WHY DOES RESTORATION
SEEM NEVER ENDING?
THE GUILTY CONSCIENCE MANKIND CARRIES
FOR SINS THAT HAVE COME
SINCE THE RESTORATION PROCESS BEGAN
CAN HINDER OUR PROGRESS IN RESTORATION.
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 his mind into 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.
That original sin has brought a curse upon this world, and we suffer yet for their sin. Yet, we are susceptible to many more sins since then, and none of us have succeeded in living a sinless life.
Romans 3:23 (KJV)
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
The original sin led to the carnality of our flesh, making it so easy to fail, and so needy of a salvation/redemption. We are not doomed due to the original sin, but are susceptible to sinfulness due to it.
Satan is known as a tempter of God's children. Temptation was subtle, but the devil could not force pollution into mankind. 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!
"TOTAL DEPRAVITY" does not mean that everyone has no qualities pleasing to others. But it does mean, that people are prone to sin, and the mind tends to be opposed to God's ways. Even though many sinners do some things that in themselves would be pleasing to God, without the acceptance of Jesus as the atonement for our sins, those things will not please God.
The only thing sinners can do, that will avail, is to give heed to God's way of salvation. The grace of God, and the transforming power of the Spirit of God, can change the totally depraved mind of sin. Depravity of mind has infected all people. Inborn pollution of our minds will damn everyone who does not find the atoning work of Christ, and accept that atonement as their own.
Some feel guilt, and others claim to not feel any guilt. That feeling is not the measure of our condition. Whether we feel guilt or not, we are still totally depraved of any ability to please God, outside of His merciful plan. People are devoid of even the desire to serve God and repent for sins. Unless God convicts sinners, they will have no desire to ask God for mercy.
"No man can come to Me, except the Father Which has sent Me, draw him..."
If the totally depraved of mind sinners, who feel this drawing toward God and His mercy, accept Jesus, they are forgiven, and accepted into the family of God.
I Cor. 15:22
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
By Adam's sin came physical death upon a mankind. Also spiritual death ensued, the mind once alive and pure has died due to sin. This death passed upon all of mankind since.
"Wherefore by one man, sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many, judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification . Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience, man were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."
The tragedy of this pollution of mind, is that many stay trapped in the sins brought about by the pollution. Jesus made a way of escape from sin’s defilement. Yet, many do not choose that "narrow" way to salvation. After death comes judgment, without any chance of being saved, if one has died in sin.
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."
This life is our probation. There is no Scripture to give us hope of a purgatory, or a chance after death. If one is righteous, heaven awaits after death [II Cor. 5:8, Phil. 1:21-24]. If one is unrighteous, then hell fire awaits them moments after death [Lk. 16:19-31, Rev. 20:11-15]. There is no purgatory, no re-incarnation, no second chance. Our chance is here and now, and Jesus made the way for us.
"That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt ...be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
God has placed within the mind of mankind - both a soul and a spirit. The soul has the evil tendencies and lusts. It is the part that is polluted due to original sin. The spirit is the part of man, that before the fall was "hand in hand" with God. When sin came that grasp to God was broken. Since then, the spirit of mankind reaches out for God. It is never satisfied until it finds God. The soul is reaching out for self, and in self-seeking battles the spirit for control. The soul of man wars against the idea of turning control over to the spirit to seek, find, and worship God.
God had a plan to destroy the pollution of mankind. God provided a plan of salvation, and He has had great pleasure in the working of it.
"Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself. That in the dispensation of the fullness of times, He might gather together in one all things in Christ."
The flesh and the soul battle the spirit. The fleshly desires can overcome one's spirit, if allowed, and lead one to a wicked life. The battle is on this side of the grave. Our lusts and sinful desires hate our spirit that wants to serve God. If we feed the mind, the lusts of the soul, it will thrive and grow strong. The things of sin and lasciviousness make our polluted mind to be strong in that pollution.
If we feed our spirit - the things of God, the Word of God, Christian fellowship, prayer, worship, etc. - then the spirit will grow strong, the part of us that would want to yield to sin will be weak.
The part of you who will win is the strongest side -- which side are you feeding?
Romans 7:15-20, 24-25
"For that which I do, I allow not; for what I would that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin dwelleth in me. 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 nor more that I do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.... 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."
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled un us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the spirit, do mind the things of the spirit, they that are in the flesh cannot please God . If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die, but if ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live."
Man is a free moral agent. Mankind serves the devil or God -- as he freely chooses. Choosing wrongly allows more pollution into the mind.
"And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely."
All Christians need grace and mercy. We live by faith in the mercy of God. We all struggle against the pollution of the mind. Yet, we know that if we sin, we have an "advocate." We can keep re-entering the RESTORATION process, with simply continuing to accept the grace of the Lord.
I John 2:1
"If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous."
Because of the mediation of Jesus, we know our sins can be forgiven.
I John 1:9
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."