How Jesus Crippled Satan's Ability to Accuse You Before God
Coffee With God: 7/29/2023 | Romans 8:33-34
Romans 8:33-34 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died — more than that, who was raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Did you know that one of the things our Risen Savior is currently doing involves appealing on your behalf before God the Father?
It’s true. Jesus Christ, who elsewhere in Scripture is called our advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1), is currently seated at God’s right hand. But He’s not just sitting down and taking a 2,000+ year coffee break. He’s there in God’s heavenly court as your representative.
This overtly judicial language is not in the Bible by accident. It is more than simply an illustration or allusion.
Throughout the Old Testament, Satan is depicted as one who accuses God’s people day and night. We see this in books like Job (1-2), Zechariah (3), and 1 Kings (22). His name in Hebrew, Satan (שָּׂטָ֖ן), literally means accuser or adversary.
But this picture changes drastically in the New Testament. Yes, Satan is still depicted as a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8), the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:1-3), and as one who masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), but Christ’s victory on the cross has severely limited his role in God’s universe.
Want to know how?
While Satan’s aim is still to deceive, mislead, and seduce the people of God, he no longer has the legal grounds to go before God and accuse you of wrongdoing. Why? Because Jesus Christ, the Risen Savior, and the One whose blood paid the full penalty for your sin and mine, has now taken His place at God’s right hand as our advocate.
Does the devil still have the power to deceive, trick, and seduce the people of the world? Yes. But he does not have the ability to accuse you of sin before God. That’s a fact.
What does this mean for life here and now? Simply this: the next time Satan, the deceiver, tries to trick you into feeling condemned for sins you’ve already repented of and been forgiven for, you get to tell him to kick rocks. How great is that?
Jesus’ conquering of the great accuser is one of the greatest truths in your New Testament. It’s the subject of Revelation 12 and the topic of a video we just released on this unique chapter of the Bible. Want a dose of biblical encouragement? Check it out below:
One of the GREATEST TRUTHS in the Bible You May Have Never Heard... How Jesus Crippled Satan's Ability to Accuse You Before God.