God Cheated

God and Satan have been playing a game against each other for a very long time. The game has been close, and every time one has tried to get ahead, the other has managed to frustrate the plan. Suddenly, Satan thinks he finally has what it takes to win. The last pieces of his game plan fall into place, and God plays right into his hands.

Satan has won the game

But God does not concede defeat. Instead, He declares that, in fact, Satan has NOT won, because it’s GOD’S game. God insists that because it is His game, all will play by His rules.

He. Wins.

If something like this happened to one of us, we would instantly accuse the other person of cheating. We would feel lied to, manipulated, and cheated. An argument would most certainly erupt.

And yet this exact scenario played out millennia ago when God sent His Son for our sins. God had made numerous promises to the Israelites, and Satan had tried relentlessly to ruin each one.

Abraham would become a great nation – but the Hebrew people were enslaved in Egypt.
Saul would be a king for God – but jealousy turned him into a tyrant.
Israel would be God’s chosen nation – but Assyria, Babylon, and Rome conquered them.

Then Jesus came.

This was Satan’s golden opportunity. He knew the Scriptures – if He could cause Jesus to sin or snuff out His mission, God would fail. e would successfully have corrupted The Almighty. None of his past failures to ruin God would matter, because if he could conquer Jesus, He would conquer God.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Satan put so much effort into killing Jesus.

He turned the Romans against Him.
He turned the Jews against Him.
He even turned one of His closest friends against Him.

Jesus was tortured, and Jesus died. Hell rejoiced. Satan had conquered God.

Imagine Satan’s surprise when three days later Heaven was rejoicing. In the ultimate show of His power and majesty, God raised Christ from the dead for the salvation of all humanity. In this one act, God both showed His infinite love for us while also showing to Satan and the entire world that no matter what, the plans of God will always prevail.

Satan probably walked away that day thinking one thing:
God cheated.

The world around us might seem like it is against us. We can’t seem to save money. Our relationships fall apart. Life just gets in the way. Yet God has a plan for each of us, and He wants nothing more than to fulfill that plan for us. He is strong enough to do it, and He is more than willing to do it. He broke the rules of a cosmic game for us once. He’s not going to let you fall apart.

14 replies
  1. Josef (Mazzy Yass)
    Josef (Mazzy Yass) says:

    Hi Jason, I was wondering why nobody reacts, maybe because it is kinda controversial statement, but I like it :D I was really looking forward to what you would get from this theme and it is really interesting. I was searching a bit in scriptures and please see below my findings:

    Luke 9:22 Saying, The Son of man will undergo much and be put on one side by the rulers and the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and be put to death, and on the third day he will come back to life.

    (God said it many times before, so Satan should count with it – Jesus did not said anything by himself but only what He heard from His Father)

    Yes, it is a game, but the game is being played according to many laws, which were known from the beginning, for example:

    Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (so it was not against the rules and therefore it cannot be called cheating)

    Acts 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

    What Jesus did when he was “dead”:

    1 Peter 3:19 in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison

    1 Korinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? (word “victory” confirms it is realy a game)

    Revelation 1:18 and the Living one; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

    1 Korinthians 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (another rule known before it applies)

    So yes, the rules of the game are probably created by God and I would guess (dunno where to find it in the scriptures) that He kinda invited Satan to co-create them so when the “game” will be over Satan will have nothing to say after his defeat because the game would be played according his rules too. But yes, no rules prevent Satan to call God “cheater”, because he hates rules, even his own ones. Satan is also being called a “liar”, because a lie is a part of his game named “to be like God” too. ;)

    Hope I did not destroyed your philosophical constructions much :D I am actually not very sure with my findings too.

    Best regards,

    Josef

  2. Josef (Mazzy Yass)
    Josef (Mazzy Yass) says:

    Hi Jason, I was wondering why nobody reacts, maybe because it is kinda controversial statement, but I like it :D I was really looking forward to what you would get from this theme and it is really interesting. I was searching a bit in scriptures and please see below my findings:

    Luke 9:22 Saying, The Son of man will undergo much and be put on one side by the rulers and the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and be put to death, and on the third day he will come back to life.

    (God said it many times before, so Satan should count with it – Jesus did not said anything by himself but only what He heard from His Father)

    Yes, it is a game, but the game is being played according to many laws, which were known from the beginning, for example:

    Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (so it was not against the rules and therefore it cannot be called cheating)

    Acts 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

    What Jesus did when he was “dead”:

    1 Peter 3:19 in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison

    1 Korinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? (word “victory” confirms it is realy a game)

    Revelation 1:18 and the Living one; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

    1 Korinthians 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (another rule known before it applies)

    So yes, the rules of the game are probably created by God and I would guess (dunno where to find it in the scriptures) that He kinda invited Satan to co-create them so when the “game” will be over Satan will have nothing to say after his defeat because the game would be played according his rules too. But yes, no rules prevent Satan to call God “cheater”, because he hates rules, even his own ones. Satan is also being called a “liar”, because a lie is a part of his game named “to be like God” too. ;)

    Hope I did not destroyed your philosophical constructions much :D I am actually not very sure with my findings too.

    Best regards,

    Josef

    • Ian
      Ian says:

      That’s okay! I do like your comments! I think that you are right that God did create all of the rules, and He knew from the beginning that He would one day raise His Son for the salvation of all.

      Yet all of these references to a life after death, and the fact that God would raise everyone from the grave come from the New Testament. There is evidence that Jewish worldviews before the Exile did not involve an afterlife, so I tend to think that humans did not have an accurate view of what God wanted to do.

