The First Sunday of Lent: Jesus is tempted in the desert // Faith at Marquette // Marquette University
As one Bible scholar pointed out, if Jesus had not revealed this event to some of his disciples, it would not have been included in the stories of his life and work. He is depicted as being susceptible to the deceptions of Satan. In the aftermath of his baptism, why would Jesus go into the desert for a forty-day retreat? For the same reason, individuals go on retreat: to reflect on who they are, where they are heading, and how they will get there in the best possible way. The blurring of one’s perspective on life occurs as a result of all the noise and bustle of everyday existence.
At that point, Jesus was brought into the desert by the Holy Spirit, where he was tempted by the devil. He had fasted for forty days and forty nights and had become hungry as a result. “If you are the Son of God, order that these stones be transformed into loaves of bread,” the tempter said as he approached him and added. “It is written: ‘One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,'” he remarked in response. He was then taken to the sacred city, where the devil forced him to stand on the parapet of the temple and demanded that he throw himself down since he was the Son of God.
“Again, it is stated, you shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test,” Jesus said.
It is written: “You shall worship the Lord, your God, and you shall serve him alone,” says the Bible.
Reflection from the Preface of the Mass:
Because of his forty-day fast, this is considered a holy season of self-denial. Choosing to reject Satan’s temptations has taught us to cleanse ourselves of the hidden corruption of evil, and in doing so to eat his paschal feast with purity of heart until we reach the fulfillment of the meal’s completion in the promised land of heaven.
Suggestions for Reflection
- Jesus was tested in the same way that we are. Temptations are not inherently harmful
- Rather, it is how we respond to them that determines whether we turn to God or away from God. Were we tempted by temptations as a means of turning to God rather than relying on our own resources? Is there a difference between the ways Jesus was tempted and the ways we are tempted, or is there a similarity? Satan is inviting Jesus to deny his status as the Son of God, which is hidden under the surface of the various temptations he faces. Temptations, aren’t they, an encouragement to abandon the sort of person we want to be and instead turn to harmful means of satisfying ourselves? By refusing to give in to the temptations, Jesus opted to rely on his Father to fulfill his deepest hunger, to relate to people in a normal way, and to not place his trust in his reputation, power, or wealth to provide for him. How can we sate our most insatiable cravings? Do we rely on our position of prominence and power to make ourselves acceptable to others
- And Are we going to utilize the forty days of Lent as a time of retreat, setting aside time for extra introspection and prayer
What Did Jesus Teach about the Devil and Demons?
Part of the What Did Jesus Teach? series, this essay explores the teachings of Jesus.
Be Aware of Evil
One of the most prevalent ways in which Jesus was called was as “teacher,” and this was exactly how he was treated. 1 Even during the dialogue in the Upper Room, in John 13:13, Jesus approved the title “teacher” as a self-designation, saying, “You call me Teacherand Lord, and you are right, because thus I am.” Throughout Jesus’ public career (beginning with Mark 1:14–15), the concept of the kingdom of God was the central focus of his teaching. When he was teaching about the kingdom, he instilled in his students an awareness of wickedness.
It is necessary to identify the adversary.
Jesus mentions an adversary who sows weeds among the wheat in the parable of the weeds in Matthew 13:24–30, and in his explanation of the story in verses 36–43, Jesus refers to the adversary as “the wicked one,” or “the devil” (particularly in Matt. 13:38–39).
Against the Darkness
With the help of Scripture, this book delves into the doctrine of angels and demons, answering fundamental questions about their nature and the implications of this doctrine for Christian beliefs and behavior. In Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the goats, we learn that the eternal fire (to pur to ainio) is reserved for the devil, his angels, and their demons (Matt. 25:41). But Jesus could teach more straightforwardly than via parable. According to N. T. Wright, Jesus had Satan in mind when he cautioned the twelve in Matthew 10:28, “And do not fear those who murder the body but cannot kill the soul.
- Although Jesus refers to Beelzebul and his minions in Matthew 10:25, he also instructs his disciples in verse 26 not to fear them.
- 3 On one occasion Jesus described a group of the Pharisees and teachers of the law as “a wicked and adulterous generation” (Matt.
- 12:39 NIV).
- He spoke of a man out of whom a spirit came.
