There are a lot of Christians and pastors and websites and videos that declare that Jesus has already defeated the enemy, all enemies, eternally, it is finished. Therefore they claim that in every battle and in every situation all you have to do is to claim the victory that Jesus has already accomplished. The claim is that you don't need to fight. Just only claim the victory that Jesus accomplished. That's all.
The claim is that Satan has absolutely no power, because he is already defeated! The claim is that Jesus also removed our sinful nature!
Is this true? Here are the verses they use.
1 John 3:8 Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.
Problem: The devil is still actively working. We see the works of the devil all around us. We are told in the bible that it's only going to get worse.
The coming of Jesus was one step out of many steps that God is taking to ultimately defeat Satan. But it's not 100% accomplished yet. The war between good and evil continues!
Col 2:15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.
Context verses 14-16, He removed our penalty/punishment for sins (the 2nd death) thereby removing the punishment announced by human judges, therefore we shouldn't allow people to wrongfully judge us for keeping the true holidays, drinking and feasting.
This doesn't say that we won't have battles. Nor does it say that we don't need to fight back against wickedness. It doesn't say that life will be easy. Yes we claim the victory of Jesus in this verse, but we also actively fight our own battle against legalism and those that judge us. It wasn't all accomplished by Jesus; we still continue this fight.
1 Cor. 9:26 Even Paul said that he had to fight in a way that isn't fighting air (in vain.)
(Think about all of the struggles and imprisonment that he had to endure.)
People also claim that if anyone claims the verse "by His stripes we are healed" Isaiah 53:5, that we absolutely will be healed, but we also see in 2 Cor. 12:7-10 that Paul repeatedly asked Christ for healing, and Jesus refused to heal him, so that Paul could be humbled and wouldn't be overly prideful.
1 Corinthians 15:54 Claim: Jesus defeated death.
:57 Claim: Jesus gives us the victory.
Context = 1st resurrection, and then ultimately at the timing of Paradise after the 1,100 years. Yes Jesus defeated death in his own body at his resurrection. And yes his death and resurrection gives us life, victory and rescue from the 2nd death after the 1,100 years.
But until the 1st resurrection comes, true Christians will continue to die just like unsaved people. And all death won't be completely defeated until Paradise.
We are not yet in Paradise therefore it is extremely clear that he has not yet put all things under his feet and therefore all things are not yet eternally defeated. Our battle continues. The battle between good and evil continues. The two witnesses will have to battle. We are told to beware of deception in the end times before deception has not been defeated. The Antichrist is not yet been defeated. There are many victories every day now they demonic forces therefore they have not been defeated. Any defeat that we read about of where Jesus accomplished it was individual specific battles won, not the war.
It's a "tickle the ears", "feel good" false doctrine.
It's true that we have power in claiming the blood of Christ and his Holy Ghost, and his name. But it's also true that Satan still has much power on this Earth and can definitely cause true believers to fall away. It's also true that sometimes true saints are martyred or greatly persecuted and we have both battles won and battles lost. We're not guaranteed an easy life just because of the victories of Jesus. We're not told that we will never have to flee for our lives, or that the enemy has no power.
The evidence and proof is all around you, everywhere you look, and throughout the entire bible. We are promised that we will suffer.
Yes we are given power, and God's help, and sometimes great miracles of deliverance. But there's also times that our fight must be much more difficult, and that is necessary for our own good & purification & building of our character.
1 Peter 1:1-9 The events of the crucifixion and resurrection will not fix all of our problems every time that we claim those verses.
Trials and tribulations and some battles lost are absolutely necessary.
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