There are many things that people who follow Jesus, go to church and even claim to believe the Bible who believe things that are completely unbiblical. This happens because some things are said that sound good, spiritual and biblical and they gain traction because people actually believe they are in the Bible.
(Psalms 138:2 NKJV) I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
(Hebrews 1:3 TPT) The Son is the dazzling radiance of God’s splendor, the exact expression of God’s true nature—his mirror image! He holds the universe together and expands it by the mighty power of his spoken word. He accomplished for us the complete cleansing of sins, and then took his seat on the highest throne at the right hand of the majestic One.
- God’s Word is the highest and final authority!
Fact Check: “God is in control.”
- God is Omniscient. (All knowing)
- God is Omnipotent. (All powerful)
- God is Omnipresent. (Is everywhere)
- God is Sovereign.
Sovereign – having supreme rank, power, and authority.
When the Bible refers to the LORD (in all caps) it is referring to the Sovereign Lord, Who is supreme.
Only Someone who is sovereign could make the following decision regarding man. Someone who is not sovereign could not make this decision.
- God gave man complete control over His creation.
(Genesis 1:26-28 AMPC) God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. [Ps. 104:30; Heb. 1:2; 11:3.] (27) So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. [Col. 3:9, 10; James 3:8, 9.] (28) And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.
- Adam gave control of the earth to Satan when he sinned.
(2 Corinthians 4:3-4 NLT) (3) If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. (4) Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
(Luke 4:6-7 NKJV) And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered (handed over) to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. (7) Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
If the devil lied and Jesus did not know it, then this was not a genuine temptation. Satan did not lie and therefore it was a genuine temptation.
- This was a temptation because this was part of the plan and one reason Jesus came to the earth – to eventually die to buy back what Adam had handed over to Satan.
- Jesus came to purchase and win back that control from Satan.
(Matthew 28:18-19 AMP) Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. (19) Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
(Ephesians 1:17-23 NKJV) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, (18) the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (19) and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power (20) which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, (21) far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. (22) And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, (23) which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
If we were raised up at the same time the Head was raised up, and all authority was conferred upon the Head, then it was also conferred upon His body which was raised up together with Him.
(Ephesians 2:1-6 NKJV) And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, (2) in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, (3) among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. (4) But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (5) even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), (6) and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
- We need to preach the Cross and have a Cross mindset but we need to balance it with a Throne mindset and understand that we were CRUCIFIED together with Him but we were also RAISED together with Him and we are SEATED together with Him in the Heavenlies.
The right hand of God is the center of power of the whole universe.
(Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV) Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, (11) and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- Jesus has done all He’s going to do about the devil and his forces until the angel comes down from heaven, takes the chain and binds him and puts him into the bottomless pit. (Rev. 20:1-3)
(1 Peter 5:8-9 NKJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (9) Resist him, steadfast in the faith…
(James 4:7 NKJV) Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
(James 4:7 TPT) So then, surrender to God. Stand up to the devil and resist him and he will turn and run away from you.
(James 4:7 MSG) So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper.