By Carron Lake @ www.thelightoftheword.org

What is The Heart of The SIN Problem?

It is said that, “Before the entrance of evil there was peace and joy throughout the universe. All was in perfect harmony with the Creator's will. Love for God was supreme, love for one another impartial. Christ the Word, the Only Begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father,--one in nature, in character, and in purpose,--the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God. By Christ the Father wrought in the creation of all heavenly beings. "By Him were all things created, that are in heaven, . . . whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers" (Colossians 1:16); and to Christ, equally with the Father, all heaven gave allegiance.

“The law of love being the foundation of the government of God, the happiness of all created beings depended upon their perfect accord with its great principles of righteousness. God desires from all His creatures the service of love--homage that springs from an intelligent appreciation of His character. He takes no pleasure in a forced allegiance, and to all He grants freedom of will, that they may render Him voluntary service.

“But there was one that chose to pervert this freedom. Sin originated with him who, next to Christ, had been most honored of God and who stood highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of heaven. Before his fall, Lucifer was first of the covering cherubs, holy and undefiled. "Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering. . . .Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." Ezekiel 28:12-15.” (The Great Controversy, Page 493, 494)

From these words we can gain an understanding of the way things were in heaven, before sin intruded into the harmony, the joy, and the peace that existed in the entire universe. When we think of heaven, we think of a place with no sin, no heartache for GOD, or for anyone of the heavenly beings. With Love for God being supreme, and love for one another impartial, this is the fulfilling of the words that Jesus spoke to the Pharisees, when He said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40). But after sin came into this world, The Scriptures simple gives us the definition of sin by saying, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4).

But what does this mean, when the definition says that sin is the transgression of the law? To comprehend the sin problem, we must understand what it means to be in harmony with GOD’S Will by HIS Word of Truth, in order to comprehend also what it means for one to be out of harmony with GOD’S Word of Truth. To do this, we will build upon The Words of Scripture, to look at what it means to be in harmony with GOD’S Will by HIS Word of Truth. And then look at what Lucifer did to cause disharmony in the kingdom of heaven, to cause war, which led to pain, darkness and death, to more than just the transgressors of GOD'S Law; a Law, which many believe that GOD'S Kingdom was not governed by, or ruled by HIS Covenant Word. We will then conclude on how disharmony is still causing pain, darkness and death in our world today, because of unbelief.


The Harmony of GOD’S Law of Love
Many people have assumed that The Law of GOD began upon Mount Sinai, when GOD spoke by HIS Word to Moses in the hearing of the ears of the children of Israel, when HE by HIS Word made HIS Law known unto them. But clearly The Law of GOD existed before Moses and the children of Israel. For if The Law of GOD, which expresses the two great principles of HIS Law did not exist before the exodus, then how could Adam and Eve sin in their transgression of The Law? And how could Lucifer sin in his transgression of GOD’S Law in heaven, to be cast out from heaven, if GOD’S Law was given thousands of years after the creation of the earth, and during the time of Moses and of the children of Israel?

It is the focus of this study to understand and present the root cause of this word sin, so that we can understand from the evidence what it means when someone commits sin, to transgress also The Law of GOD. For the word “transgression” means to disobey, to do wrong, to break the rules, or to go astray. For if we don’t know that we have transgressed, or that we have broken the rules, to separate from doing GOD’S Will by HIS Covenant Word, then how can we repent of our wrongs, to return within the bounds of keeping and doing that which is right, if we don’t understand where, or what, or who we have transgressed against?

It is written in The Scriptures that, “…the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the LORD, all [ye] his hosts; [ye] ministers of his, that do his pleasure” (Psalms 103:17-21).

The Word of The LORD, Who is also known as The Spirit of The LORD, Who is of GOD, He has inspired David to make known these words about HIS angels that excel in strength, and do GOD’S commandments by hearkening unto The Voice of HIS Word. It is revealed by The Word of The LORD that The LORD prepared HIS throne in the heavens, and from there HE rules over all HIS kingdom by HIS Word. It is also written that, “Justice and judgment [are] the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face” (Psalms 89:14). From these words, it is made known, that before The Justice and Judgment of GOD’S throne is presented, or before HIS Face is seen, GOD sends HIS Mercy and Truth before HIM, before we shall see HIS Face.

As HE has revealed by HIS Word, The Mercy of The LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear, revere, or respect and worship HIM. And HIS Righteousness unto children's children; to such as keep HIS Covenant, and to those that remember HIS Commandments to do them. This is good news for all, who fear, or revere, or respect and worship GOD in Righteousness, to be HIS children that keep HIS Covenant, to remember HIS Commandments to do them. It is also good news for those, who are not doing HIS Righteousness, that they might receive HIS Mercy by HIS Word; to learn The Truth, and remember HIS Commandments to do them, before HIS Justice and Judgment shall appear unto men at the end.

