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Title: What The Cross Meant to Satan

Text: Colossians 2:15

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Series: Seven Different Perspectives of the Cross


 

Introduction:

We talk about the cross, the facts of the cross, what it means to us. That’s it! The cross is much more than that. We are going to take a closer look at the cross from seven distinct points of view:

  • What the Cross meant to God.
  • What the Cross meant to Christ.
  • What the Cross meant to Satan.
  • What the Cross means to the World.
  • What the Cross means to the Church.
  • What the Cross means to the Christian’s struggle against sin.
  • What the Cross means in Heaven.

We will be addressing the big question "What does the Cross mean to YOU?"

Crushing Satan

Genesis 3:15

15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

In this verse God’s plan is revealed, the gospel is proclaimed. As an acorn contains the mighty oak, so these words contain the entire plan of salvation.

  • Enmity – bruise heel, Satan to Christ.
  • On Friday about sundown, when they took the dead body of Jesus down from the cross, it appeared that Satan had won the battle.
  • Enmity - bruise head, Christ to Satan.
  • On Sunday morning, the true Victor walked out of the grave, alive from the dead.

Destroying the Works of the Devil

  • 1 John 3:8
  • He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Destroy means to loosen or to make powerless. When Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, He “pulled the plug” on Satan.

Hebrews 2:14-15

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

1 Corinthians 15:26

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

John 11:26

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

What a difference it makes to die having your sins forgiven! Children of God don’t need to fear death, but I have seen many lost people face death miserable, angry, frustrated, and fearful because they don’t know what to do with their sins.

Christ Set Free the Captives

Luke 4:18

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Luke 23:43

And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Luke 16: 19-31 (The Rich Man and Lazarus)

Ephesians 4:8-10

8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

1 Peter 3:18-19

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

The death of Christ brought startling changes in the spirit world, the Bible gives us hints of the changes, but most of them remain a mystery to us.

Christ Has Disarmed Satan and His Demons

Colossians 2:15 (text verse)

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. KJV

In this way God took away Satan's power to accuse you of sin, and God openly displayed to the whole world Christ's triumph at the cross where your sins were all taken away. TLB

Jesus disarmed Satan. To “disarm” someone, one must take his weapons away (example: man with gun). This means that although Satan and his demons have great power, they have been disarmed and cannot harm us unless we “rearm” them by our sinful compromise.

Ephesians 6:16 (10-18)

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

1 John 5:4

4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Satan Is Doomed

John 12:31

Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

John 16:11

Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Revelation 12:10

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Revelation 20:10

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Satan Out On Bail

On one hand, we are told over and over again that at the cross Satan was defeated.

Hebrews 2:14

…that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

On the other hand, we are warned about the devil.

1Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

We are told to put on the armor of God so we can stand.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 (Eph. 6:16)

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

Dealing with the Devil

If Satan is defeated but still dangerous, how should we deal with him?

  • Stand and fight
  • Ephesians 6:11-18
  • Resist the Devil
  • James 4:7
  • Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
  • Pray
  • Matthew 6:13 (9-13)
  • And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Closing

  • 1 John 3:8
  • He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.