Project Footstool -
have seen how Satan has destroyed man’s perfect
environment in the Garden of Eden as the result of leading man into an
Satan is part of
angelic conflict which now rages against God, and which now surrounds
Man with an old
sin nature and spiritual
death was promised a savior who would come through the woman, which was
the seed of the woman, and referred to the virgin birth.
he was judged, and he was
expelled from the Garden of Eden. The
world now is under Satan’s control. God,
however, is going to resolve this angelic conflict, this angelic
which now exists in the world.
the term “footstool,” which we may call
“project footstool,” as the means
whereby God is going to resolve the rebellion which began in eternity
which found expression in the Garden of Eden and which finds expression
is necessary for us to understand this angelic conflict
if we are going to orient ourselves to the plan of God and to the grace
and if we are going to be able mature believers. So
if you’ll turn to Colossians chapter 2, we’re
going to look at two verses this morning primarily in the book of
chapter 2 beginning with verse 14. Here
we have described the first coming, the first advent of Jesus Christ. “Blotting
out the handwriting of ordinances
that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the
nailing it to His cross.” The
out” is a gambler’s term for canceling a debt.
We would refer to
it as tearing up an IOU.
The IOU is
something which all of us as
sinners owed to God.
What we owe to
is perfect absolute righteousness, and satisfying the justice of God.
have a debt of absolute perfect righteousness which we
owe to God.
This is demanded
by the very
character of God, what God is like, the essence of God.
we have an old sin nature that makes it
impossible for us to produce anything but human good, which Isaiah 64:6
filthy rags and which God rejects.
Hebrews 6:1 calls
this our dead works.
1 Corinthians 3
verses 11-16 calls it our “wood, hay, and stubble.”
is going to be judged for the unbeliever at the
judgment of the Great White Throne, because this is what the unbeliever
going to present in behalf of his sins as payment for his salvation,
and it will
not be enough.
God’s justice must be satisfied, and we have been declared,
because of that justice, spiritually dead.
Because we have
an old sin nature, we are short of His absolute
God cannot excuse
sins, and He cannot accept our human good.
So we have and
IOU, and this verse is referring to that—blotting out. This
IOU was torn up by the Lord Jesus Christ
on the cross in His sacrifice on our behalf.
His divine good
was provided for our human good. What
He tore up is described here as the
handwriting of ordinances, and this refers to the Mosaic Law,
moral precepts of that law.
that morality, such as is expressed in the Ten
Commandments, applies to everybody in the human race whether you are a
Christian or not, because morality is designed to protect the human
keep it in existence.
established certain divine institutions in order to preserve the human
Moral laws of God
are designed to protect
the handwriting of ordinances, particularly the moral
code, was against us.
If you look at
moral code of God, we have failed. We
have fallen short of this.
this is what the Lord Jesus Christ tore up in the form of
We owe God
because we have violated the moral code.
He did something
that enabled Him to tear that up—the guilt that was
out the handwriting of ordinances which was against
us and which was contrary to us. It
means it was marked against everybody in the human race.
He took it out of
it” means to lift it up and carry
Jesus Christ got
under the burden of
our sins and He removed it at the cross.
All of our sins
were poured out on Him.
He was judged. This
is no longer
an issue between God and man.
are no longer an issue between us and God.
The only thing
that’s an issue is whether we would believe this or
is amazing how many people (are unclear on the issue of
their sins). Somebody
told me again the
other day, (they were) listening to a tape and they said,
“This is the first
time it has ever occurred to me, that I’ve ever realized,
that I’m not going to
walk into heaven and they’re not going to open the book and
pull down a screen
and show all my sins.” This
thought that the minute they walked into heaven, the first thing they
going to do was point their finger at her and say, “Now, why
did you do this
and this…” and list all their sins. No,
my friend, you’re never going to hear again about your
sins—ever, because every
sin you’ll ever commit has already been covered by Jesus
Sin is not the
The only reason
you will end up in eternity
in hell is because you reject Christ.
