God Hears the Genuine Heart Cry of All Men

Since God is “not willing that any should perish” (2 Pet. 3:9) and His Spirit works to “(draw) to Himself every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9), everyone has the option to be saved from “everlasting destruction” (2Thes. 1:9). The Lord seeks for every individual to do what He did with Lydia, “whose heart the Lord opened” (Acts 16:14): drawing him or her to a personal decision of saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Conflict Between the Old and New Natures

In Romans 7 the Apostle Paul writes of the frustration he had as a Christian. He found that this frustration was due to the ongoing conflict between the “Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” and its righteous nature within the believer’s spirit (cf. Romans 6-8), and the still ever-present Sin (nature) in the flesh” (Rom 8:3b), which seems to overwhelm the believer’s good and righteous intentions.

Part 12 – God's Nature, as a Self-for-Others

Among all unregenerate mankind there is a desire burning within – desiring to be quenched or satisfied. As we've stated earlier, God's innate desire is as a giver, a lover, a self-for-others. Man was created "upright" (Eccl 7:29), having that same innate desire, that is before Adam's fall. Then Adam's self-being became transmuted into a self-for self, a self-getter, and a manipulating taker, a trait we see in all men today, from their birth. By Adam's fall in the garden, mankind became a twisted self.