26th October 2012

Jesus Has Overcome Evil

“I want to see you experts in good, and not even beginners in evil.”
Romans 16:19 (JB Phillips NT)

Halloween. Ghouls, ghosts, demons and devils. How interested should Christians be in the dark side?

Roman society at the time of Paul was not without its superstitions and pagan theologies. People would interpret everyday events as being influenced by spirits, gods and demi-gods. Paul saw these practices as obstacles in the Christian path of faith, and wanted believers to concentrate their thinking more on good than on evil.

Even today many people’s lives are affected heavily by superstitions and strange customs. Christians sometimes are more concerned about what Satan is doing than they are about what God is doing through Jesus. Some live in fear of demonic influence or interference. God’s love may strong, but does Satan’s hate win through sometimes? Should we understand life as a struggle between opposing spiritual forces and we are caught up in the middle of it all? The answer is, of course, no, we should not. Jesus has conquered Satan and evil for us. He resisted temptation for us. We walk in his victory, not in defeat or in ambivalence.

In one short study we cannot go into all the ramifications of mixed up thinking about the spirit world. We do know that the New Testament is not preoccupied by demonology, and that it says very little about how the demonic world functions. We have access to the fullness of the Holy Spirit, who is the spirit of a sound mind and not of fear. That’s where Christians should operate: in the fullness of the Spirit, not in the futility of evil.

Christians have the Lord Jesus Christ, who is faithful, and “he will give you stability and protection against all that is evil” (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

Sovereign Father, thank you that Jesus has overcome Satan and evil for us. Help me to focus on your goodness, and not on fear of, or interest in, evil.  In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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