When we think of the mothers who are offering their children today on the altars of Satan, on the altar of the Dance Hall, on the altar of the house of 111 Fame, and on the altar of the God of Gold, and of men and women who are making burnt offerings to the God of Nicotine daily, it makes us shudder.
It is not in India, Africa, and China alone that have demon worship, but the unhappy fact is that every land that does not worship God through Jesus Christ is a devotee of the Devil.
In John 8:44 Jesus brings another phase of this truth before our minds with awful vividness.
He is contrasting two fathers: His Father and the Jew’s spiritual father.
They had lost their temper with Jesus and had said some very unkind things, when Jesus said to them, “Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lust of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and standeth not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof.”
Here we face one of the most solemn facts of the human experience, not only a fact, but an explanation for the phenomena of sin. Man is spiritually in union with the Devil. He has become a partaker of the Satanic nature, for Paul tells us that “we are by nature children of wrath.”
John tells us “in this are manifest the children of God and the children of the Devil.” Man at the dawn of human history became a partaker of Satanic nature. That nature was breathed into his spirit by the Devil, and man became a subject of Satan. This is the only satisfactory explanation for the power of the Devil in the world.
Satan is declared to be a murderer and a liar: the two out¬standing characteristics of the human race are lying and murder. Deny it as much as we will, ignore it if we can, the fact remains that deception and murder are the chief characteristics of the human race, Jesus describes as a murderer a man who hates.
Hatred and revenge are deified in all great novels and dramas. Satan is not only the Prince of this world, the God, and spiritual Father, but Paul also tells us in Hebrews 2:14 that he has the power or authority of death. Paul tells us in Acts 26:18 that his commission was to go and deliver men out of “trie authority of Satan.” John tells us that the whole world lies in the embrace of the evil one. These facts are unpleasant; no one would care to write them. Everyone would shrink from telling his dearest friend of them unless duty compelled it.
Let us in a word sum up man’s condition.
First, he has become mortal, a subject of the Devil. He is giving birth to children not for God, but for the glory and joy of the Devil.
Second, he has become an heir to misery, pain, sickness, and death. He is a partaker of a nature that makes him an enemy of God, and since his treason he has had no approach to God except over a bleeding sacrifice, through a God-appointed priesthood, or by dreams, or visions, or angelic visitations. His mind has become blinded by the Devil; his nature is enmity to God, not subject to the law of God. His eyes have been blinded to the will of God. Paul sums up his case; without covenant claims on God; without God, Godless; without Hope, hopeless; and in the world with the authority of death in Satan’s hands, with no legal approach to God and no legal rights in prayer, a criminal, outlawed by his own Treason.
- 1. What kind of a being did God create when He created man?2. What scripture reveals the type of mind that Adam had?
- 3. What dominion did God give to Adam? Give scriptures.
- 4. What was man’s most sacred responsibility?
- 5. What was the nature of man’s sin?
- 6. What was the effect of man’s treason upon creation and humanity?
- 7. What incident in the New Testament reveals Satan’s legal dominion that was given to him by Adam?
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