II Cor 4:3, 4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Body, Soul and Spirit and Value…..
It’s easy for us to think that maybe there is only this life and nothing after. The world around keeps trying to pull into that thinking. And of course if that is our thinking then there is no need for a Savior. Sounds like a philosophy that satan would subscribe to. He does actively blind people so that the Gospel has not meaning or affect on them. The beauty is that God’s truth can overcome those blinders.
John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
The truth from God’s word is that our bodies temporarily house the soul and spirit that make up our real person. The real person is a nonphysical being who began existence when God
Gen 2:7 “breathed into his [Adam’s] nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul”
God reminds us that we are body, soul, and spirit and our value is not based on our income, 401K and the toys we accumulate. Yet mankind ignores God’s wisdom and persists in pursuing the accumulation of wealth and the possessions and pleasures it will buy, none of which last beyond death. I enjoy my material toys but hopefully not too much. When they become my priority or my love than the line has been crossed and my priorities are out of God’s will. That’s a dangerous place to be.
Luke 12:15″A man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses”
I must understand that I am an eternal being living temporarily in a physical body. Those who believe that the body is all that we consist of spend their entire lives trying to fulfill the desires of the flesh. As believers we must recognize these truths or we will not seek God’s will be done in our lives and we will not have a burden for those who have not yet heard that you “must be born again”.
Our Savior asked, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul” (Mt 16:26; Mk 8:36)? Jesus showed us the folly of a materialistic outlook in the parable of the rich farmer, where his crops were so abundant that he told himself, “I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” But God said unto him, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Lk 12:16-21).
For the atheist, human destiny is a hoped-for oblivion upon death, whereby one escapes God’s judgment. Remember that an Atheist is simply a person placing his or her faith in self, world and things that can be seen. They are just as lost as the person who is placing their salvation hope in a Church denomination and self and is a religious person in the eyes of the world. This is the vain hope and faith of the godless. Will that hope be granted? Never! Death is not the end of man’s existence, for God has declared,
Heb 9:27 “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”
Though the body decays when it dies, the soul and spirit are destined to exist forever because we are eternal beings. The death of the body offers no escape. After death, Christians stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ to receive rewards or to suffer loss for their level of service after being “born again” where our eternal destiny was determined. The damned will face Jesus at the Great White Throne judgment and from there will be cast into the Lake of Fire, which is called “the Second Death.”
“What is my purpose in life?” is the logical question every reasonable person must face. This realization does not arise from an evolutionary development in the brain or DNA but from the reasoning of the nonphysical mind. And most importantly by our faith in our God and His recorded truths. We live and must walk by faith not by sight.
Everything in the universe points to the Creator. How can we help but exclaim with the Psalmist, “As the heart pants after the water brook, so panteth my soul after thee O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God….”
Romans 1:20 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”