Like Adam and Eve, we live in a broken world - as strangers in the devil's realm

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Summary

This lesson we first go over why the title of the introduction to SR4 mentions Satan’s rebellion and fall: because that sequence of events kicked off the battlefield upon which creature history plays out. Bearing in mind this wider spiritual conflict can help contextualize the present set of circumstances before us in this life. After going over these points, we talk about the content of the introduction to SR4, which discusses Adam and Eve: how their circumstances changed post-fall, how God promised in the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 and through the protoevangelium to reconcile humanity back to Himself, and how the wider circumstances of our lives today have not fundamentally changed from Adam’s and Eve’s outside the garden. Finally, we make a brief outline of the next set of topics we will be covering in future lessons, dealing with the wider idea of us as stranger’s in the devil’s realm, as sojourners in this fallen world under his control.

Timestamps

00:00 - Introduction and review
00:24 - Outline
01:42 - The title of the Introduction in SR4: Satan’s rebellion and fall
06:39 - The actual introduction: Adam and Eve, and us
   08:18 - The contrast between pre-fall paradise and post-fall realities
   10:46 - God’s promise of deliverance
   13:21 - Us now vs. them then
16:22 - The first big section of SR4: We are strangers in the devil’s realm
   17:01 - Sojourners in the devil’s world
   18:02 - The vanity of life
   19:52 - The hostility of the world
   21:12 - The battlefield
   22:13 - The enemy
23:36 - Recap

Content

(Derived from https://ichthys.com/SR4(SWS).htm)

The Introduction’s title: Satan’s rebellion and fall

The introduction section of our present study, though not dealing explicitly with the topic of Satan’s rebellion and fall, nonetheless shares the title, as do several other introduction sections in the series.

This might seem a bit confusing inasmuch as the introduction here, as we shall see, is really more about a “then and now” comparing us to our ancient forebears (Adam and Eve) than Satan’s rebellion and fall. While I certainly can’t speak for the Professor, here’s my guess as to why: this is the wider context of the entire series… which is why it is called the Satanic Rebellion series!

Properly speaking, it is the first segment of the study (Part 1) that deals with Satan’s initial state and his fall. However, reality today – and indeed, as Part 3 discusses, the very purpose and creation of man – is very much shaped by and affected by Satan’s continuing rebellion against God. If our existence is a war on a battlefield, then creation turned into this battlefield when Satan arrogantly raised his hand against his Creator.

It is for this reason that we should keep this wider context in our minds as we start easing into our study. We are starting in medias res in this study, and likewise we are born into this world in the middle of a grand spiritual narrative that greatly transcends our own individual lives.

The beginning of this narrative – which will end with Satan’s complete and utter defeat at the end of this present creation, and the establishment of a new, glorious universe where only righteousness and uprightness dwells, God with man and angel alike – started that long time ago when Satan, once the preeminent angel, vainly thought in his mind to usurp God’s place.

That was the opening act of all creature history. Parts 1 through 3 of this study get us from there to where we are now, and Part 5 takes us even further by mapping out God’s complete and perfect plan for history, including how the rest of history will proceed (at a high level). But this part of the study – a detailed examination of how Satan exerts his control over the world – is where the rubber hits the road for us as Christians: our present reality, grim as it may be.

We will periodically turn time and again to this wider context – the echoes of Satan’s initial rebellion and fall, the grand spiritual stage of existence – as we proceed in our study, because keeping that big picture in mind is in fact one of the very best ways to see through the illusions before us in this world.

The actual introduction: Adam and Eve, and us

Well, we got all that from the title of the introductory section… but what of its content?

Dr. Luginbill opens up this present study (SR4 specifically) with some initial framing points about Adam and Eve, their post-fall situation, and our situation in the present, still to this day basically the same as their’s. In particular:

  • The contrast between pre-fall paradise and post-fall realities
  • God’s promise of deliverance
    • The prophecy of Genesis 3:15 (which was fulfilled upon the cross)
    • The protoevangelium
  • Us now vs. them then

The contrast between pre-fall paradise and post-fall realities

The world that Adam and Eve entered after their expulsion from the garden of Eden could not have been more different from the perfect environment they had so recently taken for granted.

  • Instead of abundant prosperity, ready at hand, they had entered a world of limitation, shortage and scarcity.
  • Instead of a world where all their needs were instantly provided for without any effort on their part, back-breaking toil was now necessary for survival.

Our first parents would also now experience for the first time the full gamut of destructive and sinful emotions, including fear, jealousy and hostility.

