Chapter Nine: The Glory of Rescuing Sinners, Not Removing Satan

The Saving Sacrifice of Jesus Christ

Have you ever wondered why God allows Satan and his demons to live? They deserve eternal punishment as Matthew writes that the eternal fire [is] prepared for the devil and his angels and have no chance at repentance and forgiveness.

I know I have. Wouldn’t life be easier? No temptation, no roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Though Satan is a defeated enemy and his end is sure, God in His wisdom has chosen not to, at least not yet.

John Piper writes that, “If God had simply terminated Satan, then it would not have been so clear that God is both stronger and infinitely more to be desired than Satan. God wills for his glory to shine forth not only through acts of physical power, but also through acts of moral and spiritual power that display the beauty of his grace with lavish colors. To take sinners out of Satan’s hands by virtue of Christ’s sin-bearing sacrifice and his law-fulfilling obedience to the Father was a more glorious victory than mere annihilation of the enemy.”

To God be the Glory!

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