Last session was the bomb. You got to see the difference between evil and sin. When mankind commit evil to each other, they tend to sin because they fail to achieve the perfection of the glory of God. They miss the dictates of God’s Law. However, God is different. He does evil but He never sins. He never fails to achieve His glorious objective.
Smash has a purpose
God commits evil according to His perfect wisdom. He does evil with a greater goal in mind, which in turn works out for everybody.
We learnt previously that one of the methods through which God uses evil is to smash in judgement.
Take the nation of Israel for example, they had a signed deal that God will bless and protect them if they endeavor to follow His statutes and have no other god except Him.
Did they always keep that deal? Of course not!
They broke it many times. God promised to smash them with evil as a form of Judgement if they break the deal. In this case, what’s the purpose of evil? Judgement and repentance.
When deadly sicknesses erupt or other nations come in to oppress them, these people repent and cry out to the same God they deserted. He then delivers them and blesses them the more.
Did God miss (sin) the mark? No. The purpose was achieved. No sin!
God was justified by fulfilling the purpose. He hit the bullseye.
Purpose in Job
Take a look at Job. He didn’t backslide. A very good and righteous man. He was so amazing, God boasted of him to satan.
Then Job began to experience great evil. Was the purpose judgement of Job’s sins? That wouldn’t be right!
Evil was used to test Job, and Job passed. This test changed Job in so many ways. It also broadened Job’s understanding of the majesty and wisdom of God. Job got to know a lot about creation – something centuries of studies will never show anyone. He got to hear from God, which is another thing any righteous person would have so cherished.
Finally, he ended up being happier. His blessings doubled and His life was prolonged greatly. Goal achieved!!! Job was happy. God was satisfied. God proved to Satan that He was right about Job. The goal was achieved both ways!! God never sinned.
Evil blessed Jesus
The son of God experienced the greatest evil of all of time at the cross. Man did it, God did it… it was horrifying. So horrifying that the sun had to turn its eye away in terror.
On the bright side, see what the evil upon Christ performed for you and I. We are now sons of God – forgiven, redeemed, sanctified and guaranteed to be glorified in our bodies. God’s goal for creation was achieved! Many may not see it now because the ages hasn’t ended. At the end, all will see how His plan worked brilliantly.
What about Jesus? He was raised incorruptible. He was exalted above all. His name was set above every name. All of creation (physical and spiritual) will bow to Him. All authority was given to Him. This was the joy that was set before Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). He got it! Goal achieved on both ends! God, Jesus and creation (will) benefit in the end from this evil!!!! Therefore, God never sinned.
“For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope, because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
Romans 8:20 -21 NKJV
Creation wasn’t subjected to bondage willingly. God forcibly subjected creation to the bondage of corruption, This was the evil committed by God to creation (including you and I).
This was why Paul explained that God subjected it in hope. The right term is “expectation.” God had a bigger plan; for that to work, He had to subject creation to bondage.
When the goal has been achieved, all creation will realize that:
“… the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Romans 8:18 NKJV
The glories that would result will be so great that everyone’s years of suffering put together won’t even be close to consider comparison.
In the end, God would be satisfied, mankind and all of creation would experience greater joy than ever before. God would be praised for His Wisdom (using Christ – the Lamb) in all His actions by creation:
“And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
Revelation 5:13 NKJV
Every creature praised him. Every one does so in the end. Every one is happy. Tears from all faces are wiped (Isaiah 25:8, Revelation 21:3-4). Everyone wins. That is the God’s goal for using evil.
Conclusion (Spoilers – Lake of Fire)
I want to leave you with something to say think about, concerning God’s plans for His creation. Something that I would teach later on.
Creation was subjected to the bondage of corruption by God with the purpose of ultimate glory in mind. If that is so (and that IS so), what does that say about the lake of fire?
How would that work out well if God’s plan is to wipe the tears of all people and restore creation to a much better state than before sin and death(corruption) defiled it?
It also says that the Love of God bears all (things), hopes all (things), endures all, and never fails to achieve its goal (1 Cor. 13:7-8). If the Word of God (and not man’s interpretation) is true. What does that say about Hell and Lake of Fire?
Have you ever thought of Judgement having an end?(1 Cor. 15:28).
Jesus died for the sins of the world. He was judged for every sin that was ever committed; yet, His judgement didn’t last forever. Why should man who sinned for a few number of years suffer without an end? Is man that Jesus already died for supposed to suffer in “hell” more than Jesus himself? How is that just?
There’s always a purpose in evil. I have showed you from Scripture that God uses evil to pass judgement on sin.
The first evil God committed on earth was to judge the sin Adam committed through disobedience. Even then He gave hope of the seed of the woman who would eventually put an end to it.
Evil is always temporal, even in judgement. It ends. It fulfills its objective and then gives way to forgiveness, blessings and joy.
The end of God’s plan for creation is joy and praise. If not so, then God failed in His goal to restore creation (at least to its formal state before sin came in).
Sin would be greater than God and yes … if God fails, God would then be a sinner. But He can’t!! He simply can’t!! It doesn’t matter what any one says or teaches about Him!
Hint: “Forever” (aion in Greek and olmn in Hebrew actually refers to an age or era – a period of time which is not unlimited but rather unknown to man).
Whatever evil you are going through. God allowed it for a purpose. Trust in His wisdom, that He will turn it all around for your good.
What about my loved ones who died?
There would be a resurrection. You would see them again and enjoy the greater glories Paul spoke of, with them.
God will make right of every evil in the very end. How He will do that? ONLY He knows. Let’s just learn to trust Him. Only God has the power to use evil for a greater good. Like Job, He will greatly multiply your joy in the end.
(Author of “Tree of Righteousness: The Planting of Yahweh“)