The domestic tranquility that had reigned in Eden as a matter of course would now be infected by anger, frustration, bitterness, and resentment – even to the point of murder (compare Cain and Abel).

And finally, in crowning futility, when they had lived out their now-finite years, the ground would receive them back – death would put an end to all they had worked and striven for in the sorrowful interim.

God’s promise of deliverance

But God did not leave them orphans on the earth, completely bereft of all hope and of Himself.

In the same judgment that rendered our first parents mortal and subject to death, God also promised them the Seed who would one day crush the head of the serpent who had deceived them (Genesis 3:15).

Christ’s sacrifice was also foreshadowed in coats of skin with which He graciously clothed them (the protoevangelium = “first gospel”), replacing the garments born of their own efforts with symbols of the coming One who would one day die in their place.

Thus, before they even left the garden of Eden, God had given Adam and Eve a new tree of life to replace the one they had forsaken: that is, the cross of Jesus Christ (foreshadowed in the animal skins and in the prophecy of the Seed).

It only remained for our first parents to accept our Lord’s generous offer of boundless grace, trusting in Him for their deliverance from the inevitability of the grave, the unavoidable reality which had now become life’s central issue.

Us now vs. them then

From a spiritual point of view, life remains essentially the same for us today as it was when our first parents trekked out of Eden some six thousand years ago.

The critical issue for every human being is identical now to what it was then: we must all choose whether or not to accept through faith God’s solution to the problem of sin and death (in the person of His Son Jesus Christ).

Moreover, just as Adam and Eve were left in the world beyond the point of faith, so also we today are not immediately transferred to our heavenly home after salvation, but remain here in the world to prove our faith, to grow in it, and to help others do the same.

The segue

Thus, as followers of God and believers in Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven for feeling ill at ease in this present world where we scarcely even seem to belong, for it is not a place where the knowledge of God abounds and the will of God is always done. On the contrary, this perilous world through which we pass lies largely under the influence of the evil one (1 John 5:19, and cf. Ephesians 2:2, which we talked about last time).

I. Strangers in the Devil’s Realm

Now, we move into the first overarching section of the study: how we are strangers in this world of the devil’s, persecuted as enemies.

This time, I’ll mostly introduce the subsections, and we’ll come back and hit them harder in coming weeks.

Here are the subsections we’ll go over:

  1. Sojourners in the devil’s world
  2. The vanity of life
  3. The hostility of the world
  4. The battlefield
  5. The enemy

Sojourners in the devil’s world

Like our first parents Adam and Eve before us, we have been left in this strange and alien world where the blinding reality of God is largely obscured from view, revealed almost exclusively in His Word to those who seek Him out. Until that time, we wait for something better as homeless wanderers in a world which finds our perspective and our hope worthless, even foolish and idiotic.

The vanity of life

In His judgment upon Adam and Eve, God laid down the fundamental calculus of human life outside of the garden: that we must earn our bread through sweat and toil throughout our short lives, and afterwards return to dust (Genesis 3:16-19), taking nothing with us as we pass into the grave.

The hostility of the world

From the moment we turn away from the hollow manner of life handed down from generation to generation (1 Peter 1:18), and turn instead to the living God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ, we are reconciled to Him, and at the same time alienated from the world. There can be no middle ground. Either we are friends of God, or friends of the world (James 4:4).

The battlefield

There is another dimension to be considered beyond our alienation to the world, beyond its essential futility, and beyond the enmity between it and us: the world is also a battlefield where the struggle between Satan’s present kingdom and the coming kingdom of heaven continues to be played out in deadly earnest (as has been the case since the devil’s fall).

The enemy

Having been evicted from the family of God and cast down to rule this kingdom of dust (but only for a short time, with an eternity in the lake of fire always being positionally imminent), of course Satan is going to be anything but friendly towards those of us who follow God. As we humans come to replace him and his followers in the family of God, it would in truth be quite strange if Satan did not pour out his wrath upon us, like a boxed-in animal raging against the end it knows is coming.

In fact, God soon will put down the beast forever, but in the meantime, we believers will face his wrath.

