In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, He created all things and on the sixth day He formed man and woman from His own image and likeness. God and the holy trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) desired another creature and being to fellowship with known as humans – Genesis 1:26-27.
“Then God said, ‘Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Humans were different than all the other beings He had created on the earth. God formed Adam and Eve from the dust of the earth, and He used His very own breadth to give them life as we read in Genesis 2:7, “then the LORD God formed [that is, created the body of] man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being [an individual complete in body and spirit].” The Almighty God wanted to share His creation with humanity that He formed in the garden of Eden. He appeared and walked in the garden to visit and fellowship with both Adam and Eve. On the sixth day He blessed them by granting them certain authority over all the earth to be good stewards of His creation – Genesis 1:28-31.
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ And God said, ‘See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food’; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
God gave one important commandment to Adam and Eve, which was for them to refrain from eating of one tree, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He explained that if they did eat of it, then they would surely die as stated in Genesis 2:16-17, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
God had also previously created another great and mighty angelic being, Lucifer (the light bearer), that disobeyed God with pride in his heart. Whether it was out of jealousy and rejection of God’s plan to create another creature (human being) on earth to worship God rather than him or whether it was due to Lucifer not being part of God’s Holy Trinity or for other reasons or for all the above? God’s word reveals that he is the enemy of humanity and heaven. God created Lucifer as a perfect being with great authority until he chose to go against God’s plan as disclosed by God’s prophet in Ezekiel 28:12-15, “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. ‘You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.”
Lucifer became Satan (our adversary) when he fell from God’s grace because he wanted to exalt himself above all of God’s creation to being an equal to God and by demanding to be worshipped like God as revealed by another prophet in Isaiah 14:12-15, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.” Satan, as the dragon, deceived a third of heaven’s angels in following him in this rebellion against God and His ultimate plan – Revelation 12:3-4.
“And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth…”
Satan, the serpent, in the garden of Eden tricked and deceived Adam and Eve into disobeying God’s command as detailed in Genesis 3:1-7, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ And the woman said to the serpent, ‘we may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”
Because of the fall of mankind, God had to curse everything due to sin, but He still had another plan that involved fellowshipping with humans. God gave humanity redemptive prophetic words into the future of the coming Messiah, Jesus, His only Son that would come against the enemy Satan and his seed as explained in Genesis 3:8-19, “And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ So he said, ‘I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?’ Then the man said, ‘The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.’ And the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’ So the LORD God said to the serpent: ‘Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.’ To the woman He said: ‘I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’ Then to Adam He said, ‘Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: ‘cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”
Since God’s curse on the world approximately 6,000 years ago, Satan has been busy deceiving the world into believing many lies that go against God’s plan. Satan is truly our deceitful enemy as Jesus explains in John 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” Satan is our true enemy, and he continues succeeding in deceiving millions and millions of people with his lies and chaos. He is the author of confusion (John 8:44, 1 Corinthians 14:33) and has been spreading lawlessness throughout the earth.
Satan has deceived many into believing that creation came into existing by chance and that it evolved into existence over many billions of years. He has deceived many into believing the false teachings that humans evolved from monkeys or an ape type species. Satan seeks to steal, kill, and destroy us – John 10:10. He seeks to devour anyone of us like a lion consumes its own prey as disclosed in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour.” Satan continues sowing bad seeds to deceive the world into believing that there are many paths to heaven and that there is no God – Matthew 13:37-43.
“He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
God’s Son, Jesus, teaches us that He is the only path to heaven as we read in John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” God the Father has given His Son authority over all. Satan teaches the world the opposite to these teachings and that Jesus is not the true way. Satan has taught the world that there are much better ways to achieve your own eternal destiny or heaven on earth through various organizations and/or religions – Atheism/Agnosticism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Scientology, Wicca Occult groups, etc. This evil teaching is the enemy’s attempt at eliminating Jesus as the true Savior of the world.
Satan teaches the world that we do not need a God or Savior, and that we can save ourselves. As Satan first became prideful, he continues teaching the world to be prideful, like him, where we can all become our own gods through self-centeredness, thereby going against God’s instructions for us – Proverbs 29:23.
“A man’s pride and sense of self-importance will bring him down, but he who has a humble spirit will obtain honor.”
When Jesus walked on the earth 2,000 years ago, He revealed to us that we must humble ourselves as stated in Matthew 23:12, “And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud – James 4:6.
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
It is His will that is to be done in heaven and on earth, and NOT our own will – Matthew 6:9-10. “…Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Our lives are not of our own for we were created by God to serve Him in Christ by having both a relationship and being able to fellowship with Him as explained in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.”
Through God’s unfailing love and His desire to fellowship with (us) a sinful world, He sent us His Seed, Jesus, for true salvation and redemption of sins, where the enemy has attempted to destroy His plan as we read in Revelation 12:4-5, “…And the dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. And she gave birth to a Son, a male Child, who is destined to rule (shepherd) all the nations with a rod of iron; and her Child was caught up to God and to His throne.” Satan and his evil army did not succeed in eliminating baby Jesus before He fulfilled God’s ultimate plan, as the enemy used king Herod to do his dirty work in Matthew 2:16-18, “Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.’”
Through Jesus, we can have eternal fellowship with God the Father in heaven as the Spirit of God will dwell in us as revealed in John 14:21-24, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him…If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”
Jesus came to this world to destroy the works of Satan against His sheep as explained in 1 John 3:7-8, “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Jesus came to make all things new again to bring back the same fellowship with God like it was in the garden of Eden before the fall of mankind – Revelation 21:5-7.“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’ And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
Jesus is both the bridge and groom that brings us back to God whereby His awesome grace and mercy we become a member of His holy family to have fellowship with Him forever and ever as stated in Ephesians 2:13-19, “But now [at this very moment] in Christ Jesus you who once were [so very] far away [from God] have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace and our bond of unity. He who made both groups—[Jews and Gentiles]—into one body and broke down the barrier, the dividing wall [of spiritual antagonism between us], by abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh the hostility caused by the Law with its commandments contained in ordinances [which He satisfied]; so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thereby establishing peace. And [that He] might reconcile them both [Jew and Gentile, united] in one body to God through the cross, thereby putting to death the hostility. AND HE CAME AND PREACHED THE GOOD NEWS OF PEACE TO YOU [Gentiles] WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE [Jews] WHO WERE NEAR. For it is through Him that we both have a [direct] way of approach in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens [outsiders without rights of citizenship], but you are fellow citizens with the saints (God’s people), and are [members] of God’s household.”
God has only good plans for those that love, seek after, and fellowship with Him as stated in Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you. Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Because Jesus is the light of the world and the world lives in the complete sinful desires of darkness, it does NOT know Him. The world is under the spell and trance of the enemy as disclosed in 1 John 5:19, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”
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