It is the question of millennia that haunts fallen mankind disconnected from God to this very hour. Ignorant in sin and spiritual darkness, they have groped about wildly grasping unsuccessfully for a fully satisfying answer to the question, “What is man?” Their literary philosophical and poetic musings and empty speculations fill libraries. Self-deification, thrones, empires, absolute authority and control over people, places and things, unlimited pleasure, wealth, accomplishments, building cities and towering edifices all brought some measure of gratification, but still most that have done it all would probably agree with Solomon, ‘“All is vanity,’” (Ecclesiastes 12:8, NKJV).
In light of his conclusion, Solomon did wisely urge that men live to their Creator from their youth and in fear of Him, “keep His commandments” to experience a life beyond futility before inevitable death and certain judgment (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7, 13-14, NKJV). Made temporarily mortal and perfect by way of the first man, Adam, men die since him because Adam disobeyed a very clear command from his Creator after being warned death would be the result (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-11, 17-19; Romans 5:12). Solomon’s wise and general counsel speaks more to how a man should live in the face of death and judgment, but still does not address the question, “What is man?”
Framed as it is, the question is hopelessly without answer by sinful men who cannot even all agree they have a Creator! However, Solomon’s father, David, asked the question framed appropriately in Holy Scripture after considering the greatness of God and His awesome work of creation that surrounded him when he wrote, “What is man that You are mindful of him and the son of man that You visit him,” (Psalm 8:4, NKJV)? The inspired king understood men are made just a “little lower” as mortals than the ageless angels to rule over God’s creation (Psalm 8:5-8, NKJV) starting with the earth. Overwhelmed by sin, though, the earth rule of fallen man has been and is corrupt.
Nevertheless, man must be very important to God, his Creator, since before there was ever a creation and knowing what would befall His planned creature, the eternal Son and Word of God consented to do the unfathomable to the fallen, finite mind of His creature. He would submit to being incarnated a mortal Man; a Son of Man, one of and with His highest creature (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20; John 1:1-5, 14; Philippians 2:6-7; 1 Peter 1:20)! So beyond natural human mental grasp is this staggering reality, many men for centuries have rejected it, while even some that profess to believe it have looked for ways to diminish the blinding light of its truth.
Not being willing to think of much less repeat the many diabolical heresies concerning Jesus, the Son of Man which He called Himself more than anything else in the Gospel accounts, my focus here are two of the most common misconceptions of His Humanity. First, though solid Bible teachers correctly declare that the Lord is “fully God and fully Man,” often lost in the instruction is the important truth that He is “fully Man” as God originally envisioned and designed from eternity! Thus, like the first Adam, Jesus the Son of Man and second Adam came into the world in completeness of masculine form inwardly and bodily as mortal Man (Genesis 2:7; John 1:15-18). Indeed, Adam prefigures Him in “type” (Romans 5:14, NKJV) as I teach in The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics.1
As the Lord also leads me to teach in the book, Adam spent only a short time as one, whole creature before he was divided into two with the creation of his helper. The Lord put Adam and his wife back together in marriage to make one complete man again and fulfill His priority purpose of procreation out of this union despite their later disobedience (Genesis 1:27-28, 2:18-25, 3:20). Fully Man, the celibate Jesus in splendid perfection was not androgynous, but all male which His circumcision and presentation to God proves (Luke 2:21-24). In Him, we are able to see what man the creature is supposed to look like in unspoiled glory of nature, character and demeanor made in the image and likeness of and surpassingly greater as God (Genesis 1:26; Colossians 1:15-16, 2:9)!
This business today of putting men down by all that are guilty is of Satan, not God who sent His Son into the world to become one of and restore us. For truly, men as sinners are light years from what God intended by design, but He cared enough; thoroughly loved enough not to disparage or abandon His creature, but make a way to restore him forever through Jesus (John 3:16)! Jesus not only is that way for the restoration of fallen man (John 14:6), but the eternal Man (never again to be solely God), Ruler and Judge of all mankind (Isaiah 9:6-7; John 5:24-30); founding Head of those that by faith in Him have embraced an eternal destiny with Him (1 Corinthians 15:45-49)! The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, “Who is on the Lord's side?”
1 The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics in print and e-book formats along with my new Strong Man Of God Audio Release, four part CD message, Fishers Of Men are
available in the Strong Man Store.
Is it just me or does anyone else also see the glaring inconsistency of teaching me I am the head of my house by God’s design and purposeful will, but when I come to His house, the God who made me the head changes everything? Like a bizarre, mind bending movie where things are familiar, but out of place and nothing is as it should be, so, the growing number of churches today with women as pastors, worship leaders and authority figures over adult men in what is supposed to be the God of the Bible’s “household,” “family” and “house;” His Father the Lord Jesus taught us in Him to also address as “Father,” (Matthew 6:9; Ephesians 2:19-22, 3:14-15; Hebrews 3:1-6, NKJV)!
