by Tim Childs
Before the foundation of the world was laid by the Lord, God formulated his plan for man’s salvation (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:20). Although his foreknowledge enabled him to know beforehand that sin would enter the world through man’s failure to obey his command and the terrible consequences ensuing, yet he wanted all of us to be recipients of his grace, mercy and forgiveness, as indicated by Jesus’ teaching of the Father’s love in John 3:16.
In short, he wanted us to have continual spiritual blessings, abundant life, joy of faith and close fellowship with him. He wanted us to live for him, bring glory to his name in walking with him in righteousness, and live with him throughout eternity in heaven.
Since the days of Adam and Eve, Satan has worked zealously to destroy God’s work. Satan is the author of every form of disobedience, rebellion, and spiritual defection entered into by man. Further, he is the source of every disabling disease, affliction and death.
Concerning Satan, also known as the devil, Jesus said, “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” (John 8:44 NKJV).
Just as he worked among ancient Israel to get them off course and caused many of them to be destroyed due to unbelief and disobedience, he continues to work today to pervert the right ways of the Lord so you and I may also be destroyed. His messengers, whom in number are legion, and disguised, being suited up in sheep’s clothing, bring different gospels, different faiths, different forms of worship, different creeds, different churches.
Through these men and women Satan snookers people into thinking different is good, different is the same and that different, opposing doctrines promote spiritual unity. He seems to suggest that Jesus has spoken conflicting messages through forked tongue, and many of the people love to have it so.
However, God foreordained a means of redeeming Adam’s wayward, fallen race through the “last Adam” who came to bring life to us through his obedience (1 Corinthians 15:45; Romans 5:12-21). The gospel of grace is for all — for every man, woman and young person throughout the world; it is for every generation until our Lord comes again. The Hebrew writer pens, “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey him” (Hebrews 5:9).
So, where do you and I fit into God’s plan? On whose side do you and I come down?
Are we honoring God by receiving his only begotten Son as our Lord and Savior? Does our faith compel us to walk in the light with him in obedient trust?
Have you surrendered yourself in gospel obedience through confession of faith, repentance of sin, and the washing of regeneration through baptism into Jesus death? (Matthew 10:32; Luke 13:3; Titus 3:5; Romans 6:3-4).
It is imperative you and I obey the same (identical) form of doctrine that was preached by Christ’s chosen apostles during the first century A.D. (Romans 6:17). To do otherwise is to build false hope of salvation through giving heed to Satan’s messengers.