COME LORD JESUS

“The babe in Bethlehem is a denial of the lie of Satan. He says, ‘I am here because God loves you.’ He has come to undo the works of the devil; He has come to contradict the lies of Satan, and His very appearing and coming . . .is in itself an undoing of the original lie—it is proof that God loves us” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#332, p322).

“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Heb 2:14-15 ESV).

“A human Savior was necessary, because human beings (children) are in need of a propitiatory sacrifice and a sympathetic high priest. Jesus was fully human as the ‘children’ are and as the high priest had to be. Jesus’ death, by cleansing his followers of sin, destroys the death grip of the devil and gives hope and deliverance to those who were in slavery to the fear of death. Satan’s power is not absolute, but is under the control of God, who ultimately rules over life and death. Nevertheless Satan ‘was a murderer from the beginning’. [H]e does have power to harm people to some extent. Satan has power to work in the realm of death, and to incite people into sin that leads to death. However, the emphasis is not on Satan’s power but on Christ’s triumph over Satan and over death” ESV Study Bible (ref#125, p2364).

“Christ came into this world in order to conquer Satan and his kingdom and in order to introduce His own kingdom. [T]he Bible is the story of the conflict of the two kingdoms—the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the devil” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#332, p 318).

“He takes hold of us one by one; He rescues and delivers us out of this world and from Satan one by one. As we believe the message of this gospel, we are translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light—the kingdom of God’s dear Son. He is building up His own kingdom; he is drawing men and women unto Himself out of the world; He is going on with the work. He is in glory seated at the right hand of God, and He must reign until His enemies shall be made His footstool; He is going on until the number of the elect shall have been gathered in. And when that has happened, He will come again. He will return into this world as King and Lord, and He will finally finish the work. He will come with a mighty sword, and not only evil and sin but Satan himself and all his cohorts shall be cast into the lake of fire and will finally be banished from the sight of God for all eternity. And our guarantee of all this is the glorious fact of the Resurrection: He ‘was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil’.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref# 332, p324).

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