The name “Satan” means accuser. The Bible describes this spiritual master of rebellion as one of God’s creation who stands before the Almighty’s throne and works as the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). He does not accuse the unregenerate before God, but only God’s redeemed.
The unsaved are already condemned (John 3:18; 16:11) whereas those who have been born again by the will of God (John 1:13) are free from condemnation (Romans 8:1). But these facts do not deter the Devil. He stands in Heaven and rails against the redeemed, pointing out each sin and demanding God’s justice. For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), then Paul continues, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
While preaching recently, I asked the congregation if they were indeed guilty of sin; were the accusations of the Accuser true? The group was divided. As a child of God, when you lie and Satan accuses you, are not the accusations true? When you take something which doesn’t belong to you, have you not sinned?
Yes, Satan’s accusations against you are very true. You are a sinner, but you have a Saviour who is greater than your sins and the accusations and the Accuser. On the cross of Calvary, Jesus took your sins upon Himself (Romans 6:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Upon the cross, Jesus suffered the wrath of the righteous and holy God to the point of death – the death which belonged to you as a sinner. He became your substitute so that you might receive His right standing before the Father.
If your sins are forgiven and you are feeling accused, it is not the voice of God you are listening to, but the Accuser of the brethren (Romans 8:31-39).
Satan’s accusations against you are true. You are “guilty as sin”, but there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1), because Jesus paid the price of His own life to ransom your life and bring full forgiveness. Stop listening to the Accuser and begin listening to your Advocate (1 John 2:1-2).