Victorious Living Part 8
Last week I said the gospel is summed up in 2 words: JESUS SAVES. Therefore, all the devil has to do to corrupt the truths of the Bible is make the people, places and things of this world the savior. Also, I ended last week’s blog with the promise that I would show how Satan has used this tactic to corrupt the truth expressed in Genesis 2:18 which says:
And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Emphasis supplied).
I put emphasis on the phrase help meet because I am going to use it to show how we have corrupted God’s word by the way we have interpreted this statement, I will make him an help meet for him.
Traditionally, we have interpreted that statement to mean that God was saying mankind cannot be complete until he or she is in an intimate relationship with another human being. This interpretation has been the source of every unhappy marriage, every adulterous relationship, every act of fornication, every homosexual act or any other act of sexual immorality committed by mankind. As long as we accept this interpretation of Genesis 2:18 we can never experience the completeness we long for because it has put mankind in the place of God. It is true that we are born incomplete and need to be made complete by the loved and nurture of someone. It is also true that God uses human vessels through which His love can flow: The more like God the human source is, the more we can be loved and nurtured by the love of God in them. However, it is not true that the human vessels God uses are the source of our completeness (see I John 4:7-8 & 16-19). Therefore, their love alone can never make us complete. When we understand this, the love we receive from human vessels will draw us closer to God because we realize the source of that love is God. The problem comes when we put the vessel in the place of God and make the vessel the source. This is what corrupts us and results in all manner of sin. This is what caused the fall of mankind. The reason Adam ate the forbidden fruit is because he put the gift before the giver. Unlike his wife Eve, Adam did not eat the forbidden fruit because he had been deceived by the lie that it would make him godlike (see I Timothy 2:14). Adam ate the forbidden fruit because he thought he could not be complete without Eve. Adam did not realize that God was the source of the love and nurture he had been receiving from Eve. Therefore, when he had to choose between being faithful to God or following Eve, he chose to follow Eve. However, that choice resulted in them both losing the love they sought to keep because they had put mankind in God’s place and separated themselves from the source of love (see Genesis 3:7-14). The good news is, the one who is love has made a way for sinful human beings to once again experience and express His love. We are told what that way is in John 3:16&17 which says:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
This is why we are strongly admonished by the apostle Paul in Colossians 2:8-10 with these words;
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
The love and nurture that we all need and desperately long for can only be found in Jesus. When we believe this truth we will do the work of faith and desperately seek Him. This work of faith will always be rewarded because in Jesus dwells all the fullness of the Godhead and we are made complete in Him.
Next week I am going to deal with how to do the work of faith and desperately seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). You do not want to miss it.