He Had Nothing on Him
The night of Jesus betrayal and arrest, he met with His disciples to give them final words of exhortation in the face of His impending death. During the conversation with His disciples, Jesus said, “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here” (John 14:30-31). Jesus knew that Satan was behind all of the efforts to have Him killed. Jesus also knew that there was no just reason for Him to be killed. Satan didn’t have anything on Jesus because Jesus was innocent and had committed no sin. Jesus was righteous.
In Christ, Satan has nothing on us, for Satan has nothing on Him.
There’s no doubt Satan has a big long list of things on me and everyone else in the world for that matter. However, for those who faithfully trust and obey Jesus, God only sees what Satan has on Him, which is a big fat nothing. Paul wrote, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (1 Corinthians 5:21). Even though Satan desired it, and caused it to happen, the Father had planned to use Jesus’ death to accomplish His redemptive purposes. Satan’s greatest victory turned into his greatest defeat because he lost power over all who are in the body of Christ. What does Satan have on you? If you are not in Christ, Satan will use all of your sins against you to have you justly sentenced to death. If you are in Christ, He has nothing on you, because He had nothing on Him. God bless you, and I love you.
Our Relationship with the Father
I and the Father are one. – John 10:30
Jesus could say that about his relationship with his Father in heaven. Can we?
One? Same thought. Same action. Same love.
They are one in what they love. They love humanity. They love souls. That’s why they are willing to do whatever they can to save souls (Rom. 5:6-11). Can we say the same? Do we have the same love for souls that our Father in heaven and his Son have? Are we and our Father one?
They are one in what they hate. They hate sin. They hate evil. They want nothing to do with darkness. Can we say the same (Eph. 5:11)? Do we have the same hate for sinful, evil darkness that our Father in heaven and his Son have? Are we and the Father one?
They are one in purpose. They did what it took to save man from hell due to their love for souls and hate of evil (John 3:16). Can we say the same? Do we have the same purpose in life, to bring the gospel to the whole creation (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16), that our Father in heaven and his Son have? Are we and the Father one?
Your Faith is Spoken of
What a wonderful acclamation of Paul to the Christians in Rome that their faith was spoken of throughout the whole world (1:8). How wonderful it would be if the faith of every Christian today was spoken of the same way.
What you say and do is watched and shared by others.
Consider a few things Paul says in the opening chapters of this letter because, even though we all sin and fall short of His glory (3:23), there are a few things we must do in order for our faith to be commended.
- Be not ashamed of the gospel of Christ (1:16)
- Live by faith (1:17).
- Glorify Him and be thankful for what he has done for you (1:21).
- Be patient and steadfast in seeking eternal glory, honor, and immortality (2:7).
- Do good in order to ensure His blessings (2:10).
- Be doers of the law of Christ and love in order to be justified (2:13).
The faithful, however, do not do these things so that their faith may be spoken of by men. We do all we can to hear our faith spoken of by Christ in Judgment. “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord” (Matthew 25:21).