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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Why Hell?

Why Hell?


by Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001)

(Chapter 17 from Dr. Hyle's excellent book,
Salvation is More than Being Saved)


(A sermon preached in the First Baptist Church of Hammond)

This will surprise you. I am going to preach on a subject that you have never heard me preach on Sunday morning probably in the almost a quarter of a century that I have been Pastor of this church. I do not know if I have ever preached on this subject on Sunday morning. I'm not sure why Maybe it's because the length of the service is not as long as Sunday night, and so the messages are shorter. Also, it is a subject about which I do not like to preach! It causes me to think about loved ones and friends of mine who may be-well, I am speaking on the subject, "Why Hell?" This will not be a Hell-fire and damnation sermon, though I have been known to preach them. I want to talk to your mind as well as your heart. I want to talk to your culture. I want to speak to your refinement. I want you to give me a hearing. You have never heard a sermon like this. I have never preached one like this, but you're going to have to follow carefully.

It is not easy for me to preach on this because my own father died outside of Christ as far as I know, and because to be quite frank with you, the thought of a Hell pricks my culture and my refinement. The thought of people dying and burning forever bothers mc-it is not easy for me to accept. I accept it for one reason: When I was a young boy my mother taught me that this Book is the Word of God! She taught me that every word of it is the Word of God! I made a mistake and went for a year to a State University where godless professors stood behind desks and said to me, "The Bible is not the Word of God." They laughed at my mother's faith; they laughed at my preacher's Bible; they laughed at the Word of God. To be quite frank with you, 1, like any other person who does that, had my faith shaken. About half way through that year I was doubting the fact that the Bible is the Word of God. (That is why I thank God there is a school like Hyles-Anderson College!) I doubted. I do not mean that I didn't believe it; I just didn't know. They shook my faith! Mama said it was the Word of God, and the Preacher said it, but my professor who was a PhD said it wasn't, so I decided to do something! I decided to take the Bible and start with the first verse in Genesis and read every word in the Book on my knees. I decided to read the Bible through on my knees. Every time I read it I asked God to reveal to me if it is true. "If it is true, let me know." I spent three or four months and read every word of this Book while on my knees, and by the time I got through, I believed Mama was right!

I do not believe I am an intellectual nut. I do not believe my mind is illogical. I do not claim to be a genius nor an intellectual; nor do I claim to be an idiot or a moron. I believe I am as mentally intelligent as some of the folks who think I'm a screwball and who I think are screwballs, but I believe this Book! Because I believe this Book, I believe every word in it is true! Since I believe every word in it is true, when the Bible says, "The wicked shall be turned into Hell, and all the nations that forget God," (Psalm 9:17)...I have to believe it. Now it pricks my culture, but I believe it because the Bible says it. When the Bible says, "Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels," (Matthew 25:41)...I believe it. I don't want to believe it. I wish I didn't have to believe it, but I believe it, because I'm convinced that that is the Word of God.

Now follow me carefully. This is not easy for me. When I was a young man I would rather preach on sin than forgiveness, but not anymore. Now I would far rather preach on forgiveness than sin! When I was a young man I would rather preach on the wrath of God than the love of God, but those days are gone. You give me a chance to preach on the love of God, and I would ten to one rather preach on the love of God than the wrath of God. There was a day when I was a young preacher that I would rather preach on judgment than mercy, but no longer! I preach on judgment but I would rather preach on mercy. There was a day when I would rather preach on the coming of Christ, but today I'd rather preach on the Christ Who is coming! I always shrink from this subject, but I must preach it because it is in the Bible!

Years ago I was Pastor of the Grange Hall Baptist Church outside of Marshall, Texas, on highway 43 about ten miles toward Henderson, Texas. I was a country preacher. Our little parsonage was next door to the church, and on the back porch there was a well with a pump on it. The parsonage was valued at $2,000, and that was an extravagant evaluation! We had a rat that lived on the back porch. The rat was long-it was a Texas rat! We tried everything to get rid of it. We put a rat trap out there, and he thought it was a present, a toy. We put rat poisoning out, and he gained weight on the stuff I got a larger trap and put it out there. I was going to get him! We also had a little dog, an Airedale terrier, named Pookie, He was the kind of dog that didn't know whether he had eyes or not. He couldn't see through his hair. One day I heard the trap go off, and I said, "I caught it! I caught it!" I heard the loudest noise and the strangest noise a rat ever made. I rushed to the back porch to catch the prey and take it to the taxidermist for mounting, but there was Pookle caught in the trap!

