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

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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

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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,

saying,

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

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And hereby we do know that we know him,

if we keep his commandments.

~ 1 John 2:3

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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

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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

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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


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


Summary


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 . . .


Angels


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


Appollyon


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


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

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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,

saying,

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,

brethren,

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.

Nevertheless,

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,

“The PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK,

AND STOOD UP TO PLAY.”

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.

Therefore,

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

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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

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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

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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

evermore.

 

Jeremiah’s Life, our Calling


Jeremiah’s Initiation


Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;

and before thou camest forth out of the womb

I sanctified thee,

and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold,

I cannot speak: for I am a child.

But the LORD said unto me,

Say not, I am a child:

for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee,

and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

Be not afraid of their faces:

for I am with thee to deliver thee,

saith the LORD.

~ Jeremiah 1:4-8


Scriptural Calling


There are seven inseparable parts in the Lord’s calling on Jeremiah.  

Every part is a needful element, primary to the central idea that is the fullness of Christ in the beauty of the calling that is Christianity.


It is for all,

who have been enlightened,

and have tasted the heavenly gift,

and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost;

And have tasted the good word of God,

and the powers of the world to come.

~ Hebrews 6:4-5


In an earlier post, I stated that we are called to be saints, to walk in faithful obedience, according to all the biblical principles taught by Jesus and His apostles.


The Old Testament supplies us with ensamples and valuable lessons in which we can draw continued inspiration.

The book of Jeremiah is not without its value.


 

The only thing the early church had in written form was the O.T.

Later, many in the church were blessed with letters written and circulated by our apostolic fathers.

We would be wise to incorporate as much as we can from the O.T. in light of N.T. revelation to complement and develop our understanding and calling in Christ Jesus. 

Jeremiah’s call may be unique to Him but the general tenor and purpose is the same for all who are in Christ Jesus.

In a nutshell, our calling is to allow His purifying love to work in and through us according to His goodness and mercy.


Unto the church of God . . .

to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus,

called to be saints,

with all that in every place

call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord . . .

~ 1 Corinthians 1:2

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Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, 

By whom we have received grace and apostleship,

for obedience to the faith . . .

Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

To all that be in Rome, beloved of God,

called to be saints:

~ Romans 1:3, 5, 7


One Life, one Calling 


Below are the seven parts to God’s calling of the Prophet Jeremiah described briefly and applied to those obedient to the Calling of Jesus. 


1.  “Before I formed thee in the belly, “I knew thee.”

Before the foundations of the world, all of humanity was foreknown to God and the plan of salvation was already chosen in Jesus Christ.

We all have a unique and genuine calling to be sanctified, pure, obedient, and blameless before the Lord. It is a merciful and glorious restoration God created before of the fall of man so long ago.

He came down to lift us up. We dare not neglect so great a salvation.

For He was foreknown

before the foundation of the world,

but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.

~ 1 Peter 1:20

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According as he hath chosen us in him

before the foundation of the world,

that we should be holy and without blame

before him in love:

~ Ephesians 1:4

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More importantly, God wants to know us now, in a living, dynamic, and active way. This requires complete submission; giving our utmost to His Highest.

It is a willful act of our own volition. God provides everything we need, but we must humble accept all He has to offer in order to be obedient in Him. 


2. Before thou camest forth out of the womb“I sanctified thee.”

To be filled with all the fulness of God is the product or goal of sanctification in the life of a Christian. 

What was meant in this context signified was that Jeremiah was completely separated to God. He was severed from any and all earthy or common use and entirely dedicated to God’s service.

Sanctified also means to make holy or pure. In the Christian life, entering into this blessing of grace is part of our calling and a precious gift of love untold.

Interestingly, Jeremiah began to appreciate his calling at the tender age of 17. He was to stand before kings and princes . . . what a high and difficult calling indeed.

His consecration was such that Jeremiah did not marry or have children, for judgment was at hand. This is not unlike the 144,000 Jews set apart during the impending Judgment at the Great Tribulation.

Another interesting fact is the Jeremiah bought a field in Anathoth, his home town, as a symbol of God’s redemption, mercy, and grace.

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

Take these documents,

both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase,

and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time.

For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.

~ Jeremiah 32:14-15


An important element of our calling in Christ is sanctification: a life of consecration and holiness unto the Lord.

