Good and Evil
Let’s look at the Genesis account:
And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:9 (KJV)
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:16-17 (KJV)
Satan made the knowledge of good and evil a thing to be desired. He intimated that it was “good” to know good and evil:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:5 (KJV)
In actuality, the knowledge of good and evil is death! When we make determinations about what is good, or what is evil, outside of the life of God it is sin. It is operating outside of the life of God and, therefore, below the level that God intended for man to live. It is making determinations based upon soulish values that are not flowing from the Christ life within.
For example: Would you say that it is good to go into the wilderness? Are you able to rejoice in whatever circumstance you find yourself? Are you able to have righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost when, after abounding, you are abased? How do you act when things aren’t going your way? Consider this:
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Luke 4:1 (KJV)
Why was Jesus being led into the wilderness? Wasn’t it to be set upon by the devil himself? If that was you, would you think it was good or evil?
The Light of Life
Only the light of life within can give us joy and peace when we are going through any wilderness experience.
Look at another example:
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. Acts 20:22-23 (KJV)
Here we see Paul knowing that he was being led into a very uncomfortable situation. He is willing, but those who know and love him have a different view of what he should do. Who is right? Should he heed their warnings or should he follow the light of life within? What would you do if several prophets told you that where you were going was going to cause you to be bound and afflicted? Is this good or evil?
He was warned by those with revelation; those with a valid word of Wisdom. Look at one of the warnings:
And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Acts 21:10-12 (KJV)
The reaction of those who loved him was that he should not go. But he heard another voice. He had life within and that life told him something other than what the soulish knowledge of good and evil said. He said, I know nothing:
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 1 Corinthians 4:3-4 (KJV)
Beloved, you and I must learn to walk by faith and not by sight. We must learn to walk in the high places of the Spirit.
Obedience to the Word of God and the voice of the Life within is our only duty and our only safety.