Plan of Satan versus plan of God!
Man: “It makes no sense for someone to tell me two thousand years ago somebody died for my sins. I don’t understand what is the problem if I want to live my life exactly how I like? What’s with our private sexual life there are too many limits. Honesty preaching of the cross is foolishness. I don’t understand what is my link with Adam and Eve and their sin with the tree of knowledge of good and evil? I think it would have been simpler to not put the tree in question in their path. It would have avoided the apple of discord.
Woman: “Is that so you know something I cannot understand this either. If indeed Lucifer was so smart like the bible said how has he not realised that he has no chance with God. He was created by The Lord did he not know that the almighty knows everything even thoughts?”
Man: “I don’t know if Lucifer wanted more he was given one of the highest offices in heaven. Bible said that he was full of wisdom perfected in beauty he was like a musical director he gave the tone.”
Woman: “Yes. Mother read to me from the Bible within time he was proud aware of self-worth and would have loved to become God. What can I say he exceeded his duties from the job description.”
Man: “Yes he had ideas above his station simple strategy to be over God Really when did his horns and tail grow up? I think if icons from our churches showed him like a star an angel of light we would have had problems with you girls.”
Woman: “I heard that the devil is still pulling strings on Earth since his fall from grace he has been influencing and peddling among mankind as he schemed amongst the angels.”
Man: “Yes I wonder how life would have evolved without the temptation of Adam and Eve.”
Woman: “Good question.”
Questions and attitudes like these are pondered over by mankind. All of us could add an entire list of questions which reveals dark struggles of our souls which want to explore in-depth about the world in which we live. We were in the number which had understood why they would be involved personally in this conflict that had been growing long time ago before we were born.
Often I asked myself if Lucifer didn’t weigh his chances well he had only courage to confront God directly then why did God give him attention or not destroy him? In the end, he is his creation. A cherub endowed with brilliance high rank and placed on the top of God’s service which he was not grateful and rebelled. God would have had enough reasons to exclude him from His calculation and this would have been right. It’s interesting how the Bible describes him:” You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: The Sardis, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your tumbrel and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. ” Ezekiel 28:12 -14
God gave him big honour he was appreciated in heaven because of his high social position and of his artistic talents, It was expected for him to be grateful to God. Maybe it would have been better for him if he hadn’t exceeded his rights and would have remained in service obligations not to trigger a popular uprising and rebellion which included a third of all the angels.
The Bible said a few things about the time when things changed:” You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.” Ezekiel 28:15
What else could he have wanted?
The plan of Satan
- 1. Objective
Did he have a darker agenda?
Jesus enemy number one And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give you, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whoever I wish. Therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be yours.” Luke 4:6-7
He lacked one thing worship adoration and veneration he wanted to be idolised. In the centre of his plan was the desire to be God. The Bible says a few things about this:” Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for your splendour; Ezekiel 28: 17
“For you have said in we have heard: ‘ I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. ‘Isaiah 14:13-14
The Bible shows the situation, even if it’s only sketched, we can see that things slipped exactly in this direction. He became “the god of our age”, “Prince of this world”! He corrupted a third of the angels to kneel, at earth’s level he is successful. The Bible said that he will kneel the majority of people. From several millennia onwards Lucifer slithered and fired his wicked darts at humankind, men, women, children, and youngsters, elderly. There is no escape for anyone! He has more than a “comfortable majority”. Having created a kingdom, a world in his image, according to his likeness, glorified and worshipped! You can ask yourself what mattered most? The boldness of Lucifer like Prometheus, the hero of Greek mythology which stole fire from the sky. God’s weakness if he had any? Or, was it something else? But one thing is sure: the word “gratitude” was not in Lucifer’s vocabulary. I can’t imagine what I would have done if I was God, would I have had a confrontation with someone who I created? I think I would have solved the problem through a finger moving. Would it have been hard for our mighty God? I think, not! However time proved that it was more than a simple rebellion with cosmic consequences. Now, I can say, it’s good that I am not God! And my conception go with deep thoughts to the beginning of creation, when man was made in “God’s image”, according to “His likeness”. He made humankind with a body, soul and spirit. Without going into too much detail, I remember only about the soul. In the Bible’s acceptation this means everything that belongs to intellect, affection, and respectively will. He did not want robots but humans which He could have a relation with by principle, to relate with them, to be the body and soul of Him. I have to say that He assumed a big risk. Looking at us now, I think it would have been better for him to think twice before starting to make man. In fact, it was this situation He regretted the most. The Bible say “you will be like God knowing good and evil” Genesis 3:5 inoculated twisted to man by Lucifer, and since then the desire to know “good and evil” has been distributed to the entire human population, entire in endeavour. “To taste or eat evil” had been marked for the whole of human evolution.
It is not easy to take the taste of disappointment, even in the case of God, but he can never be caught by surprise. Because we know that He does not make things without reasons, never did he entangle Himself with useless ideas, and then it is natural to wonder why He made us in His image, if He knew what will expose to Himself. And if He did then He knew something more. When someone starts the first time to read the Bible, he can often meet the words: buy, plan, and price, value, and law, right, unlawful, punishment, sin, redeemed, rehabilitate, restore and other scripture. A truly market economy. An economy with shades of heaven and earth. A whole policy, a whole plan, an entire strategy and tactic that includes heaven and earth.
The plan of God
- 1. Objective
Bible revealed to us that God did indeed have a plan:” having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him. Ephesians 1: 9-10
The desire He might gather together in one all things, both which are in heaven and which are on earth”, reveals to us that it is an intermediary phase, which is characterised through the missing of unity in heaven, and on earth. A period of time that all things are separated. A fissure on the celestial coordinates, at which any given moment this, will be extended to include the earth. It is wonderful that the Lord having made known to us the mystery of His will, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; All these things are intended “that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord”, Ephesians 3: 9-11
Bible gives to us some clues:
This fissure had a cause: the desire of Satan to be God, will exalt my throne above the stars of God; it was a manifestation, pride, his heart was lifted up because of his beauty and his splendour. And it appeared in a moment given: in the day that iniquity was found in him. A “blow of state” with celestial shades, an attempt straight to the authority of God, of His competencies, and, in the same time, instigating a revolt. Accusations cast in a poisonous way. Logic helps us to accept the existence of mood which hides the germs of discontent, evil who has doubted God. Someone wanted something else. It was open the perspective of a new “election platform”. A platform with the brand “Lucifer” or with other words, a “new universal order” which counterbalance the existing status quo. It had arisen the perspective of a new “party”. A competitor, or opponent, a rival for “the function of God”. A fresh King of kings of the universe, an alternative Owner of heaven and the earth. Stakes were high!
