Series: The Two Manners of Life

Read this article in PDF formatThe lives of Adam and Eve’s descendants show us that there are only two possible ways we can live our life. These two manners of living follow the two different trees at the center of the garden of Eden: one is in the line of knowledge, and the other is in the line of life.


Article One
Introduction to the Two Manners of Life
Read this article in PDF formatThe Bible shows us from the very beginning that there are only two possible manners of life we can choose from on this earth. These two manners of life are portrayed by two trees in the garden of Eden, and then by two lines of descendants from Adam and Eve.

Article Two
Cain and Abel
Read this article in PDF formatOut of Adam’s first two descendants there were two lines, the line of Cain and the line of Abel. Cain was on the line of knowledge and Abel was on the line of life.

Article Three
Cain and His Descendents
Read this article in PDF formatThe Bible tells us that Cain and Abel were not the only descendants of Adam and Eve. Genesis 5:4 says that later Adam begot more sons and daughters. We continue in this message by looking at other descendents of these two manners of life.

Article Four
A New Beginning and the Counting of Years
Read this article in PDF formatIn Genesis chapter five we have a fresh new beginning. Here we come to the line of life. The lives of those on the line of life have value. The Bible tells us exactly how many years they lived in all. Only the years of those who are on the line of life are carefully counted by God.

Article Five
From Being “Appointed” to Learning How to “Descend”
Read this article in PDF formatIn our initial experience we are powerful and buoyant. This is the experience of Seth. Now the Lord wants us to realize that we are Enosh. This is to realize that we are weak and mortal. Then we experience Kenan and gain the spiritual riches of Christ. After this we begin to praise God. This is to experience Mahalaleel. After becoming Mahalaleel, God would tell us, “Please come down.” This is to experience Jared.

Article Six
A Review of Our Experiences on the Line of Life
Read this article in PDF formatWe have seen that at the beginning of the Bible, in God’s creation, there were two trees. These two trees represent the two possible manners of life for mankind. Cain and Abel were on two different “lines.” Abel’s line consisted of Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahaleleel, and Jered. All of these names and matters we have covered so far should not just be doctrines to us. They must become experiential.

Article Seven
The Need for the Truth to Become Experiential
Read this article in PDF formatWe may know so much of the truth, have heard so much truth, and even been trained with so much truth. However, there is no truth which should just end up as “truth.” When truth is merely knowledge it puffs up. Truth can only set us free if it becomes experiential. Everything we have heard and everything we know must eventually become our experience and our reality.

Article Eight
Enoch: Learning for Responsibility
Read this article in PDF formatThe son of Jared on the line of life has the same name as the son of Cain on the line of knowledge. There is an “Enoch” on both lines, and both of them have the same meaning, “learned.” The “Enoch” on the line of knowledge came quickly. However, the learning on the line of life is much harder and slower to obtain.

Article Nine
Seven Days of Learning and Walking with God
Read this article in PDF formatTo fully learn the spiritual lessons on the line of life we need seven generations, or seven days of learning. The real spiritual learning comes generation after generation. The generations on the line of life end with Noah, whose name means “rest.” In creation God rested on the seventh day, and on the line of life the seventh generation signifies rest.

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