Fogbo unit 3a
 
                                The Study of Mankind
   
                                       What is mankind?
                                           Where did I come from?
                                                What am I?
                                                     What should I do?
                                                          What will become of me?
 
 
Syllabus the study of mankind. Unit 3a  

Table of Content

Why you were born.  
The image of God regained.  
Understanding ourselves by looking at Jesus. 
By comparing ourselves to Jesus we see our spiritual needs.
Our emotions should be His.
Our character should be His. Self Test

Introduction to the study of mankind.

Understanding ourselves as a person by looking at Jesus. The value of man is not in his accomplishments or his possessions, but rather in the fulfilling the purpose for which he was made. 

 A look at his origin and purpose  Why not study, as psychologists would suggest, the ego or id of man, what they consider to be the inner person? They look for something good in man to be accepted, and built upon, evolving a better and better person. But they err in the fact that they do not consider the true nature of man, they think there is some good in man that can be developed: whereas man's creator tells us it is not so. No good can come from the study of fallen humanity. 

"What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin....For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Rom. 3 :9-20,23.  Read and Consider: Rom. 1: 18-32. 

NO GOOD CAN COME FROM STUDYING FALLEN HUMANITY! Therefore, we will only study that which has not fallen.  The only perfect man is Jesus Christ, our God, Lord and Saviour.  Keep in mind: we were made to be in His image.  "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29  Keep in mind: The difference between what Jesus is and what we are is our spiritual need!
 
GOD MADE MAN IN HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS  "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth..... And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: " Gen. 1 :1, 1:26  Why did God do this?  Was He just bored with His existence? Was He looking for something to do? Consider the fact of God's eternality, in the light of His divine attributes of character. There was no one in all His creation like Him to relate to. How lonely He must have been. Perhaps you are thinking that there was God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. You are right and they all exercised love to one another. But to whom, or how, could God manifest his infinite undeserved love, mercy and grace. Not within the Godhead, for they all have the same attributes of power. They are all worthy, none in need of God's mercy, or undeserved grace. There was no one He could share His heart with in all eternity past! I believe it was in the deepest loneliness and frustration, to exercise His wonderful character that He said "let us make man in our image and likeness. " Yes, God's nature and character gave Him a need to have someone to relate to, care for, be a friend to, and share His heart with, so He made Adam. (He made you for that same purpose).  "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 soul." Gen. 2:7. Read Psa. 33:6, Zech. 12:1 


As God is a triune being, and man was to be in His image and likeness,  He made man a triune being also, having a body, the material part of man, to house the soul. The soul is a nonmaterial part of man, which is the real person that lives inside the body, having intellect, emotion, and will. Then God gave man His Spirit when He breathed into man to give life to his soul, which in turn gives life to the body.  God knew that for man to have a relationship with Him based on His character, He would have to make man with a free will.  Man could then choose to love and serve Him, not just because He was his creator, but for what God is as a person, for His loving and caring for him, and meeting his needs. Consider how God made the Heaven and Earth as an environment for man, planted a garden to provide all of man's needs, and even gave him a wife. Beyond all that the earth was the place for man to live and fellowship with God. God revealed His glory to them as they walked and talked with Him in the garden of Eden. God was their friend and they were His. What a beautiful relationship that must have been. What joy it must have brought to God's heart, but not for long. Read: Gen. Chapters 2‑3 

Man failed God through disobedience.  Man put the fellowship of his wife above his wonderful and glorious God, who created him to be in His image and likeness and for His fellowship. Man chose to serve himself instead of God and lost the image likeness of God when God's Spirit departed from him. The result was spiritual death, and man’s fellowship with God was broken. (Gen. 2:16‑17, 3:1‑6) How that must have broken the heart of God who was seeking a friend, a man after His own heart. All through the ages we have chosen to live our lives apart from God, in the image of our own making. Having fellowship with the world in place of God, just as our father Adam did. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,"  Praise God, though man can break God's heart, he cannot negate the will and heart of God for man! God gave Adam a promise of a Saviour. (Gen. 3:15) Furthermore, He demonstrated His great love, mercy and grace to them as God killed an animal and made coats of skin to cover their sin. Showing them the price God would pay to redeem them. (Gen.3:21 ) I believe that animal was a lamb, a picture of Jesus Christ the promise of God.  "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. " John. 1:29 Spoken of again to John by God as “. . .the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." Rev. 13:8  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life......For if by one man's offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. "Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. . . . For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Romans 5:8-10, 17-19    Consider: 1 Pet. 1: 18-19
  
Again, we see the depth of God's loneliness for fellowship by the price He was willing to pay for it, namely that of the suffering and death of His Son. Yes, today He is still seeking men after His own heart, to be a friend to and to fellowship with. He found it with such men as Enoch, Moses, Abraham, and David in Old Testament times, and perhaps the Apostle John, Lazarus, Mary and Martha in His day. 

