Entry Level Theological Truth [26]

The Rock of Gibralter

“Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die.’” Genesis 3:4

After beginning subtly, the adversary changes tactics by directly challenging the Word of God. From an implied undermining of the Almighty’s goodness Satan’s argument now proceeds to specific contradiction of the Creator’s authority. Eventually the enemy always unmasks himself in opposition to the Lord’s revealed mind in the Scriptures. Ultimately, everyone must decide: “Does God’s Word have authority in my life?” Whether one realizes it or not, disbelieving or disobeying the Bible flouts the power, holiness, and sovereignty of the Most High God.


Misplaced Trust


The Lord Jesus unmasks Satan in this forceful language: “…He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44.) He is mankind’s spiritual adversary and has no love for human beings. Heeding his duplicity only leads to destruction in this age and in the coming one.

In the garden, he showed Satan true colors by directly contradicting God’s Word. “You shall not surely die” is his insidious rejoinder to Eve’s somewhat flawed quotation of the Lord’s commandment. He did not dispute the part she added; instead, it was the pronouncement of the consequences of eating the fruit that he denied. Who was right? When Adam and Eve ate the fruit they did not immediately drop dead. So a superficial reading of the text might lead the reader to conclude that Satan’s statement via the serpent was essentially correct.

More careful examination reveals that the mankind’s first parents did die when they ate the fruit: spiritually, the effect was instantaneous – they became “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1.) Their spiritual separation from God was the immediate result of their disobedience. Secondly, the process of physical death began in their bodies; deterioration began as they started down the long road that eventually culminated in their physical deaths. Thirdly, but for the gracious intervention of God they were now on the pathway to eternal death. If He did not provide a covering for their sins, they would have perished for time and eternity. Thankfully, the Almighty made coverings that pointed forward to “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29.)


On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand


God cannot lie (Titus 1:2) – it is absolutely contrary to His nature. When on earth, God the Son once said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6.) What is more, the Holy Spirit is described as “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:17.) The triune God has a proven track record of hundreds of fulfilled prophecies. The veracity of God’s Word is evident all around us, as we behold the unmistakable effects of sin and death in the world. Human philosophy cannot credibly account for the state of the planet as it presently is; nor can it tell humans where the earth is headed. These answers are found in the Scriptures, however, for all to read. If one really wants to be a seeker of truth, it is incumbent upon one to investigate the Scriptures and the worldview that they present. Only in the Bible can one find the answer to the problem of evil; likewise, only in its pages can one find hope for the future – a certain expectation of the triumph of righteousness in the universe based upon the victorious death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.


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