Commentary By: Gordon King
Have you ever stopped to think about and contemplate the contrasts between Satan and Jesus Christ?
Satan is evil, Jesus Christ is good. Satan is darkness, Jesus Christ is light. Satan represents death and destruction, Jesus Christ represents life and healing. Satan is hate, Jesus is love. Satan seeks to consume and devour, Jesus came to give life and to give it more abundantly. Satan is a liar and a thief, Jesus is the truth and our provider. Satan twists the truth, Jesus uncovers the truth. Satan places doubts and fears into our minds and our hearts, Jesus gives us hope, joy, comfort and peace. Satan seeks to fill us with evil spirits, Jesus fills us with the Holy Spirit. Satan seeks to destroy our soul and our body, Jesus saved our soul and made our bodies His temple. Satan seeks to distance us from God, Jesus seeks to bring us to God.
These are just some of the contrasts between Satan and Jesus Christ. However, there are also similarities.
Satan seeks to be God and is the god of this world, Jesus Christ is the God of the universe. Satan seeks to be worshiped, Jesus Christ is to be worshiped. Satan performs signs and lying wonders, Jesus performs miracles and is all powerful. Satan is ruler over the unsaved, Jesus is ruler over the saved. Satan transforms himself into an angel of light, Jesus Christ is an angel of light!
These contrasts and similarities are not by chance, Satan is a great imposter, a liar, and a thief! He is a counterfeit, one who takes the truth and twists it to his own desire, for his own will. And isn’t that what we do when we seek our own will over God’s will? Are we not then saying that we know better than God? And if we follow Satan rather than God are we not worshiping Satan rather than God?
Why is the world in such a horrible mess? Why is evil in the world increasing at such an alarming rate? It’s not because those of the world are following God, but it is because they are following Satan and his ways. People of the world are under satanic influence my friends, following the doctrines of demons, being persuaded by the evil one. It’s as if Satan has put a dark mask over their eyes so that they cannot see, as if he has placed plugs into their ears so that they cannot hear. And if you ask me that is exactly what he has done!
2 Corinthians 4:4
“whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
Living in the world and for the world makes a person blinded to the truth. They become numb to the evil around them, they become desensitized, hardened in heart, and without self-control. They see their good works as good, but in God’s eyes they are as filthy rags! They believe that the intentions of their heart is good and righteous, but in reality it is evil and wicked. Their values are worldly values, and we all know who the ruler of this world is.
It is only when we are born again that we can see the truth, only then that we can know God. And when we know God then we are one with God. Our works will never be good enough for God, but when we do them as a child of God then they will be found worthy to be rewarded by God. It’s not the works themselves that are good, but it is when they are done with the right intentions when we are in a right relationship with God, if not then they shall be burned up as if they are wood, hay, and stubble.
Our works do not nor can not save us, nor do they have any bearing whatsoever on our salvation, or for that matter on making God love us more, He loves us the same today as He did yesterday and as He will tomorrow. Don’t get me wrong, our good works as believers in Jesus Christ are important, but we must not believe that they will make us closer to God. We are already as close to God as we will ever be if we are born again, we just need to know it. That’s not to say that we will not one day be in the presence of the Lord, of course we will, but that’s another story all together.
What does all of this have to do with the contrasts between Satan and Jesus Christ? We must know who our Lord is, but we must also know who our adversary is as well. If we do not understand who Satan is and what he stands for then how in this world are we able to battle against him? And if we do not know how to battle against him or what we are battling then how can we overcome him?
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.“
We must know right from wrong, we must be able to discern the spirits. We must put on the armor of God each day. We must understand what we are putting on and why. And if we cannot see what we are up against then how can we battle it? And if we cannot discern the spirits then how will we know when we are under attack?
This is a real battle folks, it is a spiritual battle for our very souls. We must know the word of God, we must understand it, because if we don’t then we may lose many battles, we may succumb to the wiles of the devil and this is what he wants.
Satan is not battling against people in the world who are already succumbing to his ways, no, he is out for blood! He is out to attack the children of God, those who are opposed to him, his ways, and his authority.
Putting on the whole armor of God is to know God, to love God, to understand God and His ways. It is trusting in the Lord, it is allowing God to perform His will in our lives, to write His word upon our hearts, to be righteous and holy, to love those who even come against you. It is spreading God’s love to those living in and of the world, to have an answer for our salvation, to be able to give a testimony of our faith. This is what it means to put on the armor of God. It is walking with God!
God is a good God, He is a loving God, He is our God! He is all powerful, all mighty, all knowing, omnipresent, He is King of kings, and Lord of lords, He is the ruler of the universe. He is our strength, our courage, our rock to stand upon. It is by the power of His might that we prevail.
Let us as believers remember that God is not only our God, but He is with us and in us, He is a part of us and we are a part of Him, we are one with God and He is one with us!
God’s desire is for no one to perish but for all to come to repentance in Jesus Christ! Let us pray for all those living in the world to come to repentance and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, this is God’s will.
2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.“
God bless my friends! Maranatha!