We are not to participate or take part in any sin or behavior that is not becoming of a saint.

Know ye not that the unrighteous

shall not inherit the kingdom of God?

Be not deceived:

neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,

nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,

nor revilers, nor extortioners,

shall inherit the kingdom of God.

And such were some of you:

but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified,

but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus,

and by the Spirit of our God.

~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Like Jeremiah, we are become dead to sin and this world and dwell in the fulness  of righteousness that is Christ.

We have been set free from sin, set apart, and are dedicated to serve God and God alone.

Our calling is holy and high indeed.


3. “I ordained thee” a prophet unto the nations.

Jeremiah was called to be an envoy, an ambassador of the LORD. Like the Apostle Paul, an ambassador of Christ, we are called according to His purpose:

For those whom He foreknew,

He also predestined to become conformed

to the image of His Son,

so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

and these whom He predestined, He also called;

and these whom He called, He also justified;

and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

~ Romans 8:28-30

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Jeremiah’s calling was sure. He was to bring the message of repentance to Israel or they would face a horrible destruction as an idolatrous nation who chose to serve sin.

He was to suffer vicariously as he watched their suffering and demise. He wept, recorded, and pleaded with God for mercy and justice. 

We too are called to preach repentance, justification, and mercy as we watch with sadness an apathetic world dull of God, disregarding their calling, and given over to the delusion that is sin.

Many are on the broad road to destruction because they are hearers of the word and not doers.

But prove yourselves doers of the word,

and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

~ James 1:22

We are ordained to speak the truth in love and walk in the righteousness the Gospel brings.

For my mouth shall speak truth;

and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

 ~ Proverb 8:7

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How then shall they call on him

in whom they have not believed?

and how shall they believe in him

of whom they have not heard?

and how shall they hear without a preacher?

And how shall they preach, except they be sent?

as it is written,

How beautiful are the feet of them

that preach the gospel of peace,

and bring glad tidings of good things!

~ Romans 10:14-15

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Your calling may not to be a preacher. Nevertheless, we are to be ready always to act toward others in the spirit of truth, kindness, and holiness.

to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed

~ Titus 3:1

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Let your speech be alway with grace,

seasoned with salt,

that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

~ Colossians 4:6

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To do good works and to know what those works are: 

For we are God’s handiwork,

created in Christ Jesus to do good works,

which God prepared in advance for us to do.

~ Ephesians 2:10

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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.

~ James 3:13

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As obedient children,

do not be conformed to the former lusts

which were yours in your ignorance,

but like the Holy One who called you,

be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

~ 1 Peter 1:14-15

Please refer to this post regarding the importance, definition, and character of one’s calling in Christ Jesus.


4. for thou shalt go to all that “I shall send thee,”

Yea; have ye never read,

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings

thou hast perfected praise?

~ Matthew 21:16

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Jeremiah complained that he was still a youth and intimated his inability but God reassured him with the last three elements of his calling listed below.

Jeremiah was truly weak and he knew it. He would also appear foolish to those (falsely) representing the elect of God’s nation. 

But God chose the foolish things of the world

to shame the wise;

God chose the weak things of the world

to shame the strong.

~ 1 Corinthians 1:27

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God expected complete submission from Jeremiah just like He expects complete submission of His will in our lives.

He was to go wherever, to whomever, and to do exactly as God directed. The devotion God required of Jeremiah was completely reasonable and we are expected to follow his example.

Therefore I urge you,

brethren, by the mercies of God,

to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,

acceptable to God,

which is your spiritual service of worship.

~ Romans 12:1

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We are called to worship God in spirit and truth. To disobey His calling or to live apart from holiness is to deny God of worship, and is unacceptable in His eyes.

But the hour cometh, and now is,

when the true worshippers

shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:

for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

~ John 4:23

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We (the Apostles) are from God.

Whoever knows God listens to us;

whoever is not from God does not listen to us.

By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

~ 1 John 4:6

Jeremiah was not known for being a Jonah. Jonah was an example of what not to do with God’s calling. 

Jonah was given much grace in his disobedience. We too are given such grace in the calling to sanctification and holiness. Seek God’s abiding love.

Give Him your whole existence.

Let Him overwhelm your spirit and life.