Video/audio transcript

00:00 - hey guys so today we are picking up
00:03 - in lesson two of our study of the
00:05 - satanic rebellion series
00:07 - in particular part four talking about
00:09 - satan’s world system
00:11 - so this week we are going to go through
00:13 - the introduction section of the study
00:16 - which kind of discusses adam and eve and
00:18 - their situation
00:20 - and then how we compare to them as a
00:22 - method of framing what we are going to
00:24 - be talking about for the rest of the
00:26 - study
00:27 - so here is the outline of the points
00:30 - that we are going to be going through
00:32 - today
00:32 - so first we’re going to be talking about
00:34 - the title of the introduction
00:36 - which includes this concept of satan’s
00:38 - rebellion and fall
00:40 - and perhaps why this is in the title of
00:42 - the introduction even though not much
00:44 - time is spent on it
00:45 - in the body of the introduction then
00:47 - we’re going to go through
00:48 - what the introduction to the study
00:50 - actually talks about
00:52 - which is the life that adam and eve
00:54 - lived after the fall
00:56 - and then our situation and how it is
00:58 - parallel to that
00:59 - so we’re going to talk about the
01:01 - contrast between pre-fall paradise and
01:03 - post-fall realities
01:05 - god’s promise of deliverance so that
01:07 - applies to adam and eve
01:08 - in context but also us and then talk
01:11 - about
01:12 - how we are now in our practical life
01:15 - circumstances
01:16 - versus how they were after they were
01:18 - evicted from the garden of eden
01:20 - after this we’re going to go ahead and
01:23 - outline the first big section in the
01:26 - study
01:26 - which is titled strangers in the devil’s
01:28 - realm so this week
01:30 - we will just be going over the
01:34 - points in this section at a very high
01:37 - level so we are going to introduce these
01:39 - points
01:40 - and then in future weeks we are going to
01:42 - come back and hit all of these things
01:44 - in much more depth so as i mentioned
01:47 - even though the introduction of the
01:50 - study that we are going through here in
01:51 - sr4
01:52 - doesn’t really talk too much explicitly
01:54 - about satan’s rebellion and fall
01:56 - i want to talk about why this is
01:58 - actually in the title of the
01:59 - introduction
02:00 - and perhaps why in our study here
02:04 - satan’s rebellion is mentioned even
02:06 - before we talk about anything else
02:08 - so this might seem a little bit
02:11 - confusing
02:11 - um inasmuch as the introduction itself
02:14 - as we will examine
02:16 - in the coming minutes mostly talks about
02:19 - how we compare to adam and eve then and
02:21 - now if you will
02:23 - while i certainly can’t speak for dr
02:25 - logan bill my guess as to why
02:27 - this is the leading point in the title
02:30 - of the introduction
02:31 - is just because this is the wider
02:32 - context of the whole series
02:34 - so the series that this particular study
02:36 - is in is called the satanic rebellion
02:38 - series
02:39 - and so in terms of this series it is the
02:42 - first segment of the study
02:44 - that actually talks about satan’s
02:45 - initial state and then his fall
02:48 - however today um we are going to be
02:51 - going
02:51 - through uh the outline of the first
02:55 - section in this study dealing with how
02:57 - we actually live in this present world
02:59 - um so the reason why this would be
03:02 - included then is
03:04 - for a manner of context so if
03:07 - our existence is a war on a battlefield
03:10 - then
03:11 - this creation turned into a battlefield
03:13 - at the point when satan rebelled against
03:15 - god
03:16 - at the point when he lifted his hand
03:17 - against his creator and so
03:19 - as we’ll see on the next slide it really
03:22 - is sort of
03:23 - a method of framing everything that we
03:25 - go through here
03:26 - to just keep in the back of our heads
03:28 - that
03:29 - the chain of causality leading to where
03:31 - we are today
03:33 - was kicked off in creature history by
03:35 - satan’s initial rebellion
03:37 - so just as we are sort of starting in
03:40 - mediastress here in the study so
03:42 - into the middle of things we are born
03:44 - into this world in the middle of a grand
03:46 - spiritual conflict
03:48 - that greatly transcends our own
03:49 - individual lives so what i mean by that
03:52 - is that while it may be very easy for us
03:54 - to get focused on
03:55 - our personal circumstances or the things
03:58 - in our lives
03:59 - specifically we as christians are
04:01 - actually
04:02 - born into this world being part of
04:05 - a battle raging between god and satan
04:07 - that has been going on
04:08 - ever since satan rebelled against god a
04:11 - very long time ago
