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                II Timothy 2:15 

                    " The Nature Study "

      " The Different Nature's "    

 We Start With The Nature Of God

I.God Is A Spirit :

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.                                                                                   

 (A.) Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water.                                                                          

(B.) Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.                                 

(C.)Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live ?                                                    

II. Definition Of Spirit

(A.) Webster: supernatural, rational being usually invisible but able to manifest itself to humans~ having a non~material substance.                                                                                                  

(B.) Hebrew ruwach: wind, breath,life, or being with no substantial physical nature.                                                                                                                                  

(C.) Greek pneuma: breath, current of air, breeze, spirit, soul, angel, demon, or God.                                                                             

(D.) Jesus said,in Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.                                                                          

(E.) 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.                                                   

(F.) God Is Invisible; John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.                                                                                                                   

(G.) Also ~ 1John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.          

(H.) Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.                                                                       

(I.) 1Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.                         

(J.) Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:                                                                          

(K.) 1Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.                

(L.) God Is Invisible; Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Note:                                                                                                            Unless God chooses to manifest in some visible form, no man can ever see God !                                                                                                        

God Is Omnipresent   (Every where present)                                           

God Is Omniscient (All~knowing)                                                               

God Is Omnipotent (All~Powerful)                                                              

God Is Eternal                                                                                                      

God Is Immutable (Unchanging)                                                                              

The Layman's Bible Dictinoary defines " Spirit" :

A word which denotes man's reason, conscience, and nobler affections   

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.                                           

Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; in contrast to the soul ~ our appetites, passions, and sensations.The root meaning of the word " wind "

John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.                                                                                                             

Soul ~ Defined the part of man's inner nature which is the seat of our appetites, passions, and sensations. Sometimes the word [soul] means " person "                                  

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionary Defines Spirit; pneuma / pnyoo'~mah from G4154; a current of air, that is breath (blast) or a breeze; by anology or figuratively a spirit, that is,(human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc. or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ spirit, the Holy Spirit:~ ghost, Life, spirit (~ual,~ually), mind.

We know by scripture God gives blessing's and curses. We know God is Loving, but one day will return in the Flesh as prophesied in scriptures. And on His return He does have a Judgment Day. We must pray always to be led by the Holy Spirit of God to stay in His Will or The Word of Truth.

The Nature Of Lucifer

The Word Lucifer can only be found in the Bible 1 time. Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning ! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations ! Definition for Lucifer from the Strongs Hebrew and Greek Dictionary ~ H1966 From H1984 (in the sense of brightness); the morning star.

Satan ~ A evil being who opposes God; the devil. In the Garden of Eden, Satan, was represented as a serpent, who tempted Eve.     

Genesis 3:1~6 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden ? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make

The Word Satan can be found in the Bible 13 times.

The definition for satan from Strongs Hebrew and Greek Dictionary ~ H7854 From H7853; an opponent; especially (with the article prefixed) satan the arch enemy of good: ~ adversary, satan, withstand. Reference Scriptures ~  1Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel. Psalms 109:6 Set thou a wicked man over him; And let an adversary stand at his right hand. Matthew 12:26 and if Satan casteth out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand ? Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art a stumbling-block unto me: for thou mindest not the things of God, but the things of men. Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan fallen as lightning from heaven. Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thy heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land ? Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among them that are sanctified by faith in me. 2Thessalonians 2:9 even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,1 Timothy 1:20 of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I delivered unto Satan, that they might be taught not to Romans 6:20 For when ye were servants of sin, ye were free in regard of righteousness.

1 Corinthians 5:5 to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

In Ephesians 3:9 we find that it was God "who created all things by Jesus Christ." Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: God creates. He doesn't create in confussion or disarray, because"God is not the author of confusion" 1Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

But,you may reason,did'nt God create the archangel,who became, Satan the Devil ? How did Satan get to be the way he is ? If God is the one who created him ? Where did his evil nature come from ? God dont create evil things !

EZEKIEL 28:1~19 THE PRINCE OF TYRUS REBUKED

Notice Ezekiel Chapter 28:1-19 shows and refers to the example. Of how satan became EVIL or to have a EVIL NATURE. Ezekiel 28:1-10 The third oracle is directed against the prince of Tyre, who at this time was Ethbaal III (591/90 ~ 573/72 b.c.).His sin was his claim to be devine. He said, I AM A GOD ; But God said, thus provong his mortality (VV.8,9).

