And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
It’s paradoxical that although Satan and his cohorts were humbled, defeated and disarmed at Calvary, (Col. 2:15), evil has not yet been totally eradicated. That’s reserved for the eschaton. That’s one of the reasons why we should eagerly look forward to the Second Coming. And that’s why we must not let down our guard!
On one hand it’s puzzling that the devil has access to God’s presence, where he accuses the saints day and night. Yet on the other hand, it’s heartening that Satan doesn’t have unlimited rights to operate on earth but is duty-bound to submit to God in spite of himself (Job 1:6).
One critical dynamic that changed after Calvary is the presence of our Advocate in heaven, Jesus Christ the Righteous (1 John 2:1). Jesus resides on the Father’s right hand, defending our cause where it matters (Heb. 7:25).
So every accusation the enemy throws at us is dealt with swiftly by our resident Defender in glory. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1). Hallelujah!