By sending HIS Mercy and Truth before HIS Face, we have the opportunity to receive GOD’S Mercy, to learn The Truth of HIS Covenant, to remember HIS Commandments and do them before the day of HIS Justice and Judgment. For it is written that, “The LORD hath sworn [in] truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore” (Psalms 132:11, 12). It is also written of GOD, Who said by HIS Word, “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips” (Psalms 89:34).

Notice the conditional statement of the word “if”, which if the children will keep HIS Covenant and HIS Testimony that HE shall teach them, then their children shall also sit upon HIS throne for evermore. And because GOD is a Covenant keeping GOD, WHO will not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out from HIM, we must then do our part, to keep with HIM That, Which HE has Promised to Keep with all, who fear and worship HIM, to be HIS children. GOD’S Covenant is more than words written on paper or on stone. HIS Covenant Word is HIS Gift of Life from HIS Son.

In the opening of this study, it is revealed that, “All was in perfect harmony with the Creator's will. Love for God was supreme, love for one another impartial.” This is the foundational principle of GOD’S Covenant Word of Love given to all HIS children, who keep within The Creator's will of HIS Covenant Word of Love, to respond to HIS Love by returning Love to HIM, and to have Love for their fellow brethren in HIS kingdom on earth, or in the heavens above.

GOD did not just decide to create a Law, to rule over HIS creatures, which HE had created by HIS Word. No, this is not the case, for there is a reason that HE established HIS Law to protect the lives of those, who would live by HIS Word. For it is written that, “…whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:5, 6). For it is also written that, “…God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16). Notice that our keeping of GOD’S Covenant is the keeping of HIS Word, Whom HE has given to all, who will receive HIS Word to dwell in them. For it is written that, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). The simplest way to comprehend The Covenant of GOD is to keep HIS Word, Who is our Light and Life that we might live by Him, Who is GOD’S Word of Promise.

It is said, “The Word of God contains our life insurance policy. To eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of God means to study the Word and to carry that Word into the life in obedience to all its precepts. Those who thus partake of the Son of God become partakers of the divine nature, one with Christ. They breathe a holy atmosphere, in which only the soul can truly live. They carry in their lives an assurance of the holy principles received from the Word--their lives are worked by the power of the Holy Spirit, and they have an earnest of the immortality that will be theirs through the death and resurrection of Christ. Should the earthly body decay, the principles of their faith sustain them, for they are partakers of the divine nature. Because Christ was raised from the dead, they grasp the pledge of their resurrection, and eternal life is their reward.” (Upward Look, Page 78.4)

Notice that we live by partaking, or taking part of The Flesh and Blood of The Word of GOD to become one with Him, Who gives us His Gift of Life, even Eternal Life. We cannot live on our own, because we are not Self-Existing Gods, to be as GOD. But by The Spirit of The Son of GOD, Who gives Life to all living things, He by dwelling in us, we can live eternally by Him, Who is Eternal Life. Only by partaking of Him can we live by Him abiding in us. For Jesus said, “…Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him” (John 6:53-56).

To understand the heart of the sin problem, we must understand The Truth about GOD and HIS Word, Who is HIS Son through Whom HE made all things and gives life to all, who receive HIS Word. This understanding comes to us from GOD by HIS Word, Who Testified of GOD and said, “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I [was] there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, [as] one brought up [with him]: and I was daily [his] delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights [were] with the sons of men” (Proverbs 8:22-31).

Notice that the habitable part of GOD’S earth is the tabernacle of the hearts of men and women, who receive GOD’S Word. By His Own Testimony of The Father, The Word of GOD has revealed to us The Truth that He came forth from The Father, WHO created all things by Him, Who is The Spirit and the express Image of HIS PERSON, according to Hebrews 1:3. He has revealed that The LORD gave HIS Decree, that the waters of the sea should not pass, or transgress his commandment. This phrase “the waters” of the sea is a symbol that represents the created beings that are ruled by the thrones, the dominions, the principalities, and the powers in all of GOD’S kingdom, which are ruled by The Power of HIS Covenant Word of Promise. GOD is The SOURCE of LIGHT and LIFE by HIS Word, Who is The Channel of all blessings from GOD to all, who are created by HIS Word of Truth. For it is written that, “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures” (James 1:18).

What James has stated in those words is important to understand the sin problem. But even though one might be able to read these words to understand the problem of sin, it is essential to understand that GOD and HIS Word of Truth are The Source through Whom all created beings are sustained in Life by The Power of HIS Word of Promise. The Power of GOD’S Word to Love GOD and to Love our fellowmen is the expression of GOD’S Law of Love. This is the means by which GOD rules HIS entire kingdom in the service of love. If HIS created beings transgress, or disobey to go contrary to HIS Covenant Word of Life; that transgression, to go against GOD’S Will is a breaking, or a cutting, or tearing apart of one-self from The Life Insurance Policy of GOD’S Covenant Word of Life in The Promise of HIS Word. What was once joined together to be as one has broken apart from the on-going Gift of Life, to cease from receiving The Gift of Life.

