Born Spiritually Alive!
Born Spiritually Alive, But Avoiding Sin, Impossible!
At the completion of this work we will add the article titled, “Are We Born Spiritually Dead” so that the reader may have a base on which to assess the contents of this article and the points it is trying to make, depending on Scripture as found in the KJV. For this we will return to the beginning, that is Genesis, to ask questions and to get answers to the polemic raised by some on this matter at hand.
To the Bible student it has been made amply clear in the pages of Scripture that it is not by any of man’s works that anyone enters into heaven, for that no one has the righteousness to be justified or made/found acceptable in the presence of God. Furthermore is made clear that if anyone were to be able to partake in the act of salvation by his own efforts or merits, that one could boast in heaven of his participation in his own deliverance. But God says no one at all can, for all must come before Him by the gifted righteousness that is of God (Rom 3:21, 22, 28), and it is the righteousness given as a gift by the very faith of Jesus Christ ( see also Phil. 3:9), and yet more, at that the faith gifted us freely by his grace (Ephesians 2:8-10) so that no one could boast.
But if at this time you would raise the question, well, what does that has to do with the impossibility of avoiding sin? You would receive the answer that by His word God has made salvation totally a package that comes from God and it is not of our doing in the leasts of respects, for exactly that is what God intended from the beginning so that man would be totally dependent on him as a little child is on his parents, for He was to supply every provision necessary for salvation and life. Even the children who die by whatever means or ways before the age of accountability to God for their sins, or even those who by virtue of their lack of intellectual development are not capable knowing right from wrong, need the righteousness of God accounted to them, though these children by their innocence and inability have their own sinless righteousness . They still require the imputed/imparted righteousness of God lest any should boast in heaven. The innocent thus too get the free righteousness of God accounted to them as well.
A pause for a warning: unless you use a KJV you will not see the verses correctly, for most bibles have changed in these critical verses the wording from “the faith of Jesus Christ” to “the faith in Jesus Christ”, meaning not the same thing. Most bibles today are of the Alexandrian Text family and many changes have been made that bring error and misunderstandings of the content. The KJV is of the Greek Text family from Syrian Antioch, Paul’s base of operations many times.
The next question ties to the first one, that is, if God made it so that all men must come to Him for the gifts of faith and righteousness of God for justification, intending that it would be of Himself alone that salvation could come, what does that have to do with being impossible to avoid sin? Well, a lot! And this all from the very first book of the Bible. Have you ever wondered what the Serpent Lucifer was doing in the garden of Eden, the garden of God where Adam and Eve were placed? Look at these verses:
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius , topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created (Ez. 28:13)
The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chesnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.
I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him. (Ezekiel 31:8,9)
One needs to ask, what was Lucifer doing in the garden of God? Ezekiel 28 is all about the Fall of the Devil, and here in this verse we are told he was in the garden of God, in Eden, in a figure of a tree.
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. (Gen. 2:9)
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
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.(Genesis 2:15-17)
To prove it one has to go to Genesis 3:1-5 to get the account of the serpent being in the garden of God, tempting Eve. We could make a conclusion here, and that is that by this time Lucifer had fallen into sin, as his Fall is implied, that of rebellion against God as he did violence to God’s rule. Furthermore, the very same passages in Genesis 3 show the temptation of Eve in the garden of God, as this is the episode that led to the Fall of man. Not only was Eve faced with a temptation from outside herself, by the Devil himself (2 Cor. 11:3) who beguiled her, but in verses 6&7 it is shown that Eve succumbed to the elements of the flesh (the lust of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life). So at this time it appears as if the very 3 principal foes of man were present, a garden of Eden marred already by a tree that would bring nothing but disaster for mankind, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and bring consciousness of guilt/penalty of sin. What sin? The overthrowing or transgression of God’s commandment not to eat of that tree under penalty of death. For where there is no law there is no transgression but where there is law sin takes advantage by the law which is its power, sin revives and it kills. Reiterating, the garden had the means of causing the falling into sin and gaining an evil conscience (Hebrews 10:22), had a tempter to lure into sin, had all the elements of the indomitable flesh (1 John 2:16) to make one fall into sin [the world type, the devil, the flesh].
In the article on the unbiblical teachings that man is born a sinner, or spiritually dead, that I will adjunct to this short article on the impossibility of not sinning, we argued that the stage was set for our fathers Adam and Eve to fall into sin. Here you must think that with which this article was commenced, and that is that God justifies only those to whom he has given of his righteousness, freely by the gift of faith by his grace, and never by the works or own merits of man, a kind/type of righteousness that man nor angel could ever achieve. And the moment man falls into sin then death applies to him as it did to Adam and Eve. Surely this is no easy topic and without Scripture to support the conclusions we are left with assumptions, speculations, wishful thinking and man’s ‘wise’ conclusions.
