WHY DOES RESTORATION
SEEM NEVER ENDING?
ALLOWS MANKIND TO HINDER
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,
SO THE PROCESS TAKES A LONG TIME.
GOD DID NOT CREATE EVIL,
HE CREATED MAN WITH A FREE WILL
THAT ALLOWED MANKIND TO CHOOSE
TO NOT ALLOW THE RESTORATION
TO PROPERLY CONTINUE.
God did not create evil ,it is not a 'thing'. He created mankind with a free will, so that mankind was not a robot. A robot is a thing without a will. It is programmed to behave a certain way. When mankind chooses to disobey God, to dishonor God, for Whom mankind was created, it is evil. It is the result of God's choice to give man a choice.
The devil tried and succeeded in polluting the pure mind of Eve. Disguised as a serpent, he convinced her that God may have been keeping a secret of knowledge that she may want to know. He convinced her that the forbidden fruit was a key to finding truth. Yet, she was believing a liar, and allowing her mind to become polluted by sin.
Adam allowed the suggestion of Eve to bring into his mind the pollution of sin. We are now nearing the end of this rebellion against God, this pollution of the minds that God had created pure and perfect.
Christ will soon return, and this end the devils work against the minds of mankind. He will come, and bring with Him the saints, who have been redeemed from the curse. We will rule and reign with Him for a 1000 years on this earth.
Then, a final test, will determine who, of the ones we rule and reign over, will allow their minds to be polluted again. Those who allow this pollution of the mind, will be destroyed, along with the earth. The redeemed, mercifully forgiven, justified, and righteous-in-Christ, saints will then rule and reign with the Lord on the new heaven and the new earth for eternity! Our minds will be free from pollution at the rapture, and the minds of the humans of the millennium will also then be free from sin’s pollution.
When Adam and Eve allowed their minds to be polluted, it brought to end the first dispensation of mankind, the dispensation of innocence. In it, mankind was on probation. Could he resist the pollution of sin, or not. It had a very favorable beginning. Everything was perfect, sinless, and under man's dominion. He had only one command to obey, and everything else came natural to him.
"But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, for in the day that thou eatest, thou shalt surely die."
This was their only test to pass. Could they resist the foul ideas of temptation, to make them believe that evil was good? Could they be made to think that God would have tried to rob them of something they deserved? Could their minds be twisted to think that they could rise to the level of God? Mankind failed, due to polluted minds, that twisted the pure and true thinking they once had.
"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and the tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."
Adam and Eve had the power of choice. If God had not given the power to mankind to choose sin or righteousness, mankind would have simply been robots. God's purpose was to test see if mankind could remain innocent, and be true to God's trust, and thereby remain perfect under all conditions.
Mere untried virtue does not deserve the name. Goodness is not a passive quality, but a deliberate choice between right and wrong. The innocence of a baby, is one of simplicity. The child is too unaware of its world to make temptation to sin possible. But a child must grow and mature, the mind must come to a choice of purity, or of pollution. When temptation comes, a choice determines if we keep purity of mind, peace of God, or pollution of sin.
Though we all love the innocence of a baby, we do not want the child to remain for decades in that state, but we desire to see the normal human development, and awareness growth. God wanted mankind to be wise, knowing, and still be faithful to Him as their Father and Creator. He knew they would sin, but He wanted to test mankind before the birth of offspring, so He could deal with such sin on a universal nature. The whole human race can now be dealt with alike, for we are all descendants of Adam and Eve who first allowed pollution of sin into the mind.
Satan is called the "accuser of the brethren", and he is known as a tempter of God's children. Temptation was subtle, but the devil could not force pollution into mankind. That pollution needs repentance, a change of mind from the thinking the devil has put into our minds.
People are now corrupt, have a bias toward evil, and are totally unable in themselves to RESTORE their former purity of mind. God cannot be pleased with even the good works of a sinner, for the mind is polluted, tends toward evil.
The polluted mind is universal, and all people must be born again into a new mind that is mercifully given. Total depravity in our minds make mankind unable, outside the merciful grace of God, to please God. Though mankind may possess goodness, civility, good deeds, charity, and seem religious, without the repentance of sins, and the acceptance of God's divine gift of the Lamb of God, i.e. Jesus Christ, and His atonement on the cross for us, there is no salvation from the polluted mind of sin!
The Holy Spirit is in the RESTORING business. We must keep our wills in harmony with His so we do not hinder His work.