What is Man?
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condition was man created?
"What is man,
that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that Thou visitest him? Thou
madest him a little lower than the angels." Heb. 2:6, 7.
What is the
nature of angels?
"But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the
resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage; neither
can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children
of God, being the children of the resurrection." Luke 20:35, 36.
What are angels
"And of the angels he saith, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His
ministers a flame of fire." Heb. 1:7.
What is the
difference between the two Adams?
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the
last Adam was made a quickening spirit." 1 Cor. 15:45.
Adam was made a
living soul; but was he not a spiritual man?
"Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is
natural; and afterward that which is spiritual." 1 Cor. 15:46.
When does man
become a spiritual being?
"It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body, There
is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." 1 Cor. 15:44.
To what does the
"That which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die." 1 Cor.
NOTE. - Man does not have
the undying, spiritual nature of the angels until the resurrection. Then, if
righteous, he cannot die anymore ( Luke 20:36), because he is "equal unto
How is man's
"Shall mortal man be more just than God?" Job 4:17. NOTE.
- Mortal. "Subject to death." Webster.
What is God's
"Now unto the King, eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise
God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen." 1 Tim. 1:17.
NOTE. - Immortal.
"Exempt from liability to die." Webster.
Of what was man
formed in the beginning?
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground." Gen. 2:7.
What act made
him a living soul?
"And [God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man
became a living soul." Gen. 2:7.
besides man called "living souls" in the Bible?
"And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea, and it became
as the blood of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea." Rev.
16:3. (See Gen. 1:30, margin.)
creatures besides man have the "breath of life?"
"And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of foul, and of
cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth,
and every man; all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that
was in the dry land, died." Gen. 7:21, 22.
Is theirs the
same breath as man's?
"As the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one
breath; so that a man
hath no pre-eminence above a beast; for all is vanity." Ecc. 3:19.
The breath of
life from God was breathed into man's nostrils in the beginning. What does Job
call that which is in the nostrils?
"All the while my breath is in me. and the spirit of God is in my
nostrils." Job 27:3.
When man gives
up the spirit, what becomes of it?
"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit
shall return unto God who gave it." Eccl. 12:7.
NOTE. - That is, the spirit
of life by which man lived, and which was only loaned to him of God, goes back
to the great Author of life. It is His, and man can have it eternally, only as a
gift from God, through Jesus Christ. (Rom. 6:23.)When the spirit goes back to
God, the dust, which was in the beginning made a "living soul," goes
back as it was, to the earth.
Can one have the
spirit of life with him eternally. unless he has Christ?
"He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God
hath not life." 1 John 5:12.
Why were the
first guilty pair driven from the tree of life?
"And now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of
life, and eat, and live forever." Gen. 3:22.
What was done to
keep man away from the tree of life?
"So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of
Eden cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of
the tree of life." Gen. 3:24.
How are all men
in the natural state regarded?
"We all... were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."
If the wrath of
God abides on a person, of what does it deprive him?
"He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God
abideth on him." John 3:36.
Through whom is
the sinner saved from wrath?
"Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved
from wrath through Him." Rom. 5:9.
When the sinner
has been converted, what then is his prospect for life?
"For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ,
who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in
glory." Col. 3:3, 4.
immortal occurs but once in the English Bible (1 Tim. 1:17) , and is there
applied to God; is any other said to have immortality?
"Who is the blessed and only potentate, the King of kings and Lord of
lords: who only hath immortality." 1 Tim. 6:15, 16.
How is this
desirable boon brought to light?
"But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through
the gospel." 2 Tim 1:10.
NOTE. - Then without the
gospel one cannot have immortality, but the death penalty must abide on him.
How does man
"To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and
honor and immortality, eternal life." Rom. 2:7.
NOTE. - One does not need to
seek for a thing which he already possesses.
When will the
faithful receive immortality?
"Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall
all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for
the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we
shall be changed." 1 Cor. 15:51, 52.
What is then to
be swallowed up?
"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this
mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying
that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." 1 Cor. 15:54.
How is this
"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord
Jesus Christ." 1 Cor. 15:51.
SUMMARY. - We have
found that man was made of the dust of the ground, and caused to live by the
breath, or spirit, of life from God. The clay thus animated, not the breath of
life, is called a "living soul:" or creature, according to the
original text. Other creatures live by the same process, and some of them, at
least, are plainly called living souls. When man dies, he knows nothing until he
lives again, simply because the vitalizing element that caused him to live and
move and think has been taken from him, and gone back to its original Possessor.
Unless that were brought back to man, he would be forever unconscious in death.
But Christ, who is the believer's life, is to appear, and bring back to those
who seek for it, that life which they forfeited through sin. It is thus that man