- He compared the situation to that of a house that had been left empty only to be further occupied by worse inhabitants (Matt.
- 4What we really believe shows in our prayer life.
Pray for Protection
The teaching of Jesus also teaches individuals that they are the targets of Satanic mischief. As an example, consider the words of Peter in Luke 22:31–32: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has asked to have you, in order to sift you like wheat; nonetheless, I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.” And when you have turned around again, give your brothers strength.” 5 The adage islex orandi lex credendi, which means “lex orandi, lex credendi.” As a result of this, the law of prayer is equivalent to the law of believing.
What we truly believe manifests itself in our prayer life.
In the Lord’s Prayer (Matt.
As he prayed for the preservation of Peter’s faith in Luke 22:31–32, Jesus put into reality what he had proclaimed.
He also prayed specifically for his disciples (John 17:15), saying, “I do not beg that you remove them out of the world; rather, I pray that you guard them from being tempted by the wicked one.” Jesus saw that his disciples required supernatural protection, and as the great high priest, he will always be there to intercede on their behalf (Heb.
Final Defeat Awaits
There were a variety of motivations for Christ’s birth on the earth. One of the most important was to battle the demon. As we’ve seen, defeating the devil required both Christ’s active obedience (his life) and his passive obedience (his death and resurrection) (his death). The life he led and the death he died are the keys to our salvation on the one hand, and the keys to the defeat of the darkness on the other hand, and they are the keys to our salvation. Jesus carried out the Father’s instructions.
- Unlike his two older brothers, this boy stayed obedient throughout the whole process.
- Moreover, he launched an onslaught against the devil’s darkness, executing exorcisms with the command of the word “Go.” He also educated his listeners about the devil and the demon’s methods of operation.
- When the light of the world shone upon Jesus, the darkness rose up in opposition to him.
- According to Paul’s teaching to the Romans in Romans 8:1, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, nor is there any separation from Christ’s love (Rom.
- No justification can be found in Scripture for wicked defamation against God’s elect (Rom.
- The death of Christ, as a substitutionary atonement, dealt with this as well.
In both Romans and Colossians, Paul makes this point quite apparent. The final defeat of the devil and his demons, on the other hand, is yet ahead. The Christian lives in the space between the crucifixion and the return of the victorious Christ. Notes:
- The Gospel of John mentions this style of address more than once, and in different contexts. “Rabbi” (rabbi) appears in John 1:38, 49, 3:2, and 6:25, whereas “teacher” appears in John 3:2. (didaskalos). Throughout Jesus’ Passion Week, the title “Teacher” was frequently employed in Matthew’s narrative of his life. Jesus was addressed as “teacher” (didaskale) by the Pharisees and Herodians in Matthew 22:16, and he was called as such by the Sadducees in Matthew 22:24, and again by a Pharisee scribe in Matthew 22:36. NT Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God, 454–455
- For a similar viewpoint, see R. T. France, Matthew,TNTC(Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008), 189
- N. T. Wright,Jesus and the Victory of God, 456, contends that the house on display is the temple. Revolutionary actions such as the Maccabean uprising purified the home (the temple) for a time, but it turned out to be only one of many similar attempts throughout history. It’s a curious proposal, but it’s not all that compelling in the end
- It’s noteworthy to note that Satan has to beg God for permission to sift Peter like wheat, which is a remarkable observation in itself. Satan’s authority has been severely curtailed. As a matter of fact, Jesus’ remarks imply that God is the subject of a demand from Satan as well as a prayer request from Jesus.
According to Graham A. Cole’s book Against the Darkness: The Doctrine of Angels, Satan, and Demons, this article has been altered. Professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Graham A. Cole holds a ThD from the Australian College of Theology and is now serving as emeritus dean. He is an ordained Anglican pastor who has served in two parishes and was once the principal of Ridley College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Graham and his wife, Jules, currently reside in Australia.
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What Does the Devil Want?
According to the Scriptures, the devil has devised a scheme to harm mankind. He’s up to something, believe it or not. He is an extremely active person. He is tenacious in his pursuit of his goals. He is quite attentive, and he makes investments in both the now and the future. He has assembled a group of people who are united in their opposition against the Lord and those who love Jesus. Because of the state in which the world is currently finding itself, I am confident that any remaining doubts about the existence of the devil will be removed.
