Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes:
The power of the devil is alarming. Our Lord says to Peter, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you like wheat. These are indications of his tremendous power. But perhaps the ultimate proof of the power, and the confidence, and the ability of the devil, is to be found in the fact that he did not hesitate to tempt and to attack even the Son of God himself. He approached him with confidence, with assurance, for he had defeated all others. The greatest saints, the patriarchs of the Old Testament, and prophets, had all been defeated by the wiles of the devil.
Is this discouraging? I say again that it is far from discouraging. I find it to be most encouraging because now I understand what is happening. But still more, I know that the Lord reigneth. He is over all, and he has sent Someone into this world who has been able to master the strong man armed and to rob him of his armor.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Exposition of Ephesians (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1998)
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