“Men are wicked”. “There is no good man”. “Men are selfish”. “Men will always be men”. “Men are useless”…..
You may have heard or read any of the negative statements above at some point or another. You may have actually uttered them yourself. I know I have uttered one or two of them.
During a recent reflection on the nature of man and the state of mankind and the world as it is today with its attendant problems I remembered an article I had read in the past on the nature of man before and after Christ. The article was on the subject of belief in Christ and the rebirth of the natural man. One of the comments on the article struck me. The comment was that if we said that all men have sinned through Adam yet not all men are saved through Christ (except they believe in Him) then Adam was stronger than Christ in that his work (of sin) was of more effect than Christ’s work because no one had to choose to be born in sin yet we all had to choose Christ to be reborn. The point was that since through Adam all knew sin then through Christ all knew salvation whether they chose Him or not, otherwise Adam did more work than Christ.
Well, man is born in sin. He has no choice with that. We (Adam) were originally created in the mold of Christ with all power and glory available to us. We lost it immediately our earthy father (Adam) sinned. His sin separated us from God permanently. We lost the glory and form of Christ with which we had been originally created.
Naturally a child takes after his parents. It therefore became that as Adam was so were his children. Everyone born of Adam thus had Adam’s physiological and psychological makeup. He was sinful. We are his descendants. We are sinful. This is why the world is in the state that it is. We are encouraged to be “who we are”. Lust is glorified. Greed is brazenly displayed. Selfishness is the order of the day. This is simply the manifestation of who we are in our natural state. It is not reason for judgment. Rather it is cause for reflection. The truth is – man cannot be better than his nature: his nature is who he is.
God looks at man and looks at Christ on the other hand.
The standard is Christ.
The standard is the man God originally created in the form of Christ.
God contrasts both man and Christ (the original man) and sees the stark difference between Christ and fallen man. God desires that man is restored to his original Christ-like status. He decides what is to be done to achieve this – Christ has to live as a man among fallen men, show men how to live by example, teach men how to love God and their fellow men, then die as the ultimate sacrifice to return man to his original status through His blood. His pure sinless blood was/is the only acceptable sacrifice to God for the remission of sin.
Now Christ’s gift of new life (the original life Adam lost) is available to ALL MEN just as all men are fallen by Adam.
There is a catch however for Christ’s gift to become APPLICABLE to ALL men: it is received by CHOICE and BELIEF. John 1:12. Romans 5:6-21. Romans 3:21-26. Titus 2:11. Acts 16:31.
The gift is freely available to us all, but we must tap into it by choice and belief. It does not work for one who chooses to not be subject to it. We all have a choice to make. God does not impose His will on anyone. Perfect Gentleman ♥
When we choose Christ He begins to live through us. He gives us His pure life with which we then find it easy to please God and be nice and gracious to fellow men. He returns us to the original state in which God created us. He destroys the work of Adam over us. When God looks at Christ and looks at us in contrast all He sees is Christ. There is no longer any difference. Christ is us and we are Christ. As He is so are we. Colossians 3:3. 1 John 4:17.
Our nature directly inherited from Adam is taken over by Christ who replaces it with His life. His power is then immediately available to us fully. 1 John 4:17. Galatians 3:27.
Christ becomes our Father instead of Adam. Everything inherited from Adam is permanently done away with.
There is also no basis whatsoever to compare the work of Adam through sin and the work of Christ through grace. Grace triumphs over sin in all possible ways. Sin is death. Christ is life. No one compares life to death – there is no basis.
Man may be wicked by nature, but the man who has put on Christ becomes Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17. Wickedness, greed, selfishness and all things associated with Adam’s nature are replaced with Christ’s nature. Galatians 5:22-23.
This is God’s intention for all men. John 3:16-17. This is Christ’s gift to all men.
I encourage you to make the choice today if you are yet to do so. You have everything to gain. Stay blessed.