Letting Christ Transform You From The Inside Out


Who Am I?
Understanding My Inner Self, the Fall of Man and God's Vision For Me
Bible Study




  • 1. God's Vision For Us (Acorn -> Mighty Oak Tree) -  Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:14-21 (Go to this Section)
  • 2. The Problem of Evil - Man still carries the Image of God; yet, man is capable of such incomprehensible evil! Why doesn't God just destroy evil? Here's what Genesis 6:5 says:
    "The Lord saw how great man's wickedness had become and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.  The Lord was GRIEVED that He had made man on the earth and his heart was filled with PAIN." 
    Thus, in order to wipe out evil, God would have had to wipe out all humans.  He took the only righteous person he could find (the only one who was seeking Him) and he rebuilt the world with this man, Noah, and his family.  God then promised to never destroy the earth like this again. Now, through the sacrifice of Jesus, God has given us the opportunity to be transformed from within and to be part of the solution to the problem of evil!  There are numerous articles on this site which explain the process of spiritual transformation.   One, in particular, is in the Journey section and is called Living the Abundant Life.  Also, a more scholarly view of the problem of evil is Dallas Willard's Perspective on God and the Problem of Evil.
  • 3. Ray Stedman's Article "Exit From Eden" -
  • This article has a great perspective on the Fall of Man and why God sent Adam and Eve away.  Some additional notes have been added to this document. They appear in the color blue in order to maintain the integrity of what Mr. Stedman originally said.  His website is http://www.raystedman.org.
  • 4. Another Perspective on the Fall of Man in Genesis and on Evil (Go to this Section)

God's Vision For Us and Jesus' Role in Our Lives

God knows that we are broken. He wants to not only heal us but help us become "Oaks Of Righteousness" planted by Him!

The following passage was written by the prophet Isaiah (who spoke the words of God) as God showed him his vision for humans. These words were written about a future person who would be anointed by God and who would make this vision become a reality in our lives.

Isaiah 61

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favorand the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion,
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated."

 

When Jesus was ready to begin his official ministry (after his baptism, battle with Satan in the desert, and anointing by God's Spirit) and while he was attending the temple worship, he was asked to read this scroll (Isaiah 61 above) to the congregation. See what the bible tells us about this event in Luke's gospel below:

Luke 4:14-21

"Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him.
Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them,
"Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." "

The gospel of Luke does not include the whole portion of the scripture Jesus read. That's why it has been included above for you. After reading this in front of everyone, Jesus validated that "he" is the "one" who is anointed by God to fulfill God's vision for us in Isaiah 61.

Questions to reflect on: Since the above is true, how might you look at yourself through Jesus' eyes? Or, how does God see you and what did Jesus come to do for you?

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Another Perspective on the Fall and on Evil

Some of this comes from "The Truth Project" (www.thetruthproject.org):

Satan, also known as Lucifer, was one of the most "brilliant and beautiful" angels.  In fact, he was an Archangel.  He had command of ALL the heavenly host of heaven. Apparently, he allowed himself to develop an insidious pride and felt entitled to having control over everything else as well!  When God made man, Lucifer thought he would have the command of man too!  When he found out from God that man had FREE WILL and could make CHOICES, i.e. the choice to love and trust God,  he was very very angry.  Lucifer wanted to control man, and because he was jealous of this new creation that God loved so much, he also wanted to hurt man.  So, he challenged God. "CHOICE...What Is Choice??? They don't have a choice; you've protected them from everything and provided everything for them. So God let Lucifer visit with them and God let man choose...and the rest is history.  

Yet, all was not lost.  Somehow, in his timeless understanding and his sovereign purpose, God knew that man could become something even greater through this hardship.  God knew that many people would respond to the power of love (the blood of Jesus on the cross) and would choose to love him back and want to live with him forever. God knew the good that man was capable of.  So, he sent Adam and Eve outside of Eden....into "time"...to learn lessons and develop.  Since they chose to follow Lucifer (and in a sense, who we choose to trust is our "real" father) they would learn what life under Lucifer as a father was like.  Someone parented by Lucifer's principles will always feel accused, full of shame and guilty.  Instead of being secure enough to take responsibility for their actions, they will blame others.  With Lucifer, nothing is ever enough! He always wants more.  And....he dares to portray God this way.  That's the life that a person who is separated from God lives. That's Lucifer's goal.  Controlling man, who is made in God's image, is what Lucifer wants. 

God knew their lives would now be hard.  Yet, he knew that they would develop spiritually this way.  They would learn to call on God and learn to seek His input.  Remember, they didn't seek His input when Satan tempted them.  They just did what "felt" right and "looked" right.  Now they would learn just like a child learns in order to become an adult. And, hopefully, before they crossed over from "time" into "timelessness" they would make another choice, a different one:  the choice to listen to God's call, to turn to Him, to trust Him enough to humbly admit their sins, to humbly accept Jesus' blood in place for their sins, to mercifully let Jesus' blood also pay for "blood" they want from others who have hurt them, and thus, to joyfully have access to and eat from the Tree of Life in Eternity and live with God in the New Eden.

Additional scriptures to reference:
Genesis 1:27; John 8:34-37; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3:21-25; Romans 5:8-9

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