Proverbs 19:11

A Most Notable Verse

The discretion of a man deferreth his anger;

and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.



A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger,

And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.



A person’s insight gives him patience,

and his virtue is to overlook an offense.



A person’s discretion makes him slow to anger,

and it is to his credit that he ignores an offence.



A person’s wisdom makes him slow to anger,

and it is his glory to overlook an offense.



The learning of a man is known by patience

and his glory is to pass over wrongs.


While reading my daily proverb, this verse fell hard on my mind. Our family sometimes fail to follow the principles within. On our drive home from Stoneboro Camp meeting in Pennsylvania this week, we failed it miserably.

The things that struck my heart in this verse can be divided into four parts. They are as follows:

  1. The discretion of man . . .
  2. deferreth his anger . . .
  3. And it is his glory . . .
  4. to pass over a transgression.

1. The discretion of man . . .

Discretion in Hebrew, Sekel, שֵׂ֫כֶל, means ‘prudence’ and ‘insight.’ Its root, Sakal, שָׂכַל, means to be circumspect: cautious; prudent; watchful on all sides; examining carefully all circumstances that may affect an outcome, or a measure that should be adopted. ~ Webster

Discretion is an experiential word. This means that man has experience and knowledge of anger’s effects. Either through his own response to others’ transgressions or by observing those who have been angered by others.

Discretion is a quality of wisdom. It is a gift from God described in the oldest book in the bible. The book of Job.

But where shall wisdom be found?

and where is the place of understanding? 

God understandeth the way thereof,

and he knoweth the place thereof. 

And unto man he said,

Behold, the fear of the Lord,

that is wisdom;

and to depart from evil is understanding.

Job 28:12, 28

Interestingly, all things good found in man are corralled within his obedience to God.  

A man who has discretion is a man who lives within Godly principles and reflects God’s discretion toward us. The following 3 verses give brief guidelines to biblical discretion.

But I tell you, love your enemies

and pray for those who persecute you,

Matthew 5:44


Be kind and tender-hearted to one another,

forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32


Bear with each other

and forgive any complaint you may have

against one another.

Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:13


Discretion and deferring anger is a natural outcome of love as noted by long suffering and patience. 

2. deferreth his anger . . .

Deferring anger has some immediate and longterm benefits.

Arak, אָרַך, to delay; means to endure an offense with the intention of postponing anger to a future time. When we do this, it allows us to hand over to God our personal judgment and corresponding response. 

When we give our heart to God, we also give him the reigns of our emotions. He knows best how to deal with transgression in His own time and judgment.


do not go on passing judgment before the time,

but wait until the Lord comes

who will both bring to light

the things hidden in the darkness

and disclose the motives of men’s hearts;

and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.

~ 1 Corinthians 4:5

When we defer our anger toward others, we not only avoid causing them to be offended with our (ungodly) response, we also withhold from them our internal thought processes and feelings.

A transgressor can use our indiscretion (immediate anger) and trample under foot the thoughts and intentions of our heart, tearing them to pieces. Discretion helps us further develop Godly wisdom through such times and experiences (refer to Matthew 7:6).

God has given us protective measures in His word. It is our responsibility to utilize these measures of Godly wisdom and grace.

3. And it is his glory . . .

Tipharah, תִּפְאָרָה, refers to beauty and glory. This word is rooted in paar, פָּאַר, which means to glorify or beautify. It is an act being done to us.

Beauty is reflective of fine adornment like the adornment of fine linen that God clothes His saints.

Glory is in reference to honor or rank, it also applies to apparel that covers the high priest. These are all symbolic references of how God honors his saints. 

God may give us a little glory in this world and touch our soul during prayer or worship in response to faithful obedience.

But I really believe that the glory described here refers to a more complete glory given to those who eagerly wait for their adoption as sons and the redemption of their bodies. 

4. to pass over a transgression.

The last part of the verse is a principle that Jesus and the apostles repeat over and over again in scripture . . . 

The first part of the word, abar, עָבַר, literally means to alienate, to pass by, or pass through. When we pass by or through something, we may feel its effect (like the wind), but it does not become a part of us.  

To overlook also includes al, עַל, describing a position: up, above, or over. Like the spirit of God that moved over the waters considering the darkness that was upon the face of the deep (in Genesis 1:2), we too are to pass over the darkness we experience when others transgress against us.

To overlooking implies hope that forgiveness brings. Consider how many times you have sinned against God and how graciously He forgave you in His long-suffering, and unwillingness that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9).

When we overlook and forgive those who wrong us, hope and grace is provided them by our actions.

A person who knows Godly discretion is one who knows how to rule his spirit (Proverbs 16:32).

Who knows where the end of your love toward others may lead? 

As James, the brother of Jesus Christ, taught us in his epistle, the path of righteousness is paved by deferring anger.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren,

let every man be swift to hear,

slow to speak, slow to wrath:

For the wrath of man worketh

not the righteousness of God.

~ James 1:19

Practicing Proverbs 19:11 leads to the righteousness of God, which belongs to those who are of full age, able to discern both good and evil. 

Put on therefore, as the elect of God,

holy and beloved,

bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind,

meekness, longsuffering;

Forbearing one another,

and forgiving one another,

if any man have a quarrel against any:

even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

And above all these things put on charity

~ Colossians 3:12-14a

Put on love in all you do.

John 3:16, Part II

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.“ 

This is the second part in a two part series. We will only address the meaning of the word believe since it incorporates many ideas that need a concentrated focus.

To Believe

There are two very important questions to ask here. What is the criteria to believe (in Jesus) and what happens if we fail to meet the criteria to believe?

Believe in the Greek – πιστεύω pisteuó (pist-yoo’-o) it is a verb and means to entrust: to think to be true; to be persuaded of; to credit, to place confidence in. Another way of saying it is: everyone who believes, every believing person, or everyone believing;

In this context, it is generally accepted that it is a present active participle and implies the necessity of a continuous action. A continuous, active belief is the condition necessary for us to have eternal life. But what does this mean?

The Short Answer: Believing is putting your faith in the atoning work of Jesus, living for, and growing in God as best as you can in all the light you have: a complete and active commitment, continuing in the righteousness and  Love of God. 

The Long Answer

We know that if we continue in something we get better at it; in short we grow and begin to perfect whatever we are doing. Likewise, God expects your faith and knowledge to grow. So should you.

About the word faith: Many times in scripture “faith” is used interchangeably with the word believe.

So if I say faith or belief/believe/believing, I am referring to the general concept of the continuous act of putting our trust Jesus as noted in John 3:16.

Belief, its Meaning

When we believe in Jesus it is not merely acknowledging His gospel is true. Its putting our faith into action and placing our life into Jesus’ hands. 

In Genesis, God told Abraham to do this exact same thing. Remember, Abraham is the father of the children of promise (those who have been saved). This call of his faith is highly symbolic and applies spiritually to those who receive the promise.

Take your son, your only son,

whom you love, Isaac,

and go to the region of Moriah.

Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering

on a mountain I will show you.

~  Genesis 22:2

The children of the promise are to sacrifice to God those things most sacred to them. We are to even sacrifice our life for Him. Abraham was to sacrifice the most precious fruit of his life by dedicating it (his son) to God.

I beseech you therefore, brethren,

by the mercies of God,

that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,

holy, acceptable unto God,

which is your reasonable service.

~ Romans 12:1

Giving our life to God is considered our reasonable service. This begs the question, what may be considered unreasonable service? The next verse points us in the right direction.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world,

but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

~ Romans 12:1

Those who choose to believe in Jesus must provide a service that is not conformed to the world, given over to the pleasures it offers. Because when we do, we fail to remain obedient to our calling and fall into sins of disobedience. The Apostle John explains this more concisely: 

My dear children,

I am writing this to you

so that you will not sin.

But those who obey God’s word

truly show how completely they love him.

That is how we know we are living in him.

Those who say they live in God

should live their lives as Jesus did.

Do not love this world

nor the things it offers you,

for when you love the world,

you do not have the love of the Father in you.

For the world offers only a craving

for physical pleasure,

a craving for everything we see,

and pride in our achievements and possessions.

These are not from the Father,

but are from this world.

So you must remain faithful

to what you have been taught from the beginning.  

~ 1 John 2:1, 5-6, 15-16, 24

Jesus’ Clear Examples

Jesus showed us four examples of the gospel’s effect on people’s lives. We will look closely at each one in order to understand what can happen to those who hear the gospel and fail to believe, those who believe for while yet do not remain faithful as John (and other apostles) warned, and those who continuously believe, building their faith through active trust and obedience.

The following are four classes of people and the results of their choices to act upon their belief (or faith). There are 3 possible outcomes for those who hear the word of God.

Let us review Jesus’ words found in Luke Chapter 8 below.

1. The Seed along the Path

A farmer went out to sow his seed.

As he was scattering the seed,

some fell along the path;

it was trampled on,

and the birds ate it up. (verse 5). 

*(A farmer is someone who preaches truth. The seed is the word of God).

Those along the path are the ones who hear,

and then the devil comes

and takes away the word from their hearts,

so that they may not believe and be saved.

(verse 12)

This first group are people who hear God’s word, they may feel moved in their heart, feel the Holy Spirit prompting them, but do not take the step and act to believe in their heart and trust in God’s word.

Many hear the word of God and just like seed on the path, His word is near, waiting to be planted in their hard, world trodden heart, but Satan comes along and steals the word out of their heart. This can happen many ways. Usually current worldly distractions lead them away and through the fruits of their continued sin God’s word and the prompting of the Holy Ghost is washed away. This person will perish in hell never receiving the work of God in their hearts.

2. The Rocky Ground

 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up,

the plants withered because they had no moisture.

(verse 6)

Those on the rocky ground

are the ones who receive the word with joy

when they hear it, but they have no root.

They believe for a while,

but in the time of testing they fall away. 

(verse 13)

This second group are people who hear the word of God. They are convicted of sin, repent, and receive God into their hearts.

Their faith was soon tested (as it always is), and rather than being nurtured up developing strength, holiness, and perfection, their faith (or belief) remained in a heart that was fragile, carnal, and undeveloped in the ways of righteousness. Continuing in this heart-state kept them weak and led them away to perdition.

We must take a firm hold of the word of God, growing in grace daily, putting away all things contrary to His nature.

Unfortunately, those who don’t develop the seed God plants in their hearts will believe in vain if they continue in a state that facilitates falling away. 

Now, brothers and sisters,

I want to remind you of the gospel

I preached to you, which you received

and on which you have taken your stand.

By this gospel you are saved,

if you hold firmly to the word

I preached to you.

Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

~ I Corinthians 15:1-2

Paul reinforces this principle about rocky ground, and encourages us to hold firm, to pull out the rocks of the world out of our hearts, in order to nurture our faith until it is strong, tested, and proven.

Those who God considers elect are those who hold firm in what they believe. We must stand firm on all the principles of God’s until the end. When Paul uses the words “you have believed,” it has the same connotation as John 3:16: He wants them to remain in an active and continuous saving belief.

Just prior to this, Paul told the Corinthians that they are saved. Properly, this means that they have been delivered out of danger and into safety. This is principally God rescuing believers from the penalty and power of sin – and into His provisions (safety).

~ HELPS Word-studies

As we actively and faithfully believe, we are being delivered from our previous acts of sin and its wages. Full deliverance is contingent upon our continued obedience until death (or the coming of Jesus).

Remember, if you believe, Jesus is delivering you from the penalty of sin, from having to commit any more sin against Him because it’s sin’s power over us has been vanquished. This is why we must persist, continuing to live out our faith in Him.

No longer are we to sin but to obey the same command that Jesus gave to the forgiven adulteress; Go and sin no more.

We know that our old sinful selves

were crucified with Christ

so that sin might lose its power in our lives.

We are no longer slaves to sin.

For when we died with Christ

we were set free from the power of sin.

And since we died with Christ,

we know we will also live with him.

We are sure of this

because Christ was raised from the dead,

and he will never die again.

Death no longer has any power over him.

When he died,

he died once to break the power of sin.

But now that he lives,

he lives for the glory of God.