We have a much higher degree of responsibility than Jeremiah or Jonah because we have been given the complete oracles of God through the life of God the Son and the works of His apostles as found in the Bible. 

More importantly, if we are God’s children, we have the Spirit of truth abiding in us, who continually testifies of Jesus. 

But when the Comforter is come,

whom I will send unto you from the Father,

even the Spirit of truth,

which proceedeth from the Father,

he shall testify of me:

~ John 15:26


5. and “whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.”

Jeremiah was to speak God’s message, not his own. God was going to teach him what to say and put words of truth into him.

This is how God has always worked in His prophets and how the Father worked in Jesus, and the apostles. We are to listen and obey just like the people of old were.

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But because of their disobedience, they were judged and suffered greatly. There are many degrees of suffering in this life and the next.

This post will not address that complexity but it is something to consider.

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Jeremiah was to simply be obedient to God and allow Him to work through him. This is exactly what we are suppose to do. The following segment of Scripture highlights this.

And when they had brought them,

they set them before the council:

and the high priest asked them, Saying,

Did not we straitly command you

that ye should not teach in this name?

and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine,

and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said,

We ought to obey God rather than men.

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus,

whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.

to Him hath God exalted with his right hand

to be a Prince and a Saviour,

for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

And we are his witnesses of these things;

and so is also the Holy Ghost,

whom God hath given to them that obey him.

~ Acts 5:27-32

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The Spirit living in us is to transform us in such a way that our obedience to Him in everything we do, “reproves the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” ~ John 16:8

This is exactly what Jeremiah’s life and many prophets before him proved, often at the price of death. Unfortunately for us today, we are mainly concerned with how this can effect our livelyhood or place in this world.

God clearly states that if we value the world and our position in it to the point where we compromise any element of over the truth of God, and remain in this state, we will pass away because the love of God does not really dwell in us.

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

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6. “Be not afraid” of their faces: 

Jeremiah was commanded not to be afraid or fear man can do him in everything he did. We too are called to be approved by God by everything we do.

On that note, the command not to compromise our faith and to be completely obedient to the testifying Spirit of God is unquestionable.

We are not to fear what any man or institution can do to us. 

What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light;

and what you hear whispered in your ear,

proclaim upon the housetops.

“Do not fear those who kill the body

but are unable to kill the soul;

but rather fear Him who is able to destroy

both soul and body in hell.

~ Matthew 10-27-28

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But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake,

happy are ye:

and be not afraid of their terror,

neither be troubled;

~ 1 Peter 3:14

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And Moses said unto the people, Fear not:

for God is come to prove you,

and that his fear may be before your faces,

that ye sin not.

~ Exodus 20:20

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Therefore, brothers and sisters,

make every effort to be sure of your calling and election.

For by doing this you will never stumble into sin.

~ 2 Peter 1:10

We must follow the principles defined by God’s word and Spirit rather than the principles defined by the world. 

We often fall into deafening traps of silence when we fail to remain close to God. Te washing of the word, fellowship in prayer, praise by our worshipful life, and faithful obedience to His commandments renews His voice in us.

The renewal of faith obedience of God’s grace keeps us. And this saving faith produces fruit. Without which, our faith becomes dead for it produces not fruit (or works). 

With God working in us, His love begins to cast out fear because we no longer live in such a way that grieves his Spirit.

Namely, we are living in His love and not in our sin.

There is no fear in love;

but perfect love casts out fear,

because fear involves punishment,

and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

~ 1 John 4:18

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If you have been perfected in love, the Spirit of God will attest this in your life. If He does not, continue in His love and strive to enter in to the rest approved by God.

Let us, therefore,

make every effort to enter that rest,

so that no one will perish

by following their (Israel’s) example of disobedience.

~ Hebrews 4:11

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There is no fear in love;

but perfect love casts out fear,

because fear involves punishment,

and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

~ 1 John 4:18

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Finally, brothers, rejoice.

Aim for restoration, comfort one another,

agree with one another, live in peace;

and the God of love and peace will be with you.

~ 2 Corinthians 13:11

Do not bury what God has given you. Root out the things in your life that hide the word of God.

We are constantly given exhortations of peace and love by the disciples of Christ. This reflects the Holy Spirit’s testimony.

