Who is he? Some people do not believe in the existence of a personal devil, calling “him” a medieval invention designed to scare people into the church, or a disciplinary tactic used by fathers to scare their children into obedience. Others limit the devil’s existence to nothing more than a Halloween costume – a red flannel suit, complete with horns, cloven feet, and a long dragon's tail – standing in Hell, tormenting folk with his pitchfork. Both of these views of Satan are false!
Is there any evidence to believe that there is a devil – a personal, active being opposed to the plan of God? In this lesson we shall learn what the Bible teaches concerning Satan.
I. DOES SATAN EXIST?
A. Philosophical Evidence
1. There must be an adversary of God because absolute harmony does not exist in the world created by a powerful and perfect Creator. God would not create evil in this world.
2. In his book, The King of the Earth, Eric Sauer states, “The existence of sorrow and evil throughout the world proves the existence of a transcendental, real, dynamic, hostile power, not willed by God.” God would never create something perfect and then capriciously turn and destroy that which He has purposed in His wisdom. Continuing, Sauer says, “The fact is that the devil is a spiritual being . . . whose existence cannot in any way be assailed by philosophy nor natural science. Since it is just in our world and in the universe immediately surrounding us that we observe disharmony, death, destruction, even a purely speculative contemplation of nature focuses on the conclusion that this world and presumably the solar system connected with it, are the domain of this world-ruler and potentate.”
It’s obvious that there is a being existing who is fighting the purposes of God.
B. Biblical Evidence
1. Seven Old Testament books and nineteen New Testament books refer to the existence of Satan.
2. Jesus Christ acknowledges Satan.
a. Look up: Matthew 4:1-11
(1) Satan was real in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. List the three names or titles used of Satan in this passage.
D__ __ __ __
T__ __ __ __ __ __
S__ __ __ __
(2) How many times did Satan tempt the Lord?___________
(3) How did the Lord Jesus answer the devil?
“It is W__ __ __ __ __ __.”
(He used the Bible.)
b. Look up: John 16:11
Jesus called the devil the prince of this
W__ __ __ __ and stated that he would be J__ __ __ __ __.
3. Peter, James, and John acknowledge Satan.
a. In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter calls the devil “your
A__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __.”
b. In James 4:7, James instructs us to
“R__ __ __ __ __ the devil.”
c. In 1 John 3:8, John informs us that Jesus will “D__ __ __ __ __ __ the works of the devil.”
II. THE ORIGIN OF SATAN
Read Ezekiel 28:11-19. This prophecy is primarily spoken against the King of Tyre (probably Ethbaal 2). The first ten verses in the chapter were historically fulfilled by
Nebuchadnezzar's invasion and 13-year siege of
(598- 585 BC). Yet in this prophecy we see another personage – the one behind the wicked king of Tyre , Satan. (This is known as a “double prophecy” – it has a near and far fulfillment.) Tyre
A. Is Satan an eternal or created being? (see verse
B. What was Satan originally? (see verse 14)
The A__ __ __ __ __ __ __ C__ __ __ __ __
Cherubim (plural for Cherub) were the highest rank of angels. They possessed indescribable beauty and power and seemed to be protectors of God’s holiness (Exodus 25:18-22; Ezekiel 1:4-28; 10:1-22; Revelation 4:6-8). Sometimes they are seen proclaiming God’s grace.
C. According to verse 15, what change took place that dramatically altered Satan's original status?
“…till I__ __ __ __ __ __ __ was found in thee.”
III. THE SIN OF SATAN
According to Ezekiel 28:17, this indescribably beautiful, intelligent, powerful, celestial being sinned through PRIDE. The account is enlarged upon in Isaiah 14. Look up and read Isaiah 14:12-17.
A. Underscore in your Bible the five “I will's” of Isaiah 14:13,14.
B. What was Satan's original name?
L __ __ __ __ __ __
C. What was Satan's last “I will”?________________
D. According to verse 15, where is Satan's final destiny? __________________________________
IV. WHERE IS SATAN NOW?
A. Look up: Revelation 12:10
Satan can appear before G__ __ to accuse believers.
B. Look up: Ephesians 2:2
Satan is the “prince of the power of the A__ __.”
C. Look up: 1 Peter 5:8 and Job 1:7
Satan also walks about the E__ __ __ __.