Yes, we are lost, but praise God in Christ we can regain it.   

We will now begin to look to see what that image should be, and can be in Christ.  

 

However, let's take some time to answer the question most often ask about ourselves.  
           
WHY YOU WERE BORN? 

YOU WERE BORN FOR THE SAME PURPOSES AS ADAM. You were born to be in His image and likeness, be His friend, and care for what He has given you as good stewards. God wants you love Him for who and what He is. God is still looking for a man after His own heart.   
    
YOU WERE BORN FOR GOD'S PLEASURE "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Rev. 4:11   Consider:  Col. 1: 16-22

 YOU WERE BORN FOR GOD'S GLORY "Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him." Isa.43:7  Consider: John 17:21-24; 2 Pet. 1:3-4.
                                                                               
YOU WERE BORN FOR GOD'S FELLOWSHIP  "God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord." 1 Cor. 1:9    Consider: 1 John 1:3-2:6.
 
PRAISE GOD, YOU HAVE A GOD LIKE HIM. That not only designed you to be in His image and likeness but to have a personal relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Now let us go on looking to see what that image should be, and can be in Christ. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


UNDERSTANDING OURSELVES AS A PERSON BY LOOKING AT JESUS
So you can be conformed to His image and likeness, having His divine nature, His heart for God the Father, and for others.  "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son. but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?"  Rom. 8:28-30  Consider: 2 Cor. 3: 18; 2 Pet. 1: 1‑8; 1 Cor. 15:49. Remember this: "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." 1 Thes. 5:24    
 
BY COMPARING OURSELVES TO JESUS, WE CAN SEE OUR SPIRITUAL NEEDS.  Be careful that Satan does not fill you with pride to compare others to Jesus to see their needs and not your own. Consider: 2 Cor. 10: 5, 12

1. HIS STANDARD FOR OUR INTELLECT  (knowledge) But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD."  Jer.92 4  

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Rom. 12:2 

"And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:" Col. 3:10   Consider: Psa 19:14, 119:97-112; Eph. 4:23-24; Phil. 2:2-5; 2 Tim. 2: 15, 3:16-17. 
 
2. HIS STANDARD FOR OUR EMOTIONS (feelings) is to be disciplined under the control of His Spirit, revealing the fruit of the Spirit. 

LOVE: The source of love is God, and all that follow are the result of applying His gift of  love. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. " Gal. 5:22-23 

Consider: Jeremiah 9:24  But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. 

Remember: 1 Cor. Chapter 13 [The qualities of God's love. Pure, faithful, disciplined, sacrificial.]   1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Our first Love is to be to God: “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”  Math. 22:37   Consider:  2 Cor. 5:14-15, John 14:21-24.   

Love to others: Showing the Pure, faithful, disciplined, sacrificial. The same love God has for us. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” Math. 22:37   Consider: John 15:12-13; 1 John 4:7-12;
         
JOY: A result of our standing with the Lord, and being of one heart and mind with the Lord. "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God, for he bath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he bath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." Isa. 61:10  Consider: Jer. 15:16; John, 15:10-11, 17:13; Rom. 14:17; Heb. 12:2; 1 Pet. 4:12-13

GRIEF, SORROW and TEARS: be tenderhearted as Jesus is toward another's circumstances. “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, come and see. Jesus wept” John 11:33-35   Consider: Mat. 23: 37-3 9,  Heb. 13: 3

Grief: resulting over hurting others, primarily the Spirit of God, & over sin. "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake bath forgiven you." Eph. 4 :30-32  Consider: 2 Cor. 2:1-11; Eph. 5:1-20; Heb. 3:8-10. 

Sorrow: that leads to repentance, a contrite spirit that turns from sin to walk in the will of God.  "For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle bath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter." 2 Cor. 7:8-11  

Consider: Psalm 51 [The qualities of true repentance ]   

Sorrow: sadness, heaviness of heart, for the lost brethren. “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:" Rom.9:1-3  Consider: Romans 10:1

PEACE: the result of being in the will of God, not in our circumstances. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27  Consider: John 15:19-20, 16:33; Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:14; Rom. 12:17-21; Col. 3:15.
  
FEAR: Awe or reverence for God for what He is, namely Holy.  "O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him." Psalm 34:9  Consider: Psa. 111: 10; 2 Cor.7: 1; Heb. 12:28-29
         
Fear of the unknown, that is a feeling that danger or evil is near, or ahead. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" John 14:27   Consider: Rom. 8: 15; 2 Tim. 1: 7; 1 John 4: 18.
 