To understand this more clearly, we have learned from The Word of GOD that, “…God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16). “We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also” (1 John 4:19-21).

In these words, it is revealed that GOD is LOVE. HE has expressed HIS Heart of Love by HIS Word, Who dwells in HIS Love. And to express GOD’S Love from His Heart, The Word of GOD created all living beings to experience GOD’S Gift of Love by receiving Him in them, just as The Father also dwells in Him, Who is Word of Life. The expression of GOD’S Love is The Expression of The Life of GOD’S Word, Who came forth from GOD to create all things by HIM, WHO sent Him. He--The Word of GOD has revealed that, The LORD possessed Him, to dwell in Him, and Anointed Him with The OIL of The Gladness of HIS PRESENCE in the beginning of HIS Way, before HIS works of old. He has revealed by His servant David, who spoke of Him and said, “[As for] God, his way [is] perfect; the word of the LORD [is] tried: he [is] a buckler to all them that trust in him” (2 Samuel 22:31).

To understand what has been revealed thus far in this study, we must comprehend that GOD and HIS Word--HIS Son is The Source of all that there is. This means that GOD and HIS Word is The Provider of all HIS blessings, to all who receive The Gift of HIS Word of Life and Truth. There has been no other Provider, to give the blessings of GOD by HIS Word to all. For GOD and HIS Word--HIS Son is Self Existing, and They being God are not dependent on someone else to provide for Them. All other beings that were created and are sustained in life, they depend upon The Will of GOD and The Power of HIS Word in Life and Truth to sustain them. We love GOD, because HE first expressed HIS LOVE for us by sending to us The Gift of HIS Son--HIS Word of Light and Life, Who is The Spirit, Who is born of GOD, WHO sent Him, according to John 3:6.

By receiving GOD’S Word of Wisdom, Which is one of GOD’S Blessings by The Gift of HIS Word, Solomon, who received The Word of GOD, testified of Him, Who said, “Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice [is] to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [shall be] right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing froward or perverse in them. They [are] all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

“I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel [is] mine, and sound wisdom: I [am] understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, [even] all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honour [are] with me; [yea], durable riches and righteousness. My fruit [is] better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.”

“Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed [are they that] keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed [is] the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:4-21; 32-36).

Notice the confirmation that GOD rules HIS entire kingdom by The Power of HIS Word, Who reigns over kings, princes and nobles, and even over the judges of the earth. By receiving Him, Who is The Word of Truth, we receive Life, to have long-lasting riches of His Righteousness. For His fruit, which is The Fruit of His Spirit, “…is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22, 23). For He said, “I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).

The fruit of The Son of GOD is His Expression that comes from The OIL of GLADNESS from The Anointing of His Father’s LOVE, being expressed by HIS Heart of Love to all, who will receive HIS Love by HIS Son--The Word, Whom HE has sent. And all, who find and receive GOD’S Word of Life and Truth, they also will re-express to others The Same fruit of love from their hearts from Him, Who came and anointed them of GOD, to share HIS Gift of Love by HIS Word. This is the flow of The Life of GOD’S Word of Life to all, who will receive GOD’S Word of Life and Truth, to be sustained in life by Him.

When GOD by HIS Word made man from the dust of the ground, which was also created by HIS Word in doing HIS Will, GOD with HIS Son formed man--male and female to reflect HIS Image, as HE is revealed in HIS Son. To accomplish this, means that since man is a created being like all other created beings that depend upon GOD to keep HIS Promise by HIS Covenant Word of Life, Who gives Life to man, HE give to man HIS Covenant Word of Life, to Live by HIS Word, Whose Spirit of Light and Life dwells in the tabernacle of men, that we might have life by His Spirit abiding in us. He is man’s Source of Light and Life by Whom we live.

For by Solomon, who received Him, He said that whosoever found Him finds Life, and shall obtain favor of The LORD. But he that breaks, or abandon GOD’S Covenant Word of HIS Promise of Life, to receive no longer HIS Word of Life, that person has wronged, or transgressed against his own soul, to bringing an end to the flow of GOD’S Gift of Life to his own soul. All, who hate The Word of GOD, Who is GOD’S Covenant Word of Promise, by Whom HE provide The Gift of Life by HIS Word of Truth, they are by default saying that they love death, because Life, even Eternal Life is GOD’S Gift by HIS Word, Who sustains all things by The Power of Life that is in Him, Who is Self-Existing like His Father. The Word of GOD does not make us Gods, to be Self-existing, because we live by Him, Who is our Light and Life. If man were a self-existing being, then man would not be a created being, because he would be a self-existing being that could not die.


