What are the facts about Satan in the Bible?
From the bible we are able to find out more about what Satan is and why does Satan exist.
The nature of Satan in the Bible: More than just an evil spirit of the air
Satan is a spiritual being. Although an evil spirit, he has traits of a person. He roams through the earth and watches God’s servants (Job 1:7-8). “He rose up against Israel and incited David…” (1 Chr 21:1).
He is a murderer and liar (Jn 8:44).
All these indicate that Satan in the bible is described as having traits of a person with thoughts and is scheming (2 Cor 2:11).
The origin of Satan as found in the Bible: Where is he from? Is he a person?
Apart from God, everything in the universe, visible or invisible, is God’s creation (Col 1:16).
Only God is who He is (Ex 3:14).
Satan was originally a powerful angel. The Old Testament mentions his origin and fall.
Ezekiel 28:14 calls him cherub and verse 15 calls him “created.” From verses 11 to 19 deal with a lamentation which hints at a major spiritual corruption with reference to the King of Tyre.
The theme deals with the origin and end of Satan in the bible.
The lamentation can be analysed as follows:
- anointed cherub;
- placed on the mount of God and was once in Eden;
- blameless in his ways since the day he was created;
- endowed with everything, with abundant wisdom and complete beauty;
- wickedness was found in him;
- filled with violence;
- his heart became proud on account of his beauty, glorified himself and his wisdom was corrupted;
- full of sins and blasphemed the holy temple;
- driven out from the mount of God;
- hurled to the ground, he became no more.
References pertaining to the fall of Satan in the Bible
Isaiah 14:12-17 referred to the fall of Satan through prophecy against the king of Babylon.
Verse 12 says, “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning start, son of the dawn!” The reason for the fall was that he had become proud and conceited.
Verses 13 and 14 say, “I will …l will …l will …l will …l will…”. “I will” used five times in succession revealed his ambition to exalt himself above all stars and sit on the utmost heights and make himself like the Most High. His rebellion against God caused him to be hurled to the deepest of the deep.
Records of the sins of Devil in the bible:
He sinned because of his conceit (1 Tim 3:6).
Jesus said to the Jews, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire.
He was a murderer from the beginning; he did not hold on 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.” (Jn 8:44).
After he had sinned, the devil became the tempter (1 Thess 3:5).
He also swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth (Rev 12:4).
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