John reveals some very important things in his letters to the church
about WHY Jesus Christ came to earth. In 1John 3 he tells us:
You know that He (Christ) appeared in order to take away
sins, & in Him there is no sin…the reason the Son of God appeared
was to destroy the works of the devil. 1John 3:5 & 8b
Think about it: Jesus came to take away sin (& the result of sin,
death,) & to destroy the works of the devil. So, what are the works
of the devil?
From Genesis 3, we see that the devil works to twist
God’s words, lie & deceive humanity, & offer a self-indulgent,
ego-centric, & ultimately totally destructive alternative to God’s
purposes for humanity. 1Chronicles 21 reveals the devil as a agent whose intent is to stir up human pride in order that we would defy God. Zechariah 3 shows the devil as our accuser, the one who would stand to condemn us. Matthew 4 & Luke 4
show the devil tempting Christ to live & act autonomously, in
direct opposition to the humble, submitted reliance upon God the Father.
John 8 reveals satan to be a lying murderer, & John 10 condenses the thief’s mission as being dedicated to stealing, killing, & destroying. 1Peter 5 describes the devil as a roaring lion, looking to devour the unwary. Finally, Revelation 12 sums up the work of the devil, labeling him as the deceiver of the whole world.
We often talk about Christ’s work of atonement, how He paid for
humanities sins through His death on the cross. And about His victory
over death, when He rose from the dead 3 days after His crucifixion. And
about the new life & relationship with God that He offers to all
who believe in & trust Him. What jumps out to me from 1John 3
is that Christ came to destroy the enemies work. The areas in which the
devil has been wreaking havoc, perverting, twisting, lying, &
This gives me great hope & encouragement – to know that the areas
where the enemy has been active, our God specifically came to destroy
those works, & in doing so, to bring RESTORATION, making things the
way He intended them to be.