How Disharmony came into GOD’S Kingdom
As it was stated at the beginning of this study that, “Sin originated with him who, next to Christ, had been most honored of God and who stood highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of heaven.” And now that we have a basis to understand the sin problem, we can now focus on the question of this study, which is this: In the entire kingdom, which GOD rules by The Power of HIS Word of Truth, what was it that Lucifer did that led to him being the originator of sin? This is an important question, because all other sins come from following his original sin. And whatever it was that he did in heaven, to lead many of the inhabitants of heaven to follow him in rebellion against GOD and HIS Covenant Word of Life, he has done the same among men and women here upon the earth, to lead them to sin against GOD and HIS Covenant Word of Truth and Life. And many have accepted, or they have inadvertently permitted his deception to be received into their form of worship, to worship a false christ, instead of GOD, WHO gave to men The Gift of Life by HIS Covenant Word of Truth, Whom HE has sent.

As we look at how the adversary deceived man, we can discern the means by which he has led many to believe and follow his deception in heaven. For it is written that, “…the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Genesis 3:1-7).

It is revealed that when GOD made and formed man from the dust of the ground, HE put The Spirit of The Life of HIS Word--HIS Son in the body of man that man might become a living soul, to live by Him. And by commanding man to eat not of the fruit of the adversary, GOD was saying to man to trust in HIS Word of Life, Who is The Light and Life of his soul. For it is written that, “A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit” (Proverbs 15:4). And, “Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21).

By Satan saying to Eve that her eyes would be opened, to be as gods, knowing good and evil, he was saying that she would know why GOD was keeping her eyes closed from eating of the fruit, to be as gods knowing good and evil. But he also lied to her in saying that she shall not surely die, because he being also a created being, he did not appear to be dead. This means that by breaking her trust in GOD and HIS Word, Who sustained the life in her and her husband by His Own Life in them, then she being a God, she can be self-existing like GOD and HIS Son, and even like Satan, who believed that he was sustaining his own life in him to be a God. By becoming gods to be self-existing, Adam and Eve would need to reject, or divorce, or break the oneness of being one with GOD, WHO made them to be one with HIM by HIS Covenant Word of Promise, just as Lucifer rejected The Life Giver, to become the adversary, to know good and evil, to believed that he was a self-existing god, which is a lie.

Because of man’s sin, we are sustained in life today by GOD’S Gift of Grace, not to continue in sin, but to learn The Truth to repent and reestablish trust by re-connecting again to GOD by HIS Word. For just as Adam and Eve are two individuals, who are made to be of one flesh and blood, we read that, “Christ the Word, the Only Begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father,--one in nature, in character, and in purpose,--the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God.” (The Great Controversy, Page 493) HE did not have a Third Divine Being Co-existing with HIM and HIS Son from eternity. For GOD has worked HIS Will by HIS Covenant Word of Promise in all things.

GOD has sent before HIS Face, HIS Mercy and Truth, that we might have the opportunity to receive HIS Mercy, to learn The Truth of HIS Covenant Word of Promise, to remember HIS Commandments, to do them before the day of Justice and Judgment shall appear unto men. For it has been revealed that in heaven, GOD--The Father Anointed HIS Son with The OIL of The Gladness of HIS PRESENCE, to be above the angels, who were made by The Spirit of Life and Truth in HIS Son. For He--The Word of GOD--The Christ was elevated above them all by GOD, WHO made all things to consist by Him, Who gives them life, because He, “Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they” (Hebrews 1:4), to be called The Son of GOD.

According to John’s testimony of GOD and HIS Son, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1-3). This testimony speaks of only The Father and The Son, Who is The Spirit, Who is born of His Father, WHO is also SPIRIT, according to John 3:6. For The Spirit of Prophecy says, “The Sovereign of the universe was not alone in His work of beneficence. He had an associate--a co-worker who could appreciate His purposes, and could share His joy in giving happiness to created beings. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God." John 1:1, 2. Christ, the Word, the only begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father--one in nature, in character, in purpose--the only being that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God.

"His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6. His "goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2. And the Son of God declares concerning Himself: "The Lord possessed Me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting. . . . When He appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him." Proverbs 8:22-30. (Patriarch and Prophets, pg 34, par 1)

Although The Son of GOD is The Express Image of The Father, and inherited from HIM all the characteristics of His Father, He is said to be one with The Father in all of HIS works of creation. But this teaching of GOD--The Father and HIS Son, as being the only Eternal Beings, Who existed from before anything was created, and to Whom the word “God” can truly be applied according to John 1:1, 2, and Hebrews 1:8, 9; this doctrine has changed in the church from since the time it was given to the disciples by Christ in their day. For it has been the adversary, who has been the source behind the making of this change from before the earth was even created.

