7774 - Devil Overcome

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Our study in the book of Hebrews has brought us to Hebrews 2:14. Here’s what it says:

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death — that is the devil...

Let’s review what the Bible tells us about the devil, this one whom the Bible declares holds the power of death. The devil is referred to by many various names in Scripture. He is called Satan, the dragon, prince of the power of the air, the accuser of the brethren, the evil one, the prince of this world and other titles and names.

It is taught that he was long ago an archangel, with position and power among those close angels who personally served God. But, he became sinful with pride and fell from his valued place. Passages infer that he led a rebellion in heaven and many angels followed him. These are now the demon forces.

One writer sees the history of the world, from the garden to the cross of Christ, as a struggle of the empire of Satan against the empire of God — Satan’s evil against God’s goodness.

Satan, as a fallen angel is very powerful; yet, he remains as an inferior force of God.

In the book of Job, Satan appears before God and makes accusations against a man called Job, a man of faith. God listened to Satan and limited him in actions toward Job. Those who know the record remember that Satan afflicted Job, but Job ultimately was stronger in relationship to God than before his attack by Satan.

In John 10:10 Jesus says: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy...” This is seen as one description of the work of the devil.

In Ephesians (6:11-12), Christians are told to be clothed in protective armor, which is supplied by God, because our warfare is against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against Satan’s domain.

Satan is the father of lies, he is deceptive, he disguises himself as an angel of light so that he may be more successful in deceiving believers.

In 1John 5:19 it is acknowledged that the whole world is under the control of he evil one; and Revelation 12:9 tells us he leads the whole world astray.

During the life of Jesus on earth the devil tempted Jesus, but Jesus used the sword of the Word and the devil had to depart in defeat.

Why did Jesus endure life on earth as a human? This passage tells us that he did so in order to destroy the devil, the one who holds the power of death. It was through his human death and then his resurrection that he broke the power of the one who has the power of death — the devil.

Satan was not annihilated as Jesus won the victory on the cross; but his power of death was shattered by the death and resurrection of Jesus. Death no longer rules forever.

When Jesus died he overcame the curse of sin since his own body was the atoning sacrifice; and the punishment for sin was paid in full. This was victory over sin.

Add to that His victory in the resurrection. Coming forth from the grave clearly demonstrated victory over death. Every believer is now sure that death cannot keep a body in the grave. Eternal life has a visible model. This puts creditability into the promise of glorification as Scripture promises in the future.

Satan has power in the domain of sin and death. He did not have power over death, which could not be vetoed. Jesus exercised His veto power so that no one must now be held captive by fear of death.

Ultimately Satan will be cast into the lake of fire where he will suffer eternally with others who refuse to live under God’s grace.

Each individual now has the personal power over death in his own sphere. Anyone who, in faith, yields to Jesus and receives Him as Savior, is transferred from the kingdom of death and darkness into the Kingdom of the Son of God (Col. 1:12-14), and will never be separated from God.