From these Scriptures, we learn that Satan is alive and active in many areas. But read Matthew 25:42 and Revelation 20:10; Satan will end up in the lake of fire, though he is not there yet! When he is cast into hell, he will not be the “king of hell” – he'll be tormented forever!
V. HOW DOES SATAN OPERATE AMONG THE UNSAVED?
Read Matthew 13:38; John 8:44; Acts 13:10; and 1 John 3:10. According to these verses, what does God call those who are lost? ____________________________________
A. His Work of Preventing
1. Satan snatches the Word of God away from those with unresponsive hearts. Read the Parable of the Soils (Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23). Four soils represent four types of heart.
a. The unresponsive heart (vv. 4, 19)
b. The impulsive heart (vv. 5-6, 20-21)
c. The preoccupied heart (vv. 7, 22)
d. The responsive heart (vv. 8, 23)
NOTE: The parable teaches that the result of hearing the gospel is always dependent upon the condition of the heart, and it is only where the heart is hard that Satan can move in and take away the Word. Before the person can meditate on it, allowing it to become significant in his thinking, Satan snatches it away by dragging new allurements in that are more appealing. These allurements divert the person’s attention and the Word is lost.
2. Look up: 2 Corinthians 4:4
What is Satan's major work among the lost?
NOTE: Satan blinds the mind of those who willfully won’t believe. It isn’t the idea that God wants you saved and Satan wants you lost – and you make the choice as to who you will follow. Neither is it the idea that Satan is victimizing you – you’re sort of trapped: you’d like to choose God but you’re blinded. It’s the idea that because there is an unbelieving heart, Satan can move in and make you blind. Satan is in the business of preventing, and to such people with hard hearts, the gospel seems irrelevant. This is why “the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness . . . “ (1 Corinthians 1:18).
B. His Work of Perverting
What is Satan’s false doctrine?
He denies the authority of Scripture (Genesis 3:1; 2 Timothy 4:3-4). He denies the deity of Christ (2 Peter 2:1). He denies that salvation is by grace and substitutes a “works salvation” instead. He denies the Second Coming of Christ (2 Peter 3:4). Satan desires to pervert the truth so that what people are hearing isn’t the truth at all. How does He do it?
1. Look up: 1 Timothy 4:1-2
Satan has his own doctrine. It is called “doctrines of D__ __ __ __ __.”
2. Satan perverts through distorting the purpose of life. He molds damning life-styles to trap man and make it difficult for him to free himself. Read Ephesians 2:1-3 and Romans 1:24-28.
3. He oppresses individuals through sickness and “mental illness.”
VI. HOW DOES SATAN OPERATE AMONG THE SAVED?
A. He Creates Doubt.
Satan tempts us to doubt God’s Word and His
goodness (Genesis 3:1-5). In verse 4, Satan said, “Ye shall __ __ __ surely die.”
B. He Incites Persecution.
Look up: Luke 22:31
Jesus told Simon Peter that Satan wanted to
“S__ __ __ him as W__ __ __ __.”
C. He Hinders Service.
Paul wanted to come to the Thessalonians. His reason for not coming was “Satan H__ __ __ __ __ __ __ us” (1 Thessalonians. 2:18).
D. He Infiltrates and Divides the Church.
Look up: 2 Peter 2:1-2
1. Who shall be among you? F__ __ __ __
T__ __ __ __ __ __ __
2. What shall they bring in?
Destructive H__ __ __ __ __ __ __
E. He Tempts Us to Sin.
1. Read 1 Corinthians 7:5. Satan will directly tempt a Christian with immorality.
2. Read 1 Thessalonians 3:5.
Satan can still T__ __ __ __ me.
F. Look up: Revelation 12:9,10
1. Satan A__ __ __ __ __ __ me.
2. When he does, my advocate is J__ __ __ __
C__ __ __ __ __ the Righteous. (1 John 2:1)
G. Look up: 1 Timothy 4:1
Satan will try to get Christians to depart from the
F__ __ __ __.
H. Sometimes, God will permit Satan to afflict Christians physically – but always for His glorious purpose. See: Job 1:12; 2:4-7, and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
VII. HOW DO I DEAL WITH THE DEVIL?
If the truth about Satan ended here, many Christians would
become discouraged. Praise God for He has made provision for us to overcome Satan and his works.
