For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the
ungodly. Rom. 5,6
He freed you!
It is He who delivers you from the snare of the
trapper. Ps. 91:3
How does this happen?
It is much wrong preached about this also nowadays. Let us just for
a moment stop at the thought, that we should be so familiar with and so
schooled in the Word of God, that we by that should be able to fight
down this mighty spirit! Would you really attack him on that
No. I do think you wisely would let that be. Just think of how it
went with our first parents towards him - and they were in addition
But this is how it often preaches, as if we shall grasp some
appropriate words from the Scripture and use them against him as swords.
And this how many understand the well known word from Luthers song: «A
word of God can bind him!»
But what does the Scripture mean, and what ment Luther?
In The Book of Revelation we read about the victorious believers in
heaven, and what is said then? «And they overcame him (the Devil)
because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their
testimony.» (Rev. 12:11) One particular word!
What do witness, as a believer? - What saved you? - What is the
foundation for your hope? - Yes, what gives you hope at all, and the
faith that you shall reach heaven and beatitude?
They gained the victory because of the word of Jesus!
We started by asking: «How does this happen?» A more correct
question is: «How did this happen?» - Because it is question
about a combat that is already won. - Jesus has gained the
victory, and He has gained the victory in our place!
«It is He who delivers you from
the snare of the trapper!» Yes, that is the Scriptures prophecy
about He who should come. But now He has been here, the great
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