The tactics and strategy of Satan’s plan
He was brilliant, in human terms; he knew what he wants, he needed only to wins the trust of an “audience” namely of angels. For this he needed “elections promises” with intention to change the existing status quo and of course to put in discussion God, His laws, and righteousness, His love for his own creation, and everything that was in relation to Him and His way to lead managing all things. We cannot know exactly what kind of campaign he had, what kind of arguments he used, but one thing is sure, he had not praised God! On the other hand we can say that he had doubted God, the order imposed by Him, His intransigent laws, value system of what is good, right, truth, justice, love etc. In few words, God’s character, God in His essence was attacked and doubted. Because he managed to convince a third of angels, we could say that he proved his abilities to be a leader in heaven. Satan Means “Adversary” in Hebrew, and Greek for devil means “Slanderer“. The seed of “Doubt “you shall not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the warning “you shall surely die” it was a supreme opportunity for him on earth. He had opened the door for his creed and thoughts. If he had put his thoughts on banners in our days, it would look like: “Be like God!” “Abide by the law!” The power in your hands!” “Unlimited knowledge and information!” Who owns information, owns power!”, “Be free!” “Carpe diem!” Live your hour!” In time, this turned out to be his electoral promises for mankind. He had created an election campaign in which involved all his potential, with all his weapons, the brand “Lucifer“. First of all, he tried to introduce God to mankind through his eyes. He had sketched God as a holder which had imposed order, regime totalitarian, an intransigent God who punished harshly the slightest violation of the law, an authoritarian God for whom love is just a word. God is love, but what kind of love is this when you’re trembling with fear that at the slightest deviation from His intransigent laws you could have been “beheaded”, without no right of reply! This God could not be followed or loved but only to be on your knees with “fear and inhibitory”. Lucifer had another great aim based on the next reasoning: if God would have suppressed a rebel action since in an incipient stage or behead a rebel, it confirmed exactly the accusation of Lucifer: God is without mercy! He is an authoritarian God. In another hand, if God tolerated unlawfulness, closing an eye in the name of goodness of love this would have meant recognising automatically possibilities of relativity of system of values and in this way, it would have created a precedent. It would have created a fissure in God’s system of values and in God’s strategy of government universally imposed by Him. All these would have meant the abdication from the absolute truth of His Word, from everything that means absolute values of good, righteousness, truth, and finally from harmony. With other words, relaxation of universal laws, to question the efficiency and competence of God’s leadership and, of course, of the universal harmony established by The creator This was the punt of Lucifer: defeat God at His home, with His own weapons! After all this evil logic, God was in a situation quite interesting. He would have to accept one of these variants. In human terms, this means chess! Especially in the context that the earth became a chessboard because man was made in the image of God according to His likeness. It isn’t any wonder why he hates us! “Lucifer was just created”. His favourite work methods started from the seed of doubt regarding God saying what is good, right, and law etc., continuing with distortion, lies of His truth, until he bends the truth. He “invented” what we call backbiting, slander, and still enforces it today.
Over time, he has proved an expert in all sorts of subversive techniques to promote his brand to try to change the laws of God. In fact, he has raised doubt to the rank of “science and evolution prove everything”! Another interesting thing. Even if it takes into account all men without distinction, however, he turned his interest to people with potential physical, intellectual, aesthetic, sexual, charismatic and strong character. All humans are exposed, but primarily, those who form the strongest part of humanity. They are more tempted to respond to Satan’s offer. He has promised them that he will put the world at their feet, and it will shine.
He had one primary condition: you obey him, to accept his influence over your intellect, affection, and of your will, over time. Ultimately, to recognise him as master. You will receive from him money, fame, freedom, etc.
The tactic and strategy of God
Lucifer turned his attention to the world, corrupting mankind to choose foolish things to shame the wise, and to corrupt everything about God. “And the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 1 Corinthians 1-29
“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”1 Corinthians 1:21
To preach of Christ crucified is to the Jews a “stumbling block” and to the Greeks (gentiles), foolishness. But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
In the context of this period of time, heaven and earth has separated. Now is the time when Lucifer has shown his hand, his own system of values, truth and righteousness, freedom and love. In this period all the heavens and earth can see the difference between Lucifer’s good, the truth, and God’s values. Knowledge of good increased parallel with the knowledge of evil as how “the wheat grow up together with the tares.” evil is not far from good. It is often difficult to discern between them. Sometimes it takes time for evil to grow up to see it better. Too often we see evil when it’s too late, and it diseases our minds. In all this time, He has exposed knowledge and judgment by his own creation. And in parallel with this, mankind to know and bow down to evil. “Earth is Satan’s world”! His offer is at the top-level, with temptation to shine like a star, to be a name, power, and to have glory. Within other words: “to be god for a day”! Remember Satan attempted to tempt “Jesus, the Son of God”! Why did he orientate his gaze to this thinking? So not to forget that man was made in the “image of God”. This means first of all his character traits, but not only this. To be God means power, to invest with authority, to be master. It has relation to what is written in Genesis: “fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28 what kind of likeness is that without power? How can you rule over all the earth, over one animal bigger than you? Why can a man tame an animal but an animal cannot tame man?
People choose not be led by the lord. Including the nation chosen by God, Hebrews, had a moment in their history when they asked to be ruled by man not by God “make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
“And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘ Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.”1 Samuel 8:5, 7
In this way from the direct leadership of God theocracy, people have been experimenting with the leadership of man. They started with a leader, one man – monarchy, after a leader of a few people – oligarchy, and then by many people – democracy.
