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Daniel Whyte III is a full-time evangelist by calling. Through the Gospel Light Minute, his main aim is to present a short, clear, understandable presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ which saved him over 30 years ago. Throughout his ministry, he has emphasized a clear presentation of the Gospel because he believes that many pastors and churches mix up the Gospel with other things, and this causes confusion for nonbelievers. In order to do that, Daniel Whyte III uses tracts that he has written, as well as tracts produced by the following ministries: Fellowship Tract League, the American Tract Society, and Good News/Crossway Tracts in the production of this broadcast.

What President Obama, his Administration, and Other Leaders of Nations Ought to Do Now (Part 3)

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God’s Plan for the Nations #9

TEXT: Psalm 2

Psalm 2 is a messianic psalm based on historical reality. It is divided into four three-verse stanzas. David speaks in the first stanza, God the Father speaks in the second stanza, Jesus Christ speaks in the third stanza, and the Holy Spirit speaks in the fourth stanza.

In the first message in this part of our series titled, “What President Obama, his Administration, and Other Leaders of Nations Ought to Do Now (Part 3), God’s Plan for the Nations #9,” we began looking at what God would have the nations to do in light of the punishment that will come down on them because of their disobedience to Him. David urges the leaders of the world to “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” The nations are encouraged to confess their sins, repent, and return to the laws of God. Wise leaders will lead their nations to listen to this instruction and turn back to God.

In our last message, we looked at the second part of God’s solution for the nations, and that is that the nations should turn to Jesus Christ for salvation. The world indeed needs a moral revival in which all of the nations turn back to God and begin obeying His laws. However, not only do we need a moral revival, but we need a spiritual revival. The sick and sinful hearts and souls of mankind need to be healed and made whole. And the only way that can be done is through Jesus Christ.

Today, we want to look at God’s promise to bestow blessing and favor upon the nations if they repent of their sins, begin obeying God’s laws, and turn to Jesus Christ for salvation. The Psalmist concludes this passage on a hopeful note by saying, “Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Not only those people, but those nations, who put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ will experience God’s blessings.

Allow me to first share with you what Charles Spurgeon said about this last phrase in verse 12 from his classic Treasury of David. He said, “Note the benediction with which the Psalm closes:—”Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Have we a share in this blessedness? Do we trust in him? Our faith may be slender as a spider’s thread; but if it be real, we are in our measure blessed. The more we trust, the more fully shall we know this blessedness. We may therefore close the Psalm with the prayer of the apostles:—”Lord, increase our faith.””

According to the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, a blessing is “the authoritative pronouncement of God’s favor.” Psalm 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” If the people of the Gentile nations begin following God’s laws and place their trust in Jesus Christ, they will experience God’s blessings and favor. Israel was blessed as long as its people worshiped God and followed His law in their hearts. When they ceased doing that, they were cursed and they began to suffer God’s judgment.

Every nation should strive to be in a position to receive God’s favor. Samuel Adams, an American statesman and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence said, “The name of the Lord (says the Scripture) is a strong tower; thither the righteous flee and are safe. Let us secure His favor and He will lead us through the journey of this life and at length receive us to a better [life].”

This past week, President Obama quoted Scripture to support his immigration policy. He quoted God’s command to the Israelites in Exodus 22:21 which says, “Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Although some people didn’t like him doing that, it was good that he acknowledged the Lord and His Word. However, he needs to do more than just quote Scripture. He needs to confess his sins of leading the nation down the wrong path, and he needs to lead the nation in repenting of its sins, turning back to God, and trusting in God once again.

In this passage, the phrase “trust in him” bears the meaning of taking refuge or taking shelter. Those who trust in God will find that they are under God’s protection. God will protect and provide for those nations that trust in Him. The only way to be safe from the wrath of God is to be under God’s favor.

The message of Psalm 2 is largely futuristic. It speaks of a future king and a future judgment. However, it is also a message for the nations today. While God has seen fit to declare that the rebellious nations will suffer under His wrath, He has also provided a way of hope for those who wish to turn back to Him. The question has been raised for six years: President Obama is smart but is he wise? If President Obama is wise he will confess his sins and repent, and he will lead the nation in prayer and repentance. And every wise head of state and nation will take advantage of this opportunity and turn back to God before it is too late.

What You Need to Know About Satan, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #57)

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Onward Christian Soldiers

Isaiah 14:13-14: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

In our last lesson, we asked the question: Where did Satan come from? According to the Bible, we learn that Satan was originally created as an angel named Lucifer. Lucifer was beautiful, wise, and powerful, and he had a position of leadership in Heaven. That, of course, was before he rebelled against God.