This is as perfect an illustration as you will ever hear about why there is a Hell. The trap wasn't set for Pookie; the trap was set for the rat, but it was set and since it was set, when Pookie got his paw in the wrong place, he got caught just like the rat! Now follow me carefully:
  1. God created the angels. He made them as ministering servants. He created three groups of angels. He placed an archangel over each group. Here is one group of angels; the archangel Lucifer was placed over that group of angels. Here is the second group of angels that were used as messengers, and the archangel Gabriel was placed over those angels. Here is the third group of angels who were given the ministry of fighting for God's people, and the archangel Michael was placed over those angels. There are three groups of angel's-one-third under Lucifer; one-third under Gabriel; one-third under Michael.
  1. God made a place of suffering-Hell. This place the Bible says was a place of fire. The Bible says this place was a place of conscience and memory where you would remember your opportunities not to come there, and God called this place Hell. Remember, there was not one single man on the face of the earth when God made Hell. God didn't make Hell for man. God made Hell for the angels just like we set the trap for the rat.
  1. God placed Hell as a price if angels ever sinned. God made angels. He made Hell, and He placed it as a price for angels to pay if angels ever sinned. The trap was set. God didn't want the angels to sin, but He said, "Here is Hell and here are the angels. If you sin, you have to go to Hell and spend eternity there." He was not talking about man; He was talking about angels.
  1. The angels were fully warned. God told Michael, "If you and your angels sin, they will go to Hell." He said, "Lucifer, now you and your angels hear Me. If you sin, the price on that sin is Hell." God said to all the angels, "I have made a place for you if you sin." I want to say again, God never made Hell for one single human being. He set the trap.
  1. One-third of those angels sinned. Lucifer and his angels rebelled against God. Lucifer said, "I will exalt myself. I will be like the Most High. I will ascend into the heavens," and pride came, and when the sin of pride came, Lucifer said, "I will rebel and cause insurrection in Heaven, and I, the second in command, will become the first in command." God had already set the price on sin. He had a place prepared, so what happened? One-third sinned, and that leads us now to the sixth statement.
  1. God had no choice but to do what He said He would do. If God's Word is not good, God is not God. God's Word is always true. God said, "I have to do it." That is why Matthew 25:41 says, "Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels." Bear in mind, there was no man yet. There was no Adam in the Garden of Eden. Not one human being had ever been created or born, there was no man. So, God made angels. He made a place of suffering-Hell. He placed that as a price for angels if they sinned. They were fully warned. One-third of them sinned under Lucifer. God had no choice.
  1. God made man. Before God made man, there was already a Hell. God didn't make Hell for man nor man for Hell. God made Hell for the Devil and his angels. Wait a minute. Let's go back to Pookie. We set the trap for a rat. We caught the rat later on, but first we caught Pookie. Was I trying to catch Pookie? No, I was trying to catch the rat.
  1. Satan came to man and wanted to drag man to the Hell where he was going. He wanted company He didn't want anybody to enjoy Heaven if he had to go to Hell. Lucifer and his angels became the Devil and his angels, and that is what they were doing in the Garden of Eden when man was there. He came to man and said, "Why don't you do this?" Man became proud and committed the same sin that Lucifer committed. Man said, "I'll be my own god. I'll decide what's right and wrong. I'll be God. I'll run my life. I'll be the king of my life. I'll sit on the throne of my heart. I'll make my decisions. I'll do what I want to do. I'll go where I want to go. I'll be what I want to be," and man was seduced by Lucifer to do what he did, and man did what Lucifer did, and man was caught in the trap that was not made for him.
  1. Satan persuaded man to do what he had done and commit the same sin he had committed.
  1. The price had already been set. Now wait a minute. God said, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." (Ezekiel 18:4b). "For the wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23a). "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin . . ." (Romans 5:12a). God had already set the penalty for sin. He did not set that penalty originally for man. He set it for the angels. He made Hell for the angels if they sinned. They sinned, and the Devil caused man to get in the same trap.
  1. God had to let mango to Hell, though Hell was not prepared for man.
  1. God was willing to break up the Godhead for 33 years so that man could be freed!
Why didn't God redeem the angels? Why didn't Jesus come to die for the angels? It is the same reason we wanted to get the rat and didn't want to get Pookie. When Pookie got caught in that trap I said, "Oh, Pookie! Boopsie, woopsie, Pookie."

And Pookie said, "I don't like this."

I went on the back porch and proceeded to make a plan to get Pookie out of the trap! I didn't care if the rat got in there or not. God Almighty made angels. He did not make angels in His own likeness. He made them as ministering servants. When angels sinned, it was not worth it for God to give His only begotten Son to die on Calvary and suffer their Hell, but when God saw man in the trap, God said, "I'm going to make a plan to get him loose!" That means God loves you more than He loves Gabriel. That means God loves you more than God loves Michael. That means that the angels who fly in Heaven today or come to earth as an embassage for God or to bring messages from God--that angel who came from God to tell Mary about the Messiah in her womb, that angel who came and told Peter he could be free from prison and unlocked the doors of the jail, that angel who came and told Joseph not to be afraid that Mary was not pregnant by man but that the Holy Spirit had placed the Seed in Mary's womb, that angel who came and ministered to Paul in prison-those angels God loves, but not enough to give His Son! When man made in the image of his Creator fell into the trap that was not made for him, God found a way to get man out, a way that met His justice.

I say this and I say it lovingly I don't want to be unkind, but if you because you are a sinner do not take the way out of God's trap, you are going to end up with the Devil and his angels. Matthew 25:41, "Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels." If you go to Hell, you will be an intruder.

Every once and awhile someone says to me, "Do you think a loving God would send anyone to Hell?" A loving God doesn't send anyone to Hell, A loving God made a trap for Satan, and you fell in the trap because you listened to Satan! Because of that, the justice of God makes Him keep His word. God looked, saw you in the trap, and said, "I must keep you there, but I'll make a plan." God did make a plan whereby He would become flesh and come to the earth and fall into that trap for you. Falling in that trap for you, He says, "You can come on out," but He won't drag you out!

God said, "I didn't make Hell for you. I don't want you to go to Hell. My righteousness and my veracity demand that I make you pay the penalty." However, God made a plan to get man out! Stop and think! God loves you more than God loves Gabriel, and He has had Gabriel all these millions of years! What God would not do for His angels, He did for you! What God would not do for the archangels, He did for you. What God would not do for cherubim and seraphim, God did for you because He made you like Himself. God said, "I did not make angels like Myself, but I made man like Myself!" As soon as man fell into the trap that was made for the Devil and his angels, God said, "Lucifer is condemned to Hell forever, and the angels with him who tried to take over My throne are condemned to Hell forever, but man made in My image, man the apple of My eye, man the great love of My life and the love of My heart, I have to free him from that trap!"

There is only one way that man can be freed from the trap and escape the fires of Hell, and that way is not by joining a church! Pookie could have joined all the churches in Russ County and Marshall, Texas, and still have been in that trap. Pookie could have gotten baptized in that trap and still been in that trap. I could have taken the Lord's Supper on the back porch and given it to Pookie and he would have still been in that trap. I made a way. I lifted up that big spring and said, "Pookie, take your paw out of the spring," and Pookie said, "I think I will!" Pookie had a lot more sense than some of you folks.

God became flesh; His name was Jesus. He never sinned, so He didn't get in the trap. (Now Pookie accidentally got in the trap, but Jesus didn't accidentally get in the trap). Jesus never sinned, but after 33 perfect years on earth He said, "Trap, here I come," and He voluntarily put Himself in the trap so He could free you!

In Oklahoma City a strange thing happened years ago. A tiger got out of the zoo there and frightened everybody in town! Horror gripped the whole neighborhood! Somewhere in the town was a wild tiger loose-a ferocious animal. Somebody got an idea. '17hey got a little lamb and put that lamb in the door of a trap cage. When the tiger saw that lamb, he got hungry. (You see, a lamb to a tiger is like a cheese quarter-pounder!) The tiger came and grabbed that lamb, and when he did so, down came the door, and the tiger was caught!

Jesus Christ became the Lamb of God, and the Devil said, "I'll get Him!" The Devil came into the cage and tried to get Him, and he did. The Lamb was slain. Why? So you and I would not be afraid of the wild animal running loose which is called the Devil.

