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Bible verses about Devil, The
(From Forerunner Commentary)

Ezekiel 28:15-17

God had created Lucifer a perfect spirit being, but He also gave him free moral agency, that is, the ability to choose to follow good or evil. Lucifer chose to become Satan the Devil, the Adversary, by allowing sin to mold his character. His rebellion against God sealed and hardened his evil nature, and now he opposes all that is good, right, and godly (Matthew 13:38-39; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 9:11; 12:9-10).

Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Basic Doctrines: Satan's Origin and Destiny


 

Matthew 13:24-25

Jesus illustrates two sowers of different character. In the Parable of the Sower, the sower stands for all teachers of God's truth, including Jesus. Here, "the sower" is exclusively Jesus. He is the "owner" (verse 27), and "the son of Man" (verse 37). The other sower is called "his enemy," "an enemy," "the wicked one," and "the devil" (verses 25, 28, 38-39). To describe this enemy, Jesus uses the word diabolos: the accuser, deceiver, liar, and betrayer, one who is against all that is true and righteous.

The enemy sowed in a field that was not his while the servants slept. This does not necessarily mean that the servants were not watchful and were thus to blame for the mixed field. The wording implies that it was the normal time for sleep, night. Satan's sly nature is revealed in his choice of the darkness for doing his diabolical work. Also, note that he does not bother to sow the wicked among the wicked, but the wicked among the good.

Martin G. Collins
Parables of Matthew 13 (Part Three): The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares


 

1 John 3:7-8

This section shows that the Devil is the diabolical source of sin, that God's enmity against Satan is absolute, and that His enmity lies at the heart of His commitment to rescue man from Satan. He is doing it! He will do it! The major battle is already over: Christ defeated Satan. We are part of the mopping up operations, but the war goes on.

God will destroy. "Destroy" does not mean obliterate in the English sense, but it means "to break the power of." As an angelic being, Satan is not going to be destroyed in the way we think of destruction, but his power over mankind is absolutely broken because of what Christ did! He is still alive; He is still working, because God's plan, which we are part of, is being worked out. If we remain faithful, we will be victorious as Christ was.

On the other hand, if we use the English meaning of "destroy," God will destroy what Satan produces. He will destroy the system of this world that is against God. We know that in the Lake of Fire, God will destroy all of mankind that is unrighteous too.

John W. Ritenbaugh
Satan (Part 5)


 

Revelation 12:7-9

The Devil will again go on the offensive against God with the same results: He is cast back down to earth. In his anger over his defeat, he will savagely persecute God's people and gather the armies of man to fight against Christ when He comes. He and his human agents will be soundly defeated, and Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years.

Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Basic Doctrines: Satan's Origin and Destiny


 

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