Now in Ezekiel 28:11-19 The change of addressee from the prince of Tyre to the King of Tyre in verse 12has prompted much discussion. However, there seems little doubt that Satan is in view in these verses as the power behind the wicked society and government of Tyre (The Evil Nature).This is evident from several considerations (1.) He is called the anointed cherub (v.14) The word cherub is used in the Old Testament only to refer to angelic creatures.(2.) The name of one of the chief gods of Tyre was Melcart, which means "King of the City ." It would have been clear to all Ezekiel's listeners that the diety supposed to exsist behind the earthly ruler was in mind.(3.) The change ofaddressee from prince of Tyre to king of Tyre indicates that someone other than the earthly ruler is in view.(4.) Finally, Paul seems to have this passage in mind when, in listing the qualifications for an elder, he stipulates that the elder " be not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he falls into the condemnation of the devil "

1Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. As a descriptive passage on Satan, the content reveals more about his fall than any other that being comparingb the king of Tyre to the nature of (satan). He served in the presence of God Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. The King of Tyre became guilty of the same iniquity (SIN) that as satan fell to. He was guilty of the SIN of PRIDE. (v.17) began to deal in iniquitous trade (v.18) and is therefore destined for judgment (vv.16,18,19).The statement Thou wast perfect...till iniquity was found in thee (v.15) is the closest that the Bible ever comes to explaining the ORIGIN of SIN. It began, when one of the perfect creatures that God created rebelled against Him !

THIS DEMONSTRATES THE EVIL NATURE BEING OF

(1.) PRIDE

(2.) FALSE-REASONING

(3.) SELF-WILL ALL PERSONALITIES OF SATAN.......

Isaiah 14:3-23 THIS IS THE PROVERB AGAINST THE

KING OF BABYLON which is also showing the EVIL NATURE

behind all evil actions and thoughts.......

Isaiah 14:12~23 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning ! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations ! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners ? All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned. Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities. For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD. I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah uses the fall of Satan, which is an assumed fact, it illustrate the fall of the Babylonian king. The name Lucifer is actually the LATIN designation for the morning star (lit. Light-Bearer). In the Hebrew it means the "Bright One." As the morning star speedily disappears before the rising sun, so Satan, the angel of light, will be banished to outer darkness by the coming of the Son of God.

Satan allowed his beauty to fill him with vanity.It wasn't enough that God had placed him on the throne on this Earth to administer the government of the ENTIRE UNIVERSE. Satan thought he could eventually ascend up into the heavens and forcefully remove God from His throne ! And so we can see how satan acquired this evil, the sinful nature.He acquired it through PRIDE, FALSE-REASONING and SELF-WILL which led to REBELLIOUS AGAINST GOD.He falsely reasoned that he was just as good,if not better,than the God who created him.

Ezekiel 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

This perfect, beautiful being, who was full of great wisdom and knowledge,became corrupted because of FALSE~REASONING.

He allowed the WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE God had given him to fill him with VANITY.He then worked to deceive those angels he ruled over on this Earth.He led one third of the angels into rebellion against God and His Laws Revelation12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

I see this in many ways in the times we are in now ! Many feel they have great knowledge and wisdom. And some even say, I am not under the Law of God. It has been done away with. Christ Jesus done away with it on the Cross. But, this is False-Reasoning.......  For the very Word of God in Matthew 5:17~18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till ALL be fulfilled.  In NO WAY has All been fuflfilled yet. The dead have not even been risen from the grave ! Jesus Christ work is not finished.                                                                                                               

God still commands us unto obedience. And to turn from this evil nature, which is Sin. It is INIQUITY [Lawlessness] in His sight.Though now, we are not saved by the works of the law. But, through Christ Jesus: John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus has paided the price for our sin. By giving, His Life, so that we may Live ! And we no longer belong to ourselves. But, belong to the Lord thy God that rules over all creation ! And God still commands His children to be Obedient to His Word.                                                                              

We can be Our Own Worst Enemy By Our Choices or By Words We Speak.......

The Devil ~ A title for Satan which emphasizes his work as a liar and deciever. The Word Devil can be found in the Bible 13 times. Definition for Devil  from the Strongs Hebrew and Greek Dictionary G1228 From G1225 ; a traducer; Specifically Satan (compare [H7854]:~ false accuser, devil, slanderer.                          

Scriptures to reference this ~ Luke 4:3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. Satan falsely accused and harassed Job. Scripture reference ~Job 1:6~12 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou ? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil ? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought ? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side ? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. Jesus addresses satan, also refered to as the devil. Matthew 4:1~10 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Jesus describes satan and the nature of satan. John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. Satan is called the prince of this world. John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. Satan is subject to the greater power of God.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. God has done predicted the fate of satan.