04:12 - so the beginning of this narrative and
04:15 - this narrative
04:16 - this story if you will will end with
04:19 - satan’s complete and total defeat at the
04:21 - end of this present creation
04:23 - and then the establishment of a new
04:24 - glorious universe
04:26 - where only righteousness and uprightness
04:28 - dwells
04:29 - god dwelling with us as men and also
04:32 - angels in perfect unity
04:34 - so this story started all that long time
04:36 - ago
04:37 - when satan who was the preeminent
04:39 - guardian angel of god’s holiness
04:42 - vainly thought in his mind to usurp
04:44 - god’s place
04:45 - on the throne of the universe and so
04:48 - all that time ago was when the rebellion
04:51 - kicked off
04:52 - and when the universe positionally
04:54 - became broken
04:55 - this separation between perfect god and
04:58 - our present creation
05:00 - now the earlier parts in the satanic
05:03 - rebellion series so we are
05:05 - in part four right now but the earlier
05:07 - parts get us
05:08 - from there so satan’s initial fall
05:11 - to the genesis gap that’s what the
05:14 - second part talks about so god’s
05:15 - judgment
05:16 - of the fallen universe after satan’s
05:18 - rebellion and then
05:20 - the creation of man in part three
05:23 - talking about
05:24 - man’s purpose in this wider conflict and
05:27 - of course we’re in part four
05:28 - but part five will take us even further
05:30 - by outlining
05:31 - god’s plan for human history in terms of
05:34 - the seven millennial days
05:35 - and this includes how the rest of
05:38 - history
05:39 - past where we are at present will unfold
05:42 - however
05:42 - what we’re talking about right here in
05:44 - the study is an examination of how satan
05:47 - exerts his control
05:48 - over the world so this is kind of where
05:51 - the rubber hits the road for us as
05:52 - christians at present
05:54 - because we are studying what the world
05:56 - is really like for us
05:57 - now today and with all this said
06:00 - we are spending time talking about this
06:02 - up front here
06:04 - and we will continue to re-examine it
06:06 - just because this wider context
06:08 - so the echoes of satan’s initial
06:10 - rebellion and fall that
06:11 - set the world into motion how it is now
06:14 - and then also just in general this
06:16 - idea that existence is playing out on a
06:19 - grand spiritual stage
06:21 - you know there are elements in play much
06:23 - larger than us
06:24 - in the background um we as we keep these
06:27 - things in mind
06:28 - uh it can help us in the study because
06:31 - keeping that big picture in our heads
06:33 - can be one of the best way for one of
06:35 - the best ways for us
06:37 - to see through some of the illusions
06:39 - that the world puts before us
06:41 - so having now talked a little bit about
06:44 - why this might be in the title of the
06:45 - introduction
06:46 - and why we should keep the wider context
06:48 - of satan’s rebellion and fall in mind
06:51 - not only as we talk about these things
06:52 - today but also as we move forward from
06:55 - week to week
06:56 - now we’ll actually get into the section
06:59 - of what is in the introduction
07:01 - to this study so if we go there here in
07:04 - from that table of contents link you can
07:07 - see that this
07:07 - is the first part of the study and
07:10 - there’s several paragraphs here
07:11 - and i’ve broken them out into slides to
07:13 - make the content easier for us to look
07:16 - at things one at a time but the
07:18 - introduction primarily deals
07:20 - with how adam and eve lived after the
07:24 - fall
07:25 - and how that compares to the
07:26 - circumstances that we now find ourselves
07:28 - in
07:29 - so these are the points that we’re going
07:32 - to hit
07:33 - because these are the things the
07:34 - introduction mostly talks about
07:36 - so the first thing is going to be the
07:37 - contrast between pre-fall paradise in
07:40 - the garden of eden
07:41 - and post-fall realities after they were
07:44 - evicted from the garden
07:45 - god’s promise of deliverance so this is
07:48 - through the prophecy
07:49 - in genesis 3 15 which we’ll get to when
07:51 - we actually talk about this
07:53 - and then the so-called proto-evangelium
07:56 - or the first gospel
07:57 - when god gave adam and eve skins of
08:00 - animals
08:00 - to clothes themselves well this blood
08:03 - sacrifice
08:04 - foreshadows christ’s death for us on the
08:07 - cross that ultimately saves us from our
08:09 - sins
08:10 - and then finally we’re going to talk
08:11 - about how their situation
08:13 - um as the points that we make up here
08:16 - compares to how we find ourselves living
08:18 - in this broken and fallen world
08:20 - even up until this day so this first
08:23 - point
08:23 - talking about the pre-fall paradise
08:26 - versus post-fall realities