So you also should consider yourselves

to be dead to the power of sin

and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

~ Romans 6:6-11 NLT

Once we believe, we begin to grow. We must remain in Him and allow Him to change our rocky soil. No grapes grow where there is no vine or husbandman. No vine grows where there is no nutritious soil. The seed has been planted in many hearts, yet only to whither on the vine.

Sin stops us from growing, destroys our connection to God, and leads to death.

I am the vine; you are the branches.

Whoever abides in me and I in him,

he it is that bears much fruit,

for apart from me you can do nothing.

If anyone does not abide in me

he is thrown away like a branch and withers;

and the branches are gathered,

thrown into the fire, and burned.

~ John 15:5-6


No one who is born of God

will continue to sin,

because God’s seed remains in them;

they cannot go on sinning,

because they have been born of God.

~ 1 John 3:9 NIV


But now you are free from the power of sin

and have become slaves of God.

Now you do those things

that lead to holiness

and result in eternal life.

~ Romans 6:22 NLT

3. The Thorny Ground

 Other seed fell among thorns,

which grew up with it and choked the plants. 

(verse 7)

The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear,

but as they go on their way

they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures,

and they do not mature

(verse 14)

This passage is interesting because the words “grew up with it” indicate that the people believed, put their faith in God, and were growing in Christ but they do not mature. At the same time they were believing in Him, they were also engaging in worrying, gaining wealth, and enjoying many forms of worldly pleasures or getting lost in recreational activities. 

This is the most troubling verse of all to me because most of Christianity envelops more time and thought in life’s worldly distractions than consecrating their life as living sacrifices, developing a noble and pure heart, which is the only reasonable service a Christian should do.

Jesus is saying that we need to be single-minded: not divided by a heart partaking in the things of this world and of Christ. A Christian should be markedly different focusing on God in daily living, acting, thinking, and all their intentions.

There is no keeping up with the Jones in the Christian life. We are to be completely free from those things that so easily entangle a carnal heart.

He gave himself for us to set us free

from every kind of lawlessness

and to purify for himself a people

who are truly his, eager to do good.

~ Titus 2:14 NET


Come close to God,

and God will come close to you.

Wash your hands, you sinners;

purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided

between God and the world.

~ James 4:8 NLT


4. The Good Soil

 Still other seed fell on good soil.

It came up and yielded a crop,

a hundred times more than was sown. 

(verse 8)

But the seed on good soil

stands for those with a noble and good heart,

who hear the word, retain it,

and by persevering produce a crop. 

(verse 15)

Who has a noble or worthy and good heart? It is clear from scripture that all have sinned and none are righteous. So, this passage cannot mean the word fell on hearts that are good. Verse 8 is talking about soil: the place and things that nurture the heart.

agathós – means inherently (intrinsically) good; as to the believer, describes what originates from God and is empowered by Him in their life, through faith.

~ HELPS Word-studies

Strongs Concordance describes good as having developed a good constitution or nature: γῆ, Luke 8:8; δένδρον,Matthew 7:18, in sense equivalent to ‘fertile soil,’ ‘a fruitful tree,’ (Xenophon, oec. 16, 7 γῆ ἀγαθή, … γῆ κακῇ, an. 2, 4, 22χώρας πολλῆς καί ἀγαθῆς οὔσης) and that it corresponds to the figurative expression good ground, denoting a soul inclined to goodness, accordingly, eager to learn saving truth, ready to bear the fruits (καρπούς ἀγαθούς, James 3:17) of a Christian life.

Hearts are make noble and good by allowing the living word of Christ to flow freely within and without the whole course of our life.

When we first receive the word, it is clear from the preceding three types of soil and the whole tenure of scripture that all are unrighteous and deserving of death. There is nothing we can do to make our hearts noble or good. 

And to the one who does not work

but believes in him who justifies the ungodly,

his faith is counted as righteousness,

~ Romans 4:5 ESV

After ungodly sinners receive the word, their hearts begin to change. This is an instantaneous gift and yet can be a time consuming process that begins to reveal itself as demonstrated by the love of God emanating from an increasingly growing, consecrated, and submissive heart.

Pauls describes above God’s pardon and crediting our faith as righteousness. Christ justifies us while we are yet ungodly and guilty of sin.

As a result, God cleanses us from guilt of our all our past sin, frees us from the power of sin, and enables us to live a life that is truly righteous. This is a what true pardon means. Not only forgiving us but enabling us to be obedient to Him.

Therefore, my beloved,

as you have always obeyed, so now,

not only as in my presence

but much more in my absence,

work out your own salvation

with fear and trembling,

~ Philippians 2:12 ESV


Whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation

in His blood through faith.

This was to demonstrate His righteousness,

because in the forbearance of God

He passed over the sins previously committed.  

~ Romans 3:35 NASB

Faith is Reckoned as Righteous

 When we get saved, God passes over all our previous sins. Our heart has not been made pure yet because the predisposition to sin, to do evil (carnality) still remain. We are pardoned the moment we are saved. 

Our heart still needs to be purified. It still needs to be made noble as grows in that good soil that Jesus is developing.

This is where the act of salvation gets interesting. We have been pardoned. Not by any righteousness in us but by our belief in Jesus. He justifies the ungodly, not doing any work but having a faith (believing) that is counted as righteousness.

Keep in mind scripture does not say we are given Christ’s righteousness. We must always remember that God is just and He judges according to truth. Our salvation is based on faith and faith alone. We are still what we were in mind, body and soul. The work has just begun. He has only begun to make us holy. This is what He wants to finish.

Christ’s righteousness is not imputed to us as our righteousness. This is a common mistake based upon assumption. Scripture states that God reckons our faith as righteousness, which is conditional or us to be united with Christ who was raised for our justification.

Genuine saving faith is transformative and righteous at the outset. Jesus begins by imputing righteousness justifying our faith. Through obedience, our hearts being to filled with His love as He cleanses (purifies) our heart from of all its impurities stemming from sin.

Our imperfections remain since we are still human with limited in knowledge, perspectives, and understanding. It is our sinful character or nature that is being cleansed. Our memories, thinking, and habits remain as they become subject to His image and we become partakers in His nature.

seeing that His divine power has granted to us

everything pertaining to life and godliness,

through the true knowledge of Him

who called us by His own glory and excellence.

For by these He has granted to us

His precious and magnificent promises,

so that by them you

may become partakers of the divine nature,

having escaped the corruption that is in the world

by lust (by our evil desires or sinful nature).

~ Peter 1:3b-4

Partaking in His holiness is the natural outcome of continuous, active, saving faith. This can only happen in a consecrated life, undivided in devotion and commitment to Christ. 

He wants to strengthen your faith, conform you to his image, so when He comes (or you die), you can be confident, lacking in nothing with a clear conscious, unblemished, and unblamable in His sight.

May he strengthen your hearts

so that you will be blameless and holy

in the presence of our God and Father

when our Lord Jesus comes

with all his holy ones.

~ 1 Thessalonians 3:13 NIV


Blessed are the pure in heart:

for they shall see God.

~ Matthew 5:8 KJV


The purpose of my instruction is

that all believers would be filled with love

that comes from a pure heart,

a clear conscience, and genuine faith.

~ 1 Timothy 1:5 NLT


For judgment will again be righteous,

And all the upright in heart will follow it.

~ Psalm 94:15 NASB

God wants to purify our hearts: to make it morally upright, noble enough to eschew (to consistently, firmly, and assertively turn away) from all evil and abhor sin (to regard sin as vile and utterly detest it all its forms) from the deepest recesses of your soul.

A christian pastor once tried to correct me and told me that the gospel is not about morality. This could not be further from the truth. From the moment Adam and Eve sinned, their moral compass was skewed and and in need to correction. God wants to restore our moral compass so that we can be with him.

We are given a warning in Hebrews 5:7-14 about falling away and the importance of living a righteous life. Without the moral compass God wants to restore in our heart, we will be unable to distinguish good from evil and will remain in sin.


Therefore, whosover believeth in Him will have transformed nature because they have a continuous and active faith in the only holy, upright, and righteous savior, Jesus Christ.

Love Him with all of your heart. If you cannot truly and completely do this, it is because even a tiny part of your heart is at enmity with God. Ask Him to continue His work of purifying your heart.

He can do anything. Don’t give up.

Through it all: He will perform and do His good pleasure in you . . . if you believe.



John 3:16, Part I

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

In this two part series, we are going to examine: #1: For God so love the world, #2: that whosoever,

# 3: believeth in Him will be discussed in the second post.

We will not address the nature of Christ, perdition, and eternal life here. Those can and should be addressed separately to my understanding.

This post will review sections #1, 2, & 3, “For God so loved the world, that whosoever

Post two will address # 4, what does it mean to believe in Jesus.

Some of these elements will be broken down into subsections such as “For God” because it addresses a very specific moment in time, a very specific people in the past, and it is applied generally in the future.

For God so Loved

I have always believed that this verse said that God loved all of creation; even the animals, plants, and oceans. Studying this verse more closely, I have learned that this is true. But it means so much more.

In the words “For God, ” we have have a trifold revelation: The first application a very specific span of time and a specific people. The second application is very general, addressing the character of His creation, and the third, His relation to all of mankind.

For” meant: In this manner, in this way or in this fashion, in accordance with this description (corresponding to what follows); in keeping with; along this line, in the manner spoken; In this manner as described in the wilderness, by Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea . . . God provided a way to salvation.

It points to how God loved us while we were yet sinners and sent his Son: in this manner or in this way.

But God demonstrates his own love for us,

in that while we were still sinners,

Christ died for us.

~ Romans 5:8

The First Application of “For

We have to look at the preceding two verse to see the first application showing His love.

As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,

even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 

so that whoever believes  in Him

will have eternal life.

~ John 3:14-15

To the Jews of Jesus’s day, the brazen serpent was considered very highly. It represented a type of resurrection. Because by looking upon it, the dying lived.

When the people in the wilderness cried out for salvation (Numbers 21:4-9), God provided a way for them. He did not take the serpents away when the serpent was lifted up. They remained in the midst of the people.

The serpents represented the immediate consequences for their sin, just like death represents the immediate consequences or wages for our sin. 

Like the serpents in the wilderness, God will not take away death from us. We still have to die. Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, God expects us to cease from our sinning. Because sin brought forth this judgment.


In John 3:7, Jesus saidMarvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Jesus was speaking to Israel through a representative, Nicodemus, a Pharisee. Secondarily, He was speaking to the rest of mankind.

When Jesus said Marvel not that I said untothee, He was speaking to Nicodemus (by the use of thee). When He said Ye must be born again, He was speaking to the whole world because ye is plural. This nuance is lost in the newer versions of the Bible.

The Second Application of “For

The second application is very general and I believe it includes every part of the creation story. God loved Adam and Eve, and during creation He called what He made Good six times.

After He finished His work and looked at the whole, God said it was Very Good!

We know God loved His creation and everything in it. We also know the whole of creation groans, waiting salvation.

For we know that the whole creation

groans and suffers the pains

of childbirth together until now.

~ Romans 8:22

Even creation is waiting its rebirth, both the heavens and the earth. 

See, I will create new heavens and a new earth.

The former things will not be remembered,

nor will they come to mind.

~ Isaiah 65:17

The Third Application of “For

Because God loves all of humanity even while we are yet sinners, He devised a plan of pardon for us all.


Jesus was lifted up on the cross to atone for our sins. His purpose was to set us free from sin, the power of sin, and the wages of sin, which is not fully consummated until the second death occurs.

Anyone whose name

was not found written in the book of life

was thrown into the lake of fire.

~ Revelation 20:15

Our fall into sin, pointed to the crux of God’s complete plan of salvation: 

The Fall into Sin

God hates all sin and would not make anything sinful. God is not the author of sin. He is holy and only holiness, purity, truth, and justice come from Him.

Nothing wicked or corrupt was ever found in Him or in His immediate creations. His angelic beings, humanity, and creation were all created in righteousness and perfection (in relation to the absence of sin).

The angels and mand sinned after they were created by the perfect hand of God. This shows that the angels and humanity had the ability to choose or the capacity of free will to serve God or to rebel.