Now you have learned why there is a Hell. You will never hear it any clearer. Preachers get up and say, "You're going to go to Hell if you don't repent." We don't want to say it. We don't like to say it. We wish we didn't have to say it, but it is true, but Hell was not made for you!
  1. God created the angels.
  2. God made a place of suffering-Hell.
  3. God placed Hell as a price on sin if the angels sinned.
  4. The angels were fully warned.
  5. One-third of those angels sinned.
  6. God had no choice but to do what He said He would do.
  7. God made man.
  8. Satan came to man and wanted to drag man to the Hell where he was going.
  9. Satan persuaded man to do what he had done and commit the same sin he had committed.
  10. The price had already been set.
  11. God had to let man go to Hell, though Hell was not prepared for man.
  12. God was willing to break up the Godhead for 33 years so that man could be freed!

Now you have one choice of two. You can go ahead and join the church for your salvation, get baptized for your salvation, turn over a new leaf for your salvation, live a good life for your salvation, and take communion for your salvation; go ahead, but you will die and go to Hell! However, you can say, "Thank God, Jesus the Lamb of God took my place, suffered for me and set me free--not Lucifer, not the angels, not Gabriel, not Michael--God set me free from a trap that was not made for me! I am the object of God's love!"

Yes, God has made a plan. That plan is when you come to a place in your life when you say, "I cannot save myself, but from this moment forward I will rely on Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross as my hope for Heaven, and I will trust Him like I trust a pilot."

I will be flying to Florida to preach tomorrow night and Tuesday night. I will get on the plane at O'Hare Field. There will be three men up in the cockpit. Now I am trusting those men to get me to Florida. I do not know how to fly an airplane, and I do not know how to fly without an airplane! I have one hope to get to Florida, and that is to trust those three men. It is the only hope I have! Let us suppose that when we get up in the air about 30,000 feet or so, I decide to slap the stewardess across the face. I say, "Hey, baby, whack!" Where am I going? Florida. Suppose the pilot comes back and says, "Did you slap the stewardess?"

I say, "Yes, and I can do it again," and I slap the pilot. I also take out a knife and cut off his tie and slash the seat in front of me. Now where am I going?

Florida. Why? You do not get to Florida by behaving on an airplane. You can sit in a pilotless plane on the ground and behave yourself and you will still be at O'Hare Field. You get to Florida by saying to those three men up in the front, "I'm trusting you."

You do not get to Heaven because you live a good life; you get to Heaven because you say, "Jesus, Saviour, pilot me, over life's tempestuous sea. Unknown waves before me roll. Be the guardian of my soul. Jesus, You are my pilot, and I trust You to take me to my destination."

That is the way you get freed from the trap!

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The Simplicity of Salvation

The Simplicity of Salvation


by Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001)

(Chapter 18 from Dr. Hyle's excellent book,
Salvation is More than Being Saved)


(A Sermon Preached in the First Baptist Church of Hammond)

"...The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the Word of faith, which we preach." (Romans 10:8)

How easy it is to become a Christian! Occasionally someone will say, "Brother Hyles, you make it so easy to be saved."

I always answer, "I did not make it easy; God made it easy. I simply tell you how God made it." I made this comment in a home recently: If my girl, Becky, ran away from home, I would want her back. It would be the easiest thing in this world for her to get back. All she would have to do is come and say, "Daddy, I want to come home," and she would be as good as at home. I would want her to come home as much or more than she would want to return, so I would make it very easy for her to come back home.

If one of your children got lost, you would make it easy for him to come back. You would search everywhere. You would be the aggressor. You would be more anxious, or at least as anxious, for him to come home as he would be to return home.

Our Heavenly Father is the same way. Salvation, my friend, is not hard. It is simple. Salvation is not running an obstacle course and hoping you will end up standing up someday when the judgment comes. God has made salvation so simple that the smallest child who understands right from wrong can accept it and be saved. God has made salvation so easy that anybody who knows he is a sinner and knows that by faith he can receive Christ as Saviour, can be saved. God's Part in Salvation is Big, Tremendous.

Now, to be sure, salvation is big! We stumble over its bigness in an effort to make it complicated, but bear this in mind: All the bigness of salvation is on God's part, not ours. All the immensity, all the working, all the business, all the complexity, all the theology, all the deep doctrine and all the philosophy of being saved is God's part. Our pan is so simple.

Salvation is big! Man sinned in the Garden of Eden. God made a man; He made a woman. He put them in the Garden of Eden and said, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it."

Man ate that forbidden fruit when Satan tempted, tested and deceived Eve. Eve came back and told Adam she had eaten of the fruit, that it was a tree that would make men wise, good to look upon, and it opened her eyes concerning good and evil. Man had sinned! Man was made in the image of God for fellowship with God. When man departed from God, then God made a plan to save man. Now the making of that plan was complex. The making of that plan was eternity-shaking. The making of that plan was big and magnificent, but the receiving of that plan is just as simple as taking a drink of water.

God immediately said, "I am going to make a plan." When Adam and Eve sinned, and sin came into the human race, and man departed from God, immediately God started to make a plan. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, said, "Father, I will go to earth and become man. I am willing to become flesh. I will live a sinless life, a perfect life. I will go to Calvary. I will dip My own soul into Hell itself I will become sin for man. If man will simply receive Me, he can be saved." Immediately God promised that the seed of woman would bruise the head of the serpent, and the Seed of woman would, of course, someday come. Four thousand years later in Bethlehem's manger came the Lord Jesus Christ.

Satan, then, set out to block the coming of the Saviour. He set out immediately to block salvation's plan. Adam and Eve had a boy they named Cain. They had another boy named Abel. There was the seed of the promised Messiah, but Cain killed Abel, and the seed-carrier was broken. God gave another son whose name was Seth. From the time Seth was born until Jesus Christ came in Bethlehem, Satan did everything he could to block the coming of the Saviour.

When Jesus' coming was finally announced, Satan tried to get Joseph to put Mary away, to stone her so the Messiah would not be born. Finally, when the Messiah came, there was no place for Him to be born, for Satan blocked any hospital, hotel or inn from the Saviour. So the Saviour was born in a manger in Bethlehem.

