The Word is Alive

Watering the Tulips

October 10, 2012

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.  The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”John 6:63

It has well been said that the natural man is not as bad as he can be but he most certainly is as bad off as he can be.  You see, as a result of the Fall, men have no natural inclination towards God.  In fact, the Bible clearly confirms that “the carnal mind is enmity against God” (Romans 8:7).  This is evidenced every day as we see the hate for God and His children spew forth from the mouth of those with an audience.  Those that are following “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) hate God and they hate those that remind them of God.  Isaiah has well said, “The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints.  From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it” (Isaiah 1:5-6).  When we were born into this world, our spiritual state could not have been worse.  We were totally separated from God by nature, by practice and by choice.

Clearly, “the carnal mind is enmity against God”.  But, it’s worse than that.  The carnal mind “is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be (Romans 8:7).  Simply put, the natural man has no desire for God and His Son.  Man is a product of Adam’s sin.  He is a rebel against the King of Kings.  He is an enemy of God’s State and he is on the run away from the great Judge of the Earth.  He is a transgressor of God’s holy law and has no desire to become compliant with it.  Certainly, “the flesh profits nothing” in the case of this one.  Though he doesn’t realize it naturally, his flesh is his problem. 

When faced with this truth, the disciples asked Jesus, “Who then can be saved?” (Luke 18:26).  Jesus responded with a simple, yet profound, truth that is often overlooked today – “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27).  So, Jesus plainly declares that salvation is impossible if man is left to himself (remember, the flesh profits nothing).  However, God’s arm is not shortened by the frailty of the flesh.  God’s Holy Spirit gives life by drawing men to Christ (John 6:44).  When the power of the Holy Spirit of God is extended, men voluntarily come to Christ by faith (Psalms 110:3).

Do not overlook the importance of the last part of our text verse.  Jesus closed His thought by saying, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”  God is pleased to use the message of the Gospel to save (1 Corinthians 1:21).  However, the Gospel is not the power of the preacher or the one being preached to.  It is only effectual when it is the “power of God to salvation” (Romans 1:16).  Certainly, “Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth” (James 1:18).  The Gospel will always fall on deaf ears when it is heard “in word only” (1 Thessalonians 1:4).  However, to those of us who believe, it came “in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance” (1 Thessalonians 1:4).  As Christ said, “It is the Spirit who gives life”

Child of God, take this moment today to thank God for bringing the Gospel to you in the power of His Spirit and making the message of Christ real to you.

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