What Difference Does It Make? (Part 8)

November/December 2023

   Yes, it does make a difference whether we understand what the Apostle Paul is referring to in II Thessalonians 2:7, as to what the mystery of iniquity is, and why he also states that “iniquity doth already work?” What is iniquity anyway? The word means unrighteousness or wrong thinking, which causes one to live a sinful and an ungodly life, as opposed to right thinking which causes one to live a holy and godly life.  The two words, iniquity (458) and sin (266) are so connected to each other that they are inseparable.  

   Likewise, as right thinking causes one to live a holy and godly life, for right thinking and godly living are also inseparable. So why does Paul refer to this as a mystery that is already at work?  It started in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were faced with the choice of the truth of God “Thou shalt not,” and the lies of Satan when he said “did God really say,” because this knowledge of evil will make one wise!  

   The knowledge evil is not sin, but only the object of sin.  Adam and Eve sinned when they chose of their free will to walk after the lies of Satan, the knowledge of evil.  We have all been given a conscience to know right from wrong, until it becomes seared by our choices. John 1:9-11 states of Jesus our Creator, “that (He) was the true Light, which lig ...

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