Though men had done many great and magnificent things in the earth even up to the mortal first appearing of Christ as seen in the greatness of the Roman Empire at that time, as we press toward the Lord’s immortal Second Coming none of their accomplishments include liberation from sin and death or peace with God! Truly, a clear inverse relationship exists between the increasing greatness of technological advance spearheaded still by men and humanity’s steady moral decay and lawlessness! Apart from what God alone has accomplished in Christ to redeem fallen mankind and cause His light to shine in this dark world, most are as lost as ever (John 1:1-34)!
As it concerns God, sending Christ into the world is all about His love, grace and mercy for otherwise helpless, fallen mankind (John 3:16-17; Romans 5:6-8; Hebrews 2:14-18; 1 John 1:5-2:2). Yet again, this divine action planned from eternity is the clearest possible statement that can be made about how valuable man as a creature is to God! Fully Man in accord with the original divine design, the Lord Jesus Christ purposely summoned men to Himself to equip for taking on God’s Kingdom cause to reach and restore other willing men directly and ultimately, mankind across the face of the whole earth (Mark 1:16-20, 2:13-14, 3:7-19, 16:14-18; John 20:19-23; Acts 1:4-8)!
To the praise of His glory, God allows His fallen creature to participate in His restoration cause and work; the most noble and eternally significant cause and work mankind has ever been engaged! What an absolutely staggering thing this is God has done in granting men taken down in Eden by the crafty work of Satan, to now enjoy a measure of vengeance by participating in the war of the ages with Christ (Genesis 3:1-15); liberating and restoring fellow, fallen brethren through the preaching of the Gospel and exercising His works of power!1 All that men are naturally as His appointed leaders and become through God’s new birth and supernatural empowerment is required and put on display!
It is worth repeating: all that the Kingdom cause is in the Gospel involves everything men by God’s design are built for! Thus, thoroughly obeying His Father’s instructions, Jesus knew exactly what He was doing in purposely selecting the twelve men to be with Him as disciples for on the job training and preparation to continue His ministry as apostles after His return to Heaven. Though one of this group of twelve was a devil by divine foreknowledge and purpose and was replaced by another, none were women; no, not even the Lord’s mother because God is consistent concerning His order of mankind and election of men to lead in and outside of His house (Acts 1:9-26).
Christ was requiring His apostles to go, stand flat footed and proclaim the Gospel to a hostile, unbelieving world as men of war from ancient days, but without physical weapons or protection. Men are designed by God to be naturally courageous and war usually with at least some kind of weapon. Even David went up against Goliath with a sling shot (1 Samuel 17:31-47). But the Lord’s apostles and other disciples waited only on the Holy Spirit to come upon them with power (2 Corinthians 10:1-6; Ephesians 6:10-20)! When He first came on Pentecost, all present glorified God in the known languages of the Roman Empire, but only Peter stepped up to preach the Gospel (Acts 2:1-36)!
While such magnificent results as occurred that day would not always attend the Lord’s show of power and use of men in the dangerous Gospel mission, He added 3,000 souls to the disciples (Acts 2:37-41)! And in fulfillment of the Lord’s prophetic warnings (Matthew 10:16-39), His 1st century apostles and mostly men that went out into the earth for the sake of His name since, beyond mortal strength endured incredible hardships, difficulties and deprivations, excruciatingly painful, violent persecutions and martyrdom in the Kingdom cause in the Gospel (2 Corinthians 6:3-10, 11:16-33). In the image of Christ as sons, disciples and servants of God2 they engaged in the spiritual warfare with zeal and courage for eternal greatness and immortal glory (2 Timothy 4:6-8)!
In step with their divine election as leaders, teachers, providers and protectors, a typical bigger body and tougher skin tasked for hard labor under the curse of sin (Genesis 3:17-19), men were well suited for the challenges of missionary travel, hardships and suffering. While it is true a relative few great women of God have been mightily used of God on the mission field, most of our sisters who did not go with their husbands as helpers came onto the scene after their brethren had already blazed the often bloody trail before them. His call and fruitful historical use of chiefly redeemed men to lead out in the perilous and risk filled Kingdom cause in the Gospel unmistakably declares a significant value of men intentionally designed by Him to God!
