Class Notes: 8/19/2020
The doctrine of evil part 46
Psa 23:1-6; A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness because of His reputation.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 91:1-10; 1 The individual who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!"
3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly plague.
4 He will cover you with His wings, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is like a shield and a protective wall.
5 You will not be afraid of the terrors of the night, Or of the arrows that fly by day;
6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
7 A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it shall not approach you.
8 You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked.
9 For you have made the Lord, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent.
Rom 12:14-19; Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be stand aloof, instead associate with those of low position. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with everyone.
19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for God's wrath because it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will pay them back," says the Lord.
We are presently in a study of the doctrine of evil that is the product of believing the false narrative of the public lie aka darkness that satan, the god of this world, fabricates and asserts in his war against God's Word of truth aka light. Eph 6:12; 2Cor 10:5;
We have been noting the gates that people must pass through to enter into the evil hatred of satan's cosmic two system.
When we stopped last time we had noted that evil never understands the function of God's grace, Matt 19:27-30; In the Parable of the vineyard workers Matt 20:16; is particularly noteworthy regarding God's grace policy.
The Bible always advocates for freedom and freedom requires unrestricted function of free enterprise capitalism. Rom 13:9;
Evil is always antagonistic towards grace and always tries to manipulate grace so it can enforce its own do-gooder agenda by plundering God's grace blessing with confiscatory taxation, crony corporatism socialism, and communism that all destroy freedom.
God's standards for maturity and qualification for blessing are the same for every believer. This means that there is equal opportunity and equal justice in God's plan because all of the resources to execute it come from God who is perfect James 1:17; Gal 6:15;
It is therefore blind arrogance for believers to suggest or imply that they have achieved what no other believer ever has, or that they have had some unique experience, or that their life is more important than any other believer's life is. 1Cor 12:11-27;
It is also blind arrogance to suggest or imply that other believers have a superior privilege or opportunity from of some facet of first birth such as race, nationality or gender or economic status. Gal 3:26-29;
People are making first birth an issue today because they are of their father the devil who continuously lies and accuses God's people John 8:44; Rev 12:10b;
Blind arrogance prevents believers from perceiving the spiritual reality of God's grace policy. Blind arrogance comes in many forms: legalism, salvation by works, spirituality by works, maturity by works, and but not limited to social justice by works. Any focus on any kind of human capacity, ability, or any kind of incapacity or inability is evil.
This means that anyone who assumes that God's plan stands or falls on the basis of behavior, race, gender, or economic status is arrogant and under the influence of evil.
God's plan depends exclusively on God, His immutable essence and His grace policy; it never depends on the believer. We the product of God's work not our works. Phil 2:13; Eph 2:10;
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