Let it be your testimony. Speak it openly without fear. Have faith and God will give it to you, if you abide in Him.

And the peace of God

that surpasses all understanding

will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

~ Philippians 4:7 

7. for “I am with thee to deliver thee” saith the LORD.

This is the final and greatest element of God’s calling. He will deliver us from all that seeks to destroy us in this world. 

 This is the bigger picture. For sin is what caused us to fall and sin will keep us from Him.

Within deliverance is found the riches and beauty of God’s saving grace. 

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name;

worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

~ Psalm 29:2

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O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness:

fear before him, all the earth.

~ Psalm 96:9

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And your testimonies are very trustworthy;

holiness is fitting for your house,

Lord Jehovah, for the length of days!

~ Psalm 93:5

In this life, there is also suffering. Jeremiah suffered greatly watching the judgement of God come like a dry, burning wind upon His people. 

For a clear picture of this, please read the book of Lamentations. 

We too are called to suffer in this world. But fear not, in Christ we can overcome the world, if, we continue in His calling for our life.

By this we know that we love the children of God,

when we love God, and keep his commandments.

For this is the love of God,

that we keep his commandments:

and his commandments are not grievous.

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:

and this is the victory that overcometh the world,

even our faith

~ 1 John 5:2:4

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To whom God would make known

what is the riches of the glory

of this mystery among the Gentiles;

which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Whom we preach, warning every man,

and teaching every man in all wisdom;

that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Whereunto I also labour,

striving according to his working,

which worketh in me mightily.

~ Colossians 1:26-29


John and Paul stated above that when we love God we will obey him even through the suffering and trials the world brings. His labors of Love permeate His calling in Christ Jesus.


Final Word


Let God have His complete work in you in order to present yourself perfect in Christ at His glorious coming.

This is your calling.

There is non other.

Jeremiah 1:10

These are some notes regarding our high purpose in God through the perspective of Jeremiah the prophet’s calling.


Jeremiah was appointed or deputized to represent God’s will and speak for Him to Israel, His people and nation.

Make no mistake about it, each one of us is called to serve a Holy and all powerful, righteous God.

There are untold rewards when this service is appreciated and humbly observed.

Likewise, there are consequences and judgment when chastisement fails to heed the calling of God from a broken and contrite spirit.


See, I have this day set thee

over the nations and over the kingdoms,

to root out, and to pull down,

and to destroy, and to throw down,

to build, and to plant.

~ Jeremiah 1:10


Like Jeremiah, we are given the responsibility to root out all sin in our lives, to pull down Satan’s strongholds, and make our lives obedient to Christ.


For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,

but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing

that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,

and bringing into captivity every thought

to the obedience of Christ;

~ 2 Corinthians 10:4-5


In the battle for our mind and heart, we are instructed to destroy the works of the Devil and to throw down anything that grieves the Spirit of God.


He that committeth sin is of the devil;

for the devil sinneth from the beginning.

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,

that he might destroy the works of the devil.

~ 1 John 3:8

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let us lay aside every weight,

and the sin which doth so easily beset us

~ Hebrews 12:1

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Therefore, putting aside all filthiness

and all that remains of wickedness,

in humility receive the word implanted,

which is able to save your souls.

~ James 1:21


When we are obedient to God in these four areas, He enables our obedience to search, destroy, and become victorious over sin. Thus, begins His miraculous work of making us holy as He is holy.

Within this concurrent work of God through our consecration and sanctification, our heart and mind continuously attunes to God’s good pleasure and casts aside dross.

Where destruction and ruin from sin once dwelt, seeds of righteousness are sewn.


for the equipping of the saints for the work of service,

to the building up of the body of Christ;

until we all attain to the unity of the faith,

and of the knowledge of the Son of God,

to a mature man, to the measure of the stature

which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

~ Ephesians 4:13

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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.

~ 1 Peter 1;15


The following commentary on Jeremiah 1:10 highlights why it is so important to have a clear understanding and deep appreciation of the character of God’s calling on your life.


The two great blessings of election and mediation are here distinctly taught. God did not speak to the nations directly, but mediatorially He created a minister who should be His mouthpiece.

Observation itself teaches us that men are called and chosen of God to do special work in all departments of life.

