Christadelphians Believe, continued
Spirit - That God's Spirit refers to his breath and power
through which he has achieved all things and is everywhere present.
It is Holy because it is 'of God' and used by him for specific
activities - revelation of his thoughts, conception of his Son,
establishment of the early Christian community and the guidance
of nations and individuals to achieve his purpose. It is always
his power, never man's - in the past men possessed that power
to heal and to teach at the direction of God. They were specifically
given that power for 'a season', which was subsequently withdrawn.
Today, God's power is now revealed to us in His word "you
received the word of God ... which also effectually works in
you that believe." (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
& Death -That in the beginning, God created man and
woman and placed them in a 'garden', where they were tempted
by a literal serpent. They failed the test. They were judged
guilty by God and punished. The resultant 'nature' of humankind
has been inherited by all without exception, in other words:-
man is mortal, prone to sin and cursed as a result of Adam's
sin. ".. through one man sin entered the world, and death
through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned."
Sin in the life of individuals is as the result of this inherited
nature and not because of a supernatural devil or satan seeking
to entice men and women away from God; "Each man is tempted
when he is drawn away by his own desire and enticed. Then when
desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin and sin when it
is full grown, brings forth death." (James 1:14-15) Man
is therefore a dying creature - he returns to dust. His soul,
life or disposition ceases to exist - it perishes in the ground.
The only hope of life is resurrection for the believer, at the
return of Christ.
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(by Colin Edwards)