Law of Life and Death

The Four Sins Of Pride

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Pr. Stephen Bohr


Series Code: LLD

Program Code: LLD000004

00:37 Shall we bow our heads for prayer.
00:40 Father in heaven, we thank You for the awesome privilege of
00:43 being in Your house of worship on Your holy Sabbath.
00:47 We thank You, Father, that we are able to take advantage
00:51 of this oasis in time, so to speak.
00:55 Where there's so much turmoil and confusion in the world,
01:00 we can get away to this place and just spend
01:04 three hours together in worship and in study and in prayer.
01:09 We ask, Father, that as we open Your holy Word this morning
01:12 that Your Spirit will be present here to speak to our minds
01:16 and our hearts.
01:17 We want to do Your will.
01:20 We want to serve as instruments in Your cause.
01:24 And we ask that You will speak to us, and that this might be a
01:27 reality in our lives.
01:30 We thank You, Father, for the privilege of prayer.
01:32 And thank You for hearing and answering us,
01:35 for we ask it in the precious name of Jesus.
01:38 Amen.
01:42 I would like us to go back in our minds to the period
01:48 before the history of this world.
01:52 Actually, I would like us to go back to the first chapter
01:57 of the book, Patriarchs And Prophets.
02:01 The title of that chapter is, Why Was Evil Permitted.
02:05 In other words, we're going to go back and we're going to study
02:08 about a majestic being, the first being which was
02:13 created by God.
02:14 His name was Lucifer.
02:18 And what I would like to do as we begin our study this morning
02:23 is to highlight four characteristics
02:28 which this being had.
02:32 All of these characteristics are found in Ezekiel chapter 28,
02:37 as well as in Isaiah chapter 14.
02:42 The first characteristic of this majestic being
02:47 which God created was that he was full of wisdom.
02:54 Notice the book of Ezekiel chapter 28 and verse 12.
02:59 Ezekiel chapter 28 and verse 12.
03:05 It says there...
03:15 Now it's speaking about the king of Tyre, but the person
03:18 behind the king of Tyre is this majestic being called Lucifer.
03:24 It continues saying...
03:33 And now comes the phrase that I want to underline.
03:36 "...full of wisdom and perfect in beauty."
03:41 So the first characteristic that we notice about this
03:43 majestic being is that he was full of wisdom.
03:50 Now the second characteristic we also find in verse 12,
03:54 the last part of the verse.
03:56 Once again, I'm going to read the whole verse.
03:58 "Son of man, take up a lamentation for the
04:01 king of Tyre, and say to him, 'Thus says the Lord God,
04:06 "You were the seal of perfection,
04:09 full of wisdom and perfect in beauty."'"
04:15 The second trait of this being is that he was
04:19 perfect in beauty.
04:21 Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
04:27 But then I want us to notice a third characteristic
04:30 of this being.
04:31 It's found in Ezekiel chapter 28 and verse 13.
04:36 Ezekiel 28 and verse 13.
04:40 Here we're told, speaking about this being...
05:06 We notice that God clothed Lucifer with a series
05:10 of precious stones.
05:12 In other words, this being was incredibly rich.
05:18 Now the fourth characteristic that I would like us to notice
05:22 is found in Ezekiel 28 and verses 13 and 14.
05:26 Particularly the last part of verse 13.
05:30 It says there in the second half of verse 13...
05:44 Now, we have the mention of two musical instruments here.
05:48 Timbrels, which are like a tambourine.
05:51 And pipes, which is a flute like instrument.
05:56 In other words, this being was created to be a musician.
06:00 In fact, we're told in the spirit of prophecy
06:02 that he was not any old musician.
06:04 He was actually the leader of the heavenly choirs.
06:08 In other words, he had a high position of leadership
06:13 and authority.
06:16 Notice verse 14, the position which he held.
06:19 It says...
06:34 Notice that his position was that of a covering cherub.
