far in this course we have considered who our enemy is and the basic
tactics that he uses. Our next step is to consider the wonder of the
person and work of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is important that we realise
just who he is and what he has done in respect of Satan.
this page about Jesus, we simply consider who he is and what he has
done. In the next page we'll consider his activity today in more
detail as we consider the work of the Holy Spirit, the “executive arm”
of Jesus today.
Who Jesus Is
is vital that we fully understand just who Jesus is.
Hebrews 1:1-4 we see he is:
- heir of
all things (v.2),
of the Universe (2),
representation of God (v.3), (Appearance)
all things (v.3),
purification for sins (v.3), (Past Activity)
at God's right hand (v.3), (Present
- much superior
to angels (v.4)
the same attributes as God the Father
become heir of the whole world
to make everything
all powerful and all knowing, sustaining the world
with all sins by his death
sits at his Father's right hand
far superior in every way to any angel
just who and what Satan and demons are: created beings, angels.
therefore, as creator and sustainer of all things is MUCH, MUCH, MUCH
greater than Satan and all his demons.
sure you maintain this perspective!
Jesus' Activity - an overview
is good to constantly reiterate the truth of who Jesus is and what he
has done and IS doing. If we are not absolutely clear in our minds about
these things, we should go through these notes again and again and even
memorise these truths.
the great plan and purpose of God, Jesus:
the sick & raised the dead
falsely tried & crucified
our sins on the Cross
from the dead
people to God
in affairs of world to bring about God's purposes
the church for his second coming
return to earth, being seen by every person
take his followers to be with him
vanquish the enemy
judge every person
Details of Jesus' Activity
help us take in these things, the following is a more detailed list
of what Jesus did:
Jesus left his glorious position in heaven to come to earth
17:5 / Jn 6:38
didn't just come into being when he was born on earth; he had existed
throughout eternity with the Father in heaven
He put aside his glory and lived in human frailty
heaven he had been the glorious Son of God in full splendour. He put
aside all that to come down to earth and wear a human body.
He was tempted in EVERY way we are, but he DIDN'T give way to sin
lived an ordinary human life with the same sort of human body, had
human emotions, and lived among the same sort of people, and therefore
faced the same temptations we face in our lives; he understands us!
he didn't succumb to any temptation and didn't sin.
He came in perfect obedience to his Father in heaven
10:7 / Jn 5:19
the pressures of living in a human body, at all times he sought the
wishes of the Father in heaven and did all he was told to do, even
though that was sometimes incredibly difficult
rule was “Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Mt 26:39)
He allowed the Holy Spirit to minister through him to heal the sick,
deliver the demonised, raise the dead, and generally counter the works
of Satan on earth.
4:18,19 / Mt 11:4,5
- His life
was one of selfless giving, despite frequent tiredness and constant
demands of people on him, he poured out God's love in power
He was plotted against and falsely tried
4:27 / Isa 53:3,8 / Acts 2:23
of his total goodness, the self-centred, godless and unrighteous attitudes
of those who should have known better, made them vulnerable to the
promptings of the enemy and they rose up against him.
He was beaten, tortured and crucified by Satan's agents and was railed
against by the demons hordes but never responded wrongly
27:26-30 / Psa 22:12,16 (prophetic insight into the mind of the crucified
violent expression of sin was turned upon him and he received it all
in his body.
violent expression in the spiritual realms was turned upon him and
he received it in his spirit.
He took our sin upon himself on the Cross
Cor 5:21 / 1 Pet 2:24 / Isa 53:12
he hung on the Cross, it was as if all your individual sins, deserving
punishment were laid on Jesus, as if to say “Here are the reasons
you are hanging here taking this punishment”
that sense it was, in God's eyes in eternity, as if they were transferred
from you to him.
He descended into hell to complete his punishment
this is a somewhat obscure and difficult passage that has caused problems
for commentators, it would seem to indicate Jesus' descent into hell
his body was put to death, by the enabling of the Holy Spirit, he
was able to go in his spirit into the prison world of the spirit,
hell is the ultimate punishment, then it would seem logical that if
Jesus was to take the full punishment for our Sin, it would be necessary
for him to be separated from his Father and descend to the place of
ultimate separation, before he was raised again.
He rose from dead as proof of who he was
2:24 / Acts 17:31
resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate proof that he was who he said
He ascended into heaven to rule at his Father's right hand
Pet 3:22 / 1 Cor 15:25 / Eph 1:20-22 / Psa 110:1
also the following for Jesus seated with the Father: Mk 16:19, Acts
2:33, 5:31, 7:55, Rom 8:34, Phil 2:9, Col 3:1, Heb 1:3, 8:1, 12:2
also the following for Jesus ruling: Eph 1:22, Heb 2:8
He is now IN THE PROCESS of putting everything in subjection under his
Cor 15: 24,25 / Eph 1:19-22
/ Eph 2:6,7
he reigns at the Father's right hand, Jesus works out the Father's
will on earth, continuing to do the things he started doing, but now
through his church
means Jesus reigns or rules or brings the father's will through the
church which is a gradual process.
That process will be complete when he comes as conquering king
19:11-17 / 1 Thess 4:16,17 / Mt 24:27,30,31
end is quite clear; Jesus will return in glory and all will see him
that point, we who are on earth will be caught up to him
will then deal with his enemies once and for all
He has decreed that Satan's end will be in the lake of fire
is the last reference to Satan in the Bible
is what God has decreed his end is to be
the meantime He uses him for His purposes as He will.
Jesus & Satan
respect of Satan, Jesus came:
To destroy his works
To take away Satan's grounds of accusation
2:14,15 / Rom 3:28 / Heb 9:28
are saved by believing Jesus, not by following rules
thus can't accuse us of failing to keep the rules
died for our failures, so Satan can no longer accuse us
To take away the fear of death (by his resurrection) that Satan
we have a future in heaven, we no longer have to fear death
To release His Spirit to us to give us:
to overcome Satan's wiles
to counter Satan's works
earn the right to judge Satan in eternity and reclaim the world back
himself at the end.
(see verses above.)
Christians relish the facts about Satan and his demons, but the content
of this Page is THE most important Part in the whole Warfare series.
Please go back over the notes on this Page and ensure you fully understand
them, so you can apply these truths in the midst of warfare, to maintain
a right perspective.