Jesus’ Death Destroyed The Devil

Jesus’ Death Destroyed The Devil

Hebrews 2:14-15 KJV “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; [15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

Jesus’ death destroyed the Devil, and set us free from bondage. In various Bible translations Hebrews 2:14 reads that Jesus’ death destroyed the “power” of the devil, not the devil himself. Therein lies a serious misprint. To destroy someone’s power and to destroy the one that wields the power are two different things. If you take away a person’s weapon they can simply get another weapon. But if the evil person himself is destroyed that’s the end of him and his powerful weapon. That’s what happened to Satan when Jesus died on the cross. Jesus destroyed the person who had the power of death. He put an end to him and his weapon.

Revelation 12:12 KJV “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

Now that death and the one who held the power of death has been defeated the way is now open to receive eternal life from Almighty God.

John 3:16 KJV “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Believing in Jesus is so powerful that his defeat of death and of Satan is transferred to the believer’s account. Yes, His victory is our victory. His righteousness is our righteousness. His eternal life is our eternal life. We have been set free from the slavery that the fear of death holds over mankind. And what a powerful weapon it is. I’ve heard many experiences of faithful Christians who were on their deathbeds that were rejoicing. They were more excited about being with Jesus than anything else. They looked forward to dying, knowing they would be with the Father in heaven forever. But it’s not that way for the wicked. Great fear grips the wicked when they are about to die. The blood of Jesus does not cover them. Because they do not believe. They have not had their hearts and consciences sprinkled with and cleansed by Jesus’ blood. There is no assurance of forgiveness of sins. When death comes knocking on the wicked’s door they know inwardly that something very bad is about to happen.

Hebrews 10:22 KJV “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

Hebrews 9:13-14 KJV “For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: [14] How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

As can be seen from the verses above Jesus’ blood (in contrast to the blood of animals used under the law) cleanses us inwardly; it purges our consciences. Our consciences do not condemn us because of Jesus’ blood. (Romans 8:1-2) Wrongful acts or sin leads to death. And produces a guilty conscience along with fear. But Jesus’ righteousness is transferred or credited to the believer’s account. His righteousness takes away all fear and guilt that sin produces completely, because Jesus never sinned. All who believe in Him enjoy the same right standing with God that He has: as if they had never sinned. WOW! This is how powerful the blood of Jesus is. There is no detergent or cleanser on earth that can do that. There is no blood in the universe that is more powerful. Now that the conscience of the believer is clear or cleansed; there is no guilt of sin. Because there is no sin. Now the believer can boldly enter The Most Holy Place in heaven, in the presence of Almighyty God Himself!

Romans 6:23 NIV “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Sin earns death. This is why the wicked can’t help but think about all their sins when they are about to die. It is sin that has produced this state. Their consciences have not been sprinkled with the forgiving power of Jesus’ blood. So their guilt is screaming loud and clear. But the righteous who believe in Jesus Christ and His shed blood for them do not experience guilt in the face of death. They too have sinned just like the wicked. But their sins have been truly forgiven. Guilt and fear because of sins just is not present.

Psalm 32:5 NLT “Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.”

All true believers do what David did. They confess their sins to God and repent. Then God removes even the guilt associated with their sins. Guilt is a feeling of impending punishment for a wrong act or acts committed. Even the most wicked people who are said to have no conscience at all experience guilt when they are about to die. But for the righteous there is no such fear when it’s time to face judgment. Jesus’ shed blood through His death has taken away the punishment we deserve.

1 John 4:17-18 NLT “And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So WE WILL NOT BE AFRAID ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, but we can face him with CONFIDENCE because we live like Jesus here in this world. [18] Such love has NO FEAR, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”

This bold confidence we will have on Judgment Day is accomplished through Jesus death and His blood. He destroyed sin and death, the fear of death, and the one who has been wielding the power of death over mankind; Satan the Devil. All who believe in Jesus have eternal life. All who believe in Him have victory over the evil one and all of his power, just as Jesus has. His righteousness is credited to our account. He is our righteousness. His victory through His death is our victory. He is indeed our LORD and SAVIOR. The Bible says that through Jesus we have ALREADY OVERCOME the wicked one:

1 John 2:13-14 KJV “I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because YE HAVE OVERCOME THE WICKED ONE. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. [14] I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and YE HAVE OVERCOME THE WICKED ONE.”

