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Satan, Part 1: Who Is He?

By Andy Confer

  1. Introduction
    1. Satan, the devil, is a personality, a person, a being, like you and me.
  1. He can think, plan ahead, devise obstacles and problems, lie, cheat, steal, kill, etc cause all kinds of evil problems for we humans.
  2. Nothing new under the sun Andy! I’ve believed this for years. Great, I’m speaking to the choir!
  3. But, not everyone is in the choir!
    1. Some, today, think Satan, like the Bible is for the superstitious, ignorant, uneducated and unenlightened.
  1. After all, we as a society are so clever, sophisticated, extremely well educated, technologically advanced, we live . . . . . . In a scientific age, not in the Dark Ages—which was full of superstitions and “old wives’ tales!”
  2. And, Satan is one of those, a relic from the past!
  3. The Bible belongs to that age as well.
  4. Secular Humanism today says, God is dead, and man is now god.

a. Man is now the measure of all things in all areas of life.

b. The Bible is as obsolete as a dead God is!

6. In fact, you have to attack the Bible’s veracity, if you are going to dismiss Satan as a real being who is as powerful and destructive as the Bible portrays him

to be.

C. Jesus believed Satan was real!

  1. Satan had the audacity to challenge the Son of God! (Tells us something about Satan’s nature!!)
  1. Matt. 4:1-11. If you are the Son of God?! Three temptations.
  2. Luke 4:1-13. 
  3. Do we think Jesus thought this encounter was a figment of his imagination??
  1. Notice these passages:
  1. Matt. 12:22-33:  Jesus casts out a demon and the Pharisees charged him with complicity

with Satan. Jesus destroys their faulty logic and exposed their self-absorbed, egotistical,

legalistic hearts.

  1. The same story in:

1.) Mark 3:22-30.

2.) Luke 11:14-23.

1.) Two people were bound by Satan in this encounter with Jesus.

a.) The woman.

2.) And, the synagogue leader, who said to the Jesus and the people, “there are 6 days for work. So , come and be healed on those days. Not on the Sabbath!”

3.) Jesus couldn’t heal him because of his hard-hearted, legalistic soul.

4.) Satan often deceitfully and subtly binds us through religious pride.

d. There are many more verses about Jesus and Satan; too many to deal with now.

D. The apostle Paul and Peter believed Satan was real, and so did James, the Lord’s brother.

1. Paul believed that Satan tempted Eve as a serpent in the Garden of Eden. II Cor. 11:3 (see also I Tim. 2:11—14)

2. Peter in I Peter 5:8,9—Your enemy, the devil, is a roaring lion seeking to devour you; (through persecution in this context) But, he seeks to destroy us any way he can!

3. James 4:7—submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.

  1. The Plot Thickens
  1. Satan is as real as you and I are right now.
  1. He is not supernatural to me, but Supra-natural.
  1. He is beyond the here and now, different than the material world we live in.
  1. He is a spirit-being we can’t see or experience with the five physical senses, though,

we can see the consequences of his destruction in our lives and the lives of others with

our five physical senses.

  1. He is much more powerful than we are, but not as powerful as God is; we can see this in

Job 1 and 2.

  1. He is not everywhere present at the same time; he was going to and fro on the earth.
  2. He has limits on him by the Father (Godhead). He limited what Satan could do to Job.
  3. But, look at the power he had to destroy everything Job had, including his good health.
  1. He is not a fallen angel!
  1. He was a murderer from the beginning. John 8:44
  2. There is no truth in him.
  3. His nature is to lie, because he is a liar and the father of lies.
  4. He was sinning from the beginning. I John 3:8
  5. Angels sinned and God caste them into hell—II Peter2:4: Jude 6, but Satan is never mentioned as one of them.
  1. Perhaps, he helped lead them to disobedience, but not one of them.
  1. In the beginning, in the garden, there was good and evil; God was good, and Satan from the “get-go” was evil.
  1. We, as humans, have a “fallen” nature, we have a propensity to sin,

but we are capable of good.

  1. But, there is no such indication (that Satan is capable of good) anywhere

in Scripture.

