“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the [M]ost [H]igh.”
“The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.”
The devil.. the prowde spirite.. cannot endure to be mocked.”
The quoted words of Luther and More is from “The Screwtape Letters” written by C.S. Lewis.
Persons of our time do not believe in a real person, called (s)atan. Even some Christian leaders say that the devil is not a real person but a synonym for evil just as the events in Eden are a synoym. These “church leaders” are a synoym for true Bible teachers and are true examples of (s)atan’s ministers transforming themselves into Christ’s true ministers. I do know that (s)atan is a person. We do not know where he is, but we do know he is here and he is active. We know that he is at work in this world, for he is the god of this world. He has his minions and he has an orginization. The Devil is here and he is doing what he can to defame our Lord Jesus. Of course, he cannot do anything with out God’s Permission and allowance. He is doing everything that our wise and sovereign God has always planned for him to do. (s)atan is simply stringing along those who are not written in God’s Book of Life.
That is right, readers, The events in Eden were not a surprise to the Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent God. This may be hard to accept for mistaught believers.(s)atan and his misleading of Eve and Adam was all according to God, Who has always worked everything according to His perfect will. The serpent’s treachery in Heaven and his activities in the garden were all part of God’s plan and His will. Just as Judas and his betrayal was planned, in the Psalms it was prophesied, and Christ put it in action by picking Judas as one of His disciples. One cannot believe God is all knowing if one does not believe this.
One might then ask if God is the cause of sin. He is not as He only let (s)atan do what (s)atan would do, and He allowed Eve and Adam to do in Eden. If (s)atan was able to enlist (1/3rd) 0ne-third of the angels in Heaven to follow him, could he not, with ease, do the same with Eve and Adam? Therefore, as a prosecuting attorney can use evidence, that was disallowed by a judge, if the defending attorney brings it up by mistake, so does God use sin when it is introduced by a foolish (s)atan that is doing exactly as God always knew he would. My reader this may not be something you have been taught in the past, that does not make it any less true annd proper.
This does not put God in a bad light, but it presents Him in a light of sovereignty and foreknowing, and wisdom and prudence. To believe anything else is to believe God can be caught off guard and out of full control of all things. My reader, God cannot be caught off guard, if He could what kind of God would He be?
I will, in this article, and as God is willing, demonstrate how sin is useful to God and the Christ-ian family.
1. Sin is used by God to glorify the Godhead and especially Christ in the sight of the world.
2. How sin is used by God to keep us safe in our humility.
3. How sin is used and will be used by God to separate His elect from (s)atan, sin and all evil doers.
4. How God and Christ-ians can, do, and will humiliate (s)atan now and for all time.
- Sin is useful and is used by the Godhead to glorify Himself, especially God’s Son and our Lord.
Think about this, my fellow deep and independent thinkers,
A. If not for Sin, there would have been no need for the Word to be made flesh. For what other reason would the Eternal Word of God to become flesh and to dwell among us? What other cause would there be for Christ entering time and space to glorify the Father, Himself, and the Holy Ghost? Sin was used by the Godhead to introduce Himself to humanity and to introduce His love and His kindness, His grace and His mercy, His lonsuffering, and His great power over all things. Readers, this was all preplanned and perfectly orchestrated in order to manifest and demonstrate God’s Immence greatness and His unlimited Glory. My reader, This is the God of Holy Writ. This is the God you have been called to love and glorify, If you worship anyone other than this God that is presented before you in this article you are worshipping a false God and you are guilty of adultery, and idolatry, and using God’s Name in vain. This may be hard to swallow, but it is far easier to swallow than it will be to swallow a cup of sin for worshipping a false God, a false idol that is not in complete and utter control of all things from the beginning, yea rather, from before the beginning all the way through to the very end. My readers, God knows the end from the beginning and from before the beginning, (Acts 15). To worshipo any other God is to worship a God that is too small to be the God of the Christ-ian faith. Give God praise and glory, worship this God, for this is the God of Holy Scripture.
B. There would not have been any need for God to so love the world and send His only begotten Son. If not for the introduction of sin, In what other way would God manifest and demonstrate His love, that is “so” great that He would send His only begotten Son?
Look back to the Old Testament, God gave the Jews all that was necessary. He supported them in the wilderness, He delivered them from captors time and time again, He gave them great victories over pagan cultures, He allowed them into the promised land, God gave and He gave and He gave, yet the people loved Him not for His greatness or the richness of His grace, mercy, love, and kindness, His winking at their sin for a time, His providing them the sacrifices that they may remain holy in His sight. He gave and gave and gave over, and over, and over again and again, and again but they would not love Him. Therefore, He gave His only begotten Son so that they might love Him back, but again, the Jewish race did not acknowledge God’s great love. Because of this utter show of unthankfulness God turned to the gentiles. The Gentiles upon hearing this Gospel responded with great thanks and grateful hearts
2. God uses sin to keep us safe in humility.
There is one way to bring about God’s anger upon one’s self. It has been proven through out Scripture and history, it is in keeping with God’s Nature and Glory, and it makes sense.