Yet this capacity is not fully understood. Nor is the first revelation of sin. This passage describes when sin was found in Lucifer.

Thou wast perfect in thy ways

from the day that thou wast created,

till iniquity was found in thee. 

~ Ezekiel 28:15

When God created Adam and Eve, they were the apex of His creation: created in perfection. Neither was sin found in them until after the the creation.

This passage describes when sin was found in Adam and Eve.

She also gave some to her husband,

who was with her, and he ate it.

Then the eyes of both of them were opened,

and they realized they were naked;

so they sewed fig leaves together

and made coverings for themselves. 

~ Genesis 3:6-7

In the above passage, mankind is described as having their eyes opened. They could discern between good and evil. The discovery of personal sin was realized by the disobedience of God’s will.

Sin brought with it, shame, guilt, and death. It also altered the order of the entire creation. The makeup of the our world was completely stained and spoiled by the works of sin. 

Now, I do not claim to understand how the darkness of sin enters every living soul after Adam and Eve, but I do not ascribe to the concept of original sin as defined by Augustine of Hippo.

Augustine’s attempt to frame the mystery of sin in mankind was built around his earlier influences from Manichaeism, Gnosticism, and Augustine’s own sinful proclivities.

These influences are clearly corruptive in nature. Man’s unscriptural philosophies do not belong in the train of Christian thought for they increasingly distort our understanding of God, create false doctrines, and our understanding of His plan and will for our lives.

Sin in Mankind

God created all of mankind after the likeness of Adam and Eve. Procreation is one of the many ways we are created after God’s image. So is the knowledge of good and evil.

And the LORD God said,

Now that the man has become like one of us,

knowing good and evil,

he must not be allowed to stretch out his hand

and take also from the tree of life and eat,

and live forever.

~ Genesis 3:22

We are conceived by parents who sin and are born into a world full of sin. We have a natural disposition to sin because the corrupted world in which we are conceived demands our corroborative effort in order to exist. 

It is as natural for us to sin as it is to breath. The deeper we go into sin the easier it is to do. Likewise, the deeper we live in God’s righteousness, the easier it is to be righteous.

Little Children

He called a little child to him,

and placed the child among them. 

Truly I tell you,

unless you change

and become like little children,

you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.


whoever takes the lowly position

of this child is the greatest

in the kingdom of heaven.

And whoever welcomes one

such child in my name welcomes me.

If anyone causes one of these little ones

who believe in me to stumble,

it would be better for them

to have a large millstone hung around their neck

and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 

See that you do not despise

one of these little ones.

For I tell you

that their angels in heaven

always see the face of my Father in heaven.

~ Matthew 10:2, 4-6, 10

Age of Accountability

We are told by Jesus that heaven is filled with the likes of little children. It is clear that children go to heaven because their sin is not counted against them for their capacity of good and evil is not yet developed.

Consider Genesis 3:7 where Adam and Eves eyes were opened and they had an awareness that sin had become a part of who they were. Before that, in a sence, they were like little children who did not comprehend good and evil.

Children eventually reach an age of accountability, when child-like innocence fades and the sinful characteristics that have taken a hold of their life, are awakened by their their consciousness.

Then Jesus goes on to describe the 99 sheep and one that was lost. I believe one application of this parable is linking children as sheep who enter into sin after they have become accountable. Then God goes looking for them.

We all like sheep have gone astray. Since the whole context of Matthew chapter 10 leading up to this parable was in reference to children, this is a likely contextual application.

Like the prodigal son, we fall and utter sinfulness and are accountable to the judgment due if we remain in our sins by disbelief and disobedience.

 The rest of Matthew 18 describes brothers in Christ who sin and servants of God who fall into sin and lose their position with God (lose their salvation because of sin).

There is a clear development of accountability, and increasing levels of responsibility described in this chapter. It is likely Jesus was describing accountability and responsibility in the context of the Jewish life.

And this is why God sent His son to us; To give us the opportunity to correct our sinful disobedience and change our dispositions (our heart) by “believing” in the gospel of His son.

Later we will discuss the key word of the verse, “believing.” It is very important to have a correct understanding of its meaning and application.

I was led astray from the Lord and fell back into the practice of sinning after initial salvation due to a common misunderstanding of the word believe in the church today.

That is why the next section only discusses the concept “to believe.” It is my understanding now that if I died in that state, I would have perished. Thanks be to God’s grace alone I am alive today and believe in Him.

The World

World – κόσμος or kósmos literally means something that is ordered, or more properly it means an ordered system such as the human body, the Earth, our solar system, the universe, even the whole of creation.

Order demands intimate and precise functioning of everything. The English word “cosmetic” comes from kosmos and describes an ensemble or garnishments, which enhances the order and details of the face as a whole.

So God does loves everything that he created and wants to make it all Very Good again. Mankind was creation’s garnishment: the perfect ensemble added completing the magnificent and expansive universe.

It is right to add: God did not create anything that He hates. And we know what God hates. 

God wants not only to restore us but to exalt us to a heavenly nature. Those who serve God are not a partaker of this corrupt world. We live in it but do not ascribe to its characteristics or nature.

If you were of the world,

the world would love its own;

but because you are not of the world,

but I chose you out of the world,

because of this the world hates you.

~ John 15:19


Do not love the world

or anything in the world.

If anyone loves the world,

love for the Father is not in them.

~ I John 2:15


Whereby are given unto us

exceeding great and precious promises:

that by these ye might be

partakers of the divine nature,

having escaped the corruption

that is in the world through lust.

~ 2 Peter 1:14


The word whosover in Greek is (πᾶς) pronounced pas. Literally means all, the whole, every kind ofany, everyone.

The emphasis in the Greek considers the total picture and then focuses on “one piece at a time. The context is the world (the emphasis) and every person in the world (one piece at a time) is the effect.

Since God loves the whole world and everyone and everything He created in it (Satan and the angels are not of this world). 

Whosoever is clearly a call to humanity for we are the only thing in the creation of the universe that is fashioned after His image with moral and intellectual capacity to receive the gift of salvation.

Although the whole creation groans for redemption, man is given the honor to receive Jesus’ act of redemption. As a result, the whole creation will be made anew, perfect in God’s eyes because Jesus gave mankind salvation.

For God did not send the Son

into the world to judge the world,

but that the world might be saved through Him.

~ John 3:17


For we know that the whole creation

groans and suffers the pains of childbirth

together until now.

~ Romans 8:22


But in keeping with his promise

we are looking forward to a new heaven

and a new earth,

where righteousness dwells.

~ II Peter 3:13

In the new heavens and new earth, only the righteousness will dwell: God, His Angels, Humanity, and the rest of living creation living in perfection order with God in glory forever.

In Part II, we will explore the word Believe.

Keep the faith!

Dirt, Dust, and Soil


Everything has its Place

I was pulling weeds in my garden today as dark clouds began to appear reminding me of the coming storm.

As I sifted the dirt from the weeds, I noticed how dark and rich the soil was. My plants will be nurtured well as they grow this season. Already, my corn, cabbage, kale, lettuce, and watermelon have begun to spring forth with life.

I can’t wait to try my hand at the sweet potato slips we are preparing . . .  

“America the Beautiful” reminds us that our amber waves of grain blanketing rolling hills are our heritage even under God’s curse we are to work the land all the days of our lives.

It is from that same soil that God took and “formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and he became a living soul.” ~ Genesis 2:7

It is the purpose that, “God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Genesis 2:15

How beautiful and abounding with life was the soil God made for us. In the Garden, man walked, and talked, and lived in perfect harmony with God.  

That was, until sin entered man’s heart and caused a change in the whole world around him.  

God said,

cursed is the ground for thy sake;

in sorrow shalt thou eat of it

all the days of thy life; 

Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth;

and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,

till thou return unto the ground;

for out of it wast thou taken:

for dust thou art,

and unto dust shalt thou return.

~ Genesis 3:17-19

That rich and perfect soil had changed. It still brought forth food but it was cursed, cursed by sin. The world had lost its natural purpose that God originally intended.

No more would the Earth merely bring forth life and things that God would call “Good.” Now the Earth would bring forth that which brings pain, suffering, and death.

Soil Becomes Dirt

Soil now has very limited uses. We have to regulate our use of it. If we don’t it becomes dirt. If the soil continues to degrade, it becomes dust.

So God’s curse, cast on a once perfect world, is used to curse man, or more accurately, to bring judgment upon the sin that man commits.

In Canaan, the Israelites were instructed to give the soil rest every seventh year.

For six years you are to sow your fields

and harvest the crops,

but during the seventh year

let the land lie unplowed and unused.

Then the poor among your people

may get food from it,

and the wild animals may eat what is left.

Do the same with your vineyard

and your olive grove.

~ Exodus 23:10

We get refreshed when we rest and that is one of the reasons God instructed the Israelites to fallow their ground for a year. There were other reasons to, and they all point to Christ.

The Christian Sabbath is given to us so we can rest in the redemptive work of Christ; to be fed, learn of Him and give Him the first fruits of our lives.

On the first day of the week,

when we were gathered together to break bread,

Paul began talking to them,

intending to leave the next day,

and he prolonged his message until midnight.

~ Acts 20:7


Upon the first day of the week

let every one of you lay by him in store,

as God hath prospered him,

that there be no gatherings when I come.

~ 1 Corinthians 16:2

Rest Brings Life

Obedience to the word of God brings rest and abundant life

When we care for the soil as good stewards, it brings forth life and sustenance. It is the source of our earthly life for that is where we came from and it where we will return.

In addition to being made from soil, the soil also reflects our earthly characteristics; those things foreordained for destruction.

Who is wise and understanding among you?

Let them show it by their good life,

by deeds done in the humility

that comes from wisdom.

But if you harbor bitter envy

and selfish ambition in your hearts,

do not boast about it or deny the truth.

Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven

but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

For where you have envy and selfish ambition,

there you find disorder and every evil practice. 

But the wisdom that comes from heaven i

s first of all pure;  then peace-loving,

considerate, submissive, full of mercy

and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Peacemakers who sow in peace

reap a harvest of righteousness.

~ James 3:13-17

Our thinking, our desires, our goals, the whole of who we are in our natural state by its very nature is worldly and earthen. 

Our earthly bodies, its natural desires, and inclinations; mind you none of it is sinful in itself; yet we are cursed to die because of Adam’s sin and because we sin.

But alas, there is a second part of our nature; That which is linked to the eternal. It is that part that longs for heaven and in dire need of redemption.

It is our soul and spirit. They are so closely linked that only the word of God can separate them.

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.

~ Hebrews 4:12

God wants to pierce this area of our heart so He can clean out the dirt. 

Restoration begins upon initial salvation, when we are no longer subject to serve sin.

We are now justified in Christ and are free to serve God in an exclusiveness that holds no room for the things of the old man, namely fleshly desires that lead to sin.

We are no longer to serve sin or have any part in sin. This is why Jesus came to set us free. If we do sin by mistake we have an advocate but there is no excuse to continue in sin. Christians who do this will perish in their sins.

For if we deliberately keep on sinning

after receiving the knowledge of the truth,

no further sacrifice for sins is left for us

~ Hebrews 10:26

Dirt out of Place

For you were called to freedom, brethren;

only do not turn your freedom

into an opportunity for the flesh,

but through love serve one another.

. . . But I say, walk by the Spirit,

and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh

. . . those who practice such things

will not inherit the kingdom of God.

. . . Now those who belong to Christ Jesus

have crucified the flesh

with its passions and desires.

~ Galatians 5:13a, 16, 21b, 24

If you have not crucified the flesh, its passions, and desires, you do not belong to Christ. You belong to your father the Devil. 

This is a hard saying.

Whoever makes a practice of sinning

is of the devil,

for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.

The reason the Son of God appeared

was to destroy the works of the devil.

~ I John 3:8

Dirt in our Heart

Soil has its place. When soil finds itself in places it does not belong, soil becomes dirt. Its attractiveness, bounty, and life giving properties give way to a spoiling nature.

If we get dirt on our church clothes, a new hat, or our children’s hands are soiled, dirt is disagreeable.

It is soil out of place; it is dirt.