Revelation 20:1~3 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.                                                                                                             The Word Beelzebub can only be found in the Bible 1 time.                   

 

Strongs definition ~ From H1168 and H2070 Baal of (the) Fly; Baal zebub, a special diety of the Ekronites: ~ Baalzebub.                                                                                           Strongs Dictionary ~ behel-zeb-ool of Chaldee origin (by parody upon H1176; Dung God; Beelzebul, a name of satan.                                         

Beelzebub ~ Another name refered to being Lucifer, Satan or Devil. Scripture references ~ Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household ? Matthew 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. Mark 3:22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. Luke 11:15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. Luke 11:18~19 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand ? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out ? therefore shall they be your judges. We must aways remember:      1Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. So, if we see cause strife or confussion ? Remember who the author is of such things ? Not all things are of Satan ! Somethings come to us, by Our Choices. Although We May, refuse to except it....... 

Belial ~ A word for the wickedness or wicked people. Scripture refernces ~  1Kings 21:10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die. The word means wickedness persinified ~ a reference to Satan.                     2 Corinthians 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial ? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel ?

Cherubim :                                                                     

In No Way, confuse these creatures, of

being evil !         

They were an order of angelic winged creatures ~ Scripture reference; Genesis 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. Their function was to Praise God and glorify His name ~ Scripture reference; Eze 10:18~20 And the glory of Jehovah went forth from over the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubim. And the cherubim lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight when they went forth, and the wheels beside them: and they stood at the door of the east gate of Jehovah's house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river Chebar; and I knew that they were cherubim.  

The Human Nature

Unlike God He Is A SPIRIT and Manifest In

 Flesh !

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John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Manifest In Flesh:

Emmanuel / Immanuel ~ The name given to the Christ child meaning    " God with us "

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

The birth of a savior bearing this name was foretold by the prophet Isaiah

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

God Incarnate / came in the Flesh/person of Jesus Christ

1John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

We have been Renewed in Christ Jesus. But, still remain In Flesh.......

 

Our Flesh ~ Human Nature

We start at the beginning. God Creates Man!

So, Satan acquired his evil,sinful nature by false-reasoning.How then did man acquire his evil nature ? On the sixth day of the creation week,God created man.We were created in the very likeness of God,potentially to be created in the image,or character,of God through conversion /Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

That alone reveals that we weren't created with an evil nature,because God does not have a evil nature.Then in verse 28 it says,

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

God blessed Adam and Eve.He certainly didn't bless them by placing an evil,satanic nature in them.Furthermore, verse 31 says,                                                                                                       Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. God blessed man and saw that His creation was VERY GOOD.

On the seventh day,the sabbath,God rested from all that He had created.He began to teach Adam about His way of life~His divine laws.In Genesis 2:19,

Gen 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.         

Which Adam did willingly and obediently.Absolutely NO REBELLION is indicated here.We find,instead,the response that Adam gave names to all cattle,to the fowl of the air,and to every beats of the field.This incident reveals Adam's attitude and nature as he was created,PRIOR TO his temptation by satan (which is recorded in chapter 3).Notice carefully.Absolutely NOTHING in the account of this pre-temptation incident indicates in Adam the presence of an evil,hostile,rebellious attitude or nature.It does not reflect a heart that is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked,as human nature is described in Jeremiah 17:9,                                                                                                        Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it ? nor a carnal mind that is enmity (hostile) against God and which is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Duality In Creation:

These early verses in Genesis reveal that Adam and Eve were not created with an evil nature.They were not created in a state of sinfulness.At the time,however,Adam and Eve were INCOMPLETE.Their creation was not NOT YET FINISHED.Nor,on the other hand, does it [account in Genesis] reveal a nature filled with the Spirit of God.The Bible reveals that man was created perfect,without an evil nature.But that perfect creation was also incomplete spiritually. Man was incomplete because he needed the Spirit of God. As is the case with most everything God creates,He creates in dual stages.The creation of man was dual. Man's incomplete creation could have been completed through the tree of life,which God freely offered to Adam; Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

But let's frist understand the purpose God had in creating man.In Genesis 1:26,God said man was created in His own image and likeness.God created us to be like Him!"[T]o carry out God's purpose for the inhabitants of the Earth,to accomplish the grand and awesome PURPOSE throughout the entire universe that could have been theirs [Lucifer's and the angels],God IS REPRODUCING HIMSELF THROUGH HUMAN BEINGS!"(ibid.).That was God's purpose for creating man ~ He was reproducing Himself! Because of the awesome potential of man,God created in us a human spirit ~ Mind Power to think and reason like God.