Today, we are going to answer the question: What was Lucifer’s sin?

Allow me to share with you some commentary on these verses from the Scofield Reference Bible: “These verses evidently refer to Satan, who, as prince of this world-system, is the real though unseen ruler of the successive world-powers. Lucifer, “day-star,” can be none other than Satan. This tremendous passage marks the beginning of sin in the universe. When Lucifer said, “I will,” sin began.”

It seems that, for some time after he was created, this mighty angel loved God with all his heart and obeyed Him perfectly. But a time came when Lucifer sinned against God. The Bible says in Ezekiel 28:15, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

Where did sin begin? It began in Lucifer’s heart! The Bible says in Ezekiel 28:17, “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness…”

Isaiah 14:13-14 tells us what Lucifer said in his heart: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation… I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

What was Lucifer’s sin? His sin was pride. As this mighty angel considered how beautiful he was, his heart was lifted up with pride. Lucifer simply fell in love with himself! As he beheld himself, Lucifer decided that there was none so great, none so beautiful, and none so wise as himself; therefore, he decided that he should be God. He set his will against God’s will. Five times Lucifer said, “I will.” What a terrible thing it is for a creature of God to set his will against God’s will!

The Armor God Supplies for the Christian, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #15)

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Pilgrim’s Progress

TEXT: Ephesians 6:10-18

Those of you who have been with us since the beginning of this series know that we are using the classic Christian allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, as a helpful guide to aid us in grasping some of the truths of the Christian life. As you know, a story has a way of grabbing people’s attention and demonstrating things better. We are all familiar with the parables of the Master Storyteller, Jesus Christ, and it has been said that storytelling, like any other form of art, has a way of connecting us with the spiritual realm. The philosopher Rudolf Steiner once said, “Art is the daughter of the divine.”

Two Liberty University professors, Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Mark Ray Schmidt, write in their book, Literature and Spirituality: “Both art and the spiritual draw us into new connections with the world and with ourselves. They help us move from our immediate experiences with the physical world to a new awareness of a deeper reality. With the intangible, creative energy of our minds, we make pieces of art that are very physical. Yet those physical things (novels, poems, paintings) often point us toward the ultimate — the spiritual…”

We thank God for John Bunyan who used the ‘intangible, creative energy’ of his mind to produce a work that has pointed many millions of people to the truths of Scripture and has been a blessing and encouragement to believers down through the years.

The main character of Pilgrim’s Progress is a man named Christian, and of course, with this being an allegory, this character is representative of every Christian. One of the highlights of Christian’s journey to the Celestial City is his stay at the Palace Beautiful. This is quite literally a mountain-top moment in his experience. He has just completed the long, arduous journey up the Hill of Difficulty, and he is afforded an extended and restful stay at the Palace where he is taught by other believers and informed about what he will face on the road ahead. One day, while he is at the Palace, he is taken into the armory. John Bunyan describes it like this:

The next day they took him and had him into the armory, where they showed him all manner of furniture, which their Lord had provided for pilgrims, as sword, shield, helmet, breastplate, all-prayer, and shoes that would not wear out. And there was here enough of this to harness out as many men for the service of their Lord as there be stars in the heaven for multitude.

They also showed him some of the engines with which some of his servants had done wonderful things. They showed him Moses’ rod; the hammer and nail with which Jael slew Sisera; the pitchers, trumpets, and lamps too, with which Gideon put to flight the armies of Midian. Then they showed him the ox’s goad wherewith Shamgar slew six hundred men. They showed him also the jaw-bone with which Samson did such mighty feats. They showed him, moreover, the sling and stone with which David slew Goliath of Gath; and the sword, also, with which their Lord will kill the Man of Sin, in the day that he shall rise up to the prey. They showed him, besides, many excellent things, with which Christian was much delighted. This done, they went to their rest again.

Paul tells us in Ephesians that God has provided us with armor and weapons that are necessary to the Christian life. Let’s look at the implications of this truth.

Let’s look at the strength of the Lord. Paul begins by telling us, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” This introductory verse is the key to the entire armory provided to the Christian, and here is why: our strength to fight the battle that we are in comes from the Lord, and not from ourselves.

