1Cor 2:12                  We Have Received the Spirit of God                 2/28/2010      ßà   

  • The Deep Things of God (1Cor 2:9-10, Matt 11:25, 16:17, John 14:26)

 

 

 

 

 

#1.       Comparing Spiritual Things With Spiritual (1Cor 2:11-13, Rom 8:9, 2Pet 1:21, Tit 1:2, Num 23:19, Prov 20:27)

 

 

 

 

  • The End of Time (2Pet 3:3-7,10, Matt 24:14, 1Thess 5:4-5, Matt 24:35-36, Mark 13:31-32, John 10:30, Heb 5:8)

 

 

 

 

#2.       The Natural Man (1Cor 2:14, John 8:34, Psalm 58:3-5, Prov 21:4, Rom 8:8)

 

 

 

 

 

  • Total Depravity (Gen 6:5, 8:21, Jer 17:9, Rom 3:10-18)

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       The Spiritual Man (1Cor 2:15-16, Ps 25:14, Heb 9:15, John 15:15, Rom 11:33-36, Eph 2:4-10)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 2:9 (2X). We are in a chapter dealing with the deep things of God. We have already seen that man’s wisdom cannot stand in the shadow of God’s wisdom. And God, in His wisdom, has designed a Gospel that is glorious beyond any imagination of man. And God has revealed it unto us by His Holy Spirit. But in order to understand such deep things, God has given us freely the Spirit of God. That is why I chose for the title of this sermon, We Have Received the Spirit of God (2X). God bestowed on us a great honor. God gave us His Spirit so that we can understand all the details of His Gospel. Therefore, let us now read about:

  • The Deep Things of God (1Cor 2:9-10, Matt 11:25, 16:17, John 14:26)

1Co 2:9-16  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

In this passage God has set up a contrast: the spiritual man vs. the natural man, and the mind of the spiritual man vs. the mind of the natural man. We read in verses 9-10, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” The deep things of God, which are all related to the Gospel, have been revealed to us. They are already in our hands. They are in the Bible. But God promised that His Holy Spirit will make everything clear to us in the course of time. Please put a sticker here in 1Cor 2 for we will be returning here many times and please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 11:25 (2X). We find that this is the preferred method whereby God will declare to us new things, which are actually not so new for the same Bible has been in existence for many centuries. Here in Matt 11 the Lord Jesus instructs us in the principle that many who heard the Gospel but remained unsaved are under greater condemnation than if they have not heard the Gospel. Then the Lord says in Matt 11:

Mt 11:25 ¶  At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

In other words, those who are considered wise and prudent in this world remain ignorant, for God the Holy Spirit has not revealed to them the secrets of His counsel, whereas He has revealed it to those who are still babes in Christ, and who have not even asked for the light of the Holy Spirit. Please turn about 5 pages to your right, to Matt 16:17 (2X). We have here a very similar case of revelation by God the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you think I am”. Simon Peter answered in Matt 16:16 “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Then Jesus answered him in verse 17,

Mt 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

God the Father, through the Holy Spirit, has revealed to Peter who the Lord Jesus Christ is. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to John, John 14:26 (2X). God is sovereign, and God has decided where He will bring the Gospel to save people, and where He will not bring it. For example, when we were in Matt 11:25 we could see from the context that the Lord Jesus brought the Gospel to Bethsaida and Capernaum, where He knew beforehand that they would not believe Him, whereas His Gospel would have been well received in Sodom, but God decided not to bring the Gospel there. But to the disciples the Lord is going to send the Holy Spirit. We read in John 14:26,

Joh 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

The Holy Spirit will bring to their remembrance all things that Christ has said. Therefore we can be certain that the Bible is complete. All things that Christ wanted us to hear and read can be found in the Bible that we hold in our hands. There is not anything missing. There is not anything that would have to be added when the last of the apostles has died. Please turn again to 1Cor 2:11 (2X). 

