For years I asked the Lord, what is the whole purpose of life in this world. It wasn’t until later I understood what the Lord was trying to get through to me. I was seeing all the heartache, the pain and suffering and how people went through some terrible things in this world and I couldn’t understand the purpose of it all. But God is God and he knows best and surely He has a purpose.
Scripture tells us God’s ways are not man’s ways. We see plenty of examples from scripture of “unjust” things. God’s people going through terrible things and some even killed. There is one common denominator for these people going through unjust “things”. What kind of “things”?
Look at Hebrews chapter 11. And when you get towards the end of that chapter, notice verses 32 – 40 particularly.
” 32. And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33. Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
36. And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37. They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38. (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40. God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”
So one would have to ask, Why would God carry us through heartaches, troubles, pain, suffering, and so many other unpleasant things in this world? We know this world is not our home. We know we are not a part of this world. So why go through all these troubles in this world?
Why does a child go through adolescents? What is the purpose of childhood? Jesus likens the thinking of children to immaturity. Children think like a child. What does that mean? Children do not forsee danger, they do not forsee consequences of their actions, they do not see reprocussions of words or actions and we do not expect a child to understand these things. God does not expect his children to understand either. And that is where trust comes in. Children trust their parents. And as a child trusts their parents, so should we trust God.
We know one day, our child is going to grow up and they will take the core values we teach them, with them throughout their life. It may not always be the way we expect our child to respond but God tells us if we train them up in the way they should go, when they are old, they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.
Our walk through this life in this world is indeed preparing us for the future. Just like a child grows up and then they start their life, so we as God’s children grow up in spiritual matters learning to do things God’s way.
As we walk through this earthly life, God tells us about different “stages” in life we will go through. God calls those stages seasons. And when we come to the end of our season in this world, God moves us into our future life, with or without Him.
Ecclesiastics chapter 3 verses 1 – 13 explains this life in this world,
” To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10. I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
12. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
13. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. ”
So friends, everything we go through in this life in this world is preparing us for our future when we grow up in Christ. When we will be as he, Jesus is.
Be encouraged, God knows what he is doing so watch your words and attitude when going through troubles in this life. As a believer, we have a wonderful future. Until next time.
Why do people go to church? Why do you go to church?
Scripture talks about not forsaking the assembly of ourselves (believers). Hebrews 10:23-25.
“23. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24. And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. ”
Some people use these verses to say we are suppose to go to church and if you do not go to church, they claim, you are “back-slidden”. First, the term back-slidden is a term used for Israel, not the church. Second, the word church is not in those verses in Hebrews. And third, doctrinally the book of Hebrews is addressed to who? It says right at the beginning of the book, The Epistle (Letter) of Paul the Apostle To The Hebrews.
So we learn from the beginning of the book, it is a letter/epistle Paul wrote. And who did Paul address the letter to? Hebrews/Jews. So any questioning of who wrote the book of Hebrews is folly. God tells us Paul wrote it.
When you learn Paul was a Pharisee, someone who was legalistic about God’s word, a real religious guy and realize Paul was, as a Pharisee, lost and not saved until God got a hold of him in Acts chapter 9 (Saul later called Paul) you need to pay attention. Being legalistic or real religious does not get you to God or heaven. With God it is about your heart not your head, not your actions but your heart towards God. And as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
So knowing Paul was a Pharisee before getting saved, you learn Paul had a great love for the Jewish people and that is clearly one reason he wrote the book of Hebrews. Paul even tells us and the Jews, in the book of Hebrews, about his love for the Jewish people.
So doctrinally, the book of Hebrews is not written to the church but to Hebrews. Sure, we have spiritual applications we use from the book of Hebrews but doctrine in the book of Hebrews is not written to the church. Again, who is the church? A called out assembly made up of Jews and Gentiles who have believed on and received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.
The book of Hebrews explains, using Old Testament teaching examples, who Jesus is and compares the applications of scripture.
All of that said so I can go back to the beginning of this post. Believers can assemble anywhere. When believers assemble together they worship the Lord of glory and edify (build one another up in the faith) one another.
Church most often teaches “church stuff”. That means they may or may not teach scripture but they also teach church teachings; Another words, denominational teachings. They teach what you can or can not do until they get found out for doing the same things. The sad thing is people often blame God and then call all believers hypocrites.
