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Bible Study Lesson 16

Human Nature And The Purpose Of God
 
 A.  Human Nature In General
 B.  Human Nature According To The Scriptures
 C.  Man Must Serve God On The Basis Of Love
 D.  Man Must Be Holy And Blameless Before God
 E
God Purposely Created Man Weak
 F.
  God's Way Of Making Man Holy In Spite Of His Sinful Nature

       

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 16F.   God's Way Of Making Man Holy In Spite Of His Sinful Nature

 


As purposely created by God, man as flesh is weak and prone to commit sin. Thus, man on his own capability cannot save himself from the second death or attain salvation without God's mercy. It is only through God's mercy that man can overcome his inherent or natural weakness.

16F.1   How then, can man become holy and blameless according to God's mercy, so he can serve God?

In Ephesians 1:4-5, God's purpose and plan for man's creation, is clearly written:  

just as he chose us in Christ {Gk [in him]} before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, (NRSV)

The merciful God destined man for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ , according to the good pleasure of His will.

16F.2   But, How can man become holy or sanctified—freed from sin—as children of God through Jesus Christ?

In I John 4:9-10, this is written:

This is how God showed His love to us: God sent His only Son into the world that we may live through him.  Real love (God's love for us, not our love for God) is this: God sent His Son to be the way that God takes away our sins.  (IEB)

God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to be the way that God takes away man's sins.
This is God's way of making man holy and blameless in His sight, so he can serve God on the basis of love.

The inspired teaching of Apostles gives us a very clear insight into the very gracious purpose of God regarding humanity.

"THE ALMIGHTY WANTS ALL MEN TO REALIZE THAT HE IS A MERCIFUL GOD." 

That is why when God's design was unfolded to him. Paul said:

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
(Romans 11:33 NASV)

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God purposely made all people prisoners of disobedience so that He can show His mercy to them all (Romans  11:32).  Hence, even if man is prone to and are bound to commit sin on account of his natural weakness, he is not at all hopelessly consigned to destruction because of God's mercy.  God chose and destined man to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will (Ephesians 1:4-5). Then, God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the way that God takes away man's sins, so that man may live through him. (I John 4:9-10).

This is God's way of making the sinful man holy and blameless in His sight, so man may serve God on the basis of love and consequently attain salvation and eternal life on the day of Judgment.

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We hope that "Human Nature And The Purpose Of God" was made clear and meaningful to you
by the verses of the Holy Bible.

How will God's Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, will take away man's sins and make them holy in God's sight, so man may serve God on the basis of love
will be studied in detail in Lesson 28 The Master Plan Of God For The Salvation Of Man

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