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October 23rd, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Meaning of Life, Mitch Kuhn, Topical Studies2 Comments | Author:

Why? It is such a small word that asks a very deep question. As we go through our lives, we experience so many different things, such as pain, pleasure, happiness, sadness, joy, sorrow and so on.
At some point everyone needs to ask the question, why? Why is this happening to me? Why am I here? What is the point of all of this?

Theologians, philosophers, and common people have all asked these questions for centuries. Understanding the reason for doing something is such a key part of motivation. Parents often tell their children to do this or that because “I said so”.
The child has no understanding, they just obey because they are told and under authority. At some point, the child wants to know why. It is vitally important that children learn “why” so they can mature and become wise.

The same is true for us as a follower of Christ. We do things because God says so for a season, but at some point we need to understand why. This gives us a better understanding of His character and a deeper appreciation for his master plan for all of creation. God tells us in the scriptures his reasons for everything he does. We may not know the specific reason for a given event, but we can know the intent of his grand plan and the end goal.

Before we can understand the meaning of life, we first must be given faith in the one true God and his son Jesus Christ.

(Heb 11:6 NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.


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Introduction
Why? It is such a small word that asks a very deep question. As we go through our lives, we experience so many different things, such as pain, pleasure, happiness, sadness, joy, sorrow and so on.
At some point everyone needs to ask the question, why? Why is this happening to me? Why am I here? What is the point of all of this?

Theologians, philosophers, and common people have all asked these questions for centuries. Understanding the reason for doing something is such a key part of motivation. Parents often tell their children to do this or that because “I said so”.
The child has no understanding, they just obey because they are told and under authority. At some point, the child wants to know why. It is vitally important that children learn “why” so they can mature and become wise.

The same is true for us as a follower of Christ. We do things because God says so for a season, but at some point we need to understand why. This gives us a better understanding of His character and a deeper appreciation for his master plan for all of creation. God tells us in the scriptures his reasons for everything he does. We may not know the specific reason for a given event, but we can know the intent of his grand plan and the end goal.

Before we can understand the meaning of life, we first must be given faith in the one true God and his son Jesus Christ.

(Heb 11:6 NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

This study will explain more:

http://tryingthespirits.com/2012-05/2nd-milk-doctrine-faith-toward-god/

We have to believe that the scriptures are the word of God and reliable to reveal the truth of God.

In this study I’m going to be teaching with the assumption that God’s word
is truth and that you as the reader have complete faith in the scriptures. If
you are still struggling with this, then I recommend you review the studies
found below. The Churches of this world do not have the truth of God, but
they do a good job of explaining the reliability of the scriptures.

http://tryingthespirits.com/2012-06/is-the-bible-reliable/

Once you believe that the Word of God is truth, then we must rely on the
scriptures to give us answers and not get caught up in our own
understanding.

(Pro 3:5 NKJV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
(Pro 3:6 NKJV) In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

The ways of God are higher than our natural minds can understand, so at first God’s explanation about the meaning of life seems foolish to us.

Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my
ways, saith the LORD.
Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways
higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

(1Co 2:14 NKJV) But the natural man does not receive the things of the
Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.

At our appointed time God will give us the mind of Christ and cause us to
understand his ways.

1Co 2:16 For “WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?” But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:9 is often quoted to perpetuate the idea that God’s ways are unknowable, but verse 10 makes the truth of the matter known.

1Co 2:9 But as it is written: “EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR
HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS
PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”
1Co 2:10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit
searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

In this study I’m going to explain with boldness and authority the purposes of God as He has revealed in the scriptures. This is the example that Christ gave us to follow.

Mat 7:28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the
people were astonished at His teaching,
Mat 7:29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the
scribes.

(1Jn 4:17 NKJV) Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

Christ works through his Body, the true Church, and sends his followers to preach the truth to make his ways known.

(Rom 10:14 NKJV) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
(Rom 10:15 NKJV) And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, WHO BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!”

This passage in Romans comes from Isaiah 52:7

(Isa 52:7 NKJV) How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Just as Paul demonstrated, the truth is revealed through preaching the Spirit
behind the letters of the scripture, not through human wisdom of persuasive
words.

1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words
of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,

As we go through the scriptures line by line, and precept upon precept, God’s spirit will make the truth known to you, if it is your appointed time. If you have yet to study the milk doctrines, then I suggest you do so, because you will not fully understand the meaning of life until you understand the milk of the word and are weaned from it.
http://tryingthespirits.com/milk-doctrines/

(Isa 28:9 NKJV) “Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he
make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk?
Those just drawn from the breasts?
(Isa 28:10 NKJV) For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.”