Revelation 12:11 NLT “And THEY HAVE DEFEATED HIM BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB and by their testimony. And THEY DID NOT LOVE THEIR LIVES SO MUCH THAT THEY WERE AFRAID TO DIE.”

Luke 10:17‭-‬20 NET “Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name!” So he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Look, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven.”

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Sword Fight

Sword Fight

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. [4] We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. [5] We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”

If you’re in the habit of speaking God’s word (especially to those who profess to be believers) you’ve noticed a trend; some wholeheartedly agree with God’s word, and others put up resistance to what it says. Often the latter prove they are not Christians at all. How can a person be a born again believer when they so viciously oppose the word of God? Others are just weak in their faith and need help.

Jude 1:22‭-‬23 NET “And have mercy on those who waver; save others by snatching them out of the fire; have mercy on others, coupled with a fear of God, hating even the clothes stained by the flesh.”

Galatians 6:1‭-‬2 NET “Brothers and sisters, if a person is discovered in some sin, you who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. Pay close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too. Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

As we let the word of God dwell in us richly it has no choice but to come out of our mouths. Jesus said out of the mouth the overflow of the heart speaks. (Luke 6:45) So it’s normal for us to freely talk about and read God’s word among each other. Sometimes though during these moments people go berserk. They become so offended at what God’s word says there’s no way they can be born again Christians. They even start quoting scriptures back to you, angrily twisting them to mean what they want them to say. Usually this is done to justify their right to do something evil, like commit sexual immorality, get revenge (including murder), hold a grudge against someone, etcetera. I recently had a guy who professed to be a believer tell me, “You know how the Bible says some have entertained strangers and were entertaining angels without knowing it? The way I see it, if demons are shape-shifting and giving people in the music industry millions of dollars to sell their souls, an angel of God can come to me and give me millions of dollars not to sell my soul. God told me through a prophet I would be a billionaire. I’m waiting on my angel. I’m believing it!” Wow! Listen to what the guy said he would do once he obtains the money: “This is how I will use the money: I will make sure that when the mark of the beast goes out Christians will have enough food and water and guns so they can fight back. My God is not a punk! I will go and get my daughter back by force. It’s not kidnapping. That judge took her from me. They kidnapped her from me! They had no right to take away my legal rights to see my daughter while I was in prison. Also I’ll make sure my daughter has enough money so she’s set for life, then I’m gonna go and kill that judge who who took my daughter from me. And if anybody gets in my way they’ll die too. This is what God told me to do.” At this point I’m thinking, “Hmmm, this is a real nut case. Is he serious or just talking? Either way I don’t need to be around him.” Then he said he would use the rest of his wealth to make sure there are no more homeless people. So let’s get this straight: after he alters Bible prophecy by making sure no Christians suffers for not taking the mark of the beast, and starts his own holy war with guns, he will then kidnap his daughter, then murder the judge that gave the child’s mother sole parental rights while he was in prison. Hmmmm, I wonder why the judge did that? Then after he gets his revenge on the judge He’s going to feed and care for the homeless. Wow, is all I can say. And while this man was telling me all this he was quoting and twisting Bible verses to support everything he said.

I tried to reason with the fella from the scriptures regarding his plans. But every time I tried to show him what God says about murder, vengeance, forgiveness, and following our emotions verses following what the Bible says, he angrily resisted. So I did what Jesus said and kept my pearls to myself.

Matthew 7:6 NET “Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces.”

This man’s evil plans displayed in his rant just came out of nowhere while we were discussing the scriptures. And yes, he did profess to be a Christian. A sword fight was taking place.

