Judgement tree revisited, courtroom no 2.
Now satan’s goose is cooked, or at least it has been declared by God to be forthcoming (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 14, Revelation 12). He now knows that his end will be at the hand of the seed of Adam, and so he goes about trying to destroy that seed, though not knowing which one it will be. Time after time he sought to kill off the ‘promised’ seed. Eventually, he confronts Jesus in the wilderness, and even here, being unsure, he has to ask, “If you are the Christ”. And then he goes on to try his old tactic of tempting the ‘earthly’ nature of Jesus. But Jesus refuses to accept satan’s lie, emphasising God’s authority. Genesis 1:26 was again being fulfilled, for Jesus had subdued the earth and now has dominion (John 16:33). 1 Corinthians 15:27-28 HCSB,“God has put everything under Jesus’ feet, subjected everything to Christ and the son Himself became subject to God, so that God may be all in all.”
Eventually, Jesus revisits the judgement of satan at the second ‘Tree of Judgement’ – the Cross! Jesus himself said in John 12:31, “Now judgement is upon the world; now the prince of this world will be cast out and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw everyone to Myself (BSB)”. That is exactly what he did, and now humanity has co-died and is co-raised with Christ. “This is why the son of God was revealed: to destroy the works of satan”(1 John 3:8), ‘The Lie’ dismantled.
Humanity has been set free from the lie which held us captive, though some people will not awaken to the fact the lie has been dismantled, and therefore walk as if alienated from God, in their own minds. He (Jesus) presented us again face to face with Him (God), blameless. The implications of the fall are completely cancelled. We have been given a resurrected, true identity. Take the words in Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God”. Transform your thinking: “The Fall is cancelled”, we can now live in authority as sons and daughters, co-heirs with Christ. Blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3). Our awareness is restored; our God is “LOVE”, not angry or vengeful toward us, though justice will be fulfilled against satan and his demons at a later date.
As in our own courts, there is a period between the declaration of judgement and the execution of that judgement. Above all, God is Love, and Grace and Mercy flow from that Love, even towards satan, for God desires that none shall perish (2 Peter 3:9). In Revelation 20:1-3, we know that satan will be bound for 1000 years. And the after the Millennial reign of Christ with the saints, satan will be released from prison for a time (Rev. 20:7). Deceiving the nations and making war, resulting in him being thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet are, tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Rev. 20:10 HCSB). The new creation – the new heaven and the new earth and the new Jerusalem – God’s dwelling with humanity realised. And thus, the Fall of Satan is completed, humanity is now joined with God.
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