There is no epistle in which we find more about the grace of God than that great and wonderful epistle of Paul to the Ephesians! It is one of his prison epistles and, interestingly enough, he was actually and literally in jail for telling a secret… the secret of the mystery (Eph. 6:19-20). Evidently, he had a great deal of opposition in trying to make this secret known. That's rather unusual, isn't it?
Paul here tells the Philippians how to deal with anxiety over life’s situations and circumstances.
“Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)
This is to explain how Israel and her Kingdom gospel program was set aside for a time… while God brought a new Grace gospel program to the Gentiles through the Apostle Paul.
The following describes the rest and secure relationship that is available to every Christian... by faith. We each should come to know the Lord personally, as our loving Father. We have this relationship because of His grace extended to us when He intervened and saved us. His purpose was much more...
Faith is among the most precious treasures any person can possibly possess. It's a shame that so few understand what the Bible teaches about faith. If they understood faith, its source, and its rewards, they would cease for their futile religious efforts in trying to earn God's favor. They would find the rest that is available only in trusting Christ in all their daily living.
Today there's lots of talk about being "spiritual." By this most mean one has some interest in that which is beyond the physical realm. Some may say of another, "He's a Christian you know, he believes in God and is quite spiritual." Well, the Devil believes in God and that does not make the Devil a Christian. For some this leads to the occult and other deceptions, but for some this may be the first indication of a spiritual awakening and that may lead them to find the Lord as their Savior.
"But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh [Sin in the flesh]." Galatians 5:16 (AMP)
"But if you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to the Law." Galatians 5:18 (AMP)
The Bible tells us Satan, that "old Serpent," was defeated at Calvary and his headship over the world of humanity was powerfully dealt with. Hebrews 2:14 says that our Savior, by His death, "destroyed" him who "holds the power of death." We know from the word of God that the Devil himself is not actually "destroyed," because he will only later, at the end of the ages, will be "cast into the lake of fire" (Rev 20:10).
How can we explain this apparent contradiction? Is the Devil destroyed or not?