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by Norman P. Grubb

Opposites cont...

So, if the Eternal One is only The Love Person by virtue of a “death” to one alternative of being by Himself as a consuming fire, and a “life” in an eternal love interchange with His Son, so surely all created persons in His image as persons can only be conscious selves by being confronted with the possibility of expressing a self—for— self false spirit nature, or the self— for—others God—spirit nature. That is why the Scripture says God “created evil”.

Isaiah. 45:7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.

Evil is only a person expressing self—for—self and good is a person expressing self—for—others. If God Himself had to have that settled for Himself (when it says He “cannot lie” and thus express a Self—for—Self), so every created person must confront and have those opposites fixed in the one potential swallowing up the other. Therefore, when God created persons, He could only do so by persons having their freedom in those alternative choices. Thus, He “created evil” as the other necessary alternative which was “swallowed up” in Him, and He cannot create persons as persons without their having their freedom of choice as persons. Lucifer was the first person revealed by the Scriptures as made perfectly in Gods image (as we all are). By being so entranced by his own perfections.

Ezekiel 28:11
The word of the LORD came to me:
12"Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.
14You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.
15You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.
16Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.
17Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.

That he chose to be a self—for—self, even to appropriating the throne of God.

Isaiah 14:12 How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
13You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.
14I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."
15But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.

He became the exposer of the necessary opposite swallowed up in God. Thus, he was named “the spirit of error”, and in his nature as the opposite of God, was cast out of heaven”.

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