The phrase “be strong” is in the passive tense, literally meaning, “be made strong.” Being strong is not something we can conjure up on our own. Rather, we are made strong through Jesus Christ and Him alone. Many Christians make the mistake of depending on their own strength, wisdom, or ingenuity in spiritual combat. They think that it is all about what they can do, when in reality, it is all about what the Lord can do through them. Jesus Christ is the One who causes us to be strong. Walter Elwell states, “By implication [believers] are not to look for [strength] in themselves, or in their spirituality or their maturity, or in education, influence, position, prestige, money, programs, personal rights, or other people. Their strength is to be found solely in Christ.”

The call to be made strong in the Lord is not new. The ancient servants of God were also urged to find their strength in the Lord. Joshua was urged to “be strong and of good courage.” We read in First Samuel that David ‘found strength in the Lord.’ When God brought the Israelites home from exile, He told Zechariah, ‘I will make them strong in the Lord.’

In Pilgrim’s Progress, when Christian is taken to the armory, He is shown some of the tools of war used by Old Testament saints. We would never think of some of these tools as useful for warfare: Moses’ staff, Samson’s jaw-bone, or Gideon’s pitchers, trumpets, and lamps. Yet, all of these and more were used successfully in warfare against the enemies of God’s people. Why? Simply because those who wielded these weapons were doing so in the strength of the Lord — not in their own strength.

Why should we allow ourselves to be made strong in the Lord? Because when we are strong in the Lord, we have access to the “power of His might.” Perhaps you are facing spiritual opposition in your life, and you are making the mistake of trying to deal with it on your own. Maybe you find it difficult to pray, difficult to read the Bible, or difficult to witness for the Lord. The devil is fighting against you, and each time you move forward, you end up frustrated, defeated, and downcast.

One day, a father watched through the window as his little boy tried to lift a large stone out of his sandbox in the backyard. The boy was frustrated as he wrestled with the heavy object because he just couldn’t get enough leverage to lift it over the side. Finally, the boy gave up and sat down dejectedly in the sand.

The father went outside and said, “What’s wrong, son? Can’t you lift that rock out?”

The boy said, “No, sir. I can’t do it.”

The father asked, “Have you used all the strength that’s available to you?”

The boy said, “Yes, sir, I have.”

The father replied, “No, you haven’t because you haven’t asked me to help you.”

Dear friend, in your spiritual struggle, ask yourself: “Have I used all the strength available to me? Have I asked Jesus to help me? Have I been made strong in the Lord and in the power of His might?” What is the power of His might? The power of His might is the power that opened blinded eyes, the power that made the lame walk again, the power that healed lepers, the power that turned water into wine, and the power that fed over 5,000 people from a few fish and loaves of bread. The power of His might is the power that raised Jesus from the dead. All of that power is made available to you. So, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

Nancy Stafford: A Religious ‘Seeker’ Whose Life Was ‘Radically’ Changed by Jesus (Gospel Light Minute #174)

Nancy Stafford

Nancy Stafford

She is a former model, actress, author, and speaker. She is perhaps best known for playing the role of Michelle Thomas on the popular TV show, “Matlock” in the 1980s. From 1995 to 2005, she hosted a show about fashion and beauty called “Main Floor.” Her other film credits include: “Moment of Truth”, “Christmas with a Capital C”, and “Season of Miracles” among others. Her TV credits include: “Sidekicks”, “Quantum Leap”, and “The Mentalist” among others. In 2011, she was nominated for the Movie Guide Grace Award for her role in “Christmas with a Capital C”. Her Christian books include: “Beauty by the Book: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You” and “The Wonder of His Love: A Journey into the Heart of God”.

In an interview with the Christian Post, she described her Christian faith journey. Even though she was raised in a Southern Baptist family and taught to have a strong, faithful relationship with God as a child, she said, “For 15 years, I was a prodigal. I still believed [in God], it’s just that He was not the center of my life, but I chose my projects based on those beliefs. I looked at myself as the one making things happen and put my career at the center of my life. My personal choices left me broken and going from boyfriend to boyfriend to boyfriend. So I had an epiphany and was diagnosed with cancer on my face. It threatened the career I’d built my life on. I realized that everything I had built my ‘perfect’ life on could be taken away in a moment.”

In an Assist News interview, she spoke further about her faith and the moment she turned her life over completely to Jesus Christ. She said, “I actually came to faith after I started my career, but I was a lapsed Christian for many, many years. I’d become a seeker and I was seeking all the world religions looking for answers and I was a student of Buddhism and Hinduism and Rosicrucianism and the whole new age gamut. I was reading my Bible at the same time too. And one day I was shooting an episode of ‘Magnum P.I.’ in Hawaii back in 1984 and I had brought my Bible with me and I had this incredible encounter with the living Lord. So right there on a beach in Hawaii, I went rushing into the arms of the one who’s been rushing after me all these years.”

