As a Pastor, I would like to write about the evil that is in the world. I do not understand how people are so blinded to evil and its origins. The bible cannot be understood if it is read literally. The bible is understood when the types, shadows, allegories, figures are properly seen through spiritual understanding.
Genesis is the book of beginnings, therefore if evil comes from a creature other than the human beings God created, then that would be recorded in the book of the beginnings. Our scholars of "fiction and imagination", make up their own Genesis for the devil. They conclude that God should have added something in the book of beginnings, so they inject the devil falling from heaven before Eden. Make no mistake, God missed nothing and the devil can be seen in Genesis clearly.
Lucifer is not in the book of the beginnings, therefore Lucifer cannot be said to be the arch enemy of God everyone seems to think he is. Satan therefore had to have a beginning and somewhere in the book of beginnings God surely left us a record of where evil began. Nowhere but nowhere in the record of Gods days of creation do the scriptures mention Satan or an angel that fell from Gods abode to the earth. This is a misconception made up by those who attempt to add what is not written to what their imagination might create.
Somewhere after God created the heavens and the earth students of myth calling themselves scribes, claim there was a war in heaven and God cast Satan, whom they identify as Lucifer out of heaven into the earth. Lucifer became the serpent in the garden which talked to Eve. This is all a clever cover up of truth. God however fully intended it to be this way. The true student of the bible and the lovers of truth will soon agree, these far-fetched excuses for truth are phony, contemplated and erroneous attempts from men to say there is evil outside of the flesh God created. The irony, caught in a trap nearly impossible to escape from are those who have accepted the false teachings of intellectual and carnal creators of evil. Their own perverted rendition of what the false church fully intended in order to cover up their evil deeds and changing of the truth into a lie (Rom 1:20-25). Spiritual wickedness is not flying in the air, it is found in men who will change the words of Jesus Christ mixing them with unfulfilled Old Testament types and shadows to make a false church.
According to these scholars of fiction, Satan is alive and well on planet earth, roaming to and fro, up and down in the earth. This is not all wrong, however their premise is wrong. There is no individual called Satan who has his converted angelic cohorts running with him to and fro in the earth. There is evil however in the world, but if not according to these fictionists, then what is the truth? Is there an angelic invisible being called Satan who is the General over his demon angels? No. If this is not true, if this is a fairy tale, then what is the truth? What does the truth reveal? Can proper information be found? The answer to this question is: yes! There is a devil but truly he has hidden himself sufficiently as to continue working evil in the world of religion and intellectualism.
According to the scholars of fiction and imagination: an angel decided he would turn into a serpent, if taken literally I believe that means a snake. In this particular instance a talking snake in the garden of Eden. The garden of Eden is where God placed his creatures Adam whom he first formed, then Eve. It is quite interesting though that there is no other place in the bible other than Balaam’s mule whom God spake through, that an animal ever talked. When the mule talked it was a miracle produced by God, to speak to Balaam whom running from God was in an insane state of mind. Animals are not created with the ability to articulate and form words with meaning. They have their own mannerisms to communicate with one another but it is not a language like those in the human race.
Anyone who may take the side of an animal being able to articulate through speaking should quickly change your mind. Just like there is no link in human existence to connect man with ape, neither is there evidence an animal can talk; unless enabled like Balaam’s mule to one time and one time only by God. It is also interesting that the fiction scholars think the serpent was empowered by the invisible angelic individual called Satan. Satan became the incarnate evil demon in a snake. Further the scriptures are twisted and perverted by the fiction supporters of the devil, that he had legs. This is a must if the scriptures will be taken literally, because when he was cursed in the book of Genesis for having corrupted Eve, it was to go on his belly eating the dust of the earth forever. Then arises another extraordinary thing: Satan must have gotten off scott free because he, according to the biblical fictionists, is still here alive and well running to and fro. He just used the snake long enough to get the poor boy cursed and then he vacated. It may sound good to the innocent ear, but it is in fact a lie from those who bite into fictional imagery.