However God reserved the right of rulers by Himself, giving them possibilities “to do what is right in the sight of the Lord or to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord” 2 Kings
Mankind knew all forms of domination, oppression and exploitation. It experimented with all semblance of economic and financial administration and all expressions of relationships without the almighty. In all these forms, God is more or less redundant, put on a bench and asked only if individuals are in trouble or excluded totally. But till then, here on earth, Satan is home! The earth is his domain! Dishonesty will be broken from within, history has proven this over time, and will destroy the government of Satan. Nothing gets overlooked by a moral universe. Do you want to know how he runs the world? Do you want to know what the opponent of God has said and also has to say today? Look to the word. Satan is our “god”. He rules over us. Now, after that our eyes have been opened, we are able to see our world in which we live, a world which has known good and evil. I said that our eyes has been opened because Lucifer said initially: “the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5
Can we see Gods? Yes! People with weight and destiny on this planet which, pull strings like politics, economic, social, and religion. Who control our banks, they need only one thing, obedience! Holding all the information and filtering it according to their own interests. They are smart, having charisma and money, knowing how to impose terms to win trust. Twisting threads of life with their little finger, deciding destiny, having the last word in our lives. Making the laws according to their own selfish interests. For these Gods, our lives have values of a spare wheel to their luxury cars. People who want to live as Lucifer in this time collecting riches: “the Sardis, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. “Like they will live forever”! Gods with names of glory living on high and spheres, and at their door you have to wait with hat in hand. Between them and us there is a distance like from heaven to earth. Our planet is “the third world” ravaged by wars, human degradation, nature, climate, and the list goes on. Other offers on top is “pleasure”. Puzzle of humanity, the piece called” sexual life” occupies a place of priority and is dominant in our lives. Because from at least two reasons. The first is that God said:” be fruitful and multiply;” Genesis 1: 28 and the second is pleasure for which is so desired. He gave a fundamental place to pleasure in the frame of sexual life, and made attraction between man and woman in natural terms of moral human equation. If sex would have been like going to the dentist, maybe we would think twice before pleasure in bed. More than that, the lord did not limit love at a period of rut, like in the case of animals. But God packed sexual activity in a festive garb of love within marriage and gave rails of morality to sex.
The first sign that sex is “framed” in morality is the hymen of woman and respectively foreskin of men, the hymen is an organic part which breaks at first sexual contact. God spoke about virginity as a big virtue. If it wouldn’t have been like that He wouldn’t also have initiated a covenant with man chosen in this way, through cutting away the foreskin with boys. New Testament, Marks better relations between sexual life and the heart, between this and the covenant fidelity, morality. We also mark that this relation is for a life not for a season. Interesting is a female monkey God didn’t ask too much morality, reason for that He didn’t endow all species with a hymen. I say this because most people think that monkeys are our human ancestors. Satan managed to promote this as truth in our “closed eyes” as well. In our days a virgin girl is a reason for discussions with ironic substrate. The abstinence, of self-control are abandoned in the benefice of multiple sexual experiences. Even if this means sometimes big risks and moral devalue. A woman who sleeps with many men is seen more as “number “not as a name. This is key for Satan, mankind is only a number for
Him. This idea reminds us that we have the value of a detainee. Exactly as is it in “human prisons”. Detainees have a number, but no name. Satan give us a number, only God gave us a name and will grant us a new name. This is some of his beautiful promises, to keep clean pleasure and to protect it from unwanted immoral effects and consequences, God marked the framework in which it unfolds – “family”. Even if the command “multiply” was the main requirement of marriage, however God didn’t say: “Have sex, doesn’t matter in what way!” He saw family and sex meld together as one because it offers the condition that love grows up in a bond protected morally safe. For this the covenant of marriage has right and responsibility to each other and responsibility together for children. If God wanted a pattern of relationship specifically for animals, with migration from one to another, He wouldn’t have endowed man with the ability to create strong bonds given by sentiments, with the capacity to love one person for all your life. The greatest suffering are the sufferings of soul by infidelity, Mankind lowered the standards of morality to levels at which animals never lowered themselves. I have not heard that a horse initiated sex with a woman, but a woman has had sex with a horse or dog. Or monkeys initiated sex with a man, but man has had sex with monkey or other animals. But the loveliest parallel between man and animals is when we look to some species with admiration at their fidelity till death and at the tenderness, fondness of their manifestation during their whole relationship. For instance, two swans, or Gibbons. But, exactly this admiration, speaks to us, in fact, about the longings, or yearn of our souls. This has been coded into our genes by God, but life has corrupted pushed this longing far away, in an obscure corner of our being. Satan managed to pervert everything that is in the composition of human sexual life, In the name of freedom and diversification he targeted all the sexual aspects. He devalued the institution of marriage, starting from the “devaluation of virginity”. A virgin girl and virgin boy in our days are out of fashion, not in step with modern times .God speaks about abstinence through which He wants to protect bodies and a soul unripe, but Satan offers the perspective of sexual experience indifferent by consequences. And he continues at all levels of sexual life and in all variants: sex outside of marriage, “masturbation”, sex with more partners, sex with animals, perverse positions and “sex toys”, violence in marriage and during sexual acts, sex by force, and this list continues respectively: sexual relation “man-man”, woman – woman, man – minors, parents own child, minor boy-minor and sex with dead bodies. He lowered till to the level of creating life, sperm and spermatozoon, controlling and directing the fecundation through diverse methods and loads of another things that now exist or will appear in the future.
But top of Satan’s actions is an important object: – “modification of God’s laws” in all areas of sexual life and establishment of his own laws. Through these He will legislate his own system of value in all fields of human life. He knows that law gives power and rights to defend you. This means, in the end, to be god! To make the law! We need to remember one thing. All these things that are condemned by God, that target humans are because man is “the crown of God’s creation”, mankind made in His image. Made a little lower than angels, for a time, and which is endowed, gifted in perfect harmony physically and mentally, beautiful and admired even by angels. I said a little time, because there will be a time to come when people will judge not only the world but angels. ” Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? Do you not know that we shall judge angels?” 1Corinthians 6:2-3
With mankind God wanted to have a bond like the relation between bride and groom, or a Father and a Shepherd. What a difference between the “plan of God” and our reality! We also can see the consequences of receiving Satan’s offers of good and happiness at individual levels. Look at people who has received his offers, to those who are influenced by his spirit. The Bible speaks about them “being filled with all unrighteousness, “sexual immorality”, “wickedness”, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, “hater of God”, violent, proud, boasters, “inventors of evil things”, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;” Romans 1:29-31
With other words, mankind “separated without God”!
