I was listening to Mike Parsons “My journey to ‘see in the spirit‘” last night, and I liked how he described meditation. You can just take a verse and think about it as you speak in tongues, chew on it, all the time allowing the Lord to reveal the different depths of it. You could stay on one verse for months. So before I went to bed, I read Acts 17:28.
for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.'”
I woke up at 1:30am and realized God had been speaking to me in a dream.
We know that we are made in the image of God, and that we are sons of God. We also know we were created from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7), and that God breathed life into us. We know that ever since Adam and Eve, we have all been created by biological means, and are formed from the substance of our parents – we are their progeny, or offspring.
But according to Acts 17:28, we are more than that – we are God’s offspring. This goes way beyond being created and having life (spirit?) breathed into us. Since God is spirit, we are his spiritual offspring. Our spirits have come from the substance of God, just like our bodies have come from the substance of our parents. If we are offspring, then we began as spirit, got placed in a body, and will continue as spirit in eternity.
The context of the verse is that Paul is speaking to greeks about God, using passages from their own literature to make his point. Note that they (non-Christians) are included in this. We and they – all people everywhere – are His offspring.
I had previously been aware that God knew us (not just knew about us) before we were born (see Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalm 139:16). I had also heard various people talk about us being with God as spirit beings – maybe actually being in God and being born out of Him as offspring. I felt the Holy Spirit telling me that there was something to this, but I had no biblical grid for it, and so had been asking God to reveal to me if this was true.
What we don’t know is how long it was from the time we were created as spiritual offspring until we were breathed into a body – but even as I think this, I know the question is wrong, because eternity is not time, it is outside of time, and so the question of time lag makes no sense.
So … I wonder if there is memory in our spirit of being with God before we came to earth?