I am reposting this from a few months back. I think that this subject is something that we need to be reminded of; and since I now have 10 times more followers than I had when first posted it will be new to most of my followers. I trust that it will be a blessing to many today.
Satan has many names. Satan has many schemes. Satan wears many hats. Satan comes in many different disguises. And through all of it, one of his favorite tactics, and one of his most successful, is to be an accuser. The book of Revelation explains to us that night and day he stands as our accuser.
Webster’s definition of an accuser.
1: one that charges with a fault or offense
2: one that charges with an offense judicially or by a public process
Satan is an Accuser and we know his accusations. We have heard him charge us with a fault, we have heard him proclaim our guilt. We have heard it in the courtroom of our heart, and mind, and conscience.
We commit a sin. We fall into that same old sin we have been battling, that sin we swore we wouldn’t commit again. Then we discover a new sin, and for a time enjoy it. And then we hear the accusation. “You are guilty. You have committed an offense and need to be punished. You have offended God and He doesn’t want anything to do with you. You have sinned beyond his grace. Just give up.”
Satan stands between us, the offender, and God, the offended, and cries out that we are guilty, he cries out that we must be punished, he cries out that we deserve to have the consequences of this crime heaped upon us. Satan is our greatest accuser and foe.
But There is also an Advocate.
John, who wrote the words of Revelation, also wrote these words (1 John 2:1-2): “My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; he is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Webster’s definition of an advocate.
1: one that pleads the cause of another; specifically : one that pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court
2: one that defends or maintains a cause or proposal
3: one that supports or promotes the interests of another
When we sin and stand in that courtroom, there is one who cries out that we are guilty. And if he were the only one speaking about us before the judge, we would be lost. We would be without hope.
But there is another. When this accuser, this prosecuting attorney has finished speaking, another man stands. He is an advocate, a defense attorney. His job is to plead another person’s case, to stand between the offender and the judge.
He cannot plead that the offender is guiltless. That would be a lie. He will not speak what is false, and he will not change the facts. He will not deny what is irrefutable. Instead, he will make this one plea: expiation. He will turn to the judge and say, “Yes, he committed the offense. Yes, he did what the Accuser says he did. But he is not guilty. He cannot be guilty, because I have already served the sentence for that offense. I served that sentence to the full so that your wrath against that offense was expiated. No guilt remains. There is nothing left to punish.”
The verdict is, and it must be, innocent. For justice has already been done.
Still, day after day, year after year, the accuser stands in that courtroom and speaks of our guilt. And day after day, year after year, the Advocate speaks a more powerful word.
But some day this courtroom will not be necessary. It will be destroyed. Before long, Satan’s role as the accuser will be over. Satan the accuser will be thrown out and destroyed. “I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God’.”
Do you look forward to that day?