The achievements of man are awesome, amazing as to what he has been able to contemplate, design, and create in a physical sense. They are truly astounding! I don’t intend to try to describe in detail, all the sciences, mathematical equations, manufacturing methods or other mind-boggling inventions, we see all around us, in the time man has been on this earth. You can get information about these things from many sources available to anyone interested.
Right now, we have a “space shuttle” in orbit, after completing repairs and adjustments, on the “space station’. We all hope they will be able to return to earth safely and with “mission accomplished”. How desperately they seem to want to prove they can “conquer space” with their little flying machines! Perhaps, they really think they can do this, eventually, without any help from a “Superior Being” or God. They never will! When you understand the unlimited universe where distances are measured in light years, the time it would take, even at the speed of light, MAN, IN HIS PRESENT STATE, WILL NOT BE SUCCESSFUL! Both his mind and body are limited. God planned it that way! We’ve entitled this subject:
Marvelous, But Limited Mankind
Well, what about man? Is there any purpose in our existence? What are we doing on this planet earth? How did we get here in the first place? Have we “evolved” from a lower life form, beginning with some ameba in a swamp? These are valid questions, we need to ask ourselves! At this present time, I would dare say, at very most, that 99.9% DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER TO THESE QUESTIONS! Do you grasp the fact that man is so deluded in his quests and projects that he cannot understand the real reason for human existence? This nation has forgotten and rejected God!
Great men of the Bible have pondered this question: David wrote: Psalms 8:3 “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of your hands. THOU HAST PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET: When it says “all things“, it means just that! Eventually, this will include THE UNIVERSE! Hebrews 2:5 “For unto the angels hath he not put into subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.” 6. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 7. Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8. Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 9. But we see Jesus, who was made (by human birth) a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10. For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and BY WHOM ARE ALL THINGS, in bringing MANY SONS UNTO GLORY, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11. For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren…”
I hope all of you, both the brethren in the Church of God, New World Ministries, and those who are contacting us through the Web site: www.cognwm.org, really understand this!
1. Jesus Christ of the N.T. is the Creator God of All Things, in the O.T. creation account.
(He was also the One who gave the Commandments to Moses on Mt. Sinai.) 2. He considers true Christians to be His Spiritual brethren. (In a begotten state at this time, but to be born again, at a later time (in a resurrection), into the Very Family of God! Notice: Hebrews 1:2 “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He (the Father) hath appointed heir of all things (the universe), by whom also He made the worlds;” Romans 8:29 “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Colossians 1:15 “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. 16. For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him. 17. And he is before all things, and by Him all things consist. 18. And He is the Head of the Body, the Church, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.”
How do these “so called” Christian leaders in today’s world, gloss over these PLAIN, MEANINGFUL SCRIPTURES? They totally reject the True Gospel of Jesus Christ: the Gospel of the Kingdom of God! They are LIARS and instruments of Satan the Devil! (John 8:44)
John wrote, “-that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:” (Rev.12:9); II Cor.11:13 Paul warned of, “--false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming them- selves into the apostles of Christ.” Christ said: “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Mt. 24)
We have all been duped by these imposters and I include the prominent televangelists, religious-news columnists and great church leaders, all the way up to the leader of the largest “Christian” church in the world. Eventually you will have to admit this and repent. Only then will you receive the KEY TO UNDERSTANDING of what I’m telling you today. These “false apostles”, pretending to represent Jesus Christ, will not read and explain to you the plain words of John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the WORD WAS GOD.”; Ver. 3 “All things were made by Him the Word;--” Also, in Verse 14. And the WORD WAS MADE FLESH, and dwelled among us, ---” They seemingly, can’t connect the dots! As simple as this appears, they refuse to teach this Truth!
How Can We Reconcile the Marvelous Achievements of the Mind of Man and his inability to Understand those Spiritual Questions we posed at the beginning of this article?
