Sunday sermon notes: Satan — not people — is our ultimate enemy (Matthew 16:13-28)

We are beautiful (the church) because we are the bride of Christ. The Biblical church is made from a confession of Christ as savior. One of the marks of a true church is a constant war against Satan. It is a long war for truth and family and many other things. Satan is a master of delusion & illusion. We think people are our enemy but Satan is our ultimate enemy. He is the one behind our fear. Heaven & hell are absolute. We must put on the armor of God so as to be able to resist Satan.

Paul tells us to “stand firm.” We are not fighting for victory. We are fighting from victory. Christ has already defeated death, hell & the grave. The victory that Christ declared isn’t some event that occurred almost 2,000 years ago; it is a victory that produces fruit even today. What Christ delivered in the resurrection is victory in every aspect of life. Again, Christians too often view these events only as historical and not as the current reality. If you belong to Jesus you have already won.

Only the Savior can fix us. In verse 23, Christ identifies the enemy as Satan. Christ has already defeated Satan, who is powerless against the Cross. Satan cannot defeat us by his power, but only by his deception. He has no power over us. We are at battle with the enemy but the war has already been won. If you want to get mad at someone, get mad at the enemy and stop taking it out on people. Redeemed people are not the enemy.

It’s not about us; it’s all about Him. If we could live this self-denying contradiction, we will pay some heavy prices, but not as great as Christ paid. You can afford to lose your life but not your faith. Why are we here? It is not for ourselves. A life wrapped up in itself makes a very small package. Yet Christ said the first shall be last and the last shall be first. A true church has its eyes on Christ’s glory and not the pains of this sorry world. We are looking forward to heaven. What is it about heaven we are looking for? Seeing Jesus, lasting peace, no more tears, being with God, no death, no sickness, no pain.

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