Eternal Security: The Assurance of Satan’s Accusations
Satan is our accuser. He acts as our prosecuting attorney before the throne of God.
“For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10b).
In contrast, we know that in Christ “we have an advocate.” He is our defense attorney.
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).
We remain God’s children even when we sin: “with the Father.” We will never be “un”-born again. We remain the Father’s children forever. This verse alone should assure you of your eternal security.
When Satan accuses the Father’s children, he is assuring them of their eternal security. He knows that no sin can take away the blood of Jesus. All he has are accusations. Satan knows he has no authority over your spirit. That’s why he works tirelessly, “day and night” trying to win a motion against our each and every sin.
Satan does not bother to accuse his own children because he does not have to. He knows that God will accuse those who deny Him at their judgment. Satan accuses the brethren because God will not accuse His purchased possession.
Satan’s accusations carry no legal weight because God absolved the penalty of your sins at the cross: “He has made (you) alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13b-14).
The name of Jesus means: “God is salvation” and Jesus Christ is the righteous Judge because He was the perfect Lamb of God judged on our behalf:
“For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22).
Each and every person who has ever lived or ever will live on earth will take their place in one of only two groups of people: Those who accept God and those who reject God, and He will judge them all. Those who have or will choose to accept God as their salvation will inherit eternal life. Those who choose to reject God as their salvation, like Satan, will inherit eternal separation and death.
What reality do you think Satan hates more: That no work is required on your part for eternal life or the finality of your choice?
Satan yearns to test the love and forbearance of believers. He causes irritation and divisions to rise up among them in hopes of producing a fresh load of accusations to haul before the court. That’s why the New Testament contains perpetual exhortation appealing for Christians to continuously forbear, forgive, and to love one another.
Unfortunately for Satan his antics are useless because our Judge has ruled, “Case closed” against our sin. Of course, we know there will be a different court at a different time for believers only: The Judgment Seat of Christ from which Satan will be absent and believers will either receive or lose their rewards as a consequence of the life they live for Christ.
It all boils down to this: Satan knows he has authority over all who deny the blood of Christ, so he’s content in that respect. What he absolutely cannot stand is that he has no eternal authority whatsoever─over those who are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
When he occasionally succeeds in leading believers into new sin, he is furious that they are thereby not retried and found guilty of every new sin they commit. Although Satan actively takes part in God’s temporal judgment due to the consequences of our sin, he is enraged that he cannot get our eternal verdict of innocence overturned. I guess you could say it really burns him up.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24).
Satan cannot stand that God has ordered him to eternal judgment in hell, yet sinners like us can escape eternal damnation through the blood of Christ alone. (Even though Satan cannot escape God’s final judgment he still has the extreme arrogance to believe that he will defeat God somehow, someday.)
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.