Who is Satan? Where does he come from? What is his origin?
- Matthew 25:41
Whatever he is, he has angels. It is speculated that he was an angel who rebelled and fell along with his angels. There Bible doesn’t really tell us where he came from, it is speculation. The Bible does tell us that those who are in rebellion against God, are sinners. And those who sin are of the devil.
- 1 John 3:8
Since those who sin are of the devil, we aren’t to give place to him
- Ephesians 4:27
He doesn’t need a lot of room to wiggle in and make room in our lives. So don’t give him any place. He can be resisted, he is not all powerful.
- James 4:7
He will flee from you. Satan is determined to get people to serve him. He doesn’t want us to serve God, he is seeking whom he may devour, so we would serve him.
- 1 Peter 5:8
When the lion roars it is because he is hungry. The devil is like a roaring lion, he’s hungry, he’s sneaky and uses stealth, he is wily.
- Ephesians 6:11
If we resist him, his schemes will blow up in his face. We must not be ignorant of his devices.
- 2 Corinthians 2:11
To properly resist Satan we must be knowledgeable of him, and the threat that he is. We must turn to God’s word to understand what we need to do, to know who he is and how to resist him.
Who is Satan?
- Revelation 12:9
Satan is a supreme evil spirit.
Satan, satonos, means supreme evil presence.
- Matthew 25:41
He’s called Satan, the devil, the slanderer, the serpent, the dragon.
- Revelation 20:2
- Revelation 12:7
Satan is called the god of this world.
- 2 Corinthians 4:4
It’s not saying he is supreme in this world, but rather, in the hearts of most people he is their god, they follow after him.
Satan is the prince of this world.
- John 12:31
Jesus is talking about the prince, Satan, of this world being cast down upon the death and resurrection of Christ.
Satan is the darkness of this world.
- Ephesians 6:12
He is the ruler of the darkness of this world.
Satan is the accuser.
- Revelation 12:10
Here we see his is called the accuser, the slanderer.
Satan is the liar and father of all lies.
- John 8:44
There is no truth in him, for there is no truth in him. The first thing we hear from him in the Bible is a lie. Genesis 3:4, You shall “not”also die. That little tiny lie, which he inserted, is a lie. He is the father of lies.
Satan is the roaring lion.
- 1 Peter 5:8
Satan and His Work as Seen in Job
- Job 1:6-12
Satan was accountable to God.
- Job 1:6, 2:1, He is accountable to God.
We see from this that God knows his mind.
- Job 1:8
God is not provoking Satan to do evil, he already knew the mind of Satan. He knew that Satan had already considered Job.
He is behind the evils of this earth.
- Job 1:7, 2:2
The bad things that have come into being from the moment he lied in the garden, are his fault. He is at fault for deceiving, and bringing about evil on the earth. He is devouring people.
He is not omniscient.
- Job 1:9-11, 2:10
The devil took everything Job had, and still, Job worshiped God. Satan did not know that if you took away all his things that Job would still worship. He could not see into the mind of Job. But he was mistaken and he was defeated.
God could see into the heart of Job and knew him. He knew what would happen.
Satan could nothing without divine approval.
- Luke 22:31-32
With approval there is limitation. Satan was twice limited with regard to Job.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13
- James 4:7
He has no power except that which God gave to him.
- John 19:11
He is not omniscient, he is not a god in the sense of divinity, and power.
In spite of what the devil can do. We see that God cares. He took pity on Job, and gave back to him double what he had before. God knows we are in a battle that we will wage all of our lives. But, He has not left us defenseless.
We have free will, and when we sin, in our freewill. He has made a way for us to return. He loves us so much that He gave his only begotten son to die for our sins. You can have your sins washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ, by being washed clean in baptism.