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Monday, April 15, 2013

Spirtual Warfare

God could easily have overcome evil by His sovereign power, as He did at Sodom and Gomorrah.
Winning was not the issue; the way to win was everything. God would gain a moral victory over sin,
condemning it, speaking truth, overcoming evil with good, stopping every mouth so that all are guilty
before Him and His glory and purity remain unimpaired. He would be true and every man a liar.

The conflict between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent began at Eden and will not
end until the Final Judgment, but there is no doubt as to the outcome.

Hence, Christ triumphed over death and hell and rose from the dead and ascended to the throne of
David in heaven as Mediator after the order of Melchizedek and rules there until all things are put
under His feet and His enemies made His footstool.

His triumph is and will be twofold: calling to salvation and glory every one of His elect and purging
His universe of all evil, including spiritual wickedness in high places.

The conflict lies in the moral consciousness of men, and Paul addressed the issue always there: 2Co
4:2 "But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the
word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s
conscience in the sight of God."

The elect are called to forsake their wickedness, come to Christ, and to put off the old man and put on
the new. They must "Abhor that which is evil and cleave to that which is good." Satan's kingdom of
lies, murder, wickedness, unbelief, and darkness is overcome by truth, love, righteousness, faith, and
that light which lights every man that comes into the world.

Every child of God is called to follow the King of Kings in this glorious spiritual warfare and there is
no escape for those who shrink from the conflict. As Christians our faith requires us to believe the
Gospel for our salvation and to bear witness of the righteousness of God in every aspect of our lives,
speaking the truth, and upholding God's law as Christ did.

"The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God." In the New Heavens and
New earth the final decree is this:

Re 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh
abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Re 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and
whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
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