Now we know that dirt in or on our body or clothing does not really make us dirty. It only taints the earthly surface.

Even after we are justifies, there is dirt deep inside our soul that needs to be removed. If we do not love God with all our heart, this is evidence that the work is not yet complete. 

It does not happen at death. For death is not our savior. Death is a curse. How we are in our current state will be how we are when we die. Jesus explained it to us and the apostles continued His work.

After Jesus called the crowd to Him,

He said to them,

“Hear and understand. 

It is not what enters into the mouth

that defiles the man,

but what proceeds out of the mouth,

this defiles the man.”

Every plant which My heavenly Father

did not plant shall be uprooted . . . 

Do you not understand

that everything that goes into the mouth

passes into the stomach,

and is eliminated?

But the things that proceed out of the mouth

come from the heart,

and those defile the man.

“For out of the heart come evil thoughts,

murders, adulteries, fornications,

thefts, false witness, slanders.

These are the things which defile the man;

but to eat with unwashed hands

does not defile the man.

~ Matthew 15:10b, 11, 13b, 17, 18-20

Sin has dirtied our heart. If you are a Christian and you retain any of the characteristics of sin in your heart, you are in need of the purifying work of the Holy Spirit.

A clean heart is one that has nothing in it that ought not to be there. Every good affection is in it, and no evil affection.

If there is one evil affection, it causes the heart to be unclean. A clean heart, in other words, is a heart that is the home of every good affection and has none of the evil affections in it.

It is, “A heart from sin set free.”

~ George Asbury

Every Christian needs a clean heart. God can cleanse your heart of all sin and purify your soul with His word and Spirit.

We are called to act:

No one serving as a soldier

gets entangled in civilian affairs,

but rather tries to please his commanding officer.

Similarly, anyone who competes

as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown

except by competing according to the rules.

The hardworking farmer

should be the first to receive a share of the crops.

Reflect on what I am saying,

for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

~ 2 Timothy 2:4-7

As a soldier, we are to focus solely on the Lord’s will; not allowing any worldly affairs to distract us or impede our mission of serving God and spreading the Good News. 

As an athlete, we are to complete according to the rules; the N.T. was given as a rule book. Holy Spirit is given to help us understand it. As a Christian dedicated to winning the race, everything you need has already been given to you.

As a farmer, we are to first receive our share of our labors that have been wrought by Christ. Yes, these are works.

God does not use dead carcasses. He uses living, willing participants who, give of themselves as a service of love and sacrifice to the Lord.

We are not saved by our works, but faith without these works is a dead faith. We are to show our works by our faith.

You believe that God is one.

You do well;

the demons also believe, and shudder.

But are you willing to recognize,

you foolish fellow,

that faith without works is useless?

Was not Abraham our father

justified by works

when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?

You see that faith was working with his works,

and as a result of the works,

faith was perfected;

and the Scripture was fulfilled which says,

and “Abraham believed God,

and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,”

and he was called the friend of God.

You see that a man is justified by works

and not by faith alone.

In the same way, was not Rahab

the harlot also justified by works

when she received the messengers

and sent them out by another way?

For just as the body without the spirit is dead,

so also faith without works is dead.

~ James 2:19b-26


Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind,

be sober, and hope to the end

for the grace that is to be brought unto you

at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

As obedient children,

not fashioning yourselves

according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

But as he which hath called you is holy,

so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

Because it is written,

Be ye holy; for I am holy.

And if ye call on the Father,

who without respect of persons

judgeth according to every man’s work,

pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

Forasmuch as ye know

that ye were not redeemed

with corruptible things, as silver and gold,

from your vain conversation

received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ,

as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Who verily was foreordained

before the foundation of the world,

but was manifest in these last times for you,

Who by him do believe in God,

that raised him up from the dead,

and gave him glory;

that your faith and hope might be in God.

Seeing ye have purified your souls

in obeying the truth through the Spirit

unto unfeigned love of the brethren, 

see that ye love one another

with a pure heart fervently:

Being born again, not of corruptible seed,

but of incorruptible, by the word of God,

which liveth and abideth for ever.

For all flesh is as grass,

and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.

The grass withereth,

and the flower thereof falleth away:

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.

And this is the word which by the gospel

is preached unto you.

~ I Peter 1:13-25

Our bodies will wither away like dust. But the soul that is purified by the heavenly work of the Holy Spirit will endure in perfect love and harmony with God until the end.

The soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Ezekiel 18:20a

By faith,

Keep up the “Good” work my friend.

Bible Holiness

This post is etched from a paper I am reading about holiness.

It is written by Edgar Painter Ellyson.

My hope is that this will help one of you reading to more completely understand this often misunderstood and neglected core element of Christianity.

Areas Italicized are my attempts to generalize the concepts and to help the reading flow.

But ye have not so learned Christ;

if so be that ye have heard him,

and have been taught by him,

as the truth is in Jesus:

that ye put off

concerning the former conversation the old man,

which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

and be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

and that ye put on the new man,

which after God

is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Wherefore putting away lying,

speak every man truth with his neighbour:

for we are members one of another.

Be ye angry, and sin not:

let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

neither give place to the devil.

Let him that stole steal no more:

but rather let him labour,

working with his hands the thing which is good,

that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Let no corrupt communication

proceed out of your mouth,

but that which is good

to the use of edifying,

that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God,

whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger,

and clamour, and evil speaking,

be put away from you, with all malice:

and be ye kind one to another,

tenderhearted, forgiving one another,

even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

~ Ephesians 4:20-32

 The Bible is the book of Christianity. It is God’s revelation of truth to man.

It reveals God to man and man to himself. The Bible makes known to man his true nature, his moral condition and his need as they cannot be known without the Bible.

It reveals the fact of sin and of redemption that is otherwise undiscoverable by man.

It reveals inerrantly “the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation; so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined to the church or faith of believers.

Holiness is the only moral standard held in the Bible. It recognizes the fact of unholiness but gives to this only disapproval and condemnation.

The Bible offers no compromise with sin; its only offer is salvation from sin, and this results in holiness.

All men are religious and there are very many religions in the world. But there is only one true religion; all others are false religions.

These all have their holy places and things and persons, which express devotion to their gods. But a devotement to such gods is far from true holiness.

It may be a deep devotion and be manifested in great sacrifice, but it cannot be true holiness when it is devoted to a false god, to that which is not God.

True holiness is devotement to the true God and to His program. It is a condition of being set apart from the common, the secular, the worldly, the temporal, for the sacred.

One who is holy must still have to do with the temporal and secular but he is no longer of the world; he is in the world but not of it; he does not belong to the common herd.

He has a citizenship at present in this world, but his chief citizenship is in heaven; One is his master, even Christ.

Holiness is a Moral Term

Holiness being devotement to God, and He being a moral person, holiness must have moral values. True holiness is freedom from sin.

Webster’s definition: Spiritually whole or sound; unimpaired innocency and virtue, free from sinful affections, pure in heart, guiltless.

God hath not called us unto uncleanness,

but unto holiness

~ 1 Thessalonians 4:7

Holiness is the absence of moral uncleanness; it is moral purity. True holiness then may be quite simply defined as devotement to God and freedom from sin.

In verse 22 above, true holiness is negative, is subtraction, is elimination, is eradication.

That ye put off concerning the former conversation

Concerning the life you have been living, your natural inherited nature, “the old man,” your inherited Adamic nature, “which is corrupt” through the fall.

This calls for forgiveness and cleansing and a changed moral nature. Sin has once changed this nature from holiness, and grace can change it back again to holiness.

In verses 23, 24, holiness is positive, something received, something that one is really made by divine grace.

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

that ye put on the new man,

which after God is created in righteousness,

. . . being born of and baptized with the Holy Spirit. It is the Christlike which is the state of true holiness. It is a state of rightness with God and with man, of purity of heart and of blameless behavior.

It is not faultless, not freedom from temptation or mistake, not perfection of thought and action, but blameless as to motive, and pure in heart.

It is not sinless as judged under the law, but is free from guilt as judged under grace; all guilt and pollution are gone.

Holiness is an inward condition or state which manifests itself in certain characteristics of living so it may be known by its fruit.

In verse 25, they that are holy, “put away lying,” they put away the false, the deceptive, the hypocritical, and . . .

speak every man truth with his neighbour.

They are genuine and dependable. They recognize their membership in the neighborhood group, that “we are members one of another” and must not misrepresent or in any way injure the others by our speaking.

They may sometimes be mistaken and that which they speak may on this account not be the truth, but they do not lie because they are sincere in believing that what they are saying is the truth.

If they discover their mistake they immediately correct it.

In verse 26, holiness destroys none of the normal faculties nor does it interfere with their normal functioning.

These faculties were given to us in the divine creation for our benefit; they are essential to the present life, and their normal and legitimate gratification is helpful to life at its best.

These are all to be used but holiness calls for their functioning without sin.

Be ye angry, and sin not.

Have a keen displeasure and disapproval of evil with no wrong feeling toward the person doing the evil. So are we to have affection and sin not, to have joy and sin not, to serve with our hands and sin not.

Verse 27 states that Satan is opposed to God and to holiness, and he seeks to destroy holiness.

He is the enemy of man’s highest interests and ever seeks to prevent his becoming holy. To become holy and to maintain holiness one must resist all of the attacks of Satan.

Neither give place to the devil.

Resistance is always the attitude of holiness to the temptations from the devil.

In Verse 28, he who is holy will not knowingly take that which does not belong, to him, that to which he has no right.

Let him that stole steal no more.

He will carefully respect the property rights of others. He will not feel that the world owes him a living and must give it to him.

He will not be a beggar or a charity sponge calling for dole. If he is able he will work

with his hands the thing, which is good

 and earn his own honest living, and then go beyond

that he may have to give to him that needeth.

He prefers giving to, rather than receiving from, charity.

In verse 30, the life of holiness must be lived under the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit; no man is sufficient of himself. He is our keeper.

Therefore the one who has been made holy will have great carefulness against displeasing the Holy Spirit and breaking the fellowship with Him.

Grieve not the holy Spirit of God,

whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

The life of holiness is a life wholly under the mastery of the Spirit, a life of obedience to His leading.

Verses 31, 32 states that holiness calls for right attitudes toward other persons. It feels kindly toward and treats others with consideration.

It holds no grudges and forgives freely

even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Holiness is a Religious Term

Holiness has a distinctly religious meaning. Religion is man’s belief in God, his attitude toward and experience of God; it is faith, devotion, worship and service on this level.

Webster defines holiness as, “set apart to the service and worship of God; hallowed; sacred; reserved from the profane to the sacred and to God and His service.”

It is full devotion to God, loving God with all the human powers, life fully devoted to the fellowship and service of God.

True holiness is devotement to the true God and to His program.

It is a condition of being set apart from the common, the secular, the worldly, the temporal, for the sacred.

One who is holy must still have to do with the temporal and secular but he is no longer of the world; he is in the world but not of it; he does not belong to the common herd.

He has a citizenship at present in this world, but his chief citizenship is in heaven; One is his master, even Christ. 

Reading about holiness in the Bible carries my love of God to greater heights.

I hope it does for you too.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

God’s Handiwork

Thy hands have made me and fashioned me:

give me understanding,

that I may learn thy commandments.

~ Psalm 119:73

God has fashioned all that we are. He gave us the capacity to learn of Him, to know Him, to love Him, and learn His commandments.

For the invisible things of him

from the creation of the world

are clearly seen,

being understood by the things that are made,

even his eternal power and Godhead;

so that they are without excuse:

~ Romans 1:20 

We retain the knowledge that we are created by God and are without excuse in our disobedience to this truth. 

Through the fall of Adam, we lost our way. We need to seek Him, learn His ways, and separate ourselves from the world to be with Him.

For thou hast possessed my reins:

thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 

I will praise thee;

for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:

marvellous are thy works;

and that my soul knoweth right well. 

My substance was not hid from thee,

when I was made in secret,

and curiously wrought

in the lowest parts of the earth. 

Thine eyes did see my substance,

yet being unperfect (unformed);

and in thy book all my members were written,

which in continuance were fashioned,

when as yet there was none of them. 

