The Origin of Evil
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:10-13
The Whole Armor of God
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (ESV)
The presence of evil in the world is undeniable. While many philosophies and religions try to make sense of our world by denying its existence, the human experience quickly refutes their ideas. The Christian may not be challenged by the specious claim that evil does not exist. However, the Christian worldview is challenged with the question of the origin of evil. Does the bible give an account for the origin of evil? As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones declares, this is an important question for Christians to consider. He says our understanding of the origins of evil will reflect our understanding of God. Since the apostle Paul has been teaching on these evil spiritual forces in Ephesians 6:10-13, we need to consider where these evil principalities and powers originate. Dr. Lloyd-Jones provides extended teaching on the topic by looking at various Old Testament passages, including Genesis. Dr. Lloyd-Jones combines this teaching with clues given in the New Testament about the personality of the chief Strongman, Satan, and argues for a pre-cosmic Fall. Dr. Lloyd-Jones maintains that in order to make sense of the world today, we must look back to eternity past. Listen in as he instructs us on this perplexing, but all important topic on the origin of evil.