When I say, “the heart of man”: I mean the heart of the natural man. Jer 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Even in this there is hope for all mankind. Jer 17:10 – I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. God’s desire is that all mankind choose life over death, but many choose death over life and these will perish. The natural man, of which we are all created, is an incipient state of mankind birthed out of the seed of Adam in disobedience, resulting in sin, corruption and death. 1 Cor 2:14 – But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. The Greek word for natural actually means “beastly”, sensual or the lower nature. The natural man is from beneath the new man of the Spirit is from above. John 8:23 – And He (Jesus) said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. Don’t argue with a person in their natural state about Christianity, because they have no spiritual discernment of such things for those born again of the Spirit think, speak and act as if they are foreigners from another world, and they are just as Jesus said, “Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.” When I was born again of the Spirit, it was late one evening in the fire station where I was employed. Everybody else was asleep. I was reading a book by Hal Lindsey called, “Satan is alive and well on planet earth”. At the end of each chapter, He had an invitation to receive Jesus as Lord and savior. I had already been contemplating doing this, but this was the night that the Lord had chosen for me. I read a short invitation receiving Jesus as Lord and savior and all of the sudden the Spirit of God fell on me and I knew I was connected to another dimension or world not of this earth. That morning when I got up my whole life was different and the guy’s in the fire station thought I had lost my mind, and it truly had, I receive the mind and the life of Jesus dwelling in me. I didn’t realize at the time, but I had been translated to another kingdom not of this world. Col 1:12-15 – Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14) In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
1 John 3:9-10 – Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10) In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. “Doth not commit sin” actually means to not continue in sin, for if we continue in sin without repentance and turning away from sin we prove we are not the sons of God. We must realize, however, that this is a process that takes a life time, of which we ourselves can’t change. It takes the power of God through the Holy Spirit to mortify the deeds of the flesh. (Rom 8:13) It is impossible for mankind to redeem themselves from sin. Rom 3:9-12 – 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; 10) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. The dilemma that dwells within all mankind is self will and pride, thinking that they can, in their own efforts, rise above the sin and corruption within them. Our natural condition from Adams seed is dead in sins and trespasses and It can’t be raised from the dead unto righteousness from any work or labor of mankind. Isa 64:6 – For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.