It is not until you get knowledge that you understand, all are sinners. There is NONE righteous, no, not one. That is why Jesus/Yeshua came.
Jesus did not come and die a horrible death on the cross and rise from the dead so you could be nice and go to church. The Christian life is not about going to church Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday nights to do your “duty”. If that is what you believe in your heart, you might want to check your salvation. You see, doing works, doing your “duty” has nothing to do with your salvation.
Ephesians 2:7-10 says, “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ”
True knowledge comes from God and maybe it is time to really learn who God is and how he operates and what he expects from believers. Maybe it is time to see and hear what God says we need to do to go to heaven, not what man says and not what a religious organization says, but what saith the Lord God and then do what he says and you will get the results HE promises. Until next time.
What an eye opener. Let us try to show an example of knowledge and bringing thoughts captive.
Below is John chapter 4 verses 5 through 42, KJV. Keeping in mind our topic, knowledge, what was Jesus trying to teach this woman at the well? Remember, the woman at the well was “thinking” water from the well. We know she was thinking water from the well by what she said.
But Jesus was not speaking about the literal water in the well. What was Jesus trying to teach the woman?
Here are the verses and next time, we will explain.
John 4:5 – 42 “Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
7¶ There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
9¶Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10¶Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11¶The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13¶Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15¶The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
16¶Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
17¶The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
18For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
19¶The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21¶Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25¶The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26¶Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
27¶And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
28¶The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
31¶ In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
32¶But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33¶Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34¶Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
35Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
39¶And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
41 And many more believed because of his own word;
42¶And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”
Until next time.
This is a short post with a powerful punch. We have heard how God doesn’t change and how God loves us. Yet, many have perceptions of God but not knowledge.
Understanding God’s ways or having knowledge of how God thinks or works in us, in our life and in the world is a puzzle sometimes. Need an example?
Okay. Look at 1 Kings 17. Remember Elijah? He lived during a time of drought and famine on earth. Remember God sent a raven to gather food and feed Elijah. Elijah was near a stream so he had water during the drought. But when the stream dried up, Elijah knew that was a sign that God wanted him to relocate. God even told Elijah to move to Zarephath.
Note: When a stream God is using to help you dries up, God may be telling you it is time to make a change, a move.
So God tells Elijah where to go, what city. But God also tells Elijah in 1 Kings 17: 7-16 KJV
7. “And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
8. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
9. Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
10. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
11. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
12. And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
13. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
14. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
15. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
16. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah. ”
Knowledge – asks questions.
Why did God send Elijah to a poor poverty stricken widow and not to a wealthy person?
Who would you have sent Elijah to?
But God sent Elijah to a poor widow, why?
I encourage comments on this question. What do you think about this question? Why did God send Elijah to a poor, broke widow woman and not to a “well off” person?
Until next time.
Did you ever think about where your thoughts come from? Like when you first wake up in the morning and sit on the edge of your bed, thoughts about all kinds of things start going through your mind. Have you ever sat there and wondered, why am I thinking about that? And why am I thinking about that now? I have.
Let me show you how thoughts and knowledge tie together.
Colossians 1:19-22 KJV ” 19 For it pleased the Father that in him (Jesus Christ) should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:”
Notice where the thoughts come from? Thoughts that God hates me, thoughts of God is angry with me because I did this terrible thing, or I did this or that. Those thoughts are put into your mind by people, by family, by friends and sadly, even by some preachers and even by the enemy Satan. But what does God say? Read it again, Colossians 1:19-22 above. Read it over and over again until it sinks down into your heart and mind.
Thoughts planted in to your mind can be true, they can be a lie and (like Satan did with Eve) they can be half truths.
If the thought is true, it can be backed up with other scripture verses. As my favorite Old Testament prophet Isaiah says in Isaiah 28:9, 10 – ” Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”
Notice the topic is knowledge?
So knowledge comes from comparing line upon line and precept upon precept. Remember, knowledge is knowing that you know something. The information you sought was investigated thoroughly and you experiment and test your theories, you ask questions and you
come to a conclusion. When others test your information and come up with the same results you did, then they say you have knowledge in this field.
Some people devote their whole life to specific things. At the end of their life, you would assume they are very knowledgeable of that topic plus they have a lot of experience with their topic of choice.
