Bible In One Year-Day 7 (January 7, 2014)
Chapter 3 of Genesis shows us how evil law (flesh to soul to spirit) was established in our members, i.e. the soulish life (soul living according to the dictates of the flesh). The first fruit this sin yielded was FEAR;
Genesis 3:10 “And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
The spirit of fear is from the devil and not from God (2Tim1:7). The presence of this evil spirit robbed mankind of the soundness of mind, God’s nature (which is love) and power over creatures (i.e. dominion). The first singular sin started yielding other fruits.
Romans 7:5 “For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit to death.”
From this moment, anything Adam did became corrupted; even the children that came out of him became corrupted (sinner) by inheritance. Since God is Spirit and to worship Him, we must be spiritual, Adam lost this grace and became carnal; it was no more possible to please God.
Romans 8:8 “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Mark you, beloved, the flesh could be good and could be wicked. Both the goodness and the wickedness of the flesh are not accepted by God.
John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: …”
Only the goodness of the Holy Spirit through man is pleasing to the Lord. This is why Jesus admonished us that unless we are born of water and of the Spirit, none can enter the kingdom of God. Those who are qualified to enter the kingdom of God are those who please the Lord. The good man cannot enter the kingdom of God, only those who are counted as part of Christ by the indwelling of His Spirit are qualified for the kingdom of God. Rapture is not for the good man but for those with the Spirit of Christ in them
Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
Anything done in the flesh will result in WORKS of the flesh (Gal5:19-21). But whatever is done by the leading of the Holy Spirit will yield the fruit of the Spirit, Gal5:22-23. Peter defended Christ in the flesh, he missed it;
John 18:10 “Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.”
Peter manifested in the flesh many times in the scripture with the thought of doing good.
To please God, His nature must be introduced into us which could only be accomplished by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (John14:16:17).The Holy Spirit will not seek for His own but that which is pleasing to God (John16:13-14); the scripture makes us to understand that He even prays for us according to the WILL of God. Even Jesus had to be anointed with the Holy Spirit for the purpose of pleasing the Father (Luke4:18-19);
Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the demon; for God was with him.”
Therefore, beloved, no matter how good and kind a man is, if it is not of the Spirit, it is not accepted by God. You may think “how can this be true?”. Yes, it is true. All the attributes of the WORKS of the flesh are always at the background of our actions if not led by the Spirit. They could form the motive behind our actions and these are what make us to count offences against one another. Also, this excerpt gives us some insights to that; “the flesh profits nothing”
1 Corinthians 15:50 “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”
KJV-R (Webster) 1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
We must respect the rule that was on ground at creation, “after his kind” (Gen1:11,12, 21, 24, 25/ 6:20/7:14 etc). Corruption will produce after his kind and incorruption after his kind. It is a rule that ensures multiplying effect in a system. Anything produced out of error will remain in error. Adam left the garden without any apology to God. His son, Cain, also left the presence of the Lord without any apology. Since the ‘law of sin’ was in the member (i.e. the flesh) of Adam, whatever comes out of his loins has that law. We are SINNERS by inheritance and not by what we do. We are sinners by the “law of sin and death”. This is the law that pushes us to commit sins (our conducts).
Romans 7:5 “… the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth (produce) fruit (other SINS) to death.” (Parenthesis my emphasis)
Paul said he wanted to please the Lord in his mind but he found himself unable, because there is another law in his members warring against the law of his mind (Rom7). Beloved, there is a difference between SIN and SINS. Sin is the law in the member (i.e. ‘adamic’ defeated nature) that forces us to commit sins (unrighteous conducts). You can’t find SINS mentioned in the bible (KJV) before Leviticus. To take care of sins, forgiveness is what is needed, but as for SIN, deliverance (from the power of sin) is what is needed. The law that was established in chapter 3 led to the multiplication of sin; murder, hatred, pride, envy and other works of the flesh. By the time we get to chapter 6:5, it has become wickedness in a big form to the point that God regreted ever creating man.
Genesis 6:5-6 “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”
Adam lost communication with God after being sent out of the garden. Cain lost communication with God when he left the presence of the Lord. His son, Lamech (the first polygamist), continued the ministry of murder; his generation was discontinued, even though the evil spirit continued. The saving grace for Seth is that, it was from him that “…men began to call on the name of the Lord” (Gen4:26, Prov18:10, Rom10:13). The cry for MERCY started from Seth. Noah was the first to find grace before the Lord (Gen6:8). You can only find grace in mercy. It is so pathetic that men still run from God when they sin. Beloved, don’t run from God but run to Him; HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.
John 6:37 “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
You can only find rest for your soul in JESUS CHRIST.
Today, we are reading Genesis 7-9. Keep the fire burning and alive on the altar of love.