Jesus the Mighty Conqueror
By Mark A. Finley
Our planet has become a war zone. All around us there is a struggle between good and evil, a cosmic battle between Christ and Satan.
Throughout the centuries Jesus has always been victorious over Satan. At times it appears that the powers of hell have triumphed, but Jesus is constantly working to accomplish His purposes.
1. How does the apostle Paul describe the reality of this spiritual warfare? Read the text and write your answer on the line below.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).
Our spiritual warfare is against:
2. Where did this conflict begin? Read the text below and fill in the blank.
“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought” (Rev. 12:7).
The first war began in _______________________________________________________________.
Lucifer, a perfect being of dazzling brightness, rebelled against God. He sowed seeds of rebellion in the universe. The reason there are wars on earth is because there was first war in heaven.
3. What words from the book of Revelation warn the people of this earth about the cosmic struggle in which we are now involved? Read the text below and fill in the blanks.
“Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Rev. 12:12).
“___________________________________________to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea!
For the devil has come down to you, having ________________________________________ .”
4. Why did Jesus come to this world? Read the text below and circle the answer.
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
5. How did Jesus destroy the works of the devil? Read the text below and answer the questions.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21).
b. Did Jesus become sin for us? YES NO
c. Since Jesus became sin for us, what can we receive from Him? _________________________
Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life. He faced the temptations of Satan head-on and defeated the devil on our behalf. Our wonderful Savior bore the guilt and shame of our sin to the cross. Through His death we receive life.
6. What did our Lord promise each of those who accept Him? Read the text and fill in the blank below.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
To receive Jesus is to become ______________________________________________________.
Jesus is a mighty conqueror. His death rescues us from the authority of Satan and gives us authority to become God’s children.
7. What is God’s promise to His children? Read the text and fill in the blanks.
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome theworld—our faith” (1 John 5:4).
Through Jesus we too can be _________________________________________________________.
Victory over the power of Satan comes through ____________________________________________.
The Bible’s last book, Revelation, describes God’s end-time people as overcomers (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21). In earth’s final conflict, the Lamb (Jesus) overcomes the dragon (Satan) (Rev. 17:14). Throughout Revelation God’s people are victorious. Satan is powerless against them. Here is the wonderful, incredible good news through Jesus: all the devil’s chains are broken. Through Jesus we are victorious.
Next month we will explore more of God’s promises
for living the Christian life.