To Fight or Not? (6)

What should be our response to the threat presented by the evil force?

The above question could be perceived as advocating an action concerning the presence of evil force. However, could the humans undertake an effort, on their part, to fight the evil? Good news is, the solution has already been implemented without our efforts. The answer, therefore, from the human vantage, is in the past, not in the future. “‘I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage – I have conquered the world.'” (John 16:33, NET). “Take courage” means literally “but be courageous.” Jesus tells us “be courageous,” the victory is yours already; the evil force has been defeated forever. So, the solution is simple, do not fight the vanquished foe.

When and how the evil force was defeated?  Jesus answered. “‘Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’. Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.” (John 12:31 – 33, net). The “ruler of this world” refers to Satan. The “lifted up” refers to Jesus nailed to the cross at Golgotha. The humankind, in the garden in Eden, gave Satan this world to be his principality. Notice, Satan was the “prince” of this world, not its “king,” because, as a created being, he cannot be sovereign. Only the King, God, is the Sovereign.

The Power of the Cross of Christ has defeated and overthrown the evil force, the Satan and he has no power, to again repossess this world and its people by force. The “yielded believers” have nothing to worry about; they belong to God forever. The Power of the Cross of Christ is infinitely more powerful than the evil force.

What are the yielded believers to do then? Read the next week’s blog.

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