#1.       Comparing Spiritual Things With Spiritual (1Cor 2:11-13, Rom 8:9, 2Pet 1:21, Tit 1:2, Num 23:19, Prov 20:27)

Now we are going to dig into the solid food that this chapter provides. We read in 1Cor 2:11-13,

1Co 2:11-13  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

We read here in verse 12, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God.” Not everyone receives the Spirit of God, but the elect have received Him, for God says in Rom 8:9 “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” In addition to the Spirit of Christ there are many other things we have received of Christ. We have received the faith of Christ (Gal 3:22). We have received the mind of Christ (1Cor 2:16). We have received the love of Christ (Rom 8:35). We have received the testimony of Christ (1Cor 1:6). We have received the Gospel of Christ (Rom 1:16). We have been made the ministers of Christ (1Cor 4:1). We have been made the members of Christ (1Cor 6:15). We have been made the body of Christ (Rom 7:4). We have been made the church of Christ (Rom 16:16). And there are many more such statements containing “of Christ”. In addition we have received the blessings of redemption, the pardon of sin, justification, sanctification, the divine favor and protection, and the hope of eternal life in the NH&NE. These are some of the things that are freely given to us by God through the cross of Christ. Is it any wonder then that we desire to be more and more Christ-like? We desire that because we know that it pleases God. And because we love Him we want to do those things that are pleasing in His sight. This is our greatest desire day in and day out. How do we do it? Well God says it here in verse 13, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” In other words, the things we like to speak are not the words which we have learned from our wise Bible teacher, but we like to speak the words which the Holy Spirit teaches us, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle of Peter, 2Pet 1:21 (2X). This tells us that we should not be afraid to voice our opinion, for if we compare spiritual things with spiritual we are following the advice of the Holy Spirit. I find it amazing that there are so few people in the world who will take this recipe to heart. Let us begin with the reading of 2Pet 1:21. What does it say? 2Pet 1:21, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” This tells us that all the prophecies in the Bible, not only the OT scrolls but also all the NT Gospels and Epistles, were personally inspired by God the Holy Spirit. It means then that all the words in the Bible are words that came directly from God. They did not come from Isaiah, or from Jeremiah, or from John, but they came directly from God. But then God says in Tit 1:2, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” God cannot lie. We read again in Num 23:19,

Nu 23:19  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

And so, since God cannot lie, and since God dictated the whole Bible to His servants the prophets, it means that the whole Bible must be one coherent whole, and there must be no contradictions in the original Hebrew and Greek texts. And so, if we read and study the Bible we are obligated to harmonize everything that we find in the Bible. We must be comparing spiritual things with spiritual, for the whole Bible is one spiritual Book. Absolutely, there can be no contradictions. And how do we miss this with the preachers of today. There are many who preach a free-will gospel without any regard for Eph 1 and 2, or John 6 and 17, or Rom 8 and 9 and 11, or 1Pet 1, or Jude, or Rev 13, and hundreds of other passages which clearly state the sovereignty of God. And there are many who follow their pernicious ways, all the way insulting God, for they belittle God and His infinite attributes. But God shall bring them all into judgment, for God knows the heart of man, and God says in Prov 20:27,

Pr 20:27 ¶  The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Let us now put to the test if we also are willing to submit to the rule that we must harmonize every- thing in the Bible. Please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle of Peter, 2Pet 3:3 (2X).

  • The End of Time (2Pet 3:3-7,10, Matt 24:14, 1Thess 5:4-5, Matt 24:35-36, Mark 13:31-32, John 10:30, Heb 5:8)

Here is a passage that refers to the end of time. I selected this topic, because the man on the radio is always referring to it, and we must have enough discernment to distinguish good from evil. First of all, when we are facing a certain passage in the Bible, and we want to explain it, that is called “exegesis”. And thus “exegesis” means that we are getting as much out of it what was in it; not more. But when we are squeezing our own meaning into this Bible passage, then it is called “eisegesis”. The man on the radio practices eisegesis, not exegesis. Let us now read this passage concerning the end of time. 2Pet 3

2Pe 3:3-7 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water. Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

