The Gospel begins with Human Nature and the provision for our flaws
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Man has the on-board capacity to know his maker, but man also has a pride nature that believes he knows all there is to know, but also oddly enough has a fear that if he hears the Gospel he will somehow be held responsible, thus he avoids it completely.
HIS PROVISION IS OUR DEFENSE
Plain and simple. The Gospel is about a gift. And Christmas is a great time to consider why and how Jesus Christ still impacts the world.
And moreover, how He can impact you and me right now and right here today in 2019. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to hear something both fascinating and interesting.
Why, because from the beginning man has had a kind of roadblock in his life. Such that while seeking to find something he could never quite clearly define. Henry David Thoreau once wrote: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
Ask people and they may assert: It’s like, “the meaning” is out there, but somehow we are blocked from ever knowing God for sure. Yet humans cannot wholly submit to the conclusion that life is little more than a pointless race described in theories that academics have squabbled over for centuries.
But the Bible give him an astounding statement: It says in 1st John 5:I3 I have written unto you that come to believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
The words, “that you may know,” should invite many to question how can a person know?
Mankind, created and is blessed with the capacity to believe, thus it says in 1 John 5:12-13: He that hath the Son, hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. And these things I have written unto you who have come to believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
A REVELATION IS AGE-OLD
It is recorded in many places and called by many names (born again, conversion, blessed assurance, or simply ‘the victory’) and the first instance and perhaps a good say to introduce what the secular academics call “a religious phenomena” yet it is beyond “flesh and blood” to draw from:
Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
So how does a person come to know? That capacity to know was “built in” from man’s designer. We can call it instinct, but it is one step above that. Some call it simply “on-board spiritual software”.
It is like the firmware ROM or read-only instructions built into the sequences that run a CD player or an automobile. And man can choose to explore this “God connection” (a term in the glossary). So there is new terminology.
Yet access is blocked by what what the theologian calls sin. But sins seem to be evil deeds that you have done.
But from now on we must not think of sins as the culprit, but moreover our pride, fear, or other that keeps us from choosing to allow Christ to turn on the connection to knowing God. How?
The most powerful phenomena I have witnessed is to see people need to walk out of the room the minute I even begin remotely to speak about Jesus. Is there something there that we cannot see? An invisible force is doing something. Some get a fear come over them. Reason leaves you. I figure if you do not believe in God, why should Jesus-talk affect you? This effect seems to work like gravity unseen yet a law of sorts. But we are blessed to have the Bible to refer to in such matters.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF
For the one who breaks through the roadblock of fear and pride…
Christ wants to cleanse every part of us, not just what we confess openly to our group of friends. He wants to go into our hidden places, the locked rooms and the secret sins we keep holding on to.
But man has an on-board pride that won’t even open the book. He is proud and he declares to the world that he knows all he needs to know.
convinces and convicts people today of the choice and contained within their lifetime between a toxic road to eternal death and damnation and a different road to eternal life in Jesus Christ.
Many can benefit by taking inventory of what they believe and why they believe it.