I am my Brother’s Keeper

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where [is] Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: [Am] I my brother’s keeper? (Genesis 4:9) Overall brothers and sisters, we are our brothers keeper. We as Christians are to restore a sinning believer GENTLY.  We are not to grind them into the dirt and treat them harshly. Oftentimes, when we find out that our Christian brother or sister is still sinning willfully our immediate action is to ignore it all. We say to ourselves “What is it to me if another Christian is sinning.” As I said, we are our Brother’s keeper and according to the Bible, we are responsible to help others to be holy through an appropriate rebuke.

This is not a judgment, but a gentle rebuke or scolding. Galatians 6:1-2 (New American Standard Bible NASB) states  Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. The intention of the rebuke is not just to prove you are right or to win an dispute.

This is a rebuke of support and restoration. However, before attempting to rebuke, confer with the Lord on how exactly to go about restoring your brother or sister. Ask the Lord to speak through your vocal cords and think through your mind and let it be all of Him and none of you. We really must decrease as God increases in our lives. Pride is a devilish device that will surely steer us in the wrong direction. The person we restore will profit to remember 1 Peter 5: 10 (NLT) that “In kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.

Are You Really “Only Human”?

2Corinthians 5:17 tells us: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

This very scripture confirms that a born again Christian should never utter the words “I am only human” out of his or her mouth. When we make excuses for our behavior using these words, we fall into that lie Satan feeds into our minds. This lie causes us to compromise and therefore we are eventually defeated instead of defeating the foe.

Yes it is in the human nature to sin because until we become born again through accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior from that old sinful nature inherited from Adam and Eve, we are “only human”. But to say the words “I am human” is outright denying that you are born again. Born again Christians can no longer blame failures on the human nature because 2 Corinthians 5:17 confirms: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Overall, when a person says ” I am only human” he or she is saying they are not born again, but only human. You see, either you are born again or not. If you have a sinful nature and a righteous nature, then is one going to heaven and the other one going to hell? It is true that only the spirit man is born again, that is who you are… That old nature is just a residue trying to take over by fighting against the new nature, but It can only take over when we give in to what it is enticing us to do.

You see, the ultimate goal God is achieving is to bring our body and soul into agreement with our new spirit. We are transformed by the renewing of our mind and made whole. Nothing missing, nothing broken. If your goal is to see the face of your Maker, then rejecting the new nature is a fatal mistake. God is a spirit, we cannot cross over to His spiritual realm with a carnal(worldly, human) mindset.

It is important to understand that the old sinful nature brought on by Adam and Eve keeps trying to control us. Satan keeps trying to speak to it and convince us that we are not saved, nor are we new in spirit. However, a born again Christian takes on that righteous sinless nature of Jesus Christ. That nature that is stronger than that old nature.  Christ died so we would be free from the bondage of that old human nature. However, you have a choice. Choose to resist the devil and he will leave you. As long as you continue to choose to obey the newborn nature within, you WIN. Greater is he in you than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

God sees Jesus in us and not our old sinful nature that’s trying to hold on  (those born again)
Now of course if you do not believe in the Bible and that Christ died for your sins, then you are one described in John 10:26 where Jesus said: But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. Those who have not accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior are indeed not a new creation therefore they are only human. They still belong to the devil.  So…this information only applies to those who actually care where they will spend eternity. You choose who you will obey.