We have to say that who accepts his offer, indirectly rejects God’s offer. Middle line neutrality does not exist. There are only two “parties”! One could have as election sign – “the sheep”, and the other – “the goat”. Although related, there is a big difference between them given by obedience, respectively by the “horns”!
But after all this, maybe you can ask yourself like I ask myself sometimes: what link do I have with this puzzle? My life is ok, or is it really?! Maybe you can say: No, I am different, I am strong on this topic. Surely you don’t know the abilities of Satan. Or, maybe you can say that Satan does not exist and all these things are stories for children. You just did him a favour with your attitude, Satan wants this. He is characterised by the verb “hide”. He hides his identity and this was one of the first things that he taught the first man fallen. He disguised himself as the “angel of light” to deceive and to confuse.
The knowledge of good and evil began primarily through hiding by deception from Adam and Eve, it started with fear. Fear is the syndrome of insecurity of the fact that you don’t know. This is at the other end of knowledge. But also at the end of faith. He taught us too, and generations after them. Think about this: how many people wear a mask, that camouflage their way of life, In time for getting even how they are in reality, playing false roles in everyday society. Or, maybe you can say: Satan is not so black how people make him out to be. I think it would be advisable for you not to know him. But I recommend you love God who created everything. To come out of God’s protective hand means to be in Satan’s hand. The third possibility doesn’t exist. He also said that “Therefore, as through one man’s offence judgement came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous,” Romans 5:18-19
Many will be made righteous including me and you, no matter how sinful we are, or if we seriously breached one or all of his commandments. I think we can say that God didn’t want Satan’s provocation but He accepted it, and we can affirm, without reserves, that He “anticipated it”. What was supposed to be the knowledge of good and evil was converted into the knowledge of good and evil. What was supposed to be a “life in a garden”, ended up being a life on a “cursed earth”
Knowledge – “the apple of discord”!
Yes, knowledge is a good thing and desirable. A world of ignorance is ugly and unhappy. But the problem begins with the question: Who owns the information? Because who has knowledge has the power! If this power is in the hands of evil, in egocentric characteristics means destruction, chaos, disharmony, etc. This means the reign of man with strong potential but with their own interests, this then leads to self-rule, a world with principles different from God’s concepts. Brief analysis of evolution leads us to these questions: information in whose hands is it wielded?
How is this immeasurable power derived from knowledge that is used?
These questions generate more questions, but they also have answers inside them. Why wars and so many environmental disasters? Why so much pain? And diseases, troubles, tragedies, and poverty? Who is guilty? Deceiver of God Satan, wants to accuse the Lord of all these things, for the derailment of situation. Attacking his good character, altruistic which manage his life and rule and people in according with the God’s principles, this power receives the connotations of good and truth for mankind. The desire of God was man to know only “the good”, and for him to be the single source of information. He knew what means “the devil” and wanted to protect us from it. His warning was firm: “you shall not eat…you shall surely die”. But the biblical picture of Even the garden had a seed of truth very important to its background. It is this: love gives us the possibility to be chosen, not to impose itself! This involves at least the existence of two alternatives. In the same time, love does not push you up to evil, but protects you, warning you. It does not force you but let’s you choose your liberty of moving between two decisions, the liberty to choose do what you want. Therefore through His command, God wanted to protect us from evil, not to limit our knowledge. In the same way He does today. Commandments with restrictions are for our own good, for mankind’s protection, first of all. Principal of love determined God to let the possibility of an election, so not to obstruct this possibility. More, to create conditions required by choosing: firstly, “freedom of choice”, this is the reason why God wants to be known. The bible say: “And this eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17: 3
Ignoring God’s warning, choices have declined in direction. A direction in which possibility of knowledge by obedience to God is corrupted with the dark knowledge of experimenting by other sources. Knowledge through obedience or experimentation. Obedience means to learn from others, or from God, from his experiences, through listening and being submissive. Experimentation means to learn from your own experience even if it’s right or wrong! There are only two supply sources of instruction, source through God or by other inspiration, mandate through God is a source filtered, a
Source “tried” and” proven” offered to man for only what is good, necessary and sufficient to make us happy. Psalm say: “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of God is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. “Psalm 18:30
Therefore, in whole this puzzle of knowledge and obedience was and is a determinant. Compliance by God or authority by the outcast. The outcast is Satan. Obedience shows what kind of values you recognise yourself. With words from Genesis:” God indeed said “You will not surely die” he started a long process of knowledge to carry on in our troubled days. The doubt question and curiosity sit at the base of this world. They also are the threshold of science from all time. But, in this period has functioned the principle of choosing. One of these is to choose God, His Word and His system of values, and “The Holy Spirit” as the source of enlightenment and inspiration or choose Satan, with his deceit and twisted system of values. The third source doesn’t exist.
God made the affirmation that He speaks the “truth” about what is good for his creation, respectively, for man. He calls Satan “the father of lies”. “He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it “John 8:44
God speak about His Word that it is the truth and life for the soul of mankind and he expects to be elected and re-elected.
The power of information goes down to the roots of speech. Every word can have a loading specifically of power. More than that, we can communicate nonverbal, through the mimic of our face, look, behaviour etc. But, the Bible emphases the fact that where power is, the same time it is also a big responsibility and has values fundamentally.” But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12: 36-37
Therefore, in the eyes of God capacity and ability to use words has a fundamental value. From this perspective in the Bible wisdom is in the top of communication. Bible also speaks about God’s wisdom and another wisdom, “the wisdom of this world” God said: “For it is written: ‘ I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know
God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” 1 Corinthians 1:19-21
But God, goes beyond our wisdom and logic. Even if he does not give us too much explanations, he urges us to rise up our gaze to the levels where the word is the “essence of His power” and of His wisdom. God said “And it was so!” This is where the word determine existence of a form, or more than this at the level where the word itself take a form, respectively a human form, it personifies Himself in this shape. For us, it is important the indwelling of the Word in a human form. It passes over our limits of power and understanding. It satisfies more our curiosity. God speaks about the motivation of personification of the Word, the reasons for coming into our world, long after they knew how to communicate with them. Coordinates of thinking human unfold between cause and effect. And our actions have logical motivation. The Bible said “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” 1 John 5: 19
And they need a Saviour they “sat in darkness” Matthew 4:16 “and they need a Light”. And from here to need the world to be removed from this state, to be saved.
