Today, in our study of the Second Birth we are going to look at where 'natural' went wrong.
The Bible tells us in no uncertain terms that every one of us has a sin problem.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. - Isaiah 53:6
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. - Psalms 51:5
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-- - Romans 5:12
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, - Romans 3:23
So let’s dig in and find out how we got so broken.
Clearly, when God created man and pronounced him ‘very good’ man did not have a sin nature. He did however have a free will and the ability to choose between walking in relationship with God and going his own way.
Jesus said it this way:
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. - John 14:15
The keeping of commandments is not like jumping through hoops to prove to God that we are good enough for His kingdom. Not at all!
The keeping of God’s commands is a demonstration of our trust in Him. It says to God, in more than simple lip service, that we believe He 1) knows best and 2) has our best in view as He leads us.
He is not looking for robots, God is looking for companions. [Tweet this]
As David said in Psalm 103:14, “For He Himself knows our frame,” and so He knows how best to live this life.
Yet Adam sinned in the Garden and with Adam’s sin all mankind took on his sin nature. Paul said it this way:
For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. - 1 Corinthians 15:21-22
You see God told Adam that if he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he would die. Of course you and I look at death as that moment when your brain stops functioning and your heart stops pumping and your lungs stop drinking in oxygen, but that is not the death God was talking about.
Adam, like Christ was born with a connection to God. They were able to communicate. He was spiritually alive. Think of it like a pair of lungs. When your lungs stop working, your body can’t gather the oxygen you need to live. When you are spiritually dead, your spirit can’t connect to the Spirit of God and supply you with the source of spiritual life.
When Adam chose not to follow – not to trust – God and rather to go after his own way – try things out for himself – he, Adam, broke that connection with God and died spiritually.
Every man and woman since Adam was born without the capacity to connect with God, without spiritual lungs, so to speak.
That is why Paul tells us:
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17
This word creature has the sense of species. We are no longer a being with no spiritual lungs. When you are born again, you are born with new parts – spiritual parts – parts that have the ability to connect you to the Father.
This is why every man and woman must be born again in order to enter the kingdom of God. You can’t be part of His kingdom without the ability to connect with Him.
Boy, looking at these wonderful scriptures is doing me good!
Tomorrow we will finish up with the most important part; How can we be born again?
Don’t miss it.
Lord, I thank you that today I can breath in Your Spirit through the wonderful spiritual lungs you have given me.
See you again tomorrow.