The difficult lesson for some of us to learn is that we are called to obscurity, and yet this is as clearly a Divine appointment as is the choice of an Isaiah or a Jeremiah.

If you look at life, you will see that the most of men are called to quietness, to honest industry, and to what is mistakenly called common place existence.

What of it?

Shall the plain murmur because it is not a mountain?

Shall the green fields complain that Mont Blanc is higher than they?

If they have not his majesty, neither have they his barrenness.

To see our calling, to accept it, to honour it, that is the truly godly and noble life!

Every man is born to realise some purpose.

Find that purpose out, and fulfil it if you would lovingly serve God.

We find no difficulty in persuading a man that he is a Jeremiah or a Daniel, at any rate that, under certain circumstances, he might easily have turned out a Hannibal or a Wellington.

The difficulty, on the contrary, is to persuade a man that the lowliest lot, as well as the highest, is the appointment of God;

that door keeping is a promotion in the Divine gift;

and that to light a lamp may be as surely a call of God as to found an empire or to rule a world.

J. Parker, D. D.


God has place an immeasurably high value on you because you are created in His image. 

Whoever sheds human blood,

by humans shall their blood be shed;

for in the image of God has God made mankind.

~ Genesis 9:6


This command was given to us after the flood. Yet, God persisted in showing us his grace, favor, and redemptive love: 


God showed his great love for us

by sending Christ to die for us

while we were still sinners.

~ Romans 5:8


If we disregard the value God places on our existence, we disregard the giver of life.

He has shown us many times in His the holy word the judgment that befalls His people when they disregard Him.

When we offer ourselves completely, He sanctifies us by creating a new-life giving spirit in us, purifying and holy. 

Let us strive to be ready, lest we fail to be fit for his His service here on earth or to stand blameless before Him in heaven. 


And you, that were sometime alienated

and enemies in your mind by wicked works,

yet now hath he reconciled 

In the body of his flesh through death,

to present you holy and unblameable

and unreproveable in his sight:

If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled,

and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel,

which ye have heard,

and which was preached to every creature

which is under heaven;

~ Colossians 1:21-23

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Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly;

and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete,

without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23


God has written His instructions to follow and waiting for you.

The seven characteristics that God began to work in Jeremiah at his calling are the same characteristics that should be in us according to his purpose, sanctified in Christ Jesus, and the rich glory that is his inheritance among the saints.

These will be addressed in the next post entitled, “Jeremiah’s Life and our Calling.”

May you strive to be His saint, righteous and holy . . . 

Goodbye Knott’s Berry Farm

This week I made my last trek with an old friend: it was a sad and troubling experience. I grew up loving Knott’s Berry Farm. With the new ownership from about a year ago, changes are starting to show.

My family already put off anything relayed to Disney after careful study and observation that there are underlying dark and wicked ideologies that permeate all things Disney.

We are told in Hebrews 12:1 to:


lay aside every weight,

and sin that so easily besets us

so we can run with patience the race set before us.


The are some obvious concepts in this passage; like eliminating things that hinder our walk or lead us to sin. Walk here means the deep and lasting commitment to loving God with all our being and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

The less obvious concept here is running with patience: we can run much more efficiently and reach our goal when we are not burdened.

A burden can stop us from reaching the finish line.

This is not something you want to ignore when the finish line is God and heaven.


But that is not the crux of this verse in my opinion. It is the concept of patience that is most critical.

Here we will consider patience in both its positive and negative light in connection to my experience at Knott’s.

Patience develops from a love that is being perfected.

Love is perfected by an unwavering and single-minded faith in the one who calls us through the power of the Holy Spirit. This produces in us


 wisdom, and righteousness,

and sanctification, and redemption

~ 1 Corinthians 1:30

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God hath from the beginning

chosen you to salvation

through sanctification of the Spirit

and belief of the truth:

~ 1 Thessalonians 2:13

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that each of you know how to possess his own vessel

in sanctification and honor 

~ 1 Thessalonians 4:4


The Positive Characteristics of Patience


Characteristics of patience are: steadfastness, constancy, endurance. (It is consistent in the picture of a race as found in Hebrews 12:1).

One who is not swerved from his intended purpose and remains loyal to his faith in Christ and His holy calling even under the greatest of trials or sufferings. This is often unjustly committed by others through their sinful deeds. 