Unbelief is the
sin that God will deal with you on—nothing else.
all the divine wrath was poured out on Jesus Christ.
He picked it up. He
that was due to us.
that we could present was useless. Our
human good has been rejected.
made a complete provision.
There is no
place for human good, either in salvation or in spirituality. I
hope you’ve got that straight. Most
Christians seem to understand that good
works are not going to get you into heaven.
But it is
something else for most Christians to understand that good
works are not going to make you spiritual.
that hell is going to be full of people who were
producing human good, and who were very moral people.
of the worst Christians, some of the most
carnal Christians are extremely moral people.
Morality is not
what makes you spiritual.
Being a spiritual
Christian is being rightly
related to God the Holy Spirit and responsive to doctrine.
will not make you spiritual.
However, it is a
standard that reflects to us
what we owe God that we cannot pay. The
worst sins are these mental attitude sins.
who are very moral are extremely vicious when it comes
to their mental attitude, and that’s where the real top grade
we have a perfect active indicative in the grammar
We are told that
the Lord Jesus
Christ has blotted out…, that is He has done something in
the past and it
He did it by
the active voice.
He was the one
who, alone, took this judgment.
declares that it’s a reality. He
has borne our sins.
What He did with
it was that He took it out
of the way—literally from the midst. He
removed any case that there could be against us. He
canceled our IOU.
He did it by
nailing it to His cross and His
The cross then
becomes the new
tree (1 Peter 2:24) which will exercise our volition.
the Garden of Eden, man had a tree to exercise his
He failed. Now
God has given us another tree, the tree
of the cross.
Again you must
If you reject
that tree, you
You will be
from God in hell.
You may be the
moral person in the world this morning.
You may be the
most sincere person.
You may be the
person who does all kinds of tremendous good, but it’s
all human good.
It comes from
sin nature, and it will never stand up before God.
let’s take a look for just a moment at what happens to a
soul when a person is born again. This
will help you to understand what you’re trying to do as a
witness for the Lord
And by the way,
remind you again, it is your business to be a witness, but it is
to be a soul winner.
think the term “soul winner” is not a good term for
I think the very
that if you don’t get out and tell people the gospel, and
they believe, that
somehow you have failed the Lord.
Somebody wrote me
about a man who is in the Lord’s work, and said he has
finally come to the point where he can get up and preach the gospel,
and he can
explain to the group how to be saved, and he can go home and lie down
even if not one single person has believed.
He has finally
learned how to be a witness.
“soul winner” suggests unless you
win people to conviction to positive volition, you have failed.
job is to be witnesses, but when you do witness for the
Lord, something takes place.
something is, is this:
First of all,
take a look at the soul.
That soul has a
Now the mind of
the unsaved person
is projected (expressed) in terms of pride and self-pity.
self-awareness is completely oblivious
to Jesus Christ.
How are you going
to take an
unbeliever’s self-awareness and get it off of himself, and
get it on to Jesus
Somehow you have
to get some information
into his mentality.
we have already learned that a person has a soul, with
these various aspects that we’re looking at, and it also has
a human spirit
This human spirit
depository of knowledge of God.
this that feeds up here into the mentality to give information about
you are, an unsaved person.
You have no human
spirit—that’s dead. How
are you going to feed information of the
gospel, and an understanding of the gospel, in order to make that
of Jesus Christ?
It is important
you understand that a person is not aware of Jesus Christ, and how to
to do this.
A lot of
gimmickry that is
performed in local churches is because preachers are trying to get
good that they’re trying
to do to get them to respond to Jesus Christ, but because they
the procedure by which this information, on which they can respond, is
by the unsaved, they devise all kinds of things that cannot use and
So their witness
frustrated by Satan.
what God has provided.
There will be no
information coming from this
dead human spirit.
For this reason,
the Holy Spirit comes into the picture.
In John chapter
16, you have described what God the Holy Spirit will
It says that He
comes along and He
convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
That is, He gives
basic information directly to the mind of the
He bypasses the
God the Holy
information directly to the mind of the unsaved so that they understand
They become aware
Christ, and they know what the issue is.
that’s what God the Holy Spirit uses you to do.
explain the gospel and give the person
the information he needs to be saved.