Then immediately Satan tried to block salvation's plan in the leading of Herod to kill all the male children two years old and under. You recall how the angel came to Joseph in a dream and said, "Flee to Egypt." Once again God had blocked Satan's plan to thwart salvation.

Satan was not finished. He took Jesus one day up to a mountain and tempted Him in the wilderness three times, hoping that somehow sin could enter in the life of Jesus Christ, for if Jesus Christ had been a sinner, He would have had to suffer for His own sin and could not suffer for my sin. However, Jesus said, "Get thee behind Me, Satan," and He took the Sword of the Spirit and three times struck the Word of God into Satan. Jesus did not yield to temptation!

Satan wasn't through. You recall when Jesus was on the cross, people came by, looked up at Him, hissed at Him, and said, "If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross." Satan well knew if Jesus Christ would come down from Calvary, salvation's plan would be thwarted, but Jesus did not come down!

Satan wasn't finished then. Jesus was put in a borrowed sepulcher. Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus came and got His body and placed it in a borrowed tomb outside the city of Jerusalem. The Bible says that the Roman government put guards around the tomb to guard the Saviour from coming forth. Thank God, once again, on that Easter Sunday morning Jesus came forth victoriously, and the Gospel is now finished. Christ, our perfect Lamb, has been sacrificed, has been buried, rose again the third day, and we do have a Gospel!

It is complicated, to be sure. When a person is saved, he is redeemed. His sins are forgiven. His past is forgotten. He is made an heir of God, a joint-heir with Jesus Christ. He is become sanctified in the Beloved. As far as God's wrath is concerned, he is justified. He is saved from Hell, and for eternity he will live with God in Heaven to enjoy the bliss of God's prepared city forever and forever.

Complicated, isn't it! Big, isn't it'? Immense, isn't it'? Wonderful, isn't it? Hard to comprehend, isn't it? Yes, it is, but I say once again that every part of the complicated Gospel is God's part, not man's part. God has prepared a big meal, which is salvation. Jesus Christ is the bread of life. He is the living water. He is the meat of the Word. He is the milk of the Word. Jesus Christ is the great meal. Salvation has been prepared, and now God tells us, "Come, for all things are now ready "

Man Has Tried to Complicate Getting Saved.

It is so easy to be saved. Oh, complicated for God--yet so simple for man. I want to show you about the simplicity of being saved. Man has tried to complicate it. God said, "Come." Isn't that all God said to Adam and Eve? "Come." Isn't that all God said in Revelation 22:17?, "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."

A man made a great supper in Luke 14 (a picture of salvation), and sent his servants at suppertime to say, "Come; for all things are now ready."

I want to make one thing clear at the start: You cannot do anything to get saved except come to the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, how Satan has tried to complicate it! Satan has tried to make more to salvation than that. People have tried to add their own work to salvation. We want some candles in the church. We want some soft music in the background. We want to learn some confessions of faith and take a catechism. We want to do something ourselves to be saved. We want to feel something shoot in our spine and toes. We want to roll down the aisle and shout, "Whoopee! Hallelujah! I hear angel's wings flapping."

Now you may get saved by candlelight, but you won't get saved by the candles. You may get saved with soft music playing, but the soft music won't have a single thing to do with your getting saved.

You may get saved in the baptistry, but the baptistry won't have a thing to do with your getting saved.

You may get saved the moment you join the church, but the joining of the church won't have a single thing to do with your getting saved. When you get saved, you may shout, but shouting won't have anything to do with your getting saved.

When you get saved, you may cry, but crying won't have a single thing to do with your getting saved.

When you get saved, you may say, "Whoopee!" but "whoopee" won't have anything to do with your getting saved.

The way to get saved is to come to Jesus and trust Him by faith. It is the simple plan that God has made.
 

Now there are three things that tell us of salvation's simplicity:

  1. BIBLE EXAMPLES OF CONVERSIONS SHOW THAT OUTWARD CONDITIONS AND EMOTIONS VARY WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

"Oh," you say, "The Apostle Paul." We like to take the Apostle Paul's conversion and make a big to-do about that. A light shone round about him, and Paul was thrown to his face on the Damascus road, and was blinded. All of a sudden Paul said, "Who art Thou, Lord? What wilt Thou have me to do?"

We say, "'Men we ought to have a light shine around about us." No, the light shining around Paul didn't save Paul. Paul's falling on his face didn't save him. The blinding of Paul didn't save him. Paul was saved when he received Christ as Saviour. It is not the circumstances that save; it is the will saying, "I will come to Christ," which makes one a Christian.

Now quit waiting for a feeling. You may not hoot and holler when you get saved. I don't know what you will do or what the emotional results of your salvation will be, but know this: The resulting feelings have nothing to do with salvation. Salvation is when a person realizes he is a sinner and Christ is the Saviour and by faith he turns to Christ for salvation. That is what being saved is. Matthew was sitting one day at the seat of customs when Jesus came in the room. Matthew just left all and followed Jesus. No light for Matthew! No falling on his face for Matthew! Now if Matthew had fallen on his face and cried and shouted and said, "0 boy! Hallelujah! I'm born again!" and hugged his neighbors and his wife and rejoiced and rolled in the aisle, he would still have been saved, not because he did those things, but because he had put his faith in Christ.

The Bible tells us that one day Zacchaeus was up a tree. Jesus was coming through the city of Jericho on His way to Jerusalem. Zacchaeus wanted to see Him, but there was a great parade coming through, and since Zacchaeus was a little short fellow and could not see Jesus coming, he climbed a tree and looked down. There came Jesus. Jesus said, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for today I must abide at thy house. I'm going to your house for lunch today." Jesus went home with Zacchaeus and over the supper table or dinner table, Zacchaeus trusted Him. Zacchaeus was saved.

The thief on the cross simply said, "Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom." Jesus said, "Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise."

The publican in Luke 18 beat on his breast and said, "God be merciful to me a sinner." Jesus said, "'This man went down to his house justified."

The eunuch in Acts 8 said, "See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?" Philip said, "If thou believest with all thine heart (that Jesus is the Son of God), thou mayest." The Eunuch said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." He simply trusted Jesus for salvation, and the Bible says that they got out of the chariot and "they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him . . . and he went on his way rejoicing." The eunuch got saved by trusting Christ.