The Human Spirit:

Man was created out of the dust of the ground and became a "living Soul"  Genesis 2:7 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.

The popular belief that man has a soul is false.Man is a soul.But man has a spirit Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.But how does that human spirit work ? How does it function in your life ? "What,then,is the function of this human spirit ? It is NOT a soul.But, (1.) it imparts the power of intellect ~ thinking,and of MIND power,to the human brain;and (2.)it is the very means God has instilled,making possible a personal relationship between human MAN and divine God.This is what animals do not have.This is the distinguishing difference between mankind and animals.Animals,have BRAIN,but no intellect~instinct,but no ability to develop HOLY and GODLY CHARACTER.And that pictures the transcendental DIFFERENCE between animal BRAIN and human MIND (What Science Can't Discover About the Human Mind).

God created us with a human spirit.But that spirit needed another spirit to be complete~the Spirit of God.Paul makes this abundantly clear:"But God hath revealed them unto us by his spirit: 1Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. God reveals spiritual knowledge through His Spirit.That is what God was offering Adam and Eve through the tree of Life~His Spirit.Notice the difference between God's Spirit and the human spirit: For what man knoweth the things of man, save the SPIRIT OF MAN which is in him ? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God: 1Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Why is this important ? Some might ask,why couldn't God just create billions of sinless creatures that couldn't sin ? Yet God has already done that in the form of animals.They have no choices to make as Adam and Eve did~nor as you and I do Animals are sinless creatures that do only as thier instincts lead them. The human spirit in mankind is what makes us different. We have the ability to think and reason-to make choices. God designed it that way; because in us, God is reproducing Himself! Sinless animals can be created instantly. Godly character, however CANNOT. It takes time.

God had to know that the likelihood was very high for mankind to be decieved by Satan. Man, after all, was created lower than the angels Hebrews 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: ~ and many of the angels had sinned, Satan sinned even after being trained at the universe headquarters. God knew it was very likely that man would sin. It didn't catch God by surprise. Satan did not ruin the plan of God. God expected it. That is why it says the Lamb was " slain from the foundation of the world " Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. It was already determined that one member of the God Kingdom, the Word, would be made flesh and would die to pay the penalty for the sins of this world.(Of all humans, only Christ life could pay that penalty because, as Creator of all things, He alone was worthy to pay the awesome price for the sins of all mankind~ Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: At the same time, God provided a supreme power, His Holy Spirit, by which mankind could actually partake of the very mind of God. With this power. man can overcome Satan.

God created us with a human spirit so that it could connect with the Spirit of God, without which we are incomplete 1Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him ? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. After man's sin, the tree of Life, or the Holy Spirit, was cut off from man Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Genesis 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. Genesis 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. That left man with just his human spirit alone to decide for himself what is right and wrong. And that is where Satan enters the picture. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

How Adam and Eve Acquired Human Nature

As we have seen, man was created perfect, yet incomplete. God personally instructed Adam and Eve in His laws and commands before Satan was allowed to tempt them. Adam and Eve were throughly instructed in the administration of God's government. In the midst of the Garden of Eden was the tree of life. It was through this tree that God offered Adam and Eve immortal life. The other tree, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, caused death Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 

Only after Adam and Eve were trained in God's way did God allow Satan to tempt them. Satan got to Adam through his wife Eve. Satan's goal was to get Adam and Eve to believe that all God had taught them was a lie. Notice  Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall NOT surely die." In chapter 2, verse 17, God said they WOULD" surely die" if they took of the tree. But according to Satan was right and that God was a lair. Adam followed along in choosing  rebellion. They took unto themselves the right to choose between good and evil by eating from the forbidden tree. God had ALREADY DETERMINED WHAT WAS BEST for them, which is what they would have had~ the very best~ if they had taken of the tree of life.

Notice what happened:"And the EYES of them both were OPENED, and they knew that were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Their eyes were opened. There was a MIND CHANGE. The spirit of rebellion had enetered into their minds, or hearts. Again, this rebellious, evil nature was not there prior to the temptation. But neither did they have minds filled with the spirit of God. That's why they needed the tree of life ! Satan acquired his sinful, evil nature through FALSE-REASONING. But Adam and Eve recieved their evil nature DIRECTLY FROM SATAN.

