From the Beginning

A STORY OF "TIME" by Trevor Topsfield

The Soul

While our life on earth was originally designed to settle an ongoing argument God is having with Satan and the demons, there is another positive for both us and God.

From God’s point of view; he would love our company for eternity and there is not one soul he would wish for anything else. (2 Peter 3:9)

God made all our souls and every one of them he made is perfect, God cannot do anything less than that.

1 Corinthians 5:1-5 tells the story; “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”(Verse 1) (NIV)

So while we live here on earth, there is a much happier situation awaiting us when it is over. Our bodies are tents (a temporary dwelling place), but we can look forward to a much more substantial building as a permanent place of residence for our souls.

In Verse 5 Paul states the purpose of our being; “Now it is God who made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what  is to come” (NIV)

The reason God made us all was to get a permanent eternal body, of course that is so we can live with him forever.

While there is a battle raging between God and Satan and because of the original choice Adam and Eve made to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, mankind’s natural state is one of sinfulness. This puts us at odds with God as his justice must take the appropriate action to maintain the perfection of his creation. But his objective for us of living with him forever still exists.

However man can only handle the wrath of God for a limited time as stated in Isaiah 57:16; “I will not accuse forever, nor will I always be angry, for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me – the breath that I have created”. (NIV)

In this passage “the spirit” of man is the breath of life or as it is translated in the King James Version the “soul” of man, so the soul of man can only cope with the wrath of God for a limited time.

 Our early descendants and closer to Adam and Eve lived very long lives and Methuselah lived 969 years and then he died. (Genesis 5:27) However further down the line mankind degenerated and God saw that women were getting involved with the demons in Noah’s days with results there was a hybrid made up of half human half demon.

When God saw what was happening he was disappointed with mankind and limited his lifespan to approximately 120 years.

By the time Moses came along, a prayer of his is recorded in Psalm 90 and Verse 10 says that the expected lifespan has dropped even further to seventy years, eighty for the strong, of which is a time of trouble and sorrow.

God whose dwelling place is perfect, why? That is the way he made it. So when he looks at the way we live in a place that function under the principles of “good” and “evil”, all he sees is trouble and sorrow.

To limit our discomfort, he has limited our lifespan here on earth.

For some; “I live in a high and holy place, (says God) but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit” (Isaiah 57:15 – part thereof) (NIV)

For the others: “There is no peace” says my God, “for the wicked” (Isaiah 57:21) (NIV)

Our souls are made perfect by God, but our bodies which we inherited from Adam and Eve are sinful.

But our souls live in our bodies and therefore the body has first influence on what we do and think.

To counter the effect our bodies have over our souls, God demonstrated in the things he has made, his power and nature (Romans 1:20) which is by far the greater influence. However the souls of many ignore the obvious and think they can overcome their shortfalls and a place in heaven will be open for them, so they will be a god in their own right.

This is why pride tops the list of six things God hates; no, there are seven of them found in Proverbs 6:16, for it is pride that causes us to think we can match the power and nature of God and go it alone without his help.

For all who will humble themselves before God, things work out very well. When we depart this earth our body dies; which is good news because our sinful component is buried or cremated and our perfect soul is absent from it. This means the sinful influence that dominated our souls no longer exists and the new perfect body we will receive will only have a perfect influence on our souls.

To make absolutely certain we remain in a perfect state for all eternity there will be no chance of anything going wrong there are two more provisions put in place.

One of them is the fact that everyone will be aware of exactly what should be done, which is stated in Habakkuk 2:14 “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (NIV).

The other is found in Joel 2:28 “And afterward. I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (NIV).

So there will be perfect knowledge and everyone will be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit to implement all they know, so nothing can go wrong.

God has thought of everything so that for all eternity we will never have another thought or do a deed that is not perfect. Therefore the wrath of God will never be stirred into action and we will never have to contend with it again.

All this; and it is as simple as believing Jesus Christ has been judged for our sinfulness. Everyone has come so close to salvation because Christ died for all, it is a shame so many have not taken advantage of his sacrifice.

 Trevor Topsfield


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