Those who believe God is all knowing or omniscient, did he not know this was going to happen in the garden of Eden? Did he make heaven a place where corruption and rebellion could enter? Is there a possibility that other angels could become disgruntled with God, his plans and also rebel and be ousted? I seriously do not think so. If God had created his angelic host with the capability to sin, he would have made provision for them to turn from their rebellion. Did God just allow this one time rebellion, to leave poor Satan without a way back into the place he once possessed? No! The reason being, there was no portion of Gods invisible angelic host made with he capability to sin. The very nature of angels is not sinful or capable of sin. There is no possibility of anything but Gods will that can be done in heaven. Did God make room for rebellious behavior in heaven? No! Heaven is a place we as Gods creation are desirous to enter. Heaven is where we never have to worry again about the presence of evil, or the presence of evil prevailing.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
God did not take on himself the nature of angels because, his angels did not sin, neither could they sin. An angel is a messenger, whether it be a human angel or one of the angelic host of angels. Only the human angels have the capability to sin. Sin did not enter into the world by Lucifer, Satan or any other title which have been given to the evil of the world. by the scholars of fiction and imagination. Jesus took on him the seed of Abraham and the nature of Adam. God was concerned about reconciling the sins of the people not the sins of his angelic host.
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
So then: am I saying there was no individual in the garden of Eden called Satan, Lucifer? Yes, I am saying that because the bible clearly speaks only of a serpent who was more subtle than any beast of the field. This very verbiage implies, that there was something there called a serpent which was more subtle than any beast of the field. There was a separation and the serpent was not one of the beasts of the field but a separate source of evil completely. More subtle than any beast, not any other beast, simply because it was not actually in the animal kingdom. Could it be that there are qualities in an human being capable of being described in figure as one of the beasts of the field? Yes! Example the faces of Jesus, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the Lamb. David calls young men who in their youth have the capability to devour, young lions. Humans have the capability to plan, follow and execute an attack, rape, war, theft, plot against the just. These are all qualities that reside in the human.The spirits of all flesh. Nowhere does the scriptures imply that there are spirits outside of the flesh or human arena.
Animals are included in the flesh, some animals God created with little or no aggressive manner, others however he has created to kill, ambush their prey and devour it. Lions, bears, snakes, etc..... did Satan get into the lion that found a man wondering and sought to devour him? Or did God give him a nature to kill the wondering prey? I choose to believe the latter. God did not allow or plan to have one of his angels fall from heaven and become the evil sinister monster and creature the scholars of fiction have imagined and taught. God did not create his angels with a nature to sin and then become omnipresent, like the scholars of fiction purpose. He must be everywhere at once because it is stated when the word is sown, those of the wayside soil have the devil come and pluck away the word immediately. The word is often sown around the world at the same time. If Satan is not an omnipresent spirit, then the scriptures are incorrect. I chose to believe the scriptures are truth and Satan is everywhere there is a human being. The difference between the human and an animal is their ability to comprehend and make a decision based upon what they have heard. Animals cannot read or comprehend human verbiage. They can comprehend gestures and sounds but not principals and character. The breed of dog or animal determines there character. You can get a bad dog, a bad horse, a bad animal, because they cannot overcome their nature like a human to stop bad habits.
James in depicting the inadequacy of the law, described it like this. This unruly evil described by James, is the "more subtle than any beast of the field". This tongue of the serpent nature we have is untamable by men.
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, adulteries etc. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Whatever is in abundance in the heart that is what the mouth and tongue let out. The law took control only of the outward man. The perfect law of Liberty given by Jesus to his apostles, demanded control of both inward thought and outward actions. The tongue can no man tame because, the heart has to be seen in order to change the conversation and manner of living. Only God can know the heart of man. Only God knows the heart. Only God when given control through faith, can change the heart into what it is suppose to be. So animals have been given a nature that can be modified through training but cannot be changed into that which is acceptable to God as being his image, able to give glory to God for the miraculous change.
It appears here, that God did not like the spirits of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. For he wanted Moses to stand back and let him destroy the entire congregation and start another one. Moses interceded for the people, asking God to destroy only those men who had rebelled and attempted to usurp the God appointed authority of Moses. This is a spirit: attempting to overthrow the leadership God had set up, was a spirit of rebellion. The people did not like the results of Moses leadership and rebelled against it, inferring God would also receive their sacrifice as well as Moses. This infuriated God. What did Satan have to do with this? Did an individual angel inject into the hearts of these men to rebel against Moses and Aaron? Or did this spirit of evil come from within them out of their nature? Why would God swallow up these men in an earthquake if Satan had prompted this rebellion? He would not have. God is the God of the spirits of "ALL FLESH".
Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up. And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the Lord, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them. And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the Lord, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow: And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the Lord every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer. And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron. And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation. And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.
