The Substance Of Creation

Did God create the universe from nothing? Or, did He use a substance to create the Heavens and the Earth? Is He a magician that can never be understood? Or is He methodical and revealing? The Scripture gives us a clear answer to this question.

What method and what substance did God use to create the universe?

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.–Psalm 33:6

God used His very breath as the substance. When you think about this verse, you have to make a decision: Do you believe God’s breath is empty? Or, do you believe God’s breath is rich in substance? Is God empty in any way? What do you really believe about God? I cannot imagine God’s breath being empty. Every exhaled breath is filled with substance. His speech, His word was the sonic boom, the sound waves that carried the atoms and molecules to their destination.

Exhaled breath always has substance. When you exhale, you roughly emit 78 percent nitrogen, 16 percent oxygen, 0.09 percent argon, and four percent carbon dioxide. If we are made in His image, a smaller reflection of the Great God, then how much richer in substance is the very breath of God? I believe the bible shows us that His exhaled breath contained everything needed for creation.

But isn’t God a Spirit? Does he really have breath, or is that just symbolic language? The Hebrew word for breath in Psalm 33:6 is “ruach”. It means breath, wind, spirit. God is a spirit and when He made creation, it becomes clear to us that He used and released a portion of Himself. When you exhale, you are releasing something from within you. It all came from within Him. Look at these verses. It is IN HIM that it all came about.

In Him, we live, and move, and have our being–Acts 17:28.

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…–Colossians 1:16

Here is the clincher: Romans 11: 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things, to whom be Glory for ever, amen (KJV)

Why does the King James Version say that everything is “of Him” rather than apart “from Him”? Strong’s concordance says the usage of the greek word ek for “of or from” suggests “from the interior outwards”. The greek word “ek” used here has a two-layered meaning (“out from and to“) which makes it out-come oriented (out of the depths of the source and extending to its impact on the object).

God is the source of all things. It all came out of Him. Let me ask you a question:

What is the first thing God spoke in the creation account of Genesis? “Let there be light”.

Did God create light out of nothing, or did light come out from Him? When He said, “Let there be light”, was light a brand-new thing? Was that the first time it had ever existed? Before God said, “Let there be light”, He was already light within Himself.

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.–1 John 1:5

I believe that when the scripture says that “God is light” I believe that means every kind of light. He is not “a light”. He IS light. I believe that every form of light whether it be spiritual or physical was already within God. He simply let some of it out. Let there be light! Scripture lets us know that the light proceeding from God is indeed a shining light and not just a metaphor for being good and holy.

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.–Rev. 21:23

What about the Sun? When God made the Sun, was that the first time fire had existed? Or was God already a fire within Himself?

For our God is a consuming fire.–Hebrews 12:29

Light set the pattern for everything in Genesis. If you want to know where everything came from, then follow God’s pattern…follow the light.

It all came from within Him…and He released it. He exhaled His breath…a portion of Himself. In Him, we live, and move, and have our being. I believe His breath held everything needed for creation.

What was the method? What was the vehicle that spread the molecules out?

It was sound waves. He spoke.

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.–Psalm 33:6

When God spoke the word, it was a sonic boom and sound waves were created. Every substance, every molecule, every atom has sound. Sound is created by vibration, and vibration is created by movement, and every atom has electrons that stay in constant movement. When God speaks, it is eternal. All of Creation still resonates with His original word, His sound. Everything vibrates.

How did God make man a conscious being? Why do we have an elevated level of consciousness different from other beings?

Science says that vibrations, resonance, are the key mechanism behind human consciousness. They say that it is because we are filled with vibrating sound, called the Resonance Theory of Consciousness. Where did this elevated resonance, these particular sound waves come from that formed consciousness?

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.–Genesis 2:7

Breath has sound. All creation came from His breath, and we were given an extra dose of His breath.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.–Psalm 139:14

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Can You Quote The Spirit?

Try this with your bible study:

1. Ask the group if they can can quote something that Jesus said.

You may hear, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” It’s pretty easy to quote Jesus because in many bibles, his words are often highlighted in red. One of the most quoted verses in the bible is John 3:16, which is a quote by Jesus. This is a pretty easy task.