  1. Yet, this view is not without “problems”; theologically/philosophically thias lays the creation of evil at the feet of God!
  2. This is a big problem for me, for sure, but I don’t see any other biblical solution.
  1. His name is not Lucifer. Isa. 13, 14 and Ezekiel 26; 27; 28:1—10; 11—19.
  1. Isaiah 14:12—17, especially vss. 12—15.
  1. “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of dawn!”
  2. In the context, this is a reference to the King of Babylon, not Satan.
  1. “Morning star or “Day star” is probably a reference to Venus and used by Isaiah to show how arrogant and prideful the king of Babylon was; he considered himself in such illustrious company with such a goddess.
  2. Lucifer is a transliteration of the Hebrew word for “morning star.”
  3. All we need to do is look at King Nebuchanezzar in Daniel 4, to see the same  arrogance and pride that Isaiah talks about in Isaiah 13 and 14.
  4. Ezekiel is really the same thing, but speaking of the city of Tyre and the king of Tyre, not about Satan.
  1. Context is everything!
  2. Ezekiel 26 and 27 is a lament about the great seafaring and trade-genius city
  3. biting the dust because of its arrogance; its extravagant materialism was its spiritual

downfall!

  1. Ezekiel 28: 1-20 is a lament against the king of Tyre, not Satan. Like Nebuchanezzar,
  2. The king was puffed up because he ruled over such a rich and powerful city-state

that his pride got the best of him, and God Almighty humbled him.

  1. No doubt, the real instigator of so much pride over such riches and power, was Satan, himself!
  2. Note to self, selves, one of Satan’s greatest schemes is to get us to love money over God!
  1. Some of Satan’s schemes.
  1. Remember, he is the epitome of evil on steroids!
  2. Nothing he won’t do to cause us to loose our souls; he wants us to join him and his angels in hell! Matt. 25:41; that is his number one goal! Think about that for awhile!
  3. Just as the acts of the flesh/sinful nature are obvious (Gal. 5:19), so are many of Satan’s schemes or tactics to spiritually ruin humans.
  1. Wars and rumors of war.
  2. Social, moral, political upheaval.
  3. The likes of a Hitler, a Stalin, a Mao Zedung, i.e., other ruthless, immoral dictators; these are rather obvious.
  1. But, moreover than not, he attacks us with more cunningly, subtle temptations.
  2. He is a sheep, rather, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Matt. 7:15-20; he is not mentioned here, false prophets or teachers are. Do we honestly believe that Satan has nothing to do with this, considering other scriptures about his tactics.  II Cor. 11: 11-15.
  1. In these vss. (II Cor 11), Paul points out he masquerades as an angel of light, even an apostle like Paul and Peter
  1. His cohorts/demons masquerade as such too.
  2. But, they are false teachers as he is.
  3. Beware of false teachers; falsehood can be very subtle, but very dangerous in the end.

Prayerfully, know your Bible! Remember who took the seed from the pathway(heart).

Matt. 13:18,19.

  1. He is a tempter of marrieds and their sexual purity; and singles as well.  I Cor. 7:1-5; 7:8,9.

Be on your guard here!

  1. He tempts us to be bitter and unforgiving towards those who sin against us or the church.

II Cor. 2:5-11:Not forgiving and remaining bitter is one of his schemes; let us not be un-ware of it!

  1. I believe not forgiving others is a bigger temptation than we may want to admit. See

Matt. 18:21-35 and the unforgiving servant.

  1. We can drift away from what we have heard and obeyed, Heb.2:1, because of persecution or

hardship; challenges with pain and suffering, deep disappointments, etc.Heb. 10:32-35.

  1. James 1:1-7, we must pray for wisdom in how to face trials of many kinds and apply our

faith in God to those trials.

  1. And pray we must. Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2.
  1. And last, but not least, is the temptation to love money; perhaps our greatest temptation in our materialistic culture.
  1. I Tim. 6:10—says it best, “for the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for

money have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

A very subtle, but cunning scheme Satan skillfully uses to trap us in sin. Of course, don’t forget our own evil desires that can drag us away and entice us to sin. James 1:13-15

  1.  In this discussion, we need to examine ourselves and be honest about our weaknesses, sins, that we have struggled with, knowing that Satan will try to exploit those areas; know thyself. And, let someone else know who you are too. James 5:13-16.
  1. In conclusion:
  1. Satan is real and totally evil, seeking our complete spiritual destruction; sometimes flagrantly, other times subtly and cunningly.
  1. We need to know our enemy as well as he knows us.
  1. We need to arm ourselves with the Holy Spirit, God’s word, prayer, and relationships
  1. We also need to know what the kinks are in our personal armor that Satan will try to

exploit. Honestly admit these, and then get help.

  1. Let us humble ourselves under God’s almighty hand, that he may lift us up in due time!

Code for:defeating Satan in our lives.I Peter5:6-11.

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