Before we jump on in to the series, I need to spell out a few things first. We must be cautious when dialoging about the things of evil. The Bible says, “Be wise concerning that which is good and innocent of that which is evil.” There is a wisdom in knowing your enemy but there is also a warning that comes with it. Some end up overwhelming themselves in meaningless debates and burdened with strange religious ideas that end up producing only doubt and fear. Let us now shine a light on the darkness with this series insomuch to push back the evil and encourage our faith! The Bible remains true, the Word of God is true and in it there is no lie. Many of us will be encouraged and set free of our fears throughout this series.
The plans and purposes of the devil end up, in a way, being used by God. It’s a mystery watching this whole drama unfold upon the earth but truly it’s the greatest story ever written! Now, there is no darkness in God whatsoever: there is no evil, iniquity or unrighteousness found in Him. God is holy. How someone so holy can create anything of darkness and corruption is mysterious. But the mystery starts to be understood in the concept of “Free-Will” or I like to say even better, “Unique-Will”. God has His own will, His own unique-will, separate and distinct from us. Evil too. Evil has its own separate and distinct will apart from us. And understanding our freedom to choose is the start of unpacking this great and ancient mystery upon the earth.
Throughout my life I was taught that angels do not have their own will to choose. But the Holy Scriptures do not support that idea. It was written, “Do you not know that we shall judge the angels?” (I Corinthians 6:3) And then we see the Devil, who was Lucifer, with the ability to choose to war against God but originally he was perfect in his ways, “You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created until iniquity was found in you.” (Ezekiel 28:15) If some saints are going to judge the angels, then angels too must have a will of their own to choose rightly or otherwise, or why else would we judge them? Then we see the Devil, when he was Lucifer, having been perfect until his heart started to turn against God.
The great and profound drama that is playing out upon the earth, most simply can be defined as all of these unique souls and wills making choices, whether or not the follow God (angels included). And then God allows us all to choose. Certainly He could have made our souls different, He could have fashioned us in such a way that there was nothing else to choose but Him. Even in the garden there was a tree that wasn’t to be eaten – God gave them a way out, a way to choose something other than Him. But Why? Why would God do such a thing? Why would a good and loving God give us the temptation of iniquity in the first place??
To understand God is to understand that He is perfect love. The scripture declares it over and again, “God is love” (I John 4:8 and 16). That is WHO He is. He is not judgment, wrath, condemnation or even justice. God is love. At the very essence of His being is love. And we have spent the centuries and millennia and generations trying to comprehend this – trying to know our God and His love. And we absolutely have an enemy. There is an enemy to perfect love. The Bible says, “Perfect love casts out all fear.” (I John 4:18) So the love of God has an enemy but God remains love.
The Bible is clear that there is both light and darkness in creation. Jesus says, “I am the light of the world!” (John 8:12) But the Bible also explains, “If that light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23) So there is light and darkness, blessing and cursing and we are told, “Choose you this day who you will serve…” (Joshua 24:15) and again, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life that you and your generations may live!” (Deuteronomy 30:19). We must hold to the light of the world and those things of the light: life, love, the ways of God – we must reject the things of darkness that we and our families might live!
These things remain mysterious. On what day was the darkness created? We see the light coming forth on day one but when was the darkness created? So many mysteries in our God and His creation. We understand so very little. But we know this, “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” (I John 1:5). What if darkness was never actually created? This is a lot to consider… But the simple question remains, what portion of the darkness do we want to inherit? What union has the light with the darkness? (II Corinthians 6:14)
But God allows men (and angels) to choose. Perfect love always gives a choice. Always. And His allowance is not passive as if to say He is careless and uninvested but His love, for it to be perfect, must give everyone this freedom. God’s heart grieves when His people choose to destroy themselves and others. And He pursues His creation, we who are His children, He pursues us and He is relentless in His pursuit – much like the way a man in love would pursue a wife. The lover must not trample her will and must be gentle and patient in wooing her to himself – yet still he must pursue her. Perfect love is also alive, purposeful, emboldened and desirous insomuch that for love to be perfect it must also want to reveal itself. There is therefore little-to-no passivity in love, but love must be patient.
Without giving us the ability to choose how would God ever know if we truly loved Him? Or what if He forced us to love Him? And so the great drama of life and death unfolds upon the earth as men and angels choose their allegiances: either their devotion and love for God or their rejection and striving against the Father of Lights. And our God remains sovereign. He has drawn the lines and boundaries of this evil, this devil. While He allows free-will to unfold upon the earth, He remains very active, very engaged and intimately involved with every bit of the affairs of men. All these things His Word and His own Hands have made and there was nothing that was made that He did not create (John 1). And so the great mystery of God continues to reveal itself upon the earth.
Many of us grieved for Judas as we read his story, betraying the Son of Glory for money and then choosing to end his life (exactly as the scripture foretold). But Jesus also says of this man, “It would have been better that he was never born…” Is it righteous for us to grieve for the destruction of iniquity and corruption? This is a very involved discussion.
There is a kind of righteousness in a rejection but also a hatred of those things that are evil. It’s the evil that is destroying our world, our friends, our families, our loved ones… This darkness has been ruining everything since the very start and the prince over the things of darkness is called Satan, the Dragon and the Devil. We grieve because of this evil, without this corruption upon the earth there would be nothing to grieve. Seems awfully reasonable to me that we should have some negative feelings towards what is destroying everything good and pleasing to God but remember the things of which I write to you know are spiritual in nature.
If men would only hold to the light and reject those things of darkness. If we would only choose the light and life and truth of God rejecting these things of iniquity and corruption - It would truly be heaven upon the earth! It would be the kingdom of God! But men and angels choose otherwise, to war against the goodness of God and His love. But Why? Why fight against perfect love?? I don’t know that we will ever understand why we at times choose to war against perfection…. God save us.
The best news is, evil and this darkness both have an expiration date! God will not abandon us to live this way forever. Death was a mercy for us. Without death we would have lived in this corruption indefinitely. And the death of this world will come. He will put an end to this world but patiently, wanting that none would perish. The kingdom of God will come to the earth! And we who love our God and His goodness, will celebrate eternally, we will celebrate together and all things will be made new! Our enemy knows this.
Our enemy knows the glorious new-beginning that awaits the children of God and he is prepared to steal, kill and destroy until the very last day. But he is created. He has limits and boundaries to what God will allow him to destroy.
God has given us a choice, two kingdoms: one kingdom of light, the other of darkness and corruption. “No man can serve two masters…” we are told. We can not be both children of the light and also the children of corruption. So we “Choose you this day who [we] will serve…”
The deception of our enemy has only seemed to increase upon the earth but that is only because men are choosing this darkness. God will allow men to fall victim to their own delusions but only because He gives us all, the will to choose. Rejecting the light is also to reject the truth. Many willfully reject His truth and worse yet, they lie and deceive many into their delusion and destruction. “May the light of God through His Son Jesus Christ shine on their wicked plots and plans and remain a shelter from the storm and a hiding place in the time of trouble.”
There remains nothing to fear for the children of God in Christ Jesus.
The light always defeats the darkness. It is an absolute certainty.
Turn on a light in a dark room, see the darkness flee
There is not even a moment of doubt
The darkness must flee from the light!
Now pray, Children of the Light
That many would come to this salvation in our God and Father
Time is shorter now
We see all these things coming to pass
Pray that many would be saved.
With the utmost love and affection
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