08:28 - mostly centers on the things that
08:30 - changed after adam and eve found
08:32 - themselves
08:33 - out of the perfect garden so one thing
08:36 - that changed
08:37 - is rather than having everything
08:38 - provided for them and
08:40 - living this life of leisure
08:43 - everything suddenly started requiring
08:46 - them to work
08:47 - so instead of abundant prosperity ready
08:50 - at hand
08:51 - they had entered a world of limitation
08:53 - shortage and scarcity
08:55 - and instead of a world where all their
08:57 - needs were instantly provided for
08:59 - without any effort on their part
09:01 - now back-breaking toil was necessary for
09:03 - survival
09:05 - so these are elements of the so-called
09:08 - genesis curse placed upon man after
09:11 - adam and eve disobeyed god
09:15 - and were subsequently kicked out of the
09:17 - garden of eden
09:18 - so aside from having to work and toil on
09:21 - this earth
09:23 - our ancient parents would now also
09:26 - experience for the first time
09:28 - all of the destructive and sinful
09:29 - emotions like
09:31 - fear jealousy and hostility because now
09:34 - life was suddenly no longer perfect for
09:36 - them
09:37 - and of course as early chapters in
09:39 - genesis make clear
09:41 - the domestic tranquility so the the
09:44 - peace between men
09:45 - as it were would soon become shattered
09:48 - as
09:49 - kane murdered his brother abel out of
09:51 - jealousy
09:52 - and resentment and so all of these
09:54 - things
09:55 - are coming together to show the very
09:58 - different picture
09:59 - of how life in this world operated
10:02 - after the fall as opposed to how it was
10:05 - before the fall
10:06 - and to top all of this off after
10:10 - this life of pain and toil and now all
10:13 - these other negative things
10:14 - that we face well after all this adam
10:17 - and eve would now experience physical
10:19 - death
10:20 - this is the consequence of eating that
10:22 - fruit of the sin and separation from god
10:25 - which is a form of immediate spiritual
10:28 - death for us
10:29 - but our parents would now also face
10:32 - physical death so after going through
10:35 - all of these hard things
10:36 - life sort of robs you of any meaning
10:40 - by not letting you take anything with
10:42 - you so you work for all of these things
10:45 - and then you cannot take anything out of
10:48 - this world
10:50 - all right so the second point made in
10:52 - this section
10:53 - is that even despite all of this god did
10:55 - not leave adam and eve as orphans on the
10:57 - earth
10:58 - completely bereft of all hope and
11:00 - separate from him
11:01 - so in the first judgment that rendered
11:04 - our first parents mortal
11:05 - that condemned them to die a physical
11:09 - death
11:09 - out of their separation from god god
11:12 - also promised them
11:13 - in the prophecy of genesis 3 15 the seed
11:16 - who would one day crush the head of the
11:17 - serpent who had deceit them
11:19 - so we’re going to go ahead and read
11:20 - genesis 3 15 here
11:22 - and i will put enmity between you and
11:24 - the woman and between your seed and her
11:26 - seed
11:27 - he shall bruise you on the head and you
11:28 - shall bruise him on the heel
11:31 - so this prophecy was fulfilled on the
11:33 - cross
11:34 - when jesus christ defeated death
11:38 - and redeemed us our fallen humanity
11:42 - back to god uh mending the rift
11:45 - caused by the initial fall of adam and
11:48 - eve
11:49 - so that humans have now been reconciled
11:52 - to god
11:53 - and the sacrifice here that
11:57 - god speaks of you know the the
11:58 - fulfillment of jesus crushing satan’s
12:01 - head
12:02 - actually also shows up in genesis
12:05 - foreshadowed
12:06 - by the clothes that god gave adam and
12:08 - eve after they recognize their nakedness
12:11 - and the giving of the clothes is often
12:13 - called the proto-evangelium
12:14 - which literally translates as first
12:17 - gospel
12:18 - so god gives them these clothes to
12:21 - replace their own inadequate efforts and
12:24 - this represents
12:26 - symbolically the sacrifice that jesus
12:29 - would come to make for us on the cross
12:31 - by dying in our place
12:32 - and so before adam and eve even left
12:34 - eden so even though
12:36 - they had sinned and were now subject to
12:38 - god’s judgment upon them
12:40 - and faced these these curses of
12:43 - toil and physical death god had already
12:46 - given them
12:47 - a new tree of life as it were to replace
12:49 - the one that they had
12:51 - voluntarily forsaken and so that would
12:53 - be
12:54 - the cross of jesus christ foreshadowed
12:56 - in the two ways that we’ve just talked
12:58 - about
12:58 - that will or not will already has
13:02 - given us humans the chance for eternal
13:04 - life if we just accept
