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  • The mystery of human life

  • by revelation, the mystery was made known to me

  • the purpose of man's existence

  • Have you ever asked yourself why you're living in this world and what the purpose of human life is?

  • No matter what type of person you are or what your profession is

  • there are a few things which you like most people would agree with

  • that is, money cannot satisfy man

  • Neither can education satisfy man, nor can pleasure satisfy man

  • Nor can success satisfy man

  • Why?

  • Because you have not yet realized God's plan.

  • God has a plan. This plan has everything to do with man.

  • In the Bible this plan is called God's economy [note 2] or dispensation (Ephesian 1:10).

  • which in original language is oikonomia, referring to God's plan.

  • God's economy is just God's entire plan for man.

  • It explains the original destiny of man, as well as the meaning of human existence.

  • How can you know God's economy?

  • the four keys

  • God has prepared four keys for you to unlock God's economy.

  • These four keys are recorded in the Bible.

  • Each of these four keys is equally important and indispensable.

  • Please open your heart right now to quietly and carefully read through this booklet.

  • You will then grasp these four keys, understand God's economy, realize the purpose of man

  • and begin a satisfying human life

  • The first key - God's creation

  • unlocking the mystery of human existence

  • Man has God's image

  • Please read the following verse.

  • And God said let us make man in our image after our likeness. (Genesis 1:26 a)

  • God's creation of man is different from His creation of all other things.

  • He created man in his own image.

  • A glove is created according to the likeness of a hand with the purpose of containing the hand

  • Likewise man was created in the image of God with the purpose of containing God.

  • Man is a vessel.

  • Now read the next verse

  • God should make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, even us. (Romans 9:23 - 24)

  • We are vessels of God

  • God wants to be our content, as bottles are made to contain water,

  • we are made to contain God.

  • It is no wonder that knowledge, wealth, pleasure, and accomplishment can never satisfy you,

  • for you were created to contain God.

  • The part of man

  • Please continue by reading the next verse

  • May your spirit, and soul, and body be preserved complete (1st Thessalonians 5:23)

  • Man is God's vessel

  • The Bible divides this vessel into three parts

  • The spirit, the soul, and the body, see diagram below

  • The body is simply the physical body, belonging to the physiological level,

  • contacting the things of the material realm and is the most superficial part.

  • The soul as the mental faculty belonging to the psychological level,

  • contacting the things of the mental realm and is a deeper part.

  • The Spirit is the deepest part of man

  • belonging to the spiritual level and contacts the things of God.

  • For problems of the body, one may see a doctor. For problems of the mind, one may visit a psychiatrist,

  • yet only God can solve the problems of the spirit.

  • God's economy

  • God wants to enter into man's spirit to become his content and his satisfaction.

  • This is the purpose of human existence

  • You are not merely created to contain food in your stomach or to contain knowledge in your mind

  • ,but you are created to contain God in your spirit

  • The second key - man's fall

  • unlocking the mystery of the good and evil nature of man

  • the two natures of man

  • since man was made in the image of God,

  • he possesses a good nature that matches God's nature with virtues such as truthfulness,

  • goodness, loveliness, wisdom, kindness and valor

  • However, there is also an evil nature in man which wars against his good nature

  • The Chinese metaphysicists refers to this war as a battle between reason and lust.

  • Throughout history both in the East and West, those who understand human nature

  • acknowledged the existence of this evil nature which the Bible calls sin.

  • Because sin is in man, he is unable to carry out his good intentions

  • No one likes to be greedy, jealous or murders.

  • No one likes to be boastful, arrogant or deceitful.

  • No one likes to be irritable, licentious or lustful

  • No one likes to murmur, complain, or curse

  • nevertheless, man cannot escape his evil nature.

  • Please read the following verses

  • For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, nothing good dwells.

  • For to will is present with me, but to do the good is not (Rom 7:18)

  • but if what I do not will, this I do, it is no longer I that do it but sin that dwells in me (Rom 7:20)

  • this is a portrait of man

  • the fall of man

  • Sin entered into man and caused him to fall see diagram below

  • Sin caused man's spirit to be deadened and you, being dead in your offenses and sins (Eph 2:1)

  • Sin caused man's mind to rebel:

  • And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by evil works (Col 1:21)

  • Sin caused man's body to sin

  • Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body to obey its lusts (Rom 6:12).

  • The fallen man is like a damaged and untunable radio which cannot receive and play music,

  • but rather meaningless noise

  • He is also like a cup that has fallen into the gutter

  • still having its original fine form, but now covered with mud

  • Man cannot save himself

  • Throughout history, man has tried every possible way to escape sin.

  • But he has found that:

  • Good works cannot save him from sin.

  • Education cannot save him from sin.

  • Ethics cannot save him from sin.

  • Chanting cannot save him from sin.

  • Religion cannot save him from sin.

  • This picture of man simply depicts the battle between his good nature and his evil nature.

  • The third key - Christ's Redemption

  • unlocking the mystery of the life and death of the Godman

  • Who is Christ?

