Satan and the Bible Part 1

His Nature and Pride


It was C.S. Lewis who said: "There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or magician with the same delight." Of course Mr. Lewis was referring to the demons when he was speaking here, but I believe that this quote can easily be used of Satan as well. If you read the Bible, it assumes the existence of Satan and the demons just as it assumes the existence of God. And it warns us of them. For instance Peter in I Peter 5:8 states: "Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." So it is important to know and understand just who it is we are up against.

Much of what the world thinks they know about Satan does not come from the Bible. He is not some cartoon-like figure with red skin, horns and a tail, that holds a pitchfork and is the ruler of hell. And he certainly is not equal in power to God, though Scripture says that he's quite powerful. He is a created being just like the rest of the beings in this universe, and his power and cunning are no match for the God who created him. And he was not created evil. God did not create Satan to be the evil person he has become. Rather, Satan chose to rebel against a holy God. With these things in mind, let us find out what Scripture says that he truly is.


I. He is a Creature



By this I am referring to the fact that there was a time when Satan didn't exist. Unlike God, who is eternal, Satan had a beginning. As I just stated above, he was created by God. If we can assume that Ezekiel 28:11-19 is referring to Satan, which seems to be the case, that passage clearly teaches that he was created. That means that he does not possess all the attributes of God. For instance he is not all present like our Lord. He cannot be everywhere at once. He also isn't all knowing. He is very bright but doesn't possess all knowledge. And he is not all powerful. Once again, he is extremely powerful, and none of us could take him in a fight alone. But our God is greater than he.

Also, being a creature, Satan has to answer to Almighty God. The only reason that Satan was able to rebel in the first place, was that the Lord has allowed him his free will, just as He has allowed us ours. But God could crush Satan if He wants to, and will ultimately defeat him in the end.

Just one example of the Lord's sovereignty over Satan is found in the book of Job, where Satan comes before God and has to get permission before doing anything to Job. Job is a righteous man who follows the Lord in everything. Satan tells God that the reason Job is so righteous is that God has pampered him and given him everything. Satan says that if the Lord will allow him to do something to Job then the saint will curse God. The Lord allows this to prove the righteousness of his servant, and the rest is history. Though Job loses his riches, his family, and though his wife tells him to curse God and die, he remains faithful. Satan is proven wrong, and Job is rewarded by God. We can see from this that even though Satan has chosen to rebel, he isn't ultimately in control of this universe, God is, and His purposes will ultimately win out.


II. He is a Spirit Being



From Ezekiel 28 we can glean that Satan belongs to the order of angels called cherubim (28:14). Apparently he was the highest created angel (verse 12). Even Michael the Archangel didn't want to dispute with him over the body of Moses in Jude 9. Some have called him the Archangel over all of the evil angels that rebelled against God. Today, even though Satan is fallen, he still retains a lot of power. The Bible refers to him as the prince of the power of the air in Ephesians 2:2. He is also referred to as the god of this world (II Corinthians 4:4).


III. He Committed the Sin of Pride



The sin that Satan committed is the same sin that many people are guilty of today. He was prideful. Paul identifies this sin in I Timothy 3:6 when talking about the appointment of elders and deacons in the local church. One thing that an elder or deacon shouldn't be is a novice, meaning new to the Christian faith. Why? Because he might be lifted up with pride and "fall into the condemnation of the devil." We see his pride in Isaiah 14:12-14 with the seven "I wills" of Lucifer. His final boast is that: "I will be like the most High!"


Conclusion



We have much more to say about this creature, but we will save it for the next installment. However, from what we've seen so far, it is clear that the Bible teaches that Satan is a real person. He is not just some personification of evil that men have made up. While he must not be taken lightly, at the same time, we mustn't be terrified of him if we are Christians. Jesus Christ came for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil (I John 3:8). Even though he is still operating, he has already been defeated, and in Christ alone we can escape his tyranny. One day his activity will cease and he'll be thrown into the Lake of Fire forever (Revelation 20:10). Our God wins in the end. That means we do as well. Praise His name!

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GodTalk 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan Author

Thanks for your comments. I appreciate you stopping by. God bless.


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Jobanski 4 years ago

There are so many different theories about Satan (Lucifer). Mr. GTalk pieced together clues as to who and what Satan (Lucifer) is. The conclusion coincides with scripture and God's plan. For ex. Satan was created by God and must obey him. He does have power, but is limited. He is a person, but does not have a tangible body.


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GodTalk 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan Author

Thanks again. May God bless you as you seek His truth.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK

I didn't realize we were arguing, I was commenting on a very interesting topic that I am studying at the moment. However I do respect your wishes and look forward to reading all your Hubs in due course.


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GodTalk 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan Author

I don't wish to argue back and forth as to what we believe regarding the verses in question. From what I and many other evangelical scholars have gleaned from these passages, they cannot be talking about more than just earthly kings. However, if you disagree, that is fine. But what this argument is doing is leading people to do just what Satan wants. That is to get away from who and what he is. We need to focus on the reality that is set forth in Scripture that Satan is a real person. He was not created evil, but chose through pride to rebel against the God of the universe. He is still in rebellion and is seeking to destroy God's people. But we don't have to give in to him. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can overcome.

Indeed God will have the ultimately victory and Satan will be condemned to Hell. But for now he is still a powerful adversary whom we need to deal with.

By the way, I hope you got a chance to read the rest of my hubs on this subject. I enjoyed doing them, and I hope you'll find them of interest.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK

‘…These passages say things that lead one to believe that they are talking more than just to earthly kings, but rather to the kings and Satan who energized them…’ In my opinion, a Doctrine of such importance cannot be constructed on passages that ‘lead one to believe’, without support from more conclusive evidence in the Bible.