At the beginning of this study, it is stated that, “The law of love being the foundation of the government of God, the happiness of all created beings depended upon their perfect accord with its great principles of righteousness. God desires from all His creatures the service of love--homage that springs from an intelligent appreciation of His character. He takes no pleasure in a forced allegiance, and to all He grants freedom of will, that they may render Him voluntary service. But there was one that chose to pervert this freedom. Sin originated with him who, next to Christ, had been most honored of God and who stood highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of heaven. Before his fall, Lucifer was first of the covering cherubs, holy and undefiled.” (The Great Controversy, Page 493, 494)

Notice who it was that stood next to Christ, highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of heaven. Was this the third person of The Godhead, who stood next in power to Christ--The Son of GOD? Was there a Third Divine Being, Who was also self-existing like GOD The Father and HIS Son through Whom HE created all things, according to John 1:1-3? Yet, this is what is being inadvertently taught in our churches today, because of the deception of the adversary, who has not changed from his original sin in heaven.

Since GOD rules HIS entire universe by HIS Covenant Word of Life and Truth in HIS Son, Who has The Same Spiritual Nature as The Father, to be The Express Image of HIS PERSON, according to Hebrews 1:3, then what was it that Lucifer said to those, who followed him, to lead them in rebellion against GOD and HIS Son? For GOD, WHO knows before hand the events of the future, HE revealed to HIS Son, Who said, “…the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands (Jeremiah 1:14-16).

Notice the issue that GOD is addressing in these words, which HE will utter HIS judgments against all wickedness of them, who have forsaken HIM, and have burned incense unto other gods, to worship the works of their own hands. In seeking to address this rebellion, that none should be lost, GOD spoke by HIS Word to this leader of the rebellion and said to him that if, “…thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory” (Jeremiah 4:2), then they would have been blessed to continue receiving GOD’S Gift of Life by HIS Son, Who is The Source of Life and all blessing to all nations. But no, the adversary chose to go to war against GOD and HIS Son, by leading a rebellion to break from keeping GOD’S Covenant of Promise in HIS Word of Life and Truth in HIS Son.

The decision to break GOD’S Covenant Word of Life is just like one taking The Life Insurance Policy of GOD’S Word, and tearing Him apart, to separate, to terminate, bring to an end to The Promise of GOD’S Word of Life to those, who were being sustained in life by Him. In other words, by breaking The Covenant of GOD’S Word, to no longer receive from GOD The Promise of HIS Life Giving Word, it would be like removing The Hand of Life from abiding in the glove, which is the body. Without The Hand of Life in the glove, the glove can do nothing, because it has no life of its’ own, to be Self-existent.

The Father instructed HIS Son to speak HIS Words to Lucifer, saying, “…Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart [is] lifted up, and thou hast said, I [am] a God, I sit [in] the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou [art] a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: Behold, thou [art] wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: By thy great wisdom [and] by thy traffic hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

“Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of [them that are] slain in the midst of the seas. Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I [am] God? but thou [shalt be] a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken [it], saith the Lord GOD” (Ezekiel 28:2-10).

Notice that Satan claimed and said, “…I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13, 14). And it was from out of the families of the kingdoms of the north that he claimed to be like the most High. This was not of The Spirit of Truth, Whom he was created, to give glory to GOD and HIS Word of Truth to the nations in GOD’S Kingdom. By claiming that he was a God, to be self-existing like The Father and The Son, he was saying that The Father and The Son were not the only Self-Existing Beings that rule over the kingdoms that were to be worshiped. And by saying that he was a God, to be self-existing, the adversary was rejecting The Life Giving Power of GOD’S Word in him, to claim that he was also God.

GOD created all things by HIS Word. HE also rules HIS entire universe by HIS Word. When HE spoke and gave HIS Covenant Word of Promise to Moses and to the children of Israel, HE did this by HIS Word, Who spoke HIS Law through Him to men. I fact, the disciple John testified of The Word and said that, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). So GOD does nothing without HIS Word--HIS Son. When HE spoke by HIS Son and gave The Covenant of HIS Word, HE said by Him, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). And even though Christ Jesus--The Son of GOD said, “I and [my] Father are one” (John 10:30), and here, Christ Jesus--The word of GOD was saying that He and The Father are one, just as Adam and Eve were one, He said to Satan, “It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve" (Matthew 4:10). And in His prayer He said, “…this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

But this is not what the churches are teaching today. They are inadvertently teaching that there is GOD The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit, Who are three Co-existing Beings Who Existed as God from eternity. They say this because they do not see a problem in the plan of Salvation by saying that there were three Co-existing Beings, who existed as God from the days of eternity. This saying denies The Spirit of Prophecy, which says that, “Christ, the Word, the only begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father--one in nature, in character, in purpose--the only being that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God.” (The Great Controversy, Page 493)

This teaching of there being Three Divine Beings, Who Co-existed as God from eternity also goes contrary to John 1:1-2, which clearly says that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1, 2). For it was GOD, WHO called HIS Son God, according to Hebrews 1:8, 9. To add a third divine being, Who existed as a Self-existing God from the days of eternity destroys the work of Christ Atonement to become one with man by being of the seed of Abraham. For if all Three Divine Beings were Co-existing from the beginning, then this doctrine destroys The Truth that Christ Jesus The Word also became The Ending, according to Revelation 1:8. For Christ Jesus is both The First and The Last. He is The Author and The Finisher, The beginning and The End, The Alpha and The Omega, our Lord and our Savior. He is The Divine Son of GOD, Who gave of Himself to become Human, The Man Christ Jesus, Who is one with GOD and one with man.

