Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Knock-Out Punch

To people who feel that Satan getting into our physical bodies to become the flesh is a victory for the evil one I would ask you to consider the matter further.
Before the fall and after Satan’s rebellion the devil was allowed to roam the earth as a spirit. This allowed the evil one free run over the creation. However, as a punishment for the temptation of Adam and Eve, Satan was restricted in his movements. This part of the judgment God leveled against Satan in the garden: (
Genesis 3:714).
The phrase, “you will eat dust all the days of your life.” refers, I believe, to Satan’s exile to our bodies. The same Hebrew word for “dust” is used here and in
Genesis 2:7 when the Bible speaks of the creation of man. This was a punishment included as part of the curse the Father inflicted on the evil one. This does not sound like being stuck in the physical bodies of people was Satan’s first choice of where to spend his summer vacation.

What this did, in fact, was to set Satan up to be vanquished. The Father knows that Satan is no match for the power of His endless life. Leaving Satan in our physical bodies is far from being an incomplete work. This situation actually forces Satan to confront the life of God working in the renewed human spirit and to be pummeled to pieces by the power of that life. This is why the Scriptures say: 1 Corinthians 2:8 …which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Just like a boxer setting his opponent up for the knockout punch, the Father stuck Satan in human flesh to position him to be finished off.

If the Father is truly all-powerful then it is possible for Him to deal with the evil one in any manner. If the destruction of Satan were all that he Father wanted He could have simply disintegrated the devil. God created Satan and He can certainly destroy him. However we must understand that Satan is more than an evil spirit—he is a tool in the hands of God.


1 comment:

Free Spirit said...

Deep. Gotta ponder some more.