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me,

O God! how great is the sum of them!

 I should count them,

they are more in number than the sand:

when I awake, I am still with thee.

~ Psalm 139:13-18

God has designed us wonderfully, fearfully, and marvelously. We are immeasurably precious in His thoughts.

We cannot really comprehend how much God loves us. But we can see how much He gave of Himself through His perfect life and torturous sufferings at the cross.

We can also look around us and see the immense creation made for us to dwell in.

Thou knowest that I am not wicked;

and there is none that can deliver

out of thine hand. 

Thine hands have made me

and fashioned me together round about;

yet thou dost destroy me. 

Remember, I beseech thee,

that thou hast made me as the clay;

and wilt thou bring me into dust again? 

Hast thou not poured me out as milk,

and curdled me like cheese? 

Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh,

and hast fenced me with bones and sinews. 

Thou hast granted me life and favour,

and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. 

And these things hast thou hid in thine heart:

I know that this is with thee. 

If I sin, then thou markest me,

and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity. 

If I be wicked, woe unto me;

and if I be righteous,

yet will I not lift up my head.

I am full of confusion;

therefore see thou mine affliction;

~ Job 10:7-15

Age of Accountability

God clothes us in skin, flesh, and bone, and imbues us with intelligence and morality.

His presence keeps us alive.

He did not make anything evil or wicked. Yet wickedness is found in everyone of us.

We learn about sin the moment this corrupt world influences our existence.

As we grow in understanding, seeking how to meet our needs, these processes bring choices that facilitate a sinful predisposition. Sin takes a hold and we become its servant.

Jesus answered them,

Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Whosoever committeth sin

is the servant of sin.

~ John 8:34

God marks us because we choose to sin. We have fallen short of His glory, deserving, His judgment.

From our youth, our willful actions and conscience of right and wrong gradually bring upon us the consequences of sin.

At what age this occurs, is a mystery and probably unique to everyone. But there comes a time when we are guilty of sin, have reached the age of accountability, and are no longer .

Jesus said,

“Let the little children come to me,

and do not hinder them,

for the kingdom of heaven

belongs to such as these.”

~ Matthew 19:14


And he said:

“Truly I tell you,

unless you change

and become like little children,

you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

~ Matthew 18:3

Even though we are created in God’s image, we are also created after the image of Adam. I do not quite understand how this works or how to define it.

I prefer not to use the term “original sin” since its origin is rooted in Manichean Gnosticism and was first articulated and defined by Augustine of Hippo, a Roman Catholic monk. 

His definition is clearly pagan in origin and the other two prominent theoretical definitions do not satisfy my understanding either.

I choose to only use what biblical references I can find to define our sinful state from conception to death. Some call it a predisposition, wickedness, our sinful nature, (total) depravity, etc.

In time, my understanding of this troubling issue in our soul will grow and mature. Until then, I pray the Holy Spirit leads me into deeper understanding.

What I do know is that a new born baby has not consciously committed sin because they have not developed knowledge of the law and do not meet the criteria for volitional sin.

Also, Jesus stated multiple times that the kingdom of Heaven belongs to little children.

God’s Grace

One of the beautiful aspects of God is His grace.

As we grow and live, God grants each one of us favor (grace) offering life abundant even in our sinful state.

He gives us the choice to choose His righteousness or to remain in our sin. 

He longs to give us hope. But alas, like it was Adam and Eve, we are empowered with the ability to choose.

Dear children,

do not let anyone lead you astray.

The one who does what is right is righteous,

just as He is righteous.

The one who does what is sinful

is of the devil,

because the devil has been sinning

from the beginning.

The reason the Son of God appeared

was to destroy the devil’s work. 

~ I John 3:7-8

If we choose to remain wicked, woe to us; for judgment awaits us while we remain in this state.

If we chose His righteousness and abide in Him, afflictions may still come, confusion may still beset us, but our guilt of sin has been purged and we are placed among the righteous.

The Lord examines us to see if we are righteous as He is righteous, or if we continue in the works of the Devil, namely, willfully remaining under the power and reign of sin.

The LORD examines both the righteous and the wicked.

He hates those who love violence.

~ Psalm 11:5


This is how it will be at the end of the age.

The angels will come and separate

the wicked from the righteous

~ Matthew 13:49

The original human image God created was beautiful, innocent, pure, and entirely dependent on Him. All was perfect. Sin was entirely absent.

There was not a hint or even an inclination to sin. At least not until the embodiment of death, darkened Eden’s home.

For more information describing sin’s origins, it is touched on here and here.

Even with sin, God has so generously bestowed upon our soul the grace to make us whole.

Somehow we are deeply flawed with sin. Adam brought death to us all, but Jesus brings us life.

Unfortunately, most of the world will not receive God’s gift allowing Him to change our hearts and lives.

Their sins will drag them into the depths of the eternal Lake of Fire.

His Image in its Purity

Our calling to purity, holiness, in humble and simple obedience to God’s plan. Life itself reflects God for God is the source of all life and in Him is life.

Then God said,

Let us make humankind in our image,

after our likeness,

so they may rule over the fish of the sea

and the birds of the air,

over the cattle,

and over all the earth,

and over all the creatures

that move on the earth. 

God created humankind in his own image 

in the image of God he created them, 

male and female he created them. 

God blessed them and said to them,

Be fruitful and multiply!

Fill the earth and subdue it!

Rule over the fish of the sea

and the birds of the air

and every creature that moves on the ground.

It was so. God saw all that he had made

– and it was very good!

~ Genesis 1:26-31

Being made in the image of God indicates a capacity of authority. An authority to decide (true choice) to do what is good and right or wrong and evil.

His image also includes the power to procreate.

Moral intelligence and creativity reflects the image of God, who wants us to regain what was lost.

These two qualities remained after the fall however flawed they were.

But His grace abounds toward us and offering hope and peace.

By whom also we have access by faith

into this grace wherein we stand,

and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

~ Romans 5:2

Do not think that at the fall the image of God in us was lost. It remains, however marred, we are still lovely and precious in His sight.

After the flood, God proclaimed once again that we are created in His image.

It is the sin in who we are and the sin that we commit that God hates.

He came to free us from sin. His freedom is true, pure, and yet not without its trials.

Your Image Restated

And God blessed Noah and his sons,

and said unto them,

Be fruitful, and multiply,

and replenish the earth.

And the fear of you and the dread of you

shall be upon every beast of the earth,

and upon every fowl of the air,

upon all that moveth upon the earth,

and upon all the fishes of the sea;

into your hand are they delivered.

Every moving thing that liveth

shall be meat for you;

even as the green herb

have I given you all things.

But flesh with the life thereof,

which is the blood thereof,

shall ye not eat.

And surely your blood of your lives will I require;

at the hand of every beast will I require it,

and at the hand of man;

at the hand of every man’s brother

will I require the life of man. 

Whoso sheddeth man’s blood,

by man shall his blood be shed:

for in the image of God made he man.

Genesis ~ 9:1-6

We still have the power to procreate after God’s original plan.

We still retain our moral authority over all of creation though the relationship has changed. 

We no longer live in harmony with all the creatures of the Earth. They fear us because of sin.

Not only are we responsible as stewards over them, we are told to use them as food.

The value of human life is also reinforced. Killing requires the death sentence of the offender. 

Here we begin to see clearer that the thoughts of man carry with them the power of death or life, temporally and eternally. 

We are told that if Christ is truly the head of our life, our entire person glorifies God through submissive obedience to His will.

This obedience must include the absence of sin. For there is nothing in sin that glorifies God. Only in its absence can we dwell in the place that God calls “Good.”

He has given us His power and His authority. He calls us to walk in His way. He has given us Jesus to show us, help us, and lead us.

We are called to enter into the narrow gait and travel the beautiful road with Him.

How lovely on the mountains

Are the feet of him who brings good news,

Who announces peace

And brings good news of happiness,

Who announces salvation,

And says to Zion,

“Your God reigns!”

~ Isaiah 52:7


A highway will be there, a roadway,

And it will be called

the Highway of Holiness.

The unclean will not travel on it,

But it will be for him who walks that way,

And fools will not wander on it.

~ Isaiah 35:8

God wants to help you every step of the way. Walk in Him, dwell in His word, obey Him in everything. Use your whole heart, mind, soul, and strength.

Get as close to Him as you can.

In Obedience, you Reflect His Image

Be ye followers of me,

even as I also am of Christ.

Now I praise you, brethren,

that ye remember me in all things,

and keep the ordinances,

as I delivered them to you.

But I would have you know,

that the head of every man is Christ;

and the head of the woman is the man;

and the head of Christ is God.

Every man praying or prophesying,

having his head covered,

dishonoureth his head.

But every woman that prayeth

or prophesieth with her head uncovered

dishonoureth her head:

for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

For if the woman be not covered,

let her also be shorn:

but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven,

let her be covered.

For a man indeed ought not to cover his head,

forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God:

but the woman is the glory of the man.

~ I Corinthians 11:1-7

This scripture points out that the image and glory of God is present, true, and real, living in us.

The issue about the hair is not the point here. But the first twelve words give instructions to the church and settle this and all other issues for me. 

We are instructed to obey all the ordinances as delivered by the apostles.

As a man, I will not wear a hat while praying nor will I let my hair grow out to look uncut. And to women, this instruction is about not cutting of hair or having a shaved head.

Sorry about the side-track but the underlying genre of this post is about the beauty of being in the image of God and the scripture above describes how our image is to be reflected in this life.

Be meek and Full of Wisdom

And the tongue is a fire,

a world of iniquity:

so is the tongue among our members,

that it defileth the whole body,

and setteth on fire the course of nature;

and it is set on fire of hell.

For every kind of beasts,

and of birds, and of serpents,

and of things in the sea, is tamed,

and hath been tamed of mankind:

But the tongue can no man tame;

it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Therewith bless we God,

even the Father;

and therewith curse we men,

which are made after the similitude of God.

Out of the same mouth

proceedeth blessing and cursing.

My brethren,

these things ought not so to be.

Doth a fountain send forth

at the same place sweet water and bitter?

Can the fig tree, my brethren,

bear olive berries? either a vine, figs?

So can no fountain both yield

salt water and fresh. 

Who is a wise man

and endued with knowledge among you?

Let him shew out of a good conversation

his works with meekness of wisdom.

~ James 3:6-13

Let us be wise and follow after every Godly instruction. We are called to love our neighbor as ourself because they are made after the image of God.

God’s grace through us and in us reflects His image toward others. His is not a hypocritical love, a feigned or attempted love.

His love in us is a sincere, pure, and honest love.

Check yourself.

Do you have genuine unconflicted love for your Christian brethren?

for strangers?

for family members?

fellow employees?

How about Muslim terrorists? 

A Holy Image

God is Holy. He is not the author of sin. He is the author of freedom, purity, love, and righteousness. 

We are created in His image, and yet, have been nurtured to follow after Satan’s Edenic deceptions from our youth.

We must put away all sin, and let God sanctify us wholly through the knowledge and love of the truth.

Jesus came make us free. Let Him have His way in your heart.

We are to become as little children, to live in simplicity of faith.

From our birth, the looming clouds of sin and death, hover and wait. They seek to overwhelm and capture that which God is building.

Fear not, He has overcome the world!


As Christians, our intellect, emotions, moral judgement, body, and will are to be subject to sanctification of the Lord.

He seeks to change us so we can be salt of the earth, light to the world, not conflicted or marred by continued sin.

He is holy and we are to reflect His image if we are to truly be a part of his priestly and royal family. 

How beautiful are the feet of them

that preach the gospel of peace,

and bring glad tidings of good things!

~ Romans 10:15

It is funny how this post looking into how we are created in the image of God points to God’s redemption and holiness.

Like the glassy reflection in a pond on a cool winter’s morning, we are a reflection of what dwells within . . . 

But as he which hath called you is holy,

so be ye holy

in all manner of conversation;

~ 1 Peter 1:15

Sin, Origins, and Propogations

The Fall, Our Legacy

Understanding how sin entered the world is a very important question to ask as a Christian. This post attempts to skim the surface of our fall in the Garden of Eden taken from a literal view of scripture. 