The Scriptures says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11).

Notice The Truth of What Paul is revealing to us in these words of Christ The Son of GOD, Who, being in the form of God and having The Same nature as The Father from WHOM He came, He thought it not robbery to be equal with GOD, but in the fullness of time, He made Himself of no reputation, by preparing a body, a glove for His Own Spirit to dwell in, just like His Spirit dwells in all living beings to live by His Life abiding in them. He being of The Same nature as The Father, to be Spirit, He did not seek to rise above His Father in seeking for HIS throne, as many princes in earths’ history have sought to do in the kingdoms of men. No: He humbled Himself to become also like His creation--a man, who was not self-existent, but dependent upon The Source of Life to live like every other man. As He gave life to all the created beings that are ruled by the thrones, the dominions, the principalities and powers in GOD’S Kingdom, to sustain them all by His Gift of life, He prepared a body for Himself to dwell in; not from eternity past, but in the fullness of time from the seed of Abraham, when He humbled Himself to become also like one of His Own created beings.

By becoming one also with humanity, The Son of GOD was expressing The Law of GOD by making Himself to become like His creation, to be dependent on The Power of GOD to live, in the same way that all living beings depend upon His Spirit of Life to live. He was not degrading His creation of man by becoming one with man. No: rather He was uplifting His creation to be one with Himself, because He loved His creation, as He loved Himself, which He did by making Himself to be one with humanity. This is His work of Atonement with man, to become one with humanity forever; never to be torn apart in sin any more, because it is written, “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee” (Hebrews 2:11, 12).

But the adversary, who was a created being, who was also dependent upon The Spirit of Christ to live by Him, he claimed to be a God, to be self-existent by rejecting The Gift of Life in GOD’S Son, and sought to setup his throne above the stars of God, to be elevated above his fellow angels and to be like the most High. Satan sought to be above all, by being a God, who was self-existing, who needed no life-giving source to be given to him, because he saw himself as a God. This is the heart of the sin problem, to crucify Christ, to establish self as a God upon His throne, to sit in His seat of authority ruling over the body of His Kingdom, which was made by Him for Him.

By declaring himself to be a God, Lucifer broke the first Commandment of GOD, to be a god before The CREATOR, WHO gave to him life by HIS Covenant Word. By not giving all glory to GOD and HIS Word of Wisdom, Lucifer engraved upon the minds of those, who believed his lies, the image that he was able to make one wiser than The Wisdom of GOD by HIS Word. And by believing his lies, many have bow down in worship to him in their service to him. And because Christ Jesus is The Lord of The Sabbath, according to Mark 2:28, which is The Seventh day of week, according to Exodus 20:8-11 for all, who follow Him to worship Him, the adversary has setup his day, to worship him on the eight day of the week, which does not exist, because it falls also on the first day of a seven day week, which begins a new weekly cycle on the first day of the week.

Just as Satan dishonored The LORD God, by not affirming to all, who believed on him that, The LORD lives, in Truth, in Judgment, and in Righteousness, and that all nations shall bless themselves in HIM, to their glory, leading men dishonor GOD and HIS Word, by not affirming to those, who believed on them that GOD did not change HIS Law to the traditions of men. By leading angels and man to believe his lies, the adversary has deceived them into breaking their covenant with GOD, to keep not HIS Covenant Word of Life, which is leading them to commit murder of their own souls, according to Proverbs 8:36.

And by leading them to commit betrayal of their own souls, he stole their hearts away from HIM, WHO gives them life by bearing false witness against GOD and HIS Covenant Word of Life with men and angels. Lucifer broke all the commandments of GOD, because he coveted the seat and position of The Son of GOD, Whom GOD Anointed with HIS SPIRIT to be worshiped by all.

But Christ Jesus The Lord, Who is One with GOD in nature, to be Self-existent in nature, He chose to humble Himself to be made lower than His angels, and even become a helpless little baby, who was dependent upon human parents, who were privileged to nurture and raised Him up to be The Son of Man, who was also The Son of GOD, Who did also become flesh.