Satan Broadcast

So Adam and Eve recieved their evil nature from Satan. But how did that happen ? Notice Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: This course is refering to Satan the devil. He is the power of the air. He broadcast his attitudes to mankind like a television signal transmits over the airwaves directly to the tv sets. That is how Satan got to Eve ! Through Her Human Spirit.

Satan caused Eve to doubt God. It was all very subtle. Satan did not approach Eve say,"I am the devil and I command you to choose my way." No, Satan very subtly and deceptively got to Eve through her human spirit. "He [Satan] put DOUBTS in her mind about the verasity. He put a sense of injustice and resentment within her. He decieved her into believing God had been unfair~selfish. He subtly injected vanity of mind. He misled her into thinking it was right to take of the forbidden fruit."

But what about Adam ? There is a clear distinction between what happened to Adam and what happened to Eve. Satan decieved Eve into thinking he was right. Paul wrote," For Adam was frist formed, then Eve. And ADAM WAS NOT DECIEVED, but woman being decieved was in the transgression" 1Timothy 2:13-14 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Adam was decieved by Eve. Eve did not approach Adam and say, here I eat from the Forbidden Tree. She knew Adam would never disobey God deliberately. Scripture says, Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband that was with her ; and he did eat. Adam was not standing beside her when the serpent beguiled or (decieved) Eve. The term that was with her is translated from the Hebrew and Greek translation (in the area). Adam blamed God for his weakness, because he trusted the women God had given him.Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. But, why not ? He had not eat from the tree that was forbidden. He did not see his nakedness, nor did Eve at that point. Genesis 3:6-7 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.  Eve never mentioned in scripture what she did to Adam. Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Notice it was after both eat of the tree before seeing themselves naked. It was after the serpent had used the women to get to Adam. It was at that point it was realized what Eve had done by Adam. After Adam ate of it. Then both of them seen their nakedness and realized what had happened. Satan used the women to decieve Adam. The head of the garden. And so we read in Genesis 3:7 that " the eyes of them BOTH were opened." They both acquired this evil, sinful human nature directly from Satan himself. Now, how did the rest of mankind acquire this evil humam nature ?

The Rest Of Mankind

Most in the world today assume this evil nature is something every human being is born with. This theory underestimates the greatpower of our adversary, Satan the devil. Notice what Paul wrote to the Corinthians:" But I fear, lest by any means, as the SERPENT BEGUILED EVE though his subtility, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ " II Corinthians 11:3). In verse 2, Paul said he desired to present them as a "chaste virgin to Christ." Paul feared that the Corinthians would revert back tot their former ways before they came into the knowledge of the truth. Prior to that time, they had been decieved just as Eve was ! In other words, directly by Satan's Broadcasting. But Satan, by subtlety, decieved Eve. Eve's children were not born with this evil nature. Nor were the people of the Corinthian church. But Paul feared, lest Satan, still around after some 4,000 years, pervert Corinthian minds directly, as he had done to Eve."

Like Eve, the rest of mankind after her has been decieved. "[T]he selfishness, hostility, deceitfulness, wickedness, rebellion, etc. that we call HUMAN NATURE. It is Satan's ATTITUDE. And broadcasting it, surcharging the air with it, Satan actually NOW WORKS IN the unsuspecting all over the world today ! That is HOW Satan decieves the whole world today                                                                                            Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

We have seen that Lucifer acquired his evil nature through FALSE REASONING. Eve acquired it through Satan. Adam, though he wasn't decieved, likewise acquired his evil nature through false reasoning under the influence of Satan. And today, we live in a world where everyone has acquired this evil HUMAN NATURE~ not from heredity~ not from the enviroment~ but directly from Satan the devil. That is why Revelations 12:9 says:" And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world......." Churches or people today do not want to believe this verse. The whole world is decieved. The very fact they are decieved means they don't KNOW it ! 

Notice 2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, Satan is the god of this world. And notice, he has blinded mankind. The world didn't inherit an evil nature. It was caused by Satan. He is the prince of the power of the air. People cannot see Satan. That's what makes him so deceptive. He gets to us through the human spirit. Satan's attitude of self-centeredness, anger, envy and strife begin to affect us when we are small babies. Those attitudes revolving around self become absorbed and eventually become normal. In other words, they become habitual."That which has become habitual and therefore natural becomes a NATURE within us." That is why so many assume we were all just born with an evil, self~centered nature~because it seems so natural and normal to be that way.

