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Grace Haters: The Offspring of Satan

God, in Genesis 3:15, says that the offspring of Satan would be at enmity, or in opposition to and hatred of the offspring of Eve. God also said that Satan would bruise the heel of Eve's offspring, but that her offspring would crush Satan's head. The offspring of Eve would be Jesus. He would crush the head of Satan, meaning Jesus would defeat him at the cross and through his resurrection.

The human race, represented by Adam, had walked away from a love relationship with God. The penalty for this act was death. Through Adam, death spread to the entire human race. But through Jesus, grace overflowed to the entire human race, bringing life to the dead (Romans 5:12-21).

Grace, overflowing to the entire human race through Jesus, was first promised by God in Genesis 3:15. God was going to send a Savior into the world born of a woman to save the world through grace, meaning God's unmerited kindness. Through this one act grace, and this abundant provision of grace, God would forgive the sin of mankind and restore the people of the world back into a love relationship with himself (2 Corinthians 5:18-6:2).

This was Satan's fear. Through this one act of abundant grace, God would undo all that Satan had done. Where Satan had attempted to separate mankind from God, God would reconcile mankind to himself through his grace poured out lavishly upon us in Jesus (Ephesians 1:3-9).
Consequently, Satan hated grace and would oppose grace with all his power. Satan would use his offspring to oppose the grace that would come through Jesus.

So the question is this, who is Satan's offspring that would share his hatred of grace and vehemently oppose Jesus in bringing grace to the world? Let's let Jesus answer this question.
In John 8:44, Jesus makes a rather shocking statement to the Pharisees. He told them they were of their father the devil and they were liars like him. From Jesus, we learn that the Pharisees were the offspring, or children of Satan, who would oppose grace.

So who were the Pharisees? The Pharisees were self-righteous religious people who prided themselves in their good works. They believed it was their good works that made them righteous before God, or acceptable to him. Arrogantly, they bragged about themselves and their religious acts. They bragged about their goodness. They never saw their sin. They saw the sin of others; yet never saw their own sin. Therefore, they never saw their need for grace. They took on an attitude of superiority toward others. They stood in condemnation of **"sinners". They criticized Jesus for spending time with "sinners".

(**By putting sinners in quotes, I am quoting how the Pharisees referred to people. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all put the word sinners in quotes because they were quoting the Pharisees.**)

The reason Jesus spent so much time with "sinners" was because they knew their need for grace, since they were aware of their sins. They had an appreciation for grace because of this awareness.

Jesus was full of grace. He came to bring grace to the people of the world (John 1:1-18). He came to bring grace to "sinners". As Jesus brought grace to the prostitutes, tax collectors, and adulterers, the Pharisees were angered. They developed a deep hatred for Jesus because of the grace he brought. They opposed him angrily. Just as Satan did, they hated grace. Vehemently, they opposed grace. They were the offspring of Satan himself, the very children of Satan. They plotted against Jesus, having him arrested and crucified. Ironically, their opposition to grace and seeking to suppress grace was how grace eventually overflowed to the human race.

There are those today who are the offspring of Satan. They are grace haters. They are of their father the devil. They are modern day children of Satan himself. They are religious people who look great on the outside, yet as Jesus said about the Pharisees, they are rotten on the inside (Matthew 23). They are proud of themselves and their religious activities. They brag about their goodness. They are confident in their standing before God because of their good works. They look down on "sinners" but lift up their good works up to God.

Like the Pharisees, they hold God's word in their hands. They study God's word. They memorize God's word. They teach God's word. But they hate what God's word is all about...GRACE (John 5:38-40). They oppose those who teach grace and will attempt to silence them. They slander those who teach grace. They accuse those who teach grace as being light on sin, uncaring about holiness, and watering down the gospel with too much grace. They label them as hyper grace people. These are the same reactions of the Pharisees toward Jesus. They accused Jesus of being hyper grace.

These modern day religious Pharisees claim to know God, as the Pharisees did, but prove they do not know him, because if they did, they would not oppose grace (John 5:19, 42; 8:14, 54).

Grace is God's wisdom (Ephesians 1:6-8; 2:1-10). Grace is God's way to save the human race (Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:8-9). Grace was freely given to us in Jesus, and through faith in Jesus, we receive his grace. By grace through faith, we are justified before God. God himself declares us to be righteous before him, forgiven by him, and reconciled to him in a loving relationship (Romans 3:21-24; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21).

Like Jesus, we cannot let the modern day religious offspring of Satan, the current Pharisees of our time, keep us from sharing the good news of God's grace with others. No matter how much they attack us, no matter how much they slander us, no matter what they do to silence us, we must continue to share grace.

There is a world of people who are living in shame, guilt, and condemnation, believing God is angry with them and is ready to punish them. They need to know that God is not counting their sins against them (2 Corinthians 5:19). All their sins were counted against Jesus. They need to know they no longer have to carry around shame, guilt, and condemnation . They need to know that through faith in Jesus, they can experience his forgiveness because of the cross, and begin a love relationship with God because of the resurrection.

There is a large portion of those who have come to faith in Jesus who for years have been deceived by the teaching of the modern day Pharisees that Jesus' words from the cross are not true...his work is not finished...their sins are not forgiven. Jesus said from the cross, "It is finished." Yet, according to the teaching of the modern day Pharisaical religious Bible teachers, his work is not complete. According to them, there is more for us to do if we are to be righteous and in a relationship with God. Jesus warned his disciples to beware of the teachings of the religious Pharisees (Matthew 16:11-12; Luke 12:1).

As we make ourselves aware of these deceptive teachers who claim to know God, but deny the gospel of grace, we must continue to share God's grace boldly, gently, and clearly.

God made a promise to bring grace into the world through Jesus. Through faith in Jesus, we are children of his promise of grace (Galatians 3 and Romans 4). As children of the promise, let's continue to share his grace with more and more people (2 Corinthians 4:15).

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