Then you tell him
what do with it—that he is to believe this, to receive
At this point,
you step out of the
picture and God the Holy Spirit now brings conviction, sin,
He confronts the
the sin of unbelief, the righteous standard of God of which he has
short, the judgment which God executed upon Satan, the salvation which
available, and the judgment that this individual will face if he tries
God his own human.
this issue is drawn, and along comes Satan. 2
Corinthians 4 tells us what Satan
When this has
moves in on the individual.
Corinthians 4:3-4, we read, “But if our gospel be hidden, it
is hidden to them
that are lost, in whom the god of this age (Satan) has blinded the
them who believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of God, who
image of God, shall shine unto them.”
So, John 16:8
tells us what God the Holy Spirit does, but 2 Corinthians
4:3-4 tells us how Satan moves in to blind the person to the gospel
gives us a clue as to how we should pray for
unbelievers to whom we are witnessing.
We should pray
that the work of God the Holy Spirit will bear fruition.
that He will be free to perform His work,
that He will take the gospel message that we have given, and that He
it to bring conviction; and, that Satan would be defeated in the
blinding the mentality of that individual to this information. Herein
lies the problem.
is giving information.
There is nothing
that can come from the human
Only God the Holy
the unsaved has the gospel information. The
spirit of God has worked.
He has brought
He has opened the
The person sees
The person sees
at this point, you can frustrate everything by saying,
now if you will just come down this aisle, you’ll be saved. If
you’ll raise a hand, we’ll pray for you
and you’ll be saved.” At
Satan will lead the preacher to give a human gimmick device, because if
anything person wants to do, he wants to do
something to be saved.
If you can let a
person do something to be
saved, that’s legalism. That’s
favor by your human good.
respond to that.
Vast churches are
on people who have been brought in on the device of doing something to
They made a
They made a
So there they
sit, under the fantastic delusion
that they are born again and they’re going to heaven; but
they’re headed for
hell as good moral producing their human good just as much as they were
first time they walked into the place.
we have a volition.
Now we have to do
something about that too.
The mind has been
Now the will has
It can go
positive, or it can go negative. This
determines whether a person is born
again or not.
This is your
toward God, the exhale of faith.
is expressed by faith in Jesus Christ. This
is a non-meritorious act.
volition is expressed through rationalism and
empiricism, which are meritorious acts, and by which the gospel is
When you go
the gospel, you remember that you create a vacuum in your soul,
Because of this
bring into your soul, into your mentality, religion.
bring in doctrine of demons.
You bring in all
kinds of mental attitude
You bring in an
concerning your condition.
Again, a good
moral person things that he’s right with God.
He does not
understand that his negative volition toward the gospel is
going to cost him his soul.
will be emotion involved in the process of the unsaved
coming to grips with eternal life. That
emotion will be a response of appreciation for the salvation that God
provided by grace.
However, it makes
difference how you feel as to whether you’re saved or not. It’s
You may not feel
like you’re saved at
But it has
nothing to do with your
based upon the
fact that you have accepted the gospel.
You have accepted
the truth that Christ has been a substitute that has
provided for your need.
The Holy Spirit
has informed your mind about this. If
you do believe this, you come alive at this point right here. Your
human spirit leaps into life and you
come to the point where you grasp an understanding of the Word of God.
your conscience comes into play. Your
conscience up here which has been filled
with human viewpoint and all kinds of deception now receives a new set
values and standards.
You come into
action on divine viewpoint.
The old sin
nature if frustrated.
