This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.
Jesus Doesn’t Counteract satan
If all Jesus Christ can do is to run a parallel counteraction with what satan can do, His right name is “Culture,” not “Savior”; but His revealed nature was stated by the angel to Mary, and repeated over and over again, “Thou shalt call His name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins.”
The slight views of salvation, the sympathetic drifty views that all Jesus Christ can do is to put in us a principle that counteracts another principle, will cause anyone who is got to the last limit to blaspheme God for a thing like that. It all comes from a flimsy, wrong view of sin. If that is all He can do, what is the good of calling Him Savior? …
It is sin that He came to cope with; He did not come to cope with the poor little mistakes of men, they cope with their own mistakes; He came to give them a totally new stock of heredity, that is, He came to implant into them His own nature, so that satan’s power in the soul is absolutely destroyed, not counteracted.
From The Philosophy Of Sin
For far too long, far too many people in church circles have bought into a lie. The lie is that Jesus and satan are fighting-it-out to see who will come out as champion. As though the outcome of the struggle was somehow in doubt!
Jesus has already won! He already holds the keys to death, hell and the grave. He already defeated satan. He is already Champion: King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
The only thing that is still in doubt is this: Will you allow Jesus to “implant His own nature” in you? Will you allow Him to be Champion of your life?
Chambers also wrote, “Sin is the radical twist with a supernatural originator, and salvation is a radical readjustment with a supernatural Originator.” Let the Champion Originator—the One who has already won!—implant a new life in you.