Ephesians 6:17 NET “And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Hebrews 4:12 NLT “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. IT EXPOSES OUR INNERMOST THOUGHTS AND DESIRES.”

No other words in all creation have the same effect that God’s word the Bible has on people. If the Bible is just the words of men why does it elicit such a phenomenal response from those who hear it? Because it is not the words of mere men. It is the inspired words of Almighty God! It exposes or judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Nothing encourages people more, or upsets folks more than the Bible. That’s power!

2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17 NET “Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.”

Of course we wish that everyone would accept God’s word, but that won’t happen. God Himself says it won’t. Let’s thank God that we accept it. Thank Him for opening our eyes to His truth. And pray for those who do not yet see.

2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”

It takes an act of God; a miracle, for someone to accept and believe the good news about Christ. And as we’ve already shown there are many who claim to believe it but do not. So don’t be surprised when you’re discussing the scriptures even with those who profess to be Christians and suddenly they go berserk. The word of God has that effect on people. It judges; reveals, exposes, the true thoughts and intentions of the heart. No other book in all creation does this. Which proves the Bible is not the creation of mere men. It is the word of Almighty God.

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Heaven Opens Wide

Heaven Opens Wide

Hebrews 11:6 KJV “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

When anyone does what you just read, heaven opens wide to that person. When we personally come to God we must believe He exist and causes everything to have it’s being. If we do not believe God we are lost puppies. We do not know where we are, or how to get where we need to go.

Only God can cut through any circumstance and answer the prayers of them that earnestly seek Him. Without this trust in His ability, this belief that God can do whatever we ask, our prayers are weak, they have no power, they are, “impossible.” Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please him.” Just think about this: someone asks you to do something for them, then they tell you, “By the way, I don’t really believe you, or that you exist.” How would you respond?

The phrase, “diligently seek,” God in Hebrews 11:6 means to investigate Him, to search Him out, to seek out for one’s self, to even beg, and crave God. When someone does this they’re serious. They really want to know our Father. This reminds me of another verse:

Jeremiah 29:13 NIV “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Heaven Opens Wide when a person does this! God promises to let Himself be found only by those who SEEK HIM WITH ALL THEIR HEART. A haphazard seeker will never find God. They do not value the treasure He is.

Psalm 73:25 NIV “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.”

Matthew 13:44‭-‬46 NET “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it.”

A SERIOUS DISEASE

The person who obeys Hebrews 11:6 seeks God His way and thus finds Him. This also proves that he/she is not infected with the, “I’m My Own God,” disease. People who think they’re gods aren’t looking to almighty God to reward them. Only someone who humbles themselves; who has taken true stock of themselves, can come to God in the way that pleases Him. Believing Satan’s lie that you’re a god or can become one puts us at odds with the one true God. Because worship of self and desiring worship from others is idolatry.

Revelation 21:8 NIV “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

To those who seek God the way He desires Heaven Opens Wide. A direct connection is made with the Father. And one day soon we will be right there in his presence, and we will never leave.

Revelation 3:12 NET “The one who conquers I will make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never depart from it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God (the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from my God), and my new name as well.”

This article would not be complete without mentioning the chief person; the chief connection, or portal that opens up heaven to all of us. That person is none other than Jesus Christ. Listen to what He says:

John 14:6 KJV “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Heaven Opens Wide when we come to God through the right way: His son Jesus Christ.

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You Have Eternal Life

You Have Eternal Life

1 John 5:11-13 KJV “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [13] These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

When Jesus reveals himself to someone they know He is real. Those who follow Him have eternal life. They’re not waiting for eternal life they already have it. To have Jesus is to have life. To not have Him is to not have life.

God wants us; His children, to know for certain that we have eternal life. He is so kind and generous to give us this gift. He didn’t have to do this. He is the creator of all things. He can do whatever He wants. And He chose to give us eternal life at a very high cost to Himself: the life, the pain, and suffering of His only begotten son. Jesus’ death on the cross established eternal life for us. People will either accept His sacrifice or not. We can’t make them receive it. We can only be hopeful and willing to share God’s message of salvation with those who want to hear it.