28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the Lord hath not sent me. But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
Sin is the transgression of the law. We are tempted when we are drawn away by our own lust and enticed. God cannot be tempted neither tempteth he any man. For when a man is tempted he is drawn away by his own lust.
A little repetitious but true. Korah and company saw the authority of Moses and thought to use their position and powers with Israel to overthrow him. This is a spirit. Spirits come from within, anger is a spirit and is produced by provocation or dissatisfaction. Murder is a spirit and comes from wrath, anger and malice unchecked or not being dealt with properly. Men murder for money. When Cain was spoken to about repenting and doing right, getting rid of his wrath, he ignored the warning to overcome it, and allowed that spirit of anger to take control of his actions to become the first murderer. The father of that spirit was the nature of Cain he refused to subject to God. There was not a devil outside of Cain implanting thoughts, which is contrary to all scriptures. This is the idea of the scholars of fiction and imagination.
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.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
We were given a nature which we must overcome to be servant to God. We are instructed to become partakers of the divine nature through our expansion of faith. Add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge to knowledge temperance, to temperance patience, to patience brotherly kindness, the brotherly kindness charity. Sin did not enter into the world by an angel falling from heaven and entering into a serpent. Sin was not in the world when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden. The serpent was not the sin that entered into the world.
2 Peter 2:4
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
Remember in order to sin, you must have a nature to sin and be in the human family. Angels do not have a nature to sin or leave the service of God. Adam and Eve sinned and were cast forth from the presence of God and the flaming sword was placed at the entrance barring them from return without passing through the sword of the angel.
Those who see only naturally and cannot see the types, shadows, allegories, figures are blind. Those messengers or angels that turned from Jesus word back to the law were certainly cast down to hell and chains of the darkness of the law to be reserved unto judgment. If this is taken literally, there are some discrepancies. The literal angels are now bound and will remain such until the judgment. They would not be free to enter snakes and animals and to implant evil thoughts into men. The idea presented here is not to indicate a falling from heaven at all, but a falling from a first estate. As Korah, Dathan and Abiram left the divine instituted authority of Moses and Aaron, the angels or messengers, or preachers of the New Testament perfect law, also left their first estate to be cast down into everlasting chains of darkness. The law is darkness, this is not literal darkness. Literal darkness is used to explain spiritual darkness. The unfulfilled law is darkness, the types and shadows of the law cannot save anyone or bring salvation unless they have been revealed and we have found their fulfilment in the teachings of the apostles and Christ.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
The invisible things are God, the devil, spirits, the eternal power. All are seen in the book of beginnings and in the old testament types and shadows. Adams nature is first seen in Adam and Eve and their disobedience and fall from the garden of Eden. There instructions from God was not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God made trees and used them to represent men in various ways. Fruit trees, non fruit trees (as evergreens). We of course are admonished to be fruitful and multiply, naturally and spiritually. The only tree however God ever made which contained both good and evil is the mind of man. He is the only one who can make that choice for from himself. For from within out of the heart proceed evil thoughts. God warned them of eating of this tree. Why? Because they had not yet come to discern the capability of their own nature and the thoughts that spring from it.
The serpent was in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil: namely man and his nature.
Adams nature was what caused Adam and Eve to fall from their steadfastness in Eden. Let me interject this concerning the nature of Adam. We are instructed to put off the nature of Adam (Old man) and become partakers of the divine nature. Why? Because in Adams nature rests the possibility of taking the spirits born from the serpent nature. Our thoughts can be like the poison of serpent or asps. Our thoughts can be devouring like the raging of a wolf or lion. Paul fought beasts in Ephesus after the manner of men. Why? Because those who remain in Adam’s nature, often present traits of that nature in various ways. The sly cunning of an Leopard, or snake, or bear. This is the reason the scripture in Genesis begins like this. Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field. This serpent was the cunning thoughts of Adams nature in suggesting things contrary to the revealed will of God. Surely you won’t die says the heart that is deceitful and desperately wicked above all things. The serpent nature found in Adams animalistic nature.
David understood that men could possess the spirits of animals in Adams nature. He wrote: Speaking of those who depended on their ferocious strength in their youth, yet without the wisdom of God. David admonished that if a man would seek the Lord, they would have strength and not lack.
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
David spake of his soul being among lions, meaning men who had spirits like lions, this came from Adams nature. David said their teeth were spears and arrows and their tongue a sharp sword. David knew where evil came from and how it existed in the world. What? Do the teachers of fiction and imagination simply read right past these scriptures which so identify evil and it’s whereabouts.
