Perhaps you have noticed how some, in our day, have a strange preoccupation with evil and the “dark side.” Satan is the prince of that realm and would like to teach you about himself through the mouths of his minions. Beware, he’s a liar and would steal away the truth—your only hope of deliverance from eternal hell. He enjoys blinding the minds of those who do not know God. (2Corinthians 4:4)
Rather than listen to Satan’s cronies talk about their master, let’s expose him with the Word of God. Even the names that are ascribed to the devil in the Bible are revealing: the fowler, wicked one, murderer, god of this world, prince of the power of the air, ruler of darkness, adversary, roaring lion, angel of the bottomless pit, destroyer, accuser, and deceiver. There is not one flattering word in the Scriptures pertaining to this nemesis of our souls.
The Bible reveals that he was created by God as a holy angel (Ezekiel 28:11-14; Colossians 1:15-17). He rebelled against God in pride (Ez. 28:15-17; Isaiah 14:12-15; Luke 10:18). He can enter into God’s presence as the great accuser of the brethren (Job. 1:6; Revelation 12:7-8, 10). He is condemned, and awaits the carrying out of the divine sentence (Is. 14:16; Matthew 25:41; Hebrews 2:14; James 2:19; Rev. 20:10). His power and works are thwarted by the death of Christ on the cross and subsequent resurrection (Genesis 3:15; Romans 16:20; Hebrews 2:14; 1John 3:8). He accuses God, and tries (unsuccessfully) to tempt Him with evil (Job 1:7-12; Matt. 4:10). Satan, and the fallen angels that we call demons, are subject to the commands of God (Matt.8:31; 17:18; Mark 1:34; 5:15; Luke 4:35, 41).
The Bible has more to say about the devil. We will revisit this topic next time. Until then, let me remind you that Satan was defeated by Christ. Those that are Christ’s are eternally safe. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1John 4:4). Have you made Christ your very own Savior and Lord?