June 27

Our Victory Over Satan, Part 3: Judgment, Death and Sin

Colossians 2:14-15 …having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

It is God’s will that we have victory over Satan, and He can accomplish that because He has all power. But this sovereign power has not been reserved for heavenly application only. It’s been brought to earth and manifested in the cross and resurrection of Christ—the direct source of our authority over the enemy.

We see victory over Satan all through the life and ministry of Jesus, Mark 1:39 being just one example: “[Jesus] was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.” Other similar examples abound in the four gospels.

Jesus paid through His death to have this same conquering power available to us (see Colossians 2:14-15 above). In predicting His death and its effects in John 12:31, Jesus says, “Now (emphasis mine) is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”

Inextricably connected with His life and death is the resurrection, whereby Jesus conquered death, first for Himself, and then for us. In Acts 2:24, Luke refers to the Lord as the One “whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.”

Paul says this in I Corinthians 15:54-57 in discussing the power of Jesus’ resurrection in our lives: So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall it be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

This victory also includes victory over sin. Romans 6:5-7 makes that victory and the source of that victory clear: “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.”

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus have purchased complete victory over the enemy. We have heaven, an intimate knowledge of God, and ultimately, victory over death and sin. Jesus paid it all, and bought it for us. His final step was to hand over to us this victory for which He so dearly paid.

Prayer: Father, thank You that so much has been accomplished in the life, death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus. Help me never to take it for granted, and to grow constantly in an understanding of what that purchased victory means for You and for me.

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