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To know the lord, you must be born again

Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 1:29

Adam and Eve were given a free will to choose. The results of their choice have been seen down through the sinful years of humanity. But how does that work, why were we affected by their decision to take the fruit and eat it? I once heard an analogy that made sense, and also helped me understand how we all fell in Adam. Even though we weren’t there and had nothing to do with the choice, we all inherited our sinful nature from him.

The word picture of the I-beam and the steel mill made complete sense.

When something is produced in a steel mill, you must have the right mixture (ingredients) to get the strength needed. If you mix the right amount of coke, iron ore, and limestone, you can get an alloy that will withstand thousands of pounds of pressure, reference, The World Book Encyclopedia.

If the mixture isn’t right, the product (I-beam) will fail the test and be rejected for safety reasons. If the mill would produce 500 I-beams of the same alloy, and find that one or two could not meet the standard or requirement, they would all fail, because they were all made of the same mixture or ingredients.

Genesis 2:7 says, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” This is one of the reasons we all fell in Adam and Eve, we were all made with the same ingredients, mixture, or likeness.

We would have made the same choice they made! When they chose to disobey God, they missed the high mark or requirement of a righteous God. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. In over six thousand years, the nature of man has not changed. Even the inclinations of men and women, boys and girls are the same, except for the excess of modern sin.

Another point to consider is the fact that after Adam and Eve chose to sin, they were both sinners. Any child they bore would have the same nature. It doesn’t matter if we are Jew or Gentile, we were all born with a sinful nature like our grandparents, Adam and Eve. Job refers to this in Job 14:4, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean. Not one!”

That’s why the Christ child had to be conceived by the Holy Spirit, the Messiah had a sinless nature like His Father. Every person is born a sinner and is going to die as a result of their sin unless God intervenes like He did with Enoch. Jesus was the only man born of a woman, who didn’t have the sin nature, and death did not have power over Him. God raised Him up from the grave on the third day.

In the last article, we seen how the Israelites rebelled against God, when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. After they had settled in the promised land, they became complacent and fell into the sin of idolatry. So God punished them and sent them into captivity in the land of Babylon. After 70 years, God brought many of them back to Jerusalem, where they again chose to rebelled against God. In the book of Malachi, it talks about the polluted offerings (lame, sick, blind) that the Jews offered to their God. Because of their behavior, the Lord says in Malachi 1:10b, “I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts. Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.”

Are you rebelling against God like the Jews during the time of Malachi? Are you trying to bribe Him with a gift to the local church? Are you living in sin on a daily basis, and yet putting on a religious mask and talking about God? Sometimes the hardest people to reach are the religious ones, they think they are Christians, they just don’t know any better.

Are you going to put your faith in your religion, or choose to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ? You can be religious on your own, but to know Jesus in a personal way you must be born again. Comments or questions, contact me at: thoughtsonword@gmail.com.

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Lyndon Stimeling, of Richfield, has been writing about faith and family for many years. He has self-published three books, “Common Thoughts on The Word” in 2016 and “Eye of a Needle” in 2017 and “Common Thoughts on The Word II” in 2019. He has also had articles published in The Coming Home Journal and local newspapers and has written a children’s book.

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