King's Business - 1911-04

WO short sentences which embrace the whole story of a ruined world-— "As by one man sin entered into the world," Rom. 5:12. One man, Adam, brought into the world that awful thing we call sin. Who would have imagined that one seed of wickedness would have produced such a harvest of woe. The sin of Adam has filtered away down the ages, poisoning the blood of the whole human family wilh its hellish virus. ; The history of man's sin is one of awful sorrow. It has blackened the pages of human history and blighted the hearts of suffering man? It has swept, on its unresistible deadly course, gathering power through the ages. Men have looked back from time to time upon the wretchedness" it has wrought and have prophesied better and brighter things for the future. Other men have followed them and have painted beautiful pictures of the future glory when man would emerge clear and white from the taint of sin, but they have proven false prophets. The world has grown no better; the sob and sigh, the moan and groan of a world which is rushing madly to its doom, gives no evidence of an upward lift. The tendency is to seek for the solution of the world's difficulties in a change of existing, laws; a change in human government. Men are always longing and ever looking for the appearance of that day of universal peace which the false prophets have held before them, but the day has not come and it seems farther off than ever before. The supreme difficulty is not to found in THINGS which. ENVIRON US, but in the TH I NG which is W I T H IN US. God has set forth very faithfully and continuously in His Word that the inherent sin in man is the one great obstacle to the accomplishment of his ideals for happiness and holiness.- It is not a difficult thing for Tien to frame a code of laws and plan a pro- gram for the introduction of a millenium, but the difficulty is to find men who will fit into the plan. You cannot make men of that fashion to order. Man always finds himself in the position of Paul as he describes himself in Rom. 7:21, "When I would do good evil is present with me." No matter how much poor fallen man may desire to do good the power is not within him " T h e heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wick- ed ," Jer. 17:9, and out of the heart proceeds all evil thoughts and deeds, Matt. 15:19. How vain is the effort then for man to stay the tide or change his nature. Only a new birth and that from above will avail, and that poor Satan-deluded man will not agree to. Sin must run its course and pass away as it came into the world, by one man. The Scriptures assure us that SIN IN MAN must culminate in the MAN OF SIN. Satan's last grand stand against God Mil be in incarnating in one man the sum total of all his Satanic power.The coming of this man will be after the working of Satan, with all power and lying wonders, 2. Thes. 2:9-10. He.will be. the one that maketh desolate, Dan. 9: 27 R. V. All human affairs must take on the form so faithfully depicted tn the Word of God. . Slowly and surely the program is being carried out for the final man- ifestation of the SIN OF MAN in the MAN OF SIN, who will be, enthroned in the hearts of men and Worshipped as God. Rev. 13:11-18. Thank God, the Bodk ¿lso tells us that the Man of Sin will be over- thrown by the Man of God who was manifested that He might destroy the works of the Devil. Rev. 19; 20.

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