IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: IF SATAN HAD KNOWN…
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Cor. 2:7-8)
The day is coming, God says, when you (not just your offspring) will be defeated and removed from the earth. The offspring of this woman will crush you (see Romans 16:20 and Hebrews 2:14). That decisive blow was struck by the perfect offspring of the woman, Jesus Christ, when he died on the cross. This is one of the reasons why the eternal Son of God had to become a man — because it was the offspring of the woman who would crush Satan.
If Satan had known what he was doing when he crucified the Lord of glory, he would have never done it. He thought the crucifixion was his greatest victory, but it was actually his ultimate defeat.
If Satan had known what he was doing when he arranged for that beating in which Jesus received thirty-nine stripes on His back …if he had known what he was doing when he incited the soldiers to make that crown of thorns and press it into Jesus’ scalp until blood ran down His face and into His beard …if he had known what he was doing when he pierced His hands and feet and later His side …if he had known what he was doing when he made arrangements for the bloodshed that redeemed God’s man, he would certainly never have done it.
No wonder Satan hates the blood. No wonder he is afraid of the blood. If he had known what he was doing, he would never have shed that innocent blood. But it was done “once and for all,” and it can never be undone.
Satan could not have touched Jesus had the Father not allowed it. But He did allow it because He had a glorious plan, a mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to us in Jesus Christ.
So often in our lives, Satan thinks he is doing some terrible thing to us that will finish us off, and yet God has another plan entirely. He intends to take what Satan means for our harm and work it out not only for our good, but for the good of the many to whom we will minister.
When Christ died for our sins, Satan was disarmed and defeated. The one eternally destructive weapon that he had was stripped from his hand, namely, his accusation before God that we are guilty and should perish with him. When Christ died that accusation was nullified. All those who entrust themselves to Christ will never perish. Satan cannot separate them from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8:37–39).
God permitted Satan’s fall, not because he was helpless to stop it, but because he had a purpose for it. Since God is never taken off guard, his permissions are always purposeful. If he chooses to permit something, he does so for a reason — an infinitely wise reason.
Death was passed down to all men through the sin of Adam, but life has been passed down or made available to all men through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. But not without bloodshed, because the life is in the blood!
The glory of Christ reaches its apex in the obedient sacrifice of the cross where Jesus triumphed over the devil (Colossians 2:15). Jesus said, “Now [in my final hour] is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him” (John 13:31). Paul said, “We preach Christ crucified . . . the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:23–24). Jesus said to Paul about Satan’s thorn in Paul’s side, “My power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
In the end, Satan and all his pain serves to magnify the power, wisdom, love, grace, mercy, patience, and wrath of Jesus Christ. We would not know him in the fullness of his glory if he had not defeated Satan in the way he did.
“Do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12).
Endure evil. “Love bears all thing, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7; see also Mark 13:13).
Give thanks for the refining effect of evil that comes against you. “Give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20; see also 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Romans 5:3–5).
Hate evil. “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good” (Romans 12:9).
Pray for escape from evil. “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13).
Expose evil. “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).
Overcome evil with good. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).
Resist evil. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
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