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Lesson: Why Were You Born?


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SCRIPTURE READING: 

1 Corinthians 15:35-53.

GOLDEN TEXT: Genesis 1:26-27

Some very important questions that we should ask are: "Why were we born?" What is the purpose for man? Why were we put here on this earth?

The purpose of this Bible study is to look at some scriptures and see the magnitude of Godís great and wonderful purpose for your existence. You need to understand the fantastic future that God has in store for you!

1. God begins His revealed Word, the Bible, with: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1). The word "God" comes to us from the Hebrew word "Elohim," which means the Ever living, Eternal Creating, All Powerful, Governing KINGDOM. "Elohim" means one God ...not many gods. But that ONE GOD is a KINGDOM. Here is an illustration: There is but one true CHURCH ...one Church, but many members! (1 Corinthians 12:20). So it is with God. Here is another example: there is the mineral kingdom, the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom; and we might segregate it and designate the human kingdom, in this material world. Spiritually, there is the angel kingdom, and, high above all, the KINGDOM OF GOD. A human ...flesh and blood ...cannot enter into the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-6), but one BORN of God can!

2. The first chapter of Genesis reveals what God made in the first seven days of creation. Letís focus in on the sixth day when God made man. Did God make the living creatures, cattle, the creeping thing, and the beasts "according to itís kind?" (Genesis 1:24-25). Whose image did God make man in? (Genesis 1:26-27).

Note: God made man after His image, likeness and kind.

3. Is God composed of spirit? (John 4:24). Is man composed of matter? (Genesis 2:7). Is a man made of dust and when a man dies is his body sown in corruption? (1 Corinthians 15:35-49).

What does it take for man to pass from the physical, natural flesh and blood existence to the spiritual side of immortality to where he can inherit the kingdom of God? (1 Corinthians 15:50-53).

Note: The apostle Paul tells us that "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God." He tells us it takes a mystery, a resurrection, where we will be changed, "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. {53} For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality" (1 Corinthians 15:52-53 NKJV).

4. How is this resurrection made possible for man? Is it only through Jesus Christ that we can gain salvation and eternal life? (John 3:16, Acts 4:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:9).

5. Does God the Father want to be our Father and does He want sons and daughters? (2 Corinthians 6:16-18).

What must we possess to be the sons of God? (Romans 8:14-16).

Note: We must be led by Godís spirit to be the sons of God.

6. Is it God Ďs purpose to increase His Divine Family by having many more sons and daughters born into His Family? (Hebrews 2:10). Isnít Jesus only the firstborn of many sons of God? (Romans 8:29).

7. Is it Godís "good pleasure" to give us the kingdom? (Luke 12:32). Is it Godís "good pleasure" to add to His Divine Family? (Ephesians 1:5).

Note: The word translated "adoption" here in this verse should more properly be translated as "sonship."

8. Does God want us to seek His kingdom first? (Matthew 6:33). Does God want us to picture His kingdom as a precious treasure and that we should be willing to give up everything to obtain it? (Matthew 13:44).

9. Has God the Father appointed Jesus Christ to be the heir of the entire universe? (Hebrews 1:2).

Note: The Moffatt translation renders "all things" in this verse as: "the universe."

Will Jesus Christ rule all the nations of the earth? (Psalms 2:7-9, Revelation 19:15).

10. Will Christ be responsible for the entire government of this world? (Isaiah 9:6). Will there be an end to the increase of His government of peace? (Isaiah 9:7). Will there be co-heirs with Christ to share this great inheritance and responsibility? (Romans 8:16-17, Revelation 2:26-27, 21:7).

Note: The converted saints who have been called by God will be joint-heirs with Jesus and will inherit everything. We were born to rule with Jesus Christ.

11. Does God want anyone to miss out on this wonderful opportunity of becoming a son or daughter of His Divine Family? (2 Peter 3:9).

Note: God wants all mankind to make it into His kingdom. He does not want anyone to perish. Yet there will be some people who will refuse to obey Him and they will perish because they have chosen the wrong way of life, the way of rebellion against God and that wrong way will end in death.

12. What is the wages of sin? (Romans 6:23). What will happen to those who live the way of sin and continue to break Godís Ten Commandments? (Matthew 13:24-30, Revelation 21:8).

Note: Those who do not repent of their sins will be destroyed by an all-consuming fire that will accompany the end of Godís plan of salvation.

In Conclusion: The PURPOSE of life is that in us God is really re-creating His own kind ...reproducing Himself after His own kind ...for we are, upon real conversion, actually begotten as sons (yet unborn) of GOD; then, through study of God's revelation in His Word, living by His every Word, constant prayer, daily experience with trials and testings, we grow spiritually more and more like God, until, at the time of the resurrection we then shall be instantaneously CHANGED from mortal into immortal ...we shall then be BORN of God ...WE SHALL THEN BE GOD!

Do you really grasp it? The PURPOSE of your being alive is that finally you will be BORN into the Kingdom of God, when you will actually BE GOD, even as Jesus was and is God, and His Father, a different Person, also is God!


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Scriptures


Scripture Reading:  (1 Corinthians 15:35-53 NKJV) "But someone will say, "How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?" {36} Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. {37} And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain; perhaps wheat or some other grain. {38} But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. {39} All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. {40} There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. {41} There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. {42} So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. {43} It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. {44} It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. {45} And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. {46} However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. {47} The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. {48} As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. {49} And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. {50} Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. {51} Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed; {52} in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. {53} For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."


Golden Text:  (Genesis 1:26-27 NKJV) "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." {27} So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."


1. (Genesis 1:1 NKJV) "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

2. (Genesis 1:24-27 NKJV) "Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind"; and it was so. {25} And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. {26} Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." {27} So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

3. (John 4:24 NKJV) ""God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.""

(Genesis 2:7 NKJV) "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."

(1 Corinthians 15:35-49 NKJV) "But someone will say, "How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?" {36} Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. {37} And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain; perhaps wheat or some other grain. {38} But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. {39} All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. {40} There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. {41} There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. {42} So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. {43} It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. {44} It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. {45} And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. {46} However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. {47} The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. {48} As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. {49} And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man."

4.) (John 3:16 NKJV) ""For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

(Acts 4:12 NKJV) ""Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.""

(1 Thessalonians 5:9 NKJV) "For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,"

5.) (2 Corinthians 6:16-18 NKJV) "And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people." {17} Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you." {18} "I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.""

(Romans 8:14-16 NKJV) "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. {15} For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." {16} The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,"

6.) (Hebrews 2:10 NKJV) "For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."

(Romans 8:29 NKJV) "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren."

7.) (Luke 12:32 NKJV) ""Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."

(Ephesians 1:5 NKJV) "having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,"

8.) (Matthew 6:33 NKJV) ""But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

(Matthew 13:44 NKJV) ""Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."

9.) (Hebrews 1:2 NKJV) "has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;"

(Psalms 2:7-9 NKJV) ""I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. {8} Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession. {9} You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.'""

(Revelation 19:15 NKJV) "Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."

10.) (Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV) "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. {7} Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."

(Romans 8:16-17 NKJV) "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, {17} and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together."

(Revelation 2:26-27 NKJV) ""And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations; {27} 'He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels'; as I also have received from My Father;"

(Revelation 21:7 NKJV) ""He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son."

11.)
(2 Peter 3:9 NKJV) "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."

12.) (Romans 6:23 NKJV) "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

(Matthew 13:24-30 NKJV) "Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; {25} "but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. {26} "But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. {27} "So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' {28} "He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?' {29} "But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. {30} 'Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."' ""

(Revelation 21:8 NKJV) ""But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.""