A. Look up: 1 John 4:4b
1. Who is the One “that is in you”?
The H__ __ __ S__ __ __ __ __
2. Who is the one “that is in the world”?
S__ __ __ __
3. Who is the greatest?
It is essential for you to know this fact because Satan is a powerful being. The Bible teaches that he has an entire kingdom of darkness that is made up of angels that sinned with him at the beginning. Scripture refers to these beings as “devils” (demons). See: Jude 6; Matthew 12:26; Ephesians 6:12.
B. Step 1: Remember Satan is a defeated foe.
Look up: Hebrews 2:14 and John 16:11. When Jesus died on the cross, He broke the power of the devil. Satan is on “borrowed time.” Someone said: “When the devil reminds you of your past – remind him of his future!”
C. Step 2: Remember you are on the winning side.
Write out 1 John 4:4. Modify this verse by using your name in place of the personal pronouns “ye” and “you.”
D. Step 3: Put on the “whole armor of God.”
Look up Ephesians 6:10-18. This spiritual armor is designed by God to equip you. If you wear it, Satan cannot defeat you. List the parts of this “suit of armor”:
1. Belt (loins girt about) = ________________
2. Breastplate = ________________________
3. Shoes = _____________________________
4. Shield = ____________________________
5. Helmet = ___________________________
6. Sword of the Spirit = _________________
E. Step 4: Don't give the devil an inch.
Look up Ephesians 4:27. Here we are instructed to not give P __ __ __ __ to the devil.
F. Step 5: Always be on the alert.
1. Look up 2 Corinthians 2:11
We should obey God “lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his
D __ __ __ __ __ __.”
2. Write out 1 Peter 5:8.
G. Step 6: Never retreat, always RESIST.
1. Look up James 4:7
What happens when you stand up to the devil? _____________________________
2. Look up 1 Peter 5:9
We are to resist the devil steadfastly I __ T __ __ F__ __ __ __.
3. Look up Matthew 4:4, 7, 10. What weapon did the Lord Jesus use to resist the devil?
4. Look up Matthew 16:23
What might we say to Satan as we quote Scripture at him?
“GET THEE B__ __ __ __ __ ME, S__ __ __ __.”
VIII. A FINAL WARNING REGARDING THE DECEPTIVE CHARACTER AND WORKS OF SATAN
Don't be fooled into thinking the devil always appears in the form of ugliness, hideousness, vileness, and overt wickedness. Though he is the instigator of sin, the destroyer
of lives, the wrecker of homes, the great deceiver, the liar, and the Wicked One, many times he masquerades as an angel of light. He comes across as nice, harmless, and even benevolent. Notice Satan's ambition in Isaiah 14:14. “I will be LIKE the Most High.” This teaches us that Satan imitates God. Everything good that God is and has done, the devil imitates with a counterfeit “look-a-like.”
A. Look up 2 Corinthians 11:4; 1 John 2:18, Matthew 24:5
Another J__ __ __ __.
B. Look up 2 Corinthians 11:4; 1 John 4:1-3
Another S__ __ __ __ __.
C. Look up 2 Corinthians 11:4; Galatians 1:9
Another G__ __ __ __ __.
D. Look up 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Other M__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __.
E. Look up 2 Corinthians 2:17
Another W__ __ __ of __ __ __ (Bible).
F. Look up Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Satan also has a counterfeit ministry. True Gospel preaching results in W__ __ __ __ (believers); Satan sows T__ __ __ __ among the wheat (unbelievers). Do you know what this means? There are unsaved people in the church!
G. Look up Acts 8:9-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:9
Satan can also work miracles. Claiming to do religious miracles doesn't mean the person is from God.
H. Look up 2 Corinthians 11:2
Satan has a counterfeit church. God likens the church at Corinth to a “chaste virgin,” and in Ephesians 5:25-27 each true New Testament church is called the “bride of Christ.” But in Revelation 17 we read of another religious organization that God calls the “great whore” (verse 1) and the “mother of harlots” (verse 5). A study of this chapter shows this church to be made up of the
mass of apostate Christendom, with man-made systems, unsaved people, great wealth, etc.
HOW CAN WE PICK THE DIFFERENCE????
Answer: Isaiah 8:20.