John 3:16-18 KJV “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

John 14:6 NLT “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

Some say Jesus is not the only way to be saved. Some also teach that man can become his own god. Others preach if you’re basically a good person that’s all that’s needed to get to heaven. It’s all rubbish and contradicts God’s word.

Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Another Bible put it this way:

“God has saved you only because he himself is so very kind. He has saved you because you believe him. You could not save yourselves, but it is God’s gift to you. 9 He has not saved you as a result of any good thing that you yourselves have done. So, nobody has any reason to say how good they themselves are!” (EEB)

People who choose not to believe God cannot be saved. Because faith is a requirement for salvation. But firstly we are saved by God’s grace; because He is so kind! Then comes the faith or belief in His saving work done by Jesus on the cross. Being a so-called, “Good Person,” doesn’t cut it. “God knows my heart,” doesn’t cut it either. The truth is no matter how good we think we are we all have sinned. And SIN DISQUALIFIES US FROM ETERNAL LIFE. Sin only earns death:

Romans 6:23 KJV “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

ETERNAL LIFE FROM GOD IS A GIFT, because no one can earn it.  All have sinned. To earn eternal life one would have to be sinless. Jesus Christ is the only person who did that (lived a sinless life). Which is why eternal life for the human race can only come through Him.

Romans 3:23-24 KJV “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [24] Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

There it is again; we’re all guilty of sin. But believers in Jesus the Messiah are set free, acquitted, justified freely from their sins, by God’s gracious kindness, “through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.” Believers have been given Jesus’ righteousness. They are born again into Jesus’ eternal life. This is a spiritual rebirth. Only the Spirit can give life. Everything from the flesh produces death. What a wonderful free gift we have been given! We have a righteous standing in the presence of God through Jesus Christ. Indeed we are saved by God’s gracious kindness through faith, and this is not something from ourselves or something we’ve earned, so that no one can boast about how good they are.

ETERNAL LIFE IS A FREE GIFT FROM GOD. AND IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE SON YOU HAVE IT!

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All That Matters

All That Matters

Romans 8:37-39 NIV “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. [38] For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, [39] neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

All that matters is that we remain in God’s love. And isn’t it good to know that NOTHING can separate us from it? Nothing overpowers God’s love for us, nothing! That’s what Romans 8:37-39 is saying. It doesn’t matter what is going on. It doesn’t matter how tough times get. God is still there. And His love guides us, comforts us, and protects us. The world wants us to believe other things are more important. Pressures will continue to mount. One thing after the next. Let’s be careful to stay in God’s love above all else.

FELL AMONG THORNS

Luke 8:14 KJV “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.”

I know there are things we must do in this life to take care of our physical needs, and the needs of our families. But if we’re not anchored in our relationship with God we will become what’s described in Luke 8:14. By not growing to spiritual maturity we remain babes in the faith or worse. The worries of this life, riches, and pleasure seeking will choke the word of God from us. We will even find ourselves justifying chasing things of this world. How many folks spend eons of time running after such things and never take time to study their Bibles? Many.

REMAIN

Listen to what Jesus says it takes for Him to remain in us and for us to remain in Him:

John 15:4-7 NLT “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. [5] “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. [6] Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. [7] But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!”

Jesus’ words must be IN and remain IN us for Him to be IN and remain IN us. How can this happen if we do not study His words in the Bible? How can we apply his teachings in our lives if we don’t study what the Bible says?

WANT BOLDNESS ON JUDGMENT DAY?

1 John 4:17-18 NLT “And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. [18] Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”

Wow! You read it right: those who remain in God’s love to the end will confidently stand before their heavenly Father on Judgment Day with absolutely no fear! Living a life in imitation of Jesus Christ is perfect love, and there is no fear in it, no dread of punishment. Only bold confidence before Almighty God awaits those who deny themselves, take up their crosses daily, and follow Jesus. (Luke 9:23) God grants His servants this awesome boldness. What a gift! All that matters is that we grow in and remain in God’s love. 😁

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