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The Word of God

 One of the most treasured gifts God has given the human race is His written Word. The Bible as we have it today. His Word is full of truth and blessing for those who follow Him. The Holy Spirit brings has helped me throughout my years of digging in the Word discover the benefits of this priceless gift. 

 First of all, Jesus in the Book of Matthew calls the Word seed. 

 In Matthew 4:4, 14 4 as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.. 14 The sower sows the word. The Word is seed through which one is born again as we see in…  I Peter 1:23 

I Peter 1:23 says “for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God”. 

 If you are gardener and like to spend your time planting plants, you know that in order to grow plants you must plant the seed, correct? When you take the time to plant your seed underground, as just a short time passes, you start to notice the miraculous potential for plant life. God’s Word is much like seeds. Jesus taught in Matthew that the Word was like a seed. In Peter’s epistle, he indicates that it is through the Word of God that one is born again. Now, Peter was not talking about an actual bible that has chapter’s and verses, but what he is saying is that God’s words to man bring about life when we submit ourselves to Jesus as Savior of our life. 

We know God’s Word is life by looking at.. Philippians 2:16. 

Philippians 2:16 says “holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain”. 

 The Word not only gives life to us, but it also sustains life. Going back to gardening, when we plant seed and it begins to grow, our next step is to care for it. We do this by watering the plant on a consistent basis. We also purchase plant food to sustain the soil. Much like this, God’s Word sustains by frequent watering and the provision of food for the soil of our hearts. If you look in… Ephesians 5:26. 

Ephesians 5:26 says “so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word”. 

 Paul, the author of the Epistle of Ephesians in context is speaking about the universal church. In this case, the Church is also cleansed by the washing of water with the word. If you are a follower of Jesus as the Lord of your life, you are a member of His Body. 

In Mark 4:4 Jesus says “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’” In the Gospel of Mark, God’s word is likened to food – in this case bread. In the Scriptures, God’s Word is also likened to milk and solid food as well. 

If you turn to Hebrews 5:12-14 

Hebrews 5:12-14 reads “12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. 

 Instead of the example using plants and seeds, God through his Word utilizes a different imagery. God uses milk and solid food. Many of you who are parents can remember what it was like to hold your child in your arms for the very first time. Thoughts were racing through your head about how precious that little one was in your arms. Shortly, you notice the baby craving something over and over again. Babies crave milk from the mother to fill them up and sustain them. As babies crave milk, God is teaching us that we should crave pure spiritual milk so that we grow in our salvation and our walk with God. The word “crave” translated in the greek means “earnestly desire greatly, or to greatly long after”. This means we are to continue to keep an appetite for God’s Word to ensure spiritual growth. This is actually commanded if you look in I Peter 2:2. 

I Peter 2:2 reads “like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation”. 

The Word of God is also likened to life and health. 

If you look at Proverbs 4: 20-22. It reads 20 “My son, give attention to my words; 
Incline your ear to my sayings. 
21 Do not let them depart from your sight; 
Keep them in the midst of your heart. 
22 For they are life to those who find them 
And health to all their body. 

 The word “health” here in verse 22, can also be translated medicine or remedy. His Word has an effect on our spirits and souls, just like medicine does to our natural sick body. The Word of God is also indicated to be alive or living. This means that if God’s Word is living, it does a work in us as we hunger and thirst for it. It changes us more into the image of Christ. 

Turn to Hebrews 4:12. It reads 12 “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and )spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart”. 

His word is alive or living and it’s at work in us. One of the ways His Word works in us is by impeding our sinning. Then His Word also sanctifies us. 

Psalm 119:9-11  9 “How can a young man keep his way pure? 
By keeping it according to Your word. 
10 With all my heart I have sought You; 
Do not let me wander from Your commandments. 
11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, 
That I may not sin against You”. 

 When we treasure His Word in our hearts, when we allow it to soak and permeate our hearts and then hold onto his Word, we become less prone to sin. 

 John 17:17 17 reads “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth”. 

God’s Word also sanctifies us. When we yield ourselves to Him and His Word, we are sanctified by the washing of the Word. In closing, I encourage you to discipline yourselves in His Word, so that you may enjoy the deep communication between you and the Savior. By doing so, you will reap the benefits of His Word.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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The Origin of Satan

All throughout my life in terms of studying the bible and listening to my pastor preach about Satan’s origin, I became convinced and even taught that Satan was an archangel and was filled with pride and wanted to be like God. Because he was prideful, God kicked Satan and a third of the angels with him down to the earth. When Adam and Eve sinned, Satan became the god of this world and stole this authority from Adam and Eve. It is now Satan that rules this world and no longer man. This is exactly what I was taught. As I grew older and studied God’s Word a little deeper, I began to ask myself questions about what I was taught. On one hand, when looking at the scriptures used to support this teaching, it seems pretty reasonable to accept this theory as acceptable and maybe even a bit convincing. On the other hand, when I re-read these scriptures, I began to see more clearly. Believe me, I am not writing this because I am angry at what my church or pastors taught. I definitely have a difference in opinion than what I used to believe and even teach.

I will attempt to take you through the common passages of scripture that is used to support the idea that Satan was a good angel who fell and became the devil. Before I do this, let me explain what is taught in many churches today on the origin of satan. First, Satan or the devil was one of the archangels. These three archangels were Lucifer, Gabriel, and Michael. It was Lucifer that turned out to be bad.
Lucifer was known to actually be very good before turning bad. He was the wisest, most beautiful creature God created. Lucifer became proud and thought of himself to be as good as God. When Lucifer became filled with pride, he started a revolt and took one third of the angels with him. Thus they were all kicked out of heaven and cast down to the earth and eventually became known as Satan and his angels or demons.

