The Devil

WE BELIEVE in the personality of the devil who, by his influence, brought about the downfall of man, and now seeks to destroy the faith of every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ – Gen 3:1-15; Matt 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8; John 13:2.

Introduction

Apart from the Godhead, no other personality is given as much coverage in the Bible as the devil. Whereas it is important not to give the devil undue prominence, the Scriptures also tell us not to be “ignorant of his devices” (2 Cor 2:11).

1. His personality.

The Bible speaks of the devil as a personality not a mere evil influence. He is described as having a will (Is 14:13-14), having knowledge (Job 1:9-10), performing acts (Job 2:7), having reason (Job 1:9-11), desiring worship (Matt 4:2).

2. His origin.

God created Lucifer, which means “the morning star”. Lucifer, out of his own free will became satan, which means “opponent, arch enemy, adversary”. Ez 28:12-19 gives us a picture of the devil’s existence before his fall. Is 14:12-17 describes his fall which can be summarised as pride and selfishness. In 1 Tim 3:6 Paul describes satan’s fall as “being lifted up with pride”.

3. The names of the devil.

1. Lucifer Is 14:12 – Morning star

2. Satan Job 1:6 Opponent, arch enemy, adversary

3. Devil Matt 4:5 Accuser, slanderer

4. Serpent Rev 12:9

5. Dragon Rev 12:9

6. Beelzebub Matt 12:24 Dung god, lord of the flies

7. Belial 2 Cor 6:15 Worthless, destruction, wickedness

8. Tempter Matt 4:3

9. Wicked one Matt 13:19

10. Evil one Jas 4:11

11. Prince of this world Jn 12:31

12.Prince of the power of the air Eph 2:2

13. God of this world 2 Cor 4:4

14. The accuser Rev 12:10

15. Angel of light 2 Cor 11:14

16. Murderer Jn 8:44

17. Father of lies Jn 1:44

18. Roaring lion 1 Pet 5:8

19. Abaddon/Apollyon Rev 9:11 Destroyer

His names reveal his nature. The Christian must always be on guard against the enemy and never give him a foothold to destroy what God has done in our lives.

1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

The devil’s defeat.

1. He was removed from his exalted position, (Is 14:12-14).
2. He was cursed in the Garden of Eden, (Gen 3:14-15).
3. He was thwarted by Christ in the wilderness, (Matt 4:3-10).
4. He was defeated on the cross by Jesus, (Rom 16:20).

The devil’s destiny.

1. He will be confined to the Bottomless Pit for 1000 years,
(Revelation 20:1-3).
2. He will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity, (Rev 20:10).

Conclusion

1. The devil has great power but only God is omnipotent.
2. The devil has a lot of knowledge but only God is omniscient.
3. The devil has a huge network of demons but he is limited to where he can be at one time, only God is omnipresent.
4. The devil’s power is still subject to the will of God, (Is 1:10; Job 2:4-6; Luke 22:31; 2 Cor 12:7-9).
5. We need to resist the devil, (James 4:7).
6. We need to remember that Jesus is interceding on our behalf, (Heb 7:25; Luke 22:31,32).
7. We need to be vigilant, aware of the devil’s plans, (1 Peter 5:8).
8. We need to deny the devil any foothold in our lives, (Eph 4:27).
9. We need to understand that God has given us everything we need to stand in the spiritual warfare against the schemes of the devil, (Eph 6:10-18).
10. When the enemy comes to us as “the accuser of the brethren” reminding us of our past, then we need to stand up in God’s authority and remind him of his future.

Finally, we don’t have to be afraid of him, he needs to be afraid of us. We are part of God’s victorious army, the devil is the leader of the losing force. At the end of it all, we win and he loses. Now that is the perspective we need to keep.

Teaching Copyright (C) 1999 John Iuliano (M.A. Min). All rights reserved. Published here with permission.

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  1. stevehenry says:

    greetings in jesue name.during the dark ages,and even today,the doctrine of purgatory opened the way for anyone who did not take the time in this life to secure his eternal salvation,to try again in the next.this doctrine of catholicism is beening revived in a new form today.we can be saved entirely by works,those who reject christs gift of salvation in this life are also given another chance in purgatory.threw a certain sum of money,mass said by the priest,the poor soul goes on to heaven.there is a story told about poor,george.who went to purgatory,his wife was a poor lady , had several masses said for poor george.when all her money was gone she asked the priest how far poor george was out of,purgatory.the priest said george is out of purgatory to his ankles,his wife said if george is as smart now as when he was on earth,hes going to have to jump the rest of the ways.i no its only a story,but the doctrine of purgatory,and the doctrine of the trinity come from the same church.my dear friends many false preachers are gone out into this world,doing the work of satan.perverting the gospel of christ,and changing the word of god into a lie.billy graham said himself,there are other ways to heaven,besides the lord jesus christ.joel osteen said the same thing on larry king live.these men are preachers of the gospel,blind leading the blind.2 john 9-10 whosoever transgresseth.and abideth not in the doctrine of christ,hath not god.he that abideth in the doctrine of christ,he hath both the father and the son.if there come any unto you,and bring not this doctrine,receive him not into you house,neither bid him god speed.you get no second change when you die.if you die out side of christ,you will burn in the firery brimstone pits of the damned,forever.come to jesus accept him as in acts 2:38,you will be saved.god bless stevehenry

  2. tmattson says:

    Seriously who is the bright and morning star?

