Bible Reading: John 20:19-23; Ephesians 6:10-20
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden they lost three particular things – their innocence, their authority and their fellowship with God. Fear replaced authority! They gave the authority that God had given them over to Satan, and instead of having and living under God’s authority they now were under Satan’s authority.
God’s word says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” [1 John 3:8]. The whole life of Jesus was a spiritual battle – Herod tried to kill Him when He was a young child [Matthew 2:13,16]; The devil tried to destroy Him in the wilderness [Matthew 4:1-11]; Jesus set people free from demonic power as He ministered to them [Matthew 8:32-34; 12:22ff]; Jesus recognized Satan attacking through Peter [Matthew 16:23]; The cross was the ultimate spiritual battle [see John 12:27-32].
Jesus was sent by the Father to wage spiritual warfare against Satan and to take back the authority that man had given him. When we are in Christ our authority is restored, and because Jesus defeated Satan we too enter into that victory.
Just as the Father sent Jesus to wage warfare against Satan, so Jesus sends us to wage warfare against Satan and see him defeated. This is known as “spiritual warfare”. It is pushing back the darkness and enforcing the victory that Jesus won on the cross over Satan. As we drive back Satan’s kingdom, God’s kingdom advances. We are called to enforce the victory of Jesus!
Perhaps at some future date I might write a series on this subject of spiritual warfare. My wife and I have spent much time praying with people who have been in spiritual battles, and taught about spiritual for many years to young people going overseas as missionaries. In the meantime, could I recommend a book of 365 daily devotions on this subject? It is entitled, “Each New Day With Neil T. Anderson” [Founder of Freedom in Christ].
In the same letter in which Paul prayed about our victory in Jesus [Ephesians 1:15-23] he also wrote about the spiritual battle that we are involved in [Ephesians 6:10-20]. Our battle is not against people [v.12] but against spiritual forces of darkness. We need to recognise this, be who we are in Christ, and take for ourselves the victory that Jesus won on the cross. He has given back to us the authority that Adam gave away! God has promised us that, “No weapon formed against us will prosper” [Isaiah 54:17]
What do the words, “Jesus has given us Kingdom authority” mean?
Read 2 Timothy 2:2-3. What does Paul particularly say to us as Christian soldiers in these verses?
We pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” but in what way are we to answer that prayer in our daily living?