Right from Adam’s fall, man finds trouble with everything except himself. It is like a person in a group doing a head count but forgetting to count himself in. The most recent hostage situation in Mali among other atrocious threats of terror, cries out loud for the need of moral reform in this world.
Now how do you think that is going to come about? For those who believe, that to love Christ is to live by His commandments (Jn14:15), should know that Jesus propitiates/overcomes the sinful nature of the world (1Jn2:2) by the power of the blood (Rom3:25), in which is His life (Lev17:11). The Moral Law is the standard of Christian living, where God is first in the believer’s life and second in thy neighbour, who is loved as much, as the believer loves himself/herself (Mt23:36-40).
Every act of ethnic cleansing or genocide like the Holocaust under the Nazi regime, the Armenian genocide at the hands of Ottoman empire or the genocide in Darfur, are all atrocities that have abused life from a perspective of lawless anarchy, leading to the downfall of that ruling regime by the Sovereign hand of God.
Now reading the Bible is like learning your ‘a, b, c’ and sentence construction then, is when you interpret scripture in the light of scripture. We therefore understand that the Church did not begin at Pentecost but began with Adam, where the first gospel that cited God’s redemption through the Lord Jesus Christ is mentioned in Gen3:15. By definition (Gen32:28) “Israel”, is one who strives against God and men and prevails; also from Ex31:13 we know that sanctification is of the Lord. Further, we must understand that Salvation is, God saving you from Himself, not from Satan, because it is God and not Satan who truly is judge, who pays the wages of sin, which is eternal death in fires of hell. So from the fact that the Holy Spirit gives life, we understand from scripture that the Son of God came, taking on the complete nature of man, to be that substitute and spotless sacrifice who would bear to the full extent, the wrath of His Father for sinful men, by carrying the guilt and sin of all people in His body (1Pet2:24). By this, the Lord Jesus Christ merited salvation for God’s elect, thus purchasing for His Church, the life giving Holy Spirit
“But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
So bringing it all together, the Lord sanctifies His people in the furnace i.e. this world, while He purchases a living spirit from the Holy spirit for these who are His people, that they may come forth as gold, as He burns out the dross from within them.
In the light of Dan2:27-47/Mt16:18/Col2:11, we understand that God’s Church is built with living stones (Rev3:12) i.e. the testimony of Christ eternally enabled by the Holy Spirit to abide in the heart of every believer (Jn3:3,16). We however live in a world, where the sons of Adam are under the sway of Satan because in the loins of Adam they chose to believe Satan’s lies as over heed God’s truth. These fools have wicked survival instincts and perceive everything that has come from God, including: Satan, money or a mate to be somehow greater or more valued than God, who actually defines life itself. In heeding the lies of Satan, the world has received Satan as their father and it is by Satan’s spirit the world receives its nature but it is by God’s life giving breath that this anti-Christian spirit is destroyed.
From Gen2:17/Jn20:22/2Tim3:16 as against 2Thes2:8/1Jn4:3, we understand in the light of Rom9:17 that power was given to the Satanic anti-Christian Spirit so just as God raised Egypt to be destroyed that His might be known among His people, so too the power Satan in his sway has over the world is what he has been given, until the day he meets his eternal destruction at the hands of God who is Sovereign.
16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.
19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”
35 And He said to them, “When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?” They said, “No, nothing.” 36 And He said to them, “But now, [e]whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and [f]whoever has no sword is to sell his [g]coat and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘And He was numbered with transgressors’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.”
We know the nature of the world is against God’s Church, since the world’s lawless fools heed the spirit of Satan, who is the father of lies (Jn8:44), the accuser of God’s people (Rev12:10) and having no other purpose but to steal, kill and destroy (Jn10:10). Against these who operate under Satan, we must arm to protect ourselves and those unto whom God calls us to deliver His saving Gospel.
If we believe that there truly is a God, who gives and sustains life then we ought to admit that godless rebellions like: blood thirsty Islam, state provisioned murder through abortion/euthanasia and state licenced marriage encouraging homosexuality and bestiality; are what we must bring to an end.
The issue with apostate religions like Islam is that it gives in to the people’s lusts of putting the blame everywhere else but upon the individual himself/herself. I say this from things I have heard Muslims say; that music is banned in Islam because music once distracted certain people from hearing their call to prayer. Also chess, which according to a particular Islamic authority is banned because it once distracted a certain ruler from engaging in war, as this ruler was more keen on finishing his game of chess. So it is that Islam appears to be just another religion of outward religiosity that fails to teach self-examination before God who is Majestically Holy, as over blaming everything else. Simply because in their denial of the Lord Jesus Christ who merited salvation by His blood, the Spirit of repentance (Acts11:18) was not given to these and so they are left with a spirit of anarchy from Adam.
Again, if we believe that life is dependent on God, we ought to know that a blessed life can exist only in obeying the Lord Jesus Christ. Either way we are going to glorify Him, if not His mercy then surely His justice; a choice which is ours to reap (Deut30:19) while nothing shall thwart what God has planned (Is14:27) as He is Almighty. Even what we may refer to as God’s foolishness, that is greater than our intellect and what we may refer to as His weakness, that is greater than our strength (1Cor1:25).
30 I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 I am not doing this for your sake,” declares the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
In King Christ, God is reigning in His righteousness and reconciling the whole world to Himself (Col1:16-20). The Church and Israel are one and the same, a people who are brought to repentance, healed and restored unto God through Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross (Is53:4-6).
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
So the bottom line is, if we are looking for a world that is free from terror, we ought to turn to teaching the people about the Prince of Peace (Is9:6) i.e. the Lord Jesus Christ, who propitiates the sins of God’s people unto living by the healthy standard of God’s law. This evangelical work must be initiated by the Church, under the protection of the Church and the State throughout the whole world.
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
This we can do by either choosing to wilfully obey God and please Him or we can give in to our slothful and lawless nature from Adam but no matter what we choose, it shall not serve to dampen what God has promised through the saving knowledge of the Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ for all creation.