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The Devil

The scrip­tures and the lives of God’s saints bear wit­ness to the exis­tence of the dev­il. The dev­il is a fall­en bod­i­less spir­it, an angel cre­at­ed by God for His ser­vice and praise. Togeth­er with the dev­il, are his hosts of wicked angel­ic pow­ers who have rebelled against the good­ness of God and seek to per­vert and destroy God’s good creation.

How are you fall­en from heav­en, O Lucifer, Day Star, son of Dawn!

And the angels which did not keep their own posi­tion but left their prop­er dwelling have been kept by him in eter­nal chains in the nether gloom until the judg­ment of the great day. …(Jude 6, Cf. 2 Pet 2:4). …the dev­il and satan, the deceiv­er of the world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his úan­gels were thrown down with him (Rev 12:9).

In the New Tes­ta­ment the Lord Jesus speaks of the dev­il whom He called him “prince of this world” (Jn 12:31, 14:30, 16:11) in this way:

He was a mur­der­er from the begin­ning, and has noth­ing to do with the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks accord­ing to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies (Jn 8:44).

The dev­il and his mul­ti­tude of evil spir­its, “the prin­ci­pal­i­ties… the pow­ers… the world rulers of this present dark­ness… the spir­i­tu­al hosts of wicked­ness in heav­en­ly places” (Eph 6:12) war against man seek­ing to destroy him by ensnar­ing him in sin.

Your adver­sary, the dev­il, prowls around like a roar­ing lion seek­ing some­one to devour (1 Pet 5:8).

Christ has destroyed the pow­er of the dev­il. He came into the world pre­cise­ly for this rea­son. If one is “in Christ” he is led out of temp­ta­tion and deliv­ered from the evil one. If one is in Christ, the evil, who is also called Satan, which means the Adver­sary who “dis­guis­es him­self as an angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14), can­not deceive or harm him. To be vic­to­ri­ous over the allur­ing and deceiv­ing temp­ta­tions of the dev­il is the goal of spir­i­tu­al life.