The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit. * * *

1 Corinthians 2:14

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Why did Jesus have to die?

Youth for Christ

Youth for Christ

Your question is like asking, "why can't we fly with our arms?" or ''why can't we feed all the hungry of the world by thinking about them?" Because that's not the way things are.

God is God. And he says in the Bible that God’s plan demands that innocent blood be shed. In the Old Testament—Leviticus 17 is a good example—you'll read about lambs being killed to symbolically atone for Israel's sins and to foreshadow Jesus' atoning death.

Perhaps it would help to think of a kid who steals ten dollars from his dad's wallet, spends it, then confesses. His dad may forgive, but the ten dollars has to be paid back from some place. And the kid doesn't have the money, or the earning power, to pay back his debt.

That's the way we are. We have no assets sufficient to pay back the debt we owe to our heavenly Father. So He provided the payment and offers it to us freely.

God can do anything He wants. He could declare us free from sin and make it so. But the plan that He devised is two-part. One half of it depended on God (offering pardon through His Son, Jesus) and the other part depends on us (accepting the free gift of salvation).

There is a price to pay. But God has paid it for us, if we are willing to accept the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.

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New You- Harold L. Myra