Just today, I was thinking to myself that there might be just two entities out there in contention; Ba'al (or The Lord of the Flies, Molech, Chemosh,
Ashteroth, Lucifer, Satan, whatever) the imposter, and the One True God, Creator of the Universe.
Ba'al, in all its manifestations, is characterized by projected thought from the individual I (id or ego) in an attempt to selfishly control or
manifest outcomes. Ever wonder what "Lord of the Flies" means? Spend a little time trying to use your thoughts to tell a fly what to do and you
might figure it out.
The One True God, the Creator of the Universe, is characterized by an inexplicable, supernatural power that transcends thought itself (for who has
known the mind of God, and who is His counselor?)
. The Great I AM. Compared to the Great I AM, Ba'al is a cheap parlor trick.
Satan seeks to exalt himself above the throne of the One True God. The selfish I seeking to replace the Great I AM as the focus of our worship and
adoration. Christ was sent, as part and parcel of the Great I AM, to show us, once and for all, the difference, and to offer us a choice.
He will have mercy, and not sacrifice.
The choice, in its simplest form, is either bondage to sin and death under the letter of the law, or eternal life in the spirit of the law. Throughout
all religions and belief systems this choice is being made. In any given religion there are those who follow, whether they know it or not, Ba'al and
its derivatives, and those who follow the Great I AM. Remember the parable of the wheat and the tares from Christ in the NT?
Romans 8 really summed all these thoughts up for me today.
Starting with Romans 7:19
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
I highly recommend the reading of the rest of Romans 8 in this light. We have all been given
the opportunity to be co-hiers with Christ to the
Kingdom of Heaven.