Continuing the teachings on the sermon series “God Wins: The Story of God And His People.” This is a short summary of the fourth sermon, titled “Cosmic Struggle: Five Facts About Spiritual Warfare.” The summary for part one is here, part two is here, and part three is here.
C.S. Lewis says there are Two Errors we can make about Satan – 1) Unhealthy fascination, or 2) Purposefully ignoring it. Most of us will fall into the 2nd Category.
There is a Bigger Story over us that we do not naturally comprehend: a story about God, Satan, angels, and demons, and the people of this earth whose souls are headed for one direction or the other.
The Bigger Cosmic Story of the Bible is: How the work of the cross was to remove every single obstacle between us and God.
This includes uppercutting Satan and his minions. Yet while Jesus made a decisive victory on the cross (Colossians 2:15), we are still doing “clean-up” duty to overtake the remaining enemy factions. Satan is still giving his best shot to drag others with him until Jesus returns. There are five things we must know in this cosmic struggle.
1) The spiritual realm really exists.
2) The Devil’s purpose is to distract, divide, and destroy.
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