My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
Adams nature must be harnessed. The old testament could only regulate the outward actions of the inward thoughts from being committed. The law however did not deal with the heart. Jesus came with the perfect law to bring true liberty to the captives of the law. If the thoughts of the heart could be changed, then the outward actions would be controlled. Those in this nature without this revelation. David said would not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. The poison is loosed from the heart by the actions and tongue. David asked God to break their teeth or their bite. Their bite was to devour David and remove him from being King.
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord.
The law could not adequately deal with the nature of Adam. It could only control it somewhat. So Jesus took upon himself the seed of Abraham and Adams nature. Jesus is called the second Adam because he left us with another nature to enter in besides that of Adam. That is called the divine nature. The bride.
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
The angels of God desire to look into the salvation God has given unto man through his death, burial and resurrection. But they are unable because they have no will to choose, neither are they in sin to be redeemed. They are concerned about why God is so mindful of his human creation. God is mindful of his human creation because they are in sin and they will die in their sins if they do not choose the Gospel message that can save them from it.
Those who are in the bride will not be there because God created them with a nature to be his own. On the contrary God created them with a nature contrary in every aspect, concerning being his bride. Therefore God even Jesus, gave an incentive so great as to induce them to try. Induce them to accomplish, induce them to achieve and induce them to overcome the very contrary nature of Adam to become the bride of Jesus Christ. The difference between his created angels that cannot sin and the angels that could choose not to sin is the reason he is mindful of man. God gave man the ability to choose and make a right choice or wrong one, the bride will have purposely made herself ready for his coming. She made herself ready.
Jesus was made a little lower than the angels to suffer death, to take on the nature of Adam and overcome it in this life. There was no sin laid to his charge nor guile found in his mouth. He was led like a lamb dumb before his shearers. Never a mumbling word knowing that the cross would be the thing to eradicate and destroy the devil.
Within the nature of Adam is the devil. Satan is the evil thought of Adams nature. If the devil were an invisible creature only to be found in space somewhere supposedly hidden. Jesus would never had to have become a baby in a womb to take on flesh and blood as the children are partakers of. Men under the law live their whole lives in fear of death, not knowing what would be the outcome. Wondering if death were the end of it all. Jesus took upon himself the nature that is a little lower than the angels. This statement also intimates that the angels were made with a certain nature which would not allow them to sin. Humans can sin and have a nature that produces rebellion and disobedience against God. He took the serpent to the cross, he exhibited his perfect law over the creature and became the author of eternal salvation.
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
The main point of the storm is pointing out the power of nature. The literal weather and nature represents the human nature. Jesus represents the divine nature. Many preach the storms of life and the antidote of calling on or not worrying if Jesus is one board. The implication of the story is that the divine nature has far more power than the human nature. The human nature can put you in a storm in a heartbeat. The divine nature might need to be wakened but when it comes awake and speaks to the Adams nature, it wins, it conquers, it prevails. The reason Jesus accused them of little faith was because having the divine nature on their ship was far more powerful than any sea or situation of nature. Where is the devil in all of this? They saw the waves and felt the wind, they saw the ship taking on water and becoming uncontrollable and unstable. They did what any follower of Jesus would have done, but when they called him they said, carest thou not that we perish. Actually they woke up the nature that was above the one that induced doubt. When they saw Jesus speak the word to the storm and saw it cease to exist, they were astonished. Dear scholar of fiction and imagination, where was the devil in all of this? Was he not in the nature? Was he not in the carnal observations of the minds of men? Did Jesus care whether or not they perished? Of course he did and he quickly came to the aid of the place the devil had taken them to, fear. God’s divine nature is greater than the serpent nature of Adam.
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.
The words of Jesus and his apostles need to be taken to replace the thinking of the old man, the serpent nature. Be obedient to the Lord and you will put on the divine nature of God. If this obedience is done willingly, then we shall eat the good of the land.
Neither give place to the devil
After having written about putting off the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lust in the nature.
After having written about a need for the renewal of the mind. After having written about putting off lying, putting off anger, to sin not. After having mentioned wrath: then he says: neither give place to the devil, which he has already revealed in a few words as the old man and his deeds. Do not give place to the devil which is the old nature to lie, speak lies, be angry, bitter and wrathful, hypocritical by a false holiness promoted by law and eradicated by the perfect law of Christ. The apostle’s doctrine. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts thereof.
