The Nature of the Fallen Man
By Nick Bibile
IT IS A FEARFUL THING TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD.
Why the natural man will not come to Christ.
Have you ever thought why natural men will not come to God? Jesus said, And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (Joh 5:40) They will not come to Christ. It does not mean that the want to go to hell. No one would like to go to hell. They have no desire to be delivered from hell, from the wrath of God. Instead of coming to Christ, they will turn away from Christ. Why will they turn away from Christ? Because they see nothing in Christ, they should have a desire or value of him. But you will say I love God and I am very religious. The most religious people were the Jews of Jesus day, and Jesus said to these religious people, But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. (John 5:42) We are not talking of a hypocritical love but the inner love towards God, Jesus said if you hold to my teachings then you love me. But they have no value on the beauty and the true spiritual wealth of Christ. They do not see the grace and the perfection of Christ. Christ is offered to the natural man in the gospel. But they are not willing to accept Christ, as they do not want to part with their sins. They will have to part away with the love of the world, the Hollywood movies, the stars of Hollywood, their favorite TV shows, the beauty and the glamour of this world, the material things that they love so much, the beer, alcohol, the parties, the fiestas, rock concerts, dancing parties, they will not deny themselves and carry the cross. God sent Jesus to redeem man from his idols. But you do not want to give up your idols. You have made a god for yourself with the idols and say this is my religion and my god will not punish me, yes, your god will compromise with sin, it is okay with your god to continue in sin and idolatry. He is not the God of the Bible.
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the powerful living God. (Heb 10:31) It is the most dreadful thing. Man can be your enemy as long as he is alive, but when he is dead, he is not your enemy anymore. But God is not dead; he is the powerful living God. You cannot escape from the judgment of God. The punishment is everlasting as you have been an enemy of God. You may say no I have been coming to church, attending Bible studies, prayer meetings. Oh, that is wonderful; if that came truly from your heart then you will obey. Obedience is better than sacrifice. If you do not obey then you are the children of disobedience.
Col 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience
If God was, your enemy think of the following.
1. If you have an enemy and it is your neighbor, then later all your neighbors become your enemy, then your friends become your enemy, your relatives become your enemy your own children, father mother will become your enemy, all around will become your enemy, everyone is against you, they hate you and despise you, how would you feel? You may think it is better to leave this world, because what a miserable situation and what a miserable place to be. Then what about you being enemy with God Almighty? Your friends, relatives and people around you, who are they but just dust of the earth. Think of it the most miserable condition when you are an enemy of God. He is the living God.
2. If you continue to be an enemy of God, when you die, you will die as an enemy of God and God will be an enemy to you to all eternity. Think of it. There will be no reconciliation to God after death, when God appears to you after death he will come to you in hatred, without love, pity and mercy. Then God will be your enemy forever. My friend listen! The reconciliation is on this life and not after death. The mediator is on this life and not after death, there is no mediator. Think of it God being your enemy for eternity.
3. If you continue an enemy of God until death, you will always be Gods enemy. Now while you are alive on this earth, there is no full force of your enmity to God as God has restrained you from deep evil and you may look very nice to the people around you, in your heart you will say, I am a good person, I help people and I am kind to them. Yes, you may be good to the public as God has restrained you from wickedness, but after death, God will remove the restraint. In hell, your true nature will breakup without control. You will face the full wrath of God in the fire of hell, as the divine vengeance will fall upon you. As God has removed the restraint God will remove your outward righteousness, outward religion and outward hypocritical love, he will take off your sheep clothing, he will pull off your mask of hypocrisy, then you will be totally naked and your true nature will come off like a viper hissing at God while you are tormented in hell, you will come full force at God with cursing, all malice and blasphemies. You will wish for a drop of water to cool you tongue but you will find none, and there will not be any new corruption in you but the old corruption of your heart will come out as God takes away his restraining hand. What a miserable way to spend eternity! Think about it.
4. It is God that made; it is God that gives you breath to live, the brain to study, a job, food to eat and a place to live. Your time on earth is very little. One day you will die and you will go back to dust where you came. Your life is in Gods hands. One day he will arrest you with death. Then all your dear and the closest relatives and friends of this earth will be departed from you, then you will stand before God as your enemy. You are in trouble my friend. Yes when you were in trouble on this earth, your friends came to rescue you, you have your Mom and Dad, your best friends, now you are dead, there are no friends, you are facing God, the one that you despised, the Bible the word of God that you did not care to study, Jesus whom you said, you love but were not obedient to him in His word. If you are alone and no one to help you, except God who is facing you, would you not become his best friend as you are in deep trouble? If you were his best friend when you were on earth, you would be the most joyous person to meet him and to be with him as you were in love with His word, in prayer and fellowship. But you did not have time, you were not in love with Jesus, you trusted yourself. Psalmist said, Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. But you did not want to kiss the Son when you were on earth; you had no true love for him. Now you are alone facing him as the enemy. You have no friends to rescue you, no power to escape, oh! How dreadful it is going to be as God being your enemy! The time is coming when all mankind rich and the poor will have to face the judgment seat of God. Then if God is your enemy who will stand for you? What a miserable condition will that be, think of it!
Job said, That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath. (Job 21:30)
Sometimes you will see how the wicked people are flourishing here on earth, they live in wealth, comfort and much security, but God has reserved them for the day of destruction.
Ps 37:20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
They wicked are fed now, but there is a day of slaughter.
Isa 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
Jer 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
May be this message will not penetrate into some of your hearts as now you are living in security as you have your parents, and you adults have your husband and wife, friends, you have a job, a home and maybe a church. But if you are one of those who does not believe in God, or one who believes but disobedient to him, you are an enemy of God. There is a time that you will depart from this earth with the last breath. Then you will face the Lord Almighty. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. When you meet him, either it will be full of terror or it will be a great comfort. For the true Christian it is going to be a great comfort. This true Christian took the narrow road, the one who denied himself and carried the cross, and the one who endured to the end. The one who went through many hardships for the gospel. For the true Christian it is the greatest comfort to fall into the hands of the living God rather than falling into the hands of the wicked men.
Take the word apostle Paul is using here, falling into his hands is a common expression with anyone falling into the power of his enemies
2Sa 24:14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
There is still time for repentance but you will not know when your last breath is going to be, I pray that the Lord will awaken your soul, that you will grieve of your sins and leave what you love, depart from sin and cry out to God, God be merciful to me.
1Jo 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.