Bryan Patterson really got it right.
Bryan Patterson really got it right.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. Is. 53:4-6 NASB http://www.blueletterbible.org
I first learned of the time gap between the 1st and 2nd verses of Genesis 1 from a Messianic Jew, a former Rabi from Israel. He was from the “School of the Prophets” group. They delved deep into the mysteries of the Scriptures. They knew of the “Bible Code” long before it was a popular topic. They knew things about the Bible that even other Rabin did not know. And that takes me back to the gap between the 1st and 2nd verse in Genesis 1. Proving that fact is not the purpose of this writing, but you can get a decent understanding of that gap here: http://custance.org/Library/Volume6/Part_III/Introduction.html.
The whole point of my bringing this up is to tell you that a many events occurred between those two verses. One of those things was the Wars of the Angels in Heaven. Two thirds of the Angels of God rebelled against God. Very long story short, they lost the war. Their leader, Lucifer, was cast out of Heaven. Lucifer is known by many names, but Satan is the name we know him by. As a noun, Satan means “Adversary, enemy, etc”, as a verb, it is “Accuser”.
Satan knows what his future will bring. He knows his day s are numbered. Because he has been disconnected from God his mind is given completely over to sin and evil. He has become incapable of any holy thought, act of righteousness, or discernment. Satan believes he stands a chance of winning the final battle.
In between the Angelic Wars and now, Satan managed to talk Human Souls into joining him in eternal damnation. Satan is the one who kills, steals and destroys. Satan will tempt you. That is half of what this post is about. The other half is dedicated to the Grace of God.
Jesus had been in the wilderness for 40 days. He was hungry, thirsty, and exhausted. “Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.” Luke 4:2
And he (Satan) brought him (Jesus) to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Satan, as the destroyer knew that, if he could get Jesus to succumb to temptation, then the show was over for all of us. He, knowing what his fate is, wants company in his misery. Jesus was weakened by his trials in the desert. If he could get Jesus to fail, there would be no hope for the redemption of mankind to God. There is a reason it is called Temptation. If it were easy to say ‘No’, it wouldn’t really be tempting, would it?
Jesus, as tired and hungry as he was, did the one thing he could do and not blow it. He answered Satan with the Word of God. He didn’t reason, justify, waffle, bargain, or debate. He fell back to a position that shows the authority of the scriptures when they are used properly.
And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Luke 4:12
Here is where we learn to know AND understand the words of God. Horrible things have been done on this planet simply because people do not know and understand what God said and meant. Jesus never subjugated women, yet many faiths treat women like second class citizens. Many people think the Bible actually said, “God helps those that help themselves.” Misunderstanding the intent of the Word, or blatantly not knowing it will lead you into a world of deep doo-doo.
Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 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. Gen 3:1-3 KJV
Here, Satan used doubt as a tool to get Eve to wonder if what she thought she heard was actually what she heard. In response, Eve not only used God’s word to argue with Satan, but added to what God said. Probably to underscore her point. Satan’s goal is, and always has been to separate us from God. Have you ever told someone something that someone else said to you, and the person you said it to said, “REALLY?, He said that?” Because you might be wrong, you begin to entertain the idea that you might be wrong. Maybe you misunderstood what was said, or what that someone meant to convey by saying it. When doubt clouds your judgement between right and wrong, you have opened your armor against temptation. Once you are vulnerable, it is easier to tempt you. The lesson here is to what God said and what He MEANT when He said it, and what you should do in the light of it being said.
KNOW THE WORD INSIDE AND OUT!
Along with being the adversary, Satan loves to accuse us. If he can make a case against you, then he thinks he wins. The case doesn’t even have to be true, as Satan is not acquainted with the truth. It just has to be convincing.
In the book of Job, we see that Satan was in the throne room of God. Satan waited in line so he can accuse someone to God. In this case, God, knowing what Satan was up to, offered Job as an example of one of his children. Immediately, Satan accused Job to God and said that if God hadn’t shown Job such favor, Job would just abandon his faith, and curse God to God’s face.
Satan will go to the Living God and accuse you every time you trip up. He gets his kicks doing this. He believes that he is rubbing God’s children’s failures in God’s face.