This scripture in Ephesians 4:22 put off the former conversation the old man. Jesus revealed through the types and shadows that the devil was the first born nature and that he himself was the second born nature. Therefore Paul understanding this, wrote. Put off concerning the former conversation. What is the former conversation? It is the manner of living produced by keeping the law and living in the nature of Adam. Put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. What is true holiness? It is obedience to the perfect law which deals with both inward thought and outward actions. How do we accomplish such a task?
It is by being renewed in the (spirit) of your mind. The mind is where spirits come from. They do not come from without the man, they come from within, out of the heart. This is the greatest of incentives for those who desire to be one of the bride of Christ. The bride of Christ will become like him. Will be changed into the same image from faith to faith. Choosing rather to serve God than sin for a season. If folks do not know that the devil is the Adam nature, if saints do not know what they are fighting exactly, it well may keep them from being in the bride of Christ.
There must be a renewal, there must be a change. Changing from the old nature to the new nature. This in essence is the new birth. It is not merely receiving the Holy Ghost, it is putting on the divine nature by the power of the Holy Ghost.
In confronting the serpent that was in the garden, Jesus makes it plain, that whosoever does not consent to be with him is against him. Also that those who retain law, being teachers of the law, who refuse to hear the truth of Jesus are labeled by Jesus as serpents, or generation of vipers. The disciples were totally aware that the spirits were subject to them, yet Jesus said not to rejoice in that they had power over serpents and scorpion’s and all the power of the enemy, but to rejoice that their names were written in the lambs book of life. They had chosen to follow the perfect law of liberty given to the apostles by Jesus. Cain represents the first born nature as well as the Jews who would remain under the law refusing the new birth promised by the Lord. As the Jews crucified Jesus so those who remain blinded believing the types and shadows sufficient for salvation, Cain was their figure. Cain foreshadowed those who refused to offer the accepted sacrifice of the second born nature. Rather he would offer what was not accepted as also did the Jews and they crucified the Lord.
Jesus offered the first born nature a sacrifice to God. A sacrifice well pleasing to God as payment for the sins of the world. This is the only accepted sacrifice, the old man, the old nature, the serpent nature of Adam. This is how Jesus took the serpent to the tree. This fulfilled the serpent Moses raised on the pole for the healing of all those bitten. The Jews chose to turn back to the unfulfilled types and shadows. The types and shadows which Christ and his doctrines fulfilled, they turned back to the weak and beggarly elements of the law which cannot save in themselves. They chose to retain a literal priesthood with a potentate like the law, they chose to keep literal washing and sprinkling with literal water, they chose to keep food as a method of entering into the presence of God and the Kingdom of God. The Jews were the devils of that hour for sure. They rejected, they hated, they persuaded government to condemn by their envy, they witnessed falsely against Jesus. They were laughing when he did not take himself off the cross. They were the mockers which made fun at his blood being shed. He died for devils, just like he died for me when I was a devil. Judas Iscariot was a devil and he died for Judas Iscariot but Judas received it not, turning back also to law for justification, where it could not be found.
Some say the devil was laughing when Jesus was on the cross. I have thought this to be humorous over the years because the Jews were standing right there spitting in his face, making fun and jokes of his dying. They were the ones who challenged him, that if he be the Christ to come down off the cross. Their spirit was the devil. The devil wasn’t standing around invisibly laughing with all the invisibles. No! The invisible things from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things which are made. (THE TYPES AND SHADOWS WERE MADE) Cain and Abel were made to be figures of that which is to come. This describes the invisible, the old nature which is invisible, and the new nature which is invisible. How to destroy the one and to put on the other, all done by and through faith in the Gospel message. The Spirit of God is that which quickens us to put on the Lord Jesus and become part of his blood line and lineage.
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
These were men who openly refused the truth and despised the words of Jesus. These were as the serpent in the Garden of Eden, only open and unashamed. Jesus said they were the ones who killed the prophets and rejected the prophets of old. Those that rejected Christ for the law and to keep it, are the serpents. Those who are ministering the word but who refuse to obey the Gospel message and teach the truth concerning the new birth. A man must be born again. The only way a man can be born again is put off the first nature that captivates him and put on the new nature that frees him. So if you think Christ Jesus fought with invisible forces besides that of the first nature, the serpent nature of Adam, you are wrong.
Submitted by: Pastor Davidson