Jesus conquered this fear by duty and trust in the Father, and so can all in Christ.  “And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.  And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Matthew 26:37-39

COMPASSION: Having empathy (entering in and sharing in another's position or problem) is always active never passive. "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: " 1 Pet. 3:8  Consider: Luke 10:30-37                    
                       
JEALOUS: Loyalty or faithfulness in keeping guard of another, or another's property. "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." 2 Cor. 11:2-3  Consider: Col. 1:28
 
ANGER: Is to be directed toward the sin not the sinner. "Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." Rom. 12:9   Consider: Rom. 1: 8; Gal. 5:19‑21; Eph. 4:26, 31; Col. 3:8; Rev. 2:6, 15


 
HIS WILL FOR US is that we know Him.  "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD."Jer. 9:24  

HIS WILL FOR US is that we let His Spirit live out His emotions and character in us and for us. Conforming our emotions by His character, just as He disciplined His. To have His Divine nature living His life in and through us conforming us to into His image and likeness. 2 Pet. 1:1-4 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”Gal.2:20   Consider: John 15:1-16; 17:14-18; Rom. 8:28-29; 2 Cor. 5:14-21, 6:1-7:1;
 
HIS STANDARD FOR OUR CHARACTER is to be HOLY:  Pure and undefiled, in motive and actions.  "But as he which bath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you," 1 Pet.1:15-20

 THINK ABOUT IT!  We are to be holy in all manner of conversation; [manor of living]
    Consider: Rom. 6:12-13
    Consider: James 1:27
    Consider:  2 Pet. 3:14

RIGHTEOUS: Just in all our ways by God's standards and values. "Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God." Phil. 1:11 Consider: Gal. 5:22-26
 
GUILELESS: No deceitfulness or evil intent to be in our motives or actions. "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings," 1 Pet. 2:1   Consider: 1 Pet. 2:21‑23; John 1:47.

GRACE: Unmerited favor and loving kindness for the undeserving. "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire." Heb. 12:28  Consider: 1 Pet. 3: 18 and 2 Pet. 1: 1-8

FORGIVING: Forgetting offenses.  "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." Mark 11:25-26   Consider: Mat. 18:22-35
 
MERCIFUL: Having compassion meeting the need.  “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." Luke 6:36  Consider: Luke 10:30-37.
 
HUMBLE: Void of pride of self and accomplishments willing to serve even the undeserving.  "Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:" 1 Pet. 5:5-6  Consider: Luke 14:10, 22:26; Rom. 12:3, James 4:10

MEEK: Not weak but restraining the use of power for the benefit of others. "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Eph. 4:2-3  Consider: Luke 9 :49-56                       
 
FAITHFULNESS: Consistent, steadfast, sure.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always , aboundinginthe work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 15:58  Consider: Mat. 10:22; Acts 4:19‑20, 20:24; 2 Thes.3:3
 
Keep in mind: we are to be in His image and likeness; made known by the outworking of His love in us, which is pure, faithful, disciplined, and sacrificial and all of the above is motivated by it.  "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ve are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:34-35  Consider: 1 John 3:14, 4:4‑5; again review 1 Cor. chaps. 13
 
Knowing the Lord for who and what He is, as well as for what He has done for us, we should all have the heart the Apostle Paul had for Him. "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample." Philip. 3: 12-17     

God expects us to put feet under our prayers, if they are to be answered consider the following.  "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." Romans 6:3‑6 "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20""

Remember the motive for it all.  “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.......For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Cor. 5:14-15, 21.
   
Self test: on Understanding Our Selves by Looking at Jesus.

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These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life. Remember meditation on God's Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing..
 
Things to consider:  
Q1.  In what way were you made to be in God's image?         
Q2.  What happened to that image?         
Q3.  How can you regain it?         
Q4. How do you gain His standard for your knowledge?         
Q5. How is the use of your emotions made to be like His?
Q6.  What emotions of His are the most difficult for you to demonstrate?     
Q7.  In what way must you cooperate with God, for His will to be established in your life?     Answer this in the light of following passages Rom. 6:1-18 and Gal. 2:20    
Q8.  In what areas of your life do you think the heart of God is seen most?  
Q9. What are the most difficult areas of your life to show the heart of God? 
Q10.  What have you learned through this study that will help you with the problem areas in your life?   

You are now ready to start Unit 4  Living the Christian Life Series part 1. a Gods Sovereignty

May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28  “ And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”   

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