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{Book Club} The Autopsy of a Lie

All good things come to an end, and so we conclude our Nettie’s Bookclub study of “The Gospel According to Satan” by Jared C. Wilson with a review of what we’ve learned in the last eight weeks. The devil knows the end is nigh and he will stop at nothing to distract us from God and his perfect plan of salvation for us. Satan uses the eight lies we have studied in this book, and many more, to subtly twist the truth so we gradually veer off the path of our salvation.

Our souls are wired by God to yearn for fulfilment, beauty and enlightenment. We will never stop searching for the answer to this yearning unless we look to Jesus. Adam and Eve had perfect fulfilment, beauty and enlightenment in the Garden but they did not know what they had. Satan planted a seed of doubt with his question “Did God really say?”

The enemy hasn’t stopped asking this question ever since. The devil is becoming more crafty and his lies more outrageous. Paul warns us that he comes to us as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) with arguments that sound reasonable enough (Colossians 2:4).

It is written

The only answer to the question “Did God really say?” is “It is written.”

“The Christian must combat hellish lies with heavenly truths.

“Page 179, The Gospel According to Satan, Jared C. Wilson

When Satan tempted Jesus three times in the desert with his version of the truth, Jesus could counter his lies with truth from scripture. In his defence of the attack by the devil, he is our example in the use of our most important weapon – the word of God. Only by studying biblical doctrine can we distinguish lies from truth. For every Satanic attack, we can have a word of truth ready from scripture to counter the lies of Satan.

“The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and we are thoroughly equipped by God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17) to rebuke him, for he cannot steal what we know is ours in Christ, he cannot kill what has been united to Christ, and he cannot destroy what has been eternally safeguarded in Christ.”

Page 182, The Gospel According to Satan, Jared C. Wilson
2 Timothy 3 verse 16

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Remember our analogy in week 3 about how you spot counterfeit bills: you know the real thing so well that you easily spot any irregularities in the counterfeit bill. The devil also knows scripture but he can twist it in many ways to take our eyes off the glory of God. We need to know the truth to counteract the lies.

It. Is. Finished.

Jared Wilson reminds us in his conclusion of The Gospel According to Satan of Jesus’ words on the cross. He did not say “It has begun” or “It is possible”. His death was not the start of a process we have to complete with our good behaviour and that we might not achieve. No! He said “It is finished.” (John 19:30) He has won the victory over sin already.

John 19 verse 30

The devil knows his days are numbered and that he has been defeated. His only defence is “self-interested and Christ-deficient moralism. He wants you to read wrath as if it is the final word and grace costs you something.” (Page 184)

“From now on, you and I must always read “It is written” in the light of “It is finished.”

Page 184, The Gospel According to Satan, Jared C. Wilson
Read it is written with it is finished Jared C Wilson quote

Jesus Christ came to crush Satan (Genesis 3:15). Through our faith in Jesus Christ, his victory becomes ours. He has done it all. We do not need to help him. We can rest in what God has done for us. Don’t let Satan distract you from this beautiful truth with his gospel.

“The good news is that because of he who is Truth, sinners can go to heaven, and the devil can go to hell.”

Page 186, The Gospel According to Satan, Jared C. Wilson
Sinners go to heaven and the devil can go to hell Jared Wilson quote

Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to any of the books studied by Nettie’s Book Club. I am not profiting from the sale of these books. I will carefully select books that have had a significant impact on my faith. My goal is simply to share the wisdom in these books with others so we can assess and apply the wisdom of these authors to grow in understanding of our faith together.

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