Jesus famously stated, “A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.” He went on to acknowledge that Satan’s kingdom was not divided against itself. Yet Satan’s kingdom was divided against God’s. And for this reason it could not stand.
Satan had rebelled against God before the creation of our world. In fact, it was the rebellion of Satan that was cause for creation of the world and of the human race in the first place. The heavens and earth in which we dwell, whose creation was described in the opening chapters of Genesis, exist for the express purpose of solving the problem of Satan – that is, the problem of evil.
Eve’s sin was not the original sin. Rather the original sin was Satan’s rebellion. God’s plan from the beginning was to use this creation to reestablish order in the heavens. When Jesus was raised from the dead, He created a pathway for every human being to be raised to heaven – above the angels! For this reason Paul said to the Corinthians, “Do you not know that we shall judge angels?” And for this reason the book of Hebrews emphasizes that resurrected mankind has a place higher than angels. For this reason also Paul told the Romans that God would soon crush Satan under their feet. Jesus had already said that resurrected mankind would be like angels in heaven – only higher. The first part of that idea was stunning enough for His listeners; He left it to His apostles to deliver the “higher” part.
Our relationship with God is to be closer to Him than the angels. Blessed be our God who has shown such unimaginable kindness to the human race!
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.