by Dean Briggs, National Mobilization Director, TheCall
“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is AT THE RIGHT HAND of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Rom. 8:33-34)
For thousands of years (as we saw yesterday), Satan was apparently permitted, in limited fashion, to present himself before God with a laundry list of legitimate claims against humanity. Zechariah 3 gives an important additional detail, when he approaches God’s right hand to accuse Joshua, the high priest. We see this position also described in Psalm 109:6, “Let an accuser stand at his right hand.” The prosecuting attorney of the king’s court approached the king’s right hand. And where did he approach with his damning claims? The right hand.
God responds by executing the most brilliant ransom plan in history. He incarnates Himself, the Son of God, as a human fully subject to the condemnations of the Law while remaining uncondemned Himself through HIs own perfect innocence and obedience. Thus qualified to accuse imperfect, fallen man, Jesus chose instead to heal, forgive, reconcile and “unite all things in Him” (Eph. 1:10). Not only that, He dies for the right to return to His Father’s side — the right hand (Eph. 1:18-20, 2:6, Col. 3:1-3, Heb. 10:12-13) — there to forever occupy a position of unqualified mercy and grace, through which accusation is no longer permitted. This is the strength of our king. The Son is the strength of His Father. Jesus made it plain, “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). This is not only a statement of invitation to the lost, it is a declaration of the impenetrable barrier of covenant love by which Satan is denied access to bring accusation against you. He can’t get through Jesus!
Thanks to the astonishing victory of Christ, Satan is now the principal target of the challenge: “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is AT THE RIGHT HAND of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Rom. 8:33-34). Furthermore, miraculously, we have been “raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). In Christ, you now occupy a place of no condemnation under the Law. He settled it. He meant it. It is finished. So how does condemnation reach the throne?
I want to suggest a sobering possibility. Could it be that the Accusatory role in heaven, presently, now occurs only to the degree that we bring Satan’s accusation for Him? This happens daily– X millions of times. We bring court decrees and legal judgements for Satan when we participate in accusing our brothers and sisters based on their performance in negation of the reconciling, atoning work of Christ! We wield our station in heavenly places as proxies of the Accuser. I pose this dilemma for testing according to the Word, but could it be that the only accusations presently brought before the throne are by our misguided, diabolical cooperation (and identification!) with this central fact of Satan’s nature: He accuses, and far too often, so do we? Is this why the hinge point of eschatology is no longer so much connected to the victory of Christ, which is settled in heaven, but for our witness in heaven to finally and totally agree with the work of the blood of the lamb by which all are reconciled and accusation is removed? Could our appropriation of this reality, and demonstration of it in practice, be key to the victory that finally displaces every demonic influence and limits Satan to earth? Is the greatest deception of Satan, the Accuser, “who deceives the whole earth” (Rev. 12:11) to expand his legal team, through our own self-righteousness, by deputizing the entire Body of Christ as co-prosecutors?
God help us! Prepare your heart in the humility of this thought. Let’s ban ourselves from the Bar. Let’s quit Satan’s legal team. Tomorrow, we will see how the blood of the Lamb forms the path to victory in this equation.
“Father of glory, we know that you delight to set your truth deep in our spirit, so come into the hidden places of our heart and teach us wisdom.”
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