AN EXPRESSION OF ANOTHER

Satanism defined is: the worship of Satan. But listening to those who claim to be Satanist you might discover somewhat of a different definition. Many Satanists will tell you they don’t worship a being known as satan at all. In fact, they will tell you Satanism is really the idea that you are your own independent person, in charge of your own life and destiny. You don’t have any allegiance to anyone at all. In fact, many even think of themselves as the truly enlightened ones and everyone else as the ones who are deceived.

If you look at what the Bible says about Satan you will discover something very interesting. According to Isaiah 14, the one most know as Lucifer, Satan’s name before he rebelled, wanted and believed he could be greater than God. He declared, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High!” So you see, he thought he could do a better job at being God than God Himself.

So when you look at the record of the fall of man as recorded in Genesis, you discover man’s very separation from God was caused by this very same mind and attitude. The Serpent told our first parents, “The day you eat of this fruit you will be as God.” So, the root cause of mankind’s fall and separation from God took place when man believed the lie that they could be “like God.” Then and there the spirit and mind of Satan moved into mankind and the fall had begun!

According to Ephesians 2:2, “We all lived according to this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.”

Did you catch the phrase, “according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit now working “IN” the sons of disobedience?” The prince of the power of the air is referring to Satan and this clearly tells us he was the spirit working in us before we came to Christ. Wouldn’t that mean we all thought we could run our own lives and know better than even God? Wouldn’t that make us all Satanist before knowing Christ? Doesn’t that mean we were an expression of Satan?

The “Good News” though is, “Even when we were dead/separated from God, He made us alive together with Christ and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:5-6).

So, on the cross, along with Christ, we died too! (Romans 6:2-11). That means, through the operation of the cross, our union with the “Prince of the power of the air” has been severed. We have been freed from this deceptive “spirit of error” (1 John 4:6) and joined to the “Holy Spirit of truth” (1 John 4:6). We no longer have to live in the lie that we can be “like” God. No!! In fact, we can now be content to be the branch to His vine, the vessel for His treasure, the temple for His Spirit and the body for His head. We can be what God created us to be and that’s in union with Him and a visible expression of He who is invisible, right here on the earth.

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SCHOOLMASTER

The law of God is described as our schoolmaster. It is my understanding that a schoolmaster’s job was to guard a child on its way to and from school. Once the child has grown to adulthood it no longer has need of a schoolmaster. In other words God gave us his law as a guardian, until Christ would come, and then we would by faith receive him. Our repeated trying and failing to obey the law would be the perfect thing to bring us to the place where we would see our need of Christ.

God knew that we humans had been infiltrated by a spirit of error and it was going to take a special kind of medicine to cure us. He knew we wouldn’t just give up and come to him; we would have to be sufficiently worn down first. We would only see our need of a savior after repeated failures to make ourselves right in our own strength, and the Law was the perfect means to do that.

As we look in the New Testament, at the Sermon on the Mount, we discover Jesus seems to tighten the screws a little bit. Jesus made several statements like “You have heard that it was said by them of old. Thou shalt not kill; but I say unto you, don’t hate.” You have heard that it was said by them of old. Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say don’t lust.” He would quote one of the laws and then he would ratchet it up to include even our heart intentions. Jesus was making us see that God was really demanding that we be perfect, not only in our actions, but in our heart and thought life also.

Jesus didn’t come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. We, being unable to fulfill it, finally come to realize our need of him. Christ, by way of the Holy Spirit, fulfills his own law in us. Jesus is not only the law giver he is the only one who can keep it.

The Bible says that we were inhabited by the spirit of error. The proverb says “Foolishness (error) is bound in the heart of a child: but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” God uses his law to drive the spirit of error from us. Once we see our inability to keep his law we are sufficiently convinced of our need to cry out for a Savior.  God is then more than willing to save us. He sends his Holy Spirit to inhabit us, thereby fulfilling the Law from within us. The schoolmaster (law) has done its job. It has driven out the spirit of error and led us to Christ.

Written by Louie