We will not look too closely at Satan except to show how he, as the father and embodiment of sin, introduced sin’s corruption to humanity and the world.

There is no redemption for Him or his angels. They saw and lived in heavenly glory with God. When they fell, God let them fall all the way to Hell.

Humanity is another story. God came down to us, lived with us, and redeemed us from our fall. We are commanded to pursue this beautiful redemption.

Lets explore this a bit. Like most of my posts, there are twists and turns along the way. But the points sought are found and they are valuable.

Just bear with me and be patient.

Turn from evil and do good;

then you will dwell in the land forever.

~ Psalm 37:27


Depart from evil, and do good;

seek peace, and pursue it.

~ Psalm 34:14

We can change from a sinful life to righteous life. Thanks be to the Lord!

God can truly redeem us from our sin so we no longer have to continue in it.

Sin is serious. It is evil and we must avoid it at all costs. God promises us a way out.

Adam and Eve did not avoid it. With their choice was brought us many sufferings. 

We are given the opportunity to break the link in the chain of sin in our lives.

What shall we say, then?

Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?

God forbid!

~ Romans 6:1


Everyone who practices sin

also practices lawlessness;

and sin is lawlessness.

You know that He appeared

in order to take away sins;

and in Him there is no sin.

No one who abides in Him sins;

no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

Little children,

make sure no one deceives you;

the one who practices righteousness

is righteous,

just as He is righteous;

the one who practices sin

is of the devil;

~ 1 John 3:4-8a

The Keys to Life

And the LORD God took the man,

and put him into the garden of Eden

to dress it and to keep it.

And the LORD God commanded the man,


Of every tree of the garden

thou mayest freely eat:

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,

thou shalt not eat of it:

for in the day that thou eatest

thereof thou shalt surely die.

~ Genesis 2:15-17

Here God gave Adam four commandments. The first three are what he was responsible to keep (or do). The third was what he was forbidden to do.

Even though God gave these commandments to Adam, they applied to Eve and all of their posterity together. As long as Adam and Eve and their children obeyed these first four commandments, they would live in perfect harmony with God in the Garden.

But alas! They did not have the opportunity of bear children before the stain of sin entered their hearts!

With their fall, a framework of sin was shapened around us: They neglected their responsibility and the whole world is suffering for it.

We should consider the spiritual side of the first three commandments God gave to Adam. As these build upon each other in a beautiful and harmonious way:

If we dress (build and develop) the garden of our life (our soul, spirit, and body) as God calls us to do, we will keep that which God has so graciously given us, a life eternal in Him. 

This is what God offers to everyone; a restored life through the second Adam (Jesus) that produces the fruits of obedience, leading to holiness, and eternal life.

So also it is written,

The first man, Adam, became living soul.

The last Adam (Jesus) became a life-giving spirit.

~ 1 Corinthians 15:5

The promise of giving life to our spirit continues in us when we remain in His love and keep His commandments to do good and refrain from sin.

Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.

My Father will love them,

and we will come to them

and make our home with them.

~ John 14:23


And hereby we do know that we know him,

if we keep his commandments.

~ 1 John 2:3


Let us therefore fear,

lest, a promise being left us

of entering into his rest,

any of you should seem to come short of it.

~ Hebrews 4:1

We must highly and reverently consider the holy calling of God on our lives. It is not a calling of compromise, of sin, or of backsliding.

One of the first things we are called to do is fear the Lord for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We fear him because we realize our sin and His righteous judgment deserving of that sin.

His wisdom calls us to repentance unto good works leading to holiness and purity, where God is truly abiding in our life.

Paul said:

but I declared to those in Damascus first,

and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea,

and to the Gentiles,

that they should repent and turn to God,

performing deeds consistent with repentance.

~ Acts 26:20

What about the Law?

Sin is disobedience to Jesus’ commandments, not the law in all its details as found in the O.T.

The O.T. law and all its ordinances have complex meanings, examples, and lessons for us to benefit from. They are not the subject of this post.

We will briefly describe what the law does for us: It points to and reveals our death in sin, leads us to grace, and through faith, brings us to life Christ.

But before faith came,

we were kept under the law,

shut up unto the faith

which should afterwards be revealed.

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster

to bring us unto Christ,

that we might be justified by faith.

But after that faith is come,

we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

~ Galatians 3:23-25

Christ did not come to abolish the law. He came to fulfill it.

Do not think that I have come

to abolish the Law or the Prophets;

I have not come to abolish them

but to fulfill them.

~ Matthew 5:17

So the law points to Christ and the commandments Christ gives us directs us to our Father in heaven. This leads us to perfect freedom from the law of sin through the work of the Holy Ghost.

Did you receive the Spirit by works of the Law,

or by hearing with faith?

~ Galatians 3:2


For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus

has set you free from the law of sin and death.

~ Romans 8:2

O.T. law is a comprehensive subject and here we are trying to generally understand the origins of sin before the law and how it applies to us now. 

The Beginnings of Sin

We need to look at the very beginning to see how we were led into this deception of sin that defines all the corruption in the world.

It has helped me understand how we work, what are some of our frailties, and important elements to consider if we are to endure victorious in Christ.

The Serpent

Now the serpent was more subtil

than any beast of the field

which the LORD God had made.

And he said unto the woman . . .

Subtil (עָ֭רוּם) is found 7 times in the bible and implies craftiness, prudence, or sensibility.

It implies an inherent ability or advantage over those who do not possess knowledge of good and evil; like Eve or ones who are still innocent of Satan’s subtle and worldly ways: infant, child, those suffering from mental retardation.

In reality, the subtlety of Satan applies to all of us. We just become wiser of his ways and if we heed Jesus’ instructions to follow Him:

Behold, I send you forth as sheep

in the midst of wolves:

be ye therefore wise as serpents,

and harmless as doves.

~ Matthew 10:16

The Garden is where Satan sought to destroy innocence in all its delicate purity and beauty.

What is important here is to understand that Satan was the direct cause of the temptation that led to Eve’s transgression.

The Devil alone is the instrument from which all evil emanates. 

The subtlety that the serpent presented to Eve powerfully and immediately inculcated doubt, confusion, deception, desire, and rebellion.

The strategy of Satan addressing Eve instead of Adam is also interesting because Adam was present during the conversation.

It is not clear whether Adam intentionally abdicated his responsibility to rebuke Satan and protect Eve because it is unclear whether or not he understood who Satan was.

One of the biggest deceptions today is the idea that Satan is not real. Not many people in our country believe in a literal, fallen, an utterly evil angel going to and fro on this Earth.

This may very well be part of the deception played out in the Garden. Since Adam and Eve did not possess knowledge of evil before the fall, it is reasonable to think they did not realize the danger before them.

Nevertheless, Satan used a multifaceted approach, undermining God’s authority given to man, placing Eve in the decision making role, and disrupting the natural order of the husband/wife relationship;

All the while, manipulating their perception of God and the world around them.

And the LORD God said,

It is not good that the man should be alone;

I will make him an help meet for him.

~ Genesis 2:18


For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

And Adam was not deceived,

but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

~ 1 Timothy 2:13-14

Adam cleaved unto his wife as God commanded for they had become one flesh.

Because of this design, perhaps Satan surmised that Adam would likely continue cleaving to Eve, follow her lead, and eat of the forbidden fruit.

It is important to understand the structure God has designed for man and woman to follow. Within this design, we can how to better serve our Lord in holiness and love. 

To better understand this, study Ephesians 5 where the roles of husband and wife are explained. They reflect the relationship of Christ and the church, loving and sacrificial.

The Serpent

The word serpent, נחש (nachash), means to view or observe attentively, to use enchantments, through the acquisition of knowledge by experience.

It is quite possible that the serpent stood upright, because when he was cursed, he was cast to his belly. And from that point forward, his had to eat the dust of the ground all his days. 

The serpent was superior to all the other animals of creation. No animal today stands erect like man. The closest is the ape and many consider it most like man but that was not the case long ago in the garden.

The serpent was much closer to man than any other animal we know. He talked, reasoned, and disputed with Eve. She was not astonished or afraid by his physical properties.

As a side note, many snakes still have four appendages were feet/legs once were. They have even discovered fossilized snakes with legs.

The Serpent’s Venom

Yea, hath God said,

Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Here is the first temptation, doubt.

The conversation the serpent was having with Eve was apparently a continuation from a previous conversation about the tree of knowledge of good and evil. 

We do not know how long this conversation took place (or how many occurred) before he introduced temptation to doubt the veracity of God’s word.

We do know that he used subtlety, sensibility, and knowledge; and was most likely preparing to attack Adam and Eve as he keenly and patiently observed and watched them.

In their Adamic and sinless perfection, they both possessed disadvantages and infirmities that Satan sought to use.

These same infirmities and imperfections exist in us and have been compromised from the moment we were conceived and are commensurate to the sin we entertain.

We must consider our weaknesses and place all our trust in God: Look not upon the wisdom of the world for answers.

The world heaps doubt and deceit upon the simplicity of our minds, seeking to bring it under more and more deception and darkness.

Eve’s First Response

And the woman said unto the serpent,

We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

But of the fruit of the tree

which is in the midst of the garden,

God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it,

neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Her first act to address this temptation was to discuss and entertain the temptation, rather than seeking her husband on this matter, she engaged Satan directly.

We may not know where our temptations are coming from but we must be acutely aware and defer to God’s counsel and guidance for help.

Eve has not yet succumbed to the temptation but its demise was developing quickly by one of the most powerful and beautiful angels of God had formed (until sin was found in him-this is a great mystery).

The scriptures do not indicate why, but Eve was incorrect in her statement about God’s command not to touch the fruit. God only told Adam not to eat of the tree.

This factor may be explained by the possibility of Adam instructing to her to not even touch the tree lest they fall into temptation to eat . . . but we really don’t know.


Temptation is not sin. It is a precursor that can lead to sin. 

We must put our whole life under God’s authority, if we are to overcome (sin that is in) the world.

God provides us a way out of every temptation so we do not have to sin. We should walk worthy of Him.

We are a chosen generation,

a royal priesthood,

an holy nation,

a peculiar people;

that ye should shew forth the praises

of him who hath called you

out of darkness into his marvellous light:

~ 1 Peter 2:9


He himself bore our sins

in his body on the tree,

that we may cease from sinning

and live for righteousness.

By his wounds you were healed.

~ 1 Peter 2:24

As a Christian, we should not underestimate the power of Satan. Instead, we should cling to God’s love and promises to keep and protect us from those things that seek to separate us from Him.

Michael the Archangel gave us a good example.

But Michael the archangel,

when he disputed with the devil

and argued about the body of Moses,

did not dare pronounce against him

a railing judgment, but said,

“The Lord rebuke you!”

~ Jude 1:9

We must rely on the Lord and His plan for our life and accept nothing less. We are to clothe an protect ourselves in righteousness and in the armor of the Lord, see Ephesians 6:10-20.

The Deception Deepens

And the serpent said unto the woman,

Ye shall not surely die:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof,

then your eyes shall be opened,

and ye shall be as gods,

knowing good and evil.

Here Satan lives up to his reputation, the Father of Lies, by calling God Himself a liar!

By stating that Eve would not die, Satan implies that their is still an option of eternal life (Adam and Eve failed to grasp this).

Satan, the keen observer and predictor of human behavior was telling her indirectly and oh so subtly, that she could eat of the tree of life and live forever after gaining the knowledge of good and evil.

. . . ye shall be as gods, (kelohim)

Kelohim in this context probably meant that Satan was telling them that they would become divine beings like God.

Our first parents had no concept of idolatry or other Gods. That would come later after sin corrupted the meaning of the Lord. 

This is the first incident or hint of idolatry in the Bible and it pointed to man. We need to be very careful to have a proper view of ourself, the world around us, and God in order to prevent falling into this type of sin.

So put to death

whatever in your nature belongs to the earth:

sexual immorality, impurity,

shameful passion, evil desire,

and greed which is idolatry.

~ Colossians 3:5

Satan was trying to persuade Eve with the original sin that brought him down, pride that led to coveting and idolatry (wanting to be like the Most High).