13:06 - what god has already done for us and so
13:09 - adam and eve only had to accept god’s
13:12 - generous offer of grace
13:14 - trusting him for their deliverance after
13:17 - they would face physical death because
13:20 - physical death is now the reality after
13:21 - the fall
13:23 - that cannot be avoided in this world so
13:26 - this was the state that adam and eve
13:29 - found themselves in
13:30 - after the fall but for us life hasn’t
13:32 - actually changed all that much
13:34 - in the 6 000 years or so since then um
13:37 - the critical issue for every human being
13:40 - is identical now to what it was
13:41 - then we must all choose whether or not
13:44 - to accept through faith
13:45 - god’s solution to the problem of sin and
13:47 - death
13:48 - in the person of jesus christ and what
13:50 - he’s done for us on the cross
13:52 - moreover just as adam and eve were left
13:55 - in the world beyond the point of faith
13:58 - so also we today are not immediately
14:00 - transferred
14:01 - to our heavenly home after salvation but
14:03 - remain here in the world to prove our
14:05 - faith
14:05 - to grow in it and to help others do the
14:07 - same and so that is to say
14:10 - after being kicked out of eden adam and
14:12 - eve
14:13 - were not immediately taken up to heaven
14:15 - after believing nor were they
14:16 - immediately killed on the spot
14:18 - but they were given a chance to live out
14:21 - the remainder of their lives
14:23 - trusting god in faith to demonstrate
14:25 - that they did trust him
14:27 - to that they did trust the promises that
14:30 - he had given them
14:31 - and so this is kind of going to tie us
14:34 - all of this discussion that we’ve
14:36 - talked about adam and eve and their
14:37 - situation and how our situation today
14:40 - is still actually really parallel
14:42 - because we still live in the same broken
14:44 - world
14:46 - now we’re now going to kind of tie that
14:47 - into where we’re going to be going
14:49 - for the next few weeks in the study so
14:51 - i’m just going to go ahead and read this
14:53 - um this paragraph here which kind of
14:55 - comes at the end of the introduction
14:57 - so thus as followers of god and
15:00 - believers in jesus christ
15:01 - we can be forgiven for feeling ill at
15:04 - ease in this present world where we are
15:05 - scarcely even seen to be long
15:07 - for it is not a place where the
15:09 - knowledge of god abounds and the will of
15:10 - god is always done
15:12 - on the contrary this perilous world
15:14 - through which we pass
15:15 - lies largely under the influence of the
15:17 - evil one
15:18 - and so last week i had brought up this
15:21 - uh verse in ephesians chapter two in the
15:24 - questions and answers video
15:26 - um as support that satan really is the
15:29 - ruler of this world
15:30 - um and this section actually mentions
15:32 - first john
15:33 - chapter 5 verse 19 which actually states
15:35 - it even more explicitly um this was just
15:37 - the cross reference i happen to remember
15:39 - off the top of my
15:40 - head but we know that the whole world
15:43 - lies in the power of the evil one so
15:44 - it’s not just
15:45 - bits of the world it’s the whole world
15:48 - and so with this in mind
15:50 - just how adam and eve found themselves
15:53 - in this fallen broken world after they
15:56 - were evicted from the garden
15:57 - this world now under the control of
15:59 - satan so too do we find ourselves there
16:02 - and just as adam and eve no doubt
16:06 - felt alienated from this world as if
16:08 - they did not belong in it because
16:10 - it is only our temporary home until we
16:13 - go to be with our creator
16:15 - so too will we now find ourselves as
16:17 - strangers in this land
16:19 - and that’s what we’re going to talk
16:20 - about in the next section
16:22 - and probably for the next few weeks in
16:24 - the study
16:25 - all right so as i mentioned this is the
16:27 - first big point
16:28 - that we are going to be going through in
16:30 - the study this idea that we as
16:31 - christians are strangers
16:33 - in the devil’s realm um and so as you
16:35 - can see here
16:36 - we have some sub points to this section
16:38 - and so these
16:39 - are the things that we are going to be
16:41 - going over now this week
16:43 - just due to time constraints and just
16:45 - because this is going to be an
16:46 - introduction
16:47 - i’m just going to go over the
16:49 - subsections at a high level
16:50 - so the things that we’re going to go
16:51 - over are how we are soldiers in the
16:53 - devil’s world
16:55 - uh the vanity of life the hostility of
16:57 - the world
16:58 - the battlefield we now find ourselves on
17:00 - spiritually and then the enemy
17:02 - which is to say satan so the first of
17:05 - these sub-sections
