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Bible Study Lesson 16

Human Nature And The Purpose Of God
 A.  Human Nature In General
 B.  Human Nature According To The Scriptures
 C.  Man Must Serve God On The Basis Of Love
 D.  Man Must Be Holy And Blameless Before God
God Purposely Created Man Weak
  God's Way Of Making Man Holy In Spite Of His Sinful Nature



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 16C.  Man Must Serve God On The Basis Of Love


Knowing human nature according to the scriptures will help us understand the basic reasons why man was created that way.

16C.1   Was there anyone whom God created perfect but was found without love? 

In Ezekiel 28:14-15, the Bible gives us an account of one who was created perfect but was found without love.

"You were the anointed cherub who covers;  I established you;  You were on the holy mountain of God;  You walked back and forth in the midst of the fiery stones. 
You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created,
 till iniquity was found in you." (NKJV)

The "anointed cherub" - he was created perfect in his ways from the day of his creation .

What happened to the "Anointed Cherub"?

You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. ( Ezekiel 28:15, NKJV)

The same verse in another version of the Bible:

"You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created Until unrighteousness was found in you. (New American Standard)

Iniquity or unrighteousness was found in him.

What iniquity or unrighteousness was found in the Anointed Cherub? 
What did God do to him?

In verse 17 of the same chapter, it is stated:

"Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;  
You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; 
I cast you to the ground,
  I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you."  (NKJV)

 By reason of his beauty and splendor, he choose not to humble himself before his creator.  His heart was lifted up, so he was thrown down to earth. 

What became of the "anointed cherub" after he was thrown down to earth with his angels?

In Revelations 12:9, it is stated:

So the great dragon, was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;
He was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

He became the Devil, the archenemy of God, and the deceiver of the whole world.

Obviously, God did not purposely created man to be like the anointed cherub, who was created perfect but later on iniquity was found in him—the proof that he was without love—for if one loves someone,  he will never do him wrong or iniquity. (Romans 13:10)

If you love someone, you will never do him wrong; to love, then, is to obey the whole Law. (Romans 13:10, TEV)



16C.2   If God did not want to create man like the anointed Cherub, why did He not create man perfect, so man could never err because man would be completely under God's direction?

God could have created man in such a way that man could never err and that man would be strong and perfect in all his ways because all his movements would be under God's direction and control. But, God would have created man like an unfeeling robot, for he would not be motivated by any force of love.

16C.3  If love is absent, what will happen to man?  

This is how Apostle Paul explains it in I Corinthians 13:1-3: 

1. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 
2. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 
3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing  (NKJV)

The same verse in another version of the Bible:

1. I may  be able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels , but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell.  
2. I may have the gift of inspired preaching;  I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets;  I may have all the faith needed to move mountains -- but if I have no love, I am nothing.   
3. I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burned -- but if I have no love,  this does me no good. (TEV)

Apostle Paul eloquently expressed the importance of love. Without the motivation of love, man is nothing. Without the motivation of love, man becomes worthless before God.  

16C.4   Why? What does God require of man to love Him?

In Deuteronomy 6:5,

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. (NKJV)

God requires man to love Him with all their heart, with all their soul, and with all their might.

16C.4   Why is love so important?  What was God's purpose for creating man?

In Ephesians 1:4, it is stated:

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (NKJV)

Because without love, God's purpose for creating man cannot be realized: 
(1st) - Man must serve God on the basis of love, and
(2nd) - Man must be holy and blameless before Him,


As we have already learned and it bears repeating, that out of all creation on earth, we human beings, have been chosen by God for Him, "to serve Him on the basis of love".  "Without the motivation of love, man is nothing" ;  "Without the motivation of love, man is worthless before our Lord God Almighty", because God's purpose for the creation of man will not be fulfilled.


Please Continue Lesson 16D.  Man Must Be Holy And Blameless Before God

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