Have you noticed how scheming the devil is? I think we really underestimate him for sure, thinking that he is a defeated guy somewhere who cannot touch us as long as we have prayed, been faithful to God and kept all His instructions in our hearts— (this is true but it’s also not entirely the full truth) So two things I want to address before I begin this post.
—God is good
—The devil is evil.
One extra thing for those who never got to read the post I wrote about ” in the beginning; the heavenly realms”. The devil was an angel and a wise one. Some us unfortunately take him for a fool.
Ezekiel: 28 12-17
“Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
“‘You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.
You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.
You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.
Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.
Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.
Full of wisdom and beauty, these were the gifts of God given to him which he has now corrupted by using them to cause destruction to the world.
I’m going to enter into some details and also try to bring into light and connect things that are hard to see through the human eye by the help and leading of the Holy Spirit and I hope that you stay with me.
When God placed man on the garden of Eden, he gave him all dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26)
But the devil being crafty through the woman deceived man and robbed him of this authority that God had placed with him. Man lost all dominion and power and having handed it to the devil, he became the prince of the world.
Hope we are still flowing and following 🙂
For a long time, the devil was the prince of this world, he had authority and dominion over man and since man was cut off from God, he always stood condemned.
(I am going to take a minute and pause here, just to smile and be thankful for this name)
Took that power from him on the cross, that we who now enjoy a new covenant may be restored back to God.
But there those who still loved the dark, even after light had come into the world, (including the old me)
What are the reasons why most people do not read the Bible? One reason is because some have assumed salvation was that Jesus died for our sins and as long as we confess our sins everyday we are okay and I agree as well that God is merciful and slow to anger.
But think about it, if salvation was this simple why would Jesus say,
A sword, interesting right? Why would we need a sword if already the debt has already been paid up fully and account has been settled? If it was as simple as confession of sin, why would Jesus not have been so much concerned with peace but with a war?
Because He knew the prince of this world. He understood this guy was wise and crafty. That even if He had already defeated him, there would be instances where he would try to deceive us to make us discredit our faith. The devil quoted scripture when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. So how can a fool be so wise that in fact Jesus himself recognized the power and hold he had over this world saying it to his disciples,
John 14:30 “I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me”
Therefore, this brings me back to my point of the sword, Jesus left us so many weapons because He knew the devil’s schemes and he knew if we do not stand at the gates ready like the bridesmaids, he might overcome us.
And that is what he has been trying to achieve even for these past few months with this virus that has killed thousands. Some blame God, but remember God has nothing to do with evil! I hope we are still following.
John 10:10-14 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me–“
Recognize the difference in these two parallels? One is here to destroy, to bring fear, to keep people in pain and in the dark! And the other is here to save, to bring light into the world and to protect.
When Jesus talked with Nicodemus, He explained to him his purpose on earth. That he had not come to condmem the world, but to save it, just like the people in the desert during the times of Moses were dying of snake bites and Moses lifted up a bronze serpent by God’s instructions that whoever looked at it and believed would be healed. So therefore, the son of man would be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him shall not stand condmned.
That’s is why the sword—He is the sword, what he taught and asked us to observe in order to keep us free from catching offence in this world. He knew offences will come, trials will come, but in my understanding when he said, “woe to those who they come” (Luke 17:1) he meant, to those whom offences come and they catch it, get consumed by it, carry it in their hearts—this would result to a stumbling block in their faith.
That is why, salvation is not a matter of confession and all is well. It is an active participation of the things Jesus taught. When we read the espistels of Paul, we wonder why this guy suffered so much because of the gospel— if he was just supposed to confess his sins and live his life peacefully then why would he have to suffer for the gospel? Because salvation has a cost and that cost not many are willing to pay.
Jesus taught, telling his discpilnes
Now being enlightened in these matters, may we strive to seek knowledge and understanding from God, seeing to it that we do not fall short of His promise. May we work out our own salvation in fear and trembling, in reverence of God and in deep humility and respect for the sake of the faith we we profess and of the light we bring to the world, being Jesus Christ.
May God keep you and guard all your hearts in Christ Jesus.
In JESUS Name!