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A Defeated Enemy?

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Does it make sense for us to think of the devil as a defeated foe—without thinking twice?

On one hand, Hebrews 2:14-15 says of our Protector and Deliverer, “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—  and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

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But could that lull us to daydream if we forget that the Apostle Paul wrote, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph 6:12)?

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35 Responses to “A Defeated Enemy?”

  1. remarutho says:

    Good Evening Mart & Friends —

    Nice cat, Mart!

    I am reminded of Peter’s admonition to the churches of the dispersion: “There are some things in them (the writings of Paul) that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do to the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability…” (2 Peter 3:16-17)

    The imagery — daydream if you will — is magnified by error. Error is promoted and fostered and “suggested” by the evil one! John taught that “perfect love casts out fear…” ( 1 John 4:18)

    May we all be strengthened by Christ’s words just before his ordeal of sacrifice began. He said, “…for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father…” (John 14:30-31) In Him, Maru

  • bratimus says:

    It is the seen and unseen that are being spoke of.

    For most the struggle isn’t in the pyschical or seen part of are lives, as much as the unseen spiritual part of are lives.