The indwelling of
the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Holy Spirit take place. Remember
that when you are born again, at the
moment of salvation, you are filled with the spirit, you are completely
fellowship with God on a temporal basis and on an eternal basis. At
the moment of sin, you fall out of that temporal
fellowship until confession is made. But
the conscience now is total oriented to God, and a whole new being is
You are a new
in the Scripture, all of this wonderful that we have
described here has been provided for us through the Lord Jesus Christ
In the Old
Testament, the problem
of the Satanic conflict that exists against us, the resistance to
salvation, the resistance to the plan of God and all that God is doing,
solution for this was revealed as far back as Psalm 110:1.
says, “The Lord said unto my lord. Sit
thou on my right hand until I make thine
enemies thy footstool.” Here
we have the
first prophetic revelation of “project footstool.” This
is the means whereby God is going to
resolve this conflict in the angelic realm.
look at this verse.
Lord said to my lord …” You’ll
notice that the first “Lord” is capitalized in your
This is our
friend, the Tetragrammaton that
we talked about before.
In the Hebrew,
it looks like this:
is the great and sacred wonderful name
This is the name
referring to God as individual persons.
when God is referred to as a whole in His godhead, the
Hebrew word is “elohim.” “Jehovah”
sometimes applies to the Father, sometimes to the Son, and sometimes to
Here, in Psalm
refers to God the Father.
it is saying that God the Father is saying something to
another “lord.” This
“lord” is not
This refers to a
Hebrew word, “adonai.” “Adonai”
word which can refer to deity or to human beings. This
word “lord” can apply to people or to
It is used here
because it is
referring to the Lord Jesus Christ. The
reason it is used here is because it is seeking to stress the humanity
Christ, the fact that God the Father is talking to God the
person of the trinity.
God the Father is
talking to God the God-man, and thereby stressing His humanity. It’s
used to point out the unique person of
the Father says to the Son, “Sit thou at my right
mentioned a couple of Sundays ago, was
one of the doctrines that the great Bishop Pike rejected.
said, “I certainly don’t think that
anything like God the Son sitting at the right hand of God the Father. Well
here you have this verse which is used
many times in the New Testament, and yet by the liberal minds, it is
that there is a human being, a man, with a virgin birth, and (with)
sinless humanity who now resides in heaven.
word “sit” means to dwell in a place of honor or
So what He is
doing here, the
Father is commanding the humanity of the Son, who now has entered
heaven in His
resurrection body, to sit in a place of honor at His right hand. By
that act, He has placed a human being
above all angels.
To be placed at
right hand, as we shall see later from the book of Hebrews, God never
any angel and said, “Sit here at my right hand.” Only
one person has ever been told to sit at
the majestic honored place at the right hand of God, and that is God
the Son—a human
being, a person such as yourself, in His humanity.
a human being is higher than angels, and
you see of course that this means.
and I are now a little lower than the angels in our
physical structure, in the way we were made.
limitations upon us that angelic beings do not. But
positionally, you are already higher than
You are above all
hosts because you are in Christ, He is in heaven, He is at the
hand, above the angels, and you are there with Him.
right hand, of course is the place of
power (Isaiah 41: 10) or it’s the place of great honor as
Colossians 3:1-2 and
Matthew 26:64 indicate.
is to sit here until something happens. The
Lord, the Father, said to the Lord, the
Son, in his humanity, “Sit at the place of honor and power,
my right hand until
I make thine enemies …” Now
the word “make”
is not exactly “make” here. In
Hebrew, it looks like this:
is means is actually “to sit until the
Father makes an arrangement” of some kind.
In other words,
it means to set up.
“make,” it means “until I set
What is he going
to set up?
going to set up a condition where thine
enemies will be thy footstool.” And
are the enemies of Christ?
Satan and the
They will be the
footstool, which is the Hebrew idiom for conquest.
and his angels are to be placed in subjection to a
Satan and his
are all to be in subjection to a human being, the person of the man-God
therefore, is a
very important verse in the Bible which is quoted again and again in
We find it in
Mark 12:36, Luke 20:43, Acts 2:35, and Hebrews 1:13.
and again this verse is God’s
declaration as to what He is going to do about this conflict with the
the angels are not in subjection. Now
Satan roams this earth as He
The demons are
able to work
anyplace they have a chance—on unbelievers or on Christians. But
this is going to be changed.
go back to Colossians 2:15.
going to be changed at the second coming of Jesus Christ.
the Second Advent, something is going to
be done about this angelic host, and that something is going to be the
realization of project footstool.
look at) the second advent of Christ. Here
are the mechanics of project
having spoiled principalities
and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in
Now in verse 15,
there are three strategic
words that you should understand. We’re
going to take a little time this morning because they are vital to your
understanding of what God is doing in His conflict with the angelic
first is “apekduomai.”
