Class Notes: 3/1/2020
Exod 20:1-6; 2Cor 10:3-5; The doctrine of evil part 6
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Exod 20:1-6; Then God spoke all these words, saying, 2 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3 "You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
5 "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
False gods and their associated Idolatry is comprised of anything that is promoted above or in opposition to God consciousness, divine establishment, believing in Jesus, or PMA of Bible Doctrine.
2Cor 10:3-5; For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ...
We are presently in a study of the doctrine of evil that is the product of believing the false narrative of the public lie that satan, the god of this world, fabricates and raises up in opposition to truth and righteousness that are the product of believing the Person and Word of the Living God of the universe.
Last time we noted that satan's plan is to use the evil produced in his cosmic systems to establish his own fake version of a perfect world before Jesus Christ returns to establish the real perfection of the real millennium.
He seeks to establish equality by plundering and destroying truth, freedom and prosperity while promoting perversion, criminality, mediocrity and failure through do-gooder governmental legislation and tyranny. The more the people and nations follow his plan, the greater the degeneracy and tyranny. At he present time the world is being whipsawed by satan's evil policies.
Satan's plans appear to be the right thing to do, but they always result in degeneracy and destruction. Lewis Sperry. Chafer describes this in his Systematic Theology, Vol 2, pages 100-111.
Next to the lie itself, the greatest delusion Satan imposes-reaching to all unsaved and to a large proportion of Christians-is the supposition that only such things as society considers evil could originate with the devil-if, indeed, there be any devil to originate anything.
It is not the reason of man, but the revelation of God, which points out that governments, morals, education, art, commercialism, vast enterprises and organizations, and much of religious activity are included in the cosmos diabolicus.
That is, the system which Satan has constructed includes all the good which he can incorporate into it and be consistent in the thing he aims to accomplish.
A serious question arises whether the presence of gross evil in the world is due to Satan's intention to have it so, or whether it indicates Satan's inability to execute all he has designed.
The probability is great that Satan's ambition has led him to undertake more than any creature could ever administer. Revelation declares that the whole cosmos-system must be annihilated-not its evil alone, but all that is in it, both good and bad.
God will incorporate nothing of Satan's failure into that kingdom which He will set up in the earth. The cosmos diabolicus must be "broken in pieces" and become like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors which the wind carries away, and all this before the Smiting Stone-Christ in His return to earth-will set up a kingdom which shall fill the whole earth (Dan 2:34-35,44-45;).
The New Testament predicts the same consummation, saying, "And the world [cosmos] passeth away, and the lust ['desire,' or 'purpose'] thereof" (1John 2:17;).
The one and only thing that will survive this great cataclysm, this text goes on to state, is "he that doeth the will of God"; he "abideth for ever." The lie is expanded to the point where its manifestation embraces all that is in the cosmos, and is built on the one original idea which characterizes it all, namely, independence of God.
To do the will of God is to do the truth; to act apart from God is to do the lie. The truth, which is the will of God, and those who do the truth, abide forever.
There should be no surprise at this termination of the entire fabric of Satan's weaving; yet those of the cosmos are influenced not at all by God's Word, nor are cosmos-Christians much impressed with the solemn truth God has spoken.
Such is the far-reaching effect of the satanic deception. Satan's original independence of God which permeates the whole order, his deceptions about himself, about his purpose, and about the extent of his enterprise, constitute the primary aspects of Satan's method in the cosmos.
Since in pursuing his determination to exalt himself above God Satan must oppose the divine undertakings, his opposition naturally will be exerted where God is acting at a given time.
Since God has no present program which He is following along lines of reformation, education, or civilization (and any record that such undertakings are in God's present purpose will be sought in vain), there is no conflict or satanic resistance in those spheres.
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