6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Satan or “The Adversary” splits his time between heaven and earth. Contrary to Hollywood, The Devil is not God’s opposite. He does not have the characteristics of God. He is not omnipresent (everywhere all the time) or omniscient (knowing everything). Although extraordinarily created, he is yet a created being. Also contrary to Hollywood, Lucifer is not in hell leading the demons. He spends his time roaming the earth (Job 1:7) looking for reasons to accuse the Saints. Up until the 7th Trumpet of the tribulation (Revelation 12:10) the Devil is in heaven, pleading his case before God, seeking to devour true Christians (1 Peter 5:8).
Starting with Adam and Eve in the garden and continuing up to now, Satan has spent thousands of years believing he can convince a Holy and Just God that we humans deserve hell. Why does he seem so convinced, so driven?
Because it’s true. To make the point, the Holy Spirit, via King David and the Apostle Paul, clearly states “There is none who does good” (Psalm 14:1) and “There is not one good, no not one” (Romans 3:12).” Even the saintliest person walking the earth deserves hell. There is no sinless person able to pay the price for their sin and dwell in the presence of a Just and Holy God.
No person, that is, until God Himself demonstrated His unfathomable love, extended unbelievable grace, and sent His Son to pay the price. Taking on human skin, living the sinless life we should have, God paid our price in full.
The charges are valid. Satan can rightfully accuse us. The amazing thing is that the Judge (God) took off His robe, and wrote a check we couldn’t. The charges are paid in full for those that acknowledge their sin and lose their lives to the Saviour.
How can we not live our lives in pure joy? How can we not proclaim this opportunity to the world? The charges are paid. We’re free to go, forever grateful to our Lord and God.