- Permission is granted for me to discuss a few of the things that he is interested in accomplishing in your life.
- As long as you aren’t focused on God first, it doesn’t matter what he has you diverted from or distracted from.
- He doesn’t mind excellent things as long as they aren’t as good as the ones on which you should be concentrating your efforts.
- The political season, the news cycle, an endless supply of streaming entertainment, children’s sports, and the pursuit of a degree are all factors to consider.
- The devil’s goal is to divert your attention away from your Lord.
- Not only does he want to see families destroyed, but he also wants to prevent them from ever starting.
- He believes that children should be terminated before they are born.
However, if the devil is unable to prevent us from marrying and having children, he intends to ruin our marriages and seize control of our children’s brains and hearts.
He will insert perversions into your children’s entertainment that you believe aren’t quite severe enough to warrant taking it away, but he will begin to bend their hearts and minds away from the Lord while they are watching.
Nothing is more powerful than a hypocrite in the eyes of the public.
You have produced a tremendous weapon for the devil’s plot if he is able to convince you to be confident enough in your religion to profess it but weak enough in your faith to refuse to follow it.
Fear is one of the devil’s favorite things.
Put on the news for 5 minutes and you’ll be persuaded that the world is coming to an end, and you wouldn’t be far off the mark.
We wish to alleviate the discomfort.
And when you put your attention on fear, he has the upper hand.
He is a glutton for punishment.
He felt that simply being a mighty angel in the presence of the Lord was insufficient.
He would stop at nothing to steal and destroy everything that is good in the world.
So, what are our options?
If you resist the devil, he will depart from your presence.” We must surrender while also resisting.
Attempting to manage our own lives, make our own decisions, and create our own stories is no longer an option.
He will, without a doubt, do a better job than you.
We’ve been attempting to reach a settlement with him for far too long, hoping that he would simply leave us alone.
His insatiable need will never be filled, and you will never be able to placate him by giving in. As you resist the devil in the might and strength of the Lord, with the armor of God (Eph. 6) and in continual prayer, you will triumph over him (1 Thess. 5:17.)
The Devil, often known asSatan, is best known as the personification of evil and the nemesis of all decent people worldwide. He is the antithesis of all that is good. His image and tale have developed over time, and the Devil has been known by many different names in different civilizations, including Beelzebub, Lucifer, Satan, and Mephistopheles, to name a few. He has also been shown in numerous bodily forms, such with horns and hooved hooves, among others. People from all walks of life continue to be terrified by this malicious being—and his legion of demons—because they see him as the opposite of all that is good.
The Devil in the Bible
In spite of the fact that the Devil appears in many forms in many faiths and can be related to some legendary gods, he is perhaps most recognized for his role in Christian tradition. In current biblical translations, the Devil is identified as God’s opponent and the antagonist of God’s people. Most people believe that the Devil originally appeared in the Bible in the book of Genesis as a snake who persuaded Eve — and then Adam — to eat forbidden fruit from the “tree of knowledge” in the Garden of Eden.
According to legend, once Eve fell prey to the Devil’s devious schemes, she and Adam were expelled from the Garden of Eden and sentenced to die as a result of their actions.
A common source of support for this belief is the Bible’s Book of Isaiah, which states, “How hast thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer the son of the morning?
Some biblical scholars, on the other hand, contend that Lucifer is not a proper name, but rather a descriptive word that means “morning star” in Hebrew. The name Lucifer, on the other hand, has remained, and the Devil is frequently referred to as such. Although the Devil is known by many many names, the most common are Lucifer and the Prince of Darkness. He may also be referred to as Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, Lord of the Flies, the Antichrist, Father of Lies, Moloch, or simply Satan. Another Biblical text from the book of Ezekiel that Christians hold to as evidence of the Devil’s existence may be found in the book of Ezekiel.
As a consequence, some Bible interpreters think the King of Tyre was a personification of the devil rather than a historical figure.
People were cautioned by Jesus and several of his apostles to be on the lookout for the Devil’s crafty enticements that would lead them to their doom. And it was the Devil who enticed Jesus to “fall down and worship him” in the desert in return for riches and glory, which he ultimately refused.
