The Doctrine of Satan, Intro.

Bible Study Guide/ The Doctrine of Angels: Satan/ 76-009 (Matthew 4:1, 10)/ Key Text: “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1, NKJV)

Opening Illustration. The Devil’s Chapel: “Wherever God erects a house of prayer, the devil always builds a chapel there; And ‘twill be found upon examination, the latter has the largest congregation.” (Daniel Defoe)

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

[1] Who is Satan? The adversary; accuser; leader of the fallen angels; a spirit being who opposes God and seeks to frustrate his plans and lead his people into sin/ rebellion.

[2] What key Bible Verses comes to mind when you think of Satan? Job 1:6–12; Jn 8:44; 1 Pet 5:8–9; 1 Jn 3:8; Mat. 4:1, 10; Rom. 16:20; Rev. 12:7–10; Rev. 20:2, 10

[3] What about other related Biblical Passages? 1 Chr. 21:1, Job 2:2–7, Is 14:12–15, Zec. 3:1–2, Mt 4:1–11, Mt 12:24, Mt 13:19, Mt 13:38–39, Mt 25:41, Lk 10:17–19, Lk 22:31–32, Jn. 12:31, Jn. 13:27, Jn 14:30–31, Jn. 16:11, Ac 5:3, Ac 26:17–18, Ro 16:20, 1 Co 7:5, 2 Co 2:11, 2 Co 4:3–4, 2 Co 11:13–15, Eph. 2:2, Eph. 6:11–12, 1 Thess. 2:17–18, 1 Thess. 3:5, Heb. 2:14–15, Re 2:12–13, Re 20:2–3, Re 20:10

[4] What passages mentions Satan by name? 1 Ch 21:1; Job 1:6–9, 12; 2:1–4, 6–7; Zec 3:1–2, Mt 4:1, 3, 5–11; 5:37; 6:13; 12:26; 13:19, 38–39; 16:23; 25:41; Mk 1:13; 3:22–23, 26; 4:15; 8:33; Lk 4:2–9, 12–13; 8:12; 10:18–19; 11:18; 13:16; 22:3, 31; Jn 8:38, 41, 44; 12:31; 13:2, 27; 14:30; 16:11; 17:15; Ac 5:3; 10:38; 13:10; 26:18; Ro 16:20; 1 Co 2:6; 5:5; 7:5; 2 Co 2:11; 6:15; 11:3, 14–15; 12:7; Eph 2:2; 4:27; 6:11, 13, 16; 1 Th 2:18; 3:5; 2 Th 2:9; 3:3; 1 Ti 1:20; 3:6–7; 5:14–15; 2 Ti 2:26; 4:18; Heb 2:14; Jas 4:7, 16; 1 Pe 5:8–9; 1 Jn 2:13–14; 3:8, 10, 12; 4:4; 5:18–19; Jud 9; Re 2:9–10, 13, 24; 3:9; 12:3–4, 7–18; 13:2, 4; 16:13; 20:2–3, 7–10.

[5] What other phrases are associated with Satan? Satan cast down; Synagogue of Satan; Kingdom of Satan; Schemes of Satan; Deep things, or Depths of Satan.

BIBLICAL PEOPLE.

[6] Can you identify some of biblical people associated with Satan? Yes.

  1. Jesus called Beelzebul (Mk 3:22–30, Lk 11:14-23, Mt 9:34, 12:22-32)
  2. People denounced by Paul (1 Tim 1:18–20)
  3. The defeat of Satan (Rev 20:7–10)
  4. Letter to Pergamum (Rev 2:12–17)

BIBLICAL EVENTS.

[7] Can you identify some of biblical events associated with Satan? Yes.