1 The Lord leads me to deal more fully with the automatic enlistment and responsibility of all Christian men as aspiring strong men of God to be actively engaged in this war in
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2 I detail these important eternal roles God has assigned in my book.
Jesus, Son of Man came to the earth preaching the good news the time of the foretold “Kingdom of God” had arrived and that hearers should “repent and believe” His message. Then, without apology or point by point explanation through theological treatise, He did something remarkable today. He went purposely seeking fishermen He had previously met and commanded them: ‘“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men,’” (Mark 1:14-20, NKJV). Why did He make men a priority? Not because of humanly invented Jewish culture, sexism or any other reason originating with fallen man, but God, the design of His creature, order and purposes of mankind!1
In this 17th year of the 21st century, I continue to write as the Lord has led to instruct, appeal to and warn the churches now rebelling with the world against His design, order and purposes of mankind and undergoing judgment as a result, to repent! For though the Lord Jesus knowing the future later had His apostles explain about God’s design of man, His order and purposes of mankind to mostly ignorant Gentiles, no such explanation was necessary for 1st century Jews who honored the Scriptures and knew men are God’s chosen leaders in the home, larger community and nation. They were not ashamed to be the descendants of patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob either!
For them, it was no random event that caused the first human creature to be a man. He came to be as the purposeful, creative act of God! The fact this truth offends many women and their sympathizers as feminists today is not a product of enlightened progress, but rejection of God and His Word inspired by Satan working deceitfully as he did in the Garden (Genesis 3:1-6). The value of men as intentionally designed by God is being lost to a world and churches pandering after it that now foolishly marginalize them. This blog, then, is the introduction of a series of four entitled, The Value Of Men I write in furtherance of God’s cause to target and restore them as did Jesus, Son of Man.
The value of something speaks of its worth and importance. The value of man is fully shown by God when from eternity, before creation, a plan was put in place to save His creature from the just consequence of foreknown, willful disobedience (1 Peter 1:13-21)! Though He made man male and female, God created the male first as the founding embodiment of the race and brought forth the female from him for him to fulfill His purposes for them (1 Corinthians 11:7-9). As I write in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, God also made a very clear statement about His creature, will and the ruling order of mankind by creating Adam, the male first (Genesis 2:7; 1 Timothy 2:11-13)!2
Indeed, the value of man to God as eternal sons and rulers in the divine image and likeness is declared at his creation (Genesis 1:26-28). Only the first man’s disobedience leading to the penalty of death temporarily delayed fulfillment of his eternal destiny until Christ, the second Adam came to make redemption possible for those of Adam’s seed that would repent and believe on Him! In the Bible as in my book and three part blog, Jesus, Son Of Man, under the category, The Cause drawn from both, I am led by the Father to exalt His Son as the complete fulfillment of the divine design, eternal purpose and plan for man the creature.
Even so, the mortal body (to include brain function and hormonal make up) of the fallen first man showcased his assignment to govern beginning with the earth and its creatures followed by his wife taken out of him and their children after he initiated their existence (Genesis 2:15, 18-25, 3:20, 4:1). A relative few experienced God’s grace by having a heart to please Him and do His will (Genesis 4:2-10, 6:5-12). And despite regularly judging their sins, under His sovereign oversight God permitted men with natural drive (passion, ambition) and talents divinely bestowed to build great cities, empires, civilizations, roads, walls and monuments, tangibly invent the ideas of their minds from and conquer the earth as well as reach for the stars (Genesis 4:16-22, 6:13-22, 11:1-9)!
While sin had corrupted men and tarnished the perfect divine image and likeness within each, only because of being made in it with a divinely designed body, have they aspired to be and do great things as does their Creator (Genesis 1:31). Compelled by the predominate hormone, testosterone in their bodies, men have begotten progeny in abundance, spread across the earth and risked all to pursue greatness! They have relished solving problems leading to ingenious technological innovation. Their willingness to die for a cause and follow leaders into battle with amazing displays of strength and courage is legendary as is their sacrificial care for a fallen brother. Truly, the historical value of men designed by God to humanity is immense and cannot be overstated!
1 Consider this truth further in two multi-part blogs from early 2017 also under the category, The Cause and entitled, In God’s Revival Men Are Restored and Jesus, Son Of
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