)
The first consciousness to be born within you is the ugly baby Esau/Adam — fleshy man of dust. The Bible identifies him as "the man of sin" who manifests first in the world. Like Esau, He appears to be the stronger nation at first glance. However, Esau got rejected, and Jacob gained the inheritance from his Father, just as believers inherit the blessing from their heavenly Father: "The meek shall inherit the earth."
The Esau/Adam consciousness remains trapped in a hellish state, vividly depicted in various scriptures: "Man who is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away." "They conceive trouble and bring forth futility; Their womb prepares deceit."
In Romans 7, Paul writes of his torturous journey while trapped in the Esau/Adam state: "For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice." He discovered the impossibility of doing good while dwelling in a sin conscious state; therefore he recognized his desperate need to be rescued from it; hence he cried in anguish: "O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Have you seen the man of sin appear yet?
Have you recognized the futility and utter insanity of trying to do good?
Have you made that dramatic cry—Who will save me from this body of death?
Thankfully, Paul realized the way out, "I thank God—through Jesus Christ, our Lord!." He discovered the higher state: "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." That verse gets me every time! Liberated from sin, and brought into the Spirit of life! In this transcendent law/state, no condemnation exists, rather life and peace. And, the body which was once a vessel for sin is now alive to express righteousness. Glorious!
Under the inferior law of sin, "Those in the flesh cannot please God." All that you experience is condemnation, and a feeling of God's wrath. However, when you encounter the presence of Jesus, you're transformed. Jesus said to an adulterous woman: "Where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you." You too can experience his rich mercy, whereby every accusation is nullified. No one left to accuse you! Wonderful!
It's why you're implored to: "Come out from them and be ye separate." Come out from who? 'Them' being all your spiritually dead thoughts of self-accusation. Exit the darkened tomb of the carnal mind, and go out to "meet the Lord in the air." Air, the atmosphere of heaven, raptured into the kingdom of God, where love, peace, and joy is the pervading atmosphere. There, and only there, you will know the warm embrace of Abba, "I will receive you; I will be a Father to you." Party time! “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.”
Rebekah first saw the head of Esau (carnal mind), come out of her womb before she could see the head of Jacob (the mind of Christ). Likewise, until you first see and recognize the appearing of "the man of sin" inside, you cannot witness Christ appear within your womb. "First, the natural, afterwards, the spiritual."
Interestingly, when Rebekah was giving birth, Jacob's hand held the heel of Esau. To me, this symbolizes the grace of God that covers you, even while you are still living in ignorance. God's hand holds you, he fully accepts you, despite what you've done, Isn't that beautiful? God is full of grace; He so loved you that He sent his son to save you. Do you believe in this God?
Furthermore, never feel there is no way of escape, no matter how bad or depressed you may feel. Don't worry how ugly the man of sin manifests in you! Just recognize who he truly is. Whatever way he expresses himself is all the same to God—good, bad, or indifferent. Many find this hard to accept because it means, no self-righteousness avails anything. Only a new creation inherits the blessing of Jacob.
John the Baptist anticipated a second coming: "It is he who comes after me." He understood the sole purpose of his first life was to make way for the coming of the second man, just as a caterpillar is destined to die and give way for the birth of the beautiful butterfly.
"Except a seed of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it dies, it bringeth forth fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." (John 12)
Until that willingness to die to self occurs, you remain in the darkened first Man, Adam/Esau state — The old caterpillar creature. But as soon as you enter the cocoon of repentance, and cry out for the Christ, you will be born anew like the butterfly, and see the one who comes after you.
Do you believe that within your very womb - the second man Christ is waiting to come forth?
Could that explain all the anguish and travail of birth pains you’ve been feeling?
If true, wouldn't that be worth realizing?