06:38 Now if you back to Exodus chapter 25 you'll notice
06:40 that covering cherubs were the two angels
06:43 that were at either end of the ark.
06:46 In other words, they were the closest to God
06:48 of any being in the Sanctuary.
06:52 In other words, he had a very high position
06:54 of leadership and authority.
06:57 And so we find this majestic glorious being
07:01 with these four traits, these four characteristics.
07:06 Number one; full of wisdom.
07:09 Number two; absolutely glorious and beautiful.
07:14 Number three; incredibly rich.
07:17 And number four; incredibly powerful.
07:23 Now as we examine the story of the Bible,
07:25 we discover that these traits were not inherent with Lucifer.
07:31 In other words, they did not belong to him by nature.
07:36 The Bible tells us that these traits were actually
07:40 derived from God because God was his Creator.
07:44 In fact, notice Ezekiel chapter 28 and verse 15.
07:49 And I'm going to read only the first part of the verse.
07:51 Ezekiel 28 and verse 15.
07:55 It says, "You were perfect in all your ways
07:59 from the day you were..." What?
08:02 "...from the day you were created."
08:05 In other words, all of these things were given to Lucifer.
08:08 They did not belong to him.
08:10 They were not inherent, they were derived.
08:13 He was full of wisdom because the Creator gave him wisdom.
08:17 He was beautiful because the Creator made him beautiful.
08:20 He was rich because the Creator gave him riches.
08:23 He was powerful because God gave him a position
08:26 of authority and power.
08:28 None of these things existed within himself.
08:32 And of course, we know that the Creator of Lucifer
08:36 was none other than Jesus Christ.
08:40 We're told that in several texts in the New Testament.
08:43 For example, John chapter 1 and verse 3 tells us
08:46 that all things were created by Him.
08:50 And without Him, nothing was made that was made.
08:53 Colossians 1:16-17 tells us that everything in heaven,
08:57 on earth, whether principalities or powers,
09:00 or whatever, were made or were created by Jesus Christ.
09:04 Which means that these traits were given to Lucifer
09:08 by none other than Jesus Christ Himself.
09:14 Now would you agree with me that all of these
09:16 qualities were good?
09:19 Of course.
09:20 Is there anything wrong with being full of wisdom?
09:24 No.
09:25 Is there anything wrong with being beautiful?
09:28 Absolutely not.
09:30 Is there anything wrong with being rich?
09:33 No.
09:35 Is there anything wrong with occupying a position,
09:38 a high position, of authority and power?
09:41 Not necessarily.
09:43 But we're told in Scripture that this being, Lucifer,
09:48 developed a bitter root in his nature.
09:53 And that bitter root is what we may call, pride.
10:00 That was the root; pride.
10:02 But that bitter root grew four other roots from it.
10:08 And these are what I call, the four sins of pride.
10:14 Basically, whereas Lucifer before lived for others
10:20 and lived for the glory of God, now he appropriated
10:26 these things to himself.
10:28 He came to the point where he thought that his beauty
10:33 was inherent to himself.
10:36 He came to the point of considering that his riches
10:40 belonged to himself.
10:42 He came to the point of believing that he had a
10:44 position of power because of himself.
10:48 And he came to the conclusion that because he was so
10:53 wonderful and wise, this wisdom had come from his own heart,
10:59 from his own self.
11:01 In other words, his center of gravity was changed
11:05 from God and towards others to himself.
11:11 And the four qualities which God had given for a blessing
11:16 now with Lucifer became a curse.
11:22 Let's read about each one of these qualities
11:25 and how they were perverted by Lucifer because he no longer
11:29 used them to focus on others and for the glory of God,
11:32 but he used them to focus upon himself.
11:35 Notice Ezekiel 28 and verse 17.
11:39 Ezekiel 28 and verse 17.
11:43 It says here...
11:59 Now notice that we're told here that his heart was lifted up
12:03 because of his beauty.