She went on to say, “[This decision] certainly began to radically change the roles that I chose and how I conducted myself in the workplace. I began to pray about whether or not to take certain roles. As with all of us, when Christ is really the one informing us of our choices, you may not rise to quite the heights because you know it’s harder to say yes to projects that are anathema to our faith, so I turned down an awful lot of work over the years.”

“I am so aware now of why God has enabled me to be an actress, especially on a show like ‘Matlock.’ It’s because it gives me equity and a platform, and so I appreciate it and am glad for it. I want to give them [the public] assurance that God loves them, cares for them, and provide them hope.”

Today, she serves on the Biola University Studio Task Force as well as on the advisory board for The Dove Foundation. Along with speaking to Christian groups and writing inspiration books, she also assists her husband, a Dallas Theological Seminary graduate, in church planting and Christian music and ministry.

Her name is Nancy Stafford.

GLMX #223: We Can Land on a Comet But We Can’t…

The Rosetta spacecraft's Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Artist impression picture supplied, ESA NZH)

The Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Artist impression
picture supplied, ESA NZH)

This past week, the European Space Agency accomplished an incredible feat. A space probe named Philae was launched by the spacecraft, Rosetta, and it successfully landed on a comet zipping through space at 80,000 miles an hour. It was an event ten years in the making. The scientists were thrilled that their hard work had paid off. Philae and Rosetta began sending back images of the far-off comet, and scientists were able to begin analyzing what they were able to discover about this space object.

Amid the hand-clapping and back-slapping, however, some people poked fun at the landing online. Twitter users popularized the hashtag #WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant. The hashtag was followed by a statement describing something else of greater importance that our resources should be dedicated to accomplishing. Here are some of the most popular of these messages:

#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant stop ISIS from beheading our people
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant give children all over the world good living conditions and education
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant stop Assad from committing genocide with chemical weapons
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant find that Malaysian airline plane or any of the 227 people who were on it
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant live in a peaceful world, free from prejudice, racism and hate
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant lower the cost of tuition for college

Some people gave their tweets a light-hearted edge as they aired minor greivances, some of which included:

#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant get McDonald’s to serve breakfast 24/7
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant get a fire alarm to tell the difference between burnt toast and a blazing inferno
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant convince the self-checkout machine that there is nothing unexpected in the bagging area.
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant get cellphone reception in my apartment
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant stop saying Hump Day on Wednesdays

As we look over the course of human history, we will find that mankind has accomplished some pretty incredible things. We have scaled the highest mountains, explored the ocean floor, walked on the moon, carved countries out of wildernesses, found cures for deadly diseases, mastered the art of flying, and made it possible to communicate with nearly anyone anywhere in the world via the internet just to name a few. Yet, despite all of the science, technology, manpower, and money at our disposal, it seems as though we can do nothing about issues that are of far more importance. Millions around the world still languish in poverty. Violent crime still brings unrest to communities. Our forms of mass transportation — planes, trains, and subways — have been hijacked and turned into scenes of carnage by terrorists. Wars and strife continue to ravage the globe each and every day.

With all that we can do, there are some things that it seems like we just can’t do. We can’t bring about world peace. We can’t bring prosperity to everyone. And even though scientists, philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual leaders have tried, we have not been able to solve the problem of mankind’s evil tendencies. After thousands of years of progress and advancements, man still has not found a way to curb the evil tendencies of the human race. Even though many of us would not like to admit it, we are still people who are, as the Bible says, deceitful and desperately wicked.

The only solution for mankind’s tendency toward evil is not something that is within our power to do; it is something that is outside of ourselves. This solution lies only with God; and two thousand years ago, He intervened in human history to provide His solution — the solution — for mankind’s sin problem once and for all. Continue reading

What President Obama, his Administration, and Other Leaders of Nations Ought to Do Now (Part 2)

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God’s Plan for the Nations (Part 8)

TEXT: Psalm 2

In last week’s message, we began looking at what God would have the nations to do in light of the punishment that will come down on them because of their disobedience to Him. Like Nineveh under the preaching of Jonah, God desires for the nations to repent and begin obeying His laws. The Psalmist says, “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Although governmental leaders spend time and money debating and implementing new plans and new laws, many of them overlook the main thing that our nation and every nation needs to have in mind — and that is to repent and return to the laws of God. David says that wise leaders will listen to instruction and will turn back to God.

