To Whom Did Jesus Pay the Ransom for
“And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with
songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and
gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:10
We received this note:
My Pastor is going to be preaching that the price Christ (the bridegroom)
paid for the church (the bride) had to be paid to Satan because before
we are adopted sons of the Living God, we were sons of the devil. I know
this is wrong, but am having a hard time finding a rebuttle Scripturally
to refute this claim. Can you help me please?
Victor and Paul’s reply:
Robert, by God’s grace, you came
to us for an answer. You will receive it because you know that what
is about to be preached by your
pastor is error, you disagree with it, yet you want to know what
to answer according to the Word of God. This is all in spite of the fact
that he is your pastor to whom, ideally, you are to submit. By God’s
grace, we will give you what you need.
Since it was possible he might
be preaching this weekend, I purposed to reply to you as soon as
I could, if perchance the answer might
be timely. We are, of course, assuming you understood him correctly.
it possible your pastor is only using an expression or figure of
speech? Is it possible you misunderstand him? That is a very easy
do, as we have discovered many times. However, we take this opportunity
to answer you as you pose the problem, and we know that it will,
not only serve to help you, but many others as well. It is a question
has been asked before, and it deserves an answer.
You ask for a
rebuttal “Scripturally.” The Bible does
indeed have all the answers; however, sometimes they are not as
direct as you might desire. For example, in replying to the Sadducees
who did not believe in the resurrection, Jesus replied with a passage
interpretation that answered their error, not specifically, but
by reasonable deduction:
“But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read
that which was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of
Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’ God
is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew
Godly reason about what the Bible says should
be sufficient for those who have the Spirit of God or who
are disposed to
and obeying It. They needn’t have specific words from
the Bible like, “Don’t drive on the wrong side
of the road,” or, “Don’t
smoke,” to know that the Bible does, in principle and
essence, answer those issues by implication.
Correct us if
wrong. Your pastor is saying that Jesus paid Satan the
price for us, because we were all his sons, sons
of the Devil.
don’t believe that Jesus paid Satan (rightly so),
but you may also be wondering, “If Christ paid the
price for us sinners, to whom did He pay it, if anyone?”
ask other questions in reply to your pastor’s
One: Is the onus on you to refute his assertion?
Is not the burden on him to show where in Scripture it
the ransom, since he makes that claim? Ask him where in
the Bible it
God paid Satan the ransom; let him prove it.
Two: The Bible
is clear that Satan is a liar and murderer from the beginning. Jesus
Himself said so:
“You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father
you desire to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and
has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a
he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar, and
the father of lies” (John 8:44 EMTV).
This tells us that he had no payment
coming to him because he is the great usurper - a thief:
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to
destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they
may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 EMTV).
Tell me, Robert, does one
pay a thief for stolen goods? In this world, it has happened and happens all
others extort money, taking hostages, threatening
their lives, and holding them
Criminals make fortunes robbing, embezzling, extorting, bribing, kidnapping,
and blackmailing. They also plea bargain for lighter sentences or immunity,
by giving the authorities what they want. So thieves do get paid for
what is not rightfully theirs; but is that right? By the sense of justice
God has given us, we know it is not. Therefore, we know that God would
not do it Himself.
In true justice, thieves are arrested, penalized, and
corrected, if possible; all stolen goods are confiscated and returned
owners, without compensation to the offender.
“They do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy his soul
when he is hungry; but if he is found, he shall restore sevenfold; he
shall give all the goods of his house” (Proverbs 6:30-31 MKJV).
God’s Word and Law. Why would God pay a thief? Yes,
this thief is known as the prince of this world, but it does not
is prince legitimately. It only means he rules as the prince of
darkness over those in darkness, as God has appointed him. Liars,
murderers also serve His purposes, until all evil is put away.
So why should God pay off His own agents of evil, who serve Him
to the judgments He performs with men? The Scriptures leave no
doubt that God rules in perfect power, even now:
“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil:
I the LORD do all these things” (Isaiah 45:7 KJV).
“With Him is strength and sound wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver
are His” (Job 12:16 MKJV).
Here is the big difference
between man and God: Men will pay ransoms or grant favors
to liars, thieves, and murderers
themselves, be it their valuables, business ventures, freedoms,
citizens, children, or other loved ones. But God did not
so much as preserve
His only begotten and beloved Son. His own arm brought
Him salvation for His prize creature, man.
God paid for us with His own
life. He was not moved or restrained by the true cost for what was
needful. His act
was not one
of capitulation to the enemy, but one of grace (unmerited
favor) toward us. He
paid a price in that He gave us that which we did not
deserve, out of
love, mercy, and generosity.
The Scriptures say nothing
of God having to pay Satan or of Satan requiring payment from God,
but they do say
covenant God initiated and
made with His people required His life:
(11) But when Christ had become a high priest of good
things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle,
made with hands,
is to say, not of this building
(12) nor by the blood of goats and calves, but by
His Own blood He entered once for all into the Holies,
(13) For if the blood of bulls and of goats and the
ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean sanctifies
purifying of the
(14) how much more shall the blood of Christ (Who
through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without
God) purge your
from dead works to serve the living God?
