Darkness and the Light Part 2 -- By: L. Paul Moore, Jr.

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 106:423 (Jul 1949)
Article: Darkness and the Light Part 2
Author: L. Paul Moore, Jr.

Darkness and the Light
Part 2

L. Paul Moore, Jr.

(Continued from the April-June Number, 1949)

The Darkness of Self-Will

It was a simple test, to which God put the man Adam. Just this: to decide on a very definite occasion whether he considered himself really better off under the present arrangement of taking direction for his life from the commandment of God, or whether he would not possibly be better off by finding the direction of his life wholly within himself.

If he chose to cast off God as the final authority in his life, at least we—his children, “the sons of his disobedience” (Eph 2:2; 5:6 )—can comfort ourselves in this, that the wilful choice did not come upon him as an imagination of his own finite mind. It came out of the suggestion of another personality, the existence of whom he may or may not have previously known. But this very comfort, let us say it here once for all and so orient our own minds to facts as they at present are, this very comfort is many times our own undoing; for to this present hour we, if believers, “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). But of this we shall have more to say later on.

The man Adam, when confronted with a definite choice through the insinuation of Satan, chose self-sufficiency and cast off God’s sufficiency for him. We can never imagine the surge of potentialities which flooded the mind of this man who had, consciously and unconsciously, known no other atmosphere but the light of God. And the mere entertainment of the thought did not constitute his fall. He could

have rejected the insinuation that God was not kind. And just the entertainment of the thought was not the experience of darkness. He was still in the light. He had to make his choice while still in the light. But once his choice was made, if he chose self-sufficiency, then immediately and forever he would must needs be in the darkness. Of this darkness he had no possible conception. But all the same he believed the lie of Satan, that a creature could himself be as Elohim (God), “knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:5).

This, then, was the lie of Satan, the lie which Adam deliberately chose to believe: “Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and ev...

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