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Satan Exposed
March 2, 2018


Satan Exposed


An undue interest in Satan is dangerous, so is a meager knowledge about him.

Satan operates both in the physical and spiritual realms. Time is a property of the physical universe, a dimension in the space-time continuum. There is no time in the spiritual realm, and so there are only successions of experiences and no progressions. Whenever Satan enters the physical realm, he works under the restrictions of space and time.

Between the start of creation (Genesis 1:1) and the temptation of the first humans (Genesis 3:1-6), Satan was created a chief angel, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty (Ezekiel 28:12). Though a guardian cherub (Ezekiel 28:14), he was nonetheless a finite spiritual being.

God the Creator is rational, and there is regularity in His entire creation. All created beings operate under their given rights and authority. There is no development in the spiritual realm. A spiritual being cannot ascend in rank by any self-effort. Angels have their positions of authority which they are not permitted to abandon (Jude 6).

Since Satan was created above others, he said with conceit in his heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High" (Isaiah 14:13-14). Because of his rebellion, together with the angels following him (Revelation 12:4), Satan was cast down from heaven to the earth.

Satan's fall completely severed him from God, the source of love (1 John 4:8). He flipped to ultimate evil. Void of love, he is full of hatred and rules with fear and deceit. His burning desire is to undo God's work (Mark 4:15) and stop people from entering into God's kingdom (2 Corinthians 4:4). He insinuates doubts (Genesis 3:1) and is the father of lies. "When he lies, he speaks his native language" (John 8:44).

The name Satan derives from a Hebrew verb which means to be or act as an adversary, who opposes the cause and the people of God. Peter reminds us that our "enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8). The Greek word antidikos that here translates as "enemy" occurs five times in the New Testament. The other four times all carry the meaning of an antagonistic accusing party that takes legal action against someone. Very likely Peter had the same meaning in mind. Satan is the "accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night" (Revelation 12:10). He is hostile and never rests. He seeks every possible opportunity to demand penalty for our sins and to deny our rights. When God's mercy goes before His justice, Satan blasphemes against Him (2 Samuel 12:13-14), which is saying that God is less than God.

The blood of Christ shed on the cross is our perfect defense against Satan's accusations. God made us alive with Christ. "He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross" (Colossians 2:13-14). By the blood of Christ, we are given the complete right to be fully forgiven. Satan's case against us cannot stand anytime we claim this right by genuine repentance and personally appropriating the work of Christ.

As we are being regenerated by the indwelling Holy Spirit after our spiritual rebirth, we may still fall into sin. Whenever that happens, we can claim our right again, through repentance. It is a promise in God's Word. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

We could be a hindrance, however, to someone's claiming their God-given rights or blessings of God. Paul says in Galatians 5:15, "If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other." He says specifically to the Ephesians (4:29-32), "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen ... Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."

We must not take lightly the words we utter. Our blessings have real effects (Matthew 10:13-15). If God takes them seriously, so does the devil with our curses. James says that the tongue could be "a restless evil, full of deadly poison" (James 3:8). Satan will exploit anything possible. He will surely bring to God our every accusation against one another. Every time we engage in slander, our words are testimonies he uses against someone.

Peter exhorts us to stay alert, maintain a sober mind, resist the devil and stand firm in the faith (1 Peter 5:8-9). James asks us to submit to God. He agrees with Peter that we should resist the devil, and he will flee from us (James 4:7). Be watchful then, rebuke the voice that speaks lies into your mind, and be always ready to claim your rights promised in God's Word.


Notes:


From Darkness to Light
170504, Ch.1, What is Heaven?
170512, Ch.5, Good and Evil
170519, Ch.5, Image of God
170526, Ch.6, All Have Sinned
170602, Ch.6, Isaiah Prophecies
170609, Ch.6, Lamb of God
170616, Ch.6, Decision Prayer

New Life in Christ
170623, Ch.7, Fruit of the Spirit
170630, Ch.7, Time with God
170707, Ch.7, Life Together
170714, Ch.7, Messiah's Return
170728, Ch.7, Audacious Faith
171006, Ch.7, Mark of the Christian
171027, Ch.7, Christian Identities

Growing in Christ
171110, Know the Bible
171210, Christ is Central
180302, Satan Exposed

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