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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 1, Chapter 8

Jesusí Full Salvation for Man

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Jesus said about Salvation: "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matt 19:21). The reason why man cannot save himself is because manís attempt at salvation begins from self, his soul, and through his intellect. This is what caused the problem in the first place: self initiative, not Godís initiative. The Second reason is because man does not deal with the problem, his dead spirit and his bondage to a corrupted soul and flesh, he deals with his behavior: what he does or does not do. What he does or does not do will not bring his spirit back to life and back into relationship with God.

Let us show the arrogance of self attempts of salvation: first, man separated himself from God by rejecting His will and order for man: receive from the Holy Spirit through manís spirit, then decide with the soul to respond to Godís will and then carry out that will through his physical body. Man chose instead to allow himself to be ruled by himself through his soul: his intellect and feelings, and by his flesh: his appetites and desires. Now man even rejects Godís initiated means of salvation for him through His Only Son Jesus Christ and tells God that he will save himself again through his intellect and feelings, his soul. This is why God tells us through Isaiah 64:6 that all our righteous deeds are as filthy garments in His sight because they are motivated and controlled through manís soul, not by the Holy Spirit through manís spirit.

Manís need in salvation is to be delivered and saved from self, our soul, because self rule and initiative are the problem in the first place. Manís problem is not his behavior, his sin either but what sin did to man. Sin corrupted man and brought man into bondage to himself, his soul and flesh. No amount of religious activity will deliver man from the bondage to himself because man himself is the problem. Anything man tries to do for salvation initiates from his soul, from himself and is not the solution because nothing man can do can bring his spirit back to life and back into relationship with God. The soul has no power to create life or make anything alive. Jesus said in John 6:63, "The Spirit creates-life, the flesh profits nothing."

Man trying to save himself is like trying to combat cancer with cancer or fire with gasoline. Man only ends up with more cancer and a bigger fire. Man got himself in trouble in the first place because he acted without Godís initiative first.

Another reason why man cannot save himself is because manís salvation is selective. He saves only what he wants to save and leaves the rest of the garbage. This is why religion cannot save man. There is nothing man can do to save himself because his behavior is not the problem, he is. The cancer is man himself, not some tumor in man that can be taken out through some religious activity. Man himself is the problem. Man himself is the tumor. He does not just need deliverance from his sins, he needs deliverance from himself. For this reason, If man is to have any hope of salvation from the problem, himself, God himself will have to initiate the solution.

In the beginning sin was the problem because Adam and Eveís sin was turning from Godís rule to self-rule. Therefore, dealing now just with sin does not solve the problem. We are responsible for our sin, but sin now is not manís problem, but the symptom of his problem which is man himself. We do not just need deliverance from sin but from self. We need to be born fresh from above, recreated in Godís image and moral righteousness. This is what Jesus told Nicodemus the Jewish Rabbi, "Truly, truly, I say to You , unless one receives birth179 from-above180, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). Jesus did not say, "Unless you get all your sin out of your life, change your behavior and live a perfectly holy life, you cannot enter the kingdom of God." No, Jesus did not say this. We must repent of our sin to receive Jesusí salvation for our sins, but Jesus knew that manís problem was not his sin, his behavior. He knew that manís problem was himself and that no amount of right behavior would change what man is. Therefore, Jesus said to Nicodemus that in order for him to enter the kingdom of God that he had to receive birth from above and be recreated new and fresh into the image and likeness of God.

Nicodemus then asked Jesus how it was possible to enter his motherís womb a second time to be born? This would not solve the problem. Jesus explains why in John 3:6, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Jesus explains to Nicodemus that the reason why he cannot enter the kingdom of God as he is, is because he was born of the flesh in the first place which means he was devoid of spirit, dead spiritually and without ability to have relationship with God. Therefore being born of the flesh a second time would not solve the problem either (which is the meaning of Jesus statement in John 3:5 "unless one is born of water. . ." Often times this is used to say that we are saved by water baptism, but that is not the meaning of this phrase in context. Jesus explains its meaning in 3:6: physical birth) because it would produce the same results: physically and soulishly alive but spiritually dead. Jesus then explained to Nicodemus that he had to receive birth from above through the Holy Spirit of God because only then would he have a living spirit and be one again with Godís Spirit (1 Cor 6:17) and thus have communion and a relationship with God again.

How then is one born again by the Holy Spirit of God? It first started with God, that is God the Son, becoming a man Himself. How did Jesus Christ become man? Through Holy Spirit conception of the Virgin Mary. Why did Jesus need to be conceived of by the Holy Spirit rather than through manís seed? Man lost his salvation because he broke away from Godís order for him which was to only act out of Godís initiative through his spirit by the Holy Spirit and instead acted out of the initiative of his reasoning and thoughts, his soul. Therefore, manís seed by manís initiative will not solve the problem. Manís seed only produces men devoid of spirit. To solve manís need of salvation it requires reversing the order by getting back to Godís order: spirit, soul, then body. Therefore the first step had to be Holy Spirit conception of Jesus if He was to have a living human spirit and thus a relationship with God the Father to start with. Jesus said about His life as a man on earth:

"It is the Spirit who creates-life,126 the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and are life." (John 6:63)

"Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, ĎTruly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.í" (John 5:19)

Also required was the life of God, eternal life, if we were to be truly saved and have eternal life ourselves. Therefore Jesus had to be fully God as well as fully normal man as God intended for man to be. I will explain this in greater detail later.

All men conceived of by men are descendants of Adam and devoid of spirit at birth. Because Jesus was conceived of by the Holy Spirit, His humanity was not devoid of human-spirit at birth and thus had communion and relationship with God at birth. It had to be through Holy Spirit conception because man born of man is born corrupted and devoid of spirit.

All men were in the loins of Adam when Adam sinned and so all men suffered the same fate as Adam who had not sinned in the likeness of Adam. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 5:12-14,

"Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinnedófor until the Law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam."

The Bible defines death as being separated from God which is what is meant by man having a dead spirit. The purpose of manís spirit is for communicating with and having a relationship with God. Man still has a spirit, but his spirit is dead meaning that its intended function is no longer in operation: he is no longer able through his spirit to communicate with or have a relationship with God. The sin of Adam and Eve severed this function.

To correct this, First, Jesus had to be born of the conception of the Holy Spirit so that he did not carry the consequence of original sin that is on all descendants of Adam: a dead human spirit. This meant that Jesus, when born, was like Adam at his creation. This means Jesus had complete communion and union with God in His human spirit in the moral righteousness and likeness of God.

Continued on Pages 2, 3, 4
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