Jesus Christ was/is an amazing man. He was/is the son of God. In I John 3:8b, the Word of God says:
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
As recorded in Genesis, evil got a foothold in this world. It grew, influenced and expanded into people’s lives. God’s original creation suffered for its intrusion. The devil has influenced where ever he could get a foothold. The manifestations of his handiwork are everywhere. He moves with ideas, thinking, confusion and chaos. Often evil is very obvious, but in order for it to really succeed, it must mask itself and hide behind facades that will deceive unwary targets.
Specifically, the adversary nips away at the word of God in people’s lives. Religion is one of evil’s greatest disguises. The devil knows God’s word and he knows how to misuse it. That is how people get turned off to the truth. The truth gets twisted and people get confused. Then they blame God. If they don’t blame God, they sometimes water down the truth to make it palatable with today’s trends. The beauty of the word is that it is relevant throughout time.
Other disguises and twists center on marriage and family, finances and economy, government, idols in our culture, health and nutrition and many more categories. God-inspired people have contributed immensely to our culture in godly ways. Evil inspiration does just the opposite.
It was God’s plan in his son that was to save those that are affected by the tentacles of darkness. Jesus Christ came and his purpose was/is to expose light on the dreadful works of the adversary. Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone in the foundation of the living church. He is alive and well. He directs and guides to build up the church in the right direction.
When Jesus Christ walked this earth with the 12 apostles, he gave them power and authority to use that power:
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. Luke 9:1
He then did the same to seventy others as recorded in Luke 10:17. On the day of Pentecost, the power of God was poured out to an even larger group composed of some 3000 souls ( Acts 2:38-41) as promised by Jesus Christ just before he ascended:
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the holy spirit not many days hence. Acts 1:4-5
If you continue to read the book of Acts, more people, including the Gentiles, were brought into an access to the power of God. This is spelled out to us in the Romans through Thessalonians so that we too may walk in the same power.