John Stott on the Conquest of Evil

“Of course any contemporary observer who saw Christ die would have listened with astonished incredulity to the claim that the Crucified was a Conqueror. Had he not been rejected by his own nation, betrayed, denied and deserted by his own disciples, and executed by authority of the Roman procurator? Look at him there, spread-eagled and skewed on his cross, robbed of all freedom of movement, strung up with nails or ropes or both, pinned there and powerless. It appears to be total defeat. If there is a victory, it is the victory of pride, prejudice, jealousy, hatred, cowardice and brutality. Yet the Christian claim is that the reality is the opposite of the appearance. What looks like (and indeed was) the defeat of goodness by evil is also, and more certainly, the defeat of evil by goodness. Overcome there, he was himself overcoming. Crushed by the ruthless power of Rome, he was himself crushing the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15). The victim was the victor, and the cross is still the throne from which he rules the world… in addition to the salvation of sinners…and the revelation of God…the cross secured the conquest of evil.” – John R.W. Stott

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One thought on “John Stott on the Conquest of Evil

  1. These thoughts of Mr. Stott are very encouraging . To think because He is the victor over evil so in Christ we are victors as well. Satan and his forces are are always attacking the church of God but we are on the winning side. Praise His Name!!!!

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