The Errant thinking of the Gadarenes: Flesh and blood will inherit the Kingdom of God.
[1Co 15:35-44 KJV]
But some [man] will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? [Thou] fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other [grain]: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh [is] not the same flesh: but [there is] one [kind of] flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, [and] another of birds. [There are] also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial [is] one, and the [glory] of the terrestrial [is] another. [There is] one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for [one] star differeth from [another] star in glory. So also [is] the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
[1Co 15:50 KJV]
“…Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption….”
The river Jordan is a symbol among the myriad of symbols employed by the scriptures in order to teach. The style of teaching is in the mode of the parable. The Jordan has it’s origins in the snows of Mount Hermon. It’s flow springs from the mountain, having made it’s way through the porous rock, emerging as headwaters, much as the scriptures speak of the Spirit of God brooding upon the face of the deep, emerging from the garden of God, becoming four heads. Four heads but one flow, going out into the world to accomplish the Lord’s purpose, mirrored as a finished work in the concluding chapter, as living waters proceeding from the great Tree of Life, The Christ and City of the Living God, The Temple of Living Stones, House of Many Houses.
The Jordan springs from Sion the Father, to be manifested, and made obtainable from whence it springs, Zion the Son.
[Jhn 7:37-39 KJV]
“In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
This promise is the fulfillment of the symbolic parting of waters and walking across on dry ground. The prophetic proclamation: The Kingdom of God is not on the other side of the grave. The Kingdom of God (now) is within you. You need not die to walk on the “other side”. The “Other Side” is in you.
Abraham pierced through the parched ground to dig the well which became Beersheba, the “Well of the seven fold oath”. Seven fold being explained by the seven ewe lambs added to the flocks of the gentile, symbolizing that the blessing of the Father would be to all peoples. Said Abraham to Abimelech, “I dug this well”. The prophetic gesture: I believed God concerning Christ, who is the heir of every promise. The seven ewe lambs of faith in what Abraham found, mirrored in the seven churches of Asia.
Jesus said to His disciples upon a time, “Let us go to the other side”. The “other side” being the opposite bank of the sea of Galilee. (Not the false name “Tiberius” given it by occupiers). The “other side” being the land of the Gadarenes, Gadarenes meaning “reward after”. The name begs the question, “after what”. The answer provided by the place where Jesus found the reason for going there…the man in the tomb. The tomb where a tormented soul abode, the fulfilled product of the people and their belief system. The belief that all reward is “after” the grave. The summary of the doctrine: “You die and go to heaven”. This unfulfilled tormented soul, with a head full of contrary voices and doctrines, at wit’s end, abode at the place he was taught lie closest in proximity to the “other side”, that place (according to the Gadarenes), being the grave. The Gadarenes, upon seeing their product sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind so terrorized them; so destroyed everything they taught and believed, that they in great fear, desired Jesus to depart from every corner of their sphere of belief and influence. The man found reward on this side!
The Jordan itself prophetically destroys the myth. As it passes into the sea of Galilee, creating two large encompassing shores, it eventually constricts and empties, some 800 feet below sea level, into the dead sea. Dead with salt. Dead end, with no outlet. The waters depart it only by evaporation, ascending up whence they came. The prophetic picture: if I do not find, in this life, the Man who gives living waters, I go to the grave that has no outlet. That Man can be known no more after the flesh. That Man has been glorified, raised, and ascended up to fill all things. If the prophetic meaning of all these things pass me by, and I do not find this “Man” here and now, and who and what He is should not be formed in me now (by faith in Who and what He is and has accomplished for, and in me)…if I do not cross Jordan now, in faith, on dry ground, my flesh will be swept along in a fool’s hope to the dead sea, where the waters depart, taking nothing with them. Paul, as cited above, identifies this fools hope. Be not deceived, God is not mocked. Flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God. Only the incorruptible seed (and glorified body) of the WORD OF GOD delivered to it.