This word is
“having spoiled” principalities and powers, and it
neutralize the enemy.
From the time of
the ascension of Jesus Christ, He is seated at the right hand of God
He is there now
priestly ministry during this church age.
When He returns
to the earth in the Second Advent, His enemies will be
made His footstool.
This is in the
tense so it’s looking at a certain point of time, and
that’s the point of time
when He returns.
is going to neutralize what?
and powers, which is a
technical phrase referring to angel beings.
Here it is used
of demons and of Satan.
Satan and all of
his demons are going to be conquered and completely neutralized
at the Second Advent.
They are not
They are in full
They are able to
about as they please, within certain restrictions of the hand of God. But
demonic angels and Satan are now having
The time is
coming when God
is going to neutralize what Satan and his demons can do.
there’s a second word.
This word is
“made a shew of them openly.” This
is, in the Greek, “degmatizo.” This
is another important word.
“to display captives publicly.” This
comes from the Roman army’s custom of
bringing captives back from a conquest, marching them in a magnificent
through the streets of Rome, and then, at the end of the parade,
soldiers loose to slaughter the captives.
This is parading
somebody who is being carried to his doom. Jesus
Christ is going to neutralize Satan and
the demons when he comes a second time.
He is going, at
that time, to express a victory over the demonic hosts
by eliminating them before the millennium begins.
is a third word.
“triumphing over them.”
In the Greek,
this is “thriambeuo.”
“to lead in a triumphal procession.” This
word comes from way back in classical
Greek in the fifth century, B.C. There
it was used for a fraternity, the Bacchus fraternity, which worshipped
fraternity would get
together and sing a hymn to Bacchus the wine God, and it was called a
from this same word.
It was a hymn of
praise to the God of wine and they would parade through the streets
goat’s heads and singing their hymn of praise.
(that’s what) the word means: “to
lead in a triumphal procession.”
something important to notice about these
into the grammar,
Greek grammar says the action of aorist participles always come before
It goes in this
The angelic enemy
is going to be neutralized,
“having spoiled” comes first. When
Christ comes first, all of Satan and his demonic hosts are going to be
neutralized from their power.
next thing that’s going to happen is the angelic enemy is
going to be led in a “thriambos”
procession, in a victory march under Jesus Christ and His bride the
going to be led, but to
To a point where
destruction, which is the main verb here, (and) the angelic enemy is
How does He
By removing them
from the earth.
that this is all in preparation for the millennial
here’s how God is going to
take care of the satanic influences that are in the world today. The
more we get into the study of Satan, the more
appalled I think you are going to be at the influence of Satan and
our society in our day--upon Christian and non-Christian alike. Now
that has got to be removed.
The reason we
can’t have perfect environment upon
this earth, (and) the reason we can’t solve the problems of
the world is
because Satan and his demons are free to operation.
God is going to bring all that to an end with
He is going to
is going to neutralize the satanic
He is going to
lead them in a
triumphal procession as captives, and then He is going to remove them
How is He going
this brings up some very interesting points. Let’s
Israel is no
longer the representative of God
on this earth.
The book of
chapter 26, you can check this for yourself sometime, gives several
discipline that God warned would come upon the Jewish nation if they
the Word of God.
The fourth stage
discipline that God predicted for His people was a stage where they
dominated by a military power while they still resided in the land of
you’ll see in Leviticus
26 there is a fifth stage of discipline.
That is where a
military not only dominates them, but takes them out of
their land and scatters them as slaves.
