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ANTHROPOLOGY – THE STUDY OF MAN

The Lord has given us His Word in order for us to know with certainty what life with Him is in reality. And with our world so far from God with endless mixed ideas of Who He is, and what His Truth is in all matters. We MUST do a responsible study of the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15-16 KJV), relying on the Spirit’s leading (Romans 8:14 KJV), in order to learn God’s perspective of life – His Truth!

2 Timothy 3:16-17
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 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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(The links to download this study are at the end of The Table Of Content.)

(The following is based on Richard Seymour’s, ‘Systematic Theology’.)

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INTRODUCTION (NB!)

Did you ever wonder why God created man? Was mankind created just to ‘pass the time’ for the Lord? Did the Lord create man for fun? Is man and the universe ultimately purposeless?

Today with the ‘hindsight’ of the Scriptures which gives us God’s view of creation, and the history of His dealings with man over the period of about 6000 years since our universe’s creation. We are given God’s revealed purpose of man:

Introducing the Study Of Man, as taught in the Bible, it will be helpful to start with Man’s Purpose so that throughout this course, man’s purpose will be reinforced as we go along.

Simply stated, Man’s Purpose is ‘to enjoy life WITH God’, where he will learn to love God with all of His being. Man wasn’t created to do his own thing and ignore his Creator…

“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5).

“And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:28-30).

Loving the Lord with all of our being may be regarded as our ‘intimate’ purpose. Where it is our individual, personal response to Him, that happens out of view of others that is primarily between us and the Lord. We may say that we love the Lord, and if that is false we may fool people, but we will never fool the Lord. He knows our hearts and minds better than we do (Jeremiah 17:10 KJV).


Table Of Content

Anthropology – The Doctrine of Man

Introduction (NB!)

The Purpose Of Man

I. MAN IN HIS STATE OF INTEGRITY

A. His Origin.

1. Negative.

a. Not By Evolution
b. Not By Theistic Evolution

2. Positive

a. Man Is A Direct Creation Of God

B. His Nature.

1. Original Image of Man.

C. His Constitution.

1. Soul

a. Is Eternal

2.Body
3. Spirit

D. His Condition

1. His Knowledge
2. His Fellowship
3. His Home
4. His Wife
5. His Responsibility

II. MAN IN HIS STATE OF SIN

A. The Fall of Man

1. The Effects of Sin

a. The Immediate Expression Of God’s Judgment

2. The Nature Of Sin

a. Doubt God’s Love
b. Doubt God’s Word
c. Doubt God’s Authority

3. The Effects Of Sin

a. All Start Life Separated From God By Sin
b. The Understanding Is Darkened
c. The Soul Is Debased, Arid, Corrupt
d. By The Joint Ministry Of The Holy Spirit, And The Preacher, Are Some Lost Sinners’ Minds Illuminated And They Are Won To Christ

4. The End Result Of Sin

a. Under God’s Wrath
b. Death
c. Sure of Hell

III. MAN’S RECONCILIATION TO GOD

A. The Sinner Cannot Save Himself

1. Attempting To Be Accepted By God Through Keeping The Ten Commandments, Is Attempting The Impossible
2. Some People Attempt To Be Accepted By God Through Doing Good, Living Decently, And Being Religious

B. The Sinner Can Only Be Saved From The Penalty Of Their Sin Through Christ

1. Repentance
2. Faith In Christ

IV. MAN IN HIS STATE OF GRACE or … The Spiritual Life Of The Child Of God

A. The Believer’s STANDING Before God

1. In Christ
2. Of Perfection.

B. The Believer’s STATE Before God

1. The Believer’s Spiritual Life Stated
2. Being Led By The Holy Spirit

a. Spiritual Truth Is Spiritually Discerned

i. Spiritual Discernment Is By The Holy Spirit’s Leading
ii. Having ‘spirit’ Is Essential To Spiritual Discernment
iii. The Lost, Natural Man, Not Having ‘spirit’ Cannot Receive The Spiritual Truths That The Holy Spirit Reveals, Nor Discern / Understand Those Spiritual Truths
iv. Knowing “The Things That Are Freely Given To Us Of God”

3. Being Spiritually Enabled By The Holy Spirit

a. Not Walking After The Flesh, But After The Spirit Stated

i. Walking After The Spirit

i.i. Willing To Obey Him
i.ii. Actively Relying On The Spirit’s Leading And Teaching

i.ii.i. “The Righteousness Of The Law”
i.ii.ii. Spiritual Illumination
i.ii.iii. How Does The Child Of God Get To Where They Truly Want To Be Taught By The Holy Spirit?