      Even so, you mention Satan. I don’t know if I would say that he co-created with God, but I think that even if he DID know that God would try to raise His Son, I think Satan believed he could prevent it. He had managed to destroy the Kingdom of Israel, despite God’s promise that David’s house would rule forever. AND he had killed a bunch of Israelites, despite God’s promise that Abraham would become more numerous than the stars. Because of his pride, I think that Satan would have believed that he could overcome God, even if he was vaguely aware of God’s plan. Even then, the curse on Adam in Genesis 3 seems pretty final in terms of death. I like your thoughts though, it has given me a lot to think about :)

      • Josef (Mazzy Yass)
        Josef (Mazzy Yass) says:

        Hi Ian,

        some believe that David’s house rule is now present during the rule of the queen Elisabeth II – http://bit.ly/17yz3r7 . Jakob’s stone (yes, THAT stone of Jakob :D) has been placed under the coronation chair – http://bit.ly/17MIghL )
        And who had killed the buch of israelites? Ezechiel 11:8 You have been fearing the sword, and I will send the sword on you, says the Lord.

        etc, etc.

        I am not sure about Satan as co-creator too, but also I do not really think, that he can change the Word of God. If he could, the word of God would be just 50% true. And what is half-true is not true at all ;) I would stick somehow to opinion, that if we do not see something it does not automaticaly mean that it does not exist. All is wanted from us is the believe, which is the element that makes a difference – Mark 16:16, nothing else..

        Best regards,

        Josef

        • Ian
          Ian says:

          Hmm…some interesting sources you cite there. I haven’t heard about the Queen Elizabeth II theory, but I believe Jesus is the eternal ruler of David’s house.

          You are right to point out that all things come from God. I was simply trying to portray things as they might seem from Satan’s perspective. While God is always in control, Satan has seemed that he believes he can bend God’s will or offer things that aren’t his.

          Finally, I agree that just because we do not see something does not mean that it does not exist. That is exactly why I think God’s plan of redemption through Christ would have seemed so surprising – God had it planned all along, but no one else saw it coming except the prophets. That is why Jesus was rejected – because people were not able to see what God had made to happen.

          Again, thank you for your response. I truly enjoy having these conversations :)

    • Ian
      Ian says:

      That’s okay! I do like your comments! I think that you are right that God did create all of the rules, and He knew from the beginning that He would one day raise His Son for the salvation of all.

      Yet all of these references to a life after death, and the fact that God would raise everyone from the grave come from the New Testament. There is evidence that Jewish worldviews before the Exile did not involve an afterlife, so I tend to think that humans did not have an accurate view of what God wanted to do.

      Even so, you mention Satan. I don’t know if I would say that he co-created with God, but I think that even if he DID know that God would try to raise His Son, I think Satan believed he could prevent it. He had managed to destroy the Kingdom of Israel, despite God’s promise that David’s house would rule forever. AND he had killed a bunch of Israelites, despite God’s promise that Abraham would become more numerous than the stars. Because of his pride, I think that Satan would have believed that he could overcome God, even if he was vaguely aware of God’s plan. Even then, the curse on Adam in Genesis 3 seems pretty final in terms of death. I like your thoughts though, it has given me a lot to think about :)

      • Josef (Mazzy Yass)
        Josef (Mazzy Yass) says:

        Hi Ian,

        some believe that David’s house rule is now present during the rule of the queen Elisabeth II – http://bit.ly/17yz3r7 . Jakob’s stone (yes, THAT stone of Jakob :D) has been placed under the coronation chair – http://bit.ly/17MIghL )
        And who had killed the buch of israelites? Ezechiel 11:8 You have been fearing the sword, and I will send the sword on you, says the Lord.

        etc, etc.

        I am not sure about Satan as co-creator too, but also I do not really think, that he can change the Word of God. If he could, the word of God would be just 50% true. And what is half-true is not true at all ;) I would stick somehow to opinion, that if we do not see something it does not automaticaly mean that it does not exist. All is wanted from us is the believe, which is the element that makes a difference – Mark 16:16, nothing else..

        Best regards,

        Josef

        • Ian
          Ian says:

          Hmm…some interesting sources you cite there. I haven’t heard about the Queen Elizabeth II theory, but I believe Jesus is the eternal ruler of David’s house.

          You are right to point out that all things come from God. I was simply trying to portray things as they might seem from Satan’s perspective. While God is always in control, Satan has seemed that he believes he can bend God’s will or offer things that aren’t his.

          Finally, I agree that just because we do not see something does not mean that it does not exist. That is exactly why I think God’s plan of redemption through Christ would have seemed so surprising – God had it planned all along, but no one else saw it coming except the prophets. That is why Jesus was rejected – because people were not able to see what God had made to happen.

          Again, thank you for your response. I truly enjoy having these conversations :)

  3. Adedoja Adeola Aofolajuwonlo
    Adedoja Adeola Aofolajuwonlo says:

    This is such a great illustration of Jesus’ trails and This also proves the sovereignty of God. Thanks for sharing Ian.

    • Ian
      Ian says:

      I am glad you enjoyed it! God must have been speaking through me when I wrote that. I just reread it and it gave ME the Jesus tingles. Praise God :)

  4. Adedoja Adeola Aofolajuwonlo
    Adedoja Adeola Aofolajuwonlo says:

    This is such a great illustration of Jesus’ trails and This also proves the sovereignty of God. Thanks for sharing Ian.

    • Ian
      Ian says:

      I am glad you enjoyed it! God must have been speaking through me when I wrote that. I just reread it and it gave ME the Jesus tingles. Praise God :)

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