2. Now, ask the group to quote the Father.

You may hear, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. Maybe you will get a quote from the ten commandments like “Thou shalt not steal”. Many will quote sayings from the Old Testament. You should get some good responses.

3. Now ask the group to quote the Holy Ghost…

More often than not, you will be met with silence. They may respond by saying that the Holy Spirit inspired every word in the Bible, and that the whole book is basically His quote. If so, you can clarify by asking them to quote the specific places in scripture where it says something like “the Holy Spirit said”. You may have a few scholars in the group who can quote those passages, but it generally doesn’t happen.

Isn’t it amazing that many of us (including myself) who say that we desperately seek to hear and know the voice of the Holy Ghost cannot quote even two or three verses of the actual spoken words that the scriptures specifically attribute to the Spirit? I couldn’t. It is  like saying that you seek to deeply know the heart and mind of Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr., and that you have read many books about them; yet, you can’t quote a single paragraph from one of their speeches. If you know fact after fact about their lives, but can’t quote any part of their actual words, then something intimate is missing from your study of their essence. If you don’t know their own words, then how well do you really know them?

I wonder how there has been a Charismatic Renewal in parts of the Church, an emphasis on being “Spirit-filled”, numerous teachings on the Gifts and Fruits Of The Holy Spirit, and yet we remain largely ignorant of His actual spoken words in scripture? We have valued the attributed words of both Jesus and the Father by memorizing their sayings, but when it comes to valuing the words attributed to the Holy Spirit in scripture, there is little memorization and it is hard to find teachings that focus on a compiled list of His actual sayings. We truly desire for the Spirit to lead us and speak to us NOW, yet there appears to be little emphasis on studying what He said THEN.

As of 11/3/2019, I tried Googling for any famous teaching series that was focused on the quotes in scripture by the Holy Spirit. I tried terms like: All The Quotes by the Holy Ghost in the Bible, the List of quotes by the Holy Spirit, Everything the Holy Ghost Said In The Bible, etc. I found tons of teaching ABOUT the Holy Ghost, but it was hard to find many major teachings that are focused on the comprised list of quotes that the bible specifically attributes to Him alone. I tried many search terms but could not find much. Maybe you will have better success.

Bible Verse Powerpoint Slides for 1 Timothy 4:1

Needless to say, I’m doing my own study on the quotes by the Holy Ghost. Depending on how you categorize His quotes (solo, dual-attributed, repeated), there appears to be between 7-10 quotes. I’m really enjoying it and may eventually share what I’m seeing. Meanwhile, I’d like to encourage you to begin to take a strong look at the actual quoted words of the Holy Spirit found in scripture. I believe you will see themes and be able to connect-the-dots and get some great insights as you see how His words fit with the commands of Jesus. It’s fascinating to see his actual words and how they illuminate and shed light on other parts of scripture in both the old and new testaments. Enjoy!

 

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Zechariah 1:12 Do Angels Pray For Us?

At the forefront of my mind is this scripture:

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus–1 Timothy 2:5. Any deviation from that would be heresy.

So, I will rephrase the question. Did an Angel speak to Jesus on the behalf of people? In the scriptures, did an Angel ever intercede or advocate to Jesus to help people?

Who has the right answer? Is it the Catholic Christian view, or the Protestant Christian view? Is there another view that truly presents the biblical view in a clear way?

Catholic Christians teach that Angels do pray and intercede for us. https://www.catholic.com/qa/why-pray-to-angels

Many Protestant Christians like Billy Graham say that angels do not pray for us. https://billygraham.org/answer/do-the-angels-in-heaven-pray-for-us/

However, there is a Protestant Christian exception: The Lutherans. Instead of talking around the subject, their doctrinal statement goes straight to the scripture alone in the Book of Zechariah Chapter 1 where it says:

12Then the angel of the LORD said, “O LORD of hosts, how long will You have no compassion for Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which You have been indignant these seventy years?” 13The LORD answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious words, comforting words.

Most Protestant commentators believe that the inquiring angel was the Pre-Incarnate Christ (Jesus appearing as a member of the Trinity, the Son of God, before His birth into humanity). For these commentators, this satisfies the reason why this Angel is pleading and interceding to God for us.