The reason people get messed up with scripture doctrine is someone plants a thought in their mind. Most people never investigate or research that thought from scripture. They never compare thought or idea (precept upon precept) with other scripture verses. The result? God tells us the results in Ephesians 4:14 ” That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”
The result is we end up with (58) different religious denominations that use (15) different Bibles.
But when you can take a thought and search it out from scripture (AV1611 King James) you will see God will show you the truth from his word. You notice what you were searching out begins to be explained to you, by God himself.
Once you have searched it out in scripture and in prayer, God gives you your answer. Then it is up to you to decide if you will believe God or reject what God shows you or believe the person who put that thought in to your mind. Once you make your decision you have acquired knowledge in that topic.
Now let me say, if you choose to believe the person who put that thought in your mind over believing God, you base your knowledge on flawed information. An example.
For years people thought the world was flat and they based that teaching of a flat earth on information. But then one day Christopher Columbus sails and discovers other countries and proves when God’s word says the earth is a circle (round not flat) God was proven to be true and correct.
Isaiah 40: 21, 22 KJV ” Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:”
For years people had what they thought was accurate knowledge of the earth (it was flat) only to discover later that their knowledge was based on false information. Christopher Columbus believed God and the scriptures.
People have all kinds of thoughts about God, heaven, salvation and other topics. The question is, where are you getting your information from regarding these topics. Then, are you checking it out, precept upon precept, to make sure your knowledge lines up with the truth of God’s word.
Anyone with any real amount of scripture knowledge can make the word of God teach almost anything. That is how false doctrine is perpetuated. But to obtain knowledge in the truth, you must search out the scriptures and tackle topics line upon line and precept upon precept. Until next time.
When you think about it, if you know how to handle issues in life, life can be easier. Knowing how to handle things is knowledge.
The world has knowledge of all kinds of things. People go to schools to obtain knowledge of things in this world so they can get a job in a field of interest to them. The world has figured out ways to get people to pay tens of thousands of dollars to acquire knowledge, from this world, on a variety of topics; It is called college degrees.
The world even programs computers and puts these tiny computers into a box. The world builds a computer frame that appeals to the eyes of humans. Today, we call it Artificial Intelligence or AI.
But God offers knowledge too. And God does not charge mankind tens of thousands of dollars for his knowledge, God gives it freely in his word. And you get to choose if you want to pay tens of thousands of dollars for man’s knowledge or if you want to believe God and follow God’s knowledge.
You see, before Adam and Eve sinned, God spoke or communed with them (Genesis 2). Check this out.
In Genesis 1:26,27 God creates man in God’s own image. And in Genesis 2:7 we learn, from God, that God created mankind with a body (made from the dust of the earth), a soul (mind, will and emotions) and a spirit (the breath of life God breathed into man). And God spoke with Adam and Eve, Genesis 1:27-31.
We see in Genesis chapter one an overview and details are provided in chapters two and three of the events from chapter one. (Shows a pattern God uses. Say what happens then provide details in the following chapters.)
So Genesis one, God is communing with Adam and Eve. Genesis chapter two provides details of chapter one. Then Genesis chapter three, Satan is introduced to us.
We learn from God, that Satan is subtil. Sneaky. And what does Satan do? Tries to get Eve to doubt what God says. Paul the apostle says Satan does the same thing today. 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4 KJV
” But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Satan uses the same tactics today. When God says who we, believers, are in Christ, Satan tries to get us to doubt what God says. God says believers are justified, redeemed, sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. Satan tries to get believers to doubt who they are in Christ, and Satan tries to deceive people. That is why there are believers who think they must keep their salvation by being good and doing good works.
Salvation was never based on how good we are. Salvation is based on the blood of Jesus Christ at the cross paying for all of mankind’s sin once for all. Salvation is based on what we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth.
So if Satan can get believers to doubt what God says about believers, Satan succeeds at weakening the effectiveness of the church.
Just like the Garden of Eden when Satan caused Eve to doubt what God said about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Satan tries to get people to doubt what God says about going to heaven. Doubt heaven and hell. Doubt a day of judgment. Doubt creation. Doubt healing and prosperity. Doubt God’s love for us. Doubt we are more than conquerors through Christ.
