Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Who is the Devil? What does he do? How powerful is he? Is the Devil the same as Satan?

Many of us developed a view of the Devil as children from watching Saturday morning cartoons. Images of a hoofed creature with horns and a pitchfork are what usually come to mind. This post seeks to give an description of the Devil by using just the Bible.

Biblical Names of Satan
  • The Devil
    • “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (Matthew 4:1)
    • The word “devil” is from a Greek term meaning “adversary, opponent or enemy”.
  • Satan
    • “Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD” (Job 2:1)
    • Like the word “devil”, the word Satan (from the Hebrew) is also a term that means “opponent, adversary or enemy”.
  • Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24)
  • Serpent (Revelation 12:9)
  • Prince of the Powers of the Air (Ephesians 2:2)
  • Belial (2 Corinthians 6:15)
  • Murderer and Liar (John 8:44)
  • Prince of this World (John 12:31)
  • God of this World (2 Corinthians 4:4)
  • The Dragon (Revelation 12:9)
    • And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him (Revelation 12:9)
What the Bible teaches about Satan?
  • He was a fallen angel:
    • (Jude 6) “And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day” (cf. 2 Peter 2:4)
  • He was the first sinner:
    • “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8)
  • He was the original liar:
    • “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it”. (John 8:44)
  • He is a perpetual tempter of man (Revelation 20:2,8).
  • He is dangerous (1 Peter 5:8)
  • He will be defeated!
    • Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil... (Hebrews 2:14)
  • We can cause him to flee!
    • Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
  • Jesus will ultimately destroy him and his works!
    • He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)
  • Satan will be punished for eternity!
    • The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.  (Revelation 20:10)
  • We should fear him, but through Jesus we can defeat him!
    • "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death” (Revelation 12:11)
The Devil is dangerous, but Jesus is more powerful! Satan will be punished and those in relationship with Christ will be victorious!

By Cliff Sabroe