The devil has the power of death.
By dying the death that he did, Jesus destroyed the devil.
That the destroying of the devil could only be done by Jesus having identical flesh to ourselves.
Now these factors present to us an astonishing situation, because one would naturally think that something with a strong immortal nature, such as an angel would possess, or God Himself, would best be positioned to destroy the devil. Yet Jesus had to be flesh and blood just like ourselves, and had to himself die in order that the devil might die. How can this astounding sequence possibly be explained?
There is another passage from the same writer that can throw some light on the situation.
“But now [Jesus Christ] has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Hebrews 9: 26
Setting out equivalent factors side by side a parallel is evident:[table id=2 /] We can see that ‘destroying the devil’ is equivalent to ‘doing away with sin’. The devil, then, must be an alternative expression for the sinful nature that is inherent in every human being. It is this sinful nature that causes what we term ‘temptation’. Jesus explained it in these words:
“What comes out of a man makes him ‘unclean’. For within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean’.” Mark 7: 20-23
Recall the passage that James wrote on this aspect, and we see that his thoughts reflect exactly what Jesus said.”When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.” James 1: 12-15
Jesus succeeded in destroying the devil when he died, for he crucified his legacy of human nature, ‘sinful flesh’, which , like our flesh, lusted after its own natural desires.
We know that Jesus Christ completely overcame temptation, and was not guilty of any sin. Because of this he rose from the dead, for sin had no hold on him. The promise of God is that sin will be removed from the earth, and this is equivalent to saying that the devil and satan will exist no longer. Neither the devil nor Satan had any existence before sin entered the world.
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned – …” Romans 5: 12
But the Bible has a message of hope, rather than a message of despair.
“For if, by the trespass of one man [Adam], death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5: 17
Sin entered the world through one man, Adam. Sin will be removed from the world by one man — Jesus Christ. He has removed sin from himself, that is, he has got rid of the devil that was in him — he has destroyed it. He has yet to remove it from others, but he will do this when he returns from heaven. In Bible terms, the devil will be destroyed, and Satan will ‘be bound’.