When we come to God in repentance prior to baptism, we repent for living the way of Satan! A repentant sinner rejects that way and turns to God’s way of life—he subjects himself to God’s government. But conversion does not disconnect us from Satan’s broadcast. There will always be the tendency to return to our selfish ways. This is what a true Christian must strive to overcome. That’s why the Bible says so much about overcoming and remaining faithful to the end. When Jesus admonished us to overcome, He meant for us to overcome the way of Satan.
That brings us back to the ultimate purpose of why man was created in the first place—to become God. God is reproducing Himself. He is calling out a select few at this point to assist Him in teaching others in the World Tomorrow. In preparing for that, they must overcome just as Jesus Christ did (1 Peter 2:21; Revelation 2:26; 3:21). We can’t overcome by our own power. It has to be Jesus Christ living again in us by the power of God’s Spirit (Galatians 2:20; see also Zechariah 4:6). God is creating something very beautiful in us. “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,” as Paul said (Ephesians 2:10).
But as you look around at this evil world, which is getting worse and worse, it is increasingly more difficult to find God’s workmanship—His works manifested in human beings. People may talk a lot about good works. As a society, we may talk about love. But it’s not God’s love. It’s the kind of love Ezekiel prophesied to be extant just before Christ’s return: “With their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness” (Ezekiel 33:31). Mere words have done nothing to solve the evils and suffering of this world.
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3). Real love—God’s love—is action. It is keeping God’s commandments. And unless our peoples stop talking about love and start obeying God’s law, the evils and moral depravity we see all around us will only get worse. Only when we make a stand, with firm resolve, and determine to live according to God’s way, will we ever eradicate the evil nature—actually Satan’s nature—which resides in the mind of man. Only then, when every human being rejects Satan’s way and seeks God’s Spirit-power, will we be able to solve the problems that plague mankind.