It is interesting Gods point of view. Into this world spread illness, unrighteousness, troubles, torments and pains etc. People found pleasures in things that cannot make them happy. It was expected God to send a solution, or a genie in economy, or a super consultant in human relations. But He chose to have a strange solution. Sending something that nobody expected, including neither the opponent of God. Because however if they would have acted supernatural, they would have gone to the effect of problem. But God wanted to solve the cause of the problem. What is the cause of problem? God knew: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” Ephesians 6: 12
We are in a “spiritual war”, we cannot attack, and we can’t defend ourselves. Neither the strongest man, nor the cleverest cannot stay in the front of an invisible enemy. With limited powers we are victims surely. In plus mankind was put under a curse from the fall of Adam and Eve. Though, over time, God called the world over to His power and His authority, however the people either oscillated or rejected Him. At a chosen time He himself came through His Son.
Mark: 12:1-10 The parable of the wicked Vinedressers
12 Then He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. 2 Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that he might receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers. 3 And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again he sent them another servant, and at him they threw stones, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated. 5 And again he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, beating some and killing some. 6 Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 But those vinedressers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.9 “Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not even read this Scripture?
Jesus Himself made this statement that He does not speak by Himself but only from the Father. The Word of God has power in this visible and invisible world. This is the reason why Jesus, said: “Without me, you cannot do nothing!” in this way He emphasises total truth. And another very important thing: in the spiritual world the single authority recognised is the “Word of God”. God’s word and sacrifice of His Son are supreme authority! God’s world proclaimed through His Son, or through His sons redeemed from among people. This authority was and is of Jesus. He transferred it to His disciples, and in time to all people of God. The aim is to carry the Lords plan for the salvation of mankind through people redeemed. Jesus said:” Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptised will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name, they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and is they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:15-18
Jesus said that they will receive power. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth “Acts 1: 8
His saints will make bigger miracles than He made when He was on earth because He will go to the Father. But for this to be effective, every Christian would have to say that Jesus said that Satan has nothing on Him.
The fact that Jesus could have interaction with spirits would reveal some things. Without going to deep into this topic we can mention two interesting aspects for us: bad spirits can be confronted. Even more the Bible say “the spirits are subject to you” Luke 10:20
Bible also says that we can oppose him through our faith and he will flee from us. “Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. “Ephesians 6:11 13-17
Maybe you ask yourself way Satan has power over people. The answer is simple: he has so much power and we allow him to have it. Accepting the smallest offering proposed by him and assuming two things:
1. God didn’t give you enough or didn’t give you what you wanted, or in the time frame that you desired.
2. You think that offers of Satan can be better than God’s, accepting offerings indirectly to the right and authority of Satan from your soul, starting from the point and from the moment you come out of God’s will which is “good, acceptable and perfect” for us. But because the fight is not easy, few people can have and use properly this wonderful gift of power of God. Most people are defeated, fallen, prisoners of war, and accept the consequences. In the front of the God’s Word strength by God’s Spirit has no power of reaction or attitudes of disobedience. Emphasising that “The Word of God” is single authority recognised in the world of spirits because in this way we can touch the central point of the problem. This is the seed of “the apple of discord”. Power and authority in the spiritual world forever. And from here
We can start to analyse, the consequence of this fact. It is enough to read the Bible and we can see big number of demons with which Jesus was confronted during three years and half. Spirits of disease, fornication, deafness, autism, and infirmity etc. including a demon-possessed of the country of the Gadarenes episode Mark 5:1-20 reveals the reality of this truth.,
Every man is a slave to the spirit that defeated him. You have seen people say that they want to give up smoking, to not drink alcohol or take drugs, but they cannot do it. They know that it harms the body “the temple of God”, they want to come out from this situation but they are defeated even the consequences are devastating for them. This is one form of manifestation of evil spirits and sign of power of control and domination. This is the reason why the Bible use the image of a slave and liberation from slavery. It speak about salvation, redeem from the slave of sin. In spiritual terms sin means any disobedience against God, to come out from the protection of His law. Because from His point of view law protects, it gives rights first of all. Strong borders, limits are for our own good. Any disobedience is not only a rebellion against God, but is an exposure directly in the front of the enemy’s assault. God’s enemy is man’s enemy, too. Satan will never be your friend and will never give up his life for you. When he gives you something it is with a purpose in his favour. From his hand you will not release easy, even if you give to him a finger. Release from slavery assumes a price. In reality redemption is made through money. In the world of spirits unique coins are blood that means – life! Why? Everything starts from the Word of God from Genesis that says: don’t do it! You shall surely die!. And continues in time with “you are death in your sins” But as how death comes through disobedience, in the same way life had to come through obedience and sacrifice. The Bible speaks about redemption, about the price that has to be paid for the release of souls enslaved by Satan. It also talks about a plan of God for redemption, a plan in the terms of “mystery” kept hidden for ages revealed in the latter times. God paid, gave himself in the place of a sinner with “coin” of His blood, divine blood. Through this choice he surprised all the universe, including His opponent, Satan. Spirits could not have imagined that God could have died to save a creation that rejected Him.What an amazing sacrifice God made a gesture unheard of till then in the meridians of the universes and maybe will never repeat itself again! In the plan of God, this saving solution for one’s death in their sins was the ultimate substitution. God made this in the beautiful form of his Son, he manifested in human form, with all the attributes of man, experiencing pain, suffering and hunger, but was made higher. Through this divine sacrifice He solved the problem of “informational war” from earth but not only even in the reaches of heaven. Jesus raised sacrifice to the rank of divine virtue. To die for someone who does not deserve your love, this is out of normal human logic and defies the law, including laws of conservation on earth. In the same time As divine law self-sacrifice done with love. Mandate of love will be the single law of the Kingdom of God for ever. He made this in a manner worthy of being worshipped and followed, not proud but humble, exactly opposite of the style of Satan. The Bible says: “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:6-11
Closely related to self-sacrifice with love and obedience is forgiveness. It is a requirement with major implications in the act of obedience to God. Forgiveness has its roots in righteousness, forgiveness is not related to law but it is an extension of law. This justify sentiments of frustration and entitle attitudes of reply. To forgive means finally to give up, to offer your right, including attitudes in your reply. God requires it from mankind not only because he led the way first. And not because He knows that everybody sins in many ways between ourselves or against Him. He knows that in the back of every sin is hidden the hand of the evil one. And Satan did not stop only at one sin, at one mistake. Matthew 18: 21-35 The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant forgiveness is without number. The message of self-sacrifice has implication more deeply and it is confirmed by daily life. Life confirms that it is not a religious theory, it is enrolled in human potential. Even in other sense, sacrifice gives value to life when life has a purpose. Self-sacrifice has various aspects including your time, money, etc. self-sacrifice of parents for their child speaks better about this. But more than anything passion, the love for somebody or for something, it costs you. Including the ephemeral love. Life without aim without self-sacrifice means you loose time, even in a relaxing way.