In 63, B.C., the
Roman General Pompeii came in, Pompeii the Great. He
took Jerusalem, and the fourth stage of
discipline reoccurred over the Jewish people.
They were now
under a foreign military power, and still in the
in the year 70, A.D., in August of that year, Titus,
with his three Roman legions tore Jerusalem apart stone from stone. (He)
slaughtered something a
million-and-a-half Jews, and scattered them as slaves throughout the
The fifth stage
descended upon the Jewish people, and they are still under it today. So
for this reason, they are no longer God’s
representative on this earth.
today are under a double curse.
you happen to be here as a Jew this morning, and you are
unsaved, I can tell you you’re under a double curse of God. You’re
under the curse of the fifth stage of
discipline, and you’re under the stage of spiritual death
because you have an
old sin nature.
A gentile is only
the curse of spiritual death.
If you are
a Jew and you have received as your savior, you are removed from the
and the judgment of spiritual death, and you are also removed from the
of the fifth stage of discipline because you are no longer a Jew. You
are now a Christian, and you move into a
point number one is that the Jew is no longer the
representative of God on this earth.
Point number two
is that the church, which replaces Israel, is called
the body of Christ (Acts 2:47, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, Ephesians
4:4-5, 5:23-24, Colossians 1:18). Many
verses speak of the church as the body of Christ. The
body refers to the church on earth as the
bride will refer to her when she’s in heaven.
The head of the
body is Jesus Christ.
seated at the right hand of the Father until project footstool is
number three (is that) the Body of Christ is being
prepared on earth by means of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The
baptism of the Holy Spirit is an act by
God the Holy Spirit upon every person who believes the gospel. At
the point of salvation, he is baptized
That is, he is
union with Jesus Christ.
It began on the
day of Pentecost in 30, A.D.
mechanics of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is found in Colossians 2:10. So
the body is being built here on
That is, it is
being built by
means of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The baptism of
the Holy Spirit is not something I could offer you as a
The baptism of
the Holy Spirit
is what happens at the point of regeneration, and it’s the
way that God is
building up the body of Christ.
body of Christ is completed, the rapture will occur (1 Thessalonians
don’t know when this (will)
come to an end.
But when it does,
be a unique climax for the angelic conflict.
church is resurrected, it become the bride of Christ in heaven. This
bride is going to be prepared.
First, she gets a
resurrection body (1
Corinthians 15:51-57, 1 John 3:1-2, Philippians 3:21).
the bride loses her old sin nature
in her marriage to the lamb (Philippians 3:21).
bride’s human good, her filthy rags, are burned (and)
This is an
occasion that takes
in heaven while the tribulation period is taking place on earth.
returns with Jesus Christ in the Second Advent.
why in Colossians 2:15, we had these aorist tenses—these
actions when these things take place that Christ does to the demons. 1
Thessalonians 3:13 and Revelation 19:6-8
speak about the return of the bride with Christ.
second coming of Christ, with the bride, comes project footstool. Here
is how the church is involved with
It takes place at
Satan is then in
from off the face of the earth (Zechariah 13:2 and Colossians
have looked at on the order of these events
here—neutralizing, parading, and
How is He going
going to destroy them by
removing them from operation on this earth, along with Satan.
has suggested to some people, and maybe the suggestion
is well taken, than there will be as many believers in the church (born
believers in the body of Christ) as there are demons in the world. So
… one believer, because he is positionally
in Christ, who is now in heaven, and therefore that believer is
every demon being—so that one believer, superior now to the
demons, will get
rid of one demon from this earth. There
will be as many believers as there are demons, and one believer gets
rid of one
demon on this earth.
That may well be
earth is free
of both Satan and the demons.
of Satan and the demons from the earth under project footstool will
environment of the earth.
With Satan and
the demons gone, there will be no more religion on the earth. With
unbelievers gone … , there will be no
more influence from them.
system will be destroyed since he won’t be here to run it. This
will be a time for new spiritually (Job
The verbs there
in the Hebrew
speak about ecstatics, beside yourself in joy. In
the church age, emotions and ecstatics have
nothing to do with spirituality. Be
you understand that.