The Lutherans offer a different and compelling explanation: We Lutherans believe that the Angel who is asking the questions is clearly ignorant of God’s purpose and cannot be a pre-incarnate Christ. We believe that the ignorant angel is pleading to Jesus (the Lord of Hosts) on our behalf.

  1. The angel does not know what God is doing, or why, or for how long. The Angel does not know God’s mind on the matter and is compelled to ask because the answer is not in himself (vs.12).
  2. The angel has no comfort within himself and must implore God for the words of comfort (vs.13). This Angel does not sound anything like the “Word of God” (Pre-incarnate Christ) who made all things in the beginning of Creation (John 1:1-3). This Angel is both ignorant and comfortless and is merely pleading to God on the behalf of men in the same way that your friends pray and intercede to God for you. We clearly recognize that there is one Mediator between God and man, and that Mediator is Jesus Christ.
  3. Just as your friends pray to God in Jesus name for your needs, we Lutherans believe that this Angel was pleading to Jesus (the Lord of Hosts in vs.12). Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lords, the Lord of the Angels (Rev. 17:14, Matt. 25:31). We Lutherans say yes that Angels pray for us. They stand on our behalf before the face of God. “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.“—Matthew 18:10.
  4. The result: This angel received an answer from the Lord. The angel’s plea for the people was acceptable to the Lord, and the Lord answered the angel’s prayer (vs.13).

 

 

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When We Ask God For Wisdom…

I wonder. When we ask God for wisdom, are we primarily asking it for our needs or to help others?

In Solomon’s case it was for the sake of people:

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”–1 Kings 3:9

Today, we need to seek a fresh wisdom to win the souls of our families, communities, and the nations.

“He that winneth souls is wise”–Proverbs 11:30

If we were able to look at statistics concerning our prayers, what would be the percentages of how often we ask for wisdom to help others in comparison to asking for wisdom for our own needs? There is nothing wrong with asking for help for ourselves, but I wonder if we are out of balance? Are we asking MORE often to have wisdom for ourselves, or wisdom for the benefit of others? What would our statistic sheet look like?

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures”.–James 4:3

When we look outwardly to the needs of other, God will take care of our needs.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”–Matthew 6:33

Without this fresh outward wisdom, our families, communities, and nation will continue to suffer the devastation of foolishness.

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What Does God Love The Most?

God is Love.

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.–1 John 4:8

God loves the world.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.–John 3:16

We know that God loves mankind, but is there anything that He loves even more? Does God have an unyielding love for something? Yes.

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On the wicked He will rain fiery coals and brimstone; a scorching wind will be their portion. 7 For the LORD is righteous,He loves justice; the upright will see his face.–Psalm 11:6-7

God is unyielding in His love for Righteousness and Justice. As much as God loves mankind, if they remain wicked, they will be under judgment. God loves man, but He will let go of man…But He will never allow the standard of righteousness and justice to be compromised.

Turn away from evil and do good, so that you will abide forever. 28 For the LORD loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.–Psalm 37:27-28

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.–Psalm 33:5

The Scriptures above show us that God’s love for righteousness/justice is the line of demarcation. The standard of righteousness and truth is not here to conform to man, but man was made to conform to it. As a result of this prevailing, immense love and rejoicing for righteousness, justice, and truth, we can clearly say that God is Love. The Bible points out that all of God’s love flows from His love for righteousness, justice, and truth. The love that is described in 1 Corinthians 13 (the love chapter) does not revolve foremost around man, it revolves around truth.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.–1 Corinthians 13:6

People have asked for centuries, “How can we say “God is Love” when He drowns people in the Great Flood, scorches cities, and lets them burn?” God did not abandon love when he committed these acts. He was holding on to the very essence of Agape love, which is a supreme love for righteousness, justice, and truth.

God will never allow the standard of righteousness, justice and truth to be broken for the affections of sinful mankind. If He did, He would no longer be Agape love. We could no longer say “God is Love (Agape). Agape Love must always have Righteousness, Justice, and Truth as its Zenith. Righteousness is still the ultimate standard and nothing less. God is loyal in His love and that standard must be kept.

HOWEVER, God did not give up in his effort to reach mankind.

Even though mankind does not match up with the standard of God’s unyielding love for righteousness, God did the unthinkable to reach us.