The Devil in Other Religions
The majority of other religions and civilizations teach that there is an evil creature who roams the planet spreading havoc and fighting against the forces of justice. In Islam, the devil is referred to as Shaytan, and he is believed to have rebelled against God in the same way that the Devil does in Christianity. As opposed to a literal creature, Satan is a verb in Judaism, and it typically alludes to a struggle or temptation that must be conquered. Maara is the demon that, according to Buddhist tradition, enticed Buddha away from his road to enlightenment.
The Devil is nearly invariably associated with dread, retribution, negativity, and immorality in the minds of individuals of practically any religion or even in the minds of those who do not follow a religion.
The Devil and Hell
Hell, which the Bible describes as a region of eternal fire reserved for the Devil and his angels, is perhaps the most enduring picture of the Devil. Nonetheless, the Bible does not claim that the Devil will rule over hell, only that he will be expelled from there at some point. The poem “The Divine Comedy,” written by Dante Alighieri and published in the early fourteenth century, is said to have influenced the notion that the Devil is in charge of hell. When God flung the Devil and his demons out of Heaven with such force that they dug a large hole in the middle of the earth, he was said to have brought about the creation of hell.
What Does The Devil Look Like?
Dante’s poem depicted the Devil as a hideous, winged monster with three faces, each of which was chewing on a deceitful sinner, and whose wings blasted icy cold winds across Hell’s dominion. Dante’s poem is available online. The Devil is not described in great depth in the Bible. Initially, early creative renditions of The Divine Comedy, which featured terrifying pictures of the Devil and his demons inflicting nearly unthinkable human pain, only served to strengthen people’s preconceived notions about Hell and the Devil.
The Devil and Witches
At least a portion of the witchcraft frenzy that gripped Europe and New England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries may be attributed to a fear of the Devil. Numerous persons were accused of committing witchcraft and making agreements with the devil by both Protestants and Catholics at the same time. Those who lived in the early colonies of New England, known as Puritans, were terrified of the Devil. They thought he bestowed magical abilities to witches who remained devoted to him.
As a result of the Puritans’ rigorous lifestyle, their distrust of foreigners, and their apprehension of so-called “Devil’s power,” they were able to charge at least 200 persons of witchcraft between 1692 and 1693, with twenty of those convicted being hanged.
The Devil in Modern Times
Religious translations are frequently fraught with controversy. When it comes to early manuscripts, there is almost always some disagreement on how to interpret them, and passages about the Devil are no exception. Despite this, the Devil’s reputation as a nefarious character has remained mostly unchanged throughout history. Most Christians still think that Jesus has actually reshaped the world and is to blame for much of the corruption and instability that exists in the world. Not all religions, on the other hand, are opposed to the Devil.
Another sort of Satanist, known as theistic Satanists, considers the Devil to be a divinity, and hence worships him as such.
ADVANCED READING:Satanism There is no shortage of films starring the Devil that are produced in Hollywood.
Similarly, after Mia Farrow’s character in the horror film Rosemary’s Baby gave birth to Satan’s child, expecting moms who viewed the film expressed regret for having done so.
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- Is the name “Lucifer” in Isaiah 14:12 a reference to the Devil?
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What the Bible Says About the Devil
In actuality, Satan is more than a “symbol” or a “legend.” He is a living being. He comes out as a very genuine individual. It is our responsibility as Christians to be aware of his schemes and sensitive to his deception. Here’s a quick rundown of the biblical teaching on the issue at question. The book of Genesis contains the Bible’s earliest mention of mankind’s supernatural adversary, who appears in verse 3. In that chapter, a tempter disguised as a “serpent” arrives in the Garden of Eden, tempting Adam and Eve to sin (Hebrewnachash).
As early as Job 1:6ff., a character arises who is referred as not just assatan, which is Hebrew for “an enemy,” but ashassatan, which is Hebrew for “The Adversary.” As the apostle John mentions, “the accuser of the brothers,” this is consistent with his description of the devil (Revelation 12:10).
- It’s difficult not to draw comparisons between this opponent and the deceiving snake (nachash) of Genesis 3.
- (Ephesians 2:2).
- The apostle Peter applies this teaching to the everyday experiences of believers in a straightforward manner.
