Colossians 1:16

Today on Twitter, John Piper tweeted the following: “The devil and every human dominion exist for the glory of Christ (Colossians 1:16). Look for it there. Pray for it there.”. It was a concept I had not considered before, but the more I thought about it, the more it makes sense.

First, look what Colossians 1:16 says “For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.”

This is compatible with both the story of Creation and the story of Lucifer’s banishment from Heaven. Consider that God made all things according to His Glory and for His purpose. Yet, when Lucifer was cast down from Heaven, he became the very essence of evil.

To some, that says that God created evil in itself. That claim sounds plausible to skeptics, but understand that the very reason for Lucifer’s rebellion and banishment was his pride, a manifestation of evil. To put it more bluntly, God and evil cannot be in the same place. Let alone Heaven.

As a result of Lucifer’s fall, he took on the form of Satan and became the epitomy of evil. Satan was even present in the Garden of Eden when he tempted Eve in the form of a serpent.

The question then is, why would God allow Satan to freely infect the world He created? You see, we were all created in the image of God and the concept of Eden was a paradise in which Adam and Eve would live sinless lives. God loved His creation of man so much that He gave them the gift of free will. I would imagine that God truly thought that His creation was above the temptation of Satan. It is unfortunate that we are not.

We are always quick to embrace the sinful vices in life: cars, drugs, alcohol, money, and parties, just to name a few. When we choose to embrace sin and to succumb to Satan’s temptation, we empower Satan with control over our lives, our thoughts, and our actions.

Consider Marijuana or being intoxicated. Often times people have no clue what they did while under the influence, and deny that they could have ever done things they are being accused of. While at the same time, people want to run back every day, every week, every month to repeat their actions and expect God to be content with them.

I get it. If God created everything, then He should be happy we are using His creations, right? That is incorrect. God may create the ingredients necessary for alcohol or drugs, but it is man who decided to blend them and use them for their own gain.

With our ways, and Satan’s direction, we become heavily burdened and cry out to God for help. Through this, God is glorified. Satan tries his hardest to drive a wedge between man and God, but God’s glory is so magnificent it is impossible to ever truly turn away.

We all know what Jesus said about faith the size of a mustard seed. It can move mountains and uproot trees. This is very true. The problem with Christians who so easily fall away from God is they were never close to Him to begin with. God calls us to be ON FIRE for Him. Not just lukewarm or so-so. The essence of Christianity is that Jesus died for all of our sins and any and all praise that is possible should solely be directed towards God. Yet we see people directing their glory to the club, to their jobs, to their stuff. They try to bury the glory of God in their accomplishments, in their vices, and in their materials.

Yet God is STILL glorified through these people. Why is that?

Two points.

Number one, The human soul is something we can neither part with or disown outside in our worldly bodies or beyond. The simple magnificence of the human soul is more beautiful than any galaxy or star. It is an element of the human experience that science will never be able to touch or begin to comprehend.

Number two, God does not eradicate evil. Why is that good? What you should ask yourself is who would be left? We are all evil, all wicked, all tainted.

Isaiah 64:6 says: “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”

It doesn’t say “some”, or “a few”, it says “All of us”. How much clear does it get? If God decided today that enough was enough and He eradicated all evil, the very earth itself would cease to exist. Praise God that He spares us every second of the day.

So believe it or not, even when we are sinning, we are showing God’s glory through His mercy and compassion for His most prized possession. I am not condoning sin, or saying that it should be more frequent, but this very concept shows that even when Satan is winning, he is losing.

When we choose God’s way over sin, that is when He is most glorified. God loves the sinner, but He truly hates the sin. Case and point: There is nothing we can do to hide God’s Glory.


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My name is Charlie Tinsley and I blog about The Bible. I post theology and have leaned towards an emphasis on domestic violence and forgiveness. I serve as Ambassador for the state of Virginia in the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. I hold a Masters of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Bachelors Degree in Science in Religion Summa Cum Laude with a Biblical Studies Minor from Liberty University. I have studied in the two “major fields” of theological thought. I am married and have been for several years and I currently reside in Virginia.

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