ASCENSION OF SATAN
This one word opens a wide window to us, enabling us to see the invisible scene of a war. Christ, the One who won that war, divided the spoil with the Great and the Strong. Here, the Great and the Strong refer to God. God is the Great, and God is also the Strong. So the two, Christ and the strong and great One, shared the spoil with each other.
He fought the battle on the cross and in His resurrection. All men, beginning from Adam and including us, were captured by Satan. However, according to Ephesians , when Christ ascended to the heavens, "He led captive those taken captive and gave gifts to men.
Those taken captive refers to those who had been captured by Satan. This verse indicates that when Christ ascended to the heavens, He led a train, a procession, of captives. These captives included all the saved sinners. Satan captured us and made us his captives because of sin and death. He showers this salvation upon us as a sign of the glory to come Eph.
In earlier ages, sinful men and women could not have direct access to God. The old forms of worship could never cleanse the conscience of believers or offer direct access to God.
The world lay under the bondage of its wage-master the devil, who controlled the world through the fear of death Rom ; Heb. Jesus rose from the depths of our sin and death. The grave could not hold the innocent Son of God Acts There he continues to serve his Father for the good of his people as the heavenly hosts sing his praise Rev. With the Ascension, the devil has been thrown from his place in the courtroom of heaven. This adversary can no longer accuse us as justly condemnable because of Jesus Zech. As heirs of the heavenly kingdom of God, we finally have an advocate with the Father who hears our prayers!
We have access to the throne room of God through Jesus Heb. Raised to immortality, Jesus cannot die and will never cease pleading for us. This is the God we have been waiting for! The Ascension strikes at the heart of the way the world works. Since Jesus lived, died, rose again from the dead, and ascended into heaven, grace and truth have defeated the power of death 1 Cor. Instead of receiving what we deserve for our cosmic rebellion against God, we have been seated above the rulers of this present evil age Eph. We no longer have to fear death or dying in obscurity.
We no longer have to fear a meaningless life.
Grace and truth have met us. Christ has broken the world-cycle of shame and death. He triumphed over the devil and the rulers of this age, putting them to open shame by showing love to cowards and sinners Col.
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His mercy to those who would kill him stops the mouths of the wicked. How he does so is just as important as the fact that he did. Jesus does not defeat death by getting even. He removes his glorious crown and descends to undo death by his loving self-sacrifice Phil. His death opens the door to new beginnings, to forgiveness, and to freedom from our past actions and shame. Karma is broken.
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