“And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” – Mark 2:23-28
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.If ye love me, keep my commandments.He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
“To live a spirit-filled life means that we live according to the law of God. The law is the unchanging rule of His holiness. The standard that the law sets does not change any more than does God Himself. Jesus affirmed that the law is not abolished, but that every part is to be fulfilled (Matt. 5:17-19). To keep the law is not legalism; it is faithfulness. The law does not save us. It never can. The law is never our way to salvation. Rather, it is the path of the saved. The law, so to speak, are the shoes in which our love walks and expresses itself. This is why Jesus could say in a most remarkable manner that when “ ‘lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold’ ” (Matt. 24:12, ESV). Love diminishes when the law is not appreciated.”
Key verses:Genesis 2:7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.1 Kings 17:17And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.
Romans 4:1-3What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Genesis 15:5,6And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
“Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”
In these verses we see a description of the king of Tyrus as having been in heaven with God. This isn’t possible, so the use of “king of Tyrus” here is an analogy, or a type, for Satan. The description fits much better to Satan than it does to an earthly king. We see therefore that Satan was in fact perfect when he was created, but iniquity was found in him. This is the source of all sin and along with it, all evil.
What is the purpose of evil? Some say that evil has some purpose in the world; that without evil, we would not see the good for what it is. Others say that evil is the divine retribution meted out upon the unrepentant sinners. Still others claim, even in the churches, that evil is the result of our own fallen nature, and a necessary part of God’s plan.
What is the purpose in a child dying of cancer? What is the meaning in her suffering? Does the good in the world look better when put in contrast with her wilting soul? Is God punishing her and her family for some sin they have committed? Is cancer just a natural part of life and we should just learn to live with it? Where is the justice in suffering? Where is God’s love in pain?
Ellen White states in The Great Controversy: “It is impossible to explain the origin of sin so as to give a reason for its existence. . . . Sin is an intruder, for whose presence no reason can be given. It is mysterious, unaccountable; to excuse it is to defend it. Could excuse for it be found, or cause be shown for its existence, it would cease to be sin.” (pp. 492,493)
As we saw in the key verse, Satan had absolutely no reason to rebel. God gave him everything he could have possibly wanted. Satan’s position in heaven was just below God’s, just as Joseph’s station was right below Pharaoh’s. Joseph had control of everything in Egypt, save for the crown, and he humbled himself and served Pharaoh with all the wisdom that God granted him. Satan had control of everything in heaven and earth save for the throne of God, but he did not humble himself and chose to lead a rebellion for the throne.
Political uprisings in the world are a carbon copy of Satan’s first rebellion in heaven. The will of the people is used as an excuse to topple God’s appointed servants, peacefully or with bloodshed. The disease, murders, thefts, perversions, and all manner of other sins are a direct result of Satan’s rebellion. He is the cause of our suffering, not God. Let’s lay the blame at the feet of the one responsible for our suffering. His time is short, and he is walking about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
He is desperate to destroy the faith of God’s chosen people by leading us to believe that God is the one responsible for all the suffering in the world. The way he manages to achieve this is by creating even more suffering, mayhem, and destruction. Our world is breaking up at the seams, and we all point our finger to God, asking what is the purpose. Why does a loving God allow this evil to exist?
The answer, as we see from The Great Controversy, is that there is no purpose. God’s plan does not include sin or evil. God is good, and all that He made was good, including Satan (see Ezekiel 28:15). When you see suffering, know that God is crying along with those in pain. Know that He is looking forward to the day when He will wipe away all tears from our eyes, a day when there shall be no more death, sorrow, crying, nor pain (Revelation 21:4).
Our Lord is returning soon my friends. Let’s welcome Him with hosannas and hallelujahs. Never forget that God is fighting for us, not against us. He is true to His word. He is the only good that there is, the only one who may be called righteous. He is the only living God, the Alpha and the Omega, and the only one worthy of praise.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.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.Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that 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.And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
- That Paul was talking about brotherly love
- That Paul was talking about a commandment
- You shall have no other gods before Me
- You shall not practice idolatry
- You shall not take the Lord’s name in vain
- Keep the Sabbath holy (this refers to the seventh-day Sabbath by the way)
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” – Noam Chomsky
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
- Teach the nations
- Baptize them
- Teach the nations
- Do not worship other gods
- Do not make images of things in heaven or earth to worship them
- Do not use the name of God lightly
- Remember the Sabbath, and keep it holy
- Respect your parents
- Do not kill
- Do not commit adultery
- Do not steal
- Do not lie
- Do not covet