Let us look yet deeper. God did tell us that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, neither doth corruption inherit incorruption (1 Cor. 15:50). The flesh of man is earthy (Eccl. 3) while his soul/spirit is from God and while animals/beast have earthy bodies their soul/spirits are too of the earth, earthly. But all with physical bodies of earth, will have their bodies return to the earth (dust) while the soul/spirit of man alone among the beasts returns to God (Eccl. 12:7). Our flesh is subject to corruption and all in between till mortality or death, which was our first enemy and will be the last enemy to defeat/destroy in the Lake of Fire. From the beginning, God created man as in a lower level of existence, dimensionally inferior but with every intent to raise every man back up (all humans will be raised or resurrected) to life and make each as the angels (Luke 20:36). God did not intend corruption/physical death to be an eternal state of man at all, even if he put man in this lower abode of living as the test needed for man to freely chose to live and love God back as he loves us, or whether man freely choses to reject God and what He has done for us all. Earthy living is a lifetime opportunity to willingly pick the Saviour, receiving him by faith into the heart (inward man) or reject him. Our pastor gave this Sunday a powerful sermon by which he pointed out scripturally that it is NOT man’s sins that dooms man to hell and eternal separation from God, it is man’s unwillingness to receive the Saviour Jesus Christ as the solution to his sin problem. A born again believer can not more lose his salvation by any sin(s) he commits as is possible that the HS leaves a sealed man or that God would be found a liar. Not a chance.
Adam and Eve ‘died’ in the garden in a figure, for in the one hand no man has ever lived a day, a day of God that is, of 1000 years, for all have died before that age, even Mathuselah at 969 years. And Adam and Eve both died spiritually at the moment that they sinned, not sooner for they were not born spiritually dead. Adam was not deceived but the woman was as Adam sinned willfully (1 Tim 2:14). Physical death inevitably entered into the human race by virtue of the Fall of man and as a consequence of God’s plan to eventually raise him up as an angel, a son of God. Man's physical makeup or nature is corruptible so that it is imposible to avoid the death issue, ever, for any one! And spiritual death does not come into a man (spiritual separation from God) until he commits his first sin, as Paul told us by the illustration of himself:
8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. (Rom. 7:8-10).
Paul tells us that it was not until the commandment came, when he became accountable to God, that he first broke the law and brought death to him. What death? Spiritual Death!
Man therefore is not born spiritually dead but becomes one at the moment he commits his first sin! However, at the moment of faith, when he first puts his trust in Jesus Christ as his Saviour from all sin, man’s spirit is resurrected, not as before but now being the very abode of the Holy Spirit in the inward man (Ephesians 3:16), never to ever, ever again be separated from God. So now we can return to the very claim of the title of this article, and that is that it is impossible for man not to sin, and if man claims sinlessness the truth is not in him (1 John 1:8), or if he claims he does not sin/is not sinful he makes God a liar (1John 1:10). Man was not created to earn his way to heaven by his own efforts, but was created to chose to enter into a reciprocal love relationship with God willingly, as is required of every love relationship. Or man can reject the love of God, for God had given man free will.
And we have put forth to all Christians that no matter how holily one lives and how mature one is, it is impossible even after being born again, not to sin in the flesh [one can not sin in the inward man (1 John 3:9) but can in the outward man for sin lives in the flesh (Romans 8:3)]. A mature Christian man that loves the Lord and lives abundantly, walking in Christ, by his Spirit, yielded and submitted in surrender, can not more control or subject his flesh than Eve nor Adam ever could. So brethren, avoiding sin is impossible, and that is what we tried to convey to you all, but it is not by inheritance as spiritually dead by birth, but by the very nature of our humanity and earthy life that we are from the beginning to eventually encounter sin and death, and die spiritually, for spiritual death is acquired and not inherited.
Prepared, corrected expanded by BSB/TitoSS
New! For December 2015
And are you ready yet for more proofs? Not wanting to give all at once and shock some out of their shoes, never mind the socks, there is yet more to be said on this matter that will solidify the notion of being born spiritually alive. Paul wrote:
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come (Rom. 5:14)
Paul argues that death had its way from Adam to Moses, from the very beginning, even over then that had not sinned by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for all men died over time. Is he saying that physical death is part of the human nature, that God created us unto this 'disadvantage', intending that we would not be able to save ourselves nor cooperate with our own salvation? Yes, it does seem as if that is exactly what God did, make it impossible for humanity to save itself or help out God to do so. But with God all things are possible. Did God have a plan to save mankind and chose his Son the Lord God to be the Lamb that would save humanity, doing this choosing before the foundation of the world? Yes, God did do that, took on himself the work needed and left us to willingly come to him as our only choice and only recourse.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death (or this body of death)? (Romans 7:24).
Looks as if Paul recognizes that this body of ours, where the flesh resides and sin in it, is by nature a body of death, destined to die absolutely. More proofs? Let us consult Ecclesiastes 3:19, 20 to be certain:
For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
The body of man is a body of death, destined to physical death. That being the case, why did God say what he said in Genesis 2:17? Was he intending to say to Adam that in the day that he sinned he would die?
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.
That is correct! In Genesis 2:17 God is pointing out to Adam at exactly what moment death would come in, that is, at the time of his transgression! What it is not saying here is that his transgression would be inherited by mankind but that at the very time of the first transgression of any man, death, physical and spiritual would be ushered in. If God had created all men at the same time, all estimated 15 billion born since Adam, all would have fallen into sin, sooner or later, not by the transgression of another, but by his own transgression, since in this body of sin all will sin and their bodies will all end up back to dust!
Pray this blesses you immensely!
Prepared of the BSB/TitoSS.