There has been a change made in the churches led by pastors that are responsible true enough, but the ever consistent and immutable God has not authorized it as He leads me to make absolutely clear in a very important second Appendix of my book. This change to allow women to speak into the whole church assembly and be deployed into positions of authority over men is exclusively the action of sinful flesh in defiance of Scripture! It has come about from the same demonically deceitful instruction that has also allowed those that pervert God’s sexual design to pastor, lead worship and ministries in what is supposed to be God’s house.
After millennia, to now--at the end of this age--fully set aside men and God’s order of mankind in His house is wickedly brazen; showing no fear of God whatsoever in sinning with such a high hand. You surpass even the people and leaders of ancient Israel who also corrupted themselves in spiritual harlotry, disrespected God’s house, profaned His great name and caused His enemies to blaspheme (Ezekiel 16:23-30; Malachi 1:6-2:16; Romans 2:24; James 4:17). For those who question by what authority I have stood to say such things in crying out against this ongoing rebellion in God’s house, I will ask you an even more important and eternally troubling question.
By what authority have you stood to usurp Jesus Christ, God’s appointed Head of the Church, to dishonor men and change the divine order of mankind in His house as antichrists (Daniel 7:25; Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:15-18)? At the Lord’s command and in the power of the Holy Spirit, I have taken my stand to wage war on and pull down strongholds of deceit in all of the arguments raised up against “the knowledge of God” embodied in the whole counsel of His Word on men and the order of mankind in His house; “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” in His cause to restore men and declaring His judgment on the unrepentant (2 Corinthians 10:3-6, NKJV)!6
For while the world culture may be in rebellion against the will, way and Word of God, such should not be the case among us who have been set apart as His and are His house (1 Peter 2:4-5)! We were saved from out of the world culture not to live to or honor it above God any longer, but as “His own special people” to exalt Him and proclaim His praises with supporting godly deeds (1 Peter 2:9-12, NKJV). So, the world culture may be celebrating with guilty professed Christians in their break with ancient, biblical orthodoxy on men and the divine order of mankind in yet another display of the foretold “falling away,” but the Head of His house is not pleased (2 Thessalonians 2:3, NKJV)!
Let me be very clear from the prophetic Word of God to the professed Christian following after world culture and the unbeliever listening in. The corrupt egalitarian, anything goes world as a tower of Babel you seek to build will not come to fruition without contest from God in severe judgments (Genesis 11:1-9; Revelation 8:1-11:19) or long stand before it is destroyed in wrath by Christ (Isaiah 2:10-22, 13:9-13; Revelation 6:12-17, 16)!7 He now, graciously calls unbelievers to repentance and faith in the Gospel to be saved from His coming wrath; repentance leading to revival among those in sin as professed Christians so they may not be condemned with the world, but rather vigorously preach the Gospel especially to men as the Lord modeled so they might be completely restored.
The faithful pastor should not fret or fear your obedience has been in vain and the wicked in and outside of God’s house are getting away with anything (Malachi 2:17, 3:13-4:3). Those that profess to be Christians and continue to refuse God’s offer of forgiveness through repentance from all disobedience including rebellion against His order of mankind will be caught in the intensifying judgment He has begun in His house and that will be more evident in 2017--beware rebel women in positions of unbiblical authority (Revelation 2:20-23)! It has begun in His house so the world may see God is just and fear; for this assures their destruction without repentance to follow (1 Peter 4:17-18). All who die in their sins also face the judgment seat of Christ in terror (2 Corinthians 5:9-11)!
Now, therefore, woe to the pastors that oppress and marginalize the men you shepherd! You will give an account of every soul harmed by your disobedience. If the Lord commands Israel’s faithful to keep the “Law of Moses” and to look for Him to send Elijah before “the great and dreadful day of the Lord” to restore men and their children, how is it that you have failed to grasp you are to keep His Word and labor to make ready a people prepared for His coming through restoring men and their children also (Malachi 4:4-6, Luke 12:42-48, NKJV)? Does not the judgment of Adam, Aaron, Solomon, Jeroboam, Ahab, Asa and the Pharisees frighten you at all (Genesis 3:17b-19; Exodus 32:25-35; 1 Kings 11:9-13, 13:33-14:11, 21:17-26; 2 Chronicles 16:11-14; Matthew 23:25-24:2)? The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, “Who is on the Lord's side?”
6 I have addressed most of the more popular arguments of the rebellion in all of my May 2015 blogs.
7 The tragedy of inequality among mankind does not originate with God’s creation of men and women for when all was created, He declared His work ‘“very good,’”
(Genesis 1:31, NKJV)! After this, the next greatest statement of human equality came from the lips of the first man when he raved about the woman made from
him in perfect correspondence to him in every way (Genesis 2:23). Human inequality originates with sin and all of the evil ways it corrupts the human heart (Mark 7:
17-23)! This being true, how can the noble cause to eliminate sin invented human gender and racial inequality, for example, be lumped together with that of over-
turning the decree of God that only sex inside of male and female marriage is righteous? Therefore, until my final breath as a Christian black American male. I will be
offended by the sexually immoral person’s evil and false claim that rejecting his sin is equivalent to rejecting me as a man of color by the purposeful design of God! Read
my May 8-15, 2016 blogs.
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