This is companion post (2) to Chapter 1, “The Mystery of Human Life,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1.
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved.”—Acts 16:31
As we’ve learned from reading this chapter, there’s so much more to our life according to God’s plan than we could have ever imagined.
We learned that God wants to express Himself through mankind, and so He created us in a very special way. God created us with a spirit so we could receive Him as our content and thus be able to express Him. But before this could happen, sin entered into mankind. As a result, our spirit was deadened, we became enemies of God, and our body was changed into what the Bible calls the sinful flesh. In this state, we cannot express God.
However, God would never give up His original purpose. In His wisdom He became a man, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ went to the cross to redeem us, take away our sin, and bring us back to God. But this is not all. He resurrected and became the life-giving Spirit so He could enter into anyone who would open to Him.
Now we can be regenerated with God’s life by repenting to God and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord! And once He comes into us, God then begins a lifelong process to spread Himself from our spirit into our soul and eventually to our body, saving us fully. By this we become people who can express God and fulfill His plan. What a full and complete salvation! This truly is the meaning of our human life.
On our side, everything begins with our turning to God and receiving the Lord Jesus into us. We hope all our readers have done this. If not, we urge you to open to Him in prayer now.
Key quote from the reading
Page 9: “To be regenerated, simply come to the Lord with an open and honest heart and say to Him:
Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. I need You. Thank You for dying for me. Lord Jesus, forgive me. Cleanse me from all my sins. I believe You rose from the dead. I receive You right now as my Savior and life. Come into me! Fill me with Your life! Lord Jesus, I give myself to You for Your purpose.”
Tell us about the time you opened your heart to the Lord and prayed to receive Him. You can also tell us how this chapter showed you the real meaning of your human life.