We must go back to this “beginning” we’ve just read about in John 1. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God (the One who became Jesus Christ) created the heaven and the earth.” You can read the six day account of God’s creation from your own Bible, including His Crowning achievement of making man, in His own image. (This was a re-creation, a renewal of the earth’s surface, for the creation of man and his environment that took place about 6 thousand years ago. The earth, along with the universe, is probably billions of years old: Psalms 104:1---30. A couple of things you need to know about this are: 1. This was strictly a physical being. Man was made from the dust of this earth: Gen.1:27 & Chap. 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 (creature or being, from Heb. “Nephesh”). Notice! This does not say “man has a soul”, but “man became (is) a soul. This is where the false idea (from Satan) of an immortal soul came from. That isn’t in the Bible! As you may have read in Gen.2:17, God told these first human beings, concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “ye shall not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.” They did not have immortality nor an immortal soul. (I Tim 6:16)! But Satan convinced Eve of the opposite opinion. Gen. 3:1-4. “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die (you have an immortal soul): 5. 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.” What he was really saying here was (paraphrasing): “God is keeping things from you. As gods, you’ll be able to make your own choices and decisions as to what is right and wrong.” They should have listened to God! You probably know “the rest of the story”.
WHY IS MAN SUPERIOR TO THE ANIMAL KINGDOM?
To put it as simply as possible, animals merely have brains and mainly live by instinct. They may have some minimal ability to think or reason and some can be trained to perform certain maneuvers or acrobatics. But certainly, there is a vast difference in the INTELLENGENCE of any animal and a human being. I don’t care how many evolutionists try to convince you, that, given enough time, monkeys could write an encyclopedia, THAT IS HOGWASH!
Man was created for an infinitely, awesome and unbelievable PURPOSE. It cannot be grasped by the ordinary, physical mind of man. (By the way, the human mind is formed of a physical brain, but also has a spiritual component, called “the spirit in man” With this “spirit”, “coupled” with his brain, man can plan, reason, design, create to a degree, in the arts, music, and in sciences, mathematics, manufacturing, etc.) No animal can do this! It’s the “difference” between man, made in the image of God and the animal kingdom! Job 32:8 “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” Ecclesiastes 12:7 “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Zechariah 12:1 “The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.”
This “spirit in man” can only discern physical things, through the five senses. You must have an additional Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to comprehend Spiritual truths. Romans 8:16 “The (Holy) Spirit itself beareth witness with our (human) spirit, that we are the children of God.”;
I Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” This is what I meant in my title and opening statements on this subject: “Marvelous, but Limited Mankind.”
IT TAKES THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SEE THE GREAT PURPOSE IN MANKIND!
We’re now in the physical stage of God-like beings, but the ultimate Goal and Purpose is to be elevated to the Spiritual Plane or level of God-Beings! No less than that of Jesus Christ, yet lesser in power and glory. While we are now in the human family, we are to be raised or born again the second time, into the God Kingdom or God Family! (John 3:5--8)
Remember, we read in Rom. 8:29, that Christ is “the firstborn among many brethren”.
Here is what we’ll be like as his “born again” brethren! I John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” (Rev. 1:13-16) Yes, in God’s time and purpose, we will have the capacity to travel into space. We’ll be co-heirs of the universe, with Jesus Christ, as we read in Romans 8:17. James 2:5 “Hearken, my brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised to them that lovehim”. WE WILL NO LONGER BE LIMITED in mind or body! This mortal will have “put on immortality”, as Paul wrote in: I Corinthians 15:42--53
YOU MAY BE ASTONISHED AT THIS TRUTH!
Matthew 7:28 “And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine: 29. For He taught them as one having authority.
There are several places in the Bible, where people are said to be “astonished”, when they hear the true Gospel of Christ, for the first time. I was, when I first heard it over 45 years ago. Matt, 13: 54, 22:33, Mark 5:42, 6:2, 7:37, Acts 10:45, and many others. Christ’s Gospel of the Kingdom of God (Mk. 1:14), is a different message, than what is preached in the congregations of main stream Christian religion. And please remember this: Many times, when you hear and respond to God’s Word and His calling, you will be ridiculed, disdained or be accused of following a cult or false leader. WE REALLY DO INVITE YOU TO CHECK UP ON US AND PROVE WHETHER THE THINGS WE SAY ARE ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE.
There are certain prerequisites to understanding what I’ve tried to convey to you, with this message. God, the Father must first call you to reveal and receive His Truth. Jesus said,
John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” I Corinthians 1:24 “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 26. For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.”
Very, few people understand this-- that God must call people into His Church to become Christians or saints. Verse 2 “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:”
The other requirement is the Holy Spirit must be leading and influencing your mind to bring you to Christ, as discussed earlier. If God leads you to repentance, to accepting Christ as your Savior, being baptized, then you are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to be in you.
Again, just be thankful that God may be opening your mind to the Truth, that mankind will no longer be “limited” as we are in this mortal life. What a glorious future!