12:04 The question is, who had given him the beauty?
12:08 His Creator.
12:09 Jesus had given him his beauty.
12:11 But he came to the point of believing that his beauty
12:14 belonged to himself, it was inherent.
12:17 It was to bring honor and praise to himself.
12:21 So the first thing that he did was he became proud
12:25 because of his beauty.
12:27 That same verse tells us that he also corrupted his wisdom.
12:32 Notice once again verse 17.
12:34 It says, "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty,
12:39 you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor."
12:43 So he focuses on his own beauty and he corrupts his wisdom.
12:49 Now the question is, what is wisdom, according to the Bible?
12:54 Well, in Proverbs 9 and verse 10 we're given
12:57 the best definition that I found in the Bible
13:00 on what wisdom is.
13:02 It says there, "The fear of the Lord..."
13:06 Finish it for me, "The fear of the Lord is...
13:09 ...the beginning of wisdom."
13:11 Which means that if you don't have the fear of the Lord,
13:13 you're not even starting to be wise.
13:16 Because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
13:18 In other words, Lucifer lost his fear of the Lord.
13:24 And that led him to choose iniquity.
13:27 Notice Job, or actually Proverbs chapter 8 and verse 13.
13:32 Proverbs chapter 8 and verse 13.
13:37 Here we're told that the fear of the Lord is to hate what?
13:42 Is to hate evil.
13:44 And God hates arrogance and what?
13:48 And pride, he says there.
13:50 So let me ask you, what is true wisdom?
13:53 True wisdom is to hate what?
13:56 Evil.
13:57 And God hates those who are arrogant and proud.
14:02 What was the problem with Lucifer?
14:05 At first he feared God.
14:08 At first he hated evil.
14:11 But now he loses his respect for God and he comes to the
14:16 point of loving evil.
14:17 And he's filled with arrogance and with pride.
14:20 He thinks that his wisdom is due to some inherent quality
14:25 within himself.
14:27 And so he's lifted up because of his beauty,
14:30 and he corrupts his wisdom.
14:33 But there's more.
14:35 The Bible tells us that suddenly the riches with which God had
14:39 endowed him, all those precious stones,
14:41 he came to the conclusion that this was all because of himself,
14:46 because of his greatness.
14:48 Notice Ezekiel chapter 28 and verse 2.
14:51 Ezekiel 28 and verse 2 where this same being
14:54 is being spoken about.
14:56 It says there...
15:07 Notice this upward mobility that we've been talking about.
15:21 "Seas" means multitudes, nations, tongues, and peoples.
15:35 And then you continue reading the next verses; 5 and 6.
15:38 It says that he was very, very rich.
15:41 But he became lifted up because of his riches.
15:46 In other words, he came to believe that his riches
15:49 belonged to himself and that he had accumulated these
15:53 through his intelligence and through his power.
15:57 And then comes the matter of the position of authority
16:00 and power which he held.
16:03 Notice Isaiah chapter 14 and verses 12 through 14.
16:07 Isaiah chapter 14 and verses 12 through 14.
16:11 Notice that he was not satisfied with the position of authority
16:14 which God has given him.
16:17 He actually comes to the point where he wants to occupy
16:20 the place of God himself.
16:23 It says there in Isaiah chapter 14 and verse 12...
17:05 Obviously, his position of power and authority went to his head.
17:09 He thought that he was the greatest because he
17:12 occupied this position.
17:14 He didn't realize that he was placed there as the
17:16 covering cherub by God.
17:18 It wasn't because of some special power or wisdom
17:22 or authority that he had in himself.
17:24 It was because God, his Creator, had placed him there.
17:29 And so we find these four sins of pride.
17:34 The devil takes what God had given him, which was
17:38 good in itself, and he perverted these four things.
17:43 He perverted his wisdom because it became self focused.
17:47 He perverted his beauty because it became self focused.
17:51 He perverted his riches.