Zacchaeus got saved by trusting Christ. Matthew got saved by trusting Christ. John got saved by trusting Christ. Peter got saved by trusting Christ. There may have been different circumstances. There may have been different environments. There may have been different stimuli. There may have been different emotional responses. There may have been different atmospheres, but salvation is wrapped up in one thing, and that is, "Come, for all things are now ready!" Just come to Christ--that is salvation!
 

  1. NEW TESTAMENT FIGURES OF SPEECH SHOW THE SIMPLICITY OF SALVATION.

Not only are there many Bible examples of the simplicity of salvation, but let us notice New Testament comparisons. All the way through the Bible we have figures of speech. The New Testament figures of speech show the simplicity of being saved. Oh, a lot of you would be saved, but you want a light to strike you in the spine! You want a hypodermic needle to hit you. You want to wiggle and roll down the aisle and feel something coming out of your ears and have springs coming out of your head. You want to have something about which God says nothing!

Now when you get saved, you may have springs coming out of your ears, but you are not saved because you have springs coming out of your ears! You may shout when you get saved, but that will not save you. Salvation is by faith in Christ.

Now listen to me! Anybody who knows he is a sinner and knows that he is condemned before God to die and knows that Jesus Christ on the cross suffered for sinners, and will simply come to God and say, "Dear Lord, forgive my sins and save my soul today," can be saved.

You may shout, but the shouting will not save you. For example, on Sunday we have many different types of conversions in people who come down the aisles. One person may come down the aisle saying, "Oh, I want to be saved," crying all the time. Last Sunday night we almost had to mop the altar when a lady got through. Here comes another fellow who says, "I want to be saved," smiling real big. Here comes someone else who says, "I want to be saved," with remorse. Here comes another one who says, "I want to be saved," very straight-faced.

Now is it the smile? No. The tears? No. The stimuli? No. Remorse? No. The thing is, they want to be saved. That is it! It is not how they act; it is what they do. If by faith you say, "Yes" to Christ, that settles that!
 

Now let's notice comparisons

  1. The New Testament compares salvation to letting someone in the door. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." There are two young people here to whom I talked yesterday about Christ and they both were saved. I explained to them, as I have done so often, that salvation is a matter of Jesus knocking at the heart and you opening the door and letting Jesus come in. It is very simple to open the door. If a friend came to see me and rang the bell or knocked on the door, would I say, "Whoopee! Come in"? I wouldn't put it that way at all. Now it is a very simple thing--"Would you come in, please?" Then he comes in.

Jesus said that salvation is like that. He is out of your life. He is not your Saviour. You have lived without Him. You have never trusted Him. Now you simply say, "Dear Jesus, come in." God says that is salvation.

  1. Getting saved is like taking a drink of water. In John 4:14 Jesus said, "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst." Revelation 22:17, "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Now it is very simple to take a drink of water. Some people get so thirsty that when they take a drink of water they go "Whoooo." Some people say, "Ahhh-hh-h." Some just swallow it, and that is it. Now who gets the most water? How it makes you feet doesn't have a thing to do with it! Jesus said getting saved is like taking a drink of water. Are you thirsty? Do you know you are lost? Do you know you need Christ? He is the One Who is the water! You take a drink and He comes in. That is what salvation is like, He says.
  1. Getting saved is receiving a gift. Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Ephesians 2:8, 9, "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." I give a person a gift. He takes it. Is it his? Absolutely! What if he doesn't feel good? The gift Is still his. What if he doesn't shout? It is still his. What if he doesn't cry? It is still his. It is very simple to accept a gift. All you do is reach out and take it and believe it is yours.

Now salvation is that way, the Bible says. Jesus is God's "unspeakable gift." Eternal life is God's gift to man. Anybody who will say, "I am willing to receive the gift," can very simply receive the gift from God.

  1. Getting saved is going through a door. In John 10:9 Jesus said, "I am the door," and in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." Is it very complicated to go through a door? No. When I leave the service I most always go through this door. I will walk over there, turn the doorknob, walk through the door, and go down the stairs. Is that very complicated? I probably won't shout. I doubt if I'll cry or holler. I doubt if I'll laugh, but I will go through the door.

Jesus said that on one side is eternal life; on the other side is eternal death. The difference is a door. Everybody in this house this morning who realizes he is unsaved, realizes that Christ will give him eternal life, and will say, "Dear Lord, I do accept You and come through the door of Jesus to salvation"--that minute God makes you His child!

  1. Salvation is compared with coming home. This is very interesting. Here is a boy in Luke 15 who decides to leave his father and go to a far country. He takes all of his goods, goes to a far country, gets in trouble, looks for a job, can't find a job, finds a job feeding the hogs out in the hogpen, and finally he starts feeding himself the husks off the corn that the swine would not eat-the cornhusks, if you please. He eats the cornhusks. Finally he says, "The servants back home have more than this. Why, the servants back home have some good bread and potatoes and meat and beans, and here I am eating the cornhusks. I will arise and go to my father." He comes back to the father, and the father receives him.

Salvation is just going home. How many of you ever go home to see your father?

Let's say a family is having a reunion. Here are some children coming home. One child says, "Oh, it's so good to be home," in tears. Another says, "BOY, IT'S GOOD TO BE HOME"' Still another says, "Brother, it's wonderful to be home," very sincerely Another says, "Hello, Mother, How have you been?" Now who is the nearest home? It doesn't make any difference if one cries, one shouts, one laughs, one feels good, one sighs-they are all home! The Lord never did say that salvation is like a fellow who cries his way home or shouts his way home. It is like coming home!

Maybe you are lost from God. You are away from God. Jesus Christ is salvation. You need only to say, "Lord, I'm coming home."

"I've wandered far away from God. Now I'm coming home;

The paths of sin too long I've trod, Lord, I'm coming home."

  1. Salvation is compared to saying "yes" to a proposal. How many of you married ladies remember very distinctly when you said "yes" to a proposal? Remember when he said, "Will you?" Was it very complicated? How many of you cried when your husband asked, "Will you marry me?" How many of you laughed when you said it? How many of you in your heart felt wonderful, but you didn't show a lot of emotion?

Here is a proposal: I am on my knees, and I say, "Beverly, would you make me the happiest man in all the world? Would you be mine?" She says, "OH, WONDERFUL! YES!" Now she said "yes" to my proposal, but she may just say, "Oh, (sob) yes!" She is Just as hooked as she was the other way! Or she may just say, "Um-hum." No matter how she may say it, she still has done the same thing.

