were they in great [pachad] fear: [pachad] for God ['elohiym] is in the generation [dowr]
of the righteous. [tsaddiyq]KJV-Interlinear
they are in great dread, For God is with the righteous generation. NASB
There is no human being that is good, nor can any human being be the source of good. Regardless of what you think of yourself, your best day is never going to be any better than a pile of doggie doo-doo.
Isaiah described mans righteousness as filthy rags. And we have already studied what exactly those rags are - filthy, dusty, dirty, used and reused disgusting, menstrual rags as were used in his day.
So, boasting about how noble and sincere and good you are, is in fact boasting about something that is pretty revolting.
However, there is a way out of this predicament, but it is not and never will be, by way of mans efforts, attitudes, inventions, imaginations, or opinions.
And that way is through only one person, Jesus Christ.
Alone, you are nothing more than a lump of dust (biological), in which resides biological life. This dust comes from the elements of the earth. This is the process that continues with, and begins with, pregnancy, at conception. For the seed of that man and the seed of the woman continue the cycle of biology throughout each individuals life as some seed is used, while most is flushed away as waste.
Added to that dust is something that did not come from humans - the soul. The soul is the vessel that comes from God. God creates the soul, man does not. God inserts human life into the soul, man does not. Only God places and removes life, man does neither.
This process is described in Genesis as 'neshemah,' or the breath of life, or the spark of life. This occurs at the point of human birth, and is evidenced when the infant takes its very first breath. God exhales, and man inhales life.
When death occurs, the soul along with its resident human life (that is the real you), leaves the body. The body remains behind and rots and returns to the dust from whence it came (flushed away). The soul returns to God from whence it came.
The third part of the human essence, occurs only when the individual believes in Christ. At which time God then creates yet another vessel, the human spirit, into which He imputes eternal life. Man yet again, has nothing to do with this new creation, causing man to be born again. Man was born a first time and received soul life. Man is born a second time and receives eternal life.
The human spiritual attaches itself to the soul and there remains permanent forever.
Eventually the physical body is replaced with a resurrected body (one not of dust), and so the person is totally of Gods creation. Nothing of this earth remains in the persons essence.
All unbelievers lack a human spirit because they have not believed in Christ. They then lack eternal life, and thus do not qualify to live with God forever, but will be relegated to the Lake of Fire when the last judgment occurs (the Great White Throne).
Being lost forever, is the worst possible situation that a person can have. There is no life, no happiness, but only fear, insecurity, terror, pain, suffering and worse, forever. There is no hope, and no comfort.
Deep down inside, all unbelievers know that to be true. They have nothing onto which they can hold, that will give them assurance of a better life. The have believed in lies, pursued lies, taunted the faithful and mocked life in general, and in reality they mock themselves.
The only thing that remains certain for unbelievers is fear, unquenchable, uncontrollable, and unimaginable fear. A shaking, trembling fear that will last forever.
And who is to blame? Each person who rejects Christ is to blame for their own failure.
How can a person refuse to think six little words, for their entire life, is difficult to imagine. 'Father I believe in Jesus Christ.' And yet stubborn defiance keeps people from believing this single thought that is so easy to do.
But by the same token, stubborn defiance and arrogance, prevents believers from a daily Bible study, which too, is so easy to do.
The difference between being saved and unsaved is infinite. Heaven versus the Lake of Fire.
The difference between spiritual maturity and spiritual immaturity, is likewise infinite. Blessings beyond imagination versus little if any blessings.
Fear drives unbelievers and they lose eternal life. Stupidity drives negative believers and they lose blessings.
And again who is to blame? Each individual is to blame for their own failure. Why?
Because God is in the generation of the righteous. Who is righteous?
Believers because they have been saved, having received the imputation of Gods righteousness when they believed in Christ. And beyond that, spiritually mature believers who advance to maturity, by learning and understanding and using doctrine throughout their life.
God is truth. You cannot know truth unless you learn it. You cannot learn it unless you listen and hear and study and use it.
The easiest truth is the gospel, which you hear and then believe. The daily commitment to doctrine is your next mandated step to the completion of your life. That is if you really want a God designed completion of yourself.
Which by the way, humanity cannot do on their own either.
Your entire life, from beginning to its end, your entire essence from birth to eternity, your entire completion through and through, comes from God and God alone.
God gets all of the credit, you deserve no credit. You have only but to want the greatest gift of all, in order to receive it, and then pursue it as God has outlined the spiritual growth process.
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