Monday, May 18, 2015 4:07 AM

Evil Uses the Elements of Good to Succeed

Monday, May 18, 2015 4:07 AM
Monday, May 18, 2015 4:07 AM

It is a real insight into sin when we realize that Satan uses the elements of good to succeed. The Bible tells us that Satan comes as an Angel of light to deceive (2 Cor. 11.14).

We see this in everyday life. For example: when a group of criminals plan to rob a bank they rely on elements of good to succeed such as loyalty to each other, being truthful and trustworthy to do their part in keeping quiet, splitting the money fairly, and etc. There is a long list of good that is corrupted for evil purposes.

This gives us an insight into how it will be when God cast the unbeliever into the “gloom of utter darkness” (2 Peter 2.17). There all elements of good are removed.

This verse in Romans 7.13 tells us that sin does use good to accomplish it’s end. Romans7.13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.

Here is R.H. Mounce’s comments on this verse:

Yet another question arises: How could that which is good bring death? In the previous paragraph Paul said that the commandment (law) was the occasion (v. 9) and the instrument (v. 11) of his death. But does this not involve a contradiction in terms? The good belongs by definition to a different category from death. Paul rejected the implication by pointing out that it was sin, not law, that brought about death. Law was simply the instrument used by sin to accomplish its purpose. But in so doing, sin exposed its own true character as sin. It demonstrated how unspeakably sinful it really is by using that which is good to bring about death.[1]

[1] Mounce, R. H. (2001). Vol. 27: Romans (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; The New American Commentary (165–166). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

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