Victory Over Evil
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is rooted in the belief of the Great Controversy, a cosmic conflict between Christ and Satan, good and evil, truth and deception. This belief is not merely a theological concept but a reality that impacts our daily lives. It is a narrative that provides a framework for understanding the world’s chaos and suffering, and it offers hope and assurance of God’s ultimate victory over evil.
During this controversy, we are not left alone. Christ, in His infinite love and mercy, sent the Holy Spirit and loyal angels to guide, protect and sustain us in the path of salvation. This divine assistance is a core Adventist belief that profoundly affects our lives today.
The Holy Spirit, often called the Comforter, is our constant companion. He guides us to truth, convicts us of sin, and empowers us to live Christ-like lives. As we yield to the Spirit’s leading, we experience transformation and growth in our spiritual lives. This growth is not just personal, it impacts those around us. As we use our spiritual gifts, we become instruments of God’s love and grace, spreading His message of salvation and hope.
The loyal angels have a significant role in the redemption plan. They protect us from harm and wage war against the forces of evil on our behalf. Knowing these heavenly beings surround us brings comfort and courage, especially during trials and temptations. They are a constant reminder of God’s love and His promise never to leave or forsake us.
The Great Controversy also shapes our worldview and influences our decisions. As Seventh-day Adventists, we are called to live in the world but not be of the world. This means that while we engage with society, our values and principles are guided by God’s Word, not worldly standards. We strive to live lives of integrity, compassion and love, reflecting Christ’s character in our interactions with others.
Moreover, the Great Controversy instills a sense of purpose and mission in us. We are not mere spectators in this cosmic conflict but active participants. We are called to share the everlasting gospel, to reveal God’s character of love, and to prepare the world for Christ’s second coming. This mission gives our lives meaning and direction, inspiring us to serve others and positively impact our communities.
Knowing that this story, and our story, will end with redemption and reunification strengthens our faith. It assures us that our struggles are temporary and that our ultimate destiny is to live eternally with our Creator. This hope motivates us to persevere in our faith journey, to cling to God’s promises, and to live a life of faithfulness and devotion. It encourages us to be steadfast in our commitment to God despite adversity and challenges.
In conclusion, believing in the Great Controversy is not just a theological concept for Seventh-day Adventists. It is a reality that shapes worldviews, influences lifestyles and defines mission. It is a narrative that provides hope, purpose and direction. Most importantly, it is a story that assures us of God’s unfailing love and His ultimate victory over evil.
By Elton DeMoraes, D.Min.