The Origin of Evil

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The desire to see the origin of evil in Satan is the equivalent of a deep-seated denial of the absolute deity of God, and is a great hindrance to a life of victorious faith, because it throws a dark shadow on the glorious consummation at the very beginning. … In reality, the adversary only carries out the intention that was deeply anchored in God’s love, and he is what he is in order to fulfill the high purpose of the divine affections.

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things (Isaiah 45:7).

M. Jaegle
The Pre-Creation Era of the Universe (1950)
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Dwindling

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He made Himself of no reputation (Philippians 2:7).

Oh, that each of us would learn the sacred art of dwindling! That we might just dwindle and dwindle until in the end we just dwindle away into nothingness, that nothingness of self-esteem which alone makes room for His being “All in all.”

Alan Burns (1884-1929)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 8 (1916)
The Unexpected in John’s Gospel
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