Some of you folks are trying to get married just like everybody else got married. It isn't how you respond; it is the response. Jesus said, "Will you be married? Will you come to Me? Will you trust Me?" If You say, "Yes," you are saved! If you say, "No," you are lost! The way You respond has nothing to do with your eternal soul. Jesus compares salvation with a proposal.

  1. Jesus compares salvation with accepting an invitation. Jesus told the parable of a man who "made a great supper and bade many." Jesus says, "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). I ask a friend, "Will you come over to my house to eat?" Now if he hasn't eaten for a week, he may say, "BROTHER, WILL I? SURE!" Let us suppose he is so full he doesn't want to eat a bite today. "Yes, I'll come." Let us suppose we are having broiled T-bone steak: "Boy, I'll come!" Or, let us suppose he has been wanting to come to our house for a long time and we haven't spoken in a year, and finally he realizes that we're going to speak again. He says, "Oh, I sure will come!"

Now let me ask you, will he be any more invited either way he answers? Not a bit! The way he would do it matters not; he simply accepts the invitation.

Now God says, "I have made a great banquet feast. I have prepared salvation. It is a gift. Would you come? Come."

Now then, somebody will say, "You bet I'll come. I'm so far in sin, I'll come"--weeping.

Somebody else says, "Yes, I need the Lord, I'll come"-very serious.

Somebody else says, "A BANQUET? I'LL COME! "--rejoicing. Somebody else says, "Whoopee! --shouting.

No matter how you act, you will not get any more to eat. The thing that makes you come is when you say, "Yes," to the invitation. Some folks want to get a candle, walk down the aisle with a long flowing robe and say, "I come." Some want to do cartwheels and flop down the aisle and say, "I come." Some want to cry, "I come." Well, any way is all right with me, as long as you don't trust that candle, or those cartwheels, or that feeling, or those tears, or that joy, to save you. As long as you trust the eternal Word of God and what He said, you have salvation! Would to God folks could understand it! God simply said, "Come." Man has been trying to make religions, to major on the minors, and major on the sidetracks, and major on the sidelines, when the truth is, all you have to do to be saved is just come to the Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. He compares salvation with taking a bath. In Titus 3:5 He says, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration." In John 13 Jesus said, "You have already bathed once; now wash your feet." Salvation is compared to taking a bath. Remember. Jesus is the One Who bathes you, makes you clean.

Many of you take a bath once a week whether you need it or not! It is not a big chore to take a bath. There have been times when I have been real hot, I mean on a hot blistering Texas day with the temperature at 109 degrees. I recall it was 111 degrees and I laid oak floor all day long. I almost died. I got home and said, "Honey, I want a cold bath." We turned on the cool water, and I jumped in. As I jumped in, I said, "Whew-ew!" Now there are other times when I have to take a bath real quickly; so I just rush in and rush out, but I am just as clean either way. You see, it doesn't matter whether you say, "Whew-ew" or not. If you want to say, "Whew-ew," that's all right, but you don't have to say it to take a bath. Taking a bath is very simple. You know you are dirty; Jesus has the soap. You get in; He bathes you. Now the sidelines may be different. The effect may be different. The outward results may be different, but the bath is the same. You get in and take the bath. Jesus said that salvation is that way. He cleanses all who come for "the washing of regeneration."

Some of you are so dirty and you have been so far into sin, that when you jump into salvation you are going to realize that you are clean, and you are going to say, "Whoopee! I'm clean!" Some are going to say, "I have been so dirty; it's so good to be clean"--crying all the time. Some are going to say, "I'm so glad to be saved." Some, "Yes, it's good to be a Christian." Now it all depends on how dirty you were. IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW HOT IT HAS BEEN. It depends on how much you need the bath, but the salvation is not the whoopee or the whew-ew or the joy or the thrill or the tears. It is getting in the tub and taking the bath.
  1. Salvation is compared to putting money in the bank. 2nd Timothy 1:12b, "I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed (or deposited) unto Him against that day." You take some money and put it in the bank. Now, two fellows go to the bank and each one puts in $100.00. One says, "0 boy! 0 BOY! I saved $100.00." The other quietly says, "Me too." Now which one has saved $100.00? Both have! You mean how happy you get about the money doesn't mean who has the $100.00 in the bank? That Is right. The question is not, did you shout to the teller, or cry to the teller, or hit the teller? The question is, Did you give the money to the teller?
A lot of folks say, "I'm saved because I shouted and felt it al I over." That is not why you are saved. You are saved because you put your soul in the hands of Jesus. You say, "I was there when it happened and I ought to know." Pretty song, but it isn't enough. Sure you were there when it happened and you ought to know, but you are not saved because you were there when it happened. You are saved because you trusted Jesus. You are saved because you said, "Yes," to Calvary and said, "I will deposit my soul to Jesus' keeping."
  1. Getting saved is like eating a meal. The Bible says, "Come, all things are now ready" When we get home some little boy is going to say, "Mom, is dinner ready?" "Yes, son." My little boy, David, only hits the floor about twice. He dives in. "0 boy, Mom! 0 boy! Got some gravy!" I walk in, look, and say, "Gravy again." We eat the same gravy No difference at all. Same thing.
Becky might say, "Hot dog!" David might say, "Whoopee!"

I might say, "I'm so hungry, I've got to get to the food," but we each eat the same food. How we eat it has nothing to do with it. Some fellow can sop it; another can eat it with a spoon. Some fellow can lick it up; another can eat it with a fork. Some fellow can put it on toast; another can put his biscuits in it, but it is the same gravy I'm saying, it isn't what happened when you got saved-the experience, etc. It is, did you trust Jesus and did He save you?
 

  1. OLD TESTAMENT TYPES SHOW THE SIMPLICITY OF GETTING SAVED.

Not only do Bible examples and New Testament comparisons show the simplicity of salvation, but the Old Testament types show us this also.

A coat of skins God offered Adam and Eve. What did they do? They took it, that is all.

A brazen serpent was placed on the pole, as we read in Numbers. Those bitten could only look at that brazen serpent and be saved. An ark was built 'In Noah's day. What did they have to do'? Come inside the ark. That's all--just come inside.

The little lamb was slain. What did a Jew have to do? Put his hand on the head of the lamb.

