Satan: Who Is He & Who He Is Not (Part Two)
The real name of Satan is Lucifer and he is referred to as ‘the devil’ because he is the sum total of all that is evil. John 10:10 says, “The thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill, and to destroy.” All that is evil falls under the heading of stealing, killing, or destroying, and all evil originates with Satan. The word Satan in the Greek language in which the New Testament is translated means ‘adversary’. The adversary of all that is Good. His designs are to ‘undo God’s work’, ‘make men turn away from God’, ‘instigate evil’, and to ‘secure men’s worship’. His character is that of a ‘deceiver’, he is ‘liar’, and the ‘father of lies’. His methods are to ‘disguise himself as an angel of light”; ‘insinuate doubt’, ‘ misuse scripture’, ‘scheming’, and afflicting God’s children’. His judgement is sure. He was ‘cast out of heaven’, ‘he was judged in the courtroom of heaven immediately following his failed coup of heaven’; ‘Christ crushed his head when He arose from the dead victorious over death, hell, and the grave’; ‘Satan will be ‘bound’, and ‘cast into the fires of hell for all eternity as a punishment for his evil works’. Satan is the chief opponent of God and has been given the titles of Abbadon, Accuser, Adversary, Angel of the bottomless pit, Apollyon, Beelzebub, Belial, God of this age, Murderer, Prince of demons, Prince of the power of the air, Ruler of the darkness, Ruler of this world, Satan, Serpent, Serpent of old, and Wicked one. He is the origin of ‘pride’, he was ‘perfect until sin came’, he is the ‘greatest of fallen angels’, he ‘tempts men to sin’, and he is the ‘father of lies’. He is cunning, slanderous, fierce, deceitful, proud, cowardly, and wicked. He is the chief power over wicked men. They are his children, they do his will, he possesses them, he blinds them, he deceives them, he ensnares them, and they will be punished with him. However, even though he is listed as being all of the above things, he is still subject to the Believer in the finished work of Christ Jesus. The believer has the power to resist, fight against, and overcome all of the works of the enemy.
God gave this description of Lucifer in Ezekiel 28:12-19 “…You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryly, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were CREATED. You were the anointed cherub (angel) who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane things out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you. You defiled your sanctuaries by the mulititude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading’ therefore I brought fire from your midst; it devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you. All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; you have become a horror, and shall be no more.”
And, Isaiah 14:12-21 says of Satan, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, (hell) to the lowest depths of the pit. Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?” All the kings of the nations, all of them, sleep in glory, everyone in his own house; (and now God’s indictment against the anti-God followers of Satan) but you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch, like the garment of those who are slain, thrust through with a sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a corpse trodden underfoot. You will not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land and slain your people. The brood of evildoers shall never be named. Prepare slaughter for their fathers, lest they rise up and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities.”
In the two preceding paragraphs I have given a description of Lucifer, aka, Satan, or ‘the devil’, who is the adversary and the father of those who follow him in his folly. As you read the above descriptions you will notice he was at one time; the most beautiful and wisest among God’s creatures, but not anymore. Because of his great beauty and wisdom he sinned; and it cost him his standing with God. Since that time he has been the adversary of men because we are the children of God and made in the image and likeness of our Father. And because he couldn’t defeat God, he is now in pursuit of God’s children. One of the descriptions of his character is ‘he’s a coward.’ He is cowardly pursuing and trying to kill off the seemingly defenseless children of the King of the Universe. But, God, who is our Father, tells us in Romans 8:31, “… If I am for you, who can be against you?” (my paraphrase) God has not left us alone in this life, and we are not defenseless! The Book tells us, “We Win!” But you can’t win if you don’t play the game by God’s rules. And if you don’t play the game, not only do you lose; but you automatically forfeit the prize. Don’t allow that to happen! Satan is not going to let up on you because by nature he’s a bully. So get up off your backsides and start fighting back! The dudes a coward for Christ sake! And for those people who love Satan and diligently practice his sinning ways; you should know; if it wasn’t for the power of God holding Satan back; he would have destroyed man long before you had the chance to be born. And now a word to the wise among you: If you have even a tid bit of smarts remaining; repent of your sins and follow after The One who loves you and who gave His life for you. Otherwise, as Isaiah wrote under the direction of the Holy Spirit; if you don’t, this miserable life you are now living is the best you will ever know. But, if you turn to the Lord; you will never experience anything worse that what you are presently experiencing. To the one, heaven awaits. To the other, unimaginable torment and suffering. Seems like a no brainer to me. God Bless, and have a Wonderful Day in the Lord. DThrash
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