If Christ died to bring everything on earth under His authority, why does Satan still have freedom to wreak such havoc in our world?
1. While Christ conquered death and sin, we will not see the completion of His victory until His second coming (Hebrews 2:5-9; John 16:33).
2. When mankind brought evil into God's perfect world, God provided a way of salvation. Satan's work must be necessary for mankind's redemption or God wouldn't allow it (Genesis 3).(1)
3. God uses Satan to test and strengthen His children (Job; Romans 8:28).(2)
4. God uses evil but does not cause it (Genesis 50:20; James 1:13; 1 John 1:5).
5. One day Satan's power will permanently and violently end (Revelation 20:10).
6. There's some mystery involved in these things, but we can trust God (1 Corinthians 13:12).
(1) Satan, a fallen angel, was used by God to test Adam and Eve - who were innocent but untested. When tested, they proved to be sinners in need of a Savior. Thus began God's redemption process. I don't think any of us fully understand this process of testing and redemption, but we can trust God's wisdom and knowledge.
(2) In Scripture, there is one incident that is credited to both God and Satan which clarifies this point that God uses Satan for His purposes. Read about that situation here: Got Questions.
1. It is extremely important that we grasp this truth: Christ did not correct all wrongs in the present world. In the spiritual realm, sin and death are conquered, but we are not yet experiencing that victory to the fullest.
John 16:33: "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
2. We suffer consequences for sin in our present life, but perfect justice and perfect redemption will not be completed until the judgement:
Revelation 20:11-15: Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
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