Godly patience produces a gentle and kind long suffering; an enduring and sustaining perseverance in the face of circumstances beyond our sphere of influence.

Of course there are exceptions or variations to the course of patience such as with Job and Jeremiah but the general definition stands in my degree of understanding scripture.

How is this in relation to Knott’s?


The Negative Characteristics of Patience


Jeremiah provides a perfect example.

In the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah is beset by the many sins and weight produced by the nation of Israel.

They fell away from their walk with God and not only lost the love of the Father but they were receiving their just recompense of God’s correcting hand.

For the few righteous that remained, His rod and His staff became the comforter. For the rest, He became the gavel of judgement.


He hath builded against me

and encompassed me with gall and travail.

~ Lamentations 3:5


In this passage, we begin to see the characteristics contrary to patience found in those obedient to Christ.

The collective sin and many weights so deliberately enjoyed by the people of Israel brought with them, a crippling snare. They were stopped in their tracks.

No longer could they run the race set before them. The hand of God brought everything to a stop.

Jerusalem, the city of peace, was literally encircled by a witness of many enemies. They built a fortress round about them and eventually tore down their ramparts and walls.

The enemy denied the people of all resources to the point that mothers were eating their infants and toddlers.

All this happened because their spiritual leaders were worthless and misleading in the sense that they did not expose their sin and lead them to repentance.


Sin can have the same effect in us spiritually and physically when we choose to embrace it and be entertained by it.

When this happens we become encumbered with gall and travail, just like Jeremiah.


Gall and Travail


Gall is bitter and poisonous, like venom from a snake (get the spiritual image here). Without the whole armor of God, the enemy can enter our life and spoil us.

The nature of gall shakes us to our core. It envelops the whole person so as to infect us at our chiefest parts: our cognitions, where we make decisions, and our outlook or world view.

Travail when united with gall is a vicious combination because travail always results in a weariness from toil, hardship, or distress.

This weariness brings with it impatience from the things that cause our spirits and life to be grieved or offended. It can come from something done to us, something we do. It can come from someone else or from within us.

Travail and gall is brought on only by sin, from within or without.


Taking it Home to Knott’s


The Children’s Show

There is a stage in Snoopy land at Knott’s that presents certain ideas to the young and innocent.

I observed the glorification of frank selfishness produce in the play that ended with song that encouraged the love of secular rock and roll.

(the presenter expected the children to already be familiar with a song sung by those who avow and openly practice homosexuality.

Tacit of approval of any sin is not an element of Godly patience.

Then the song switched and played the music used by cabaret dancers who historically kick up their legs to the music as they reveal their nakedness to the audience.

I watched my children be exposed to this.


Now they don’t know what is means right now, but later when other things of a similar nature are presented to them, the stage will have already been set, so to speak.

It is a subtle form of conditioning not fully appreciated by the innocent or complacent.

Now, I willingly chose to take my family to Knott’s and felt the conviction associated with a mild taste of gall and travail.


Throughout the park monitors are being strategically placed so park goers inevitably watch whatever is being displayed.
This increased my weariness and trouble because we have no control of the content.

We have no TV in our house for very good reasons.

I will gladly sit down and discuss the harm TV brings to one’s spiritual life any day of the week. 


More importantly there was secular music being played throughout the park did something very bad to my soul and mind. 

As a newly dedicated Christian, one of the best things I have done is to eliminate wordy influences from the media, TV, movies, magazines, newspaper, advertisements, radio, etc.

Now, it is very common to awaken with scriptural thoughts, prayers and praise to God, or to have beautiful Christian hymns ringing through my mind throughout the day.

What happened on the way home from Knott’s checked my soul and took away my patience and joy in the LORD.

I had a song from the park stuck in my mind. Even today, 24 hours later, curse words from that son have replaced the praises of God as sinful thoughts course through my soul.


God forgive me for my poor choice and for subjecting my children and wife to elements that caused the eventual destruction of Israel, your temple. and the destruction of millions of souls.

I pray God will guide me and give me the wisdom to choose the right activities to engage my family from this day forward.
I have learned a great lesson.

Amusement parks are not conducive to holiness or a sanctified life in Christ.

God forgive me and renew a right spirit in me.