Who is Man?

Healing Testimony: Sandy

By Grace Through Faith Building Project

INTRO: – I’d like to continue to build on both what Mark H and Jenny

Here are the 8 points to Paul’s System of Truth

  • Paul’s Pneuma Concept: Spirit, Soul, and Body

  • Identification with Adam

  • Man’s Condition in Adam

  • What Happened to Jesus – From the Cross to the Throne

  • Identification with Christ

  • Who we are and What we have Now in Christ

  • What Jesus is Doing for us Now

  • How to Grow Up in Christ

I want to start off with a story Mark Hankins told:

  • it’s about what they were teaching in science class way back when he was in school

  • back then they said…Science classifies all living things in two categories: plants or animals.

  • Scientists have put man in the animal kingdom.

One day my high school biology teacher asked the class, “How many of you are plants?” No one raised a hand. He asked, “How many of you are animals?” Some students raised their hands; others did not. He asked if anyone in the class was dead.

He kept on and on in an effort to make his point – that every living thing is either plant or animal. My teacher continued until everyone in the class had raised a hand except me. He asked me, “Are you a plant?” I said, “No, I am not a plant.” Then he asked me, “Are you an animal?” I said, “No, I am not an animal.” He asked, “What are you, then?” I answered, “I am a spirit made in the image of God, made a shade lower than God Himself.” He looked at me and said, “I am not talking about church.” I told him, “I am not talking about church, either.” – (Mark Hankins)

  • In the story of what happened to Mark – it was incomplete truth to the science world at that time – so it wasn’t in line with God’s truth

  • True science actually supports God – as we heard in one of our Christian World View

The same can be said of this man: Who many believe was Solomon:

  • Solomon was considered the wisest man of his time

Eccl. 3:18 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts.

Eccl. 3:19 For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.

Eccl. 3:20 All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.

Eccl. 3:21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? (ESV)

  • We see the lack of knowledge concerning which class of being that man was created in – This man had no spiritual insight concerning this one area

  • Not knowing where man will go – kind of confused saying the spirit of man

  • Yet not making a distinction between man and animal

TODAY: Who Is Man?

Luke 17:20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;

Luke 17:21 nor will they say, “See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (NKJV)

Jesus introduced a new kingdom to us:

  • Q: What is one of the key factors of this kingdom?

  • You won’t see it with your eyes – (not a new nation, form of government)

  • It is an invisible kingdom and is put on the inside of us — WITHIN US

It’s pretty cool to put the kingdom we will eventually live in – on the inside of us first – it’s a taste of “Heaven on Earth”.

A MAJOR change that happened after Jesus redeemed us is…

How Man Is Described

2 Pet. 2:12 But these men, like irrational animals—creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed—do not understand whom they are insulting, and consequently in their destruction they will be destroyed, (NET)

  • This is a description of men who are not in the new kingdom – who are not born again

  • The language used to describe them is “irrational animals – creatures of instinct”

Titus 1:12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” (ESV)

  • Outside of Christ – there is name calling – judgement on people’s character and ethnic backgrounds

Jude 10 But these people insult powers they don’t know anything about. They are like senseless animals that end up getting destroyed, because they live only by their feelings. (CEV)

  • Jesus even though He thought in line with heaven He used the Jew’s description of a non-Jew – that was common in that day

Mark 7:27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” (ESV)

  • Jews in Jesus’ day sometimes referred to Gentiles as “dogs.”

  • In Greek, this word is “kuon”, meaning “wild cur”

  • Non-Jews were considered so unspiritual that even being in their presence could make a person ceremonially unclean

After Jesus arose and became available to mankind: Here are some new descriptions/new terminology for mankind

Jesus introduced the human body as being a temple:

John 2:20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”

John 2:21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. (ESV)

The Epistles written by men who the Holy Spirit came on:

1 Cor. 3:16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (ESV)

  • Jesus introduced the idea – After His resurrection we see the same thing happens to us

  • All who receive Jesus as Lord become the temple of God

  • QUESTION: Who are you? ANSWER: If you are a Christian you can say I am the temple of the living God

Here is another description God gives to those converted:

Eph. 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and care faithful in Christ Jesus: (ESV)

  • I grew up Catholic – it was not an easy task to be named a saint in that church

  • The In Christ Christians – the converted ones – they are ALL called saints

  • QUESTION: Who are you? ANSWER: If you are a Christian you can say I am a saint

1 Pet. 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

Here are some final thoughts about Man as a Spirit

Remember Mark Hankins’ science teacher? “all living things in two categories: plants or animals.”

  • Man is neither plant or animal – man is a spirit

  • That puts mankind in a class that no other creature is in

  • So these things are DISTINCT FOR MAN