After his resurrection, Jesus sends us all out to do
what he did: "As the Father has sent me, so I send you" (John 20:21
NRSV). And he gives us his authority to do it: "All authority in
heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go" (Matt.
28:18-19). Why else would he have given us his authority if we
weren’t supposed to use it?
The attitude of so many Christians today is anything
but fierce. We’re passive, acquiescent. We’re acting as if the
battle is over, as if the wolf and the lamb are now fast friends.
Good grief-we’re beating swords into plowshares as the armies of the
Evil One descend upon us. We’ve bought the lie of the Religious
Spirit, which says, "You don’t need to fight the Enemy. Let Jesus do
that." It’s nonsense. It’s unbiblical. It’s like a private in
Vietnam saying, "My commander will do all the fighting for me; I
don’t even need to fire my weapon." We are commanded to "resist the
devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7). We are told, "Your
enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for
someone to devour. Resist him" (1 Peter 5:8-9); "Fight the good
fight" (1 Tim. 1:18); "Rescue those being led away to death" (Prov.
Seriously, just this morning a man said to me, "We don’t need to
fight the Enemy. Jesus has won." Yes, Jesus has won the victory over
Satan and his kingdom. However, the battle is not over. Look at 1
Corinthians 15:24-25: "Then the end will come, when he [Jesus] hands
over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all
dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put
all his enemies under his feet." After he has destroyed the rest of
the Enemy’s works. Until then, he must reign by bringing his enemies
under his feet. Jesus is still at war, and he calls us to join him.