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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