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Prophecy Part 82 – Preparing for Satan’s Attack, various scripture passages
SATAN HATES CHRIST AND CHRISTIANS
In our recent sermons we have been looking at the history of Satan and his hatred of the Lord Jesus Christ and his followers. We have observed from Scripture his past, current and future attempts to destroy the Lord Jesus and all who follow Him. Today we begin a study of “how to prepare for his attacks” and be successful.
We will begin with Colossians 1:12-14. The first thing to understand and accept is that from the moment we accepted Christ as Savior, we were transferred from the power of darkness [Satan’s power] and transformed into the kingdom of His Son (light) (Colossians 1:13).
What a wonderful and marvelous understanding. God has delivered the true believer from the power of darkness [Satan’s power] and transferred us into the kingdom of His Son [His power]. Have you thanked God for this amazing truth? Let’s notice a few things:
A. The “power of darkness” indicates there is a kingdom, a realm, a world of darkness. Darkness means just what is indicated: a person is unable to see and understand or know.
Picture the scene: a person trying to walk and stumble through a world of darkness. He cannot see or understand…
- who he really is.
- where he has come from.
- where he is.
- where he is going.
- this is the state of the natural [unsaved] man.
The natural [unsaved man] is one who has not been delivered from the world of darkness by God. The man in darkness does not know:
- Who he is: why God created him and what God has planned for him and all others who are still unsaved.
- Where he has come from: that his origin is of God, that God created him.
- Where he is: that the world was made by God and that it has an eternal purpose in the plan of God.
- Where he is going: that he is an eternal being who is to either live forever in the light of God’s presence or in the darkness away from God’s presence.
NOTE: The point is to see that darkness is a realm or a world in which the unbeliever lives and moves. He never knows these things, never knows the truth of his world and life, nor of God. He walks in a life and world of darkness, blinded from the truth of salvation and God. He has been deceived by Satan and cannot recover alone because of Satan and His angels [demons] II Corinthians 11:11-15.
PRIOR TO SALVATION, ONLY SPIRITUAL DARKNESS
Think about this for a moment: Before a person is saved, he is not only in darkness, but he is darkness — the very embodiment of darkness. Further, there are two walks through life available to mankind. There is: (1) the life and walk of darkness or (2) the life and walk of light. There is a world of difference between the two. In fact, a person’s eternity is determined by which life and walk he pursues. Matthew reinforces this as he explains the two gates found in Matthew 7:13-14.
- Light, not darkness, is the nature of believers (Ephesians 5:8).
- Light bears the things of life (5:9) — the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25).
- Light shows what is acceptable (v. 10).
- Light exposes the works of darkness (vv. 11-12).
- Light reveals and converts everything it touches (v. 13).
- Light awakens the sleeping (v. 14).
(Ephesians 5:8) – DARKNESS – LIGHT – BELIEVER, NATURE: light, not darkness, is the nature of believers.
PRIOR TO SALVATION
Before a person is saved, he is not only in darkness, but he is darkness—the very embodiment of darkness. What does this mean? Ponder this for a couple of minutes. A person who does not know God is all alone in the world. He may have plenty of people and friends who move in his world, but they, every one of them will soon die and be gone. In fact, so will he, and he will have died in darkness – never having known God. How tragic. A person who does not know God is in darkness:
- He does not know where he has come from. To him everything is a result of human and natural process [evolution]. It is the way of the world and of man: we are born here, we simply are. Man is blind—in darkness about the truth of where he and his world originated.
- He does not know why he is on earth- not really. He arises in the morning, goes about his daily affairs, and retires at night. He arises the next morning, goes about his daily affairs, and retires at night. He arises the next morning, and on and on.
He does not know where he is heading and why he is here – the inner core of life—is all a mystery. The real purpose, meaning, and significance of life are not understood—not really. He lives in darkness as to why he and everyone else are really on earth.
- He does not know where he is going—not after death. Is there really a God or not, a heaven or not? His question is, how can he really know and be absolutely sure? He is in darkness about the future, the inevitable day of death and eternity that rushes ever rapidly toward every one of us, he is unaware of. Paul says wake up (Romans 13:11).
This is what is meant about man being in darkness, about his being the very embodiment of darkness. He is wrapped up in darkness: past, present, and future. Apart from God, no man knows the truth; no man knows where he has come from, why he is here or where he is going. His whole life is shadowed and covered, permeated and filled with darkness. He is not walking as light he walking as darkness.
“But if thine eye be evil, thy WHOLE BODY shall be FULL OF DARKNESS. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23).
“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:5).
“And this is the condemnation, that light is COME INTO THE WORLD, AND MEN LOVED DARKNESS RATHER THAN LIGHT, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).
“The night is FAR SPENT, the day IS AT HAND: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” I Thessalonians 5:4).
B. However, the truth is glorious; the believer was darkness, BUT NOW he is light IN THE LORD. Jesus Christ said: “ I am the light of the world: HE THAT FOLLOWETH ME SHALL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS, BUT SHALL HAVE THE LIGHT OF LIFE” (John 8:12). It is Christ who brings light to life, He shows us the truth of life, of God, of creation, of death, and of destiny. He shows us:
- the beginning and origin of things.
- the purpose, meaning, and significance of all things.
- the truth of death and eternity.
BUT NOTE: Jesus Christ has not only shown us light, He has made us light. He has changed our nature from darkness to light the light of life has been immersed into our very nature. We are now the very embodiment of light itself; we shall live eternally. We are the light of eternal God in the midst of a world of darkness. Therefore, we are to walk as children of light.
In our study today, we have been challenged to consider our lives. In our next study we will continue “God’s truth.”
Good question: Does our life illuminate and give off?
If not, consider this study again and correct those areas of your life that are not reflecting the Lord Jesus Christ.
GOD NEEDS WORKERS FOR THE HARVEST (MATTHEW 9:36-38).
Of course, one cannot reflect the Light of Jesus, nor the fruit of the Spirit unless we first know Christ as our Savior. If you have any doubt about your salvation please consider the following.
- John 3:16
- Romans 10:9-13