The Bible clearly states, that it was God, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness”.
The Gospel, Paul says, is the “power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth” [Romans 1:16].
It is only through ‘this message alone’ that God delivers us from the power of the devil’s dark domain.
However, God does not deliver us and then just leave us there. He takes us out in order to put us into something.
And that something is “in His Dear Son, Jesus Christ”. This is really the epitome of God’s assurance to us.
And having delivered us, He “hath translated [transferred] us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” [Colossians 1:13]
This is a very strong statement from God, driving home the point that our Salvation is infallibly and irrevocably secure.
What this Scripture says is exactly what happened the instant we believed the Gospel with our heart that, “Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again for our justification” [1 Corinthians 15:1-4] and [Romans 4:25].
We, who were once in the clutches and dark domain of Satan the devil, were snatched out of his hands.
This was a Sovereign act by the HOLY SPIRIT. And the He transferred into the kingdom and domain of Christ Jesus.
IT was an instant “ONE WAY” journey with no return ticket.
DONE AND DUSTED, FINISHED AND SEALED. PERIOD.
The Importance Of Emphasis
Why is God constantly reminding us through His Word, in so many ways of this same assurance, if it is a done deal?
Why does God want us to constantly keep thinking about it? Keep meditating on it? And keep rolling it over in our hearts and minds? “but you shall meditate on it day and night” [Joshua 1:8]
This “Blessed Assurance” of ours is going to be a target of our enemy’s constant and relentless attack in various forms and ways.
He ‘can’t’ attack our Salvation and he knows it. But he can and ‘will’ find ways to attack our assurance of that Salvation.
Why Would The Devil Want To Attack Our Assurance?
The devil knows he lost us forever the moment we got redeemed by the Blood of Christ, the moment we put our faith in the Gospel.
He knows the Power of the Gospel to save all of humanity. He knows that we are now instruments in the Hands of God to proclaim that Gospel to others.
The devil knows that Jesus, by going to the Cross, utterly and totally defeated him, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” [Colossians 2:15] and rendered him powerless.
His sole goal and agenda is to take as many lives as he can with him to the hell, which has been created for him and his fallen angels.
So now he works overtime to try and cause us to fall in an attempt to keep us in a place of guilt, shame and bondage.
This is so that we become unfruitful and stay as ineffective as possible.
He attempts to make us feel unworthy by making us think and feel that we have trampled all over the Spirit of Grace.
Ho does that to keep us in that miserable state for the rest of our lives. He is a master at doing this.
He’ll take hold of Scripture verses, subtly twist them and use them as stones to throw at us, in an attempt to bring condemnation into our lives.
He knows which men to choose to do his bidding without even them knowing it.
And a lot of them could well be people we personally know, even people close to us.
Can That Happen To A Believer In Christ Jesus?
Absolutely it can. Many a man has fallen for these traps of the devil, for he is an excellent tempter.
Patience is his virtue, and he knows when and which buttons to press, in a bid to gain entry through an open door.
The devil also knows there are indescribable rewards waiting for us in Heaven, when we serve THE LORD JESUS CHRIST at the end of the day.
He wants to rob us of those rewards. Jesus warns us of his mission as “the thief who comes to kill, steal and destroy” [John 10:10].
But God Is Faithful
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is Faithful Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it”. [1 Corinthians 10:13]
So it all boils down to:
“Are we smart enough to take the escape route?”
More to follow in the coming blogs.