(Matthew 8:28-32; Luke 8:26-33)
Suggested further reading: 1 John 3:1-8
How complete is the Lord's power and authority over the devil!
We see this in the cry of an unclean spirit (v. 7). We see it in the
command given and the immediate obedience that follows (v. 8). We
see it in the blessed change that at once took place in him that
was possessed: he was found sitting, clothed and in his right mind
(v. 15). We see it in the confession of all the devils (v. 12) declaring
their consciousness that they could do nothing without leave. All
these things show that one mightier than Satan was there. Strong as
the great enemy of man was, he was in the presence of one stronger
than he. Numerous as his hosts were, he was confronted with one
who could command more than twelve legions of angels. A King
was present with power (Matt. 26:53; Eccles. 8:4).
The truth here taught is full of strong consolation for all
true Christians. We live in a world full of difficulties and snares. We
are ourselves weak and compassed with infirmity. The awful
thought that we have a mighty spiritual enemy ever near us, subtle,
powerful and malicious as Satan is, might well disquiet us and cast us
down. But thanks be to God, we have in Jesus an almighty Friend who
is able to save to the uttermost (Heb. 7:25). He has already
triumphed over Satan on the cross (Col. 2:15). He will ever triumph over
him in the hearts of all believers and intercede for them that their
faith fail not. And he will finally triumph over Satan completely when
he shall come forth at the second advent.
Are we delivered from Satan's power? He still reigns and
rules in the hearts of all who are children of disobedience (Eph.
2:2-3). He is still a king over the ungodly. Have we by grace broken
his bonds and escaped his hands? Have we really denounced him
and all his works? Do we daily resist him and make him flee? Do we
put on the whole armour of God and stand against him?
For meditation: Let us take to heart the teaching of
John (1 John 4:4). God has not abdicated.