Revelation Lesson 16 Day 4 Accuser

Study of Revelation 12:10-12

Revelation 12:10-12

9. My plea before the accuser is the blood of Jesus.

Even if I’m guilty of the offense brought before God by the Accuser, my plea is the blood of Jesus.

I cannot plead not guilty, or no contest. And I certainly don’t want to plead guilty and receive the sentence I deserve.

Thankfully, I can plead the blood of Jesus!

Jesus served the sentence I deserved. He took my beating, my death sentence, and even spent three days in the place of the dead (Many believe He went into hell because He brought back the keys).

My debt for past sin has been paid. Jesus paid the price. He doesn’t even remember the offense. He washed it away and moved it so far away, it can’t be seen or found.

From the text, it sounds like Satan is no longer allowed to accuse us before God since Jesus’ sacrifice. Hallelujah!

However, Satan (most likely one of his demons) accuses us directly by reminding us of our past sin. He wants us to feel guilty and unworthy to have a relationship with God.

I desire to fully comprehend who I am in and through Christ Jesus, so I can confidently dismiss and refute EVERY accusation brought against me by the evil one. And respond to every temptation with the Word of God the way Jesus did.

10.  Revelation 12:11

They triumphed over Him

Triumphed–to subdue (literal or figurative) conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory (Strongs #3528)

The brothers and sisters in Christ prevailed against all their adversaries.

 

I added the following three references before the ones given in the question:
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 ESV

I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you Know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith because you have won your battle with the evil one.  1 John 2:13 NLT

I saw before me what seemed to be a glass sea mixed with fire. And on it stood all the people who had been victorious over the beast and his statue and the number representing his name. They were all holding harps that God had given them. Revelation 15:2 NLT
As joint heirs, we share in His suffering and in His glorious victory. Romans 8:17 
So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.” James 4:7  AMP

By the blood of the Lamb

Believers are in right-standing in God’s sight through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus.

It was time for God’s grace plan to provide forgiveness, freedom and restoration to mankind.

And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Romans 5:9-11 

 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.  He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. 

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure.10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Ephesians 1:6-10 NLT

And by the word of their testimony

The first verse in the question (1 John 5:11-12) speaks of something God testified. The verse in Revelation sounds like what a believer or all the believers are saying. It says “our God” and “our brethren”.

It may refer to the martyrs in Revelation 6:9

“When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony.”

1 John 5:11-12  “And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.” NLT

(I don’t see how Rev 1:3 relates either. If you can help me with this, please leave a comment.)

Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”

They did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

This again sounds like a reference to the martyrs in Revelation 6:9.

Because of their love for Christ who laid down His life to give them eternal life, they willingly remained loyal to Him even though it cost them their earthly life.

Matthew 16:25-28 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

11.  a. I used to wrestle with the evil one’s accusations.

I still do at times.

I heard a great way to deal with it that really helped me overcome the frequent torment.

Just do what Job did. Every time the accuser shows up, worship and praise God as soon as I remember. It doesn’t have to be out loud.

Sometimes I’m a bit slow because I have a mouthful of pity-party cake. (As an aside, the accuser loves to attend pity-parties.)

But when I come to my senses, I thank God for the blood of Jesus that washed me white as snow. I thank Him for complete, 100% forgiveness of every sin. I thank Him for His love, His mercy, and His patience.

Since I started that, I get accused much less often.

It makes sense because (1) the accusation isn’t working anymore, and (2) it causes me to worship–the opposite of the accuser’s intended outcome.

b.  Powerful songs of victory over the accuser

Our God Reigns Here

This is Amazing Grace

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