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A Defeated Foe


I’ve been invigorated and encouraged, and not the least bit disheartened, to see what inevitably happens when the people of God “contend earnestly for the faith” (Jude v. 3). The Lord always vindicates His truth. I suppose there has never been a single moment in the history of the church when the gospel has been free from assaults and controversies. And it is uncanny how old heresies get resurrected and the same threats to the gospel resurface again and again, threatening to lead astray each new generation. Satan is a relentless foe.

But “we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Cor. 2:11). There are indeed times when “we are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (4:8–9). We know that all the combined forces of hell could never defeat God. Though they may rage against the truth and perhaps steer multitudes into skepticism and unbelief, they will never totally squelch the truth of God’s Word. Therefore, to take a stand with the truth is to be triumphant—even when it seems the whole world is against us. Christ proved that fact conclusively when He rose from the dead. Satan, despite his persistence, is an already defeated foe.

—John MacArthur, The Gospel according to Paul (Thomas Nelson, 2017), xxv–xxvi.

Posted 2018·06·20 by David Kjos
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