He never abandoned Righteousness as being the ultimate standard, but He did offer an incredible exchange. He would become the very thing that He hated the most, so that we could obtain His righteousness.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him–2 Cor. 5:21

And then, God in Christ took our sins and its penalty so that it would no longer count against us.

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them…”–2 Cor. 5:18-19

Have you ever found yourself becoming the very thing you hated? Some people end up acting like their parents, and hate it. Did you know that God became the very thing that He hated? He did it willingly. God became sin for us. He identifies with the very worst, and gives us hope to rise out of the cycle.

God loves Righteousness and God so loved the world. Put them together and what do you have? If you have received the gift of Christ and are declared to be the Righteousness of God, then God’s love for you has no equal.

 

 

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Jesus Couldn’t Walk

Luke 2:28, “Simeon took him in his arms…”

The One who walked on water, at one time, could not walk at all.

This wasn’t just a baby in Simeon’s arms. He was literally carrying the Son of God. The verse above indicates that God the Son couldn’t walk and had to be held. God subjected Himself (Phil. 2:6-7) to the point that he actually needed us. Think about this…God had a need. God the Son needed someone to carry Him, to feed Him, to keep Him warm, to change His diaper.

For me, the Christmas message is that God became so vulnerable that He couldn’t even walk. C.S. Lewis said, “To love at all is to be vulnerable”. God is Love, therefore God is vulnerable to our needs. If we can only remember that when we pray…

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God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It?

When the Canaanite woman pressed Jesus for help in Matthew 15, He said, “I was sent ONLY to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” If she would have held to the theology of “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.”, she would have walked away at that point…

He wasn’t joking, but she wasn’t playing.

If Ezekiel would have held to the theology of “God said it, I believe it, that settles it”, he would have have eaten bread with a coating of human dung. God gave Ezekiel this imperative command: “You shall eat it as a barley cake, having baked it in their sight over human dung.”–Ezekiel 4:12. Instead Ezekiel shot back at God saying: “Not so, Sovereign Lord! I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals. No impure meat has ever entered my mouth.” 15“Very well,” he said, “I will let you bake your bread over cow dung instead of human excrement.” The option wasn’t great, but I guess it was something that Zeke could swallow.

God wasn’t joking, but Ezekiel wasn’t playing.

If Mary held to the theology of “God said it…That settles it”. The water would have never turned to wine. Jesus told her “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has NOT yet come.” HE WASNT JOKING, but she knew He could be persuaded. She dismissed His resistance. As a result of her belief that He could be persuaded, water became wine (John 2).

The Son of God wasn’t joking, but His Mother knew He could be persuaded.

In Genesis 32, Jacob wrestled with God or an angel all night long. The bible tells us that Jacob prevailed and got his request for a blessing. He was given the name Israel because “for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.” Jacob prevailed, he won and got his request.

These people wrestled with God and won their case. None of these people settled for “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it”. They wrestled in prayer to God and things were changed.

The theology of “God said it…and that settles it” has destroyed the Church’s ability to persist in prevailing prayer. Today, many pray from a place of rote obedience or double-mindedness, believing that everything is completely destined and there is no wiggle room in God’s plan. Why bother to plead before God if nothing can be changed? Don’t tell the Canaanite Woman, Ezekiel, Mary, or Jacob that you cannot prevail and win in prayer and dialogue with God. They would tell you that prayer changes things.

 

 

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Every Christian’s #1 Responsibility

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you should know the answer to this question. It should be one of the very first things that you are taught. If you are going to follow Jesus, you need to know what is expected of you.

So, what is your #1 responsibility? What is most important? Is it to witness? Is it to be a better spouse? Is it to take care of your family? Is it to pray, study your bible, go to church? Is it to give? Is it to serve widows and orphans? Feed the hungry? These are all good answers, but not really the right one.

Someone asked Jesus this very question. It was worded a little differently, but it still means the same thing. They asked Him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 30Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”–Mark 12:28-31

Obeying His commandments is our responsibility. He said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”–John 14:15.

If you love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength, you will do many of the things we mentioned earlier. BUT, none of those things will matter if the greatest commandment is not behind it all.

If I speak in the tongues a of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, b but do not have love, I gain nothing.–1 Corinthians 13: 1-3

We do not want to fall into the category of those who think they are doing real good, but are actually doing nothing worthy in God’s eyes. It is possible to do things that God commands, and do them without love.

