Letter to New Focus regarding sin.

Dear Sir,

     Mr Burrows’ important and edifying thought concerning the defeat of Satan, which is an essential feature of Christ’s defeat of sin, was well-stated and I trust, well received. Though your correspondent rightly viewed one part of this dual defeat as happening in time, I placed the entire scene which impinged in time in its origin in eternity, stressing that it was in heaven that sin emerged, not on earth, and it was from heaven that Satan was banned according to God’s Providence which overrules heaven and earth. In other words, Satan’s sin was not an earthly time-event, bringing with it a heavenly judgement as human sin is. Satan’s sin was committed in heaven, the spreading of which he propagated on earth in Adam’s day. The elect sin on earth but gain heaven when cleansed of their sins. Reprobate Satan, never to be cleansed, sinned in heaven and gained earth. However, there is a major difference in the comparison. We lose the earthly and gain the heavenly eternally, whereas Satan, who lost the heavenly, does not gain the earth eternally but is merely here for a season, to be used as God wills. Thereafter, he is chained and bound and thrown into an eternal, bottomless pit. What a fall! Thus the Devil, for all his revolt, revolted in vain. He loses both earth and heaven. This is how God fulfils His prophesy in Daniel 9:24 where Christ’s work is:

“to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”

     This was to be the theme of my next and last brief article on sin which I could not fully develop through ill health. With brother Burrows’ help, however, this great truth has been re-affirmed, proving a fitting end to my series.

George M. Ella,  Mülheim