Satan is the ‘Prince of this world’. Jesus our Lord declared “The prince of this world comes and finds nothing in me” (Jn.14: 30). The devil started tempting or trying Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus overcame all temptation (Lust of the flesh, Lust of the eyes, Pride of life).
For the children of the world (Born of Flesh) and non-regenerated, Satan is Lord, they are in bondage and subject to him, but have the opportunity to receive freedom and move from darkness (Kingdom of Satan) into Light (Kingdom of God) through the atoning and redemption power in the blood of Jesus. God is merciful and He sends his rain upon both the righteous and the wicked.
For the children of God (Born of the Spirit), Satan is only a trainer, taskmaster or examiner of sorts to make them grow in faith and move to higher levels of God’s glory and discipleship. To them, Jesus is Lord.
Jesus Christ came and destroyed the power of the enemy, that is, Satan and the kingdom of darkness. He declared Himself as, and is, the Vine that feeds and supplies strength and Life to the branch. He prunes every fruitful branch so they may produce more fruits. Satan is most times the instrument for the pruning. God allows trials. But He sees us through. (Is. 43: 1-2; 2Cor: 4: 17)
This is most illustrated in the life of Job. God rewarded Job for his steadfastness and Satan was put to shame. Any time Satan is put to shame, God’s name is glorified. Our God delights in this and He restores and rewards in multiple fold. Yet we have a better covenant than Job.
Also, it was the ability or grace of God upon Joseph to resist temptation, that ensured the fulfillment of God’s purpose or destiny for his life (Gen. 37)
God rules in the affairs of men (Dan. 4: 17) but Satan’s relevance in the purpose of God and destiny of man cannot be ignored because God gave us the ability to make choices. The choices we make are very crucial though all things what together for good for His children.
Satan has no power of his own that does not originally derive from the power of the Almighty God Jehovah; the great ‘I am’ who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
In Jesus, the full power of God was made manifest. All power in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus. He also has a name higher and greater than any other, of “things in heaven, on earth and under the earth”. The name of Jesus has authority over all creation.
The use to which Satan put his power or the way in which he has deployed his power (that derived from God by virtue of being an Archangel in the original purpose of God) is the problem of the world. (Is. 14:12)
Man allowed the original purpose of God to be scuttled by the deceit of Satan (in Adam the first man) in the Garden of Eden, hence the fall. (i.e. spiritual death). (Gen. 1)
Satan looks for whom to destroy and also makes disciples to himself as instruments of destruction (Steal, Kill and Destroy). - 1 Pet. 5:8; John 10: 10
Satan has power to devour his own. But the mercy of God is available for everyone.
Satan also prevents people from seeing the light and obtaining freedom from his bondage as well as discouraging and deceiving those who are already in the light by direct affliction or by temptation.
Satan can no longer be reconciled to God and knows his end. So he makes followers and apostates to himself, to carry out his own purpose that is contrary to God’s.
The children of God are none of Satan. He has no power over us by the reason of the Love of God, predestination, His grace, through the shed blood and name of Jesus. And we have the Holy Spirit as a seal of this power of God over Satan.
This is the purpose for which Jesus came; to destroy the works of the devil and indeed they are destroyed in that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and resurrected and rose to heaven for our justification after defeating death and hell for all those who believe and are heirs of salvation. “It is finished”.
Anyone that the Son sets free is free indeed. Free from sin, free from death, free from hell. God supplies grace that enables us walk in that freedom and work out our salvation with fear of God so that we can also reign with Him. Let the Lord’s name be praised. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AS WE CELEBRATE JESUS.