The Difference Between Man and God

There is one, and only one, difference between physical human bodies and the eternal spiritual bodies of God and the angels! I say this with certainty, knowing it can be proved through the scriptures. Man was originally created a little lower than the angels:

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? ...For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels. (Psalm 8:4-5)

Two trees in the Garden of Eden represented these differences between man and the angels; the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life. When man sinned by eating fruit from the tree of knowledge, he drew closer to God and the angels in that he could distinguish good from evil.

Adam and Eve were then evicted from the garden of Eden to prevent them from eating of the tree of life and gaining the Godly characteristic of immortality:

And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. (Genesis 3:22-23)

So upon eviction from the Garden of Eden, there is at least one difference between man and the angels. That difference is immortality or eternal life. Man is mortal, while angels live forever.

Now let's jump forward to the New Testament. The Word must come to earth and live a sinless human life as Jesus Christ so that He can sacrifice His life for ours. The wages of sin is death and all humans sin. If Jesus lives a sinless human life He does not have to die and may give His life freely to pay the wages for our sins:

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (as the man Jesus Christ)... (John 1:14)

But there is an obvious problem with this scenario. The Word is the Son of God, and God is a spiritual body that lives forever. Consequently, so is His Son! Spirits cannot be killed. That being the case, how could Jesus die for our sins? The answer is in the Bible:

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Hebrews 2:9)

Jesus Christ was made "a little lower than the angels," exactly as man was created! And we are given the reason Jesus was made lower than the angels for His thirty-three years on earth. The Word could not die as a spirit! He was made lower than the angels so that he could suffer death! That was the only change required for Him to become a human being! He had to change His body type. As a man, He was not a God -- and thus could die!

If the Son of God had to make only one change to become a human, then there is one, and only one, remaining difference between humans and God! That difference is a physical body versus a spiritual body. This one item separates God and the angels from man!

When asked how men could enter into the Kingdom of God, Jesus confirmed that there is only one remaining requirement:

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)

Jesus is addressing living men who have already been born of water. Human bodies are approximately 70% water and were carried in the womb in water.

Man is the only animal which may gain everlasting life since he is the only animal created with freedom of choice. One must choose whether or not to accept Jesus as their Savior.

Thus to enter the Kingdom of God, one must first be born of water as a human and not some other animal. Our human birth of water gets us into the animal kingdom as Homo Sapiens. Each of us individually have no control or choice over our first birth.

If one chooses to accept Jesus as their Savior, their second birth after Jesus returns to the earth will be a spiritual birth into the Kingdom of God. It is a real event, not simply some emotion! You are born a second time as a spirit, or born again.

Therefore, the one remaining requirement for any human to enter the Kingdom of God is to be born again as a spirit! That is, their body type must be changed from physical to spiritual. This birth is optional, you choose or reject this birth.

The spiritual bodied Word of God was temporarily made flesh so that He could suffer and die! He had to be born of water, His physical birth through Mary, to enter the kingdom of man. It will always be a mystery to man as to how this was accomplished. We will not understand this mystery until becoming members of the Kingdom of God.

Going the other direction, man must be born as a spiritual body to enter the Kingdom of God. Flesh and blood physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God:

And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God... (I Corinthians 15:49-50)

Only two body types are defined in the Bible, physical and spiritual, and each requires a separate and distinct birth:

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:6)

Nowhere in the scriptures is there a being described as a soul living within a physical body! If you believe you are born with an immortal soul as a member of the kingdom of man, you equate yourself with God and the angels, since this is now the only characteristic which differentiates you from members of the Kingdom of God. Satan thus preys on man's desire to be like unto God:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (Genesis 3:5)

Nonetheless, the most common "Christian" theology being preached today is that man is born as an immortal soul living within a physical body. In other words, all mankind is born with immortality. Is this theology supported anywhere in the scriptures? Absolutely:

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die. (Genesis 3:4)

It is generally accepted that the serpent, or Satan, lied when he told Eve that she would live forever, "Ye shall not surely die." Today, that lie of immortality is an accepted cornerstone of many "Christian" denominations! Satan thus points believers in the wrong direction from the start!

So how do we obtain this one missing link of eternal life between us and the angels? By accepting Jesus as your Savior you become an heir to everlasting life:

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (I John 2:25)

Upon the Second Coming of Jesus to the earth you will be born again as a spiritual body into the Kingdom of God. Then, and only then will you become a born again Christian equal unto the angels. Speaking of those who shall inherit the Kingdom of God, Jesus states:

Neither can they die any more, for they are equal unto the angels... (Luke 20:36)

This can happen to you! You can become equal unto the angels and live forever!