19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, New American Standard Bible)
God’s Involvement In His Creation
From my studies of God’s Holy Word, I have come to understand that God is actively involved in the creation of all of which He is the architect, to include natural, physical and spiritual. After the fall Adam and Eve had no spiritual knowledge that was of the pre-fall state. In essence, “man and woman,” Adam and Eve, came to know nothing intimate of God, or of His ways.” God was active in our pre-salvation lives, and continues to be active in our lives that are now “post salvation.” God has also shown such action to bring to salvation those of whom remain in their “unsaved state” . See 2 Peter 3:9.
2 Peter 3:9 New International Version (NIV)
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
I will begin writing a series of articles that will show “activity,” as it relates to the action of God to bring all of the fallen men and women, and boys and girls to saving faith in Jesus. As you read these articles, I would like for you to understand that I have no ax to grind other than the ax of truth. My driving force is John 8:32
John 8:32 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
Here are two key verses.
1 Corinthians 1:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Wisdom of God
18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
The two verses of 1 Corinthians show that “the perishing” have no understanding of the ways of God. The “perishing” relates to all who have not been born again; to all who have not come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior; and relates to those of us who were also in the spiritual state of “perishing.” In essence, while a person is in the “perishing” state, there is nothing of a spiritual value that is known to such a person (like you and me when we were perishing). Very simply stated, until we have been given a spirit that has been born again, and is not flawed, nothing of God’s Spirit means anything to us.
The difference between our “then and now” spiritual conditions can be seen in another passage of 1 Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
As we read the above words, we can easily find a lifestyle that was ours, and which controlled our “perishing” lives. The word “perishing” relates to our whole being, “spirit, soul, and body.” The spirit and soul are two separate parts of us. See 1 Thessalonians 5:23.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is a term, “total depravity,” that relates to “all of us” at the time of our coming into this world as an embryo. From the point in time of our being conceived we were totally depraved of anything that was “like God.” Our body that would be formed was flawed. Our soul which would “think thoughts” was flawed. Our spirit, which determines our eternal destiny, was flawed. We didn’t do anything to be flawed; it was the original state that we found ourselves (original sin) that tainted every part of our being (spirit, soul, and body), and made us unworthy of being in the Presence of God. The word “light” relates to God. The word “darkness” relates to our state of spiritual existence until Jesus saved us from the “cesspool” of original sin. See 1 John 1:5.
1 John 1:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
Unless we are made to be “light” we will have an eternity of separation from God. So, how do we come to a state of being that allows us to be “light,” like God? How do we overcome the reality of verses, 1 Corinthians 1:18 and 2:14, so that we will be able to understand spiritual matters? Hold on! The answer is on the way!
The two following resources may prove to be very useful for any serous student of scripture. The first provides many translations of the Bible, as well as supporting information. The second includes Hebrew and Greek (lexicon) meanings of scripture, as well as parallel translations and supporting information.