John 16.11 cont.
11 but concerning judgement, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
Who is the ruler of this world? The simple answer to this is that satan is the ruler of this world.
How are we to understand his being the ruler of this world? Up to this point satan had the power to rule over people’s lives, he had the power to ruin their lives; he had the power to destroy everything mankind had. We see this in the life of Job.
However, with the coming of Jesus and with His dying on the cross, satan has been judged, he has been condemned. Whatever power he has over us he only has because we give it to him.
In His death on the cross Jesus has destroyed the enemies power, and it is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict us that this is true.
Jesus had already said:
Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be thrown outside – John 12.31.
Are we convinced that satan has been judged? Are we convicted of the fact that Jesus has destroyed the power of satan?
Satan has been thrown outside. He is in the darkness, whilst everyone born of God is in His Kingdom of Light.
The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of this great fact. John knew the reality of this, which is why he wrote these words:
Dearest children, you are from God, and you have overcome them, because the One in you is greater than the one who is in the world – 1 John 4.4.
Yet we must also realize that satan still roams around looking for victims:
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour – 1 Peter 5.8 (NLT).
How are we to deal with satan? Again God’s word gives us the answer:
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you – James 4.7 (NLT).
It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convince us that Jesus has defeated the ruler of this world. Also having the Holy Spirit within us means that we share in the victory and power over satan. Hallelujah.