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Devotional - week of December 22, 2002


JESUS CAME TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF SATAN

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.  1 John 3:8b

First John 3:8a and 10 express three works of Satan.

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.  1 John 3:8a

In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.  1 John 3:10

Satan promotes sin, unrighteousness, and lovelessness—which is expressed in the broader passage as hate and selfishness.

Jesus came to free us from sins and to fill us with righteousness and love.

Hebrews 2:14 gives one explanation of how Jesus did this.

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 …

To “destroy” means “to render powerless.” In the cross, Jesus removed Satan’s power. 

Through Jesus we entered the Kingdom of God and Jesus replaced Satan in us. Read 1 John 4:4b.

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

When we entered the Kingdom of God, we became new creations—we were crucified, buried, and resurrected.

As we experience our crucifixion, God is freeing us from sins and filling us with the Holy Spirit. When filled with the Holy Spirit, we are filled with righteousness and love.

When we are experiencing our enthronement with Jesus in the heavenlies, we are in a position of authority over Satan.