Matthew 4:8-11 – “Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; 9 and he said to Him, ” All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'” 11 Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.” NASU
It would be impossible in a short devotional to fully exegete this subject, but I want to say a few things with the hope of giving you comfort and hope in your daily walk, work, and spiritual warfare. This is a fascinating passage in that the devil insinuates to our LORD that he, the devil, has authority over the kingdoms of this world. Jesus did not dispute that therefore, I conclude that it was the truth. The Bible refers to the devil as being the “god of this world” in 2 Corinthians 4:4, Jesus called him the “ruler of this world” in John 12:31, and Paul addressed him as “the prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2.
Therefore, when Jesus walked the earth, the devil had “legal authority” in the world and over man. How did that happen? It happened in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve in their rebellion and the Fall of Man. In Genesis 1:26-28 we find God gave Adam “dominion” over the earth and everything that lived in and on it. Adam and Eve were to “subdue” and “have dominion” over the earth. Man, was to “live forever” and “fill” or “replenish” the earth. In the Garden, God walked and talked with him and man was in a perfect state of peace and purity living in harmony with and in total obedience to God. In that state, they were not only made in the image of God they represented and manifested Him in all that He was.
There was a problem coming that God knew in which Adam and Eve would be put to the test and determine the future of man on the earth. Lucifer as described by Ezekiel and Isaiah, a cherub angel, created by God began to be filled with Pride and a thirst for power and position. He wanted to be “like the most high” and in his heart began to desire to be “possessor of heaven and earth.” He didn’t just want to be “like” God, he wanted to “be” God. His Pride and Rebellion resulted in one-third of the angels following him in that rebellion and God evicted him from heaven. At that point, Lucifer or Satan became God’s chief enemy. He had polluted heaven with sin and rebellion requiring a purging and now he was roaming the earth seeking to do the same and bring God’s creation into a state of rebellion. The devil knew that in order to control the Earth, he would, of necessity, have to control the human race.
In Genesis 3 we read the record of Eve’s deception and her role in the deception and seduction of Adam in this rebellion against God. The devil presented them with a lie or better THE LIE and used their reason against them. His suggestion that God was keeping something good from them and they deserved more prominence, position, control, and power produced an infection that resulted in Rebellion. The command of God to NOT EAT the fruit could have been a command to NOT CROSS a stream or anything. The object is not the fruit but the act, it was REBELLION and DISOBEDIENCE. Adam and Eve were co-regents of the Earth and in their act of rebellion they legally relinquished their crown to the devil and separated themselves from the care, keeping, and covering of God. This gave the devil legal ownership or rulership in the Earth.
Jesus came, as the last Adam, and legally took back the rulership from the devil through his sinless life and sacrificial death. Jesus has stripped the devil of his legal authority and since we are IN CHRIST we are not subject to the lordship of the “god of this world.” The devil has NO LEGAL AUTHORITY in our lives and when we allow him to operate we are allowing a criminal to openly and without confrontation take our possessions. We have been given weapons of warfare that are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. We are more than conquerors through Jesus. Do not accept the idea that the devil has any authority in this earth, EXCEPT in those who are not “blood bought.” The Blood of Jesus is our badge of authority over the power and authority of the devil. You are IN Christ and in that condition and position, you have authority over all the power of the devil. The Bible says that if we “resist the devil” he will because he has no choice, flee from us!
You have Legal Authority through Christ and your authority frees you from the power of the devil! So, as you enjoy this day, refuse to be intimidated by the devil and embrace your condition and position as a Child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We serve the Living God and in Him, we live and move and have our being! Walk in peace this day!