Eternal Life Part 3

DELIVERED FROM THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS

2 Corinthians 13:9-11 (NIV) Our prayer is that you may be fully restored . . . . Brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration.

When Adam fell he changed places and conditions. He moved out of the spiritual life realm to the death realm. He moved from spiritual life to spiritual death. – Unger’s Bible Dictionary

Jesus came to reverse the effects of the Fall.

Colossians 1:13 (EXB) God has ·freed [rescued; delivered] us from the ·power [authority; dominion] of darkness, and he brought us into the kingdom of his ·dear [dearly loved; beloved] Son.

John 10:10 (NTE) The thief only comes to steal, and kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life – yes, and have it full to overflowing.

1 John 3:8 (AMPC) The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].

Acts 10:38 (NKJV) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

1 Timothy 6:12 (WUEST) Take possession of the eternal life into a participation of which you were called.

Every area eternal life touches will change.

2 Corinthians 4:4 (CW) Satan, the god of this world, has blinded people’s eyes to keep the light of the gospel from shining into their hearts. He doesn’t want men to see the glory of Christ, who is the visible presence of God.

If satan can deceive us, he can defeat us. A defeated life is simply a deceived life. Satan will target two main areas:

  • your image of God and
  • your image of self.

Romans 8:29 (KJV) For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

. . . His design for you was that you should grow after the Christ-pattern. – CARP

. . . bear the family likeness of His Son . . . . – PHI

The position satan stole at the Fall has been reclaimed by Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (RICKARD) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ Jesus (and they are), he is a new (spiritual) species. The old things (position in Adam, spiritual death) have lost their power; behold, new things have come (the portfolio of invisible assets).

Satan’s legitimate sphere of activity is no longer in heaven; nor is it on the earth, which has been reclaimed by the Death and Resurrection of Christ. Hence, the Apostle speaks of it figuratively as being between heaven and earth – in the air. – Charles Callan’s Notes on Ephesians 2:1-2

Satan has no right to you anymore! Satan has no authority—you now hold the authority!

Matthew 16:19 (AMP) I will give you the keys (authority) of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth will have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth will have [already] been loosed in heaven.

We can accept the things of God and reject the things of this world.

Romans 12:2 (MSG) Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.

Ephesians 1:20-23 (KJV) . . . [God] raised him [Jesus] from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (TLB) For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made us understand that it is the brightness of his glory that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. But this precious treasure—this light and power that now shine within us—is held in a perishable container, that is, in our weak bodies. Everyone can see that the glorious power within must be from God and is not our own.

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