I thought Jesus was the Son of God; why did He go to hell? (Part Three)
Adam had no idea what the consequences of his actions would mean to him or his family or the future generations of mankind when he ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It was there, he was there, and he thought it was a good idea at the time. But it didn’t take long before realization set in that he had did something terrible wrong for which he was going to pay a stiff penalty for his disobedience. He was the lord of this earth and everything upon it, and it was by choice that Adam ate of the forbidden fruit. The serpent didn’t twist his arm and make him do it against his will. So when he broke God’s commandment; he willingly gave away his lordship over the earth. The serpent who was Satan immediately seized the moment and took control. The earth and everything upon it now belonged to him. Man became the slave of Satan and developed a sin consciousness or he became more aware of the sin available to him than he was of the presence of God.
Man was separated from God by his sin.“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23]; but God had another plan in place long before Adam was created. Man was created to be the children of the Most High God, and no earthly father, if he is indeed a father, will ever let go of the idea of setting his captive children free from their captors. God is no different. Adam gave in to temptation, sinned, and was taken captive by the serpent in the garden.
God’s plan was to take on an earthly body and come to the earth in a physical form so mankind could see, talk, and touch Him, and pay the penalty for their sins. A perfect man (Adam) gave away his lordship over the earth, and a perfect man (Jesus, the Word of God) came to reclaim their rights to it. Jesus couldn’t forcefully take control of the earth because God operates by the laws He has established, and taking something by force from its rightful owner is stealing. Adam gave away his rights to the earth legally, and if Jesus was to reclaim it for mankind, He would have to do it legally.
There is a term called displacement that not many people are familiar with, but displacement means when something is added, something is removed by that which is added, and is done so in such a way that the displacement maintains equilibrium between that which is, and that which is replacing it. For example; when Jesus cast out a demon; a void was left in the persons spirit which something had to fill because that demon had a right to be where it was. The person who was demon possessed had to let the demon come in because no demon could forcefully take control of a persons life without that person giving them their permission. We may not understand what constitutes our permission, but the devil does. So when Jesus came displacing demons, and sickness, and blindness, and deafness, and death and replacing them with peace, health, sight, hearing and life; Satan was at a loss and couldn’t understand how Jesus could be doing this legally because those people who were afflicted were his slaves. The demons had to give up their possessions because someone greater than them was commanding them to do so. Otherwise, if He were not greater; they would have laughed at Him. Not only did the demons know that Jesus was greater in power, they also knew who He was. Spirit recognizes spirit just as we recognize flesh. And Satan knew Jesus did not belong to him – so that only left one place He could be from. He may not have known Jesus was the Word of God incarnate, but he knew Jesus was a Son of God just like Adam had been a son of God. And Satan knowing he could not outright overpower Jesus, used deceived mankind to wage his battles against the Lord and the good works He was doing. This was the fight of the ages, and one that God did not intend to lose. So, He came Himself, disguised as a man, the same way Satan deceived man by coming disguised as a serpent. DThrash
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