    KJV: Rev22:16-I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches, I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

    KJV: Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

    KJV: Job 38:6,7 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7) When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

    I hope it is clear to you through the KJV that Christ is the bright and morning star and Lucifer is the son of the morning. They are not to be confused. This is not the case with the NIV

    NIV: Rev22:16 “I Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

    NIV: Isaiah 14:12 How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!

    NIV: Job 38:6,7 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone 7) while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

    In all modern versions of the bible the name of Lucifer is never mentioned -exception is the NKJV and the paraphrase Living Bible. Why? If you pursue this question and begin to compare all bibles to the KJV you will see that the “scribes” of today are promoting the enemies gross error. No doubt some in ignorance and others -woe to them. Just do a google search on verse omissions of the NIV. And also note the types of omissions -majority have to do with vital doctrine.

    If you love the truth and want to continue to grow in it. Stand apart from modern versions and go back to the KJV. I had been brought up on the NIV and decided to look into the KJV and found many changes and flat out contradictions when I compared the two. In my NIV bible Matthew 17:21 doesn’t even exist and their is no explanation of it. It reads from verse 20 and then skips to 22. This is not the only place it does this. Verse 21 is vital knowledge to casting out of certain demons which come out only by prayer and fasting. The only reason we know about Lucifer and prayer and fasting is because it was presented to us in the KJV first.

    Unfortunately because our minds do not like gaps we fill in the blanks subconsciously when we read the other versions. But what about the future generations that will only have been brought up on the newer versions. Having not grown up with exposure to the KJV they will not be filling in those gaps. Folks get serious- Warning flags all around. Our modern today bibles are not the whole truth. We should desire nothing but truth. Would you eat a pan of brownies if you knew there was a little bit of poison in it? I would hope not. Check it out for yourself like a good Berean. Seek the truth!

    I guarantee you wont be popular with people nor pastors, friends or relatives but neither was Jesus. Truth is not popular in the world. Which may be a sure sign that it is the truth.

    Doesn’t it make sense that the enemy who failed in trying to burn and destroy all bibles in history would possibly try to corrupt it in some way- given the opportunity? Didn’t he twist God’s word in the garden? I guarantee he has not quit and he has been doing it ever since. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth. God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. I pray you will see the seriousness of the situation and pray you will embrace the true word of God as presented in our English translation the KJV bible.You will suffer persecution for upholding the KJV. I am not talking about the NKJV -only the KJV. The NKJV falls in line with the other modern versions- just check it out and see. God has made it easy for us with the use of internet. Please check it out. Your growth is at stake. Surely corrupting the word is a devise of the enemy.

    • stevehenry says:

      greetings in jesus name.i just read your, morning star.i give you a pat on the back for telling the truth,i use nothing only but the authorized king james version.i was at a bible study not that long ago,i used the kjv,a preacher of the gospel was there,he told me he did not like the kjv of the bible,to me its the only version of the bible.to bad for him i say.my dear friend truth decay is all around us.for centuries,the bible was a threat to the church.religious leaders attacked,perverted,and tried to destroy the word of god.it is still being done,today.”but nobody has ever tried to tell me not to read the bible,”you may say.history tells of centuries when the bible was a forbidden book,and people risked their lives to read it.people were hunted down,and slaughtered by the thousands,all because they persisted in reading the bible.the bible was hidden in monasteries and convents,out of the reach of the common people.the bible was written in archaic so the average person could not read it.the reformation brought the bible out of the monasteries and into the hands of the people.there is no laws prohibiting the bible today,but the pressure is still on!not directly,as it was during the dark ages,but in such a clever scheme,that millions are sucked in every year.its taking place right out in the open.preachers and christains alike are being pushed into the arms of the antichrist,with out knowing it.books,are been written in which the odor of deception cling to every page.you find it in modern versions of the bible,pamphlets,magazines,sermons,songs,poems paintings,bumper-stickers and movies.christains are being taught to reject the teachings of christ.its being done right out in the open,in such a subtle manner that very few are aware of whats happening.i preach the old paths,the apostles doctrine and i tell you it not a popular gospel.satan do not like old fashion holy ghost preaching,backed up with the word of god.telling sinners they have to repent,and be baptized in jesus name for the remission of sins,and ye shall receive the gift of the holy ghost.acts 2:38.god bless,yours in christ jesus stevehenry.

  3. KAHENRYIRA says:

    sometimes people have failed not they are failures but for they did not know what they were dealing with. in the same way, spiritualy if we are not aware of who the devil is and what his weapons are then victory will be far from us while we claim that we are victors. remeber hosea 4:7- if you are not aware of some other isues abou the devil indeed we/ i /you will perish. let us be hungry for knowledge and new ideas. thanks !

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