Dear Fellow Believers in Christ, (Christ dealt a death blow to Satan's hold on man through Adam's sin)
Why is understanding the finished work of Jesus important relative to Satan? Why is the church fighting Satan if our key is knowing the finished work of the cross? What does mind renewal have to do with defeating Satan? How did Christ Cross out Satan and sin on the cross? Why is the Spirit rebirthing essential to appropriate the finished work of the cross against Satan in us? What is the real truth and facts about our adversary -- Satan? Holy Spirit guide us into all truth today, I pray!
CHRIST CROSSED OUT SATAN
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may at intervals give to you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the full knowledge of Him: they eyes of your heart then having been completely enlightened; that you should then ever know what continually is the hope of His calling, what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. . . " (Eph. 1:17-18, author's translation).
First, The Importance of the Full Revelation of the Finished Work of Jesus
Paul prayed for believers in Ephesus that they would receive, "the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him" Ė The Father and the Son (Eph. 1:17). As believers, we need to know the fullness of the revelation of Christ, which is ever unfolding to us by our teacher, the Holy Spirit. As you study all the things in this prayer in Ephesians 1:17-23, there is a lot of eternal truth shared all centered around Christ and His finished work on the cross. There are some important foundational things to be fully taught us by the Spirit, within the full revelation of the finished work of Jesus on the cross, for life now in Christ.
Second, The Father gave Christ and the Church authority over Satan
The subject of this prayer is God, our Father, and it is the Fatherís "calling" and "inheritance in the saints" (Eph. 1:17,18). It is the Fatherís "mighty power which he worked in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him" in all authority "in heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, not only in this age but also in that which is to come" (Eph. 1:19-21). Did the Father leave anybody out there? No, He clearly said all. Then assuredly that includes Satan and all his demons, also. Paul goes on and tells us, that the Father put "all things under" Christís feet, and gave Christ "to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all" (Eph. 1:22-23). The Father gave Christ and the Church authority over Satan.
Third, The Truth about the Us and Satanís Work in Us in Times Past
"We were continually dead in trespasses and sins" (Eph. 2:1), according to Paul. In the past, we walked according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience (Eph. 2:2). We walked according to lusts and fulfilled the desires of the flesh by nature (Eph. 2:3). Through the original sin of Adam, man had received the spirit and nature of Satan himself. However, we need a renewed mind to understand more fully what we received.
Fourth, Satan on the Outside of Man with Inroads Through the Original Sin
Satan and all angels do not have the capability of being omnipresent (Dan. 10:10-21), as does only our Lord God. Satan provided Adam a word/seed of rebellion and disobedience to God, containing Satanís spirit and nature to grow out of it. Our minds want to conceive of spirit as a thing or a person. However, Satanís spirit is just a motivating force. The Satan seed is a corruptible word (I Pet. 1:23). This means that it is not irrevocable, and is subject to decay, or elimination by Christ. Satan is the father of this disobedient seed and nature. Satan has been kept on the outside of man, not being omnipresent, using inroads through the original sin to build his works and strongholds in man.
Fifth, Christ Paid for All Sins and Trespasses on the Cross
Paul reminds us that our Father, "Who is rich in mercy, because of His great love which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ,". . ."and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:4-6). As far as our Father is concerned, Christ paid for everything in full on the cross. Jesus took care of the original sin, and all trespasses of man past, present, and future by His shed blood (Rom. 5:15-21) Ė a death blow to Satan's hold on man through Adam's sin.
Sixth, Christ Crossed Out Satan on the Cross
The eternal redemption was paid and forgiveness with the Father was received through the blood of Jesus (Col. 1:14). This qualified us to the Father (Col. 1:12), so He once then delivered us out of the kingdom of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Col. 1:13). Jesus put to death the old man Adam, which removed the spirit and nature of Satan, and any inroads by Satan to the body of sin (Rom. 6:6). Jesus put to death the law with ordinances against us in His body that was once nailed to cross as the eternal sacrifice (Col. 2:14). Christ literally crossed out Satan on the Cross Ė past, present, and future.
Seventh, Christ Eliminated Every Negative Thing of Sin and Satan
Christ paid for and eliminated every negative thing of sin and Satan, that separated us from full fellowship with the Father. The word says, that Christ having once then separated out of us everything used by the rulers and authorities (Col. 2:15). Literally this means that Christ disarmed Satan by His finished work on the cross and rendered him unemployed. When Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "It is finished!" (John 19:30), everything was finished. God our Father no longer recognizes Satan as father of His works in us. Before the cross we were dead in trespasses and sins to the Father. After the cross, Satan's nature and sin are dead in us to the Father, when applied at the Spirit rebirthing.
Eighth, Christ Triumphed Over Satan After His Finished Work on the Cross
Christ had crossed out Satan on the cross, as father or sin in us. Then, Christ with all authority of the Father, went to Satan and his captives in hell (I Pet. 3:18,19). Christ presented and declared that Satan was now powerless, and He triumphed over Satan and all his demons in that fact (Col. 2:15). If Satan had not already been defeated and his spirit and nature removed from man at the cross, then there could not have been the triumph proclaimed by Christ over Satan that day, and not one captive could have legally left Satan and hell with Jesus. However, Christ was clearly able to triumph over Satan because of the cross.
Ninth, The Truth about Satan
Satan has always worked on the outside of man, not being omnipresent. He is simply a created being, and is not able to birth himself in anyone. Satan became a father in a limited sense, through the original sin that he implanted in man through a corruptible and disobedient seed, which grew into his spirit and nature in man. Christ crossed Satan and sin out Ė to be received at the Spirit rebirthing.