The Accuser Must Fall Silent

“How could Jesus triumph over Satan in His death? We can understand this only if we recall that Satan is a parasite. He depends for His power and authority entirely upon the sinfulness of men and women. So long as we are still accounted guilty before the heavenly Judge, Satan has solid legal grounds to accuse us. Once the debt is paid, once the penalty has been administered, Satan’s head is crushed, and he falls from heaven like lightening. He no longer has an airtight case against God’s people; he has no case at all. When the Judge pronounces a ‘not guilty,’ the accuser must fall silent.”
– Peter J. Leithhart, The Kingdom and the Power (Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 1993), 39.

(HT: Of First Importance)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

2 thoughts on “The Accuser Must Fall Silent

  1. Peter – I like it. The phrase “not guilty” however struck me. I don’t know if in legal terms there is a difference but I’ve thought of this more as “acquitted”. I think I am trying to retain the truth that I was guilty, Jesus step up to take my sin and impute His righteousness, etc.. Therefore I somehow want to retain that I was never really innocent.


  2. Hi Rick,
    Hmm, I know what your saying. Retaining grace implies our past need.
    Two verses come to mind:
    “This is my beloved Son with whom I’m well pleased” Matt. 3:17; and “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” Rom. 8:33
    May be we should be more taken with imputed righteousness (inherent in the declaration) than natural wretchedness.

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