VICTORY OF CHRIST OVER SATAN (Part 1)
The Holy Bible is the only source on this planet that gives mankind a clear picture of man’s origin, his purpose for existing, and his future destiny. The Word of God makes it very plain that a cosmic struggle between good and evil, God and Satan has been ongoing ever since Lucifer, the powerful, beautiful angel created by God, fell from his exalted position through pride and rebellion against the Holy One. I will examine the path and means God chose to wage war against Satan as Satan attempted to undermine and destroy God’s design for mankind and all of creation.
God’s Dream – To Have a Family
To have a dream of something more, something better, something greater is really a God characteristic. The drive we have inside of us to expand, reach farther, increase and multiply is there because those attributes are part of God’s own character. We see this so clearly in Scripture, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness …” (Gen. 1:26 KJV). God wanted to recreate His own Beauty, Truth, Justice, Mercy, and Goodness. He chose man to be the extension of Himself, a being who could freely and willfully return His love and companionship. The greatest evidence of this was Jesus’ description of God as “The Father.” The tenderness of this God to want and have a family comes to life when one hears Jesus speaking this word to His disciples, ”Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32, KJV).
The Scriptures clearly depict man’s origin. Adam was created by God Himself, with God breathing the breath of life into Adam’s lifeless form. Then, so Adam wouldn’t be alone, God created Eve, a suitable helper for him. Through Adam and Eve, God’s idea of creating a large family, with whom He could share His love and be loved in return, would be a reality.
God’s Dilemma – His Family Taken Captive
The tragedy of the ages—God’s perfect, sinless children taken captive through lies and deception, to the very perpetrator of the heavenly rebellion, Satan himself. I can sense the holy hatred in Jesus’ voice when He spoke of Satan in John 8:44 (KJV), “When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” In those descriptions of Satan by Jesus, one can feel the love Jesus has for the Father, the awful pain our Father in heaven felt when the relationship with His children, His family, was fractured beyond hope. One can sense the holy jealousy our Father experienced at losing those created in His own image, to the very one He expelled from heaven because of arrogance, pride, and rebellion.
In his book, The Other Jesus, Lloyd J. Ogilvie writes, “The Father always has the lost on His heart. He yearns for us when we are separated from Him. There’s an aching loneliness in His heart when we are estranged from Him…He longs for the intimate oneness with us He created us to enjoy.”¹
Many times throughout the scriptures, the holy jealousy of God for His creation is mentioned, as in Zech. 8:2 (KJV), “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.”
It appeared that God would have no choice but to accept the inevitable. Adam and Eve freely and willfully gave over the legal rights of this earth and mankind to Satan. God’s plan for a family was doomed. Man had no power now to regain his former fellowship with God. God’s dream was over, being unable to compromise His character of perfect justice, even though it was the diabolical Satan who perpetrated the irreparable fracture.
But God did have a plan all along, a plan so unthinkable, that neither Satan, nor any angel or human being could have conceived of such a plan that could reverse this hopeless demise. It’s been said there is a beautiful painting in a French museum, which exactly depicts this unfathomable plan. The artist shows Adam and Eve just after they had been expelled from the Garden of Eden. The angel with drawn sword is standing at the entrance of the garden to prevent them from returning to their former paradise. There are thistles and thorns, weeds and many other evidences all around that reveal even the beauty of the earth has been shattered in a way not thought possible. Adam and Eve are depicted with countenances of horror and dismay. However, they are not looking at the stern-faced angel with drawn sword, or at the blight of a cursed landscape. They are gazing heavenward, seeing the One Who walked with them “in the garden in the cool of the day,” (Gen. 3:8, KJV), dying, hanging upon a cross. Truly, this painting is a description of Paul’s word to the Ephesians, “…he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,” (Eph. 1:4, KJV).
God’s Departure – The Greatest Rescue Mission Ever Undertaken
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem and the shepherds received the vision and message from the heavenly host, only those angels could have possibly understood the “…good tidings of great joy,” (Luke 2:10, KJV) and just how great was this event of Jesus’ birth. They were in heaven when Lucifer rebelled against God. They were there to see the Father’s heart break at the fall of Adam and Eve. They were witnesses of man’s plight, living in a fallen world, having a sin nature, with Satan being loose and on the prowl to perpetrate every evil device imaginable against and through God’s highest creation. The song of those angels that night outside Bethlehem was just a tiny echo of the thunderous roar of praise to God that resounded through the universe as Jesus came forth from Mary’s womb.
One of my favorite old-time hymns of the faith is, “There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood” by William Cowper. The first words of this anointed song read, “There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Emmanuel’s veins.”2 The year was 1983, the place, Moody Bible Church in Chicago where I was attending Founder’s Week in February of that year. On the last day of the events, a man stood up and began to reverently sing this song in his deep, baritone voice. As I heard the words, “drawn from Emmanuel’s veins,” I felt the Holy Spirit communicating to me the reality of the same message that artist who painted the picture in the French museum depicted in the faces of Adam and Eve. I was getting the revelation about God’s very own life-blood being poured out because of His love for sinful man. The Scripture, “…Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (God with us),” (Isaiah 7:14, KJV), came alive to me as never before. I saw in my spirit God’s own arms extended downward to man, blood flowing from His veins.
1 Lloyd J. Ogilvie, “The Lost on the Father’s Heart, p. 183,” The Other Jesus, Word Incorporated, 1986
2 William Cowper, “There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood, p. 263,” Hymns For The Family of God, Paragon Associates, Inc., 1976
Victory of Christ Over Satan (Part 2)