Satan says: “This life is worth living!” biblical point is different. No, this life is not worth living in this way! But it is worth living in the way in which God proposed it”. Paul said:” But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him.” Philippians 3: 7-8
Satan doesn’t make sacrifices himself for someone and never for mankind for his own good. In all aspects of life he imitates God, but does not have the will and neither power. We speak about power. The power of supreme sacrifice is given by the love of God. But Satan never loves he loves nobody and nothing, apart from himself. He also does not love God doesn’t matter how many privileges he received. Finally, we have to mention the biblical idea “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”Matthew 16: 25 This idea belongs to what we call paradoxes such as: “for to climb you have to come down” “You’re strong when you are weak and you are weak when you are strong!” “Although you are poor, you enrich others.”” You have most after you gave others the most and you have the least when you possess most!”(A.W.Tozer) Here we can apply the idea that the law gives rights and love asks you to give up these rights!
All these paradoxes with principles have great importance in the process of knowledge. These outweigh logic and they come on the other side of knowledge. Although apparently they exclude each other, common sense makes them realities confirmed by Christian life, and in scripture “till we all come to the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; Ephesians 4:13
At a time in human history “The end of age” God produced his trump card “ace in the pack”. A plan of salvation for mankind, the chosen in which the main idea was” Mercy triumphs over judgement. “James 2:13 Mercy and His grace make the difference. In His plan the most important place was linked to the salvation of the one who was made in His image, according to His likeness. This strategy had a piece of resistance, a nail in the coffin to the evil ways of Satan. Jesus Christ! He overshadowed to the “brilliant “Jesus proved to be a lethal blow to Satan. The devil surely was not too happy with such a move on the chessboard, “The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:26-27
The Bible said: “And attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3
In this way God wanted “by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross”. Colossians 1: 20
All this because: “to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” Ephesians 4: 10-11
And also because “And to show in the coming ages the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7
This “mystery” was, and still is hard to believe today. A divine God which chose to die for a mankind. A righteous holy Lord that humbled Himself in human form, was judged, condemned, mocked, humiliated and crucified by his own creation, made from dust from his hand, these things appear “crazy”. But exactly this masterpiece put Satan into “checkmate”.
This act of supreme proof of love is joined by the faith of God’s people. People of God are those that stay far away from this fallen world, a world at Satan’s feet, those that accept the obedience from the creator is not a problem, they accept to take up their daily cross, or to accept persecution and even death in the name of the King of Kings. A God which has not been seen by them but only through faith to believe in Him. Death of Jesus in the name of God’s love, and the act of faith of those who believe in Him even if he hasn’t been seen, represent two of the biggest acts which mark the past, present and future history of the human universe. This is because God died once and only for “mankind”. It will probably never happen again. In plus, faith of his people surpasses any human, angelic logic and is an amazing, unbelievable sight for heaven and the angels of God.
Therefore, any other way, no matter how good it may seem, would not suffice in the plan of redemption of mankind through the sacrifice of the Lords son, which is worthless in the front of God. “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made alive together with Christ “by grace you have been saved” ( Ephesians 2:1-4
God desired for us “to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. “Ephesians 3:19
The Lord convinced through love in a way that he closed all the bad mouths in heaven and on earth. Because what bigger show of devotion is there? “God died for us in human form”! “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 6: 3-16
All these because God “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell” Colossians 2:19
“Because by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him, all things consist. And He is the head of body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the pre-eminence.”
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” Colossians 1:15-18
God gave Him including all authority, power to judge the world He was “Begotten which means One and only son, or from the father.”
“Has committed all judgement to the Son, ‘ that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. “John 5:22-23
Another important reason: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” Colossians 1: 15 He is the image of the one which says: “I am who I am”
How was Jesus God?
Satan tried to present Him as a tyrant, as a cosmic policeman ready to punish every violation of the law. He inoculates this image today on earth. But the Bible, which is “truth absolute” said: “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the father upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7
“But God demonstrate His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5: 8
He is like His “Spirit” which was given to Him and to his children:” In Him you also trusted after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the “Holy Spirit” of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1: 13-14
Laws speak about character and his promises, love showed his desire for us to be happy next to him. Therefore He prepared the way “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which Gog has prepared for those who love Him” 1Corinthians 2:9
Jesus promised in him redeemers will be His sons and will make them the heirs of His kingdom with all the consequences arising therefrom, from being the son of a God who created heavens and earth. Bible said, “But as it written:’ Eye has not seen, nor ear heart, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”1Corinthians 2:9
Bible said that they will get a new name and will “shine like the noonday sun” All of them, for the ones which knew and chose Him, through faith. For them, His word was “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”
“Psalm 119-105 and not was too hard for them the walk in Spirit not in flesh.