So, I think the next question we should be asking is this: What does God say is the First step as followers that we must take to begin to develop our love for Him? Every follower of Jesus should know that answer also. God lays it out in scripture again and again. We will explore that one in the next post.

Be encouraged! If this interests you, you are likely on the right track!

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Why Was David A “Man After God’s Own Heart”?

How many people in scripture were described as being “a man after God’s own heart”? There is only one, and his name is King David.

But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.–1 Samuel 13:14

And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.–Acts 13:22

How was he different from other Godly men? Many men, like Caleb, followed God wholeheartedly (Num. 14:24), and were actually more faithful to the Lord than David throughout their lives. Two times the scriptures tell us that Daniel had “an excellent spirit” (Daniel 5:12, 6:3). The scriptures call Moses the meekest, most humble man on earth (Num. 12:3). Jesus said, “Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist”.

So, in what area was David set apart from everyone else?

Some would say that no one worshiped God like David did. We even have songs that refer to “dancing like David danced”. While David was a great worshiper, I’m not sure that anyone led a congregation or sang a more victorious song than Moses and Miriam did. When it comes to worship, their song has the distinction of being among the first and last songs listed in the scriptures. There is no doubt that David was a great worshiper, but many theologians also believe that at one time Lucifer was the greatest worshiper of God.

Let me share with you something outstanding about King David that you may have never considered before.

When it comes to personal enemies, Abel had Cain, Jacob had Esau, Joseph had his brothers, Moses had Pharaoh, but no man in the entire Old Testament had a more relentless and bitter enemy than King David did…No, it is not Goliath. That was momentary. This was far, far worse.

David was hunted relentlessly like an animal for at least seven long years. Some bible scholars estimate that he was stalked and pursued for 15 years. Now stop and think about that. Can you imagine the physical exhaustion, emotional depression, and mental paranoia that David must have suffered while being on the run for all that time? No one in the entire Old Testament came close to enduring the embittering marathon and struggle against an empowered and vicious enemy that David survived. No one in the Old Testament comes near to being a haunting, pursuing enemy like the evil King Saul. All other biblical enemies pale in comparison.

What you are about to read is, in my opinion, one of the most miraculous passages in the Old Testament. To me, it is as miraculous as the parting of the Red Sea. Listen to King David when he hears the news of the death of the most haunting enemy a man could have.

“Saul and Jonathan- in life they were loved and admired, and in death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. 24“Daughters of Israel, weep for Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and finery, who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.”–2 Samuel 1:23-24

When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh Gilead who had buried Saul, he sent messengers to them to say to them, “The Lord bless you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him.May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.–2 Samuel 2:4-6

Where is the bitterness? Where is the bitterness? Where is the bitterness? Seven to fifteen years of being hunted like an animal!!! Where is the bitterness? This is a miracle.

THIS IS WHERE DAVID IS SHOWN TO HAVE A HEART PATTERNED AFTER GOD. No one forgave his enemies the way that David forgave. No one in the Old Testament had an enemy like Saul, and no one in the Old Testament ever proclaimed honor over their enemies like David did. Not only did David forgive Saul, he also forgave and showed great honor towards Abner, the man who slew his nephew Asahel. In addition, David showed no bitterness towards Absalom, the son who utterly betrayed him and had sex with David’s wives on the top of the temple (2 Samuel 16:22). The songs should be amended to include a lyric saying, “When the Spirit of the Lord moves in my heart, I’ll forgive like David forgave.

David was shown mercy where others have been punished more harshly. Why? Jesus said, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.–Matthew 6:14

You can’t worship God fully with unforgiveness in your heart. David was a worshiper of God only because he had a heart of forgiveness.

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Rev. 5:13 Will Satan Bless The Lord? What Did Jesus Say?

Before we get to Jesus, here is what the Apostle John saw:

“And EVERY CREATED THING which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”–Rev. 5:13

“This is the prophesy and fulfillment of Philippians 2:10-11…Here the angelic conflict will be resolved. Satan will be forced, after all these centuries of blasphemy, slander and accusations against God, to praise God and to admit God and His Son are worthy to be praised.”–J. Hampton Keathley’s Commentary on Revelation

 “Even the enemies of Christ, wicked men and devils, will be obliged to own Christ to be Lord, to the glory of God the Father”.–John Gill’s Commentary

This is what the Lord said through Isaiah: “I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness And will not turn back, That to Me EVERY KNEE will bow, EVERY TONGUE will swear allegiance”.— Isa. 45:23.

