Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15
It just would not be honorable before God to run through Hebrews 2 so quick that we do not have a specific post on the devil. It blows my mind when I give thought to how we often fail to realize his existence and his work. It is sorrowful to know that there are people who deny his existence. A Gallop Survey conducted in May 2016 of a random sample of 1,025 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia asked the following questions.
The thought of 39% of people not being certain of the existence of Satan is absolutely sad to my heart because it is most difficult to fight and win against an enemy that you don’t believe or are not sure exists. It’s sad because you best believe that he knows that we exist and it is not his plan to bless us.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. John 10:10a
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
Satan’s plan is to keep every man captive to sin because sin separates us from God and brings death. BUT GOD has a greater plan. It is a plan that we know Him personally and intimately, that we would fellowship and commune with Him as His children. “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10b). For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).“
The Gospel is the good news of Jesus giving His life to rescue us from the one who has has the power of death and declaring in Word and action, I’ll give my life, “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father (John 10:18).” The result for those who believe and receive the completed worked of Christ at the cross by faith is that the devil has been defeated by the blood of Jesus.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:1,6)
Jesus stepped right into the wage due because of our sin, shame and guilt and said I will made the price, “Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live (John 14:19). The devil worked in the heart of man continuing to use man against himself until he saw Jesus on that cross. In my mind, I see the devil dancing with his demons, claiming victory. What he didn’t realize was that Jesus was on that cross claiming man for Himself and this is how he did it.
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:13-15
21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at His coming, those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He abolishes all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy to be abolished is death. 27 For God has put everything under His feet.
50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:21-26, 50-57
Shout now – HALLELUJAH!
O Heavenly Father, We praise Your Holy and Righteous Name! Thank you for Jesus, our Victor and Savior! Thank you that there is no death for true believers, just a moving. Our last breath here is our first breath in heaven and Your presence. Thank you for destroying the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil. We bless Your Name that he is a defeated foe for all who accept your Precious Son, Jesus as Lord and Savor. We pray for the 39% who are out of the ark of safety. Draw them unto Yourself and so work in our lives that would see and know Your glory!
In His Name we pray, Amen!