17:53 In fact, we're told that he accumulated riches for himself
17:57 there in the first few verses of Ezekiel 28.
18:00 And he came to focus upon himself
18:03 and his position of authority.
18:08 Now Jesus, the Creator, manifested the opposite spirit
18:13 of Lucifer.
18:15 In fact, we're going to notice the perspective that Jesus had
18:19 toward these four qualities that God had
18:23 originally given to Lucifer.
18:26 Notice John chapter 5 and verse 30.
18:29 Do you know Jesus never, during His ministry, said,
18:33 "You know, I'm so wise, I'm so intelligent,
18:36 I'm so smart, aren't you dazzled by My wisdom?"
18:40 Never did Jesus say that.
18:41 He always projected the honor and glory upon His Father.
18:45 He realized that it was not inherently His own.
18:49 John chapter 5 and verse 30, Jesus says...
19:09 Once again, this same thought is repeated in John chapter 7
19:12 and verse 16.
19:15 John chapter 7 and verse 16.
19:27 You know, we look at the gospels and we're amazed at the
19:29 teachings of Jesus, the wisdom that He had.
19:32 Never on planet earth has a wiser being ever walked.
19:38 And yet Jesus did not boast of His own wisdom.
19:42 Jesus said, "My wisdom, My teaching, and My authority
19:47 comes from My Father.
19:49 I have not come to do My will, I have come to do His will."
19:54 In other words, Jesus showed the true perspective of wisdom.
19:58 And that is that wisdom is other focused.
20:02 It is not focused upon ourselves.
20:06 Now what about physical beauty.
20:08 Did Jesus emphasize greatly the importance of physical beauty?
20:12 Not really.
20:14 In fact, we find in Isaiah 53, if you go with me there,
20:17 Isaiah 53 and verses 2 and 3, an interesting description
20:23 of the physical nature of Jesus.
20:27 Actually, I'm going to start reading at verse 2.
20:33 It says...
20:53 This is a Messianic prophecy.
20:55 It says, like a root out of dry ground.
20:58 No form, no comeliness.
21:01 "When we see Him, there is no beauty that we
21:04 should desire Him."
21:05 In fact, we're told...
21:19 You know, the Lord Jesus did not come to this earth
21:24 in any particular attractiveness when it
21:26 comes to physical beauty.
21:29 Do you find it interesting, I do anyway,
21:32 that in the gospels we have no physical description of Jesus?
21:36 Have you ever noticed that?
21:38 Nothing is told about the color of His eyes.
21:41 Nothing is said about the color of His hair.
21:43 Nothing is said about His height.
21:46 Nothing is said about His build.
21:49 The gospels are silent when it comes to the physical
21:52 appearance of Jesus.
21:54 And yet the gospels are filled with the description of
21:58 the beautiful character of Jesus.
22:00 The qualities of His character; His goodness, His love,
22:03 His kindness, His mercy.
22:05 The gospels ooze these things about Jesus.
22:09 I guess the gospel writers did not consider
22:12 the physical attractiveness of Jesus as something
22:16 particularly important.
22:19 In fact, Jesus didn't highlight it either.
22:22 He wore a simple robe, a seamless robe, we're told.
22:27 He never wore anything other than that.
22:30 Because He was not here to attract attention to Himself
22:33 in His physical nature.
22:35 In fact, Isaiah is not saying that Jesus was ugly.
22:39 What it's saying is that Jesus was an ordinary person
22:42 just like the people of His day and age.
22:45 He did not dress with designer clothing,
22:49 if I might put it in the context of our day and age.
22:53 You know, it's very interesting that the Sanctuary
22:58 is actually a symbol of Jesus and the different aspects
23:01 of the ministry of Jesus.
23:03 You know, you read about the Sanctuary in the Old Testament.
23:06 Outside it was made out of badger skins.
23:10 Any of you ever seen a badger?
23:12 I have.