What do we get out of this passage? We find here one of the signs that we are near the end of time. It will be a time when there will be many scoffers, who will persuade people that the end of time is still far away, for they say, “all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” Indeed we are at such a time. Many preachers absolutely deny that we are near the end of the world, for they do not see that the Gospel has spread to all the nations of the world. For the Lord Jesus said in Matt 24:14,,

Mt 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

As far as we can see, this Gospel of the kingdom of Christ has indeed been preached to all nations. Some people in the remotest corners of the world may not yet have heard it, but the Lord Jesus did not say that. He said, “for a witness to all nations”, and that is indeed what we are seeing in our days. And so, let us now consider the timing of the End. Please drop down to verse 10 in this chapter,

2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Do we see here any dates for the end of time? Absolutely not! What do we understand from the words, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night”? It does not mean He will come silently as a thief, but it means He will come unexpectedly as a thief. No one shall expect Him at that time; No one! Not even the man on the radio. God is warning us that Christ will come unexpectedly, and therefore we must be ready any time. How are we preparing ourselves to be ready for Christ’s coming? We must be saved, for all the unsaved at His coming will be judged and be sent to Hell. Follow God’s advice in 2Cor 13:5  “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves” for the judgment will be between the sheep and the goats, between believers and unbelievers, between the saints and the reprobate, but not between obedient servants and not so obedient servants. We are not saved by works. But the sign of salvation is faith that is given by God, and it is a faith in all the Scriptures of the Bible. Those who place their faith on parts of the Bible, because they pick and choose from the Bible, are putting their faith on a rotten plank. But the whole Bible circumscribes who Christ is. Therefore we must have faith in Christ, which means on the whole Bible, but we do not have faith in our faith, for our faith could have come out of our own mind; and certainly we do not place our faith on our work of obedience to a certain command. 2Pet 3:10 does not encourage us to find the date of Christ’s return, and neither do the words of 1Thess 5:4-5 encourage us to the practice of date-setting. We read in 1Thess 5:4-5,

1Th 5:4-5 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

These verses were in the Bible for 1900 years, and never were they a requirement to know the date of Christ’s second coming. Many saints have come and died without knowing that date, and what was good for their salvation must still be good for our salvation. Search for the old paths. Paraphrased 1Thess 5:4-5 says, “But ye, brethren, are not in the darkness of Satan’s kingdom, and thus that day shall not overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of the Light of the world, and children of the Kingdom of Christ, and thus we are not of the kingdom of darkness. But in no way does 1Thess 5:4-5 encourage us to search the Bible for the date of Christ’s return. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 24:35 (2X). We have to touch on these verses where the Lord Jesus said that no man can know the day or the hour. Those who commit eisegesis are ready to twist these verses in their direction. But let us look at the context. We read in Matt 24:35-36 these words,

Mt 24:35-36  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

What is the context where these words were found? Verses 33 and 34 speak of the timing of the end. Verses 37 and 38 also speak of the timing of the end. Therefore verses 35 and 36 also must refer to timing of the end. And indeed they are referring to the time of Christ’s second coming. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Mark, Mark 13:31 (2X). The man on the radio always points to Mark 13:32 but never to Matt 24:36. But since we are in the business of harmonizing the Bible, since we are in the business of defending the truth of the Word of God, and refuse to admit that God is a liar, since we are in the business of comparing Scripture with Scripture, let us honestly read Mark 13:31-32,