Pastor John MacArthur of the Grace To You broadcast says, “As Isaiah predicted, even the damned demons, including Satan, will have no choice but to agree with and confess in worship that Jesus Christ is Lord”.

The Book of Romans confirms what Isaiah said: “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, EVERY KNEE shall bow to me, and EVERY TONGUE shall confess to God.”Rom 14:11

According to this verse, Satan himself will bow on his thorny, twisted knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!–Dr. Adrian Rogers

The Book of Philippians confirms it again by saying, “So that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that EVERY TONGUE will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”Philippians 2:10-11

The very last verse in the Book of Psalms gives us this prophetic command, “Let EVERYTHING THAT HAS BREATH praise the Lord–Psalm 150:6

“What a moment that’s going to be: the tongues of evildoers will only be able to acknowledge and worship the Lord!”–Evangelist and Author David Wilkerson

It is interesting to note that the Prophet Isaiah, the Psalmist, the Apostle John, and the Apostle Paul all knew that Jesus would be worshiped in the end by the eternally condemned Satan and the demons. Certainly Jesus knew this. What did Jesus have to say about it? One day Satan and Jesus had a “sword fight” in the Wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-11)

When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the Wilderness, we see that Jesus used the scriptures as a weapon. The scriptures say, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword”.

When Jesus quoted the scriptures to Satan, He wasn’t talking to Satan ABOUT the scriptures, as if they were an inanimate object. Instead, Jesus made the scriptures come alive into the present and USED them as a sword against Satan. There’s a big difference in talking about scripture, and using scripture. When Jesus said, “It is written”, He was drawing the sword out from its foundational sheath and original setting. Then when He actually SPOKE the scripture, it went from being a truth of centuries ago, into being an active living weapon of present truth and application!

For the first two temptations, Jesus uses the sword of truth defensively, while Satan goes on the offense.

Satan took the sword of temptation and lunged towards Jesus’ hungry stomach by telling Him to turn the stones to bread. Jesus used His sword to block him defensively by replying with a “shall not”. Jesus brought the truth from hundreds of years back to address His current needs and said, “It is written, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.” He blocked the temptation.

Satan then swung low towards Jesus’ feet, hoping maybe to bruise His heels at this moment by tempting Him to prove who He was by jumping down from a high place and let everyone see the Angels protect His feet. Jesus again responds defensively with a “shall not”. Jesus said, “It is written, YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.” Satan was blocked again.

DO YOU REALIZE THAT THIS SCRIPTURE IN ITS ORIGINAL CONTEXT DOES NOT APPLY TO SATAN AT ALL? What just happened? THIS IS SO VERY IMPORTANT! Two things happened that frankly blow my mind.

1). John Gill, a renowned 18th Century Baptist Theologian who mastered Greek and Latin by the age of 11, wrote in his commentary that Jesus took the original Hebrew verse in Deuteronomy 6:16 and altered it from plural to singular in both Luke 4:12 and Matthew 4:7.

“In the text in Deuteronomy the words are, “ye shall not tempt the Lord your God.” The second person plural, is here changed into the second person singular, to accommodate the words to Satan; whom Christ singly addresses”.–Gill’s Exposition Of The Entire Bible.

It’s true. Hebrew and Greek Lexicons verify that Jesus, who has the authority, altered the verse from plural to singular.

2) This command found in Deuteronomy 6:16 was originally written strictly to the Israelites alone. Deuteronomy 6:3 clarifies this: “Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it”. This law in its original context did not apply to any nation, people, or entity outside of Israel, much less to Satan. As verified by Gill and others, Jesus was NOT applying this passage to Himself either; it was now being used in second person singular. If Jesus was just quoting scripture in context, the Devil would have said, “So what??? This is a command for Israel, it has no hold over me”. BUT Jesus, who was led by the Spirit, had the authority to take scripture out of its original context and apply it directly to the person in front of Him. THAT IS A FACT, and it changes the rest of the story dramatically. Do you understand? Do you see what is happening? Jesus changed the noun from plural to singular and he changed the application from Israel only to Satan. REMEMBER THIS, BECAUSE JESUS IS GOING TO CHANGE THE APPLICATION ON ANOTHER VERSE.

