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Life By Death von Hordyk, Ron (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 15.02.2016
  • Verlag: First Edition Design Publishing
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Life By Death

I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:24-25 When God created mankind, they were innocent, predisposed to neither good nor evil. By creating the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God presented mankind with a choice to either live for Him or rebel against Him. However, mankind did not perceive that they could choose until Satan taught Eve the concept of evil. God gave Adam and Eve only one command: Do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But Adam and Eve disobeyed God. On that day, man's spirit died; the power of sin entered the world; the sinful nature sprang into existence; and mankind was banished into Satan's kingdom. This day was the darkest day in human history. In the Old Testament, God promised mankind a new covenant. This new covenant has given mankind a second opportunity to choose to live for God. If a person will obey God, then God will forgive his sins, give him a new spirit and a new heart, and place within him His Holy Spirit. Because mankind lost their innocence, they need to die to the seven areas of sinful control to become Christians. Hence, they must crucify their 'I' with Christ: dying to the law, to the basic principles of this world, to the power of sin, to their sinful nature, to their soul's self-centeredness, and to the world. Many Christians are not aware that they must die to live the new life in Christ. Life By Death examines why man is spiritually dead, how Christians die to the seven areas of sinful control, and what Christians experience in Christ.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: watermark
    Seitenzahl: 100
    Erscheinungsdatum: 15.02.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781506901329
    Verlag: First Edition Design Publishing
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Life By Death


Man Is a Tri-unity

Man Is Unique

God created everything in the heavens and in the earth. Nothing exists in the physical realm that was not created by God. God created man unique-a spiritual being:

Then God said, " Let Us make man in Our image , according to Our likeness ; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." And God created man i n His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Ge.1:26-27 NASB )

Not only did God create man to rule over His creation, but God also made man in the image and likeness of Himself. Every human bears the likeness of God:

This is the written account of Adam's line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God . He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them "man". When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness , in his own image ; and he named him Seth. (Ge.5:1-3 NIV)

God is a tri-unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Man is in the likeness of God because man is also a tri-unity of soul, body, and spirit. No other earthly creature was created a spiritual being like God:

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. (Ja.3:9 NIV)

We can conclude that man was set above the rest of creation because of his unique design and authority. With all the other creatures, God spoke them into being; but with the creation of man, He used a personal touch:

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground , and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Ge.2:7 KJV)

God made man from two elements: the dust and the Spirit/breath of God. When God combined these elements, He created a living soul. The dust, soul, and spirit represent the three distinct parts of man: body, soul, and spirit:

May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. ( 1Th.5:23 NRSV)

Because each of us has a body, a soul, and a spirit, we are a tri-unity like God. For God is a tri-unity of Father, Son, and Spirit. Man's body was created to enable him to relate to the physical world; man's soul was created to be the very essence of his being; and man's spirit was created to enable man to relate to God. Animals do not have spirits. When they die, they cease to exist:

The Egyptians are human, and not God; their horses are flesh, and not spirit. (Isa.31:3 NRSV)

The spirit of man separates him from the animals because his spirit enables him to understand creation with higher level functioning. This functioning allows him to rule over the earth. For instance, man has the ability to alter his environment (building a house and heating it with fuel), but animals instinctively adapt to their environment (digging a den). Because man has a spirit, he has the creative ability to process information in order to resolve situations:

But it is a spirit in man , And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding

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