"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63)
For 200 years, the scientific world was divided on the origin of life. Two opposite views battled for supremecy. One side said non-living matter can spontaneously generate life. This was known as spontaneous generation.
Spontaneous generation said in some cases, if non-living matter is left alone, certain chemical changes may occur within it which produce a form of life or living creature. Evolutionists were glad for the theory of spontaneous generation because - lets face it - without it, evolution could not happen. If the earth was once a ball of fire and hot gases, where did life come from?
In the 19th century, this theory received a tremendous boost from an outstanding scientist by the name of H. C. Bastian, M.A., M.D. After conducting a series of experiments, he announced that he had proven conclusively that life could spring from non-living matter. In his ground breaking book BEGINNINGS OF LIFE he wrote, "Both observation and experiments testify to the fact ..." The theory of spontaneous generation was now respectable.
Spontaneous generation was taught in the schools. However, not every scientist was satisfied. Some believed their Bibles, which said life originally came from God and then living creatures reproduced after their kind according to Genisis 1:20-21. Professor Tyndall was one of these. He said there was a problem with the way Dr. Bastian conducted his experiments.
Professor Tyndall repeated the experiments under more stringent conditions. Non-living matter did not produce life. Another scientist, Mr. Dallinger, supplied additional information that further invalidated Bastian's conclusions. The old theory was shot down! It was proven only life produces life. This is called biogenesis.
The theory of spontaneous generation has its parallel in the religious realm. It is the belief that a man can by his own resolve, will power and discipline, become better and better until he develops a sort of spiritual life within himself that fits him for heaven. This message is preached in many pulpits today. It finds expression in a variety of new age teachings and self-help programs.
This teaching says man was born with great potential. He has within himself the seed of eternal life. All he needs is nurture, education, culture and maybe a bit of religious conditioning and he will blossom into the son of God he really is.
This is not possible because:-
Man is spiritually dead. Paul, writing to the church in Ephesus, said in Ephesians 2:1 "And you hath he made alive who were dead in tresspasses and sins." It says they were dead. They did not have it within themselves to generate their own spiritual life. In vs. 12 Paul reminds them "... at that time ye were without Christ ... having no hope ..."
Spiritual life must come from outside ourselves. This is why Jesus said in John 3:3 "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
God has a master plan to make eternal life available to us. We had all sinned. The consequences of our sin was spiritual death. Romans 5:12 declares "...death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." If God merely cancelled the penalty, He would not be a just God. Sin had to be punished. But the law allowed for substitution. One who was without sin - One who was absolutely righteous - could take our place and die in our stead. Paul tells us in Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Even when the legal requirements had been met, God had to have a way of getting this life to us. 1 John 5:11 tells us "... God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." God wrapped up the gift of eternal life in a Person - the Person of His Son - and sent Him into this world. 1 John 5:12 says it all. "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son hath not life."
It is not enough for life to be available. We must receive it by receiving Christ. Unfortunately, not everybody is willing to receive Him. John 1:11 tells us "He came unto His own and His own received Him not." But here is the promise. The next verse says "But as many as received Him to them He gave the power to become the chidren of God, even to them that believe on His name."
To receive Christ is not a figure of speech. He actually comes into your life as somebody you can know and have a relationship with. Better still, by His Holy Spirit, Christ will come into your heart and live within you. Paul wrote to the believers in the church at Corinth in 2 Corinthians 13:5 "...know ye not your own selves how that Jesus Christ is in you...?" Then and only then will you have eternal life and be ready for heaven!
You can receive Christ now as your Savior. When you do, you will be receiving the gift of eternal life which is in Him. He said in Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with me."
At the heart's door the Saviour is standing, at the hearts door fast closed by sin. At the heart's door the Saviour is knocking, Oh, draw back the bolt, and let Him in.
If you have not yet received Him, we invite you to pray this prayer and then believe that He - the Lord Jesus Christ - has done what He promised to do.
"God, I confess that I am a sinner and cannot save myself. I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins on the cross and rose again the third day. I receive Him now as my Saviour. Come into my heart Lord Jesus. Thank you for being merciful to me a sinner and for saving me now. Amen".
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