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You Can be an Overcomer

be seen that no cause for sin exists. When the Judge of all the earth shall demand of Satan, “Why hast thou rebelled against Me, and robbed Me of the subjects of My kingdom?” the originator of evil can render no excuse. Every mouth will be stopped, and all the hosts of rebellion will be speechless.

The cross of Calvary, while it declares the law immutable, proclaims to the universe that the wages of sin is death. In the Saviour’s expiring cry, “It is finished,” the death-knell of Satan was rung. The great controversy which had been so long in progress was then decided, and the final eradication of evil was made certain. The Son of God passed through the portals of the tomb, that “through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb. 2:14). Lucifer’s desire for self-exaltation had led him to say, “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God . . I will be like the Most High.” God declares, “I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth . . and never shalt thou be any more” (Isa. 14:13-14, Eze. 28:18- 19). When “the day cometh that shall burn as an oven,” “all the proud, yea, and all that do wick- edly, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch” (Mal. 4:1).

Eternally Secure

The whole universe will have become wit- nesses to the nature and results of sin. And its utter extermination, which in the beginning would have brought fear to angels and dishonor to God, will now vindicate His love and establish His honor before a universe of beings who de-

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