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Friday, January 27, 2012

The Spirit World Is Real IV

      In discussing the existence of the spirit world we must recognize that there are two spiritual kingdoms.  Again, we must go back to Genesis to see what it says about this issue.  God blessed Adam and told them to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and God gave Adam dominion over every living thing that was on the earth (except over other men).   He put Adam in the Garden of Eden with the intent that Adam would make the rest of the earth just like Eden for all mankind to enjoy.  He gave Adam very specific instructions concerning the Tree of good and evil.  Satan came in the form of a serpent and tempted Eve and she ate of the Tree of good and evil.  Adam, not being deceived, obeyed Satan through Eve's suggestion, instead of obeying God.  By this one act, Romans 5:12 tells us, sin entered the world and death by sin and its penalty, death, spread to all men through Adam's corrupted lineage. 
     Adam was not deceived.  He chose to disobey. Adam's decision was a deliberate going astray which caused a separation from God and connection to Satan. Satan became Adam's god and ruler. The authority that God had given to Adam was now in the hands of Satan.  That which God had spoken as a blessing to Adam for the earth, became a curse in the hands of Satan, and Satan became the administrator of the curse in the earth. Through Adam’s transgression, Satan became the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4), the prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:2), and the ruler of this world (John 12:31, 14:30).  Thus, the darkness of this whole world is because the world system is controlled by the spiritual kingdom of darkness which is under the sway of the wicked one (1 John 5:19).  
     The other spiritual kingdom is the Kingdom of God.  Jesus gave up His divinity and came to the earth as a man to take back that which Adam gave to Satan.  God had given dominion and authority to Adam as a representative of mankind, who now had a sin-contaminated nature, was separated from God, and was under Satan's authority.  Thus, every descendant of Adam received Adam's sin- contaminated nature and there was none good; no not one to be found in all the earth (Romans 3:23).  Therefor, God sent Jesus in the form of a man to pay the sin debt for all mankind and free them from the works of darkness.   At Calvary, Jesus defeated Satan, dethroned him, divested him on all authority and delivered all mankind, who believe on Him, from the power of darkness. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ that: Jesus hung on the cross and took upon Himself the sins of all mankind, suffered, shed His blood, gave up His life and died and went to Hell, conquered Satan’s kingdom, and redeemed us from the curse of the law, and that God, the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, raised Jesus from the dead, and exalted Him as Lord over all nations.  By and through His finished work at Calvary, Jesus ushered the Kingdom of God into the earth.  All who believe and confess the gospel of Jesus Christ, ask Jesus to come into their heart, and receive Him as Lord (Master) and Savior are saved, delivered out of the power of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of God (Col 1:13).  Any person who believes on Jesus and consecrates his or her life to live for Him, will have a personal relationship with God, and have eternal life.
     Now I am certain that your next question is “If all of this is done, why are we still subject to Satan’s attacks?  See the blogs following that discuss this issue.

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