Be Fruitful and Multiply

And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. Genesis 9:7

When we look at the social issues of today, abortion , homosexuality, euthanasia, suicide, ect, we see that all these issues have something in common. They go against the direct orders of God and his creation. God told us to be fruitful and multiply. Think about what the previous issues I mentioned result in

The ways of the world contradict Gods plan for humanity. Jesus said Satans agenda is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) All these social issues fit that agenda. They are to take away life rather than to be fruitful and multiply

And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. Genesis 9:12-13

God made a covenant with humanity that he will never flood the Earth again. What was the sign of this covenant, of course a rainbow. Do you think its just coincidence that the LGTBQ community stole the symbol of the rainbow? No this is a direct attack and defiance about God Almighty

I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Matthew 22:32

As Jesus stated God is a God of the living and not the dead. He created life and wants it to be fruitful. Look at the movies, TV shows, books, everything in this world is centered around death. Its in complete contradiction to God

If you want eternal life, come to Jesus Christ, the only way, the only truth , and the only life Amen!

Dove Of Hope

And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. Genesis 8:11

I like in the beginning of the Chapter it states “God remembered Noah” (Genesis 8:1) Noah, his family, and all the animals were on the Ark for almost a year (some estimate 364 days others 370 days) At some point Noah I had to think God had forgotten about him. There were probably times during the fierce storms when Noahs kids would ask him “When will this be over?” and Noah would just have to wait on God

But God kept his promise as he always does. And notice what animal Noah uses to confirm their freedom? A dove came back with an olive leaf symbolizing hope and peace to Noah and his family. This symbol is still used today, as many have adopted the dove as a symbol of peace and hope.

And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. Luke 3:22

Notice when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descended upon him. Think about it Noah and his family went through the water purification of the Earth in the flood then the dove descended to him. Jesus after he went through the water baptism had the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descend on him.

Noah, the ark, the flood, and the dove were all foreshadows of Christ to come for the hope and peace of the world. God has not forgotten about you either, come to Christ and be saved today! Amen!

Seal Of God

And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. Genesis 7:16

One of the interesting things about this event, is when Noah and his family built the Ark and loaded all the animals into it, God shut the door. The final work of salvation was completed by God and not man. As Noah and his family hunkered down into the Ark, while outside the world was literally in total devastation. Judgement was being brought to the entire world, except for Noah and his family who found grace in God

The seal on the door of the Ark , was the only thing from keeping Noahs family safe from death. They could trust in this seal, because it was a supernatural seal. Not a seal made by human hands that are flawed but from a perfect God who never fails.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Ephesians 1:13

God continues to seal those who have been saved by his grace through Jesus Christ. The seal of the Holy Spirit, is a supernatural seal that will never fail or forsake you! It’s a seal that God knows who is his children and who will face the final judgement

Don’t rely on your own works to try and produce your salvation, because you will fail. Rely on the grace of God through Jesus Christ, who will seal you with the Holy Spirit Amen!

Grace of God

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6:8

Often when we talk about Grace, we think of it as a “New Testament” concept. However Noah found grace in the eyes of God. The original Hebrew word for Grace is “Chen” Noah found “Favor” in Gods eyes.

These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. Genesis 6:9

You might ask how? How can Noah find Grace in the eyes of God? It says Noah was righteous, just, blameless, and he walked with God. I believe Noah was a foreshadow of us after we find the grace of God through Jesus Christ

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Hebrews 11:7

Just like Abraham we see that Noah was saved by faith in God. You might say what does that have to do with me today? You can be saved by faith in Christ just as Noah and Abraham were saved by their faith.

Notice how did God save Noah and his family? By the wooden ark, the cross has become our wooden ark that was the instrument that saved us through faith. The flood not only judged the world but cleansed it from evil. The same way water baptism is symbolic of cleansing us from our sins

You see there is a lot of symbolism or foreshadows of Christ and the New Covenant in Genesis. Just as Noah found Grace , you can also find Grace of God through Jesus Christ

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Do We Have A Soul Part 5

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezekiel 18:4

The past few days we were taking a look at teachings in the Bible that support the existence of the soul. Today we will take a look at scriptures used to defend the position of not having a soul. These scripture examples were taking from the Jehovah Witness website who deny the existence of a soul

This scripture in my opinion doesn’t really support their position. Yes all souls belong to God as he is our Creator, and Yes God is the only one who can destroy the soul. As Jesus said “Don’t fear the one who can kill the body, fear the one who can destroy the body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28)

If anything this scripture could propose that Hell is not eternal, however I don’t think this supports the idea that we don’t have a soul. In fact I think it does the opposite and reinforces the idea that we are body and soul

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return Genesis 3:19

This is the next scripture they referenced, its referencing us returning to dust upon death. Well this is correct, our human bodies will eventually die and decompose to dust. However this does not say we cease to exist or our soul is destroyed.

Again I don’t think this really supports the idea of not having a soul. It’s a fact that we are under the curse of sin but through Christ we will receive a resurrected body

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Ecclesiastes 9:5

The expression “The dead don’t know anything” seems to be the nail in the coffin (no pun intended) , but this is a case where we need to read the Bible in context. First off, Ecclesiastes is a poetic book and not everything in it should be taken literally. For example in Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 he states “Humans are like Animals and have no advantage over them” Now if you read this literally you would know this contradicts Gods teaching in Genesis where Man has dominion over Animals

Soloman (the author of Ecclesiastes) is making a point that we all eventually die, man and animals. When we read the Bible we need to make sure we are reading in context and not taking everything literally. For example Jesus taught “Its better to cut your hand off or rip your eye out then for your whole body to go to hell “ (Matthew 5)

Obviously Jesus is not telling us to literally cut off our body parts, Jesus is making a point to cut out our sin rather then condemn our souls for eternity. This is every common in the Hebrew literature and culture to make exaggerated or idiom claims.

Conclusion I believe there is very strong evidence that we have a soul and its eternal. There was more scriptures that support it, that I didn’t include in this series. I pray that this series brings some good thought and you continue to seek the truth in Jesus name Amen!