I will take you through the scriptures that are commonly used to support this theory. The first passage is in the book of Isaiah 14.

1. Isaiah 14:12-15

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: 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. Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit. (NKJV).

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This is one of the passages by which this idea of Satan falling from heaven due to pride comes from. However, there are three things I’d like to point out. First, Satan is never referred to as Lucifer anywhere in the Bible. Second, this passage never says that Lucifer is an angel. Third, there is nowhere else in the Bible where Lucifer is mentioned.
In many other translations of the Bible such as the New Internation Version or the New American Standard, the name “Lucifer” is translated “morning star”. The Hebrew word of Lucifer is “helel”, meaning “the shining one”. In the Septuagint (LXX), the Greek translation of the Old Testament, it is translated “heosphoros”, meaning the “light-bearer”. The first time the name Lucifer appeared in the bible was in the very first latin vulgate translation of the bible around 400 A.D. In Latin, the name Lucifer referred to the planet Venus since it is considered the brightest planet in the sky.

Actually Jesus Christ is referred to as the “morning star” in Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.
Jesus had this title “Morning Star” that refers to his Royalty and glory.

Who is Lucifer then? The answer is in Isaiah 14:4-6 “that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say: How the oppressor has ceased, The golden city ceased!The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, The scepter of the rulers; He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, He who ruled the nations in anger, Is persecuted and no one hinders.

If you look at Isaiah chapters 13 and 14, you will see that there is some information regarding Babylon. God even uses the Medes to go up against the Babylonians in Isaiah 13:17. When you get into chapter 14, it basically continues focusing on Babylon and the king. Chapter 14 call the king of Babylon an oppressor, scepter of the rulers and that he has fallen! You might be thinking “what kind of man would make statements like,”I will ascend into heaven” or “I will be like the Most High”.

In Matthew 11:23, it says “And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. (NKJV)

Capernaum was a city, not an angel. In Isaiah, Babylon was a city not an angel.

In Obadiah 4 it says “Though you ascend as high as the eagle, And though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down, says the Lord. (NKJV).

Here in Obadiah we have the Edomites who did not have their nest among the stars.

This person in Isaiah is about a man and not an angel. It says in Isaiah 14:16,17 “Those who see you will gaze at you, And consider you, saying: Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms, Who made the world as a wilderness And destroyed its cities, Who did not open the house of his prisoners? (NKJV)

It is clear that this chapter is talking about a man and not an angel. If this was talking about an angel why does it refer to a man?

In Isaiah 14:19 it says “But you are cast out of your grave Like an abominable branch, Like the garment of those who are slain, Thrust through with a sword, Who go down to the stones of the pit, Like a corpse trodden underfoot.(NKJV)

In chapter 14 and verse 19 it says you are cast out of your grave. Angels do not have graves. Furthermore, in this same verse, Angels do not have swords either.

2. The second passage that is commonly used to support the fall of Satan is in Ezekiel 28. Ezekiel chapters 25 to 32 also contain prophecies against pagan nations. Chapters 26 to 28 are specifically against Tyre, a major city, important port and wealthy commercial centre at that time, under its ruler Ethbaal III (c.590 – c.573). Ezekiel described Tyre’s trading with other nations (27:12-25), and gave dramatic oracles about the ships and sailors of Tarshish wailing over the fall of Tyre (27:25-36). The king of Tyre is described as, “the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (28:12).

You only need to look through the first five verses of Ezekiel 28 to see that this is talking about another man of the city of Tyre. It says in Ezekiel 28:1,2 “The word of the Lord came to me again, saying, Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God: Because your heart is lifted up, And you say, I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods, In the midst of the seas, Yet you are a man, and not a god, Though you set your heart as the heart of a god (NKJV.

Ezekiel 28:14,15 “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. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. (Ezekiel 28:14 NKJV.

First of all cherubs are not archangels. You can read Ezekiel’s description of cherubs in chapter 10. Cherubs are referred to angels that guard something such as the Garden of Eden, Tree of Life, and the Mercy Seat. Ezekiel was not talking any different than how we talk in today’s time. How many times do we call people “you are an angel” or you are my angel?

Again, there is not enough proof in Ezekiel 28 to indicate that this is talking about Satan. If Satan had became fallen before Adam sinned, why was Satan still in heaven in the book of Job? How can an angel, perfect in wisdom, be so dumb as to rebel against God? I would not say that he is very wise at all.

3. Luke 10:18 “And He said to them, I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. NKJV)

This is yet another common passage that many use to support the fall of Satan. However, if you look at the context, it is clear the disciples and the mission of the seventy had a strong impact on the powers of darkness. In the verse prior (verse 17), the disciples stated “Even the demons are subjected to us in your name”. The effect of the ministry had an enormous impact to the point that it caused the demons to submit to the disciples and the seventy.

4. Revelation 12:7-10 “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.(NKJV)

This is yet another passage commonly used to support the fall of Satan.
In Revelation 12:10, this did not happen at the beginning of time, rather this occurred at the cross where Christ Jesus brought salvation that would destroy the power of the enemy forever and bring up a kingdom (the Church) that would reign with Christ.
In fact, Jesus made similar statements in John 12:31 “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. (NKJV). Both of these passages are dealing with the reality of Satan’s defeat demonstrated by Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

The simple answer to the mystery of Satan is unknown. The bible does not really give us this information. What we do know is that Satan exists, and he is a liar, deceiver, and devour as the bible describes.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in The Origin of Satan

 

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