How does God who is Spirit communicate his will to the natural man of flesh and blood? The Bible tells us: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,” Hebrews 1: 1, 2a Paul wrote concerning the scriptures “For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ” Galatians 1: 12 Peter wrote that: “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1: 21 Men did not choose to write the word of God, they were moved by the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3: 16
The five words used in the previous scripture: “given by inspiration of God” is the one word “Theopneustos” in the Greek meaning God-Breathed. God breathed his word into the lives of men who then put it into written form either themselves or through scribes who wrote as they spoke. The three terms listed in the scriptures above “moved by the holy ghost” “revelation” and “given by inspiration of God” all equal “God-Breathed”.
Thoughts are inspired from either the spirit of the world or the Creator. The word of God was breathed into holy men of God. They were holy because God put his spirit upon them to enable them to hear. Breath is spirit. Go ahead breath into the palm of your hand. You don’t see it but you can feel it. It’s spirit. It’s life. The spirit of the world operates according to the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The thoughts you entertain and confess ultimately sculpt your natural life. By freewill you choose good or evil, but in the end the result is death. The natural man cannot choose to seek the will of God. God must first change his nature in order for man to hear from God or choose to seek him. “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3: 11
Paul wrote, “there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” Romans 3: 11. In the Garden of Eden, the serpent offered the “lie” to Eve. She did not have freewill. God simply told them that if they ate of the tree, they would surly die. She was deceived and believed she could be like God. When she saw the tree, she fell for the lie and chose freewill. She was now subject to the spirit of the world. As it is written in the above verse, “he hath set the world in their heart.” Adam and Eve no longer reflected the image of God. From that point on mankind was born imprisoned by the tree of knowledge. It was Jesus Christ who set us free. A man or woman who is born again can choose to believe God’s word and live. The spirit from God allows us to know the things that are freely given to us by God. You cannot choose to live by the senses choosing good and evil sculpting your own destiny and walk in the spirit at the same time. You either walk with God or you choose to be your own god and allow ego and sin to rule your life. Yes you can become a master at the tree of knowledge of good and evil and build a life of your choosing but few ever succeed. Most spend their life trying to accomplish dreams and aspirations by improving the self. When you reach the end of your life, you suddenly ask yourself: What have I accomplished? What’s next? What if there is a God, how will I be judged? Freewill always leads to death no matter how successful you become in the world. Jesus Christ was offered all the kingdoms of the eon yet he said “not my will but thine be done.”
Many believe we are living in the last days. By revelation, Paul and John wrote concerning the end times that the whole world would be deceived by the devil and the final church of the age would be characterized by that which I have just described, attempting to serve God and man. I have been informed by many people that the devil cannot deceive the whole world as long as the body of Christ is still here. My argument is simply this. God’s word says we are strangers and aliens on this earth. This is not our home. We are ambassadors for Jesus Christ and we have the word of reconciliation.
An accurate description of the will of man is the potential of the human mind to make choices according to our nature. Paul wrote “there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” Romans 3: 11 Man does not have any desire to seek God. Mortal man will always choose to turn from God rather than towards him. They are not free to choose God because it is contrary to their nature. That’s why man needs the new nature given by God with the new birth. “Unless a man is born again he cannot enter or see the kingdom of God” – John 3: 3. Though man is commanded to seek the Lord while He may be found, we watch in vain for it is written, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6: 44
My next article explains how wrongly dividing the Word of God is the cause of all confusion and division.
The Devil has truly deceived the world.