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154 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
cording to the PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR. In 11 Corinthians
4:4 Satan is called the god of this world, who has blinded the
minds of those who do not believe in Christ and His truth. NoT
that they inherited this spiritual blindness - but that
Satan
blinded those living in that generation
directly.
And in Ephesians 2 Satan is referred to as the PRINCE OF THE
POWER OF THE AIR! Notice the word
POWER-
the POWER ofthe
air. Then it calls him the SPIRIT (being) that NOW - the time when
they were living - actually was WORKING IN those of the world
who were not obedient - that is, the world in general. The Phii–
Iips translation in modero English renders this: "You [then]
drifted along in the stream of this world's ideas of living, and
obeyed its unseen ruler [who is still operating in those who do not
respond to the truth ofGod]."
Emphatically this shows Satan is the UNSEEN one who, un–
realized by the people, is actually swaying their minds, leading
them in what 1 term the "GET" way.
The Phillips translation continues (verse 3): "We all Iived
like that in the past, and followed the impulses and imaginations
of our evil nature ... like everyone else." This "nature" has been
acquired
from Satan.
It
was not inherited from our parents.
It
was
not created in us by God. That which has become
habitual
and
therefore
natural
becomes a NATURE within us.
Such nature IS NOT hereditary, but an
acquired
characteristic.
This very passage shows the AUTHOR of this "nature" to be Satan,
NOT Goo. The next words in the Phillips translation are: "being
under the wrath of God by nature."
It
would make no sense at all
for God's wrath to be on
US
BECAUSE OF WHAT Goo PUT WITHIN
us. Adam was NOT created with this "EVIL nature." Adam ac–
quired it from Satan. Lucifer (Satan) was created PERFECT. He ac–
quired it by false reasoning. These Ephesians, in their generation,
had acquired it from Satan. But now, IN CHRIST, through His
grace, Christ had given them LIFE, who
were
spiritually dead be–
cause of this acquired evil nature.
But how about the converted Christian? His spirit (mind),
Iike all others, is tuned on Satan's wavelength. The same ten–
dency, justas if this evil nature were inherent in him from birth, is
present. Satan has been injecting it since early childhood. But the