17:06 - is talking about the concept of us as
17:08 - sojourners in the devil’s world
17:10 - so just like adam and eve before us as
17:12 - we just talked about
17:14 - we’ve been left in this strange and
17:16 - alien world
17:17 - where the blinding reality of god is
17:19 - largely obscured from view
17:21 - revealed almost exclusively in his word
17:23 - to those who seek him out
17:25 - so until the time that god comes again
17:29 - and redeems us in the world in total
17:31 - victory over satan
17:33 - we wait for something better as homeless
17:35 - wanderers in a world which finds our
17:37 - perspective and our hope worthless
17:39 - even foolish or idiotic so the belief we
17:42 - have in jesus christ
17:44 - what sets us apart from unbelievers may
17:46 - seem to all the world
17:47 - badness but nonetheless the world will
17:50 - not accept us as its own
17:52 - because we truly do not belong here our
17:54 - hearts
17:55 - are with the kingdom of god which is not
17:58 - of this present world
17:59 - so we will always find ourselves
18:01 - alienated from the world
18:02 - and living as strangers and foreigners
18:04 - here right second high level point in
18:06 - this section is talking about the vanity
18:08 - of life
18:09 - um and so we mentioned when talking
18:12 - about the effects of the curse that
18:14 - we now toil because of the the genesis
18:17 - curse we now
18:18 - have to break our our backs to earn our
18:20 - bread
18:21 - so to speak but even after all that
18:24 - at the end of our lives no man can
18:27 - escape death
18:28 - so we work and we work for what
18:32 - to face physical death at the end of our
18:34 - lives as an unavoidable reality
18:36 - and so this this existential
18:39 - pointlessness if you will
18:41 - is something that we now face in life
18:44 - because we can’t escape our own
18:46 - sinfulness and we can’t escape
18:48 - death and so this is
18:51 - the effect here um in the verse that
18:54 - comes right after the promise that god
18:55 - gave
18:56 - god lays down the effects
18:59 - that are going to come from the fall and
19:02 - so it is just as we’ve said here
19:04 - that we now must work and that our lives
19:07 - will be
19:08 - difficult and short and then we perish
19:10 - after that
19:12 - facing a perfect god with our own
19:13 - sinfulness and so this idea
19:16 - of a difficult life upon which you can’t
19:19 - escape death this
19:20 - is the vanity of life that is under
19:23 - discussion in this point
19:24 - and there’s there’s more as well of
19:26 - course the book of ecclesiastes talks
19:28 - about
19:28 - other pointlessness in the world such as
19:31 - when you die
19:32 - you don’t necessarily choose whom your
19:34 - wealth goes to or
19:36 - maybe not everything goes how you want
19:38 - in life there are uncontrollable things
19:39 - out of your control but
19:41 - primarily here we have our focus on
19:44 - the effects of the fall and what that
19:46 - means for us
19:48 - in terms of life being essentially vain
19:51 - and pointless
19:52 - because all of us will eventually face
19:56 - physical death all right so the third
19:58 - point here so we talked about
20:00 - how we are essentially sojourners and
20:02 - aliens in this strange
20:04 - world controlled by the devil and the
20:06 - essential vanity of life
20:07 - because we all face death as an
20:10 - unavoidable reality
20:11 - so the third point is talking about the
20:13 - hostility of the world
20:14 - and so anyone who’s been watching the
20:16 - other series we have going on
20:18 - peripoteology will know that we’ve been
20:20 - talking about life as a
20:22 - spiritual battlefield and basically the
20:24 - world treating us as enemies but we’ve
20:26 - been on that subject for a long time in
20:28 - that study
20:29 - um but if we but turn towards god
20:34 - having been reconciled to him through
20:36 - jesus christ
20:39 - we will unavoidably be alienated from
20:41 - the world
20:42 - and we cannot in any way serve two
20:45 - masters
20:46 - so either we are friends of god or
20:48 - friends of the world and this verse from
20:50 - james chapter 4 so james 4 4 says this
20:53 - very explicitly that friendship with the
20:54 - world is hostility towards god
20:56 - therefore whoever wishes to be a friend
20:58 - of the world makes himself an enemy of
21:00 - god
21:00 - it truly is that black and white and on
21:03 - the flip side
21:04 - if we consider ourselves friends of god
21:06 - we will earn the world’s hostility
21:09 - um jesus talks about this in john
21:11 - chapter 15.
21:12 - i believe it picks up in verse 18 that
21:14 - talks about this as
21:16 - just previously mentioned in that other
21:18 - study we’ve been talking about
21:19 - this point very specifically as well
21:21 - life for us as christians
21:23 - as a spiritual battlefield and so beyond