- “Therefore, submit yourselves to God,” James says.
- The result is that Satan, despite his immense strength, has not been granted total reign over the globe.
- At the end of the day, Scripture teaches us that Satan’s destiny has been sealed and his defeat has been ensured.
- Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions regarding this, or if you’d just want to explore these concepts in further depth.
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Matthew 4:10 – Wikipedia
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Matthew 4:10 is the tenth verse of the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, which is included in the Book of Matthew in the Bible. Satan had attempted to seduce Jesus on two previous occasions. As a result, the devil has taken Jesus to the summit of a massive mountain and has promised him sovereignty of the entire globe in exchange for his submission to him. This temptation is rejected by Jesus in this passage.
It is recorded in theKing James Version of the Bible that Jesus said to Satan, “Get thee away from me, Satan,” since it is written, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” The text is translated as follows in the English Standard Version: “Then Jesus replied to him, “Be gone, Satan! Because it says in the Bible, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and him alone shall you serve.” According to the Greek text of theNovum Testamentum, the verses are: , and the verses are: V an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an an a SeeBibleHub for a selection of alternative translations.
The devil is referred to asSatan (cf. Matthew 12:26; Matthew 16:33), which is the same term asBeelzebul, in contrast toMatthew 4:1, when “the devil” is specifically mentioned (Matthew 10:25; 12:24, 27). Throughout the book of Matthew, the devil and his evil minions are consistently defeated (cf.Matthew 4:23; 8:16, 28; 9:32; 12:22; 15:22; 17:18; 23:39). Jesus responds to the temptation by quoting scripture once more, this time from Deuteronomy 6:13, which is the verse about the Israelites’ rejection of idolatry at the hands of the Egyptians.
- Psalm 119:11).
- Pseudo-Chrysostom: This is the point at which He declares an end to the Devil’s temptations, and that they are not to be pursued any more.
- It is stated to Peter, “Get thee behind me, Satan,” which translates as “Follow thou behind Me, those who are against My will.” But here it is: “Go, Satan,” with no further words such as “behind Me,” so that we may comprehend that we are entering the fire prepared for thee and thine angels.
- In the words of Pseudo-Chrysostom: Observe how Christ, when He was wronged by the Devil and was tempted by him, saying, If thou be the Son of God, throw yourself down, was not prompted to rebuke the Devil.
- For example, when Satan declares to Jesus, “If you would fall down and worship me,” he is met with the counter-declaration that it is more appropriate for him to adore Jesus as his Lord and God.
- 29.) The Holy Trinity is the one and only Lord our God, and it is to them alone that we owe the duty of piety.
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David Talley is a professor of Old Testament at the Talbot School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Specifically, Talley loves researching Old Testament theological topics as well as concerns related to local church work and modern theological issues. While developing a perspective on Godly life in a challenging environment, his dissertation topic on the judgment of suffering in Genesis 3 continues to be a focus of his research. She is enthusiastic about studying and teaching the principles of God’s Word, discipling and equipping others, and “passing on the faith” to the next generation.
After completing a survey book on the Old Testament in 2013, he began work on a book that would combine information from biblical text with change of the heart.
10 Truths About a Liar: A Biblical Theology of Satan
first appeared in theMidwestern Magazine, Volume 38, Number 3. Is Satan a con artist who can deceive people? Is it possible that he is whispering temptations in our ear? Is Satan’s authority, power, and relationship with unbelievers the same as or different from Satan’s authority, power, and relationship with Christians? All of these are legitimate and, to be honest, a little unsettling questions. I am not emotionally unaffected by the countless marriages and ministries that Satan has eaten in my immediate vicinity, and I am not alone in this.
- It is critical for you and me to be able to correctly recognize and assess Satan.
- Colossians 2:15 will serve as our starting point for determining the identity and activities of Satan.
- To get a comprehensive image of Satan, one must consider the entire canon of literature.
- Following the establishment of a sound biblical-theological framework, we shall be in a position to establish a few unambiguous truths, which are referred to as dogmatics.
- (CSB) 14With the nails of his crucifixion, he has removed the certificate of debt, along with its duties, that was against us and opposed to us, and nailed it to the cross to be destroyed.