I also ask you to notice that Jesus is going to switch tactics. The first two temptations were met with “shall not” commands, which are defensive in nature. But the third offer from Satan was met with a “You shall” command which is offensive in nature. Let’s look at sword-fighting to understand what Jesus did.

When you are sword-fighting, defensive blocks are used to meet the current action of your opponent. Defensive parries and blocks do not move past your opponent’s action. Defensive blocks meet “in time” with the current action of your opponent. For example: If his sword is coming straight down from above and moving towards your head, you are not going to point your sword towards his feet! You will move your sword up to match his current action and block him.

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You meet him where he is now. But when you go on offense and successfully strike, you have to move past his current defense. You move ahead, forward, and you go beyond his current action. To strike successfully you cannot move in your opponent’s time, you have to “move ahead” of him. You don’t meet him “where he is at”, you go ahead of him. In a manner of speaking, you move forward “into his future”.

After the second temptation, Satan saw that his tactics were not working, so he held his sword out and offered an exchange of giving Christ the world if Christ would worship him.

For centuries we have been taught that Jesus did not go on the offensive during the third offer from Satan, but continued to react defensively. Some theologians have taught us that Jesus almost succumbed to bowing, but that He caught Himself at the last second and spoke the scripture to gird Himself from bowing. Others teach that Jesus was defensive and was simply instructing Satan the reason why He wasn’t going to bow. I believe the scripture shows all of this to be wrong.

I believe Jesus was mad and incensed by Satan’s third offer! He wasn’t going to be bullied. You can see the change in Jesus because He didn’t start with “It is written”. He went on the offensive and began telling Satan to get lost! You can clearly see that Jesus stopped using defensive “shall nots”. If Jesus wanted to remain defensive, He could have easily said, “It is written, thou shalt not have any Gods before me”, and they could have kept on dueling. Instead, Jesus saw an opening for a painful blow that would hurt and make Satan leave. So, Jesus switched tactics and used a “You shall” which is a forward offensive move.

Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.” (προσκυνήσεις is Greek for “You shall worship”. The NAS version of the Bible is the most accurate here)

So let’s get something clear right now. When Jesus said, “You shall”, Jesus wasn’t girding and instructing Himself. And Jesus wasn’t just being defensive and saying no to the Devil either. Jesus wasn’t swinging his sword into the air and speaking to all mankind. He didn’t say “they” or “we”. When Jesus said, “YOU”, he wasn’t re-addressing the Israelites as it was originally used. Instead, He said προσκυνήσεις which is Greek for “You shall worship” (second person singular in Greek), and he was looking at one person. He went on offense and swiftly moved forward, past the current action. Once again, Jesus quoted a command that in its original context had no meaning or application for Satan, but when Jesus spoke, it got pinned on Satan.

So what just happened was that Jesus held the tip of the sword of truth to the throat of Satan and spoke forward-in-time applying the word directly to the Devil saying, “YOU…shall worship the Lord YOUR God, and serve Him only”.Image result for satan will bow and worship god

He prophesied that it was the Devil’s destiny to be thoroughly defeated and to once again bow low and worship before God. This prophecy is unfolded in Revelation 5:13 where we see Satan (a created being) and all those “under the earth” offering blessing and glory and honor to the Lord.

Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'”–Matt. 4:10

And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”–Rev. 5:13

Remember what I wrote earlier? It needs to be repeated, Jesus wasn’t simply quoting another ancient scripture. In its original context, this was another passage that was ONLY addressed to the Israelites and had no meaning or bearing for Satan. Jesus was the only Israelite there, and He wasn’t getting mad at Himself or talking to Himself. He was mad at the Devil, and He took the verse and applied it directly to him! If Jesus did not speak it prophetically, but just used it in its original context of applying to Israel, it would have no affect upon Satan. It was a prophetic threat of truth that put great fear in Satan’s heart! Satan will be sent to the Lake of Fire, but not before He is defeated both outside and…inside. Before this, Satan was more than happy to sit around and talk Jesus to death. Now he left! Continue reading

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