Preachers and teachers of the truth can show you what the scriptures say, but you also have to study it for yourself. Look up the verses in this study and ask questions. The diligent will be rewarded with understanding.

Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

(1Jn 4:1 NKJV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

(Jer 29:13 NKJV) And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

The Mystery Revealed
God’s purposes have been hidden in a mystery since the times of the ages. The ages are the times during which God is doing his work and accomplishing his plan. This study explains in greater detail:
http://tryingthespirits.com/2012-09/ages-eons/

(Rom 16:25 NKJV) Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began (times of the ages)

This mystery, the meaning of life, is being revealed now by the scriptures. The truth is being revealed so that we would be obedient to the faith, the faith of Jesus Christ.

(Rom 16:26 NKJV) but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith—

Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but
by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that
we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the
law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Ok, so there is a mystery of God’s purpose that is being revealed, so we can be obedient, but why? What’s the point?

The point of all creation and everything that happens is explained in Colossians 1:27….to make known the riches of God’s glory.

(Col 1:26 NKJV) the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
(Col 1:27 NKJV) To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

This same purpose is stated many times in many different ways throughout the scripture.

(Exo 9:16 NKJV) But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.

(Psa 86:9 NKJV) All nations whom You have made Shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And shall glorify Your name.

(Zep 2:11 NKJV) The LORD will be awesome to them, For He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth; People shall worship Him, Each one from his place, Indeed all the shores of the nations.

So God is working through Christ and Christ’s Body to make the riches of his
glory known to all of creation. When the value and greatness of his power
and glory are known, all people will worship and rejoice.

This was the purpose for Paul’s labor, to present everyone perfect in Christ by teaching the truth and making all to know the mystery and be obedient to the truth.

(Col 1:28 NKJV) Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
(Col 1:29 NKJV) To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

I’ve now shown you God’s purpose in the scriptures, but it’s probably still pretty abstract not striking an emotional cord. It’s one thing to hear the answer and it’s another to deeply understand and appreciate what God is doing. So now I’ll show you the scriptures that explain the tremendous benefit of what God is doing for us.

Why is it Good to Worship and Praise?
I’ve often heard people say, “So what are we going to do for all of eternity? Sit on puffy clouds playing harps and singing to God?…that sounds boring”. Worship and praise are terribly misunderstood.
Here is a quote from C.S. Lewis that explains praise so well.
“But the most obvious fact about praise — whether of God or anything — strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honor. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise. … The world rings with praise — lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game. … I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.”

― C.S. Lewis
Praise is a natural result of enjoying anything in life. When we truly experience God and the benefits of obeying his commands, we will uncontrollably respond with praise and worship. So by God showing us the riches of his glory, he is actually giving us a tremendous gift, the most enjoyable and satisfying gift in existence.

(Psa 37:4 NKJV) Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

If we are delighted in the Lord, then the desires of our heart align with his will.

(Psa 42:1 NKJV) To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the Sons of Korah. As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
(Psa 42:2 NKJV) My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Psa 63:1 A Psalm of David When He Was in the Wilderness of
Judah. O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for
You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no
water.

(Psa 16:11 NKJV) You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

(Psa 34:8 NKJV) Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

(Psa 36:7 NKJV) How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
(Psa 36:8 NKJV) They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.

(Psa 43:4 NKJV) Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding
joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God.

(Psa 119:103 NKJV) How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!

(Job 22:25 NKJV) Yes, the Almighty will be your gold And your precious silver;
(Job 22:26 NKJV) For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, And lift up your face to God.

(Mat 13:44 NKJV) “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

When God sends his Spirit to us, we will understand the truth, and when that truth works in our life, we will manifest all the fruit of the spirit…one of which is joy.

(Joh 16:13 NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

(Gal 5:22 NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
(Gal 5:23 NKJV) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

The most generous and loving thing God can do for us is to cause us to understand the greatness of his glory, which will result in our enjoyment and cause uncontrollable gratitude and praise.

God is love, and therefore does not seek to serve himself, but rather the good of others. When God commands worship of himself he is seeking our good, because he is the greatest treasure that exists.

(1Co 13:5 NKJV) does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

(1Co 10:24 NKJV) Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.

(Php 2:4 NKJV) Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but
also for the interests of others.

Therefore the most loving thing we can do is share the truth with others. Obedience to God’s ways is not a burden; it is the greatest treasure that exists.

(1Jn 5:3 NKJV) For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

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  • Gabriel Ljungstrand

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  • MitchellKuhn

    That’s great to hear. Thank you very much for helping to spread the truth.