Isa 14:13-14 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; (14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
Tit 2:14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
1Jn 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
The “rush” of sin in the wicked is that feeling of exhilaration from having power. Serial killers for example are motivated by (even addicted to) this thrill. It thrills them to have absolute power of life and death over someone, to invade the most intimate parts of their victim’s life and ultimately to be “god” over them.
But serial killers are not the only ones who crave the rush of lawlessness. Evil people, domestic abusers, sexual predators and other brands of the kingdom of darkness hunger for it. Evil is thrilling to the evil man. This is why abusers for instance, abuse. They love that sense of deity they gain from exercising power and control over another. Like Satan, they say in their heart, “I will be like the Most High.”
Anyone who walks in evil, who is characterized by this lust for power over, is necessarily not a Christian. As the second Scripture quoted above tells us, Christ came to redeem us from all lawlessness. When the Spirit effects the new birth in us, joining us to Christ in His death and resurrection and makings us brand new creations, He gives us a heart that now loves God and loves the Law of God. We are redeemed from all lawlessness, though for now we must battle that flesh remaining in us by heeding the leading of the Spirit as He guides and directs us to follow Christ.
But those who are dead in sin, though they may practice religion meticulously and wear the most convincing disguise of christian saintliness, practice lawlessness. They defy God by defying His Law. They do this:
Rom 1:32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
I know a man who claims to be a Christian. He is an officer in his church. He gives a significant amount of money to his church. He observes his daily devotions and prays impressive prayers. But this man loves lawlessness. It thrills him to break the law. He is defiant in his law-breaking, daring the authorities to do anything about it. This man is not a Christian no matter how convincing his disguise. He is not born again. He is not redeemed from lawlessness. He has no conscience about it.
Make no mistake then. Do not let evil confuse you. If a person walks in lawlessness, they are not born again. They do not know Christ and He does not know them.
Mat 7:22-23 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ (23) And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’