12th October 2013

The Whodunit of All Time!

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—”
Hebrews 2:14 (NIV) 

It happens in all good whodunit stories; the detective stands over the corpse and says ‘did the deceased have any enemies?’  Usually to the chagrin of the investigator, no names are suggested and the pursuit of the perpetrator of the crime commences.

Because of his promises, followers of Jesus Christ know joy and peace even through trials (James 1:2), but we too have an enemy—one who would totally destroy us—Satan the devil.  Not content with his own eventual destruction he seeks out the children of light.  “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” it warns in 1 Peter 5:8.  The apostle Paul knew the dangers and wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:11, “in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”  We are encouraged not to give the devil a foothold in Ephesians 4:27.

We have no need to fear, however, as we have a divine spiritual armour as described in Ephesians 6:10-17. We are able by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit to stand our ground and defeat the devil.  We are assured that God has Satan’s end in hand—read Romans 16:20, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”

As in all whodunits the culprit is caught and punished (Revelation 20:10).  As a result, grief and sorrow will vanish forever.  This is no fairy tale, however the end is the same—we will all live happily ever after! (Revelation 21:1-4)

Great and almighty Father, we thank you for the ultimate destruction of the destroyer.  Thank you Holy Spirit for the enabling power to overcome sin and Satan. Thank you Jesus for the ultimate victory.

Study by Irene Wilson


irenewilsonAbout 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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