The Spirit of Prophecy says, “…although Christ's divine glory was for a time veiled and eclipsed by His assuming humanity, yet He did not cease to be God when He became man. The human did not take the place of the divine, nor the divine of the human. This is the mystery of godliness. The two expressions human and divine were, in Christ, closely and inseparably one, and yet they had a distinct individuality. Though Christ humbled Himself to become man, the Godhead was still His own. His Deity could not be lost while He stood faithful and true to His loyalty. Surrounded with sorrow, suffering, and moral pollution, despised and rejected by the people to whom had been intrusted the oracles of heaven, Jesus could yet speak of Himself as the Son of man in heaven. He was ready to take once more His divine glory when His work on earth was done.” {5BC 1129.3} {ST, May 10, 1899 par. 11}

One angel in a certain place who sought to understand GOD'S plan, said, “…What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing [that is] not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:6-10).

The Spirit of Prophecy also says, “Jesus Christ laid off His royal robe, His kingly crown, and clothed His divinity with humanity, in order to become a substitute and surety for humanity, that dying in humanity He might by his death destroy him who had the power of death. He could not have done this as God, but by coming as man Christ could die. By death He overcame death. The death of Christ bore to the death him who had the power of death, and opened the gates of the tomb for all who receive Him as their personal Saviour.” (Lift Him Up, Page 345)

If Christ Jesus--The Son of Man was a Self-existing Being, as God like His Own divine nature, to Co-exist from the days of eternity, then He as a God did not become one with humanity by being of the seed of Abraham, to follow the plan of redemption, which GOD worked through Him to fulfilled. This is what Ellen G. White was speaking of when she wrote against the teachings of the deadly heresies.

Notice that it is of Christ Own divine nature that He is of GOD, Who is Self-Existing like His Father. But in order for Him to become a substitute and surety for humanity, He veiled His divinity by the glove of His humanity, which was not Self-existing. Like all other human beings, who are sustained in life by His Spirit abiding in us, He testified of Himself and said, “…my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:17, 18).

If He has two expressions, to be The Divine Son of GOD and The Human Son of Man, to be The Man Christ Jesus, then as The Spirit of Prophecy says, there are Three Living Persons of The Heavenly Trio. But only The Father and The Divine Son are of the nature of being self-existing to be God. The Human Son of Man, Who has been exalted to the throne of GOD, He lives by The Father, WHO dwells in Him, according to John 6:57, and we live by His Spirit, according to John 6:63.

The Spirit of Prophecy make this clear by speaking of the, “Two Natures Blended in Christ.--Through being partakers of the divine nature we may stand pure and holy and undefiled. The Godhead was not made human, and the human was not deified by the blending together of the two natures. Christ did not possess the same sinful, corrupt, fallen disloyalty we possess, for then He could not be a perfect offering.--Manuscript 94, 1893.” (Selected Messages Book 3, Page 131.1) Notice that man did not become a God, to be self-existing, to break GOD’S Covenant Word to live without being dependent upon The Gift of HIS Word of Life and Truth.

Leading men in the history of the church have led many to believe a lie, which makes all Three Members of The Heavenly Trio, to be, as God’s, to be Self-existing from eternity. It was to reveal the truth of sin that Christ--The Son of GOD revealed in His Own Human body of flesh and blood what He has been suffering with from the time that Lucifer led his rebellion in heaven, to lead many to break their promise to keep GOD’S Covenant Word of Life and Truth in HIS Son.

For it is written that, “Those who think of the result of hastening or hindering the gospel think of it in relation to themselves and to the world. Few think of its relation to God. Few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator. All heaven suffered in Christ's agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God. Every departure from the right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him. When there came upon Israel the calamities that were the sure result of separation from God,--subjugation by their enemies, cruelty, and death, --it is said that "His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel." "In all their affliction He was afflicted: . . . and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old." Judges 10:16; Isaiah 63:9. His Spirit "maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." As the "whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together" (Romans 8:26, 22), the heart of the infinite Father is pained in sympathy.” (Education, Page, 263)


Disharmony is still in our world today
The Scriptures says, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:13-17).

Speaking of the second coming of Christ, Paul said, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4). Many might look to the future for the fulfillment of these words of Paul, but since the day that these words were spoken, The Dark Ages came upon this world, to lead many to fall away from The Covenant Word of Truth.

As it was in the heart of Satan to seek for a high position of authority in the Kingdom of GOD, to be worshiped as a God, his spirit has also worked in the hearts of the Pharaohs of Egypt and in the emperors of Rome, who saw themselves as Gods over the kingdom that they ruled. And in the early history of the Christian church, the emperor of Rome transferred and gave his seat and his authority to the Popes, who also received the pagan teachings of these leaders, and sought to mix these teachings with The Truth’s of GOD’S Covenant Word of Life.

