Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Angelic Conflict. Part 56. The Angelic Conflict In Human History Answers Basic Questions About Life.
Sunday, April 9, 2006
Point 14. The Angelic Conflict In Human History Answers Basic Questions About Life.
a. Why man, why did God create man?
Mankind was created to resolve the prehistoric angelic conflict.
Consequently, mankind was created to glorify God as an inferior creature to angels.
b. Why sin, why did God allow sin?
To resolve the angelic conflict all members of the human race must have the same free will as angels have. This free will can choose for or against God, as did the angels in eternity past.
c. Why chaos on planet earth?
There will always be chaos and evil as long as Satan rules this world.
d. Why human suffering?
Because man is a sinner and because Satan is the ruler of this world, it is inevitable that we all come under the law of volitional responsibility, which explains most of the suffering in the world.
The most obvious reason why we suffer is because we have a free will and God allows us to make our own decisions and also allows the consequences of those decisions to prevail.
We suffer from both immoral and moral evil.
1) Under the law of volitional responsibility and divine discipline, suffering is designed to orient us to the reality of sin and failure, and the need for recovery.
2) Under undeserved suffering or suffering for blessing, the believer is challenged to use the problem solving devices, the faith-rest drill, virtue-love, spiritual self-esteem, and spiritual autonomy, in order to grow in grace, orient to the plan of God, advance to spiritual maturity, and glorify God in the angelic conflict.
a) Preventative suffering - added to spiritual self-esteem, the first stage of spiritual adulthood, to strengthen it to the point of spiritual autonomy or independence.
Preventative suffering = short-termed suffering from the sovereignty of God for the benefit of the believer.
When we go through adversity, if we would only consider it as part of “the work of God,” then we would submit to it knowing that it is for our own benefit.
Often the purpose of preventative suffering is to learn obedience, self-discipline, and therefore enforced and genuine humility.
This is a form of suffering designed to make the individual stronger within and increase his personal love for God.
This is designed to push you from spiritual self-esteem to spiritual autonomy, the next stage of spiritual growth.
In S.S.E., you have a certain amount of doctrine and doctrinal understanding that sets you apart from the majority, however there is a danger that we all have to deal with on a consistent basis - the danger to become arrogant.
God brings in some undeserved suffering which inevitably takes away your strength, your reputation or your so-called status, to prevent you from becoming proud and having people look up to you because of your accomplishments.
Given - aor-pass-ind - edothe = this was given for a blessing and benefit.
2CO 12:9 And He has said to me -
[perf-act-ind - eireken = Paul remembered something that the Lord had taught him.]
Everything necessary to fulfill the PPOG was provided in eternity past by way of assets in the Portfolio of Invisible Assets.
Then God provides doctrine and suffering in time.