THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL DESTROYED
To this end was the Son of God manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8
The works of the devil, what are they - Death working within us, the spirit that is against truth and light, the darkness of ignorance. The spirit of hatred and malice, greed and jealousy and the whole unholy brood of things which are unlike God, lawlessness lying at the base of all, the refusal to submit, these are the works of the devil. Twenty centuries ago the Son of God was manifested, and during those centuries in the lives of hundreds, thousands, He has destroyed the works of the devil, mastered death by the gift of life, cast darkness out by the incoming of light, turned the selfishness of greed and jealousy into love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness. He has taken hold of lawless men and made them into the willing, glad bond-servants of God. So has He destroyed the works of the devil? All, so far, is but preliminary. It is twilight only. High noon has not yet arrived; but it is twilight, and noon must come. His first coming only brings to my heart the certainty of the ultimate victory. For He is coming again.
The First Advent personally was the coming of the Stronger than the strong men armed. It was the coming of One to destroy the works of the devil in my own life and yours. Are they not destroyed? Are they not shaken to their foundations? Are they still established in the fiber of your being? Do you know as you sit in your home that the works of the devil, death, darkness, hatred and rebellion are the master forces of your being? The Good News tells you of One manifested to destroy all such works. I bear the testimony, the forces of this Christ have operated and are operating in my life, and the things that were formerly established are loosened and are falling to decay.
If in this article you are in the grip of forces of evil, if you realize that in your life his works are the things of strength, then I pray you turn with full purpose of heart to the One manifested long ago, Who is here now, Who, in all the power of His gracious victory, will destroy in you all the works of the devil and set you free taking you to the desire of His Father heart, perfection (Matt. 5:48; Jude 24).