How art thou fallen from heaven,

O Lucifer, son of the morning!

how art thou cut down to the ground,

which didst weaken the nations!

For thou hast said in thine heart,

I will ascend into heaven,

I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:

I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation,

in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;

I will be like the most High.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell,

to the sides of the pit.

~ Isaiah 14:12-15

The weight of sin enveloped them so completely, the infusing guilt cascaded innumerable degrees of darkness. They failed to remember the remedy, the Tree of Life, growing right in the midst of them. 

Sin was shown to be such a snare that escape was impossible. Truth was obscured. This is also our case except for the fact that the grace of God has been given to us. 

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation

hath appeared to all men,

Teaching us that,

denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,

we should live soberly, righteously,

and godly, in this present world;

~ Titus 2:11-12

Eve’s Second Response

This to me is where it gets interesting. There are concepts here that I have not considered before and have learned an invaluable lesson on the frailties and infirmities that are our part of our humanity.

Our human physiology is separate and distinct from sin although not altogether unhinged from its connections because our mind and body have needs that this corrupt and sinful world can satisfy. 

From the moment we sense the comfort and nourishment in our mother’s womb, we like little kings implicitly desire to have all our self-centered needs met as we quickly learn to appreciate our conscious freedom.

And when the woman saw

that the tree was good for food,

and that it was pleasant to the eyes,

and a tree to be desired to make one wise,

she took of the fruit thereof,

and did eat,

This impression from Eve reveals three universal truths:

  1. our physical body has appetites that need to be met,
  2. there are many things that bring pleasure and satisfy
  3. it is desirous to grow from a state of naivety to knowledge and wisdom.

Eve had it, Adam had it, you have it, I have it. These desires and needs of the body are not sinful in themselves.

It is through the methodology or course of action we take to address these needs that deems certain acts sinful or not. 

Unfortunately, Satan presented to Eve the classic triad of temptation: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life;

Drawing Eve away from the love of the Father and directing her love toward the things of the world around her in order for her to seek satisfaction from them instead of allowing God to meet all her needs.

This phenomena is common to all of us, but we are commanded to redress these abuses of the flesh, lest we perish with the world and its lusts therein.

We are called to overcome even this in our life. With an unwavering, living faith in Jesus this can be a reality in this life!

For everyone who has been born of God

overcomes the world.

And this is the victory

that has overcome the world,

our faith.

~ I John 5:4


Love not the world,

neither the things that are in the world.

If any man love the world,

the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world,

the lust of the flesh,

and the lust of the eyes,

and the pride of life,

is not of the Father,

but is of the world.

And the world passeth away,

and the lust thereof:

but he that doeth the will of God

abideth for ever.

~ 1 John 2: 15-17

They Sinned Together

and gave also unto her husband with her;

and he did eat.

And the eyes of them both were opened,

and they knew that they were naked;

and they sewed fig leaves together,

and made themselves aprons.

~ Genesis 3:1-7

Here, we are shown the garden was not without sin. For the Father of Lies was able to enter the Garden, introduce deception, confusion, and mar the otherwise innocent masterpiece that crowned God’s heavenly creation.

Eve entertained her own physical desires in ways that were contrary to God’s will and through Adam, brought upon us all, the guilt and death that comes from sin.

Let no man say when he is tempted,

I am tempted of God:

for God cannot be tempted with evil,

neither tempteth he any man:

But every man is tempted,

when he is drawn away of his own lust,

and enticed.

Then when lust hath conceived,

it bringeth forth sin:

and sin, when it is finished,

bringeth forth death.

Do not err, my beloved brethren.

~ James 1:13-15


So then, just as sin

entered the world through one man

and death through sin,

and so death spread to all people because all sinned

 ~ Romans 5:12

God’s punishment was a swift, life-time sentence bringing temporal and eternal consequences.

The Solution

Lost sinners and backslidden Christians can be forgiven all their sins if they return to Christ. 

I will arise and go to my father,

and will say unto him,

Father, I have sinned against heaven,

and before thee,

and am no more worthy to be called thy son:

make me as one of thy hired servants.

And he arose, and came to his father.

But when he was yet a great way off,

his father saw him, and had compassion,

and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

 And the son said unto him,

Father, I have sinned against heaven,

and in thy sight,

and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

 But the father said to his servants,

Bring forth the best robe,

and put it on him;

and put a ring on his hand,

and shoes on his feet:

and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it;

and let us eat, and be merry:

for this my son was dead, and is alive again;

he was lost, and is found.

~ Luke 15:18-24a


Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men,

him will I confess

also before my Father which is in heaven.

 But whosoever shall deny me before men,

him will I also deny

before my Father which is in heaven.

~ Matthew 10:32-33

If we return to sin after salvation and do not to turn back unto repentance in Christ, our punishment will be greater than if we were never saved.

How much severer punishment

do you think he will deserve

who has trampled under foot the Son of God,

and has regarded as unclean

the blood of the covenant

by which he was sanctified,

and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

~ Hebrews 10:29

Godly sorrow brings repentance resulting in salvation

For the sorrow

that is according to the will of God

produces a repentance without regret,

leading to salvation,

but the sorrow of the world produces death.

~ 2 Corintians 7:10

The act of repentance brings with it fruit.

For we know that our old self

was crucified with him

so that the body of sin might be done away with,

that we should no longer be slaves to sin

because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

~ Romans 6:6-7


Don’t you know

that you yourselves are God’s temple

and that God’s Spirit lives in you?

If anyone destroys God’s temple,

God will destroy him;

for God’s temple is sacred,

and you are that temple.

~ 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

There is only one thing that brings destruction in God’s eyes, and that is sin just like it destroyed Adam and Eve’s life with God in the Garden.

Be very careful what you build upon the foundation of your salvation. It should come from and point only to Jesus Christ our Lord and savior of our soul. 

Man’s method of sin is Satan’s method of destroying his soul.

Adam Clarke


Reading about the origins of sin in man, we find there are many qualities naturally occurring in us that are subject to being enticed, drawing us away from the truth and love of God.

There are also factors external to our needs that we struggle with: Just looking around our world, we see sinful indulgences akin to the desires stemming from Eve’s thoughts in Genesis 3:6;

We see the sufferings of people, broken families, broken lives lost in sin, wantonness, and darkness;

Or those oppressed by others from the killing of innocent babies in the womb to wars and murder by those who hate God.

Satan and his angels continue to observe and wait, strategizing ways to attack our faith, affect our thoughts, and lead us away from the love of God.

But fear not:

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body

but cannot kill the soul.

Rather, be afraid of the One

who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

~ Matthew 10:28

God wants us to be restored to Him, walking with Him in the cool of the morning, in the heat of the day, and in the darkness of night.

Love Him with all our heart, mind, and strength. Love our neighbor as He wants you to love yourself. You are called to many precious and glorious promises.

Nothing can separate us from Him, if we abide in His love.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

shall tribulation, or distress,

or persecution, or famine,

or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

As it is written,

For thy sake we are killed all the day long;

we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things

we are more than conquerors

through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded,

that neither death, nor life,

nor angels, nor principalities,

nor powers, nor things present,

nor things to come,

 Nor height, nor depth,

nor any other creature,

shall be able to separate us from the love of God,

which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

~ Romans 8:35-39

Stay in His love.

Abide in Him.

He calls you to every moment . . . 

Of Heavenly Beings . . .


There are four angels mentioned in the Bible: Gabriel, Michael, Apollyon, and Lucifer. Two are holy and two are evil. 


Apollyon and his role is described in Revelation 9:6-12:

And in those days men will seek death

and will not find it;

they will long to die,

and death flees from them.

      The appearance of the locusts

was like horses prepared for battle;

and on their heads

appeared to be crowns like gold,

and their faces were like the faces of men.

They had hair like the hair of women,

and their teeth were like teeth of lions 

They had breastplates of iron;

and the sound of their wings

was like the sound of chariots,

of many horses rushing to battle.

They have tails like scorpions,

and stings; and in their tails

is their power to hurt men for five months.

They have as king over them,

the angel of the abyss;

his name in Hebrew is Abaddon,

and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon

The first woe is past; behold,

two woes are still coming after these things.

Apollyon is the king of the bottomless pit and leads demons out to torment men for 5 months during the Day of the Lord This section of scripture only describes element of wrath.

The Day of the Lord also includes other elements. But we are only focusing only its context with the angels.

Apollyon is let loose out of the pit at the sound of the fifth trumpet, one of a series of 7 trumpet judgments of God.

God sends Apollyon as part His judgment after He returns and cuts short the Great Tribulation (Satan’s time of wrath on Earth).

Jesus has already gathered his church from the four corners the Earth; the dead rising first, and the remaining elect gathering together to meet Him in the air.

The rapture of the church must happen before God’s wrath is poured down because, “we are not appointed unto wrath.”

Here is where Jesus discusses His return and the gathering of His elect before the pouring down of His wrath.

When ye therefore shall see

the abomination of desolation,

spoken of by Daniel the prophet,

stand in the holy place,

(whoso readeth, let him understand)

Then let them which be in Judaea

flee into the mountains:

For then shall be great tribulation,

such as was not since the beginning of the world

to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

And except those days should be shortened,

there should no flesh be saved:

but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Wherefore if they shall say unto you,

Behold, he is in the desert;

go not forth . . . believe it not.

For as the lightning cometh out of the east,

and shineth even unto the west;

so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Immediately after the tribulation

of those days shall the sun be darkened,

and the moon shall not give her light,

and the stars shall fall from heaven,

and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

And then shall appear

the sign of the Son of man in heaven . . 

And he shall send his angels

with a great sound of a trumpet,

and they shall gather together his elect

from the four winds,

from one end of heaven to the other.

~ Matthew 24:15-21-29, 31


Michael appears to be immensely powerful crowned as a prince and an archangel. He is perhaps the greatest of all angels in heaven. One day we will find out.

The onset of the Great Tribulation is listed as the last time that he plays a role. It is highly likely that Michael is the force that withholds the Antichrist, allowing Satan to have his time to persecute the church for 3 1/2 years. 

And at that time Michael shall stand up,

the great prince which standeth

for the children of thy people:

and there shall be a time of trouble,

such as never was

since there was a nation

even to that same time:

and at that time thy people shall be delivered,

every one that shall be found written in the book.

~ Daniel 12:1

This is the only scripture that points to what restraineth the Antichrist and allows his release, initiating the 3 1/2 year period known as the Great Tribulation (of Satan’s wrath).

I have found no biblical supports for another restrainer (popularly believed to be the Holy Spirit).

Nor is there any scripture to indicate that Michael is not the restrainer. 

Scripture records Michael battling demons and Satan. It also reveals the fact the believers (by nature have the Holy Spirit) are still on Earth during the Great Tribulation.

This is the best interpretation of the restrainer of Satan I can find in scripture.

But the prince of the Persian kingdom

resisted me twenty-one days.

Then Michael,

one of the chief princes, came to help me,

because I was detained there

with the king of Persia.

~ Daniel 10:13

The next rather long segment of scripture shows Michael ovecoming Satan and all his angels, casting them to Earth, and releasing them for the Great Tribulation to persecute the church who hold the testimony of Jesus.

Then war broke out in heaven.

Michael and his angels fought against the dragon,

and the dragon and his angels fought back. 

And prevailed not;

neither was their place found any more in heaven.

And the great dragon was cast out,

that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,

which deceiveth the whole world:

he was cast out into the earth,

and his angels were cast out with him.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,

Now is come salvation, and strength,

and the kingdom of our God,

and the power of his Christ:

for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,

which accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,

and by the word of their testimony;

and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens,

and ye that dwell in them.

Woe to the inhabiters of the earth

and of the sea!

for the devil is come down unto you,

having great wrath,

because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

And when the dragon saw

that he was cast unto the earth,

he persecuted the woman

which brought forth the man child.

And to the woman were given two wings

of a great eagle,

that she might fly into the wilderness,

into her place,

where she is nourished for a time,

and times, and half a time,

from the face of the serpent.

And the serpent cast out of his mouth

water as a flood after the woman,

that he might cause her

to be carried away of the flood.

