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A mission of destruction

Hebrews 2:14 says Jesus came to destroy the devil himself, and then the Apostle John says the Son of God was manifested “to destroy the works of the devil.”  (1 Jn 3:8)

The destruction of the devil is easy for us to get.  In Revelation 20:1 the Lord sends his angel to grab Satan, bind him with a chain and pitch him into the abyss.  Later in the same chapter Satan goes to his eternal destruction in the lake of fire, and that’s his end.

The works of the devil are destined for just such an overthrow, but it’s harder for us to see.  The prophecies of the fall of Babylon stand as a metaphor of the fall of the world system which John describes as being under control of the evil one.  (1 Jn 5:19 NASB)  That means there is no part of this present world system which the Lord Jesus intends to grant entrance into his kingdom.  Revelation 17 describes the religious and political components of the Babylonian system, and Revelation 18 describes its commercial component.  None of it, not a scrap, not a remnant, not a particle will survive the coming of the Lord.  Every last bit of this present world system will be sifted by his judgment, tested by fire, and only what is done for Christ will last.

So Peter asks about our manner of living.  (2 Pet 3:10-11)  Sure, there are the necessities of life, and God expects us to work for our bread.  But we should keep our thumb pressing on the balance of life to tilt it to things that last.  We have borrowed a brief session of life from the Creator like a child’s horsie ride at the mall, and we can’t put in another quarter when the ride stops.  Use your time to build a future in a kingdom which cannot be shaken, because everything you see around you today has an expiration date.  What would be your reason for living as if that weren’t true?

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