In following the biblical narrative about sin to its origin I’ve landed on the questions of “what happened” and “why did the copies or examples of the things in the heavens need to be purified” being that my idea of heaven meant something to the affect of incorruptible. It’s from within the book of Hebrews (9) that incites further investigation into these questions by prayer for discovering to learn what Jesus Christ reveals as the Holy Spirit gives utterance.
It is in the book of Ezekiel (28) where we find the anointed cherub, and also, again, presented the Daystar (Lucifer), son of the dawn in the book of Isaiah (14), cast down and fallen from the place of heaven.
Read the Scriptures and test what I write to see whether it’s reasonable and worthy of acceptance. Because unless I’m missing the mark about what I’ve heard in church “there being no existence of evil after Christians are resurrected into glory” and “once saved always saved”, then this might come as shock to those who hold either of those two positions.
The case before me
Whenever I follow the biblical narrative about that anointed cherub and Daystar, I realize an everlasting existence of evil to be the necessary counter balance of the everlasting existence of good, or else free will doesn’t work. I think in order for the free will of emotional and logical conscious creatures to function with autonomous intelligence in the realm of God, the everlasting existence of good and evil must have reality. If not, I don’t see how any creature can exist beyond being robotic in nature. With everlasting reality comes eternal consequences, does it not?
32 “For the waywardness of the naïve will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
Was the year 2020 a wayward year? You’re the judge, but TODAY … is more than a NEW DAY! We’ve just kicked off the starting line of a NEW YEAR! TwentyTwenty-one! MMXXI! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The first part of our verse today kills me (no pun intended) because the waywardness of the naïve is seen not only in my environment—as I think of select individuals and their reasons to reject the proclamation for a behavior contrary to the spiritual work of the gospel—but all around the world through social media. I mean if we really looked intently at the law of liberty(James 1:25)next to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. posts can see the alarming nature of the human condition that will kill them. Now, of course, it might be that someone reading this is still in the process of learning about the Christian faith while Christians of the faith are still going through their process of sanctification, and when these two different stages of faith developments’ collide can be catastrophic to the conscience of both parties, but as we go through these Proverbs together will discover the healthy environment that the Holy Spirit works in—to the glory of Jesus Christ.
If you happen to be one of those people who are seeing the nature of sin by the world around you as your conscience bears witness, your spirit gradually descending into depression, don’t fret or become intimidated by the information overload that our advancing society expects us to keep up with; you know… the new trend, or… that new smart technology, whatever it is that compels you to show it off in a new selfie photo, waiting for the ‘likes’ and ‘loves’ of those who care. “OH BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!” Now distracted by the ‘ads’ in the onslaught of social media feeds that the complacency of fools spend there days to grab your attention, sucking your life blood into their vortex of demise, an outcome that will destroy them. It’s time now to turn our attention to the good Word of God that means to save your soul, not destroy it. You see, there is an Eternal Father that loves you more than you’ll ever know because that’s how faith in eternity works, a hope that is for you, personally: Romans 8:24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.Hebrews 9:27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. So don’t find yourself wayward with the naïve, but blessed by the grace and mercy of God to pray for a clean conscience and live by that faith; don’t get distracted (for at least too long) by the social media drama and become so complacent you forget that perfect law that set you free from sin. Let’s replace the sin about our lives with the confidence we have in Christ!
Proverbs 1 (NASB)—blueletterbible.org 1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, 3 To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; 4 To give prudence to the naïve, To the youth knowledge and discretion, 5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction And do not forsake your mother’s teaching; 9 Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who go down to the pit; 13 We will find all kinds of precious wealth, We will fill our houses with spoil; 14 Throw in your lot with us, We shall all have one purse,” 15 My son, do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path, 16 For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood. 17 Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net In the sight of any bird; 18 But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives. 19 So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors. Wisdom Warns 20 Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square; 21 At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings: 22 “How long, O naïve ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge? 23 “Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. 24 “Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention; 25 And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof; 26 I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes, 27 When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. 28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me, 29 Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD. 30 “They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof. 31 “So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices. 32 “For the waywardness of the naïve will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them. 33 “But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”
First, They are now proud that they can turn away from God and get clear of the restraints of religion; but that very thing shall slay them, the remembrance of it shall cut them to the heart.
Secondly, They are now proud of their own security and sensuality; but the ease of the simple (so the margin reads it) shall slay them; the more secure they are the more certain and the more dreadful will their destruction be, and the prosperity of fools shall help to destroy them, by puffing them up with pride, gluing their hearts to the world, furnishing them with fuel for their lusts, and hardening their hearts in their evil ways.
Hi, my name is Nathan. … “Since birth my life has been a winding river changing direction with no end in sight or ‘right’ turn to make. That-about-sums-it-up. Until next time. Peace be with you.”—
It’s funny, I’ve felt that as being heavily the case for this blog site and especially my life here recently. Thinking to myself, “How can a confused person write blogs about direction without direction?”. If you’re laughing? I’m “chuckling” with you in embarrassment, “brushing off the dust of my pride”. I’ve changed course to a new direction or rather, “the direction of my river has changed course by no power of mine“. If you’ve “stumbled” across this site as result of this post for the first time, it’s nice to meet you. Don’t run off. Consider exploring through the “menu”. If you’re familiar with this site, please consider revisiting the “menu items” and prepare to be inspired by the changes only a real God influences! We are seriously loved!
Reader, I have questions coming from way up high, “Left, no.. Right field! Right field”! What river path of life are you on? (You will get a glimpse of my path by investigating this site as an example but hope will discover my heart as true in the process?). Do you know the spiritual direction of your life? (I know that my spiritual direction has brought me to “here and now” writing to you.). Why has our courses clashed? (That is a theory that only one person in the world has proved.).
Are you willing to join me on a journey? Please, invite your family and bring your friends to explore your answers to these questions. Our journey will renew the mind and take us out of this world!