The one way to attract God’s anger upon one’s self is to demonstrate pride, especially spiritual pride. Lucifer, Adam and Eve, King Saul, King Herod and so many other were dealt with by God for their pride getting the best of them. When their sins should have humbled them before God, as David’s sin did, they instead, entertained feelings of greatness due to their sin. Lucifer would be the king of God’s angels and God’s people, God humbled him. Adam and Eve would be like gods, God humbled them. King Saul saw himself as being worthy to step into the office of priest, making himself a priest as well as a prophet and king, which was an office reserves to the Coming Christ, God humbled Saul. King Herod, was said by the people, to have a voice like unto God. Herod gladly excepted this praise and worship, God humbled Herod.
God uses sin to keep His people in the safe place of humility. You and I sin, and we all have pet sins that will not be mortified, why is this? We ask oiurselves and God, “Why cannot I mortify this (1) one or these few sins? If I could just stop these few things I would be a much better Christ-ian and God would be so pleased and I would feel so much greater.”
Have we not all asked these questions, I hope so, because these are questions that demonstrate our understanding of sin and our need for God’s grace and our need for His only begotten Son. These sins remain in order to keep us safe from spiritual pride. It is true, if we could do away with this (1) one or these few sins we would be greater Christ-ians, we would be better Christ-ians, God would be so pleased with us, etc. And therein lies the problem my, so sick of sin, readers. If these sins were to go away so would our dependency upon God, His Son, and His Spirit. Pride would set in and instead of pleasing God we wowuld greatly anger Him. I’m sorry, but this is how our hearts and minds work. Your pet sin is saving you from God’s anger.
This does not mean that we should cuddle or coddle up to our pet sin or sins, we should continue our warfare against it and our calling upon God’s grace to win the battles over that pet sin, knowing we will lose some battles and win some battles over it, but know this, though we will lose some battles, we have already won the war, for Christ has overcome this world and so have we, as we are in Him, the news of the victory just have not made frontline news yet.
3. God uses sin to separate His elect from the world. Christ has said many times, those that love Him will keep His Word and His commands. That is a positive statement. As I have taught many times, to understand a principle in Scripture one must look at a statement and look for the positive and negative truth or truths taught therein.
Sin is used of God to show a comparison and a contrast between His elect and those not chosen. Our obedience and love, one for another, demonstates to the world that God has, in fact, sent His Son, and we are the evidence of God’s great love and kindness. The disobedience, contempt, and utter rebellion of those that belong to (s)atan demonstrate and manifest the difference between the (2) two factions that exist on this earth.
The contempt can be seen in Christ’s command to turn the other cheek to those that would strike us on our right cheek. I have fought numerous men for sport and when I was younger for anger. I’m right handed, as is most of society, so when I strike I hit the left cheek of my opponent. But Christ spoke of the right cheek being hit. So in this scenario I do not think Christ is speaking of a fight at all.
The only other way for the right cheek to be smitten, other than by a left handed man, is if he is struck by a man’s right handed back of the hand slap. This kind of strike shows contempt from a man in a place of power and authority. Therefore, Christ is speaking of the world’s contempt for those who have been chosen out of this world (John 15). God uses sin to manifest His grace and mercy upon some and His Holiness, Righteousness, and wrath upon others.
4. God uses sin to befuddle and to humiliate (s)atan and his ilk. We too may and can use sin to humiliate the devil, but we must be careful and remain in a state of gratefulness, and humility when we do so. We must remain passive in this mocking of (s)atan as we are told in Jude, that even Michael, the Arch-Angel does not bring a stinging or railing rebuke to the devil.
I have received retaliation from (s)atan’s minions for outwardly mocking (s)atan. God has allowed some attacks upon myself from (s)atan’s camp to call me back to humility. We must be passive in our flouting and mocking of (s)atan, by that I mean, God will use us as a means to flout and mock (s)atan.
The most one should ever say unto our great foe is, “In the Great Name of our Lord and Master ( Our because God is still (s)atan’s Lord and Master), We (ourselves and the Holy Spirit, and the Angels that attend us, and the Sovereign God that ever watches over us) rebuke thee. In the Name of your Lord, Master and Maker, Get thee behind me, thou defeated devil”
By sin, Godhead is greatly glorified especially His Son, the devil is utterly humiliated, mocked and flouted, and we are kept safe from pride. Give God your praise and worship for He is most worthy.