This Is Our First Step into Eternity! :: by Don Twobears

In the last three articles we spent time looking at Satan— the father of lies and sin. I wonder if you understand why Satan is this way. We know that he WAS the highest of angels at one point in time, which leaves him with a great deal of power, as well as those angels that followed him. As with you or me, if we want a certain thing and it is suddenly taken away and we are then renounced for it, what would be our reaction?

We would hate the ones that took the item away and then ridiculed us for that action. That would be a very natural way to handle it, no love lost there, right? Satan and his ilk responded to God in like fashion, therefore, everything Satan and his ilk do is against God. Suffice it to say, Satan and his ilk hate God to their very core.

Now here is another thing to note. We humans were created by God, we were created in His image; our spirits, not our bodies. Just those two aspects alone, create a very potent hatred of us, by Satan and his ilk. You can then see that there is a great deal of racism in this hatred. Who do you think brought Racism to the minds of people in the first place? So the question is this: Were Adam and Eve really responsible for our sin nature?

That story is found in Genesis 3, when Satan deceived Eve to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. Yet…was this the very first Sin? It was in terms of Humanity, yes. Again the very first Sin of all time, was when Satan wanted to place his throne above that of God.

Isaiah 14:12-15 : “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

There you have it! We see the very first sin was by none other than Satan and one-third of the angels of heaven followed him. We see that “revenge” was a noteworthy of only Satan and he uses it in us today, read the news for yourself and see. Understanding the power and placement of Lucifer in the order of angels, gives you and me a clearer understanding of how much power he has.

Having read that in the Scriptures, gives us cause to pause and remember that Lucifer was a created being by God. Realizing this, we can then understand that ONLY Jesus Christ is able to defeat Satan and his ilk. If we take a moment here and look into the temptations of Jesus by Satan, we can see one worthy note;

Matthew 4:1-10: “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, ‘If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.’

Jesus said unto him, ‘It is written again, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.’ Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, ‘All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. ‘Then saith Jesus unto him, ‘Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.’”

Please pay very close attention to the highlighted text, Jesus Stated three times, “It is written” and Satan actually made note of this to Jesus with one “It is written”. This is evidence that Satan and his ilk know the Bible as well and they know that the Bible was inspired to men, by the Lips of God. Therefore, the Word of God is definitely and most profoundly the written words given to you and I, from God himself. It is because Jesus Christ IS God that we can rely fully on His Word, the Bible, it IS the absolute TRUTH!

So now that we understand, where and by whom all of this began with, we can better understand what is taking place in all the Humans that have ever lived on this little planet. It IS because we are Sin filled, that we are a broken Species and the ONLY way to be healed is through the blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Hence, there is the division of all the people of earth, past, present and future, according to whether or not they gave their lives to Jesus Christ or not. This single decision is the entire reason we are here!

What most people never understand, is that the money line (first money and then all that it can provide), consumes the majority of people today. They have a “hole” in them that they want filled and they believe the acquisition of “things” will be the filler. And they end-up sorrowfully in error!

Their desire for fulfillment, combined with the perverse deception by Satan and his ilk, makes them look in the wrong direction. What they miss is that this life is only the first step in our walk into eternity. All the “things”…stay right here and they have them for what…about 70-80 years? With clear understanding, they should realize that 70-80 years is far too short a period of time.

Each of us knows that we have a spirit inside of us if we are willing to take the time to find it. It is then at that exact point, we realize that eternity is for the spirit NOT the physical. Understanding this makes for a life much more splendid than we could ever speak of, because that is when we find Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation for us. Thus we find the inefficiencies of the fool.

Psalm 14:1-3: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

Thus we can understand that if we KNOW God, then we can certainly understand what this life is all about, that it has nothing to do with “things.” If we KNOW God, then we will understand that His love for us will bring HIM to sustain us and provide for us. The Lord will meet all of our needs, HIS Holy word has said so.

When we come and accept the invitation of Jesus Christ and our sin is covered by His blood from the Cross, we find all that we need is provided by Him. We read more of His Holy Word and find out more about Him and His Love for us. We then see how we are changed, how we become a “new creature” and most of all, our sin is washed away. It is Jesus Christ, covering our sin with His precious blood, that makes us acceptable before a just and righteous God.

Now that we know these things, we must ask ourselves, whom do we wish to follow, Jesus Christ or Satan and his ilk? We now see there is a difference, we have the choice to live happily and in His harmony or we can live a life of death, disease, war and chaos. A life filled with Satan and his ilk will provide nothing, because everything Satan tells us is a lie! Our years for life will only be 70-80 years and it’s all over with, until hell and the lake of fire come.

Everything we could ever want to know, is in God’s Holy Word to you and me. Then we can make a more informed decision and we will also know what our end will be. It is truly sad to think and then know, according to the Bible, that FEW will find their way to heaven. So then the question is, whom do YOU follow and what is going to be your end? This decision is the actual reason you are here to begin with, therefore, make your decision wisely.