When God created Man [Adam] he was body, soul and spirit. (Gen. 2:7) His body and soul could relate to things of the earth, the natural world. The spiritual part of man, related to God thus being fully equipped. Man was, as the Word says, wonderfully and beautifully made.
At the moment Adam believed what the adversary said,(Gen. 3:4) he learned the consequences of what God told him. (Genesis 2:16 & 17) He lost the spirit part or his inner man. Did his body and soul die? No, he continued breathing and living. Now, he was limited to the knowledge he could gather in his mind from his five senses. This spiritual death caused a great chasm between Man and God. The Old Testament overflows with commands on how Man could attempt to cross that chasm, and yet it was not enough to permanently restore the wonderful gift of God’s Spirit. For four-hundred years before Jesus Christ’s birth no man successfully crossed that chasm. That is a long time. Oh, they had plenty of religion, Pharisees, Sadducees etc. and plenty of worldly knowledge, but the children of God did not have a prophet, a pioneer for that chasm. That is when God put His Plan into action.
There are two kinds of knowledge: natural or worldly knowledge enters our minds through our five senses, and spiritual knowledge enters our minds via the Word of God. You can never get spiritual truth from the world. (Romans 10:17) What does God’s Word say is our spiritual remedy for the chasm in man?
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
“Thou shalt be saved” is the Greek word sozo. This literally means to restore to wholeness. Restore? How can you restore something that wasn’t ever there? It was there. God restored by giving us back our third part. By believing and confessing that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead you are restored to the wonderful and beautiful state of the original man but this time God added an upgrade. He made this restoration permanent and calls it “incorruptible seed.”
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23
This chasm-leaping plan came to fruition not in the moment of Jesus’ death, because that is the moment the devil succeeded in killing him, but in the moment Christ Jesus was raised triumphant from the dead by God.
“To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”Colossians 1:27
Christ is the Greek word Christos and means anointed or anointing. Jesus was never Jesus Christ until he the “Holy Spirit fell on him as like a dove,” thereby anointing him. Before that in the word he was always called Jesus of Nazareth. What does the verse above tell us? That God would make known the riches of the mystery which is Christ in you the hope of glory. Is that Jesus the person that is in you? That’s not what it says. People take it that way because they are used to seeing Christ on the end of Jesus. We received the christos, anointing in us. The anointing of the gift of God. If we have another person in us,wouldn’t that be called possession? God never possess us. He never takes away our freewill. God is our Father, if He wanted robots He would have made us robots. Do you always do everything the way God thinks you should? Neither do I. Therefore we cannot be possessed. The devil does possess people’s mind and they do exactly as he commands. Instead, God imparted the gift of holy spirit that we can use the fullness of our believing and renewed mind. We can start using it or stop using it when ever we need.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Spirit).” Acts 2:38
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:” Eph. 2:8
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Eph. 4:8
“Thanks [be] unto God for his unspeakable gift.” 2 Cor. 9:15
Why? Why would God cross this huge chasm? Why would he sacrifice His only begotten son? We don’t deserve it. We never fully realize it. We buck the truth of His love in our most humble attempts. So why? Why did He do it?
His original plan was to have a family. He/God is our loving Father. Christianity is the way of a Father with His kids.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” 1 John 3:1
What was God’s big-picture plan? From the beginning He wanted a family. Jesus Christ was God’s plan for bridging the chasm of spiritual seperation between the natural man and God thereby restoring us as His sons and daughters. God made us His kids.
God Bless You Today!