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The Nature of spirit

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God is spirit; angels and mankind created in the image of God are spirits.

 

  • Spirits do not evolve; they remain the same – never ageing.

  • God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit says “let Us make man in Our image.” Genesis 1:26-27

  • “God is Spirit and they that worship God must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

  • The Angels too were created in the image of God as living spirits - before the creation of mankind.

 

The image of God’s Son reveals His moral character.

 

  • Jesus Christ came in the flesh and was tempted in every way as a man and yet was without sin.

  • “He that sayeth he abideth in Him ought also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1 John 2:6

 

“To Walk” – meaning your daily life, the living of your life.

 

If I say I abide in Him I ought to live my life “morally” like He lived His life. That’s what the New Testament says, and His Foundational Truths support.

 

This walk is where God is leading us if we are believers of God’s revelation in scripture.

 

  • The natural man is a created spirit in the image of God without the ability to hear or know God.

  • A Christian is a created spirit indwelled by the Holy Spirit of God learning to walk, through the relationship with God, in the moral image and conduct of Jesus Christ.

 

The nature of our human spirit is:

 

  • Permanent - created by God out of nothing into a one of a kind person, a unique permanent spiritual being. The body can certainly age and die, but not the spirit.

  • Everlasting - conscious and active – able to contemplate, reflect, make decisions and to act on those decisions.

  • Created spirits are permanent, there is a beginning but there is no end to a spirits conscious activity.

  • The Spirit of God is the only Eternal Spirit for He has no beginning or end; He is the Alpha and the Omega.

  • There is a natural sense in every spirit that there is no death and will live forever.

 

Secondly:

 

  • We have permanent moral capacity, permanent power of moral choice.

    • Every spirit has the power of moral choice, to choose to follow and remain in communion with God by believing and trusting Him for life.

  • Every spirit has this power of moral choice – God, angels and man.

  • This power of free moral choice is inalienable, meaning moral power is permanent and can never be taken from a created spirit.

 

First – Permanent, conscious and active existence.

 

Second – Permanent power of moral choice.

 

  • The negative side – is that if you possess the power to love God by choice, then you can also choose not to love God, that decision is sin. You will never loose the power to commit sin.

  • All angels and all men have the power to commit sin and can never loose this power, nor spiritually cease to exist.

 

Therefore, spirits must receive and apply God’s full provision for them to demonstrate that their power of moral choice will be brought under positive control.

 

  • Much of today’s church believes that when you go to heaven you loose the power to sin – loose the power of moral choice. If God is going to remove this power from each of us, why did He ever give it?

  • If someone says when we go to heaven we won’t have moral choice (be able to sin) – they don’t realize that for them they are frustrating and destroying their participation in God’s Eternal Purpose.

 

The basis for God’s creative activity is rooted in His great and eternal love and desiring to be loved in return.

 

  • There is no greater love than the love that isn’t compelled to love but is free to choose to love.

  • Jesus Christ wasn’t compelled to die for the sin condition and sins of mankind, He chose do die providing an open door for the believer into eternity with God.

  • This was the greatest example of true love, He asked that we to would die to self and live in the spirit through Jesus Christ.

  • To love God by free choice, not by instinctive response like His creation which hasn’t the freedom and power of moral choice, but as the individual spirits we are – created in the image of God.

 

Reciprocal – Reflective Revelation

 

  • Reciprocal means: back and forth, give and take, I give something to you and you give something to me.

  • Reflective means: Light hits a surface and it bounces back in reflection - like the moon reflects the light of the sun, a mirror reflects what is in front of it.

  • Reality reflects and reciprocates to a deeper understanding of reality.

  • "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by things that are made". Romans 1:20

  • If we see science right, then it will reciprocate in a reflection in the invisible things of God.

  • The Heavens declare the Glory of God. If we see material reality right, we will see spiritual reality right.

  • The more we see God from His Biblical revelation and our active faith, the more we see God as He really is. The more we then understand this life, this world and physical reality.

 

If we don’t have permanent existence and permanent power to sin – why is there and eternal hell?

 

  • There has to be a place of disposal for humanity that persists in infecting God and His creation with the disease of sinning.

  • Sinning produces every evil and bad thing that can be experienced in God’s creation.

  • God must remove sinning once and forever to have His Eternal Purpose realized in post sin for a cleansed restored creation.

  • There is a terrible infection that is destroying God’s creation, therefore out of love God must be rid of this disease of sin.

 

 

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