Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Angelic Conflict. Part 24. Satanic and demonic attacks on the gospel and Bible doctrine.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
a. At the point of the Gospel, Satan attacks to obscure the content of the Gospel and to corrupt faith in Christ alone for eternal salvation, 2CO 4:3-4.
2CO 4:3-4 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Satan’s objective is to establish systems of religion in which the works of mankind replace the function and mechanics of the grace of God. Another attack on the Gospel is salvation by works or faith plus something.
GAL 2:16 Knowing that a person is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Christ Jesus...for by the works of the law no flesh will be justified.
GAL 3:24 The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
JOH 6:28-29 They said therefore to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”
PSA 130:3 If Thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
Because Abraham’s sperm also produced the Arab race through his son Ishmael.
EPH 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
Satan attacks volition to reject doctrine.
This is accomplished through false doctrine, legalism, distraction, false scales of values, and many other ways.
By neutralizing the importance of Bible doctrine, the believer is hindered from executing the PPOG.
“If the devil and his angels have already been sentenced to the lake of fire then why does God allow them to be free today?”
In the angelic conflict God is directing His wrath toward Satan and the fallen angels and making His power known to all of His creatures, as He is enduring with much patience the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, namely Satan and the fallen angels.
Verse 23 - in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, [members of the human race] which He prepared beforehand for glory.
His hope and plan is to get mankind to attack the character and nature of God as a third party in the conflict.
The oldest book in the Bible from the standpoint of writing is the book of Job which is written in Archaic Hebrew.
Job was written long before Moses lived and long before Moses wrote the first five books in the Bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
The very first book that God gave man starts out with a scene in the courtroom of heaven and the angelic conflict and a man being entered into evidence testing.
ISA 43:21 “The people whom I formed for Myself, Will declare My praise.”
ISA 43:7 “Everyone who is called by My name, I have created for My glory,”
Blameless = he was a spiritually mature believer.
Upright = his victories in spiritual growth.
Fearing God or respecting God = his personal love for TLJC.
He turned away from evil = illustrates his grace orientation.
Satan always started the courtroom session by making it clear that while God had put Adam in charge of the world as its ruler, Satan had taken it over.
While human civilization only extends back about 6,000 years, before that time there was a vastly older and more developed planet, with a history which expanded back from the 6,000 years during which modern man and his ancestors have existed.
When God went through the creation steps outlined in Genesis, they were a minor undertaking.
While it seems likely that this creation involved a change of spiritual things into physical, it once again is not a matter of making something from nothing.
Created - Qal perfect - bara = to create, cut down, or dispatch.
Bara = God’s creation of the world was not the work of creating it from nothing; it connotes devising something that has already existed into a finished form.