Obviously, this human nature manifests itself in varying degrees. One person can become more evil than another. But the overall attitude of vanity and self~centeredness is something we all have and must overcome. That can only be done by the power of God living in us.

HUMAN NATURE DEFINED IN THE BIBLE

As we have seen, Adam and Eve were not created in a state of rebellion and sin. They were created incomplete. They needed the Spirit of God.

Rememeber Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it ? Yet Genesis shows Adam and Eve to be "good" and obedient prior to the temptation by Satan. So when there verses in the Bible that described the evil, sinful nature of carnal~minded man, they are speaking of a human mind that has been decieved by Satan, like Eve ~ a mind that has Satan's nature. A human being without the knowledge of God, who has been swayed and decieved by Satan's nature, is one who is "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked."

"Humna nature is, simply, the subconscious pull of a definite attitude of mind. It is the attitude that became Satan's. It is the natural attitude implanted from infancy by the invisible Satan. It is the attitude of vanity ~ of self~concern~of lust and greed. It is the attitude of hostility to others, and resentment of authority over it.

Notice Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind [a mind apart from the Spirit of God] is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. When we understand that it is actually Satan's nature in us and that we are not born with it, we can clearly understand why man is wicked and hostile toward God: because Satn hates God.

Some might assume from Romans 8:20 that we were CREATED with vanity since it says "the creature was made subject to vanity." The Revised Standard Version translates this passage more clearly. Beginning in verse 19, it says,"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God." The creation, as it is properly translated here, is refering to all the stars, plantes, moons and suns in the universe. That creation is waiting for us ~ "the revealing of the sons of God." Continuing: "for creation [all the suns,moons,stars and planets] was subjected to futility [uselessness], not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, BUT WE OURSELVES, who have the frist fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption [the birth] as sons, the redemption of our bodies" (verses 20-23). Romans 8:20 does not say we were created with vanity. Everything God creates is good ! These verses point out that it is the creation around us that now sits in futility, just waiting for the birth of the fristfruits ~ because we will have part in beautifying the creation that has been in decay since Lucifer rebelled.

Perhaps Ecclesiates 7:29 sums it up best.

Ecclesiates 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

Moffatt translates this verse,"Here is all I have been able to discover: God made the race of men upright, BUT MANY CUNNING WILE HAVE THEY CONTRIVED." Who is the most cunning, wily, deceptive being of all ? Satan the devil, of course ! Man was MADE UPRIGHT. But he has acquired his evil nature because of Satan's deception.

CHRISTIANS CONVERSION

But some might be asking, what about converted Christians ? Do they have this evil nature inherent within them ?

When we come to God in repentance prior to baptism, we repent for living the way of Satan ! A repentant sinner rejects that way and turns to the way of life pleasing to God ~ he subjects himself to the government of God. But conversion does not disconnect us from Satan's broadcast. There will always be the tendency to return to our selfish ways. This is what a true Christian must strive to overcome. That's why the Bible says so much about overcoming and remaining faithful to the end. When Jesus admonished us to overcome. He meant for us to overcome the way of Satan.

That brings us back to the ultimate purpose of why man was created in the frist place ~ TO BECOME GOD. God is reproducing Himself. He is calling out a select few at this point to assist Him in teaching others in the World Tomorrow. In preparing for that, they must overcome JUST AS JESUS CHRIST DID                                                                         1Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

Revelation 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

We can't overcome by our own power. It has to be Jesus Christ living again in us by the power of the Spirit of God

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

God is creating something very beautiful in us. "[W]e are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works," as Paul said 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

But you look around at this evil world, which is getting worse and worse, it is increasingly more difficult to find the workmanship of God ~ His works manifested in humn beings. People may talk a lot about the Love of God. It's the kind of love Ezekiel prophesied to be extant just before the Christ returns: "[W]ith their mouth they shew much love, but their hearts goeth after their covetousness"

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

Mere words have done nothing to solve the evils and suffering of this world.

"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments are not grievious"  

1John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Real love ! the Love of God ~ is action. It is keeping the Commandments of God. And unless our people stop talking about love and start obeying The Law of God, the veils and moral depravity we see all around us will only get worse. Only when we make a stand, with firm resolve, and determine to live according to the Way of God, will we ever eradicate the evil nature ~ Actually Satan's nature ~ which resides in the mind of man. Only then, when every human being rejects Satan's way and seeks the Power of God, will we be able to solve the problems that plague mankind. 

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