In the church
emotions and ecstatics have absolutely nothing to do with being
This is a satanic
But in the
millennium, emotions and ecstatics
are going to have a lot to do with spirituality. The
tongues and the healings today are
They are of
These are not of
is a conflict in the angel realm. There
are different kinds of demons—some imprisoned,
The fallen angels
assigned to the lake of fire.
25:41 tells you about that.
raises an interesting question.
ever occur to you to ask the question, “Why is it that out in
eternity past, a
condition took place where Satan rebelled, the book of the Revelation
that a third of the angels rebelled with him, they took sides, the
drawn, and God passed judgment?
there in eternity past, God proceeded to build a place of fire and
We commonly refer
to it as
tells you about
that, and it’s in the perfect tense which means it happened
in the past and it
didn’t God send Satan and
the demons into that place He prepared for them?”
read about this place in Revelation 20. It’s
described as a place still which God has
prepared for Satan and his angels, when it explains why human beings
end up in
didn’t God (already) put them
We almost seem to
here; the old question came up:
telling us, God, that you are going to cast your angel beings that you
into a place like hell?” Now
you may perhaps
honestly say to yourself, “Yes, you know, I sometimes thought
that is a terrible
thing to think that here’s somebody I know, somebody I think
a lot of, but who
is an unbeliever, and to think that all day and all night, 24 hours a
person is going to be in the most excruciating pain.” If
you can think back of sometime when you
were physically ill, and just experienced pain; and to experience that
Sometime when you
were burned, and
you think, “That is horrible to contemplate.”
the question comes up, “Can God be a god of love and do
We can almost see
how Satan rose
up and said, “God, how can you be a good of love and send us
to a place like
And what he did
was impugn the
justice of God.
And God said,
to show you that I am a just god.”
here’s where man comes into the picture. God
creates a man in a perfect
That man falls,
and now God
brings judgment upon him.
cannot excuse it.
can take nothing less than being absolutely perfect.
does God show his love?
How does God
prove that He is a god of
By all that we
have looked at in the
way of the solution of the cross. For
God removed the problems to His own justice and to His own
every time a sinner believes the gospel, the Bible says the elect
heaven send up a great big cheer.
they’re standing there and they’re looking over at
the demon angels, and once more they’re sending up a cheer
who believes the gospel proves how just and fair God is.
will be nobody in hell, as terrible a
place as that will be, who is not there by his own choice.
a god of love has demonstrated His
love by providing a way out at His own great personal expense. And
operation footstool is going to be the
climax of what God is now permitting Satan, so to speak, to have a
execution of sentence.
is one thing to be judged.
We have over 650
people in this country who
are on death row because they have been condemned to die, but the
of the United States is now considering whether God is right or wrong
that when a person commits willful murder, that person’s life
The United States
not sure that this is not cruel and unusual punishment, and
they’re going to
check God out on this business of capital punishment.
that happens, all 50 states have placed
a hiatus on executions.
Over 650 people
are under sentence.
is what’s happened to Satan. He’s
under sentence, he’s doomed, he’s
judged, (and) he’s finished. But
Why was it
The place where
he is going is ready.
Why was it
disproves the insult to His
integrity, to His justice, to His righteousness, to His love, and to
character with which Satan has impugned Him by challenging Him because
condemned the angelic hosts to hell.
you’re going to come up after the service and say,
God provide a salvation for the angels?”
Did God provide a
way that they could be saved?” The
Bible is silent on this. I’ll
save you the question now.
He may have.
In any case,
there was a condition by which the angels made a
They could have
chosen to have
been elect forever, or they could have chosen to have been fallen
that’s what happened.
Now God, through
you and me, by what He has done for use, through operation footstool,
demonstrating that He is a fair and just and loving God.
He’s through, nobody will be able to
point a finger at him, least of all Satan, and say, “You were
You were cruel. You
were not a kind being.” When
you hear this among human beings,
remember project footstool.
John E. Danish, 1971
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