23:13 I'm from Wisconsin, the badger state.
23:18 And you know, the skin is just brown.
23:22 I mean, it's not attractive.
23:24 You know, it's like looking at a tent.
23:28 Nothing attractive about it.
23:29 But let me ask you this.
23:32 What did the Sanctuary look like inside?
23:35 Oh, inside was the gold and the silver
23:40 and the precious material.
23:41 And everything beautiful was inside.
23:45 In other words, the beauty of Jesus was not outside.
23:47 The beauty of Jesus was inside.
23:50 And by the way, you've heard the expression,
23:53 "Beauty is skin deep."
23:56 Well I want to change that.
23:57 External beauty is skin deep.
24:02 Because true beauty is not skin deep.
24:05 True beauty goes to the heart itself.
24:08 It goes to the innermost parts of the human being.
24:14 And so Jesus first of all said, "My wisdom isn't Mine.
24:17 I got it from My Father."
24:18 He didn't come in a physical nature to wow people,
24:23 if you please.
24:24 Now what about riches?
24:25 Did Jesus come to this world with great riches
24:28 to impress people about what He had?
24:29 Absolutely not.
24:31 Notice 2 Corinthians chapter 8 and verse 9.
24:34 2 Corinthians chapter 8 and verse 9.
24:36 Here, the apostle Paul expresses the philosophy
24:40 of Jesus towards riches.
24:42 2 Corinthians 8 and verse 9.
24:46 Here, the apostle Paul says concerning Jesus...
25:08 How did Jesus look upon riches?
25:10 He looked upon riches as something to bless other people.
25:15 See, He became poor so that we could be made what?
25:19 Rich.
25:20 He gave His riches so that the poor people
25:23 could become rich.
25:26 And so Jesus had a different perspective of riches
25:29 than Lucifer had.
25:30 Lucifer wanted to accumulate riches for himself.
25:33 He wanted everybody to see how rich and great he was.
25:37 But Jesus, even though He was the richest being in
25:40 the universe, decided to set aside His riches.
25:44 He had the true perspective of what material possessions
25:49 really should mean in life.
25:52 And what would we say about the position of power
25:54 that Jesus had?
25:55 Lucifer was focused on self.
25:57 He said, "Oh, I want to be exalted, I want to ascend.
26:00 I want to occupy the number one place in the universe."
26:03 How did Jesus look at the issue of power?
26:06 Notice Philippians chapter 2.
26:07 We've read this passage before, but I want to read it again.
26:10 Philippians chapter 2 and verses 5 through 11.
26:13 The apostle Paul here expresses in majestic language
26:17 the perspective that Jesus had of power.
26:20 It says there...
26:35 A better translation is, He did not consider His Godhood
26:39 as something to be hung on to, as something to be grasped.
26:45 It continues saying in verse 7...
26:57 See, He came down from His position of power,
27:00 from His throne.
27:02 He left His crown in heaven.
27:15 You see, Jesus did not consider His position of power
27:19 as something to be hung on to.
27:21 He actually got down from the throne, left His crown,
27:24 and came down to this world to serve the human race,
27:28 which was lost without Him.
27:32 And so Jesus had a very different perspective
27:34 of these four qualities that Lucifer had.
27:37 You see, Lucifer focused on self.
27:40 Jesus focused on others and on the glory of His Father.
27:46 Now the question is, what does this have to say to us?
27:52 Well, we've been talking about two mysteries.
27:55 How do we look at wisdom?
27:58 How do we look at physical beauty?
28:02 How do we look at a position of power?
28:06 What is our perspective of riches?
28:10 Is it the perspective that Lucifer had after he sinned?
28:15 Or is it the perspective that Jesus had when He
28:19 came to this world?
28:21 You know, we've been dealing with two mysteries.
28:23 The mystery of godliness and the mystery of iniquity.
28:26 The mystery of godliness is when the God who is
28:29 up here comes down.
