God’s Word informs the reader that man was created from the dust of the earth.
“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
“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: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.”
This is the lot of ALL men.
Because man was formed from the dust of the earth, as long as man is alive upon the earth, man is encased in a body of sin (dirt).
The apostle Paul sums this up nicely in the last eight verses of Romans 7.
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
So, not only do the WICKED commit sin, but also those whom God has chosen to eventually become His peculiar, eternal people. This curse of sin is the birthright of ALL who are born into the flesh.
HOWEVER, where the wicked RUN TO EMBRACE SIN, the believer DOES NOT; finding sin to be something to be regretted and fought against.
AND, the believer also knows that he is saved through the power of God’s grace (mercy). That the believer is saved even though he engages in actions which he would rather not do is a further PROOF–IF any was needed–of God’s mercy.
ALL men are creatures of dirt and dust: there are NONE who are not so.
The big difference is that the believer KNOWS that at some point, God will allow him to TRIUMPH over his lowly creation from dust.
And the believer ANTICIPATES that day as his final triumph over the sinful body with which he was born.
The UNbeliever satisfies his fleshly appetites which originate from his body of dust.
The believer fights against those appetites and watches anxiously for the day when they will be no more.
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: April 6, 2022.]
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