The Old Testament types show how simple it is on our part to be saved. To be sure, when you come to Christ your sins are forgiven, you are made a new creature, the Holy Spirit comes in to live, you become one of God's children, and you will go to Heaven. A BIG THING. Oh, yes! Immense! But God does all the big work! All you do is take it by faith!

Recently in visitation I went to the home of a lady who is here this morning. We knelt and prayed and she said, "Yes, I know I ought to do it. I know I ought to do it."

I said, "Will you do it?"

"Yes," she said, "I will." We knelt to pray. I think with some emotion in her heart but not much in her voice, she said, "Dear Lord, I confess my sins. I pray You will forgive me. I receive You as my Saviour now." She received Christ.

I went down the street a little further. There I met two young people who are here this morning. I explained salvation to them. One teenage girl would not look at me, but kept looking down. I told her how to be saved, how she would not have to worry any more about going to Hell. Finally she prayed. Afterward I said, "Now are you saved?"

"Oh, yes," she said.

That girl who hesitated to decide and then timidly turned to Jesus in her heart was saved.

The other girl was joyful, immediately happy, but both girls were saved just alike the moment they put their trust in Jesus.

It is simple to receive Christ. You can open the door and Jesus will come in. You can simply receive salvation as a gift. You can accept the sweet invitation. Jesus said, "Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37b). If you realize that you are a lost sinner who needs saving, and if you are tired of sin and want forgiveness, then I beg you here and now say "yes" to Jesus in your heart, turn your case over to Him and depend on Him to do the saving which He promised. Will you do that today?

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Understanding The Human Soul

Understanding The Human Soul
By David J. Stewart | December 2012

1st Thessalonians 5:23-24, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

To help teach you about the human soul, I made the above image using Macromedia's Fireworks program (version 4). The program allows you to work in layers, so each circle and text is a separate layer. Pretty neat stuff. I used Fireworks to make my Jesus-is-Savior.com image years ago in March of 2003.

The outer circle represents the human body, the inner circle represents the soul, and the innermost circle is the human spirit. As you've read in our text verse above in 1st Thessalonians 5:23-24, the Bible does recognize the distinction between spirit, soul and body. It is important that each Christian have a basic understanding of the spirit, soul and body. Learning this truth will help you understand the Bible and human psychology well. This is true psychology, which means “the study of the soul.” Notice in our text Scripture above (1st Thessalonians 5:23-24) the order in which the Bible lists these three elements: spirit, soul, body. In almost every case, people usually mention the body first, and then the soul and the spirit lastly. This is because the spirit is generally ignored by humanity and people live in the flesh.

God warned Adam and Eve that they would die the DAY they sinned. Genesis 2:17, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in
the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. So why did Adam continue to live until he was 930-years-old? (Genesis 5:3). The Bible doesn't tell us when Eve died, but we know that she continued to live after sinning in the Garden of Eden, later giving birth to numerous children. Why DIDN'T Adam and Eve die the same DAY they sinned, as God had said? It is because they DID DIE, spiritually, but not physically.

Romans 5:12 teaches that Adam's sin brought sin into the world; and therefore, death (Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death...”) upon the human race. Adam and Eve's spirit DIED the moment they ate of the forbidden fruit. Every human being since, except for Jesus Christ (Who was born from above, the Son of God) has been born spiritually-dead. Now you understand why there is a need to be born-again, that is, born spiritually. “Ye must be born again” (John 3:5). The first birth is a physical, or natural birth. The second birth is a spiritual, or supernatural birth.

The soul is composed of three elements: a mind to think, a heart to feel and a will to decide. Animals have a soul, but not a spirit. Animals have a mind to think, a heart to feel and a will to decide; but they do not have a spirit to fellowship with God, create music, write a poem or repent of sins. Animals cannot sin, nor do they comprehend sin. Animals act on behavioral impulse. Sometimes people behave like animals, but they do have spirits and know better, so they will be held accountable by God as Ecclesiastes 12:14 teaches, “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

A person's spirit is their true being, their very existence, which is given by God alone. Ecclesiastes 12:7, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. As our Creator, God gives the human spirit at conception, and our spirit returns into the Lord's hands the moment that we die. God is not to be trifled with. Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Only a fool doesn't fear God.

I once debated religion with a co-worker, a staunch Jehovah's Witness, who denied the distinction between the human spirit and the soul. Nor did he believe in the Person of the Holy Spirit. Jehovah's Witness deny the Godhead, that is, the triune nature of God (which many refer to as the Trinity). I like the Biblical word, Godhead, that is, if you have a trustworthy King James Bible that contains this all-important word in Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20 and Colossians 2:9. All modern Bible versions attack the doctrines of Christ's deity and the Godhead. The Bible does in fact differentiate between the soul and spirit of a man. Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Man is created in God's image, just as God is threefold in existence, that is, one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) Who exists in the three separate, equal, distinct and unique Persons of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Bible calls this “the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ” in Colossians 2:2. Man is also a threefold being in nature, just as is His Creator.

At death our soul and spirit are separated from the fleshly body. This is the first death. If a person dies the second death (Revelation 21:8), then their body, soul and spirit will be separated from God and cast into the Lake of Fire forever. When the Bible mentions the soul, it always includes the human spirit, for they are inseparable. Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible admonishes all mankind to fear God, for He alone has the power of Heaven and Hell.

Self-righteous people condemn other sinners to their grave in hypocrisy; but only God can condemn (damn) a person to Hell for all eternity. It matters not what men may think or say about you, all that matters is what God thinks about you. You need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, that is, Christ's righteousness which God imputes to us the moment we receive the gospel as payment for our sins to be saved. Christ died, was buried and resurrected three days later. That's the gospel message. Believe it and the work is done. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, plus or minus nothing!

In sharp contrast to Biblical psychology based upon the Scriptures, modern secular psychology is very different, which is based upon the heresies of atheism, humanism and evolution. Modern psychologists are trained and indoctrinated in heathen universities. Psalm 1:1, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

Below is the same image that I presented to you earlier, but it's a different background color and I added some lines pointing to the word soul. It's a simple picture, but it helps me understand the human spirit, soul and body when I study the Bible.

We learn below in 1st Peter 3:18 that we are made alive () by God's Holy Spirit at salvation. Jesus taught Nicodemus that He needed to be born of water (physical birth) and of the Spirit (by God's Spirit).

Ephesians 2:5 and 1st Peter 3:18, “Even when we were dead in sins, hath us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) ... For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but by the Spirit.

