And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to You that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” Then they said to Him, “Who are You?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. – Jn 8:23-25
Who Are You And Why Are You Here?
God is the creator of all things visible and invisible. He created the first man in His image and likeness. Adam was a son of God before his transgression. Thereafter, he became the son of the devil. Descendants of Adam were born in the image of Adam, not God. Hence all that come into this world do so as children of the devil. As it is written “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” So, we are all created by God but it is not everyone that is a child of God.
Every activity on earth promotes either the kingdom of God or the kingdom of Satan. To look up to Jesus means to follow his footsteps and to follow Jesus means to be like Him. An essential ingredient in striving to be like Jesus is to know who you are.
Some people know they are servants of the devil. Most unbelievers do not know who they are. Adam was created sinless but when he disobeyed God he became a picture of ungodliness. In the Garden of Eden, God looked at Adam and said: ‘You are dust.’
Who are unbelievers? Old Testament prophets described them as children of Belial; epitomes of wickedness and ungodliness.
- John the Baptist described them as brood of vipers.
- Jesus called them hypocrites, children of the devil (Jn 8:44).
- Paul said unbelievers are darkness (Eph 5:8).
- Peter described the unrighteous as servants of corruption with eyes full of adultery; dogs.
- For James sinners are adulterers and adulteresses, enemies of God.
- John calls them lovers of the world; enemies of God; sinners with the devil.
Jude was incisive in his description. In the Epistle he wrote (Jude 8-23), he called unbelievers filthy dreamers, brute beasts, clouds without water, trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever; ungodly sinners, grumblers, complainers, lustful, mockers and scoffers, sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit but are already in the fires of hell.
To be continued