the god of this world

If I told you that Satan is the god of this world, you would probably call me crazy. That is, if you did not know any better. The Bible sheds light onto all the truth.

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Corinthians 4:4)

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From a commentary by Matthew Henry, 1706

“They are under the influence and power of the devil, who is here called the god of this world, and elsewhere the prince of this world, because of the great interest he has in this world, the homage that is paid to him by multitudes in this world, and the great sway that, by divine permission, he bears in the world, and in the hearts of his subjects, or rather slaves.

And as he is the prince of darkness, and ruler of the darkness of this world, so he darkens the understandings of men, and increases their prejudices, and supports his interest by keeping them in the dark, blinding their minds with ignorance, and error, and prejudices” (from Matthew Henry commentary, 1706)

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The walk we choose in this life is of our own God-given free will. We believe what we choose to believe. We can choose darkness or we can choose light. By our choices, we live and we will live with our choices for eternity.

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” (John 3:16-20 NIV)

 

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3 thoughts on “the god of this world

  1. Roams the world
    Like a lion looking
    For THOSE to devour…

  2. Steven Sawyer

    Butch, great post. Love this line: “The walk we choose in this life is of our own God-given free will.” and your scripture: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” I found something on one of the blogs I read I’m going to post on my blog. I thought of it as I was reading your post today. I’m eager to see what you think about it. I’ll probably post it Monday. Here’s an excerpt I thought of as I was reading here about light.
    “Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
    Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
    Student: You’re wrong again, Sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing, and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? If it is, well, you’d be able to make darkness darker, right?”
    I’ve told you before how much I enjoy your posts because you pack so much in so few words. I, on the other hand, run around the barn to get in the door. :>) God bless.

  3. Amen, Amen, Amen….thank you for God’s Word of Truth Brother Dean. I will share it on facebook if you don’t mind!

    Glenda

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