28:31 The mystery of iniquity is when a creature who is down here
28:34 wants to come up and wants to ascend and be exalted.
28:40 So these four sins of pride, we need to see how
28:44 we approach them.
28:46 Do we approach them from the perspective of Jesus,
28:48 or do we approach them from the perspective of Lucifer
28:53 or of Satan?
28:55 Let's talk first of all about wisdom.
28:59 We look at the worldly universities today.
29:03 Universities which at one time were actually
29:08 Christian universities.
29:10 Like Yale, and Harvard, and Princeton.
29:16 They have become actually citadels of arrogance.
29:22 People think that the more education they have
29:25 the wiser they are, the more intelligent they are,
29:29 and the less they need of God.
29:33 Even within the Seventh-day Adventist Church
29:36 we have some of our scholars who are starting to question,
29:41 for example, a creation of this world in six literal days
29:45 and God resting on the seventh day.
29:49 And when you bring out the spirit of prophecy, they say,
29:51 "Well, you know, she only had two and a half years
29:54 of primary education.
29:57 What did she really know."
29:59 And when you bring to view Moses, they say,
30:03 "Well you know, Moses, he wrote in the pre-scientific age.
30:07 He wasn't a scientist.
30:09 Today we have science."
30:11 It's what the Bible calls science falsely so-called.
30:16 Because it is an idea that the Bible and the spirit of prophecy
30:20 are wrong, whereas our scholarship and our own
30:26 human wisdom is right.
30:29 You know, the more degrees that we have,
30:32 the more humble we should be.
30:36 The more we know, the more we should admit that
30:39 we don't know much.
30:41 Because the more I study the more I learn, I say,
30:43 "I didn't know that before."
30:45 So we're always learning.
30:48 And so we should know that our wisdom does not come from
30:51 ourselves because we have a great mind.
30:55 But because God has given us the ability to acquire
30:58 knowledge and wisdom.
31:00 And it exists not for pride.
31:03 It exists for blessing others.
31:06 In Romans 1 and verse 22, the apostle Paul spoke
31:10 about these individuals who had perverted wisdom.
31:13 He said, "Professing to be wise they became fools,
31:17 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image
31:22 made like corruptible man and birds and four-footed animals
31:27 and creeping things."
31:28 In other words, they became idolatrous.
31:32 They professed to be wise, but they became fools.
31:35 That was the problem with Lucifer.
31:37 He had wisdom, but he corrupted and perverted his wisdom.
31:42 Notice Job 28 and verse 28.
31:46 It's so succinct and so simple.
31:48 It says, "And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord,
31:54 that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.'"
32:01 So if we don't have the fear of the Lord,
32:04 we might have three Ph.D.'s, and in the sight of God
32:08 it is nothing.
32:10 Because education and wisdom, it should be God focused.
32:14 And the more education we have, the more efficient we should be
32:19 in blessing other people and serving other people.
32:23 What about beauty?
32:24 External beauty?
32:28 I'm going to deal with a little touchy issue right now.
32:31 The issue of personal attire.
32:35 You know, I've developed a little reputation that
32:37 Pastor Bohr is conservative when it comes to the issue of
32:40 dress and music, and things like that.
32:45 I get the question all the time, "Is it wrong to use jewelry?"
32:53 Well, I like to ask a follow-up question.
32:57 And that is, "Why do you use it?"
33:01 See, that's a big question, "Why do you use it?"
33:04 Is it because you want to make God look good?
33:07 Is it because you want the name of God
33:09 to be honored and glorified?
33:12 Or is it because you want to attract attention to yourself?
33:17 Now, I can't judge you.
33:20 Maybe somebody does use it because they
33:24 want to make God look good.
33:26 Or they want to bring glory to God.
33:28 That's something that you have to deal with in your own heart.
33:32 What is the motivation?
33:35 The apostle Paul is very clear on this issue
33:37 of external adornment.
