This verse in Ephesians states that each person either works for God or for Satan. There is no neutral ground. Every believer before they became a believer also once worked for Satan.
Eph2.1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.
This obedience is not just mischief. This disobedience is described as an active choice. We choose to rebel against God.
Romnas11.30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience,
The Apostle John tells us that the whole world system is run by Satan.
1John5.19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
This next verse in Hebrews is a reminder that there is a time to respond to God. The truth changes everyone. Truth is not neutral. Each time someone’s conscience cautions them or causes them to experience regret and there is no change, this is rebellion against God. The Bible clearly shows that to ignore truth, hardens the heart.
We have all seen this phenomenon in others and each of us has experienced it ourselves. If we ignore truth, we become less sensitive to our errors and we come to accept what we know is wrong. The time to respond to God is today. A certain day is appointed by God to respond. Truth is not neutral; we either harden our hearts and fail to respond, or we hear His voice and respond.
Hebrews4.6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
Published on Friday, November 4, 2011 @ 5:14 AM CDT