GOD, THE DEVIL AND ME

Posted: May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44

In at least three different occasions I’ve met the enemy of my soul – Satan. In all three instances, I’ve seen him how he is, and while I will not go into full detail of his appearance, the truth is, Satan is not, nor does Satan look hideous, with two horns and a pointed tail – but he is wondrous to behold. But his countenance was fierce and his eyes, although radiant with a touch of blue, were filled with eternal rage. Yet, he is defeated.

Long before there was an earth, or the stars above, or the heavenlies (Ephesians 1:3) existed, there was God. At some point in the eternal past, God reigned and ruled as he does today, how that all works is far beyond my or your understanding of eternal things. The apostle Paul said these things are mysteries that will not be fully revealed until we enter into heaven itself. Still, there are some things we can point to in the word which describe not only God’s character, who he is, and why we are here, but also our adversary – Satan.

And then God (Christ) created Satan

We do not know when Lucifer (Satan) was created, nor do we know at what point Christ created all of the angelic host, all we know through scripture is that there was one point in the eternal past Christ began his creation of the angelic host (Nehemiah 9:6). Yet it was Lucifer whom God seemed to focus more on.

Out of all the angelic host, God placed great emphasis upon Lucifer in not only beauty, strength and power (albeit limited), he (Christ) made him (Lucifer) ruler over the earth when it was created (Isaiah 14:12-14, Jeremiah 4:23-26, Ezekiel 28:11-17, Luke 10:18, 2 Peter 3:4-8). With Lucifer, God (Christ) invested a great vestige of creation and ability within him, so much so that at some point in the eternal future, it would cause him (Lucifer) to be filled with pride. Yet God obviously at some point in the past had a great love for his creation, but whatever love he had toward his most elegant and wonderful creation (Lucifer) it ended with great prejudice. Not only did God fully hate Satan (Lucifer) he forever banished him from his presence, creating a place for Satan and those angelic beings who took his side and rebelled against God in a place called hell.

Who is Satan?

Let’s first understand who Satan is not. Satan is not an evil principle, an error of the mortal mind, a disease germ, an abstract power, or a being with a hoof a tail and Persian shoes holding a pitch fork while presiding over a lake of fire and the realm of the dead. Satan is none of those things. Satan is however real and his power is equally real, not to mention his fortitude to destroy God’s creation – man.

Now that we know what he isn’t, let’s find out who he is:

Satan is a real person (1 Chr.21:1, Job 1:6-12)

He is the God of this world (2 Cor.4:4)

He has a kingdom (Mark 3:22-26)

His subjects are fallen angels, fallen men, and demons of various kinds (Mt. 25:41, Rev. 12:7-12, Jn. 8:44, 1 Jn. 3:8-10, Jas. 2:19)

Satan was the first ruler of the earth (Isa, 14:12-14, Jer. 4:23-26, Ezek. 28:11-17, Lk. 10:18, 2 Peter 3:4-8).

From the moment that Lucifer rebelled, he took upon the character and trait of his rebellious name, for “Lucifer” was God’s name for him, but due to his fall, he was referred to as Satan, or “the dragon” as the word describes him. It was at that point Satan became the enemy of mankind and the destroyer of all that is good and holy.

Satan’s character:

He is the Father of lies (Jn. 8:44)

A murderer (Jn. 8:44)

A sower of discord (Mt. 13:39)

The first sinner, the first rebel, and the first to consecrate himself to self-gratification and to wage war against all humanity (Isa. 14:12-14).

He is cunning (2 Cor. 2:11;11:14; Eph. 6:11-12).

He is wicked (Mt. 13:18).

He is cowardly (Jas. 4:7).

He is the tempter (Mt. 4:1-11).

He is the thief (Jn. 10:10).

Everything Satan does God allows or permits. Many times I have wondered, why does God allow evil, even Satan himself to torment us or even mankind altogether? We often times forget that at one point God repented of himself to even make man, for man had become so vile, so wicked that his heart turned against God to such a degree God literally destroyed all of humanity, save 8 souls. Even before Adam was created, God destroyed an entire civilization due to their rebellion in a universal flood. So why has God chosen not to destroy us now? The reason is because of Christ. Such a love for us that Christ was willing to pay the price for man’s sin – on the cross. (John 3:16,Romans 5:8).

For whatever great, eternal plan or purpose that none of us can or could understand, God seems to be inclined to allow such evil on this earth. We know that Job described the scene in such a way that it was Satan himself, being permitted to come before the throne of God, that Satan and God struck a deal, that deal being God would allow Satan latitude to work within God’s design and prescribed order. Yet Satan is limited in his ability to come against the child of God, but what we know and see throughout the word that every action, deed or maneuver Satan does against the believer is presented to God for his approval (read the book of Job).

So what is the purpose of Satan being allowed to hinder us?

I believe it’s to develop our character spiritually as well as faith. It seems that every time I attempt to do a work God has called me to do, Satan immediately responds by attacking that plan God has ordered. Many times God would speak to me, revealing to my mind that he would sometimes reveal his plan to Satan, for what purpose I cannot fully tell, but God has done so a time or two. It’s also to keep us (the believer) humble (2 Cor. 12:7). To demonstrate the power of God over the power of Satan (Mk. 16:17-20;1 Cor. 5:1-6). To purge men from falling into eternal future through all possibilities thru Jesus Christ his son (Rev. 21).

We simply do not understand the eternal things of God, we can’t, nor is it possible. Yet we know that while God’s ways or not our ways, his thoughts are not our thoughts, we can be assured that anything Satan brings against us, God has a plan to accomplish thru us. That is how it all works in the celestial realm, a game of chess (if you will) between God and Satan.Yet we know the future of this evil being, this liar and murderer, and all those who follow him (Revelation 20:1-3).

It’s not completely sure how the human mind can comprehend such things as a being such as Lucifer falling into sin and rebellion, nor why God permitted it to begin with. Nor why Lucifer desired to be like God in the first place other than his heart began to be filled with pride. God in all his righteousness could have not only destroyed Lucifer, as well as the others who rebelled with him, God could have wiped the slate clean as he did previously in the first pre-adamite world. Yet God, in his infinite wisdom, chose to allow Lucifer to rebel, to sin against all of heaven and thus change the universe from its perfect state to one of corruption, which in turn would bring about the temptation of man in the garden, which, in the end would bring about the final end – the cross.

So while I do not understand everything that happens to me, or to those around me, I do understand that long before this world was formed, God had a purpose and plan for all things, even though my small mind will never grasp it until I put on immortality, nor will I fully understand why bad things happen to good people, what I do know is that I have a source of refuge and that is in Christ. It’s not easy being in the middle of a battle of good versus evil, but as long as there is the cross, that battle carries little burden, for the yoke has been remedied by the cross.

Christopher

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