As GOD led by HIS Word through Moses, to lead the children of Israel out of the house of bondage in Egypt, to The Promise Land of Canaan, they wondered in the wilderness for forty years, because they held on to the sinful ways of Egypt. They set not their hearts to do right. There were even rebellion in the camp by leaders, who wanted to lead the people contrary to GOD’S Leading by HIS Word through His servants Moses and Aaron. And like the Exodus out of the land of Egypt to The Promise Land, GOD has given The Message of HIS Word, saying, “…Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:7).

GOD has also given a message, saying, “…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:4, 5). But many have been led inadvertently to drink again of the wine of Babylon, to return to Egypt, because they followed those, who led them, to go contrary to His servant, who presented HIS Word of Truth, just like those in the time of Moses, who followed korah, Dathan, Abiram and On to rebel against Moses, and Aaron, who served GOD in ministering HIS Word of Truth to the people. There has been a falling away from The Word of Truth, to receive again the wine of Babylon.

And because our leaders viewed the message of The Godhead as a mystery, they saw not the direction that the teaching of error was leading the church to fall away from The Word of Truth. It is only by our trust in GOD’S Word that we can stand upon The Solid Rock of GOD’S Covenant Word of Promise, to enable us to stand against the deceptions of the adversary, because all else will be sinking sand. GOD is The SOURCE of all Blessings by The One Gift of HIS Covenant Word of Truth.


Life or Death?
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). But Christ gave His life to save the sinner from the death sentence. He died that we might live. . . . By His death He brought salvation within the reach of all. . . .

"The abundant evidence given by God that He desires the salvation of all, will be the condemnation of those who refuse the gift of heaven. At the last great day, when all will be rewarded or punished according to their obedience or disobedience, the cross of Calvary will appear plainly before those standing before the Judge of all the earth to receive sentence for eternity. They are made capable of comprehending something of the love that God has expressed for fallen human beings. They see how greatly He has been dishonored by those who have continued in transgression, choosing sides with Satan and showing contempt for the law of Jehovah. . . .

"Today angels are sent to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation, to help them to escape from the thralldom of Satan's power. . . . Each human being is given the freedom of choice. It is his to decide whether he will stand under the black banner of rebellion or under the blood-stained banner of Prince Emmanuel. With deep solicitude Heaven watches the conflict between good and evil. None but the obedient can enter the gates of the city of God. Upon those who choose to continue in transgression the death sentence must at last be pronounced. The earth will be purified from their misdoings, their defiance of God. . . .

"God's law is the transcript of His character, and those only who obey this law will be accepted by Him. Every departure from obedience to the law of God is rebellion. It is for the highest interest of man to obey the law of God, for conformity to the principles of this law is essential to the formation of a righteous character. The rules of life that the Lord has given will make men pure and happy and holy. Those only who obey these rules can hear from the lips of Christ the words, "Come up higher." (In Heavenly Places, Page 361)


God Gives Us What We Need
"For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly" (Psalms 84:11). "We have a wise, loving heavenly Father, who hears the prayers of His children. But He does not always give them what they desire. He withholds that which He sees would not be for their good. But He bestows on them all that they need. He gives them that which is necessary for growth in grace. When we pray, we should say, "Lord, if what I ask for is for my good, give it to me; but if it is not, withhold it, but give me Thy blessings." The Lord hears our petitions; He understands our situation, and He will supply the very thing we need. He will strengthen our faith and increase our spirituality. The Lord is good and merciful, perfect in understanding and infinite in wisdom.

"There are those who pray for temporal blessings which they think will bring them worldly prosperity. God sees that such blessings would spoil their spiritual life. He gives them an understanding mind, showing them that it is not best for them to have riches, and that they must be satisfied with His grace and peace and love.

"God, who knows the end from the beginning, jealously guards the welfare of His children. In answering their prayers, He will give them that which will be continually fitting them to be partakers of the divine nature, and to overcome the corruption that is in the world through lust. We must submit our will to God's will. We must have confidence in His love, His wisdom, His faithfulness, His keeping power.

"The Lord has instructed me that the time has come when there should be unity in the ranks of His people. If there are those who have not faith in the messages that have come to us from God by His Word and by the testimonies of His Spirit, they need to know for themselves what is the faith once delivered unto the saints. The representations made show that there are some who have lost their bearing. . . .

"Christ's ministry is to be the ministry of His followers. To branch off into spiritualistic ideas is to depart from the faith, giving heed to doctrines of deception.

"The messages that God has given through His servant John are now to be proclaimed as of special importance. This is our work--to revive the sacred truths that called us out from the world and made us what we are. We are not to yield up one feature of the faith, but are to hold our confidence firm unto the end. We are to give no place to doctrines that are not in harmony with the truth for this time.--Letter 270, Dec. 21, 1903, to Edson White." (The Upward Look, Page 369)

I pray that you have understood that without Christ Jesus abiding in us, we can do nothing. He is The Spirit of Life, Who gives light and life to every man that comes into the world. As Paul say, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth” (2 Corinthians 13:5-8). Amen.

Return to Facebook Studies