When you look at who you are in Christ, justified, redeemed, saved, sealed, and many other “things”, you see people who doubt what God’s word says about them, these people are trying to be good enough for God to accept them. Our Salvation was never based on our “good” works but on Christ’s work so what makes these people doubt that? Satan blinds their mind to truth.
When God says one thing about you and your life and you see something opposite happening in your life, you have a choice to make. Do you believe God and what he says about you or not? That is what the book of Job is all about. Job chose to believe God no matter what happened in his life. And Job chose to watch his mouth, be careful of the words he spoke. Remember when Job told his wife you speak as a foolish person when she wanted Job to blame God for their troubles?
Knowledge brings hope. Paul put it this way:
Romans 5:3-5 KJV ” And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Experience means you have knowledge of something. And when you see how Satan works, by causing you to doubt what God says about you, about a problem, about an issue, if Satan can cause you to doubt God about anything God’s word says, then Satan has deceived you just like he deceived Eve.
So what do we do? You have to look at areas of your life where you need answers. Then using a concordance, look up the key words of your question. Then write down the scriptures from your concordance and look them up in a King James Bible. God will give you your answers. Then it is up to you to choose to believe God or choose what you see happening in your life. Then do as Jesus did, speak God’s word to your question. You have to believe God and what he says, in your heart, and confess your belief in his word, speaking his word out loud with your mouth and you will see change. It may take a month, a day or thirteen years like it did with Joseph, but it will happen. How do I know it will happen? Because God’s word says God can not lie. So I believe what God says.
Ephesians 6: 12, 13 –
” For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Until next time.
To understand life and living in this world, in the flesh, you have to go back to the beginning. God says he created everything. Man, animals, birds, God formed from the dirt of the earth. When we look at man, mankind, God says he created man in His image. So if man has a spirit, a soul, and a body, guess what God has?
When we look at God’s instructions to Adam keep in mind, God created Adam in his image. Look at Genesis 2: 15-23
” And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
18. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
19. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22. And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. ”
The only tree Adam could not eat of was a tree of “knowledge” . What area of human life does knowledge affect? Remember, we defined knowledge already in previous posts. Knowledge is not information, it is knowing that you know. So what part of the human body does knowing or knowledge affect? Yes, your mind. And your mind, your will and your emotions are the definition of your soul, not your body and not your spirit.
So when Adam took of the tree of knowledge, what area of Adam’s body would be affected? His mind. His soul.
So think about this. Before Adam sinned, his mind knew God, he communicated with God and God communicated with Adam. Adam thought like God thinks.
We know from scripture that God told Adam, if you take of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will surely die. We know Adam and Eve took of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Did they die?
We know they did not die in their flesh, in their body. So what died? What part of them died?
Again, knowledge affects what part of the body? The mind. And the mind is part of what? Yes, the soul. So what part of Adam died? His soul. Adam’s soul was now dead unto God. Adam’s mind, his will and his emotions were now dead unto God.
So how could Adam know or operate in God’s will if Adam was now, in his mind, in his will and in his emotions, dead unto God? He can not. It is like Adam does not even have a clue what God tells him. Taking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil messed up Adam and Eve’s mind. Not only did it mess up their mind but it also killed their soul towards God.
It is like putting on a blindfold and trying to walk through life not seeing, not hearing not knowing where to go and what to do. Not knowing your purpose. Not knowing why you are here. Not knowing what to do. And because God created all of us with his breath of life, deep in our spirit man, we know God is real. People struggle to find God, search out God, learn about God and why he created them. Why? Because when Adam sinned, it messed up his mind. He died towards God.
That is why all the shedding of blood in blood atonement sacrifices. God shed blood of an animal to cover Adam and Eve. Israel shed the blood of sheep and goats to cover Israel’s sin. It was not until God came in the flesh, in a fleshly body, in Jesus Christ, to shed his sinless blood, once and for all time, to pay Adam’s sin debt.
This is explained, by God, in the scriptures in Hebrews 9:6-28 ” Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
8. The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
9. Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
10. Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
11. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15. And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
16. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
19. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
20. Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
21. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
22. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
23. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25. Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26. For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
Not only did Jesus Christ pay man’s sin debt, but he also restored man’s relationship with God. We will pick it up from here next time, Lord willing. Until next time.