Central Truth: It is by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony that we overcome Satan, that we are delivered from the power of darkness and that we are translated into the kingdom of His dear Son.
In this next series of lessons on faith I have a two-fold purpose in mind. We have already covered most of these next points in some form or another, but I wanted to bring them together so that you can check up on the progress you are making and get ready for the final exam, so to speak. If you have studied these faith lessons and they have taken hold in your life, the devil is going to contest you. The Lord wants us to be prepared for the future, and through the power of God’s Word we can be ready for any emergency that may arise.
Step 1 – The Integrity of the Word of God
The first thing we need to know is that the Word of God is actually what it declares itself to be. It is a revelation from God to us. It is God speaking to us now. Not only is it a book of the past and a book of the future, it is also a book of now. This book is a God-breathed, God-indwelt, and a God-inspired message. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Moffatt’s translation of this verse reads, “For the word of God is a living thing …” The word “quick” actually means “alive, living.” The Word of God is a living thing. But it will only come alive to you as you accept it and act upon it.
So we see that the first step toward the highest kind of faith is to accept and understand the integrity of God’s Word. The Word is of foremost importance.
Sometimes folks think God hasn’t spoken to them unless they have a message in tongues or prophecy. But the Word of God is God speaking to us. The gifts of prophecy, tongues, and interpretation of tongues do not supersede the Word. The Word comes first. These inspirational vocal gifts are given to us to inspire us in line with the Word, but if they say something apart from the Word, it is not the Holy Spirit speaking. That person is just speaking from his own thinking. We must always judge these things in the light of God’s Word.
Also, there are those who try to read certain things into the Word because they want it to say what they believe. They are trying to fit the Word to their beliefs rather than fitting their beliefs to the Word. Some people try to overlook certain passages or explain them away. But we must accept it for what it says and walk in the light of it. We must believe what the Word says, not what we think it says.
As you begin to study the Word in this light, accepting it as it is, you will be amazed to learn that some of the things you have always believed are not in the Word at all. You will wonder why you believed some things the way you did.
I found this true in my own experience. As I lay for many months on the bed of affliction, I studied the Bible and saw in it the truths of faith and healing. This was new to me as my church didn’t teach about healing. But the more I studied God’s Word the more I saw it was true. And regardless of my church’s teaching, I determined I was going to walk in the light of God’s Word because I believed that this Word is God speaking to us today. When I made this commitment the biggest part of the battle was won.
To actually believe God’s Word I had to go against not only the teachings of my church but of my family as well. It is amazing how we can become more church-minded than Bible-minded. And sometimes our loved ones, thinking they have our best interests at heart, will oppose us from walking in the fullest light of God’s Word. Nevertheless, I determined to follow the Word of God, knowing that this is God speaking to me today.
Step 2 – Our Redemption in Christ
The second thing we need to know is the reality of our redemption in Christ, not as a doctrine, philosophy or creed of some kind, but an actual redemption from the authority of Satan. For by the new birth we have been translated into the kingdom of His Son, the Kingdom of God. In other words, we have been born into the very family of God.
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (able) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
How wonderful that we can enter into our inheritance in Christ. God has made us able to have part of this inheritance, as we have just read in verse 12 of the above passage.
Verse 13 goes on to say, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness …” The Greek word which was translated “power” here means “authority.” “Who hath delivered us from the authority of darkness ….” referring to Satan’s kingdom. Notice too that the scripture doesn’t say that He is going to deliver us. It says, “Who hath delivered us …”
Verse 14 tells us the price of redemption. “In whom we have redemption through his blood …” In connection with this scripture let us look at Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony …” The American Revised Version of this verse reads, “because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony.”
The blood of Jesus is the basis of our victory. But we have to add our testimony, our confession, to it. We have to stand our ground with the enemy. Because he is the god of this world he will try to have authority over you. But he needn’t win for you have been delivered through the blood of Jesus Christ from the power of darkness, from the authority of Satan. By virtue of the new birth you have been translated into the kingdom of His dear Son. In every contest with Satan you can overcome no matter what the test may be, because you have redemption through the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of your testimony. There is power in the blood!
Satan’s dominion over us as new creatures in Christ is ended. Jesus is the Lord and Head of this new Body. He is referred to in the scriptures as the Head of the Church. The Church, which is all born-again believers, is called the Body of Christ. Satan has no right to rule over the Body of Christ. Christ is the Head of the Body. He is the one that is to rule and dominate the Body.
Some people accept defeat in life because they don’t fully understand the Word. They have told me that they didn’t succeed because it wasn’t God’s will. They have said, “Our spirits belong to the Lord, but our bodies haven’t been redeemed as yet. Therefore, we must suffer sickness and disease in the physical realm now. But the time is coming when we won’t have to.” In answer to this I turn to I Corinthians 6:19, 20.
1 Corinthians 6:19, 20
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
This passage tells us that not only our spirit, but our body is also bought with a price. Therefore you are to “glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Does God get any glory out of Satan’s dominating us physically? Could God get any glory out of the body, the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is deformed or defaced with sickness? Certainly not. We need to understand this clearly and learn to take a stand against the devil when he attacks our bodies just as quickly as we would when he attacks our spirits.
Let us look again at Colossians 1:12, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (able) to be partakers of the inheritance in light.” This is part of our inheritance as children of God as we walk in the light. We have dominion and authority over the devil through the blood of Jesus. It is by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony that we overcome Satan, that we are delivered from the power of darkness and are translated into the kingdom of His dear Son.
Notice the words, “Giving thanks to the Father, which hath made us able to be partakers of the inheritance …” I can partake of my inheritance right now. We don’t have to relegate that to the future. We have an inheritance now. We are delivered from the authority or darkness now. We are translated into the kingdom of His dear Son now. We have deliverance and redemption from the hand of Satan now. We can overcome him now by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony. We can glorify God now in our bodies and in our spirits, which are God’s.
Memory Text: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony …” (Revelation 12:11).
Faith in Action: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only ….” (James 1:22).
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