God has a Catch-22 going on in His human creation. It seems to be an integral part of His Master Plan to bring mankind to Him. It has to happen so that the next phase of His plan to reproduce Himself can begin.
Remember how Christ, who was all about doing His Father’s work, promised His disciples to make them “fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19)? God is angling to catch human beings. That’s what you do when you fish. You catch.”
What does God want to do with us after He catches us? He wants to reproduce Himself in us by placing His Spirit in our minds and hearts. Like a seed, He then as the Great Gardner helps us to grow—or, rather, He grows within us.
How This Works
The scriptures say that God has given mankind the spirit of slumber. Man is asleep spiritually. And that sleep is a blindness. “For the LORD has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers has He covered” (Isa. 29:10; Rom. 11:8).
And when you are spiritually blind, you cannot see the vision of what your Creator is doing. This leads to disastrous results, for “where there is no vision the people perish” (Prov. 29:18).
He has placed the world and all of its vanity and vexation in the human heart so that we would give up and surrender to Him and His plan. Ironically, He uses evil and sin to get us to a place where we will cry out for help and seek the Savior.
Man is never satisfied with sufficiency. The sons of old man Adam have to have a fancier car, finer clothes, and a younger and more beautiful woman in order to stave off temporarily the pangs of the prison of his old selfish nature.
As long as we humans drown in the oceans of our fleshly selfish desires, we will remain blind and asleep as to what God wants to do with us. He wants to take us from the slave dens of sinful shame to His throne room, eventually to sit with Him there, prepared by His Grace to rule the nations.
The catch is this: It won’t be us doing the ruling. It will be the Spirit of Christ in us. It will be the King Himself multiplied and reproduced in all His glory—in the new spiritual bodies He has promised to those who love Him and His plan.
When you say, I can’t be like the apostles, much less Christ, you are saying that the Spirit of Christ could never live in me. Of course, you cannot because “you are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.” This negative thought is a declaration of unbelief in the power of God to transform us! But as the prophet said, “Who has believed our report?” (Isa. 53:1).
The spiritually blind will only begin to see after they are born from above. Christ said, “Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” He also cannot “enter’ it. The Greek says, “born from above,” and in order to be born from above one has to spiritually die with Christ, be buried with Him, and by believing that He was raised from the dead, one experiences his own spiritual resurrection from the dead (Rom. 6:1-12).
That experience comes first before any kind of spiritual growth happens. A dry seed sitting on the shelf cannot grow. It must be buried in the earth, lose its own personal identity and then it sprouts; it resurrects. Then it starts growing. It’s the same with us. Our faith in Christ’s resurrection regenerates us. We don’t work to bring on the above. It is a gift. The honest hard work comes after. To grow up spiritually, to be like the early apostles and prophets and even Christ Himself, we must do certain things. We must study and pray, of course. But study what exactly? You can find some answers in my free books (with free shipping in the USA) that I offer. Here’s the info: (https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/donate/ ).