God’s promises are not election promises or conjuncture or with interest. God keeps his promises till the last word. “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen” 2 Corinthians 1:20
He give us all we need for “life and godliness” God choose to give to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1: 3-4
In the context of broken laws of God and universal uprising of angels, including sin brought by mankind, Jesus was the single person from heaven and earth which was able to fulfil the requirements by God’s righteousness and mandate of love. On earth, He repaired the forgiving sinner. But this required the perfect sacrifice without the slightest blemish. Even a perfect man “in accordance with human standard” couldn’t have fulfilled the requirement of law in totality. Law asked a divine sacrifice, unblemished without sin, a perfect character including thinking. Only the one which made these laws could have fulfilled all the conditions asked by “Himself”. Respectively, God incarnate that came into man’s world living the life demanded by His law and having the perfect character demanded by divine values. The only one who could achieve this, was His Son Jesus Christ, manifestation of “God in human form”, with all the characteristics of man, able to hunger, thirst, and suffer. Made totally human, but slightly higher. “Through His life”, He proved that the law is right and its requirements can be fulfilled, that God tells the truth when He speaks, his laws are absolute and eternal and not changeable. His mandate is realistic in accord totally with the time and the reality of heaven and earth and it cannot be broken. Respect of universal laws is necessary and a condition for the keeping of the universal order and harmony. Any failure to comply with them is a violation and can have negative, serious consequences in the wheel of universal harmony. At human level can have destructive consequences on everything that God says it is good, right and truth. Grace is God’s empowerment, enabling us to conquer sin, to live Godly and smash the cancer of sin.
Jesus proved not only that the law can be respected in a perfect way. But not only this, He raised the law to the highest level, the level of divine thinking. About this He said “Take my yoke upon you. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
He also argues clearly that “without me, you can do nothing” but you can do everything through Him who strengthens you. Why? Because He does not underestimate the power of influencing the enemy, and the single way to defend ourselves from onslaughts of Satan which is power and authority of Himself. He is the only authority recognised in heaven and on earth, Including amongst spiritual wickedness. If you are not under His protection, you automatically expose yourself to attack. Alone you have no chance against Satan. Breaking his word is a dishonour to God, in his own essence, because laws speak about character. And this is definitely not recommended. In the same way, it is not wise to affirm that as God’s Son himself if he had broken one of the smallest laws, during his life on earth. It is like saying that the Trinity broke its own laws. What is the trinity? “Father, Son, Spirit”. All aspects that make up the composition of God or the Godhead. “Through death” Jesus proved righteousness of God supported by laws, can stand up in order of self-sacrifice. He also proved that the “folder of sinner’s” can be closed. Sinners can be forgiven even in conditions that asked their death. Gods imposed laws, did not exclude mercy. Through death, Jesus proved righteousness is from God and does not exclude his clemency. Probably, Satan based perspective of logic that mercy means the annulment of judgment and implicitly, accepting relativity of laws, and all these with direct implication in God’s righteousness. This means recognition indirectly is a weakness in the mandate or in its application. But through Jesus god revealed His clemency to mankind.
Why compassion? Because “mercy defeats judgment”. In this way we are forgiven through His grace and we are not judged, through the love of Jesus Christ. “Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.”Psalm85:10
In this way, righteousness required by law was fulfilled for souls who believes in Jesus Christ. God justified his righteousness and in the same time warranted others who believed in Jesus. History proved that the “chessboard of heaven-earth” Jesus is “king” and Satan is a “Pawn”. I used this picture for an easier understanding of things. But, the whole picture of reality is more complex and it is work in progress. But we know that Jesus won, through “checkmate” at Calvary. Through this he demonstrated the love of God for his creation. In the same time He validated rights of law and mercy can be built together. For mankind he gave us the chance of life, to live for ever being born again. Jesus is considered the second Adam. Adam fell through disobedience, Jesus “wins “through obedience. Satan “fell “through being Proud.
The Bible say “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2: 6-8
Through obedience and humbleness Jesus gives Satan a “lesson in life”. This lesson Satan paid the ultimate cost. The Bible said “The devil, who deceive the people will be cast into the lake of fire where he will be tormented day and night forever and ever. “Revelation 20:10
God wants us to learn a lesson from Jesus. We have much to learn from the son of God. Every word that proceeds from the mouth of God is important for us. Jesus Himself said that He didn’t speak from Himself, but only what he heard from His Father. For this Jesus said: “learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls”. Matthew 11:29-30
Learning in a basic sense “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove that is good and acceptable and perfect will of God. “Romans 12:2
“Renewing” by the word of God has the finesse to be in the image of Jesus because “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation “Colossians 1:15
Obedience is humbleness it is also in relation with thankfulness. Lucifer was in the presence of God, he knew Him but did not love Him. No matter what he was given he wasn’t pleased, becoming ungrateful and unthankful. The Bible said “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. “Philippians 2:8-11
“Seated Him at His right hand in heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. “Ephesians 1:20-23
God crown Him with glory and honor and set him over the works of His hand and all things in subjection under His feet. Hebrews 2: 18
And now He sits at the right hand of God. “The lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool. “Acts 2:34-35
But, why is obedience so important for God? This question is justified because obedience also was the way in which He introduced Himself to world. All His earthly life was a way to live in humbleness, starting with the place where He was born, continuing with his life until death. Obedience and pride are the main attributes of knowledge. They show how we manage command, and they speak about what kind of character we have. A nature like God or not. Knowledge is power, but too much can be bad. Ecclesiastes, one of the wisest men throughout ages. “For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow” or all is vanity and grasping for the wind”. Ecclesiastes 1:18
The problem is “Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” 1 Corinthians 8:1
Knowledge grips the seed of pride. It has the possibility to pervert character. God has a very trenchant attitude against pride. Including His plan to contain this idea. He wanted “That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus, For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:7-9
“And the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the thing which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”1 Corinthians 1:28-29
Pride was one of the main reasons God raised laws and conditions of sacrifice to the standards which man could never touch. He elevated them to Devine because only a god like the creator can instigate this. Therefore reconciliation with God through His Son Jesus as God incarnate, and through sacrifice becomes the single mandate of heaven and earth accepted by God. But there is a problem “Knowledge puffs up” Seeds of forbidden fruit is pride. And the root of forbidden fruit is in awareness of your value, of who you are and what you can do with what you have.
