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I am currently working on an article about God's work with souls from birth to heaven. This is a working draft of the introduction/ summery. The Spiritual progression of human souls (Job 10:9-19, Psalm 139:13-16) It is a misconception that a soul is either a child of God or a child of the devil at birth, automatically destined to be saved or lost, or born a sinner. Rather for all of us it is a growth process. All start out innocent and then there is a process of growth that each soul must go thorough before one becomes a saint or sinner. (John 9:1-3, Romans 9:10-12) The reason no soul can be a sinner or child of the devil before birth is because the birthing process is wholly controlled by God and only God can create life, giving life and a spirit to every living creature. The devil has no ability to create any life nor can he control the physical birth process of the womb. (Psalm 104:30, John 1:4-5, 1:9, Acts 17:25) Each human is created by God from conception thru the whole birthing process. He chooses the family (both genetic and spiritual state) and the time of visitation for each soul. Some will receive favor by being born into righteous families but others into wicked families. The righteous children will have more of a chance then the wicked family’s children of accepting the Lord’s salvation. The wicked family’s children have the greater chance of losing their innocents the fastest. But all are commanded to follow God. (1 Corinthians 7:14) Unfortunately, from the time of Adam all flesh has been corrupted by the sinful actions of people and is currently in a fallen state. The devil uses the lust of the flesh and the lust of a fallen world to tempt the soul to sin. Therefore it is guaranteed that all souls will soon become bound to sin and quickly lose their innocents. Innocents is lost at the moment a child fully knows to do good but knowingly does wrong anyway. At that point the person moves from being innocent and safe to being a child of wrath and disobedience. (Genesis 6:12, Ezekiel 18:4, Ezekiel 18:20, Romans 5:12-13, Romans 7:9, James 1:15, James 4:17, 2 Peter 1:4, Ephesians 2:1-10; 5:6, Colossians 3:5-7) At the time of visitation each soul (both innocent and disobedient) will have a chance to receive salvation unto the perfecting of the soul, and the quickening and sealing of their sprit in the new birth (making them a son of God) by the Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 55, Luke 19:9, John 3, 2 Corinthians 6:2) If any reject God at the visitation then they will be dammed because of their decision to choose their own lustful life over that of receiving God’s quickening. If they in full knowledge continually reject God’s will and His salvation and continue down the path of destruction they can, by giving themselves wholly over to sin and cutting themselves off wholly from God’s call, become “children of the devil” (doing the devils spiritual work) and “Sons of Belial” (wholly worthless to God). Both unable to be redeemed, in this life or the next. These “children” will not just sin like the “children of disobedience” but will actively work against the cause of Christ; many even claiming to be Christians and seeking positions in God’s church, yet in full knowledge of their wickedness are content to live in and make excuse for sin and working against the righteous authorities who seek to help them. (Deuteronomy 13:12-18, Judges 19-20, 1 Samuel 2:12, 10:26-27, 2 Samuel 20:1, 1 Kings 21, 2 Chronicles 13:7, John 8:43-45, Romans 1, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Hebrews 2:1-3, 2 Peter 2, 1 John 3, Jude 1) The innocent will go to heaven (albeit perhaps in an incomplete state) because they have not yet sinned and the devil has nothing of to accuse them. The Children of wrath will go to hell because they are condemned under their own disobedience to doing what is right. The children of Belial because they have wholly shut themselves off from God and seek the pleasure of their flesh. The children of the devil because they in full knowledge of God’s righteousness and salvation reject it out right and actively seek to infiltrate and destroy, from within and without all of God’s work. At the end of life those that have done pure good will be raise to life and those who have rebelled by sin cast into hell. All have come short in the process of life on their own so need to be placed in Christ who, thru his redeeming works, uncorrupted and good state will, wholly cleans from sin all who have faith in Him. (Daniel 12:1-3, John 5:24-25, John 6:47, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:1-12, Romans 8:1-4 Hebrews 4:1, Ephesians 5:25-27, 1 John 1:9, 3:9) INNOCENTS: KNOWLAGE: PERFECTION: GLORIFICATION:
What is sin? (Sin defined) James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Sin is clearly defined in the Bible. Here we have the first of seven definitions of sin, most of which are OBvious by the fact that the Bible outright says, “this is sin”. Called “sins of omission” because we fail to do what we know we should. Romans 14:23 “And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” “Whatsoever” is not done in faith, is sin. We do many things and forget our Lord in them, do we then do them in faith? To fail to exercise faith is sin. The text speaks of offending a weaker brother, but the principle is the same. If we have any doubt at all, it is better not to do it. 1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” Any transgression of the law of God is sin. This is self explanatory for the most part “Trans” means “across,” for stepping across certain boundaries. 1 John 5:17 “All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.” This clarifies the previous verse, that “sin is the transgression of the law”. Anything, however that is inherently wrong, and perhaps left to speculation in the law, is sin too. “All unrighteousness” need not be defined if one is honest. Proverbs 21:4 “An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.” Here we see three things that are said by God, to be sin. A haughty spirit, Pompous self righteousness, and the scheming of the wicked are sin. These are entailed in the other verses to some extent, but God wishes to make it very clear, so that there is no doubt as to what sin is, and then who has sinned. When we define sin precisely, we see that we all have fallen short of God’s standard. Proverbs 24:9 “The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.” Just in case we think that it is all done with our hands, we need to learn that thoughts can be sinful too. James 2:9 “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” This entails prejudices and partiality. Let us never think ourselves better than any, rich, poor or otherwise; this includes racial prejudice. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezek. 18:20 Notes: The reproaches of sin On the cross, Christ cried out “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” It was sin that caused God to turn His back on our Savior, and sin will cause Him to turn His back on us too! The amazing thing is that He promised in Heb. 13:5 that “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee,” which tells me that the only thing that causes God to forsake us doesn’t exist! Sin still repulses the Father, and He must turn Himself from it, but He has promised His blood bought children that he would never (ever) leave us, not even for a time! What a gloriously wonderful God we serve! Rom 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” We can never be worse than “yet sinners”; if the Lord saved us while we were at our worst, how can we doubt him later on if we backslide? You cannot escape the love of God, no matter what you do, where you go, or how much you try. (Rom 8: 35-39) James 1:15 “Sin” All men are born into it, but enter the gate through many different paths. Many have wandered in the “wilderness of sin,” never finding the path out of it, and being totally consumed therein. These need to look to Christ; we need to show Him to them, that they may be led in the “paths of righteousness.” It begins with being enticed (“drawn away”) by lusts of the world; that is followed by opportunity (lust conceived); this ultimately leads to death. We see; we are tempted; we take/make the opportunity; we sin.