The Spirit of God comes to indwell (live within) us the very moment that we acknowledge our guilt of sin, that is, our sinnership, and trust upon the gospel news that Christ died, was buried and rose from the dead, having shed His blood for our sins...

John 3:5-7,“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

No one can enter into the kingdom of God without being born anew of the Spirit of God, born from above. Being born-again means to have He, Jesus Christ, Who is the beginning, born in us. What a beautiful Savior!

The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit lives within the body of the believer. 1st Corinthians 3:16-17, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. The believer's body is the tabernacle of the Holy Sprit. The unsaved do not have God's Holy Spirit, Who is literally God in us. The unsaved only have darkness in them. Jesus is the light, Who brightens our soul as Christians

Jesus is the light. John 1:4-5, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Jesus is the light that shines in darkness, lighting men's souls with righteousness. We all have darkness in us as sinners. It is in our nature. John 3:19, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” Everyone has darkness in them, but the Lord is the light that shines in that darkness. 2nd Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” We can be saved and have our sins forgiven if we'll believe the gospel.

The gospel means “good news” or “glad tidings.” Romans 10:15b, “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” The gospel is composed of three things according to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

Satan and the fallen angels (demons) are spirits. As such they attempt to influence and corrupt the human spirit. Music is spiritual in nature. Books, movies and doctrinal teachings are spiritual in nature, that is, they influence the human spirit. This is why the Bible says to try (or test) the spirits in 1st John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” The Bible teaches that we are in a spiritual war continually. Ephesians 6:13, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Our battle in not against flesh and blood that we see; but rather, against spiritual forces that are unseen by the human eye and undetected by the senses.

It is critically important that we abide in the Scriptures as Christians, so that the thoughts and intents of our heart will be discerned and we will be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2) to be “conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). We cannot change without the Bible. We can choose to walk in the lusts of the flesh, or we can choose to live in obedience to the Spirit of God within us, as He guides us into all truth in the Scriptures. God's Word is a Lamp to light our path. Psalms 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”
—Isaiah 9:2

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By David J. Stewart

Colossians 2:8, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

The Word of God teaches that Satan is a liar of liars (John 8:44). The Bible reveals that Satan blinds men with philosophy, vain deceit, the traditions of men, and the rudiments (accepted principles) of the world. The Greek word for “rudiment” is stoykhion meaning “something orderly in arrangement,” i.e., a set of principles. Evolution is a commonly accepted rudiment in the world. That which was mere speculation at the beginning, dishonestly became fact at some point in secular education. Without having any proof at all, evolutionists now teach Evolution as fact and science.

There is a myriad of proofs against Evolution, but one of the most compelling is the existence of man's soul and spirit. Evolutionists speculate as to how biological life evolved from an alleged BIG BANG, but they have NEVER been able to explain how biological life became a living soul and spirit. Science cannot explain this unsearchable mystery.

In Pastor Max D. Younce's informative book, I'M SO GLAD YOU ASKED!, he states:

When Does Life Begin?

Question: My friend and I have been discussing when the soul and spirit enter the body? Is there anything in the Bible that can help clarify this?

Answer: First, it must be recognized that a living individual, who starts at conception, is composed of body and spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:23). There can be no life from the sperm and egg; unless the soul and spirit are present the moment conception produces a new life. The soul and spirit are the life of the body. James 2:26 tells us,

“For as the body WITHOUT THE SPIRIT is dead...”

The spirit is the seat of our intelligence and understanding (1 Corinthians 2:11). The soul is the seat of our emotions and appetites. For example: Our soul rejoices (Isaiah 61:10); our soul lusteth (Deuteronomy 12:15); the soul has desires (1 Samuel 2:16); it sorrows (Mark 14:34); it can hate (2 Samuel 5:8), and etc.

We never find where the soul and spirit are ever divided. At conception, when life begins, the soul and spirit develop; as they are connected with the body in the womb and on through after birth. God said in Genesis 2:7,

“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 soul.”

No doctor or neurologist has ever been able to find; or, observe the soul and spirit of an individual. They do know the different functions that the physical matter, called the brain, perform. What they do not know is how the soul and spirit controls the brain matter, as the brain is only dead tissue—unless the spirit of life is in the body.

In Psalm 139:14 we are told,

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:...”

Since,

“the body without the spirit is dead”; (James 2:26a)

...therefore, conception could not produce life unless the spirit is present. Life begins at conception; therefore, abortion is nothing more than First Degree Murder in the eyes of God!

SOURCE: Dr. Max D. Younce, I'M SO GLAD YOU ASKED!, Volume 2, pg. 14-15; ISBN-13-978-0-9815225-8-6; Morris Publishing.

The existence of the soul and spirit in man are solid incontestable proof of a divine Creator. Although Evolutionists have arsenals of speculative findings, questionable theories, and bogus claims to put forth the teachings of Evolution; they have NOTHING factual to prove that man evolved upon the earth at any time. Man has never evolved. God formed man just as Genesis 2:7 teaches. The reality of man's soul and spirit is solid evidence against the bogus claims of evolutionists, who simply cannot explain their origin.

For an alleged BIG BANG to produce biological life, and then develop a spirit and soul is IMPOSSIBLE! Evolutionists attempt to explain the biological origin of man, claiming that all life originated from stardust; but how do evolutionists even begin to explain the origin of the soul and spirit?

How did biological life develop faith in the supernatural? How did mankind develop moral awareness? Why do inhabitants from every nation in the world acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being? How did dead brain matter take on life? What is the difference between a dead body and a living body? It is the presence of the soul and spirit.

The Bible teaches that all souls are in God's hands...

Ezekiel 18:4, “Behold, all souls are mine...”

Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Ecclesiastes 12:7, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

1st Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

God forms the child in the womb, giving the soul and spirit from the moment of conception. This is God's gift of life. Children are rewards from the Lord. Psalm 127:3, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” You'll never hear that from Planned Herodhood.

Whether it be the lying Supreme Court that says a child in the womb is not a human being; or whether it be the lying evolutionist who says that man evolved from space debris; the Word of God tells us the truth that God is our Maker...

Isaiah 45:9, “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?”

The God of the whole earth is our Maker—the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). The existence of man's soul and spirit plainly evidence a divine Maker. There is no way that a biological evolutionary process, even if it were true, could ever create spiritual life and a living soul. The only logical and possible answer is God.

Psalm 100:5, “For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

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