Psalm 119:126 It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law. 127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. 128 THEREFORE I ESTEEM ALL THY PRECEPTS CONCERNING ALL THINGS TO BE RIGHT; AND I HATE EVERY FALSE WAY. 129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. 130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
How can anyone determine what is right and what is wrong? Some say the ones in power (might is right philosophy) or that have the political power are right. Some say whatever the culture one belongs to says is right. Some say what is best for the most people is right. Some say what makes one feel good is right. Some say there is no right and wrong for it is indefinable. Still others insist each person is the standard of what is right and what is morally right for me may not be right for someone else. Proverb 16:25 says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” All of those will fail as a standard of moral right and wrong.
How about this: right is defined in terms of what God wills and that is rooted in His moral nature. His moral nature does not change. That which is His nature and will are revealed and made available to us through His precepts, laws, and Holy Word. That is why the Psalmist said this in Psalm 119:128, “THEREFORE I ESTEEM ALL THY PRECEPTS CONCERNING ALL THINGS TO BE RIGHT; AND I HATE EVERY FALSE WAY.” God is righteous and so are all of His precepts. We need to stand up for what is right, even if we stand alone.
Why is that important at this hour in history? We need to see the big picture and beyond our individual lives. The increase of lawlessness Jesus told us would come before His Return (Matthew 24:12) that we are seeing in the world and within our own nation is the direct result of ignoring God’s precepts, laws, and Holy Word. Second Thessalonians 2:7-10 unveils to us the fact that it is not due only to human agency alone but is being advanced by an evil spiritual force called the mystery of iniquity or lawlessness. It especially works to deceive (being wrong, thinking they are right) and seduce those who do not love the truth, or God’s precepts, laws, and Holy Word.
“2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
The word iniquity is the word “anomia,” which means without law; lawless; violation of law; illegality; not subject to law. It denotes not absence of law but violation of law and carries the connotation of contempt for the law and includes a disposition of despising and hating the law. It is not merely an anomaly or happening because of human rebellion alone. The mystery of lawlessness deals with the hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority (2 Thessalonians 2:7). The mystery of lawlessness is not recognized by the world because it is a hidden force and secret power at work. The antichrist (that Wicked one v.8) will use this hidden force in his attempt through the powers of darkness to overthrow governments and deceive humanity (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10). The prophet Daniel prophesied about the antichrist who will by reason of transgression (rebellion, revolt, transgression of moral law), “… cast down the truth to the ground…” and it would cause transgression to be practiced and prosper or advance (Daniel 8:12).
The devil’s main attack is the undermining of the clear knowledge of the moral law found in God’s precepts, laws, and Holy Word. If he can get a person to disrespect or disregard the moral law, he gains access to their soul. Lawlessness always changes authority over one’s life (there is an authority of darkness Colossians 1:13) and ultimately is designed to hurt people and even God’s people.