“The Blessing of God and Holiness”
The cry from God to us is for us to get out of the corruption of this world. That separation has been established from the beginning when God himself raised the nation of Israel through one man… Abraham. Genesis 12:1-3 tells us
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.” (NIV)
Notice that the blessing of God is found in our separation from the pattern of the world. The blessing is with God and his people. Everything outside of God’s creation is curse; everything genetically altered is curse; everything that is not redeem by God is curse.
Every soul stands in need of restoration, with no exception; just like every spirit stands in need of the born-again experience. What makes a marked difference in the case of the irredeemable is that 1) they are genetically altered, a mixture of fallen angels and humans and 2) “every intent of the thoughts of his heart is only evil continually” according to Genesis 6:5. They are in another level of evil. Nevertheless, the iniquity of Genesis 6 did not only produce irredeemable hybrids; it was also effective in contaminating the soul of humans. Paul made this point clear is Romans 3:10-12 when he states,
“None is righteous, no, not one;
11no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.” (ESV)
We can say that after Genesis 3 everybody is dead in the spirit; everybody needs to be born again according to John 3. However, the reason why we remain imperfect, even after the born-again experience is because we must deal with a damaged soul; a soul that stands in need of restauration. Paul tells us,
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)
This is where our will gets on the way; this is where we must decide what path to take, 1) the way of the world or 2) God’s will. The struggle is real because no one is exempt from the contamination of the soul. We all need to change the way we think, our decision-making and our emotions; we all must die to self.
To be continued…