‘…By ‘Satan who energized them…’ Are you suggesting that Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom owed its success to the Devil? God decreed that four kingdoms would rise up prior to the kingdom of God being established. Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom was the first of these…Dan 2:21; Dan 4:32.

‘…Jesus uses Ezekiel 14:12 to describe Satan's fall…’?

‘…we learn that he still had some access to it in Job 1:6 and 2:1…’ Where in the Bible was he thrown out of Heaven prior to the Book of Job?

‘…Revelation 12:8-10 talk about Satan being thrown out of heaven again…’ How many times does the Bible state that he was he thrown out?

‘…there is sufficient data in Scripture to learn that Satan is indeed a real personality and that he is the enemy both of God and His people...’ On this I agree. My point is that all the conjecture regarding his person and origin, taken from Apocryphal writings and commentators such as Dake and Larkin, cannot be substantiated by Scripture.


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GodTalk 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan Author

Thanks for reading the article. It is obvious that I disagree with you on Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. These passages say things that lead one to believe that they are talking more than just to earthly kings, but rather to the kings and Satan who energized them. Jesus uses Ezekiel 14:12 to describe Satan's fall, and Revelation 12:8-10 talk about Satan being thrown out of heaven again. Though he was thrown out the first time when he rebelled, we learn that he still had some access to it in Job 1:6 and 2:1. He is called the accuser of the brethren and he obviously did this with the patriarch Job, which was why he was in heaven. In Revelation 12 he is thrown out, and can never have access again.

As far as having to go outside of Scripture to get the doctrine of Satan, that is not the case. Even if you completely leave out Isaiah and Ezekiel, there is sufficient data in Scripture to learn that Satan is indeed a real personality and that he is the enemy both of God and His people.

I invite you to read the rest of my articles and again am thankful for your visit.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK

I have just discovered your Hubs and I look forward to reading them. ‘Satan and the Bible Part 1’ is my first.

My latest Hub called ‘Is Jesus Really the Bright and Morning Star: Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28’ is my first on this subject and may be of interest to you. I take a different view on these chapters and your opinion would be welcome.

The title of your Hub was the main reason I have written this comment. In my opinion, mainstream Christianity which puts great emphasis on the inspired Word of God, and rightly so, can only justify its Doctrine on Satan from writings out with the Bible.

Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 described the rise and fall of the King of Babylon and the King of Tyre respectively, and are not sufficiently supported anywhere else in Scripture to justify the ludicrous fantasies that are attributed to the Devil.

P S The picture of the lion is amazing.


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GodTalk 5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan Author

Thanks! And I should have my next hub out on Satan by sometime this weekend, so stay tuned.


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MusiciansMission 5 years ago

GodTalk, this was a great Hub! I have been interested in reading some of the scriptures on the devil because in a study of worship I am doing with a worship team I play with, the leader brought up how Satan was actually created as the leader of worship. And was the angel of music and that he was not ugly but in fact the most beautiful of God's creation. And I never really knew anything about Satan except that he was a fallen angel that is evil and tempts us with sin.

This was a great hub and thanks for sharing the wisdom Christ gave you so that many may benefit in the Lord through your Ministries online!


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GodTalk 5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan Author

Thanks lifegate for your encouragement. And thanks to you IntimateEvolution for your comments. However, I never said that Satan was human. I said that he is a person. You don't have to be human to be a person. Clearly, before Jesus became a man he was still a person, as are the other two members of the Trinity. A person is a being with intellect, emotions and will. In reading Scripture, we see that Satan has all three. Satan is a spiritual being, or spiritual person. He has no physical body.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

GT,

Anyone who reads the Bible at all will certainly become aware of the personality of satan. It amazes how those that know nothing about the Bible seem to think they know everything. Thanks for exposing the evil one for who he is.


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IntimatEvolution 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

You said the bible says it states that Satan is human. NO it doesn't. Not even in Revelations. Nowhere in the bible does it says that the devil is human. NO where. You are clearly wrong. Try reading the bible word for word, instead of injecting your own definition. Maybe then you'd realize that you're wrong. Because you are.


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GodTalk 5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan Author

Actually, if one accepts the Scriptures as a revelation from God, then the reality of Satan cannot be denied. Satan existed and acted from the earliest to the last books of God's revelation. Seven books of the Old Testament teach his reality including Genesis, I Chronicles, Job, the Psalms, Isaiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah. Every writer of the New Testament affirms his reality and his activity. In twenty five of the twenty nine passages in the Gospels which speak of Satan, our Lord is speaking. Notice such passages as Matthew 13:39; Luke 10:18 and 11:18.

If you read the Scriptures, Satan is said to possess the traits of personality. He shows intelligence (II Corinthians 11:3. He exhibits emotions (Revelation 12:17, anger; Luke 22:31, desire); he demonstrates that he has a will(Isaiah 14:12-14 and II Timothy 2:26).

Satan is referred to as a person in both the Old and New Testaments. In Job 1 and Matthew 4:1-2. And in the temptation of Christ in the wilderness Satan came to Christ and Jesus uses personal pronouns. So by doing this he attributes personality to Satan.

Lastly, if Satan were merely a personification that people have devised to express their ideas of evil, then he could not be held accountable for his actions, since there is no being to be held accountable. Yet Satan is held accountable by the Lord in Matthew 25:41. Thus to deny the reality of Satan is to deny the veracity of Jesus Himself.


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IntimatEvolution 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

The bible never says that Satan is a real person. NO where does it say that. Maybe you need to read the bible.

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