33:39 Just like Jesus, he says the adornment should be inside,
33:42 not outside.
33:44 People should be attracted to us by our character,
33:47 not by our external beauty.
33:50 Notice 1 Peter chapter 3, 1 Peter chapter 3.
33:55 Here, the apostle Peter says this,
33:58 "Do not let your adornment be merely outward..."
34:01 By the way, that word, "merely," is added by the translators.
34:06 That word, "merely," isn't there.
34:09 It really says, "Do not let your adornment be outward;
34:14 arranging the hair, wearing gold,
34:17 or putting on fine apparel.
34:20 Rather let it be the hidden person of the heart..."
34:24 What is it that needs to be emphasized?
34:26 The hidden person of the heart.
34:28 "...with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle
34:31 and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God."
34:35 Do you see what the emphasis is?
34:37 It's not on the outside.
34:39 It's on what?
34:40 On the inside.
34:41 Notice what the apostle Paul has to say in
34:43 1 Timothy chapter 2 and beginning with verse 8.
34:46 1 Timothy chapter 2 and verse 8.
34:49 The apostle Paul says this.
34:51 "I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere,
34:54 lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
34:58 In like manner also, that the women..."
35:00 And I would say men today also.
35:03 Because it's become an issue among men.
35:06 "In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves
35:09 in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation,
35:15 not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,
35:22 but which is proper for women professing
35:25 godliness with..." What?
35:27 "...with good works."
35:30 You see, that's enduring beauty.
35:32 The physical beauty actually eventually will leave, will go.
35:39 But the inside beauty, internal beauty,
35:42 would last forever.
35:44 Let me ask you this.
35:47 If time should linger, our bodies are going to look
35:51 younger and younger every day, right?
35:54 Listen, no matter how many face lifts we have,
36:00 eventually we're going to have so many wrinkles
36:02 we can't cover them up.
36:05 And eventually, we're going to shrivel up
36:08 and we're going to die.
36:10 So if the beauty is only external, what is left?
36:15 Nothing.
36:17 But if we've developed a character of good works,
36:21 if we have acquired a sweet spirit like the Bible says,
36:24 God is writing that in heaven and He's going to give that back
36:27 in the day of the resurrection.
36:29 Our character is the only thing which we are going to
36:33 take to heaven, as the spirit of prophecy says.
36:37 I'd like to read a statement that we find in volume 1
36:40 of the Testimonies, page 136.
36:45 "I saw that the outside appearance is an index
36:49 to the heart."
36:52 Did you catch that?
36:54 "I saw that the outside appearance is an index
36:57 to the heart.
36:59 When the exterior is hung with ribbons, collars,
37:05 and needless things, it plainly shows that the love for all this
37:12 is in the heart.
37:14 Unless such persons are cleansed from their corruption,
37:18 they can never see God, for only the pure
37:22 in heart will see Him."
37:26 Physical beauty.
37:29 Wisdom.
37:31 Riches.
37:33 What is our perspective?
37:36 You know, we live in a day and age when everybody is
37:38 concerned about image.
37:40 We want to wear designer clothes.
37:42 You look at the Oscars, everybody wants to see what
37:44 the actors are wearing.
37:46 Who are our heroes today?
37:50 God loves beauty.
37:52 Doesn't God love beauty?
37:55 But He gives us beauty to bring glory to Him.
37:58 Not to bring glory to us.
38:00 By the way, do you know that God decked Lucifer with jewels?
38:04 We just read it.
38:07 And Lucifer wasn't able to handle it.
38:09 He became proud because of it.
38:12 You see, in this sinful world God knows that we can't handle
38:14 things like this, because they bring pride to our heart.
38:17 They lead us to be filled with conceit.
38:21 And so God says, "You know, some day I'm going to
38:24 deck you with My jewels."
38:26 He says, "But now, don't do it."
