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Summary: The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding

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RETURNS AND EXCHANGES

Thousands of folk will, after the holidays, be returning and exchanging

unwanted or unsuitable gifts for things entirely different that will better

meet their needs.

That is the physical activity now let us discuss the spiritual. By spiritual

is meant men's relationship to the eternally righteous and all-

powerful Creator God in Heaven.

God is a Spirit and He has placed a God-Consciousness in every member

of humanity (Proverbs 20:27 KJV, "The spirit of man is the candle of

the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly").

God has also given us the gift of His Son who, in turn, gave

His life a ransom for many. Most are familiar with the wording of the

Bible book of John, chapter three and verse 16 (John 3:16).

Why was this gift necessary?

The gift was necessary because long ago and

far away some things went askew in God's perfect Heaven where another

gift had been given to one heavenly being named Lucifer. Lucifer is a

God-created being. "Angel," which will suffice for this particular discussion.

The Bible in Isaiah 14:12 tells that he was a being of high rank in the

heavenly realm.

Lucifer, means “shining one” and is rendered “day-star” in some

translations of the Holy Bible. This in the only time in the Bible this

being is called Lucifer. Another name ascribed to him is Satan.

Lucifer became prideful and covetous, wanting to be above or higher

than his Creator. The eternal, everlasting God in Heaven did not and

will not tolerate such attitudes; therefore, Lucifer was deposed

(Isaiah 14: 12-19 KJV).

Genesis 1:26-28 (KJV) God created a perfect man and a perfect

"help-meet" for the man. Adam and his wife Eve were placed in a

perfect earthly environ-ment to keep or maintain what was called the

Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15-17 KJV).

All was well until Satan, in a disguise, entered the garden and tempted Eve

and Adam to disobey the commands of their Creator (Genesis 3:1-8 KJV). They succumbed to that original prevaricator and sin entered the Earth.

John 8:44 (NLT), "...the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does.

He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth,

because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his

character; for he is a liar and the father of lies..."

The death penalty was the punishment for having transgressed the Law

that had been given by their Creator. They had missed the mark of

total trust and obedience to their Maker.

The effects of what is called "original sin" was passed

on to Adam and Eve's posterity--us. The penalty would also apply to

all of human-kind. Even the earth would groan in anticipation of

redemption. Paul the Apostle states in Romans 8:22 that creation itself is

eagerly awaiting the full redemption; because it was subjected

to futility (ineffectiveness) when the first Adam sinned, and will benefit

from ultimate redemption (an element of salvation to express deliverance

from sin).

Satan loves to mingle just enough truth with error to make things appear

as being correct, but it is for the purpose of bringing about our fall.


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