- Due of space constraints, our exegetical motion does not seek to exhaust the subject matter.
- These are as follows: First and foremost, what does it mean that Jesus “disarmed” Satan and his rebellious angels on the cross?
Satan’s means of accusation was plucked from Satan’s forked tongue by the cross of Jesus.
The sinner’s record is then expunged as a result of his repentance.
At least that is what we can deduce from Colossians.
The terminology employed is that of a procession.
Satan has been left helpless, and as a result, he has turned into something of a cosmic joke.
Third, how does God “come out on top” of the opposition?
Satan does not appear to be operating alone; rather, he appears to be backed by an organized, mobilized rebel army, and maybe even a hierarchy.
Three days after his death, Jesus threw the hinges off the door of the enclosed tomb outside Jerusalem, causing it to slam shut behind him.
He had no idea what was about to happen.
In that point, Jesus demonstrated His Father’s delight with His work.
I had been anticipating this story twist for centuries, and when it came, it was just stunning!
So, from where did Satan originate?
When did his entourage begin to revolt?
Our quick interrogatory examination of Colossians 2:14-15 generates almost as many questions as it does answers, which is a good thing.
PROVIDE A BIBLICAL-THEOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK (MOTION 2) At Calvary, Jesus died, and Satan was granted an assumed victory over the human race.
In his vanity, Satan believed he had defeated the Son of God, and he was at the zenith of his power.
We could see the curtains coming down on our little little narrative from Bethlehem when Jesus was crucified at Golgotha.
At that time, as Jesus’s shattered body hung motionless on the cross, Satan’s army was undoubtedly joyous, riotous, and drunk with their imagined power, yet they could not have been more beaten.
In contrast to other creatures, Satan is the most clever and calculated creature in all of creation, and he has taken on an opposing role against the LORD and His people at some point in time (Genesis 3:1; 1 John 3:11-12, “evil one”).
It is never explicitly stated when the incident occurred or when his own rebellion (and motive) began, nor is a specific account of that occurrence provided.
The New Testament must be taken seriously in the context of an honor-bound and careful narrative interpretation of Scripture.
Despite the fact that both Jude 6 and 2 Peter 2:4 give insight on the genesis of Satan’s messengers’ disobedience (Genesis 6:1-4), neither verse provides any indication of the motivation or time period for Satan’s personal rebellion.
This is where Satan’s Achilles’ heel is located: hubris.
It’s a typical example of bait and switch.
He does not possess omniscience.
Satan is so intelligent that he appears to be foolish.
THE THIRD MOTION: Construct CONCLUSIONS–TEN TRUTHS ABOUT A LIARAfter going through the necessary exegetical and biblical-theological processes, we now have a more solid basis upon which to establish a few implications that will assist us in discerning the person and activities of Satan: 1 Satan is neither omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, or everlasting, nor does he possess any of these attributes.
- When Satan was not present, things were different.
- Satan, like people, is a creation and a dependent reality (Col 1:16-17).
- He has a specific physical location in the cosmos.
- As seen in Matthew 4 and Job 1-2, he is unable to predict the future and his power is demonstrated to be restricted by God.
- In Matthew 4, Satan makes a valid offer to Jesus, offering him the kingdoms of the world.
- This offer is based on the texts of Deuteronomy 32 and Psalm 82, among other places.
- So in Matthew 28:18, Jesus claims that He has been granted complete control over all of creation.
There’s also the strange reference to the “prince of the land of Persia” in Daniel 10:13 and 20 that’s worth noting.
It is structured in a hierarchical manner.
The nature of spiritual combat differs from continent to continent and culture to culture, but the basic principles remain the same (North America, Asia, Africa, etc.).
3 Demons have the ability to modify materials, weather patterns, and bacterial life.
His aim is to afflict Job, and for the purposes of our manipulations, we observe that he is capable of exploits that humans are not.
In Revelation 2:10, Jesus declares that Satan is at the process of interfering with the judicial procedures in Smyrna by imprisoning a group of Christians who have been arrested.
Despite the fact that we are not informed how he exercises his influence, we may infer that he is the driving force behind these efforts.
According to 1 Timothy 3:7, he is attempting to trap elders.