38:31 In fact, some people use those text in Scripture
38:33 where it says that God is going to deck His people with jewels,
38:38 and so they say, "See, God, you know, He's going to put
38:40 jewelry on His people."
38:42 You know, in the Bible whenever people themselves put on
38:46 jewelry, it's a sign of apostasy.
38:49 When God puts the jewels on people,
38:51 it's a sign of holiness.
38:54 So you better pray that the Lord send you a lot from heaven.
39:00 You see, when God puts it on, it's going to be because
39:02 we are in the earth made new.
39:05 And He knows that all these things will not be put on
39:08 to bring glory to ourselves, but to bring glory to God.
39:13 What about riches, what is our perspective of riches?
39:16 The early church, we're told that they sold everything
39:19 they had and they used it in common for people
39:21 who were in need.
39:23 You see, they had the perspective that riches
39:24 were to bless other people.
39:26 Jesus had that same perspective Himself.
39:31 You know, we're anxious to accumulate houses and cars
39:34 and toys and stocks and bonds and money in the money market
39:38 far more than what we need when we could really take this
39:42 and invest it in the cause of God to help finish His work
39:46 on this earth.
39:48 What about power, a position of power?
39:54 You know, the higher the position we have,
39:57 the greater should be our service.
39:59 If we follow the example of Jesus, Jesus washed the
40:02 feet of His disciples.
40:04 You know, you think of Nebuchadnezzar.
40:06 You know, he thought he was so great,
40:07 "Isn't this great Babylon which I built.
40:09 Look at all my riches and all my power."
40:11 And so God says, "Oh, is that the case?
40:14 Go eat grass."
40:15 He took away the pearl of reason.
40:17 How many riches did Nebuchadnezzar have after that?
40:20 How much power did he have after that?
40:22 None.
40:24 Because as long as God gives us the gift of reason,
40:29 we have.
40:31 When it's removed, we don't have.
40:34 In other words, all the honor and the glory belongs to God,
40:37 not to us.
40:41 And so our self image should be based, not on how we look,
40:46 not on what car we drive, not on what house we have,
40:52 not on how many degrees we have procured,
40:56 not on the clothes we wear, or the many toys which we possess.
41:02 Because all of these things could be lost in an instant
41:06 in this life, and everything will be lost when Jesus comes.
41:11 The focus should be on bringing glory to God
41:16 in these four areas of our lives.
41:18 I would like to end by reading...
41:22 And actually, I won't even have to read it.
41:24 ...that one verse in 1 Corinthians 10:31,
41:27 which we all know.
41:28 "Therefore, if you eat or you drink, or whatever you do,
41:34 do all to..." What?
41:37 " the glory of God."
41:40 So we must all examine ourselves and see how we're looking at
41:44 these four blessings that God gave to Lucifer.
41:47 Are we using them for self, or are we using them
41:50 for the glory of God?
41:52 I pray to God that He will help us to use these elements
41:56 for His honor and for His glory.
42:00 Father in heaven, we thank You for the way in which
42:04 You've spoken in Your holy Word.
42:06 We thank You because You've shown the wonderful endowments
42:10 which You gave to Lucifer.
42:13 We thank You because You gave him wisdom,
42:15 and You gave him beauty, You gave him riches,
42:18 and a position of power.
42:21 We're saddened to see that he abused these blessings
42:24 that You gave him.
42:25 And most of the people in the world are abusing these
42:28 blessings which You give them.
42:29 They're filled with conceit because of their wisdom
42:31 and their beauty and their power and their riches.
42:34 I ask, Father, that You will plant Your Holy Spirit
42:37 in our hearts and You will help us to put these things
42:39 in the right perspective.
42:41 That everything we do and everything we say,
42:44 that everything we possess, might be placed on the
42:48 altar of sacrifice and might be used for
42:52 Your honor and Your glory.
42:54 We thank You, Father, for hearing our prayer.
42:57 For we ask it in Jesus' name, amen.


Revised 2014-12-17