WHAT IS MAN?

(Psalms 8:4)
October 11, 2009

 

   The vast majority of people today consider wealth, fame, honor, and status to be of the utmost importance. The thought process is this; people in general think that if they have all these things, when problems and issues come up in their lives, having these things will help them. This thought process is certainly shallow at best with a very limited perception of what really matters in this life and the life to come.

 

BODY AND MIND

 

   Genesis 2:7 God formed us out of the dust of the earth. Without the breath of life from God, we really are no different than the dust of the ground from where we were made, (Romans 12:3).

   Job 34:15 The oldest writings in the bible tell us that we cannot escape turning back into dust.

   Psalms 146:4; Ecclesiastes 9:6 The moment we do not have the breath of life we begin to return to dust. All our plans, our thoughts and our purposes cease. When we die, the body and brain perish and our plans, loves, hatreds and envies perish also.

 

SPIRIT- SOUL- BODY

 

   I Thessalonians 5:23  Paul tells us that the human being is comprised of three distinct elements, body, soul and spirit. The soul is different from the spirit.

   Ecclesiastes 12:7 When we die the body returns to the ground as it was when God created us, the spirit returns to God from whence it came.

   Matthew 10:28; Revelation 20:4 Contrary to what some believe, the soul does not die with the body but our soul lives on forever, either in hell or in heaven with our Lord, see (Luke 16:19-31).

 

MATERIAL GLORY

 

   Psalms 49:16-17 Since ancient times men have been preoccupied with the pursuit of wealth and fame and have forsaken God and His Word. Does wealth or fame help us in time of most desperate need? Obviously not. We will carry nothing out of this world when we die.

   Ecclesiastes 2:17-23 The smartest man that ever lived declares that the reality of manís earthly treasures that he has worked so hard for are meaningless at the end of  life in Godís view.

   Luke 12:15 Jesus says that a personís true life does not consist of the riches he has attained. 

 

OUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED

 

   James 4:14 James tells us that though superior to other creatures, we are still helpless in death.

   I Peter 1:24 The sooner we realize that life is short and our glory will not last the better.

   Zephaniah 1:14-18 Nothing in our thirst for wealth and pride can get us ready for this reality.

 

WHY GOD IS MINDFUL OF MAN

 

   Psalms 8:3-4 David asks God this question in view of our insignificance against the universe.

   Ephesians 1:4-6 God created mankind to willingly love, serve, and fellowship with Him.

   Romans 12:9 God wants us to love Him in sincerity and without pretense or hypocrisy.

   Luke 1:74-75 God wants us to love Him in holiness, purity, dedicated and consecrated to Him.

   John 4:24 God wants all mankind to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth (Holy Spirit worship according to Godís Word).