10 comments on “Jesus Goes on the Offensive

  1. “it is important to recognize that His foe is actually Satan, and not the Jewish religious leaders who have been deceived into playing the role as Satan’s shills.”

    We would do well to remember that ourselves. Well, I would…I certainly can’t speak for another. Even those actively working against God are not the true enemy are they?

  2. I don’t understand why you would say this. Is it impossible to understand what was happening at that time? Must you hide behind excuses of “the devil made me do it” and reject the responsibility of mankind to support and care for each other rather than to seek their own material rewards?

  3. “His foe is actually Satan, and not the Jewish religious leaders who have been deceived into playing the role as Satan’s shills. I point this out again, because what these texts are really all about ”

    It is this statement that I struggle with. Using your source, the bible, you will find multiple areas where Jesus commands Satan. In one case he simply says something like “get behind me.” This infers he is the leader and Satan is to follow. That statement also shows the direct answer of the request for Jesus to follow Satan that was presented during the Temptation.

    So I haven’t seen or read anything that suggest a spiritual adversarial relationship existed between them. Each had/have their jobs. I am convinced that Jesus’s intent was to teach a new way for the people to know God. The people were taught that they must seek forgiveness by blood sacrifice and he changed that. That change was extremely significant.

      • I think I understand your intent and yes, I have not followed the larger narrative. However, each statement made needs to have some characteristic of truth to it. Jumping to a conclusion of foe and enemy are human attributes that are not consistent with the spiritual universe. God has no foes, God has no enemies; God only loves. Matthew’s depiction of Jesus is man/God or God in flesh. Therefore the concept of foe or enemy would not have any sort of truth. From the cross Jesus looked down at all of those that ridiculed, mocked, tortured and hung him there and said, “For all of you that look upon me with hate, anger, and disgust; I love you all.” These were his last word spoken there. Once again, there is no foe, no enemy, human or spiritual.
        Whatever the scene, let’s present truth.
        Thank you

        • I tried to let you off the hook, but I see you don’t want to be let off the hook…

          It seems that you not only disagree with my conclusions from a continuing narrative that you haven’t read, but now you wish to make accusations. Very well, let’s speak of Truth. Perhaps we can begin by getting your facts straight: You wrote:

          From the cross Jesus looked down at all of those that ridiculed, mocked, tortured and hung him there and said, “For all of you that look upon me with hate, anger, and disgust; I love you all.” These were his last word spoken there.”

          Actually, His last words on the cross were, “It is finished”. The words you put in His mouth are not found anywhere in Scripture.

          If you don’t believe that Satan is the adversary of God, that’s your business, but if you wish to come here and lecture me on “the truth” I would recommend that you get your facts right.

  4. Agree, completely…Satan is the true enemy, not people, even evil ones, its the reason we are to treat all like we wont to be treated, they will see we are different and Lord willing in time change their heart. Its the very reason very wicked people turn their life over to Christ and are changed and have amazing testimonies. Because for a period of their life “the Accuser” had them, it wasn’t actually them to some degree, the blindness that “the Liar” puts over people eyes believe or not is not that actual person.

    It’s why when a seed is planted in time when the time is right that person can change in a moment.

    My conversion was like this and many many others.

    God has no foe? actually going back to Genesis 3:14-15 it is all about one side vs. another, aka Good vs. evil.

    Job 1:8, The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”

    Turning away from? From what?

    Sin brought upon by the Accuser, Liar, Satan is all about a foe to God, its the very reason why Jesus had t come and die, so we could get back to true righteousness with God in a relationship with His Son.

    And get away from a slave relationship with Satan, bound in chains. Spiritual warfare has to have a foe, there is no such thing as warfare without a foe.

    Ephesians 6:11, Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

    I would call him a foe!

    Otherwise God sent Jesus for a much more down played reason.

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