24th February 2012

Jesus Resisted Satan For Us

“Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
James 4:7 (NKJV)

What should be the believer’s primary response to Satan?

The apostle James wanted his readers to be in no doubt about the answer to that question. Today there is some confusion about this subject in Christian circles. Some may think that we should engage Satan in conversation, or that through the Spirit believers are empowered to command demons and expel them.

Yet the Bible implies a different response. It is to resist the devil and his demons. This resistance is not something we do with the strength of our own intellect or will. Rather, we submit to God and participate in what Jesus has done for us already.

Jesus has done everything for us. Every aspect of his ministry was for us. He was born for us, he died for us, and he rose for us. The temptation, recorded in Matthew 4 and in Luke 4, was a participation in our humanity. His resistance of Satan was for us. Our resistance of Satan is a participation in Christ’s resistance. Jesus, our High Priest, can sympathize with our weaknesses because he was “in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). His resistance was perfect and complete. For us to try to resist Satan without Jesus, is imperfect and incomplete.

Our primary response to Satan is to resist him by turning to Jesus. Jesus has resisted the devil on our behalf. The Lord Jesus “is faithful, who will establish and guard you from the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).

Father, thank you that Jesus did everything he did for us. Thank you that he resisted and overcame the devil for us. Help us please to participate in his resistance of Satan, knowing that Jesus guards us still from the evil one. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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