Even in conditions of disobedience and curse, God didn’t take back what he put inside of mankind, his potential, his dowry genetically. “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable Romans 11:29
Humankind was stuck with a huge potential. Let us think about it, we only use approximately 10-14% of our brains capacity. We are justified to accept this idea that we indeed have potential to act like a deity, but never to be a God. All our system of values starting with dignity, power, and freedom is built on this potential that we have it as a dowry. But differences are given by our attitude in the front of Truth; it is by our choice. There is two fundamental directions attitude of obedience and attitude of pride, which branch out in all aspects of life and at all levels. In attitude, we can find germs which show us how we are, what we want, and where we find pleasures. From this perspective, the Bible presents two “models” that are based on high cognitive potential. “Satan and Jesus”. “The goodness of God leads you to repentance” Romans 2:4
Satan was full with pride and he proved the measure in which knowledge brings with its pride. His attitude was outside the will of God. Obedience helps us not to forget everything that you have.
The Bible said “For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”1 Corinthians 4:7
Obedience helps us to understand that we are what we are only because of God’s grace. He has aims, a place for everyone in His plan. We are a member of a body which is in the service of another member of the same form. We are members of Jesus’s body and He is the head. “He is the head of the body, the church. “Colossians 1:19
And above all, it provides conditions of repentance, gratitude to God and a correct reporting towards your neighbour. All these are in connection directly with love. Returning to God, reconciliation with Him, and repentance these are “privileges” exclusively for mankind! Repentance gives us the possibility to come back to God, to reconcile with Him, and with the trespass against us. In this way, you can realise that you have done wrong, or have negative attitudes and you can begin again. God is the Lord of “the second chance”. Doesn’t matter how far you have fallen, or laws were broken. The Lord forgives everything and throws away our sins in “the sea of forgetfulness”.
Luke 15:11-32 The Parable of the lost son, the bible said that even in heaven is a feast when a sinner comes back to God.
“Repent, and let everyone of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. “Acts 2:38
This promise is not only for the ones from the time of Jesus.” For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. “Acts 2:39
Sometimes God permits even pressures into our life. Pressures are most often wrong choices. But he redirects them, creating conditions to come back to Him. Sometimes burdens can burn: illness, material and financial, family problems can way a heavy burden. Angels were not granted this privilege to come back to God. This favour doesn’t even extend to Satan. “Christ died only for mankind”! Through Jesus, and faith in Him, we have freedom to approach God with confidence. But return is not easy because our “eyes are closed”. Or with other words, you find it hard to believe in a so-called myth. Everything in our inside screams to us what we see, touch, taste, feel and hear we believe. But truth is staring us in the face, and “The Holy Spirit” teaches through experiences of faith!The single way of knowledge God gave to man is through hearing, not through seeing! Why? Because God emphasised the role of The word! We can understand better why He first of all choose to speak to us, not to show His face.”God who at various times and various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.” Hebrews 1:1-2
God wants to show us his character, Jesus his begotten son is”the express image of his person” and he is the single being who knows the Lord. He presents Himself as God that “upholds all things by the word of His power” but yet also with features of a father. God emphasis in this way an important thing “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”Hebrews: 4:12
The word is related to hearing. Hearing has the bond with faith. ”So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Romans 10:17
”Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of thins not seen. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. 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.”Hebrews 11:1- 3- 6
Act of faith includes one important step: verbal confession, which you desire to know Him through His way. “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. “Romans 10:10
”That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”Romans 10: 9
“Because this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17: 3
This decision of heart and verbal confession to know Him and recognise Jesus’s sacrifice, has value, and truth in front of God, taken seriously is a cause for joy in heaven. This is valuable in God’s eyes even if you do a small step by faith when you’re alone. The most important thing is to be honest and really want to change your life. The Bible says it is celebration when a sinner returns to God. In other words, acceptance and confession in front of witness’s seen or unseen from heaven and earth is accepting the act of your release. And at the same time, you open the door towards the Father. God didn’t choose to show us His appearance, neither to demonstrate His existence. He said simply “I AM WHO I AM” The Bible said that He cannot be seen and for man to live. From other perspective, angels and Satan saw Him, but yet they did not know Him in His value, in His character and in His love. For us this way of trusting look illogical and created many problems. But He said that He will be found by those who seek him with open heart, sincerely In this way faith becomes the business card of the believer. The earth is a remarkable panorama for heaven because of faith. It is hard for heaven to understand how people can believe, or endure persecution, to die for a God which they didn’t see, to believe in death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as part of God’s plan of salvation. Even to accept that a divine creator can manifest himself in human form.
For this requirement “that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent “this is the eternal life “John 17:3
This is the cornerstone of humanity, basic requirement demanded by God. Faith is a “leap into the unknown” is not only a celebration in heaven but is followed by his divine gift. At that moment God sends you his Holy Spirit to indwell inside you. This is called” being born again” a ticket toward heaven and certificate of salvation. Being born again has strong evidence of transforming power of the Word, from thought to facts, to daily motivation and attitudes. This transformation called metanoia, changes, in essence, our being. It is not a transformation second-hand, but a new creation that spreads to our entire human being. Our lives have to be saved, redeemed from the hand of Satan whom we surrender our souls so easily. When God said “you shall surely die”, the first man didn’t die physically, but separated, dying spiritually which broke the bond with God’s Holy Spirit, “the spirit of life”.
Through Him, we receive peace of God “Which surpasses all understanding “Philippians 4:7
“The worldly man can never rest. He always has to go somewhere and always has something to do “AW Tozer
By the act of being born again, God gives back his personal history to the point where sometime Adam fell. This is possible because of Jesus’s sacrifice that reconciles man with God and because of the Holy Spirit who has a special mission: to make man in the image of God, according to God’s likeness, namely like the trinity: God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit.