It is interesting to see where simple conversations can lead… Below is a short article based off of a conversation this morning at breakfast about a verse we read and the upcoming “holiday” of halloween.
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
When someone knows what is right and chooses not to do it, they show they are part of the congregation of the dead. When Adam sinned, mankind became a sort of living dead. We have all been born “dead in our trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1). Now, in mid October, we are nearing a holiday of “the congregation of the dead.” Can you imagine if all the decorations out at this time of year where real? Gigantic spiders, death machines, and the list goes on. What a gross reality life would be if all this were real. This would not be a good world. Yet in a way, this is reality. This celebration of death is really a celebration of sin, since by sin came death (Rom 5:12). How could God create a world so gross and call it good? God did not create sin, rather, as the last verse mentions, through one man, sin came on all men, and death by sin. Through Adam’s sin, we were all born dead in sin, as gross and dead as the decorations at this, the enemy’s holiday.
God allowed this sin when He created mankind with the ability to choose sin. Recently I was asked, why would a good God create people with the ability to sin? According to Revelation 4:11, we were created for His pleasure. He made us such that we could choose either to choose Him, or to choose our own ways. In Adam, mankind choose our own ways, sin, and therefore death. I believe, though I can’t think of verses to substantiate this at the moment that God gave us the ability to sin so that we would have the ability to love Him. A baby “loves” its parents with a love that takes. However, when that baby grows up, you can see how real that love is. A true love will seek the best for others without though of personal gain. Without the ability to choose, there can be no real love, so without ability to not choose God, it is impossible to truly love Him.
As by one man sin entered the world, so by one Man life returned. Praise the Lord, our Great Savior Jesus came to rescue us from this horrible “masquerade” as living people when in reality we were dead inside, perhaps dressed in good works as princes and princesses (and we may soon see such a parade coming down the street…), but yet nonetheless dead inside. Dead Adam could not have living children, but Christ was of different parentage. While He was entirely human, His Father was God (Mat 1:20), therefore He was truly alive. Through Christ’s death, we may die to our old dead self and through His resurrection, we may rise to new life. Such a person has been twice born, once of water, and once of the Spirit, just as Jesus told Nicodemus.
We cannot of ourselves create new life in ourselves. The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. He was already there. My mom has been making a pro-biotic drink called water kefir recently. This drink uses clusters of bacteria (i.e. kefir grains). She originally bought dry grains and heard that they are supposed to grow and multiply. No matter how she researched and tried to make them grow, they did not. Later she learned that dry grains will not grow. Just in the same way, we will not grow if we are dead. If you have not trusted it Christ for salvation, Christ only, not yourself through doing good things in any way, you are still dead. You can try to do good things, but in the end, they are but useless like dirty rags (Is. 64:6). To apply what is written here, you must be born again of the Spirit of God. Trying to do good works to please God while you are still dead in sin is like dressing like a prince or princess while in reality you are not. It will do no good, though it might fool some people into believing you are what you are not. Good works are sign of life in the living, but merely an mirage in the dead. Come to the “way of understanding,” through the way God has provided to come to eternal life.