21:27 - our alienation from the world beyond its
21:29 - essential futility
21:30 - and even beyond the enmity that is
21:32 - between
21:33 - the world and us this world is also a
21:36 - battlefield where the struggle between
21:38 - satan’s present kingdom
21:40 - and the coming kingdom of heaven
21:41 - continues to be played out in deadly
21:43 - earnest
21:44 - so this is the wider spiritual conflict
21:47 - behind everything that happens in this
21:49 - world
21:50 - and we would do well to remember that
21:52 - this is the case that we
21:54 - are in a fight in this life we are in a
21:58 - constant struggle
21:59 - and that that is actually
22:02 - the sort of mindset that we should adopt
22:05 - as we move forward
22:06 - so we have no chance to catch our breath
22:09 - no time to rest because we are fighting
22:12 - for
22:13 - our spiritual lives as christians in
22:15 - this world
22:17 - okay so last high level point that we’re
22:19 - going to go over here introducing
22:21 - the points that we will be talking about
22:23 - in this section on
22:24 - us as strangers in the devil’s realm is
22:27 - the idea of satan
22:28 - as our enemy so having been evicted from
22:31 - the family of god and cast down to rule
22:33 - this kingdom of dust
22:34 - but only for a short time because the
22:37 - lake of fire is always positionally
22:39 - imminent
22:40 - for satan well given all of this of
22:42 - course satan is going to be anything but
22:44 - friendly towards those of us who follow
22:46 - god
22:47 - so as we humans continue to replace him
22:50 - and his followers in the family of god
22:52 - it actually would be quite strange if
22:55 - satan did not pour out his wrath upon us
22:57 - like a boxton animal raging against the
22:59 - end it knows is coming
23:01 - so satan knows that his end is sealed
23:04 - and the time is short for him and so
23:07 - just as cornered animals
23:09 - become all the more vicious in that so
23:12 - too does satan
23:13 - pour out his wrath upon us in the world
23:15 - and so in fact
23:17 - in the not so distant future god will
23:19 - put down
23:20 - satan before or forever
23:23 - but in the meantime we as believers in
23:25 - this world will face his wrath
23:27 - and this is actually completely
23:28 - unavoidable because we are a target that
23:31 - satan can actually
23:32 - touch in this world although not without
23:35 - god limiting
23:36 - what he can do to us substantially
23:39 - all right so that is our high level
23:42 - introduction
23:42 - to what we will be talking about in the
23:44 - coming weeks this section on how we are
23:46 - strangers in the devil’s world
23:48 - so we will come back and talk about all
23:49 - these points in more depth
23:51 - but today we just gave just a a couple
23:54 - sentences overview for each of these
23:57 - about
23:57 - the points that we will be going over in
24:00 - the time to come
24:02 - so today we started by talking about how
24:05 - it is good and useful for us to keep
24:07 - satan’s rebellion and fall
24:08 - in the back of our head as we talk only
24:11 - not about this section but just most of
24:13 - the
24:13 - satanic rebellion series in general
24:15 - because that is the wider context
24:18 - the thing that’s set in motion the
24:20 - present state of the universe
24:22 - after that we talked about the actual
24:24 - introduction to this study
24:25 - which dealt with using the example of
24:28 - adam and eve
24:30 - in their state after being kicked out of
24:32 - the garden
24:33 - as a framing example for us in our own
24:36 - lives and how we face the same things
24:38 - that they faced after being kicked out
24:40 - of paradise so
24:42 - specifically we talked about all of the
24:44 - realities
24:45 - and the negative things that adam and
24:46 - eve faced after the fall
24:49 - we talked about god’s promise of
24:50 - deliverance as
24:52 - given in the prophecy in genesis 3 15
24:55 - and also as foreshadowed by the robes of
24:58 - animals
24:59 - that god gave to adam and eve the
25:01 - so-called proto-evangelium
25:03 - and then we talked about how we are sort
25:06 - of in
25:07 - the same parallel situation that they
25:09 - found themselves in so the same
25:10 - spiritual realities that held back then
25:13 - namely that we face a life of sin and
25:15 - then inevitable death
25:17 - bringing us face to face with the
25:18 - creator well that still holds for us
25:21 - to this day and then after all this we
25:24 - went through
25:25 - the high level points in the
25:28 - first section in the study talking about
25:31 - our identity as strangers in the devil’s
25:32 - world
25:33 - so that is what we did today and next
25:36 - time we will pick up
25:37 - talking about this first point
25:39 - sojourners in the devil
25:40 - devil’s world in a great deal more depth