What the Serpent Meant for Evil, God Used for Good

The serpent I speak of is, of course, the devil, Satan, the Adversary, the dragon (Revelation 12:9 and elsewhere) – the deceiver and the tempter.

The serpent thought he was outsmarting God in the garden of Eden.  By successfully tempting Eve and Adam to disobey God’s direct command, he thought those two and all their descendants would remain under his power forever.  As God’s ruler of the world, Satan had the power of death (Hebrews 2:14).  Once a human being died, he or she was effectively removed from serving God.  As the Scriptures say, they “fall asleep” and “the dead do not praise Him.”  Therefore, the dead were made even more distant from God than the living. 

God, however, took upon Himself flesh as Jesus of Nazareth, and was killed that He might deliver all those who had died.  After rising from the dead, He emptied out the netherworld, bringing all of the dead to live with Him in heaven.  That netherworld was then abolished.  From that time forward, people would go to heaven to be with Jesus when they died. 

Thus the serpent meant for death to be a separation for us – separation from God and from each other.  Yet God has made death instead to be reuniting – with Him and each other.  What the serpent meant for evil, God has turned into a blessing.  You do not have to be afraid of the devil – God is smarter.

Everyone Is Going to Heaven  (though this wasn’t always the case: Jesus Punched a Hole in Heaven!).

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One Response to What the Serpent Meant for Evil, God Used for Good

  1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    It is true that we need not be afraid of the devil since our Lord reigns the whole universe. Yet there is one thing with Satan that can be rather annoying right up to terrifying, and that is the fact that he still accuses us day and night before our God (Rev 12:10). Meanwhile, I know the devil quite well (and I don’t like him at all 😉 ), but though his mere presence can be horrifying – Jesus is stronger!!

    Let me tell you only a few of my thoughts on the devil’s “work” as for my own life.

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    If I had one day left to live, I wouldn’t change anything…

    What do I mean by that? Of course, I would try not to make the same mistakes I made in the past, but regardless of whether or not I’d succeed, I am convinced that ‘deliverance is available’ whatever might happen resp. whatever my mistake might be, because God can do the impossible (Mt 19:26, Mk 10:27, Lk 1:37). Indeed, whatever it takes to move our way with Him, He will surround us with His love.

    If there is one area of faith where I never doubted ever [God knows why, I don’t], then it is that the power of Jesus is incomparable to any other power, particularly to the power of the devil’s lies, such as:

    “You will never be saved. You are too wicked. And, look at it, you are still sinning, don’t you? Do you really think that God will ever forgive your sins if you don’t repent? Who do you think you are?” And so on and so forth.

    As a corollary of such accusations, Satan usually loves to remind us of countless Scriptures [the more you know of them, the worse you will feel about it], which lay great stress upon our sinfulness. Even if Satan is seemingly right [in parts at least], and has finally succeeded by leaving a doubting picture of human misery (with faith scattered in a thousand little pieces on the ground!), there is particularly one thing he has done wrong here, and that is, the devil has put the focus off from Christ and the gospel by making us gaze hypnotized at ourselves like a rabbit fixated by a snake [Ha!!! Snake and devil fit together perfectly, don’t they 🙂 ].

    This navel gazing (as Tullian Tchividjian for example often said) will cause nothing but despair. We will feel far away from God, worthless, unloved, and condemned. This is a state where Satan wants us to “live” in [yet it doesn’t feel like real life], it is comparable to the state of living like a captive under the law (Gal 3:23) which condemns everybody. However, as the apostle Paul said,

    “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh.” (Rom 8:3)

    Any sin which was/is/will be committed is already condemned in Jesus Christ. It is over, once and for all. We need not fret because He is gonna cut through the darkness and set us free! Satan has no right to accuse anyone of sinning still who has put his, maybe tiny little, faith in Christ, our righteousness. Why is that?
    Beginning with Pentecost, this prophecy has been fulfilled:

    “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Joel 2:32)

    No strings attached, no fine print that must be read before. By pouring out the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, God freely offered fellowship with Him, and made it possible for any man to return in his real eternal home that can’t be found here on earth. It is available to every human being who wants to be there. God loves us, and His Spirit called and still keeps on calling us to come home to Him – gratuitously at that:

    “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money (*) and without price (*).” (Is 55:1)

    “[but] whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (Jn 4:14)

    “The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price (*). (Rev 22:17)

    Finally- being in the Spirit is being in stillness at our eternal, lasting home…

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    (*) Referring to Mt 18:23-35 for example, I think that “no money” means that no one can pay the debt of his sins at all. “No price” might say that it is God’s gift of free grace.

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