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God’s Plan for Man Spoiled:
In day 9 blog, I discussed how Satan fell and he was cast out heaven to earth. Remember Adam had been crowned the ruler of this earth;” 16 The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, But the earth He has given to the sons of men.” Psalms 115:16.(New American Standard Bible) NASB.
Satan was not among the “sons of men”. He was a spirit being. Only man was created with a body. When Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared to his disciples, but the disciples with the gruesome death that Jesus had suffered still on their mind, they concluded that the man who had appeared to them resembling Jesus was simply a ghost. Read the following account of how things prayed out in this scenerio: “36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
” Luke 24:36-48.
How did Jesus prove to his disciples that it was Him and not the ghost? Jesus said to them “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” Verse 39. So, from Jesus’ account, spirit beings do not have “flesh and bones”. This is a vital concept that need to be grasped as we forge forward in this study. The apostle Paul put it this way: “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 New Living Translation (NLT). Paul described the spiritual enemy that is at war with mankind as not having “flesh-and-blood”, while Jesus said that spirit beings do not have flesh and bones. So, when Satan was cast down from heaven, he and his angels that fell with him were not given a body. Adam and Eve along with the rest of creation had been given bodies because they were designed to function in this material temporal realm.
Without a body, Satan’s influence on earth was totally illegal according to God’s word that states that God gave the earth to the sons of men. Have you ever wondered why God had to go to a great length to convince men to carry out his plan on earth? He reasoned with Moses to go and deliver the children of Israel from Egypt, (Exodus 4:10). God had to convince Gideon that his cooperation was vital in delivering the Children of Israel from the oppression of the Medianites (Judges 6:14). Down to me and you, God needs our bodies to carry out His purpose on earth. Well, the same holds true for Satan. He needs a body to do his work on earth. When he fell from heaven he did not have a body. He quickly improvised and high jacked the body of a serpent, which must have been a four feeted creature, since he was cursed to crawl on the ground (Genesis 3:14) after Satan had used his body to deceive Adam and Eve. So now Satan finally had a body, he was legally permitted to transact business on earth. His first mission was to dethrone Adam who was then the legitimated ruler of the earth. He used a lie to accomplish this and Genesis Chapter 3 outlines Satan’s deception to man, the fall of man and the resulting curse from the fall. Don’t forget that from past study we had discussed that when Satan was cast down from heaven to earth, the following is recorded about him, “Therefore, rejoice, O heavens! And you who live in the heavens, rejoice! But terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” Revelation 12:12. Jesus regarded Satan as a thief, who comes to “..steal and kill and destroy” John 10:10. Over the centuries Satan has been behind senseless murders, genocides, and despicable human atrocities in human history. But the second Adam, Jesus Christ came to reverse that. That is why you find Jesus opening blind eyes, cleansing the lepers, making the lame to walk, healing a woman from bleeding and other countless healing miracles that Jesus performed to cure man from Satan inflicted pain.
God’s Plan for Man Reinstated: (To Be Continued)
Model Prayer: Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord. I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. Dear Jesus, come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. I am sorry for my sins, and I ask you to forgive me, wash me with your blood, and give me your Holy Spirit to teach and guide me. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
If you believed and prayed the above prayer, you are now a born again child of God.
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