Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
The more real Satan appears in our day — the more obviously active — the more precious the victory of Christ will become to those who trust him.
The New Testament teaches that when Christ died and rose again, Satan was decisively defeated. A time of limited freedom is granted to him, but his power against God’s people is broken and his destruction is sure.
- “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)
- “[Christ] himself likewise partook of the same things [flesh and blood], that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.” (Hebrews 2:14)
- “[God] disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” (Colossians 2:15)
In other words, the decisive blow was struck at Calvary. And one day, when Satan’s time of limited freedom is over, Revelation 20:10 says, “The devil . . . [will be] thrown into the lake of fire . . . and will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
What does this mean for those of us who follow Jesus Christ?
- “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
- “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies!” (Romans 8:33)
- “[Neither] angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38–39)
- “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
- “They [the saints] have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (Revelation 12:11)
Therefore, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you!” He has been defeated, and we have been given victory. Our task now is to live in that victory and make Satan know his defeat.