Mr 13:31-32  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

What is the context where these words were found? Verses 29 and 30 speak of the timing of the end. Verses 33 and 34 also speak of the timing of the end. Therefore verses 31 and 32 also must refer to the timing of the end. But what are we to make of the words in Mark 13:32 where the Lord Jesus said, “neither the Son”? Did the Lord really mean that He as God the Son did not know the timing of the end? And of course this is an impossible idea, for the Lord Jesus said in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” But remember that the Lord Jesus also was tired, sometimes, and that He slept, sometimes, and that He was hungry, sometimes, and when the soldiers stuck Him with a nail He was bleeding. But God the Son is never tired, and God the Son never sleeps, and God the Son is never hungry, and God the Son does not bleed. And so, what does that mean? It means that in His humanity He was subject to all the characteristics of a human being. In His humanity He was obedient to the Father. In His humanity He learned obedience. God says in Heb 5:8, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered”. Therefore, in His humanity the Lord Jesus did not know the timing of the end. This is the meaning of Mark 13:32, for this harmonizes all the Scriptures. In this way Mark 13:32 and Matt 24:36 are completely in agreement with one another. Let us now continue in the Epistle to the Corinthians. Please turn again to 1Cor 2:14 (2X).

#2.       The Natural Man (1Cor 2:14, John 8:34, Psalm 58:3-5, Prov 21:4, Rom 8:8)

The natural man does not expect Christ’s coming. That is not in his list of goals he wants to reach in this life. The natural man lives for the here and now, and he does not worry about the future. 1Cor 2:14,

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Why is it that the natural man does not believe the things of the Spirit of God? There are two reasons First, the things written in the Bible are foolishness to him. Second, it is impossible for him to understand the things written in the Bible, for they must be spiritually judged, and the natural man does not have the ability to judge things spiritually. We are not speaking here of a man who is a criminal. The natural man may be a very decent, law abiding citizen. This may very well be a loving person, who gives to charities on a regular basis, and who volunteers for charities every now and then. This may be a person who loves children, and who loves to help an old lady across the street. This may be a person who will give total support for the Ten Commandments, and who supports the police and fire department with fairly large donations, because he loves law and order. But there is one thing that this person does not love: he does not love God or the Bible. He has no need for God in his life. He thinks of himself as a decent and moral human being who does not need to run to God to plead for forgiveness. And what about Satan? He does not believe he exists. And what about heaven and Hell? The natural man does not worry much about heaven or Hell. If they do exist he figures that he will go to heaven, for he lives a pretty good life right now. You see, the natural man has an opinion of mankind that is the opinion of most people in the world of today. The natural man has formed his own opinion of God and of good and evil, and of heaven and Hell. He does not need the Bible to give him instructions in these matters, for he knows what he believes, and no one is going to make him believe something else. You see, the natural man is proud of himself and of his own accomplishments, and is proud of his country, and he is a self-made man. He believes that he is the master of his own life. He has a large dose of self-esteem, and he likes to do those things that make him feel good. You cannot blame him, for this is what most of the churches have been proclaiming for the past 50 years. The churches have been feeding people with feel-good gospels and with prosperity gospels, so that most people feel that they can go it alone, without a church as a block on their leg. The churches are to blame for this man to have such a low opinion of the Bible, for the churches hardly ever use the Bible any more. And that is the real reason for this man’s high opinion of mankind and low opinion of the Bible. In fact, in God’s sight the Bible is of very great value, and mankind is of very low value. And that is because sin came into the world, and man loves sin because man is a slave of sin. And this does not necessarily mean sin as a crime, such as stealing, and robbing banks, and killing people. But there is a lot of sin that is legitimate in the eyes of the government and that is not penalized by jail time. Think for example of all the white collar crime that is valued at ten times or a hundred times greater than all the violent crimes combined. The Lord Jesus said, in John 8:34 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the slave of sin.” And thus, it takes only one sin to make a human being a slave of sin, and that sin comes usually very early in the life of that person. God says in Psalm 58:3-5, “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.”

Who are the wicked that God is painting here before our eyes? Every human being that is born is represented here by the little wicked one. This is how we came into the world, as enemies of God, as little stubborn serpents who will not hearken to the voice of charmers. These are the natural men that grow up to be big serpents, capable of every sin in the book. These are the natural men who are so totally depraved, but think the greatest of themselves. But God says of them in Prov 21:4, “An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.” Everything the unsaved do, even if they are just plowing their field, it is sin. God says in Rom 8:8, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” The life of an unsaved person, an unregenerate person, an unsaved person, is marked by:

  • Total Depravity (Gen 6:5, 8:21, Jer 17:9, Rom 3:10-18)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Genesis, Gen 6:5 (2X). God describes here the wickedness of man before He destroyed the world with the flood of Noah’s days. And why did mankind become so wicked? God gave the reason for this in the first two verses of this chapter. It was because the sons of God married the daughters of men. In other words, mixed marriages were the cause of people becoming wicked to the core. We read then in Gen 6:5,

Ge 6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

And let us now read the sequel to this statement in Gen 8. Please turn a few pages to Gen 8:21 (2X).

