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Was Jesus a human sacrifice TO Satan, to free you from Satan’s power so God can save you?  Let’s consider what the Bible says.

We know that Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sin.

Galatians 1:4  Who [Jesus] gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

But the sacrifice of Jesus was 1) to satisfy God’s justice and 2) to free us from the penalty and power of sin.  

1) Jesus satisfied God’s justice

God is a just God and He will judge sin.  He created us to be in perfect communion with Him and when Adam disobeyed God sin entered the world and now all people are born with the sin of Adam 

Romans 5:12  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned;

It is God’s desire to restore His creation to Himself and Jesus did that by taking upon Himself our sin, paying the penalty for it and imputing (crediting) His righteousness to all who would come to believe in Him.

 2 Corinthians 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him

James 2:23  And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:

When we repent and trust in Christ’s finished work on the cross we are washed in His blood and made righteous.  Therefore when we stand before God we are acceptable in His eyes.  

Revelation 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood

Romans 3:21-22 …now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:

2) Jesus freed us from sin

From the penalty of sin:

We just spoke of God’s justice.  In His justice He required that sin be judged and the penalty for it be paid.  Jesus paid that penalty.  Our sins were laid on Him and God judged sin.  Jesus’ pure [sinless] blood atoned [paid the price] of our sin. 

Isaiah 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

2 Corinthians 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us

1 Peter 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

From the power of sin:  

For those who trust in Christ’s work on the cross and have received Him as Lord and Saviour, Jesus has not only saved us from the penalty of sin, He has also saved us from the power of sin.  This doesn’t mean that we won’t continue to sin.  But by the gift of His Holy Spirit, we have the ability to be overcomers and to live in victory over sin.  

1 John 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

We have been given His power to choose not to sin.  Sadly all too often we still sin because we are not yet saved from the presence of sin.  We fight against three things:  the lust of the flesh (our own sin nature), the lust of the eyes (the deception of the world) and the pride of life.  

We have not yet been freed from the presence or power of Satan.  Satan and his minions are still present in our world and are still at work doing what they do best….tempting us to sin.  And as long as we are alive we still have a sin nature.  However, remember, when Jesus saved us He gave us the gift of His Holy Spirit.

John 14:16-17  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

And, REMEMBER…

1 John 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world

In Conclusion

Jesus was not a sacrifice to free us from Satan.  We never belonged to him.  Everything in this world belongs to God.  

Psalm 24:1  A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

1 Corinthians 10:26  For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.

So we repeat, Jesus’ atoning death was to satisfy God’s justice, to save us from God’s rightful judgment of sin and to make reconciliation to God possible for all who will trust in His finished work on the cross.

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