Did the devil really make you do it? We have come to the last lesson of the “Freedom through the Cross” series. Our freedom from guilt, sin, the law, the world, and the flesh, has been guaranteed and ensured by our joint crucifixion with Christ. However, even with all the freedom that victory over sin, guilt, the law, the world, and the flesh would bring bondage would still exit. Bondage would exist because Satan the one who hold’s people in bondage to fear would still have the power. Satan is the last enemy defeated through the cross, his defeat is ensured victory, and freedom for the believer. Freedom is ours as believers in Jesus Christ, that freedom is given by Jesus’ victory on the cross for us which includes freedom from Satan.
” We are on Heaven’s side of the cross, on freedoms’ side of the cross”. L.L. Legters
This enemy the bible calls Satan is not a doctrine, or a mere teaching. He is not merely a representation of evil and all the “not-so good things” of life. He is not an imaginary character that is simply blamed for all the bad that happens in the world. This enemy we call Satan is the very angel that fell from heaven because of his prideful attempt to gain the throne of God for himself. As Satan he is the adversary who seduced and deceived in the garden and appeared to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. As Lucifer, we remember that he is the fallen angel, cast down to earth (Isa 14:12), defeated in heaven and sentenced to the death to come. He is also the old serpent, “whose sting brought death to the race and still brings death to the individual through ignorance or rejection”.
There are also various terms applied to Satan in the bible that specify what he does now. He is a murderer, John 8:44a. He is the one who prompted brother to kill to brother in the famous Genesis story, he is the one who stirs up the anger and rage that leads to murders today. He is the father of lies, there is no truth in him (John 8:44). Satan is the adversary, who walks about like a roaring lion seeking who he can devour. (1 Pet 5:8). He is the deceiver. He has made dupes of man, since the first deception in the garden, and his main goal is to deceive mankind about the character of God. He is the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10) He appears before God to accuse us to God, he comes to us to accuse us to our face, and the most insidious of all, is that he accuses our brethren to us and us to our brothers, urging all of us to distrust motives, doubt each others character, and ultimately to betray or break fellowship.
Satan is the god of this world, the very one who has men and women blinded and unable to believe the gospel (2 Cor 4:4). He is the prince of this world (John 12:31). He is the prince of demons, while its not for certain how many, there is a great sum for a 1/3 third of the angels in heaven followed behind Satan and was cast down to earth (Rev 12:4).
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil. (Heb 2:14)
The Lord Jesus was manifested to destroy the devil, for he was the one who had the power of death. The word destroy in this verse means to make idle or inactive. Jesus’ death on the cross was the very blow that defeated Satan, “that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death…the devil”. Where Satan was rendered inactive, and was stripped of the keys of death so that he could no longer have that power to hold that over men.
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8).
In this passage the word destroy means, to loosen, to dissolve, or to break up. Through deception the devil had entrapped men into doing the very things that didn’t please God. Jesus was manifested to loosen or break up the strong hold that the devil had over people’s lives. So that the believer can be free to be the child of God, doing the things that please God.
Jesus also came to “release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Heb 2:15). Satan stands over men breathing threats of death and sure destruction to anyone who seeks to follow God. This is Jesus’ particular work, to “release” or as in other translations to “deliver” people from Satan’s bondage of fear and threats of sure destruction.
[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross]. (Col 2:15)
God through Jesus, publicly disarmed and made an example of Satan. Satan is the twice defeated fallen angel who is sentenced to the death to come. Satan has been disarmed through the cross of Christ, and every believer has victory over him and freedom from him. For the believer, there is no “the devil made me do it”! He tempts, he lies, but we have freedom from him, its ours to choose!
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