We also looked at three specific things that President Obama should lead our nation in repenting of:

1. Seeking to suppress and certainly not doing enough to stop people from suppressing the first amendment rights of Christians to live according to Biblical principles, to worship as they please, and to speak as they please.

2. The sin of abortion — the murder of innocent babies.

3. The sanctioning and promoting of homosexuality, the homosexual agenda, and homosexual marriage on the federal government level.

Not only does America need to repent of these and other sins, but many nations need to repent of these sins. The first part of the solution to the problems that the world faces today is for the nations to turn back to God and to begin obeying His laws.

Today, we want to look at the second part of that solution, and that is that the nations should turn to Jesus Christ for salvation. The Psalmist says, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.” This verse may seem a bit difficult to understand at first. What does it mean to “kiss the son?” Well, commentators have noted that while the rest of the psalm is written in Hebrew, the phrase, “Kiss the Son,” is written in Aramaic. Clearly, when this psalm was written, David was speaking directly to the foreign nations surrounding Israel.

As we have seen in our previous messages, not only does “son” refer to David himself as God’s anointed, but it also refers to Jesus Christ, the descendant of David and the Son of God. During the Old Testament period, the nations were encouraged to show respect and reverence for God’s people and God’s anointed king. As we look forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ, the phrase, “kiss the Son”, is an invitation for the Gentile nations to come and join in the reverence of God’s Son who is Israel’s Messiah and the Savior of the world. The Bible Knowledge Commentary states that “it is clear that the psalmist is telling the earth’s kings to submit to the Lord and to His anointed son, Israel’s king.”

The term connotes the paying of homage as one would do to a king — to bow down to the king, to kiss his scepter, or to kiss the ring on his hand. Paying homage is an act of surrender; it is a way of saying, ‘You are Lord and I am not.’ That is what the nations are encouraged to do.

As we have already discussed, the world needs a moral revival in which all of the nations turn back to God and begin obeying His laws. However, not only do we need a moral revival, but we need a spiritual revival. The sick and sinful hearts and souls of mankind need to be healed and made whole. And the only way that can be done is through Jesus Christ.

Not only must the nations turn back to obeying God and doing good, but they must also turn to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is more than just a moral change or a shift in our behavior. As Dr. Harry Ironside explained, “The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past… Nor is the Gospel a demand that you… give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.”

You’ve probably heard the song, “Jesus is the answer.” Well, that is more than just a saying. Jesus truly is the answer for the world today. It is fine for us as Christians to hold rallies and demonstrations against the various issues of moral decline in our country, but we ought to spend even more time going out and telling people about Jesus Christ. A law can change people’s behavior, but only the Lord can change their hearts. This nation and every nation needs the Lord Jesus Christ.

As the song says:

Jesus is the answer, for the world today,
Above Him there’s no other,
Jesus is the way.

If you have some questions
In the corners of your mind,
Traces of discouragement,
The peace you cannot find,
Reflections of your past,
Seem to face you everyday,
But this one thing I do know,
That Jesus is the way.

Jesus is the answer, for the world today,
Above Him there’s no other,
Jesus is the way.

Once again, David applies a sense of urgency to this command for the people of the Gentile nations to bow down, to surrender their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. He says, do it now “lest he [the king] be angry and ye perish from the way.” If our nation or any nation is to survive and flourish in these tumultuous times, we must as a people turn to Jesus Christ now while there is still time, while the judgment spoken of in this passage is still a thing of the future.

What You Need to Know About Satan, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldiers #56)

Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward Christian Soldiers

Isaiah 14:13-14: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

The Bible tells us that, before the creation of Adam and Eve, there was in the universe a being who had rebelled against God, his Creator. This being is called Satan or the Devil. Satan is not just an influence for evil. He is not a red demon with a pitchfork as he is often pictured. He is a very real being.

Where did Satan come from?

There are two main passages in the Bible which tell us of the original position of Satan and how he became the enemy of God. These passages are Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28.

From the Bible, we learn that Satan was originally created as an angel named Lucifer. The word “angel” means “messenger. ” All angels were created by God. The Bible says in Colossians 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.”

Though angels are beautiful and powerful creatures, they are not to be worshipped for they are only created beings. Only God, the Creator, is to be worshipped.

The Bible describes Lucifer in this manner in Ezekiel 28:12: “Thou sealest up the sum [of perfection], full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.”

Since Lucifer was perfect in beauty, he was as beautiful as it was possible for a creature to be. Since he was filled with wisdom he was as wise as a creature of God could be. Of all the angels in Heaven, Lucifer was the wisest, the most beautiful, and the most powerful.

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