(15) And for this cause He is the Mediator of the
new covenant, so that by means of death, for the
of the transgressions
that were under the first covenant, those who are
called might receive
promise of eternal inheritance.
(16) For where a covenant is, the death of him covenanting
must be offered.
(17) For a covenant is affirmed over those dead,
since it never has force when the one covenanting
(18) From which we see that neither was the first
covenant dedicated without blood.
(19) For when Moses had spoken every precept to all
the people according to the Law, he took the blood
goats, with water
and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the
book, and all the people,
(20) saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has
enjoined to you.”
(21) And likewise he sprinkled with blood both the
tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.
(22) And almost all things are by the Law purged
with blood, and without shedding of blood is no remission.
(23) Therefore it was necessary that the patterns
of things in the heavens should be purified with
but the heavenly
were purified with better sacrifices than these.
(24) For Christ has not entered into the Holy of
Holies made with hands, which are the figures of
but into Heaven
now to appear
in the presence of God for us.
It was God’s
doing to make this covenant. Satan had nothing to
do with it. Ask your pastor, “If payment
was due to Satan, what would Satan want with the blood
of goats and bulls?”
God was not after payment by
blood of goats and bulls, either, or even the blood of
His Son. His purpose
was and is our
redemption and union
with Him, that we be in like mind and heart. Our
need for redemption was a necessity itself, which
satisfied by His
sacrifice, fulfilling the potential of His creation.
He, as the Son of
God, could do this.
Satan belongs to God, as do all
things, and nothing Satan claims possession of is his unless God gives
it to him.
is no record that
God ever gave man to Satan. Even if man subjected
himself to the serpent by partaking of the Tree
God owes Satan
anything. God owes none of His creatures anything
at any time. He is ever the Creditor, and we are
Three: Do you think God would trust
Satan to hand over the goods (man) if he were paid any amount?
trusted? Would God be so foolish as to strike
a deal with Satan? Would that not suggest virtue
Four: If your pastor is correct, where
is the evidence that Satan surrendered the stolen goods
Five: If Satan wanted Christ’s
blood, why was he trying to prevent the shedding
of it - the crucifixion?
Matthew 16:21-23 MKJV
(21) From that time Jesus began to show His
disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and
things from the
priests and scribes, and be killed, and be
raised again the third day.
(22) Then Peter took Him and began to rebuke
Him, saying, God be gracious to You, Lord!
never be to
(23) But He turned and said to Peter, Go,
Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you
do not savor
God, but those
that are of men.
Jesus knew where the discouragement
to fulfill His mission was coming from.
On the other hand,
there are those who think Satan killed the Christ, contrary to His
is not true:
“No one takes My life from Me. I give My life of My own free will.
I have the authority to give My life, and
I have the authority to take My life back again. This is what My Father ordered
me to do” (John
Yet, it is true that those who
killed the Christ were sons of Satan, even as He called
Six: Did the Lord come to pay Satan
or to destroy him (his works)?
“Since then the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He
also Himself likewise partook of the same; that
through death He might destroy him who had the power of death (that is, the Devil),
and deliver those
who through fear of death were all
their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews
Satan is known as Apollyon,
the destroyer. Why would God pay Satan for destroying
or to stop
destroying? When the
to the Lord, reporting that even
devils were subject to them in His Name,
Jesus said He saw Satan fall as lightning
sound a lot like someone being paid
or about to be paid anything, does
The day would come when Michael
and his angels would do battle with
and cast them
out of Heaven
12 – this
did not happen before creation, as
many suppose; John was not writing
of things that came to pass;
he wrote of things “which
must shortly come to pass” – Rev.
1:1). Does it sound like Michael
came to him with a sack of silver
or with a scabbard of steel?
Seven: If the ransom was paid
to Satan in blood, what would Satan
he think he
he draw that conclusion? Would Satan
not know that all things are God’s?
Maybe he knows more than we give
him credit for. After all, was he
not in Heaven among the sons of God,
at the very throne of God, when they
presented themselves before Him,
centuries after creation and
centuries before Christ (Job 1 and
Here now is your answer. God did
not pay anyone. It is a figure of
the price when
of an old
rusted car out of the bush or scrap
yard and begin to restore it. It
restoration. I may pay a scrap dealer
for those car remains, but God did
to pay a
scrap dealer is His, and the scrap
He did not pay for man, as
though man was not His. He paid the price
man was His,
and He purposed
to be as Him. It is about reconciliation.
God made the move to reconcile
man with Himself. He knew
man was not
being dead and
depraved beyond any hope in himself.
paid the price. It is all part
of the process of God making
His own image – the
process was not completed, but
only begun, in Eden.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
in you, Whom you have of God? And
you are not your own, for you are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God
in your body and in your spirit,
which are God's” (1 Corinthians
And: “You are
bought with a price, do not be
the slaves of men” (1
Corinthians 7:23 MKJV).
paid the price of redemption, but
He did not pay it to Satan.
