Christ’s treading over death turned the once feared enemy into an object of jeering. As Christ rose from the dead, so every dying believer, in their resurrection, proclaims his overwhelming victory.
Throughout the history of the church, Christian orthodoxy has regarded the devil and his minions as angels who were created by God but fell into sin and misery.
As modern Western believers, we should be aware of the supernatural realm that exists around us. Yet just the same, as Christians we must always put these spiritual realities into their proper context in terms of our theology of God.
Regardless of which interpretation is correct, the main point is plain: humanity was falling deeper and deeper into sin and running farther and farther away from God.
Jesus never contrasts different amounts of heavenly rewards for those who inherit God’s kingdom.