Sometime we mess up. We sin. And when we do, our conscience starts eating at us. We pray and confess our sin, and repent of it. But Satan will come along in an effort to rob you of your joy, and tell you, “God is mad at you for what you did. What a loser you are to God. You blew it with the Big Guy this time.” Satan will rob you of your joy if you give him one second to make his case to you. There is a way to deal with this, and I will show you in a minute.
When we mess up, and we know we have messed up, Satan loves to accuse you to yourself so that you will forget to go to God for confession and repentance and forgiveness. He wants to distract you, so you will be too confused and full of self loathing to do the right thing. He may say things like, “You know what it says in the Book, “The wages of sin is death.”, you might as well give up. You will never be good enough for God. You can’t go ten minutes with out tripping up. Man, you call yourself a Christian.” If he can get your eyes off the redemptive work of Jesus, he can bring you down to a pit of misery and personal hell. If you stay there, you may eventually lose your faith altogether. This is the goal of Satan as the accuser. To separate you from God.
You have the assurance of God’s Grace when you repent. You have this assurance because you have accepted that Jesus died on the cross in your place for all your sin, past present and future. You are saved because of His death and resurrection. When Jesus died on the cross, the eternal covenant was sealed. Satan was defeated, and lost the right to call Earth his home, and human souls his own. Jesus took the keys of hell away from Satan for all eternity.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 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; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3 :23-26 NASB
When you go to God, you have the assurance that God will blot out your transgressions for the sake of the blood of Christ that covers you, and makes you God’s own beloved child.
“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25
Because of this great gift of God’s grace, through Jesus Christ you can say:
“I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10 NASB
Because of your faith in Jesus Christ, and because you turned to God, confessed your sin, repented of it in your heart, and laid it at His feet, you can say: “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 NASB
Hanging on to your unconfessed sin will only weaken your faith, and open a door for the tempter to come in and twist your heart even more. You have a loving God who is ever ready, and joyfully willing to forgive you. You are His own precious one of you have accepted the free gift offered through Jesus Christ. There is no other place to go to know real redemption and forgiveness of sin. Unconfessed sin is a stumbling block to your growth in the Lord.
Have no fear. Come to His throne with thanks giving and know he will forgive you. You will leave the Throne Room knowing you are forgiven. Be sure and leave that burden at his feet. He will remove it from before Himself, and not count it as transgression against him. You are free of this.
“Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7: 18-19 NASB
His desire is that you remain His child. Because of the blood of Christ, you are saved. When he sees you, he sees the mark of Jesus on you, and he declares his everlasting love for you.
“Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness; It is You who has kept my soul from the pit of nothingness, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.” “For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.” Isaiah 38:17-18 NASB
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18 NASB
Satan thought he could take all of Humanity with him when he tempted Adam and Eve. Like I said, he was deluded because he was incapable of reasoning out that he was evil and defeated. The contract was that a perfect human had to be sacrificed, voluntarily, for the sake of all mankind. There were no perfect humans on earth. None. But God foresaw all this from the beginning, and became human. He came here in the form of Jesus. The rightful heir to the throne, and a rightful rabbi of the house of Levi. Jesus was on record of being a priest-king. And he lived without sin among us. He came here that we will have life. He came here for the express purpose of being that sacrifice that would satisfy all of Heavenly law. He became the fulfillment of the law, when he died on the cross, and rose himself up again, by his own authority. He did this to prove He has the right to be called the Son of God.
“God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21 NASB
Satan has no hold over you. He has no power over you, unless you give it to him. You are the precious child of God. Nothing can remove you from God once you are His child. You become His child when you believe with all your heart that Jesus IS the Son of God, died for your sins, and rose again on the 3rd day.
Satan will try to tempt you, deceive you and accuse you in order that you may stumble. Satan will tempt you with things you like. Satan will tempt you with things that God means to give you anyway. When Satan tried to tempt Jesus to bow before him, so that all the kingdoms of the earth could be His, Satan was trying to tempt Jesus with what God was going to give Him any way.
By the Authority given to Jesus, you are saved if you believe. You are safe from temptation if you know the word for what it actually says and actually means. By the authority given to you by Jesus Christ, you are Christs representative while you still live. Go boldly before the throne and be free of the things that encumber you. What Satan tries to take your joy away, do what the angels did, and say, “The Lord Rebuke You”.
Satan has no power over you at all, unless you give him YOUR power.
Go, and sin no more.