He simply did that
necessary for Him
and reconcile all things to Himself.
Eight: Perhaps more to the point of this issue is that your pastor
of the Devil.
a valid assumption? If so, why
did Jesus call the Pharisees and
of the Devil, but not His own disciples?
Why did He not call the unsaved Roman centurion a child of the
saying He had not
in Israel (Matthew 8:5-13).
about the Syro-phoenician woman, a Gentile, whom Jesus commended
of her daughter
Yes, James declares
that devils also believe; however, these
cases I cite
in Jesus Christ,
accompanied by fruits and
attendant rewards. Do sons
of the Devil place their faith in
We think not.
Were all those
who were born before Jesus Christ and who
in faith sons
of the Devil?
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah,
Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Samson,
(who was translated),
companions, Jeremiah, and
John the Immerser sons of
While it is said
was of the evil one, does
“Not as Cain who was of the evil one, and killed his brother.
And for what did he kill him? Because
his own works were evil, and his brother’s things were righteous” (1
Can a son of the Devil be
Of Job it says: “There
was a man in the land of
Uz, whose name was Job. And
that man was perfect and
and one who feared God
and turned aside from evil” (Job
Does that sound
like the description of a
son of the
Jesus was called the
Son of David. Was Jesus therefore
a “grandson” of
the Devil? Was Jesus born
of the sons of devils?
not John the Immerser filled
with the Spirit
from his mother’s
womb (Luke 1:15)? Could
he have been Satan’s
Was his mother,
Elizabeth, who experienced
from above, a
daughter of the
Zechariah was chosen
by God to be father to the “voice
of one crying in the
would be introducing
the Savior of all mankind.
Zechariah served faithfully
in the Temple; to him
the angel appeared and spoke,
revealing his coming
name (John). Would God
give all these great
and holy privileges to a son
Was Simon, who
prophesied over the child Jesus,
a son of the
Devil? Or was Anna,
the aged widow
her life in
service to God by fasting
and prayer, a daughter
of the Devil?
the mother of Jesus, a daughter
the surrogate father to the Son
of God, a son of
the Devil? The
him as a
the Lord and obeyed
in all that was
commanded him on
record. Is it possible
of devils being
puts forth a premise
he not, assuming
understand what he said?
Not all have
been sons of
the Devil –only
those who have
out to do evil
and glorify themselves.
ask your pastor
one more question,
Robert. It is
clear that some
men have been
sons of the Devil.
Jesus said so. But
it also seems
quite clear that not all men and women have been children
of the Devil.
So now what must Jesus do? Must He, according to your pastor,
pay the Devil for only those that are the Devil’s?
Whom shall the Lord pay for the remaining people? Is He
paying a ransom
that is to be
divided among different factions?
The point is
that it was not
- certainly not,
the Devil. The
the ransom, the
is a figure
speech. It is
the process of
penalty due for
It is called
What we could
not pay or do,
you will pay
should be less
loved or mildly
with him. If
paying that price,
paid it to someone,
paid a price
as true saints
is a Scripture
that proves it
is God Whom
we owe – yet
He forgives us
our debts, not
because He had
to pay Himself,
it was necessary
for Him to demonstrate
His nature and
prove it in man:
the Kingdom of
has been compared
king who desired
(24) And when
he had begun
him ten thousand
(25) But as he
had nothing to
and all that
he had, be
payment be made.
(26) Then the
down and worshiped
me and I will
pay you all.
(27) Then the
lord of that
(28) But the
one of his fellow
owed him a
on him and took
him by the throat,
saying, Pay me
what you owe.
(29) And his
at his feet
and begged him,
with me and
pay you all.
(30) And he would
not, but went
and cast him
(31) So when
his fellow servants
saw what was
done, they were
(32) Then his
lord, after he
I forgave you
all that debt
(33) Should you
not also have
pitied your fellow
I had pity on
(34) And his
lord was angry,
should pay all
that was due
(35) So likewise
shall My heavenly
do also to
each one of you
forgive his brother
you see how the Bible speaks
you want to know
the Truth for
His sake, you
and obey the
and when you
do, He will do
“Open my eyes, so that I may behold wonderful things out of Your Law” (Psalms
“Through Your Commandments You make me wiser than my enemies, for they
are ever with
me. I have more understanding than all my teachers; for Your Testimonies are
my prayer. I understand more than the old men,
because I keep
Your Commandments” (Psalms 119:98-100 MKJV).
“Through Your Commandments I get understanding; therefore I hate every
false way” (Psalms
“I hate half-hearted thoughts; but Your Law do I love” (Psalms
“The entrance of Your Words gives light; it gives understanding
to the simple” (Psalms
bet you didn’t
expect this for
an answer! Neither
did we! We have
given this letter
much and prompt
attention for your
it covers an issue we believe others need to hear about.
We would be interested
in knowing if your pastor receives this before he preaches,
and what he does about it. By the way, what church is
are some other
site that can
serve you as
up in this writing:
Doctrine: Satan Was Once a Good Being
The Good News
The SIGN: The
Book of Jonah,
Only the Death
for the faith