What is wrong with humans? In all human history, there is good and evil done by humans, not only to others but practically everything else. Governments rise and fall, wars and rumors of war all throughout memories written or not. Certainly, there are progress, advancements, peace and prosperity. A good man can become bad and an evil man can become good, as we define good/evil. Why is there no consistency in goodness and in eschewing evil?
Man has Creator and Composition
For anyone to understand why human history is what it is, one has to go back to man’s origin and composition. From Genesis creation, after non-living and inanimate elements were created, a perfect God created living and animate things. Lastly, his supreme creation was a human being (Genesis 1:27-31). A Creator made man; no evolution in how he/she got to be.
Notice, though, man’s composition in Genesis 2:7 “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.“(NIV)
The matter/flesh-composition of man came from the non-living “dust/aphar” of the ground, earthy. The other component, “breath/nshamah” of life” was “breathed ” into his nostrils and he became a “living being/nephesh”. Without that “breath of life”, man was dead. This “breath of life” came directly from a living Spirit-Being, the Creator, and therefore heavenly. This breath-of-life is otherwise known as “spirit/of-man or mind” as in:
Job 32:8 “But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding”.
So man is composed of “aphar” + “nshamah“= “nephesh“.
From dead to life, in the same way that humans futuristically will be resurrected to life. But notice the capability of these 2 components, as in Matthew 26:41
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.“(NIV)
These components differ in function, i.e., the “mind“is to will, analyze and decide; the “flesh” is to execute and act; the mind has to act through the flesh. Aside from this, both can actually be pulling each other in different direction or be in conflict as in;
Galatians 5:17 “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want“(NIV).
Meaning, that while the mind may decide one way, the needs of the flesh, i.e., hunger, pain, self-interest for self-preservation, etc., may overtake and oppose the mind. How often do you see people whose mind says it is wrong to kill or steal or cheat but did that anyway because of “lust of the flesh” (Romans 13:14;Romans 7:18)
Man as created needs a Helper/Advocate
Without question, God from the beginning wanted us to follow him. From the 1st Adam until the last/2nd Adam, we were advised, guided to follow him, his Commandments and his direction. But, history shows we all failed. We all did until the “trailblazer/archegos” the captain/author of our salvation came to earth (Hebrews 2:10) and showed us the “way, truth and the life“(John 14:6). God was not wrong in telling us to follow his commandments; that was his plan and desire. The problem was us being created temporarily incomplete, a mere image/template, being weak and needs a “Helper“, as planned.
Made weak on hope:
Because God is perfect, it is difficult to accept this proposition that we were created imperfect, weak, incomplete, temporary, an image and a template. But that is exactly a perfect creation as it was and became “marred clay” for a purpose. It centers on Jesus as the “hope of mankind“. Notice the following:
Romans 8:20 “For the creature was made subject to vanity(frailty-depravity), not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope
Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD:“
Romans 15:4 ESV “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Yes, we were created such and subject to weakness by reason of him ” who subjected the same in hope”. And this, to direct us to the only man who was planned from the foundation of the world…our “hope IS THE LORD” (Jesus).
“In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.
The Father promised to El Shaddai/YHVH/LOGOS before incarnating into man-Jesus that when he takes on the role of the Passover for mankind, that he would receive the reward of the Holy Spirit to be given to him and subsequently give it as a gift to empower us. His hope, trust in the Father was on faith in the Father and is evidence-based.
With this hope, let us do our part by “walking and following” the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 1 John 3:3 “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure
The gifted Holy Spirit will empower us, so that this hope of eternal life will see fruition.
We were created perfect by God as we were composed from the ground + breath/of-life. Still, as perfectly-made we were, our history shows how incomplete and “weak” we are on our “own power“. We were formed as an “image/template” of our Creator.
It took the incarnation of EL Shaddai/YHVH ELOHIM/LOGOS into man-Jesus to remake the “marred clay” using the empowerment of the Holy Spirit which he was gifted/received for himself at River Jordan and subsequently for us only after his resurrection.
Let us then heed the advice in Hebrews 5:16:
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh”
God bless 🙏😇👍😊
Original post: June 3, 2019