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THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN
Eric Aboadwe    [email]    ( Ghana ) 2017-04-21     Views : 198     Touched : 34
THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN

Our reading of the Word today is taken from the eschatological Book of Revelation. It says:

“Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for THE ACCUSER OF OUR BRETHREN, who ACCUSED them before our God day and night has been cast down” (Revelation 12:10).

If you are a truly born again Saint of the WATER and the BLOOD of JESUS, then you must rejoice in CHRIST, and you must rejoice in Him always (1 Thessalonians 5:16). This is because the LORD our GOD has conquered the great dragon, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9).

If you have come into the knowledge of the TRUTH which JESUS says will make you free (John 8:32), then you have every reason to rejoice because you have been delivered from the deceptions of the Devil through the Word of TRUTH which in CHRIST.

Our Scripture reading says, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for THE ACCUSER OF OUR BRETHREN, who ACCUSED them before our God day and night has been cast down”

We must understand that the conquest of Satan is also the conquest of SIN. And it is none other than JESUS CHRIST who achieved this great feat of victory through His BAPTISM, BLOOD and RESURRECTION in order to set us free from the bondage of SIN.

The Word of God tells us in Revelation that the Devil is “THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN.” This “ACCUSER” as he is called, sometimes uses the Law of God and our fellow human beings to “ACCUSE” us. In order words, he brings a charge against us and blame us for wrongdoings and misconduct through God’s holy Law.

Our LORD JESUS told us how the Law “ACCUSE” us when He said, “Do not think that I shall ACCUSE you to the Father; there is one who ACCUSES you – Moses, in whom you trust” (John 5:45). These Words of JESUS are Words of Life, and He is telling us that He is never an “ACCUSER.”

This is because JESUS knew our sins, transgressions, iniquities, weaknesses, and shortcomings. And it was for this very purpose that He came. That’s why Isaiah said, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquities of us all” (Isaiah 53:5-6).

This passage above in Isaiah is telling us that JESUS did not come to “ACCUSE” us, but He came in order for our “transgressions” and “iniquities” to be “laid on Him.” And we must always remember that this took place when JESUS received the BAPTISM from John (Matthew 3:13-17), before He died on the Cross to shed His BLOOD.

And because JESUS did not come to “ACCUSE” us, He said, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17). That’s why He told us that “Do not think that I shall ACCUSE you to the Father.”

The LORD then told us about the one who “ACCUSES” us. He said, “There is one who ACCUSES you – Moses, in whom you trust.” When the LORD says here that it is “Moses” who “ACCUSES” us, He is referring to the Law of Moses.We must pay a close attention here. If JESUS says that the Law of Moses “ACCUSES” us, and our Scripture reading from Revelation also tells us that Satan is “THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN,” then it is telling us that the devil uses the Law to “ACCUSE” us.

In the gospel of John, we saw how the Devil used the Pharisees and the Law to “ACCUSE” the woman of adultery and demanding for her to be killed. JESUS said that these Pharisees sit on Moses seat (Matthew 23:2), and they came and told Him, “...Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the Law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” (John 8:4-5).

If the Pharisees says this and JESUS also tells us that “There is one who ACCUSES you – Moses, in whom you trust,” is it not true? It proves that the Law of Moses “ACCUSES” us.

I said earlier that sometimes the Devil uses human beings and the Law to “ACCUSE” us, and we can see this in what JESUS told the woman when He said, “...Woman, where are those ACCUSERS of yours? Has no one condemn you? She said, “No one, Lord.” And JESUS said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” (John 8:10-11).

Satan wanted the woman of adultery to be killed, and he was using human beings (the Pharisees) and the Law to “ACCUSE” the woman. But JESUS proved to us once again that “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,” but that the world through Him “might be saved” through His WATER and the SPIRIT.

In the Old Testament Scriptures, the Bible tells us in the Book of Zechariah how Satan “ACCUSED” even the high priest Joshua. Zechariah the prophet said, “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to OPPOSE him” (Zechariah 3:1).

When it says here that Satan was standing at the right hand side of Joshua to “OPPOSE” him, the words “OPPOSE” in the passage means Satan was “ACCUSING” Joshua the high priest. But the question is “WHY did Satan OPPOSE or ACCUSE Joshua?” The answer is giving to us in the subsequent verses.

It says, “Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel” (Zechariah 3:3). The words “filthy garments” represent SIN. The verse 4 makes this clear when the LORD intervened (stepped in) on behalf of Joshua by saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes” (Zechariah 3:4). WHAT A BLESSING!

We must not forget that the words “filthy garments” was also mentioned by Isaiah when He said that we are all like “an unclean thing,” and our righteousness are like “filthy rags” before God (Isaiah 64:6). But our loving Saviour removed this “filthy rags” and He clothed us with “rich robes” (His righteousness), so that we can overcome Satan “THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN.

My dearly beloved Brothers and Sisters, JESUS our Saviour is saying the same words to you and me which He told Joshua. Because the LORD took all our SINS when He was BAPTIZED by John, and He shed His BLOOD on the Cross, and RESURRECTED, He says to you and me, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you.” WHAT A BLESSING.

That’s why John the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the SIN of the world!” (John 1:29). We must believe in the Living Word with all our heart, and shake away every doubt and unbelief by having faith in His Word of POWER.

When Satan used the Law to “ACCUSED” the woman of adultery, we saw how JESUS intervened by saving the woman from the hands of Satan. Here too in Zechariah, we have seen how JESUS once again intervened when Satan “OPPOSED” and “ACCUSE” Joshua the “high priest” for his “iniquity” by removing this “filthy garments” from him. WHAT A SAVIOR!

Even the high priest Joshua was not RIGHTEOUS before God by the standard of the Law. That’s why Satan used the Law to “OPPOSE” him. Meanwhile God told Joshua, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it...” (Joshua 1:8).

But the question is: “Was Joshua able to obey all the written code?” He was not! WHY? Because God gave us His Law to give us “knowledge of SIN” (Romans 3:20). In other words, God gave us the Law to reveal His holiness and our sinful nature to us, so that we can be saved by His GRACE which is in CHRIST JESUS. That’s why we saw in Zechariah that it was the LORD JESUS who rebuked Satan (Zechariah 3:2), and also removed the “iniquity” of Joshua.

JESUS has fulfilled ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS for us (Matthew 3:15). That's why the Apostle Paul said, "Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is CHRIST who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us" (Romans 8:33-34).

In our next study, we will look at how we can RESIT THE DEVIL who is the ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN when he brings his accusations against us.

JESUS has done so much for us, and we have no option than to love Him in His love. That’s why the Apostle Paul said that, “If anyone does not love the LORD JESUS CHRIST, let him be accursed, O Lord, come! (1 Corinthians 16:22).

You are BLESSED for your FAITH in these things!

 

 
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