2007-11-20 - The Other Trinity
Romans 16:20, "And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you."
I would like to suggest that there are, in fact, two trinities. The first (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) we are to have much to do with. The second (sin, world, and devil) we are to have nothing much to do about. It is a horrible trinity, and it is one that we are to renounce as followers of Christ. It's pilot is the gloomy god of this world, Satan. We do have to mingle with his people, but our aim and desire are to see them all emancipated from their shady and dark leader. He is our enemy, and his goal is our destruction. There are several things that are true about Satan, and maybe the one that matters most is that he is a defeated antagonist.
The Lord Jesus Christ died for the sins of His followers. We know this, but let us also remember that His death was also a battle, which Christ won, against Satan. Satan still growls, but he has been conquered. It is an important, maybe vital, point for the follower of Christ to consider. We call Satan the god of this world, but his kingdom has already been defeated. He roars, but there is a chain around his neck, and the Lord holds the other end of the chain. He can only go as far as God allows. Remember that Satan could only go so far in his affliction of Job. God said, "thus far, but no further." Even in the case of Job, Satan needed permission before he could afflict Job, and at the end of the book of Job, we see that all was done, even in Satan's actions, unto the purpose of God.
Satan needed consent to tempt Job. He needed authorization from the true God of the universe. The same is true with the believer today. Satan needs to seek approval, before he even looks in a believer's direction. He is on a leash, and we are promised that he will not be able to tempt beyond what we are able to endure (1 Corinthians 10:13).
In any encounter with Satan, let us remember that Christ has already won the victory. We need to be alert to Satan's devices. His goal is that we stumble and profane our profession, but he is not given freedom to do as he pleases. All things progress to God's ultimate glory. Our standing firm against the assaults of this trinity of wickedness; sin, the world and the devil, does glorify God. We are not to fear Satan, but we are to fight against him. The frailest, most delicate Christian can stand against him. This is because we don't stand in our own strength, but rather in the strength of the One who has already conquered Satan on the cross. Our Lord has won the victory, and while we still engage in minor skirmishes, the battle is won, and the Lord has triumphed against our adversary.
Soli Deo Gloria,