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Sun, Feb 24, 2019

Divine Elevation Above the Powers of Darkness

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Prior to the coming of Jesus Christ into the world to die for our sins, Satan had a field day. The Bible presents him as having a highly organized army of demonic beings through whom he brings everyone under his control and enslavement (Eph. 2:1-3; 6:12; John 10:10).
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Prior to the coming of Jesus Christ into the world to die for our sins, Satan had a field day. The Bible presents him as having a highly organized army of demonic beings through whom he brings everyone under his control and enslavement (Eph. 2:1-3; 6:12; John 10:10). Apostle John says that “the whole world is under the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). This means at least three things.

One, it means that Satan has brought corruption and deterioration to the world. The world is passing away. The world is corruptible and deteriorating and will eventually be destroyed. Two, it means that Satan has affected the governments and societies of the world. He has corrupted the hearts and minds, laws and rules of man. No government and no set of laws are perfect in governing the nations and societies of the earth. Three, it means that Satan has injected and infected the world with sin and with lust, evil, pride, and rebellion against God.

As terrible as man’s fate upon the earth is, the good news is that “because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. . .  .And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:4-6). From our previous messages, we learned the following about how a person is made alive with Christ and raised up with Him: When a person truly believes in Jesus Christ, God loves His Son so much that He counts the person's faith as his identification with Christ.

God sees the persons' faith and love for Christ, and He honors his faith and love by doing the very thing the person believes. The person believes and loves Christ for His righteousness, death, and resurrection; therefore, God counts the person as being together with Christ in His righteousness, death, and resurrection. But the second part of what God does for the person that He brings to life with Christ and raises up with Him is very important for us to understand.

According to Paul, “God . . . seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). Being seated at the right hand of God simply means having the highest seat of honor and authority in the universe. What God did was to exalt Jesus Christ to rule and reign over all authority, no matter how great or powerful. Christ has been exalted above "all principality, and power, and might, and dominion."

And to make sure nothing is excluded—Jesus Christ has been exalted above "every name that is named, not only in this world, but in that [world] which is to come" (Ephes. 1:21). All things are placed in subjection under Him (Phil. 2:9-10; Heb. 1:9; 1 Pet. 3:22). The implication of Paul’s statement about Jesus’ divine elevation is that believers who are seated with God in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus are also elevated far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come” (Eph. 2:21).

One of the benefits that believers have in Christ, therefore, is their elevation above Satan. We are no longer under his control and bondage. We occupy a position that is far higher and superior to his own together with his demons. This is the reason for the commands given to believers in respect of their dealings with the devil. In Luke 10:19, Jesus said to His disciples, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you”. The Christian believer has power over all enemies; he has perfect security.

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