We do not see much regarding Satan taught today so I think it is important that we lay down the truth of what scripture has to say about Satan. The title satan means adversary. Websters 1828 says this about Satan:
SA’TAN, n. Heb. an adversary. The grand adversary of man; the devil or prince of darkness; the chief of the fallen angels.Websters 1828 Dictionary
AD’VERSARY, n. See Adverse.
1. An enemy or foe; one who has enmity at heart.
The Lord shall take vengeance on his adversaries. Nah. 1.
In scripture, Satan is called THE adversary, by way of eminence. 1Peter 5.
2. An opponent or antagonist, as in a suit at law, or in single combat; an opposing litigant.
AD’VERSARY, a. Opposed; opposite to; adverse. In law, having an opposing party, as an adversary suit; in distinction from an application, in law or equity, to which no opposition is made.Websters 1828 Dictionary
This study will use scripture as the source and final authority for this teaching.
The Person of Satan
The World Doubts the Person of Satan
This is how we have been brainwashed by the media to think of satan since we were children. Saturday cartoons always promotes a mythical two horned, fork tailed image in red flannel underwear, pitching coal into the furnace of hell. Satan is down-played by the world.
Liberal Churches Deny Satan
Satan is ignored or greatly changed in liberal churches today. These Churches that largely deny the existence of Christ have minimalized satan and moved him into the files of other outdated concepts such as the New Birth, heaven, hell, and the Second Coming. You are more apt to hear the terms hell, damned, and the devil in everyday speech than you are from liberal pulpits. Our churches are where we should hear these terms thundering down from the pulpits today but instead they are focused on messages to make you feel good and build up your self-esteem or to open your wallet and give as much as you can to God’s house.
Crickets from Fundamentalists
Satan is also ignored by many Bible-believing churches. Satan’s greatest achievement is to have Christians deny his existence. Unlike our Lord, Satan loves it when we deny his existence.
It is no surprise that both liberal and fundamental clergy are as clueless about Satan as the world. Westcott and Hort – from where all modern English bibles come doubted satan as well. Concerning the existence of a personal devil Hort wrote:
“The discussion which immediately precedes these four lines naturally leads to another enigma most intimately connected with that of everlasting penalties, namely that of the personality of the devil. It was Coleridge who some three years ago first raised any doubts in my mind on the subject – doubts which have never yet been at all set at rest, one way or the other. You yourself are very cautious in your language.” “Now if there be a devil, he cannot merely bear a corrupted and marred image of God; he must be wholly evil, his name evil, his every energy and act evil. Would it not be a violation of the divine attributes for the Word to be actively the support of such a nature as that?”Understandable History of the Bible
What does the Bible Say?
The person of Satan is mentioned in Genesis, 1 Chronicles, Job, Psalms, Isaiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah. Satan is found in 19 New Testament books and is referred to by every NT author.
Jesus Christ referred to Satan 15 times – here are a few of those references:
Jesus was not arguing with some nonexistent being in the dessert but with a horrible person by the name of Satan.
Matthew 4:10 (KJB) Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Jesus understood that Satan was attempting to influence Simon Peter and rebuked him.
Matthew 16:23 (KJB) But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Luke 10:18 (KJB) And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Here Jesus speaks of the final residence of Satan and his followers (unsaved).
Matthew 25:41 (KJB) Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Jesus did speak openly to the Pharisees about them following Satan.
John 8:44 (KJB) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Jesus reveals that one of His disciples being led by Satan.
John 6:70 (KJB) Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
Below Jesus was led to be tempted by Satan.
Matthew 4:1 (KJB) Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Simply, with the existence of the proof above if you believe in the Bible, it is not possible to deny the existence of Satan.
In the second part of this study we will examine the Source of Satan!
Satan is our adversary, our enemy and we Christians are depicted as being in a battle with Satan in the New Testament. We must never take our adversary for granted or think he is not powerful. When we fail to recognize the power of our adversary is when we become a weak opponent. Remember Job and Paul in the Bible? Satan afflicted both of them.
Job 1:12 (KJB) And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
2 Corinthians 12:7 (KJB) And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
He’s powerful, but not all-powerful. He is the god of this world. Unbelievers are significantly under his power, though they don’t realize it. He has blinded their eyes. But once Jesus opens our eyes to his glory and saves us, we come under his ownership. We’re no longer slaves of Satan. We’re new creations in Christ and share his victory over the enemy that he won on the cross.
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