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If Satan Knows the End of the Story, Why Does He Keep Trying?

aired June 17, 2019

Episode 206 Show Notes 

If Satan Knows the End of the Story, Why Does He Keep Trying?

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If Satan knows the end of the story, why does he keep trying? 

What Satan didn't understand was how God was doing this, how God was achieving victory. Time after time after time, it seemed like Satan had won. God, actually, was sort of laughing. He had a pair of aces. You get to the crucifixion and, you know, Satan thinks he had Jesus. Finally, the Messiah is crucified. But, three days later, he came back to life; he was raised. And now, he knows that his time is short. But instead of bowing his knee, he goes on to persecute the church. His pride absolutely will not let go. Everything he does is based on pride; he’s driven by it, it consumes him, it eats him away, and even though he knows his time is short, he perpetuates his mutiny. But what's wonderful is that when Jesus died on the cross, he carried the guilt, the debt Satan wanted us to pay to take us away from Christ, to kill the bride of Christ, to make our salvation impossible, Jesus actually, on the cross, took the sins, the guilt and condemnation of his bride, upon himself. And so we read in Colossians 2:15, “by his cross, he disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame by triumphing over them in him.” — Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. Does God hear or answer the prayers of unbelievers? 

2. Hebrews 12 speaks of God disciplining His children. What does that look like?

3. My teenage son and daughter have been asking really hard questions about the Bible. I don’t always have the answers and I’m not sure how to deal with it. How can we make the Bible relevant to the issues that teenagers are going through and what should I do to be better equipped to be able to have these hard conversations about the Bible?

4. What does it mean when Peter says that Christians are "a kingdom of priests?"

5. If Satan knows the end of the story, why does he keep trying?


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