His minions do in-depth research on individuals before attempting to seduce and pervert them in line with certain patterns of sin.
Everything from television to social media to fast food to biology to age and gender has been thrown into the mix.
His nature, according to John 8:44, is to deceive.
He is the first liar, and as a result, he is known as the “Father of Lies.” Every falsehood was and continues to be conceived in him.
As Colossians 2:15 teaches, Satan can accuse on this side of the cross, but he understands—and his rebel realm understands—that he has been reduced to absolute vulnerability by Christ’s sacrifice.
He has the ability to physically kill you (Jobs 1-2), but not eternally (Rom 8).
I interpret this to mean that Satan could have killed him, but God would not have allowed it to happen.
Despite the fact that Paul describes his thorn as “a messenger of Satan” in 2 Corinthians 12:7, the Lord graciously employs the thorn (against Paul’s will!) to bring about sanctification and spiritual strength in Paul’s ministry.
Satan is a piece in God’s game of chess, and the thorn refuses to budge against Paul’s will.
Neither Satan nor death, nor “angels nor rulers.
will be able to separate us from the love of God,” according to the Bible (Rm 8:38).
Satan is capable of, and almost certainly has, reading Matthew 25:41, which indicates that he shall be hurled into hell at some point.
Despite the fact that he knows his time is up, he rages against all “born of God” (1 Jn 3:9).
He accuses the brethren of being hypocritical (Rv 12:10).
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you,” the Bible states in James 4:7.
Don’t give in to him.
He is restricted in his abilities.
He’ll ultimately move on to easier prey to satisfy his hunger.
Rarely do scholars demolish the barriers that separate their different fields in order to bring exegesis, biblical theology, and dogmatics together in a single comprehensive approach.
As a result, the Christian is crushed over the misery of the unregenerate, suitably sobered, and bolstered by the fact that Jesus defeated Satan so decisively on the cross of Calvary.
What Jesus Said About Satan
He called him:”the enemy”, Matthew 13:39. “The wicked one”, Matthew 13:38 John 12:31 and 14:30 refer to Jesus as “the prince of this world.” John 8:44 describes Jesus as “a liar” and “the father of lies.” “A murderer,” according to John 8:44. He claimed to have “seen him fall from heaven,” according to Luke 10:18. That he has a “kingdom”, Matthew 12:26. That “evil men are his sons”, Matthew 13:38. That he “sowed tares among the wheat”, Matthew 13:38,39. He “snatches Word from hearers”, Matthew 13:19; Mark 4:15; Luke 8:12.
According to Luke 22:31, he “desired to have Peter.” That the has “angels”, Matthew 25:41.
The Bible represents Satan as:
Matthew 4:3 refers to “the tempter.” Matthew 12:24, Mark 3:22, and Luke 11:15 refer to Satan as “the ruler of devils.” Matthew 12:22-29 and Luke 11:14-23 discuss the “source of demonic possession.” That he implanted the treachery into Judas’ heart, according to John 13:2 and 27. In the sense that he perverts the Scriptures Matt. 4:4; Luke 4:10,11; That he is “the god of this world,” according to 1 Corinthians 4:4. His title, according to Ephesians 2:2, is “the prince of the power of the air.” That he “transforms himself into an angel of light,” according to 1 Corinthians 11:14.
12:9 and 20:3,8,10.
That he was the source of “Paul’s thorn in the flesh,” as recorded in 11 Corinthians 12:7.
Acts 5:3 says that he induced Ananias to lie.
False teachers are described as “a synagog of Satan” in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9.
Is the driving force behind the “Apostasy,” according to 11 Thes.
As though a roaring lion were on the prowl for Christians, 1 Peter 5:8 (New International Version) Is able to conquer through faith 1 Peter 5:9 (New International Version) Is wiley a good thing?
David was moved to commit sin.
21:1 (II Chronicles 21:1).
Joshua’s adversary, according to Zechariah 3:1-9.
1 John 3:8,10 says that evil men are his children.
Although Jesus did not explicitly say so, his terminology shows that he believed in the existence of a personal demon.
If Jesus was just conforming himself to popular mistake, then His words are no revelation of truth at all, since who can tell the difference between the true truth that He is attempting to teach and the wrong that He is speaking about as if it were truth in the first place?