One question that comes up often when speaking about the bible is… when did Satan sin? I have taken some time to biblically study this question. Hope you enjoy the study:-).
Christians often say this regarding a difficulty in their or someone’s life… “Trust in Jesus.” That can sound either empty or like a magic pill to someone whose life is experiencing pain… so, what does that expression mean and how do we express that in a moment of struggles and hardship?
To be able to lean upon Jesus in our times of distress we first and foremost need to trust in Jesus for salvation, which means that you’re not relying upon ourselves, but on Jesus to get you into heaven. We will not get to heaven by our own good action, things that we think will make us pleasing to God. Rather, we need to be forgiven of our sins- all that is in opposition to God, realizing that Jesus died for our sins. And what He did for us on the cross is the only way to have our sins forgiven. The Bible says in Acts 10:43 Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins. That’s the beginning, it has to start there.
After someone trusts in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, a new life begins. We are told in 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. The person becomes a follower of follower or disciple of Jesus. As a follower of Christ Jesus, a person relies upon Jesus in ALL other areas of their life, not just for forgiveness of sin.
For example, in John 13:13-14 and John 14:26 Jesus said that He is the Teacher. He told His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit to them, and that the Holy Spirit would teach them all things and guide them into all truth. God teaches a person His ways and His truth through His word- the Bible, the Holy Spirit living within us and fellow believers. In terms of our values and our behavior, He cleans out stuff in our thinking that’s not right, and shows us from His perspective what is correct. This is another way in which God loves us.
He is the One who knows all truth, and He wants us to build our lives on His truth.
So, to “Trust in Jesus” is to rely upon Him by what He has taught us. Trusting in His assurances to the follower, knowing that He loves us and has our ultimate good at heart. And it can only begin by trusting in His forgiveness of our sins and our acceptance into heaven. No magic pills here.
I was having a conversation the other day with my son. Somehow we got onto the subject of being meek and meekness. I mentioned that meekness was not weakness, but rather strength under control. My son Googles the word which defines it as “easily imposed on; submissive” and basically disagreed with my statement. I told him I’d research it and get back to him.
Twenty first centurions in Western culture do not value meekness as a virtue, but rather see it as a weakness. But that’s not what Jesus said:
Matthew 5:5… Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Clearly, Jesus puts a premium on being meek. Something to be desired in a Christian’s life. So what does this word mean?
Literally the word used in Matthew 5:5 is: praÿs, and is defined: Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. Gentleness or meekness is the opposite of self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation.
That’s a good black and white biblical definition for the word. But, I like pictures. The concept we get from the use of this Greek word is when it’s applied to animals. Then it makes clear… that it means to “tame” wild animals. In other words, such animals have not lost their strength but have learned to control the destructive instincts that prevent them from living in harmony with others.
As when a mighty wild stallion has been tamed. This powerful beast has not lost any of its power, but rather, this steed allows the human to have reign/rein in its life so that the owner can use them as they see necessary and it can get along well with others in the herd.
That’s what I am… a sheep first and foremost, but also a steed who has allowed Jesus to take control and reign/rein in my life for whatever purposes He would like… strength and power under His control. For His purposes, not mine.
I have added an in-depth study of the upcoming world leader to my Bible Prophecy page. Just click on “The Assyrian” and begin your own study of this person who is Anti-Christ. Feel free to comment, I am looking forward to searching out what the Bible would have to say to any questions or comments you may have.