[CF Devotionals] 2003-06-01 - Satan

The Doctrine of Angels, Part 4

  1. The Fallen Satan

    Not a lot is said regarding Lucifer’s fall. We know he fell because of pride, wanting to be as God. What we don’t really know is how this could happen. But the pride is obvious. We read Satan’s "I will" statements in Isaiah 14:13-14. 4 Pentecost, p. 12 & 15.

    'You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."'

    This is the sin of Satan, and as a result of the fall, the sin of humanity, "I will." The is the Shirley McLain type of thinking. Men, just as Satan, want to be their own gods, "I will." Even we, when struggling against the will of God, find ourselves saying, "I will." And so sin began in the "heart" of Satan when he said, "I will."

    There is an obvious question here. Why did God permit Satan to fall? But to this question, I believe there is no complete answer, or at least God has not chosen to provide to us with one. Again quoting Pentecost:

    "I believe that no man can ever grasp why God permitted Satan to fall. But Scripture records the fact that the wisest, the most beautiful of God’s created beings looked away from the Creator to himself. He failed to recognize that all he was, and all he had, came as a gracious bestowment from the hand of the Creator to whom he was responsible. In turning away from God, he turned to himself and became an essentially selfish being." 5

    And as a result of his sin, Lucifer became Satan, and fell by the hand of God. He has been. and will be, judged.

    "Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones" (Ezekiel 26:16).

    "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!" (Isaiah 14:12).

  2. The Names & Titles Satan

    1. Satan, which means "Adversary"

      "Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do" (1 Chronicles 21:1).

      "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).

    2. Devil, the "Slanderer"

      "The great dragon was hurled down—… Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him" (Revelation 12:9).

    3. That Old Serpent

      "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel" (Genesis 3:15).

      5 Ibid., p. 18.

      "The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil" (Revelation 12:9).

    4. God of this World

      "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4).

    5. Accuser of the Brethren

      " For the accuser of our brothers … has been hurled down" (Revelation 12:10).

    6. Father of Lies

      "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44).

      Other names included: Beelzebub, the "Prince of Demons," (Matthew 12:24); Belial, the "Low One," (2 Corinthians 6:15); Prince of this World, (John 12:31); Prince of the Power of the Air, (Ephesians 2:2); Dragon, (Revelation 20:2) and Angel of Light (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Geoff

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