And the earth helped the woman (Israel),

and the earth opened her mouth,

and swallowed up the flood

which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

And the dragon was wroth with the woman,

and went to make war

with the remnant of her seed (the church),

which keep the commandments of God,

and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

~ Revelation 12:7

Above, at the casting out of the Devil and his angels to Earth, scripture immediately refers to God’s children giving up their lives; while they overcame him (the Devil and his works of sin) by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.

It becomes very clear that angels play a significant role in the salvation of God’s people, their chastisement, and the judgment of the wicked.

The second (good) angel mentioned in the bible is Gabriel. He primarily functions as a messenger, i.e.,  imparting wisdom to Daniel and pronouncing special messages to others such as telling Zacharias about the birth of his son, John the Baptist and Mary of the birth of her son, Jesus.

And Zacharias said unto the angel,

Whereby shall I know this?

for I am an old man,

and my wife well stricken in years.

And the angel answering said unto him,

I am Gabriel,

that stand in the presence of God;

and am sent to speak unto thee,

and to shew thee these glad tidings.

~ Luke 1:18-19


And in the sixth month

the angel Gabriel

was sent from God unto a city of Galilee,

named Nazareth,

To a virgin espoused to a man

whose name was Joseph,

of the house of David;

and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And the angel came in unto her,

and said, Hail,

thou that art highly favoured,

the Lord is with thee:

blessed art thou among women.

~ Luke 1:26-28

The fourth angel, Lucifer, gets his own post here since there is to much context to consider. 

We can be confident that the angels have as much interest in learning about us as we do them.

God’s creation is most fascinating, wondrous, and awesome to them as well!

A Living Hope

We have a living hope that our O.T. Fathers deeply wanted to know more of, and that the angels still desire to see how the grace of God works in the lives of those who love Him.

Our salvation is precious and far above all things. Let us seek Him dearly as He asks. 

Blessed be the God and Father

of our Lord Jesus Christ,

which according to his abundant mercy

hath begotten us again unto a lively hope

by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

To an inheritance incorruptible,

and undefiled,

and that fadeth not away,

reserved in heaven for you,

Who are kept by the power of God

through faith unto salvation

ready to be revealed in the last time . . .

Of which salvation

the prophets have inquired

and searched diligently,

who prophesied of the grace

that should come unto you . . .

which are now reported unto you

by them that have preached the gospel

unto you with the Holy Ghost

sent down from heaven;

which things the angels desire to look into.

~ Peter 1:3-5, 10, 12

Israel’s Faithfulness Recalled

Our God’s Desires Revealed

Shortly before Israel was destroyed and taken captive by King Nebakanezer of Babylon, God wanted to show His people what He really wanted;

their love.

He raised up Jeremiah to go to the people and remind them of His love for them and how His heart was broken.

God wanted Jeremiah to tell the people of Israel that all was not lost in spite of their long history of sin and rebellion.

The first words Jeremiah was given to speak were:

Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem,


Thus sayeth the Lord;

I remember thee,

the kindness of thy youth,

the love of thine espousals,

when thou wentest after me

in the wilderness,

in a land that was not sewn.

Israel was holiness unto the LORD,

and the firstfruits of his increase:

~ Jeremiah 2:2-3 a

This is one of the most beautiful and sad expressions of God’s love toward us (the children of the promise) ever written.

God also included those who would not inherit the promise because His love extends to all but especially to those who believe.

That is why we labor and strive,

because we have put our hope in the living God,

who is the Savior of all people,

and especially of those who believe.

~ 1 Timothy 4:10

The Lord gave us a rare glimpse into His heart and how we, as His children, hurt Him so, when we chose to walk in sin and rebellion rather than submerge our lives into His waters of refreshing and enduring love.

When we as Christians sin, we grieve the heart of God and trample upon the blood of the Captain of our salvation.

He came to set us free, yet so many of us remain in the bondage of iniquity.

Israel’s glorious deliverance did not last long because they soon fell, in the Wilderness of Sin. It was their unbelief and doubt in the sufficiency of God that caused them to backslide.

Do you believe God can meet all of your needs and keep you from that which separates us from Him? He promises to keep us from falling into temptation that leads to sin if we faithfully believe.

In 1 Corinthians 10, the context of Jeremiah’s message is captured beautifully.
It shows that after repentance, not only are we not to fall back into sin:

but there is also no excuse if we do and we will be subject to the consequences of God not being pleased with us if we continue to do wickedness.

God loves us too much to give His children back over to sin after He died and set them free from it. 

For I do not want you to be unaware,


that our fathers were all under the cloud

and all passed through the sea;

and all were baptized into Moses

in the cloud and in the sea;

and all ate the same spiritual food;

and all drank the same spiritual drink,

for they were drinking from a spiritual rock

which followed them;

and the rock was Christ.


with most of them God was not well-pleased;

for they were laid low in the wilderness.

Now these things happened

as examples for us,

so that we would not crave

evil things as they also craved.

Do not be idolaters,

as some of them were;

as it is written,



Nor let us act immorally,

as some of them did,

and twenty-three thousand fell in one day.

Nor let us try the Lord,

as some of them did,

and were destroyed by the serpents.

Nor grumble,

as some of them did,

and were destroyed by the destroyer.

Now these things happened to them

as an example,

and they were written for our instruction,

upon whom the ends of the ages have come.


let him who thinks he stands

take heed lest he fall.

No temptation has overtaken you

but such as is common to man;

and God is faithful,

who will not allow you to be tempted

beyond what you are able,

but with the temptation

will provide the way of escape,

so that you will be able to endure it.

 Therefore, my beloved,

flee from idolatry.

I speak as to wise men;

you judge what I say.

~ 1 Corinthians 10:1-15

If we are baptized into Jesus’ death and born anew by His life giving Holy Spirit, we are given a way to endure any and all temptation that leads to sin.

We don’t need sin, we need God.

And God is able to bless you abundantly,

so that in all things at all times,

having all that you need,

you will abound in every good work.

~ 2 Corinthians 9:8

We must remain fully consecrated to what God wants to work mightily in us.

It is free and it is real if only we seek and believe with all our heart and DO NOT DOUBT.

if any of you lacks wisdom,

let him ask of God,

who gives to all generously

and without reproach,

and it will be given to him.

But he must ask in faith

without any doubting,

for the one who doubts

is like the surf of the sea,

driven and tossed by the wind.

For that man ought not to expect

that he will receive anything from the Lord,

being a double-minded man,

unstable in all his ways.

~ James 1:5-8

The following is one of the most beautiful of all prayers Paul made for us that describes the power that God wants to imbue in us.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of glory,

may give unto you the spirit of wisdom

and revelation

in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened;

that ye may know

what is the hope of his calling,

and what the riches of the glory

of his inheritance in the saints,

And what is the exceeding greatness

of his power to us-ward who believe,

according to the working of his mighty power,

Which he wrought in Christ,

when he raised him from the dead,

and set him at his own right hand

in the heavenly places,

Far above all principality, and power,

and might, and dominion,

and every name that is named,

not only in this world,

but also in that which is to come:

And hath put all things under his feet,

and gave him to be the head

over all things to the church,

Which is his body,

the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

~ Ephesians 1:17-23

Here we are told unequivocally that God can and does give to us all the power we need to serve Him in holiness and righteousness and not in sin.

When considering the our bridegroom, in Jeremiah 2:2-3, and the passages above, we can know and do exactly what He wants.

He wants us to remember the kindness, fidelity, innocence, and beauty that we experienced when we first experienced His wonderful work of salvation.

He wants us to continue to chase after him and grab hold of Him with the love of an innocent child. 

My Prayer for You


Let us completely rely on His grace, believing with all our hearts, that drinking in His purifying love will keep us spotless and unblemished, blameless and pure, innocent and whole; through all that parched and dark wilderness this world of sin and death can bring.

Ask God to Help You

He wants us all to be beautiful, enduring, and fruitful branches happily growing out of the riches of His living waters that spring from his Vine of eternal love.

The Opposite of Love

What is the Opposite of Love

I have learned that the opposite of love is not hate. For hate is only a symptom, a fruit or product of the seething plague that opposes love.

Hate stems from pride, from jealousy, from coveting. Hate springs from its root in many twisted forms. The root is Sin; rebellion against God.

So, the opposite of love is sin. Jesus warns us of this enemy and provides a glorious remedy.

And many false prophets shall rise,

and shall deceive many. 

And because iniquity (sin) shall abound,

the love of many shall wax cold. 

But he that shall endure unto the end,

the same shall be saved.

Matthew 24:11-13

This is not only a description of what happens when are deceived. With every sin, love begins its dissipation until it lies cold on the ground, dead, like a rock laying on the side of the road.

The verse is also prophetic and hints at a time yet in the future when the fruit of sin will be at its greatest in the hearts of man. 

Also, it is inferred that we must avoid any false teaching, especially those that lulls us into the sleepy delusion that we can continue in comfort committing iniquity without it affecting our heart or standing with God.

Instead, we are told to, “test everything, hold fast to that which is good and stay away from every kind of evil.” 

Standing in the goodness of God, clothed in His truth and righteousness, having the gospel at our feet, and faith and hope of salvation to protect us, we can endure to the end.

God forbid we continue in sin! Lest in the end, what God finds in us, He hates. We will in no wise enter the kingdom of heaven.

Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal,

I hated them there.

Because of their sinful deeds,

I will drive them out of my house.

I will no longer love them;

all their leaders are rebellious.

~ Hosea 9:15

 When we continue in sin or fall back into sin (after getting saved), we find a spirit of rebellion against God has infiltrated our soul and we have once again become slaves to sin.

“Truly, truly, I say to you,

everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.

~ John 8:34

We are called to avoid all sin and help those who have fallen, yet being careful not to fall into sin ourselves; for sin is a trap, a snare, that enslaves and brings the guilt it truly deserves.

Brothers and sisters,

if someone is caught in a sin,

you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.

But watch yourselves,

or you also may be tempted.

~ Galatians 6:1

We do have a high and holy calling to serve God and others: To be salt and light in a world of darkness that has deeply permeated our modern church as well as the world.

Compromise and moderation is not an option for the enduring Christian. It is a recipe for death and a cold heart.

Love vs. Sin

The weight of sin is the daily battle in this world. But we are called to be victorious!

The Day of Christ (Day of the Lord, His Second Coming, etc.) is so deeply connected to the principle of Love vs. Sin that it cannot be separated from Christian thought or eshcatology.

Let no man deceive you by any means:

for that day shall not come,

except there come a falling away first,

and that man of sin be revealed.

~ 2 Thessalonians 2:3

We fall away because we have let sin remain in us and spoil a heart growing in love.

No man can serve two masters:

for either he will hate the one, and love the other;

or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.

Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

~ Matthew 6:24

 This is why loving others as Christ loves us is the most important thing we can do. It is what we should be striving for day and night; in every aspect of our life!

and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,

and hath given himself for us an offering

and a sacrifice to God

for a sweetsmelling savour.

~ Ephesians 5:2

We must walk in love and not in sin if we are to please our Lord and He is to truly be our Savior.

He came to condemn the sin that dwells in us, to set us free from our bondage and service to sin, so we could love His as He loved us! 

For what the law could not do,

in that it was weak through the flesh,

God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,

and for sin,

condemned sin in the flesh:

~ Romans 8:3


If ye continue in my word,

then are ye my disciples indeed;

And ye shall know the truth,

and the truth shall make you free.

They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed,

and were never in bondage to any man:

how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

And the servant abideth not in the house for ever:

but the Son abideth ever.

If the Son therefore shall make you free,

ye shall be free indeed.

~ John 8:32-36

Let us be redeemed by love and walk in the path that only purity of heart can bring.  

Blessed are the pure in heart:

for they shall see God.

~ Matthew 5:8


And God, which knoweth the hearts,

bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost,

even as he did unto us;

And put no difference between us and them,

purifying their hearts by faith.

~ Acts 15:8-9


You have purified your souls

by obeying the truth

in order to show sincere mutual love.

So love one another earnestly from a pure heart.

~ 1 Peter 1:22

Brothers and sisters,

keep your hearts pure.

Obey the truth in love,

and walk in holiness