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Doctrine of Satan – Part 3

The Nature of Satan

Satan is a Person

In the previous two articles, we established that Satan is not some made-up impish character in red flannel drawers – that is Hollywood’s image. We established using the Bible the creation of Satan and His fall. In this article, we want to see what the nature of Satan is.

Satan is a fallen angel from the heavenly world and hence it is not unreasonable to believe that he possesses a body. Perhaps not a flesh and blood earthly body, but perhaps one with some of some nature. He is a person who has has different character traits. Paul clearly made a distinction between the heavenly and earthly bodies in 1 Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 15:39-40 (KJB) All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

We must always remember that Satan is very sneaky, he’s tricky, after all he is called the great deceiver. It is not out of the question to believe he can change into what he needs for to deceive people.

2 Corinthians 11:14 (KJB) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

The devil is in the business of religion. Today’s religion is one of Satan’s greatest businesses. Also, the fact that he is able to make himself as an angel of light is very sly. How many ‘reverends,’ ‘men of the cloth,’ and ‘clergy’ could be accused of the same?

Ephesians 6:11

Satan has Intelligence

As we read the bible, you will understand that Satan is one of the most intelligent, and powerful creature in all the universe. This is a fact that we should never lose site of or take for granted. There is no way we can defeat Satan in our own strength:

2 Corinthians 2:11 (KJB) Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Satan will take advantage of moments of despair, or moments of disunity with our brothers. But praise God the Creator is always more powerful than the creature!

Satan has a Memory

Satan has read the Bible and understands it very well, perhaps better than many of us. Recall for a moment in Matthew chapter 4 when Satan tempts Jesus in the wilderness he used scripture. Satan actually quotes the following:

Psalm 91:11-12 (KJB) For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

It may have been out of context, twisted, but Satan knows the Bible. Here is a second example:

Revelation 12:12 (KJB) Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

In the above verse notice that the old serpent knows that “he hath but a short time.” How does he know that? He obviously has read the ninth chapter of Daniel. That is a great study! It is obvious that Satan has read the Bible and knows it very well. Why certainly so he can twist and turn the scriptures in a way to mislead sinners and saints alike. That is why it is so important to study your Bible, attend a church where you can discuss the Bible with other saints and your Pastor.

Satan has a Will

As we looked at in the previous article we listed the five deadly I will’s of Satan. The pride of Satan was the cause of his fall from heaven. Here is another instructive verse regarding backslidden Christians and the will of Satan:

2 Timothy 2:26 (KJB) And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Satan Has Emotions

Satan Desires

Satan has goals, he as things he wants to get accomplished.

Luke 22:31 (KJB) And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

Satan is Proud

Note the following in the qualifications for a deacon. Note the restriction….

1 Timothy 3:6 (KJB) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Isaiah 14:12-14 (KJB) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Satan has Wrath

Revelation 12:12 (KJB) Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Satan is Organized

The Bible shows us that Satan has synagogues, doctrines, and some deep things.

1 Timothy 4:1 (KJB) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Revelation 2:9 (KJB) I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 2:24 (KJB) But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

Satan led a Rebellion Against God

Satan was able to organize and get one-third of heaven’s angels to go with him.

Revelation 12:4 (KJB) And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Satan Organizes the Final Rebellion Against God

Revelation 20:7-9 (KJB) And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Notice that during the millennium Satan will deceive the nations of the earth.

Satan Tried to Break Job

Job 1:7-8 (KJB) And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Systematically Satan brutally attacks Job, his wife, and family. Satan attacks their homes and animals but was unable to personally attack Job in some ways as defined by the LORD:

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.

I wonder if God were to allow Satan to attack me or you in this way what would God’s testimony be of us in the end. This is also an important lesson regarding Satan – that he is controlled by God.

Colossians 1:16-17 (KJB) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Jesus Christ created everything in heaven and in earth. Both the visible and invisible. Thrones, dominions, principalities, powers were all created by Jesus, and for Him. Note by Him (Jesus Christ) everything has its existence. We have a God in Heaven who watches over us.

Part Four of this Study will cover the Names of Satan.

Please take three minutes and watch this video recorded by Paul Harvey in 1965 entitled “If I were the Devil.”

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Links to other parts of this study:

Doctrines of Satan Part 1
Doctrines of Satan Part 2
Doctrines of Satan Part 4
Doctrines of Satan Part 5

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