Ge 8:21  I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. This was the condition of man’s heart after the flood. But this was also the condition of man’s heart before the flood. And thus, nothing has changed. The depravity of man’s heart is engraved in the mind of God, and God says in Jer 17:9,

Jer 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

The heart of man is more deceitful than anything else, and desperately wicked. The Hebrew word for “above all things” indicates an absolute above all. Could it be that the heart of man is more deceitful than the fallen angels, the demons? Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 3:10 (2X). This is how God looks at mankind. Don’t kid yourselves thinking that this earth is beautiful. This is a sin-cursed earth, and it is inhabited by sin-cursed people who will not turn in gratitude to the One who made them. But God made mankind to glorify Him. And thus, anything we do that is not glorifying God is sin. The natural man may think the highest of himself, but he is not glorifying God. We read in Rom 3:10-18,

Ro 3:10-18 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Here is the basic reason for man’s wickedness: “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” On the other hand, the person who is saved is no longer the natural man, but has become the spiritual man. Please return in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 2:15 (2X). Gone is the curse of total depravity, but not because we have done something that was pleasing in the sight of God. 1Co 2:15-16

#3.       The Spiritual Man (1Cor 2:15-16, Ps 25:14, Heb 9:15, John 15:15, Rom 11:33-36, Eph 2:4-10)

1Co 2:15-16  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

He that is spiritual has the ability to judge all spiritual things, for God has given us that ability. Yet we are judged by no man, for we have been judged already when Christ was judged, and we have been found worthy. We are now able to judge between Scriptures, so that we are able to compare Scripture with Scripture, and God will see to it that we shall not go astray. We are now also able to judge between things that occur in the world around us. We can see the greed of those who are trying to enrich themselves with our money; we can see the power-hungry of those who have already robbed us from part of our freedom; we can see the lies that are permeating every level of society and the media; and we can see the fruitless efforts of those who are trying to bring us prosperity gospels, and are actually digging their own graves. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of the Psalms, Psalm 25:14 (2X). And in all this mess the Lord our God is giving us comfort in the Gospel and hope for the future. God is giving us a glorious hope, for He chose us to be His children. If we would choose Him we would be cast away as worthless, for God will not accept anyone who by his own efforts approaches Him. But if God chooses us then we have been given the grace of God; in this God is glorified. God says in Psalm 25:14

Ps 25:14  The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

Those that fear Him have been given this fear by God; and He will show us His covenant of grace; which means He will show us His last will and testament, like we read in Heb 9:15,

Heb 9:15 ¶  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

This promise of eternal inheritance is the NH&NE over which we shall reign with Christ in His throne. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 11:33 (2X). Now we are the servants of Christ, but then in the NH&NE we will be called His friends. We read in John 15:15,

Joh 15:15  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

How wonderful that we can be called friends of the Lamb of God, and at the same time we are called the Bride of Christ, and we will be celebrating the wedding feast throughout eternity. Only God could have come up with such a plan with so much glory. We read in Rom 11:33-36,

Ro 11:33-36  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 2:4 (2X). When we think of the spiritual man, let us keep in mind that this is a man who has been created by God as a new creation, for God will not accept a man who is still in his old frame of mind, and in his old way of living a sinful life. Only if we have become a new creation by being in Christ when He went through the washing on the cross, and through the washing of regeneration in our lifetime shall we be accepted by God as His adopted children and Bride of Christ. We read in Eph 2:4-10,

Eph 2:4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.   AMEN. Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.