  • Christ is the Savior sent from God to the world to solve the problems of human life

  • He is the embodiment of the Triune God

  • for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Col 2:9)

  • He's also God incarnated.

  • the Word was God

  • The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us, full of grace and reality (John 1:1、14)

  • Therefore he is both the complete God and the perfect man.

  • See the following diagram

  • He is more than a good man. He's more than a great man. He's more than a moral man

  • He's more than a holy man. He is the Godman

  • the death of the Godman

  • This Godman was nailed to the cross to accomplish the work of redemption

  • He died with three statuses

  • first, as the Lamb of God

  • He died to take away man's sin

  • The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)

  • Second, as the brass serpent that had been lifted up

  • He died to crush the old serpent, Satan, and to deal with the serpent's poison within man,

  • his sinful nature

  • And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,

  • even so must the Son of Man be lifted up (John 3:14)

  • as the grain of wheat, He died to release the divine life.

  • ...a grain of wheat... dies, it bears much fruit.(John 12:24)

  • Now his death has taken away the sin which man has but should not have

  • His death imparts into man the life which he needs but does not have

  • The fourth key - God's dispensing

  • unlocking the mystery of faith in Christ

  • the two becomings of Christ

  • God became flesh, born as a man called Jesus

  • Please read the following verse: the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (John, 1:14)

  • The Lord became the Spirit called the Life-giving Spirit by His resurrection from the dead

  • Read the following verse: the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit (1 Cor 15:45)

  • Since this Spirit is the Life-giving Spirit, He dispenses God with His life into His believers

  • Hence, the Bible says he who has the Son has the life;

  • he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life (1 John 5:12)

  • Regenerating man:

  • In his first birth man obtains a physical life

  • When man receives God's life through Christ, he experiences a second birth,

  • which the Bible calls "regeneration"

  • God has regenerated us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from among the dead (1 Peter 1:3)

  • Jesus said, unless a man is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3)

  • A pig cannot participate in the sheep's kingdom and live a sheep's life by education, improvement or regulation.

  • It must possess the life of a sheep.

  • Similarly man cannot participate in God's kingdom and live a divine life by education, improvement or regulation;

  • he must receive the life of God.

  • The meaning of being a Christian:

  • A christian is one who receives God's dispensing

  • God first dispenses Himself into our spirit

  • and then spreads from our spirit into our soul

  • Finally, He fills and saturates our spirit, soul, and body with Himself

  • The Bible calls this final stage, glorification.

  • And whom He predestinated,

  • these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified;

  • And whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Rom 8:13)

  • Through this, we can be transformed and conformed to the image of Christ

  • Because whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son. ( Rom 8:29)

  • This is the purpose of human life.

  • This is the meaning of being a Christian.

  • This is what God has planned for you.

  • What must you do now?

  • Now that you have realized God's plan

  • You should do four things.

  • First, turn your heart to God - repent

  • Repentance is not to be remorseful.

  • Repentance is neither to turn over a new leaf

  • Repentance is to have a change in mind

  • Previously you had your back towards God

  • Whether you were doing good or evil, you were turned away from God

  • Your mind was turned away from God.

  • Now Listen to what the Lord Jesus said

  • Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near (Matt4:17)

  • Second, believe - receive

  • To believe is not to nod your head

  • nor to agree, nor merely to be appreciative

  • If someone gives you a watch, it is not enough for you just to nod your head in agreement

  • and admire the watch

  • You need to receive it

  • Believing is just receiving.

  • Read the following verse

  • But as many as received Him, to them He gave authority to become children of God,

  • to those who believe in His name (John 1:12)

  • Third, confess - call

  • Being a Christian is an open matter

  • God requires that your heart believe and that your mouth confess.

  • If your heart does not believe, you cannot be saved.

  • If your mouth does not confess, neither, can you be saved.

  • But if you confess with your mouth Lord Jesus

  • and believe in your heart that God has raised him from among the dead,

  • you shall be saved (Rom 10:9)

  • Fourth, be baptized - testify

  • Baptism is a testimony before man.

  • All believers should be baptized in order to be saved,

  • not only before God, but also before men.

  • the Lord Jesus said

  • He who believes and is baptized shall be saved,

  • but he who does not believe, shall be condemned (Mark 16:16)

  • Through baptism God transfers us from the kingdom of Satan into the kingdom of God

  • For this reason the Lord Jesus said, truly truly I say to you

  • unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:5)

  • Now please pray

  • Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. I need you. Come into my spirit.

  • Take away my sin.

  • Fill me that I may have the life of God.

  • I receive You right now as my Savior and life.

  • I give myself to you.

  • I ask this in your name, amen.

  • Now you are clear about the mystery of human life.

  • May the Lord bless you, and cause you to continue living in God's plan.

  • If you would like to learn more about God's economy,

  • and gain a deeper experience of the salvation of Christ

  • do contact us for more discussion.

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Mystery Of Human Life

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    吳新捷 posted on 2020/03/24
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