i.ii.iii.i. Looking To Be Taught By The Holy Spirit Because Of Our Love For God
i.ii.iii.ii. Looking To Be Taught By The Holy Spirit Because Of Our Godly Fear Of Error

i.ii.iv. The Truths That The Holy Spirit Will Open / Teach Are ONLY The Truths Contained In The Word Of God

i.ii.iv.i. The New Testament is the sum of ALL truth regarding The Church, and the child of God’s spiritual life with their Father:-
i.ii.iv.ii. Another very important truth relating to this point of our study, is the fact that the new Church had specific doctrine that they kept strictly to:-
i.ii.iv.iii. Those Not Keeping To The Apostles’ Doctrine Were Soundly Rebuked:-
i.ii.iv.iv. Commands To Keep “Sound Doctrine”:-
i.ii.iv.v. The Call To Fight In The Defense Of The Christian Faith “Once Delivered”:-
i.ii.iv.vi. This Is Because The Word Of God Is Sufficient For EVERY Need Of The Church, Throughout The Church Dispensation:-

i.ii.v. Preachers / Teachers Sent To Be Used By The Holy Spirit To Open Peoples’ Eyes, From The Power Of Satan To God

i.ii.v.i. Preachers / Teachers And The Local Church:-
i.ii.v.ii. Preachers / Teachers And The Local Church – WARNING:-

i.ii.vi. The Spiritual Battle For The Souls Of The Lost Is A Spiritual, As Well As MENTAL And HEART Battle
i.ii.vii. Biblical Examples Of Lives Reconciled And Transformed By God

i.ii.vii.i. The Example Of Moses
i.ii.vii.ii. The Example Of Joshua
i.ii.vii.iii. The Example OF Elisabeth
i.ii.vii.iv. The Example Of Mary
i.ii.vii.v. The Example Of Saul / Paul

ii. Walking After The Flesh

ii.i. Walking After The Flesh Stated
ii.ii. God’s Children Are Warned Of The Opposition Of Their Flesh To Their Daily Walk With The Lord

ii.ii.i. Galatians 5:16-17 KJV
ii.ii.ii. Romans 8:12-13 KJV
ii.ii.iii. 1 John 2:15-17

ii.ii.iii.i. The Child Of God’s Daily Challenge
ii.ii.iii.ii. “The Lust Of The Flesh”
ii.ii.iii.iii. “The Lust Of The Eyes”
ii.ii.iii.iv. “The Pride Of Life”
ii.ii.iii.v. Taking Stock!

iii. Spiritual Terms Describing The New And Old Natures Of The Child Of God

iii.i. The “Old Man And “New Man”

iii.i.i. “The Old Man”
iii.i.ii. “The New Man”

iii.ii. Those Who Have Been Born Again Do Not Commit Sin
iii.iii. The Main Spiritual Battle For The Individual Is Their Flesh

iii.iii.i. Deny Self
iii.iii.ii. “Make Not Provision For The Flesh”
iii.iii.iii. “Abstain From Fleshly Lusts Which War Against The Soul”
iii.iii.iv. “Crucify The Flesh”
iii.iii.v. “Mortifying The Deeds Of The Body”

iii.iii.v.i. What Are The Deeds Of The Body?
iii.iii.v.ii. “Reckoning Ourselves To Be Dead To Sin”
iii.iii.v.iii. Being Patient

V. MAN SPIRITUALLY MINDED

A. Getting To KNOW The Lord As He Wants Us To

1. The Lord WANTS Us To Know Him

a. Scriptures That Reveal That The Lord WANTS Us To Know Him

i. In The Old Testament

i.i. Adam’s Relationship With The Lord
i.ii. Further Old Testament Testimony

ii. In The New Testament

ii.i. John 17:3
ii.ii. 1 Corinthians 15:34
ii.iii. 2 Thessalonians 1:8
ii.iv. 1 John 4:6-8
ii.v. 1 John 5:20

2. Some Examples Of What Those Who Are Born Again May Know Of Their God And Father

a. That He Is A Loving God And Father
b. That He is Gracious
c. That He Is Merciful
d. That He Is Unchanging
e. That He Will Protect Them
f. That He Will Provide For Them
g. That He Will Be A Father Who Will Guide Them Through This Life
h. That He Will Comfort Them
i. That He Alone Created Everything

b. Seeing Ourselves As The Lord Does

1. That We Are His Son And Daughters & Are Secure In Our Salvation
2. That We Are Eternal Beings
3. That Death Is Nothing To Fear
4. That We Are More Deceitful To Ourselves Than Satan Is
5. That We Are To Be About Our Father’s Business

a. Hebrews 12:1
b. Romans 13:11-14
c. 1 Corinthians 15:33-34

6. “That All Things Work Together For Good To Them That Love God”

a. Those Who Have Been Born Again, Who Are “Spiritually Minded”, KNOW That They Are In God’s Hand
b. Those Who Have Been Born Again, Who Are “Spiritually Minded”, KNOW That Trials And Temptation Are Allowed For Their Spiritual Growth
c. “All Things Work Together For Good” Summed Up …

7. As An Individual Who Has Been Born Again
8. Conclusion

a. Summing Up

 

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