The Axe Laid to the Root 3
What Sin Really Is
By Fred Pruitt
Sin appeared in the universe through Lucifer/Satan, who, as a created angelic being, found himself enamored with himself, and in his self-enamorment, thought himself capable of ascending above his Creator and being “like” God in power and might (Is 14:12-15; Ez 28:13-19). The very name, Lucifer, means “light bearer,” and in his proper office he would have been the bearer of God’s Light, and the manifestor of blessing and delightful creation in the angelic realm of light and beauty in and for which he was created.
But in his self-deception, Lucifer asserted that God’s Light in him was his own self-light (as if the moon could assert that its light was its own, instead of the sun’s), and that the power and beauty in which he lived was his own, separate from the Creator Who Himself IS those very realities. Therefore, his light became darkness and the self-giving love of God in which he was created, turned in on itself into self-serving love, which produces pride and eventually wrath (rage), because it can never be fulfilled – it never has enough, is enough, knows enough.
The reason he became pride and wrath is that in his pride of self, self-enamorment, he broke himself off from the Eternal Source of all peace, joy and self-giving Love and Life, in Whom only is fulfillment and rest. His life then forever turned in on himself in eternal unfulfilled desire and need, becoming a raging inferno of eternal hunger and consuming self-desire, a fire that can never be quenched, that seeks only to devour (suck into itself) and to destroy everything in its rage and eternal pain. This is hell and because he lives unto eternity, it is an eternal rage, seeking only to extend and feed itself without end.
We cannot say too much about this because God has not revealed to us much more than this. We cannot say too much about how or why this could be, that is, how or why God, who works all things after the counsel of His own will (Eph 1:11), who cannot lie (Heb 6:18), who cannot tempt (James 1:13), and who is forever fixed as self-giving love, could allow a created angel, with no power or life of his own outside the Life of God, to “rebel” against his own Creator, and seemingly introduce into creation something which God Himself is not.
What Paul tells us is that the Father subjected the creation to vanity for His own purpose, and that through this subjection to vanity – wrongful self-focus, false independent self-relying self producing only futility – we might come to “hope.” This is not some vague hope, but rather a twofold specific hope.
The first part is a raising of consciousness, from the disjointed, cracked appearance of this world foisted upon us by the deception of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, to the truth that everything in creation is perfectly working God’s purposes for the benefit of His elect, who love Him and walk in His light.
This is the hope in which we presently walk, esteeming the reproaches of Christ greater riches than any other, because we are seeing Him Who is invisible. And in this hope we realize with joy that here we have no continuing city, because the city we seek and see still afar off, is the city with eternal foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Therefore with eyes opened by the Spirit we see that city, here in our midst (our own middle), and still ‘yet to be’ in plain sight. This is the hope in which we live, remaining sojourners and wanderers among humanity, even while already dwelling in this moment on the mount to which we have already arrived:
But ye ARE COME unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, (Heb 11:10, 26-27; 12:22, 23)
This is the vision that fuels our current hope, which is what Paul calls the “earnest of our inheritance,” the Holy Spirit in us as the down payment on what is yet to be. And that ‘yet to be’ is the second part of that hope in which we walk, because the yet to be will be the unveiling in plain sight and clarity of vision for all, the fullness of the mystery of Christ, fulfilled in every one of us.
This post and those that follow it are taken from “The Axe Laid to the Root,” published 2008, by Fred Pruitt