Hebrews 2:14-15 part 2
Through His death, Jesus has destroyed him who has the power of death, that is the devil. So, we, believers, can be free from the fear of death.
But what does it mean when it says that the devil has the power of death?
The devil has power over death in a limited sense only, under the sovereignty of God. It is important to realise that the devil does not have unlimited power to go around killing people. He can do nothing without God’s permission (Job 1:12). “The Lord kills and brings to life; He brings down to the grave and raises up” (1 Samuel 2:6).
But the devil does have power over death in these ways.
- He was the one who tempted Adam and Eve, which led to death coming into the world. Jesus said he was a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44) and so used his power to tempt to bring about death.
- He continues to do that. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and so, as people give in to the devil’s temptations, they are giving in to death.
- The devil is the accuser. Although he is a liar, his accusations are often true. He points out our sins before God (Rev 12:10), telling God that we deserve condemnation. He did this in Zechariah 3:1-5 about the high priest, Joshua, and God clothed Joshua with clean garments so that the devil’s accusations fell to the ground.
And so, this is what Jesus has done. He has paid the wages of sin by dying for us. So there is no wages for us to pay. The devil has no power of death over us. Jesus has also taken our sins, so that the devil’s power of accusation is gone – there is NO condemnation.
The devil is defeated. Every Christian is set free from his power. He no longer has the power of death over you.
So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”Martin Luther
The devil hasn’t won. Jesus has – and so where He (Jesus) is, I will be also.