November 24, 2019 End with the Beginning

End with the Beginning

Revelation 12.7-12 is a brief summary of events from before recorded time to today. The passage declares that satan was expelled from Heaven when he led a rebellion against God. Isaiah 14.12-15 describes satan’s pride that brought this about (see Ezekiel 28.1-19, too). And, John 12.31records that Jesus’ would cast satan into the Pit of Hades. I believe this was accomplished between Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, as Paul writes in Ephesians 4.8-10 (Psalm 68.18).

But, even though satan has been cast into the Pit, his system of evil remains in the world, as Paul describes in Romans 1.18-32. He describes satan’s deceptive pride in verses 21-22: “although [the prideful people] knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.” Apologist Ravi Zacharias states Susanna Wesley’s advice to son John, like Jesus’ warning in John 10.10a: “Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish of spiritual things…that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself” (repeated in several radio broadcasts). See Acts 12.21-23 and 1 John 2.15-17.

In this context of lusts and pride, Apostle John gives us God’s two remedies to satan’s deceptions: the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12.11). It is because of our sin of not believing in God (John 3.18, 12.44-45) and the expressions of sins that come therefrom (Romans 8.5-8, Galatians 5.19-21) that we are covered by the blood of the Lamb (Hebrews 9.13-15, 22).

This justification by baptism INTO (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) “‘the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’” (Matthew 28.19; one Name, “Jesus”, John 17.11-12 NASB) is our entry into the grace which Paul describes in Romans 5.1-5. In verse 2, Paul writes that faith is our access into grace (John 1.16-17). Paul seems to be discussing Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus (John 3.1-8) and about Paul’s experience of the leading of the Holy Spirit in the Kingdom of God into a deeper commitment to and reliance upon the Name Jesus (2 Corinthians 12.9-10).

The Word of our testimony IS the Name Jesus (Revelation 12.11)! Every knee, everywhere, is subjugated by and to this Name (Philippians 2.9-11). The Name Jesus is the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6.17, Isaiah 49.2, Hebrews 4.12) and the Scepter of Jesus (Psalm 110.1-2). Paul (Acts 16.16-18) and Peter (Acts 8.14-24, 9.34-35) drove out demons with Jesus’ Name, just as Jesus’ disciples had while going where they were sent (Luke 10.17). This is as Jesus encouraged: “‘Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it’” (John 14.12-14; see John 16.23-24, 33 also).

Overcoming satan and the world was God’s plan from the beginning. He states this in Genesis 1.28. satan and his demons are the chief ‘creeps’ on the earth. John reminds us that faith is what overcomes satan’s world of deceptions (1 John 5.4-5). James (4.7) instructs us to resist the devil, knowing that he will flee! This happens when we “submit to God” (ibid) because of what Jesus said in Luke 10.19. Therefore, we have what we need to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2.12-13; 2 Corinthians 10.3-6).

The Word of our testimony, Jesus, is released to the degree of our faith in His ability to save us. Meditate upon Hebrews 11.6 for a long while.

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Praise God!!! Copyright © by Maurice L. Painter, 2019.


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