19th September 2018

Devil’s Advocate?

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
1 John 2:1 (NKJV)

The phrase ‘the Devil’s advocate’ has intrigued me for many years. The Cambridge Dictionary definition defines the role as ‘someone who pretends, in an argument or discussion, to be against an idea or plan that a lot of people support, in order to make people discuss and consider it in more detail:’ On the face of it, a person who encourages people to think laterally about a given subject, seems a perfectly reasonable stance to take. Perhaps the key is in one word of the dictionary definition—‘pretend.’ Occasionally, a film depicting a court case will portray the hero in the role of the Devil’s Advocate, the underdog winning through, frequently with a hidden agenda. This is ironic, since the real devil will one day be judged for his actions of destruction upon mankind. Speaking of the Devil, John 16:11 says, “Concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” How cunning and devious to have oneself represented as a hero, when all the time you are bent on the destruction of God’s children!

Christians are cognizant of the fact that the Devil has a hidden agenda. God’s word warns us to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Satan is out to destroy the whole world—he is the destroyer. We are aware of his trickeries and do not fear him because we have the armour of God to withstand his wiles (Ephesians 6:10-18).

It is good to have a mind open to reason and discuss, but in everyday life we need to be constantly aware of the evil one who is out to destroy us— he is not our advocate. Our advocate is Jesus Christ. He is our Hero who will crush and eradicate forever the threat of Satan. As the Apostle Paul told the Romans, “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (Romans 16:20). We can trust this Advocate completely; there is no hidden agenda. We could never afford the ‘legal fees’ of salvation, which our Advocate has paid up front with his death. To Him be the gratitude of all mankind forever.

Prayer
Thank you, great God, for your mercy in equipping us with the power by your Holy Spirit to withstand the darts of Satan. Thy kingdom come when his work will cease.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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