  1. The temptation and Fall of Man • Gen 3
  2. Pre-patriarchal Period • Gen 1:1–9:27
  3. The story of Job • Job 1:6–42:17
  4. Job loses his prosperity • Job 1:6–2:10
  5. Job’s wealth is taken from him • Job 1:6–22
  • Life of Jesus • Mt 1:18–19:22; 20:17–28:20; Mk 1:2–10:22, 32–16:20; Lk 1:8–3:22; 4:1–9:50; 10:1–24:53; Jn 1:6–3:36; 4:1–13:38; 15:1–21:23; Ac 1:1–19; 1 Co 15:6–7
  • Jesus claims to be the light of the world • Jn 8:12–59; Jesus teaches amidst tension in Jerusalem • Jn 7:11–8:59
  • Jesus’ Judean and Perean ministry • Mt 19:1–22; 20:17–34; 26:6–13; Mk 10:1–22, 32–52; 14:3–9; Lk 13:22–16:31; 17:5–19:28; Jn 7:11–12:11
  • Jesus’ ministry • Mt 3:13–19:22; 20:17–34; 26:6–13; Mk 1:9–10:22, 32–52; 14:3–9; 15:41; Lk 3:19–22; 4:1–9:62; 10:1–16:31; 17:1–19:28; Jn 1:29–3:36; 4:1–12:11
  1. The Early Church • Ac 1:12–2:41; 3:1–5:11, 17–28:31; 22:17–21; Ro 16:1, 22; 1 Co 16:8–9; 2 Co 2:1; 7:13–15; 8:16–24; 9:3–5; 11:8–9; 12:14–18; 13:1–2; Ga 1:17–24; 2:11–14; Eph 6:21–22; Php 2:25–30; 4:18; Col 4:7–9, 16; 1 Th 3:1–5; 1 Ti 1:3; 2 Ti 1:17; 2:13; 4:9–21; Tt 1:5; Phm 10–12; Re 1:9–22:21
  1. John sees a vision on Patmos • Rev 1:9–22:21; John sees a dragon and two beasts • Rev 12:1–13:18; The battle of the lamb and the beasts • Rev 6:1–18:24

SATAN: OTHER RELATED BIBLICAL EVENTS:

  • Job’s wealth is taken from him
  • Zechariah sees a vision of Joshua
  • Job loses his prosperity
  • Satan tempts Jesus in the desert
  • John sees a vision on Patmos
  • Seven bowls of God’s wrath are poured
  • The Lamb’s victory: Lucifer thrown out of Heaven.
  • The Lamb’s victory: The Cross.
  • The Lamb’s victory: Battle of the Armageddon.
  • The Lamb’s victory: The Second Coming
  • John sees a dragon and two beasts
  • Christ reigns for a Thousand years
  • Satan is defeated
  • Christ reigns for a Thousand years

[8] What Topical Studies are we going to consider under Satan?

  • The Existence of Satan.
  • The Creation of Satan.
  • The Original State of Satan.
  • The Mission/ Evil Career of Satan.
  • The Fall of Satan.
  • The Doom of Satan.

[9] What Devotional Themes can be developed under Satan?

  • Satan as the Enemy of God
  • Satan as the Enemy of God’s people.
  • Satan as Tempter.
  • Satan as the Deceiver.
  • The kingdom of Satan.
  • The agents of Satan.
  • The resistance to Satan.
  • The defeat of Satan.

[10] What are the biblical names of Satan?

  1. Abbadon (Rev. 9:11)
  2. Accuser of our brethren (Rev. 12:10)
  3. Adversary (1 Peter 5:8)
  4. Angel of the abyss (Rev. 9:11)
  5. Apollyon (Rev. 9:11)
  6. Beelzebul (Matt. 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15)
  7. Belial (2 Cor. 6:15)
  8. Deceiving spirit (1 Kings 22:22)
  9. Devil (Matt. 4:1; Luke 4:2; Rev. 20:2)
  10. Dragon (Rev. 12:3; 20:2)
  11. Enemy (Matt. 13:39)
  12. Evil one (Matt. 13:19, 38)
  13. Evil spirit (1 Sam. 16:14)
  14. Father of lies (John 8:44)
  15. God of this world (2 Cor. 4:4)
  16. Great red dragon (Rev. 12:3)
  17. Liar (John 8:44)
  18. Murderer (John 8:44)
  19. Prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2)
  20. Ruler of the demons (Matt. 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15)
  21. Ruler of this world (John 12:31)
  22. Satan (Job 1:6; Matt. 4:10)
  23. Serpent (Gen. 3:4, 14)
  24. Serpent of old (Rev. 12:9; 20:2)
  25. Spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience (Eph. 2:2)
  26. Tempter (Matt. 4:3; 1 Thess. 3:5)

[11] Can you give a quick overview about Satan with biblical references? Yes

  1. He sinned against God. 2 Pet 2:4; 1 John 3:8.
  2. He was cast out of heaven. Luke 10:18.
  3. He was cast down to hell. 2 Pet 2:4; Jude 1:6.
  4. He is the author of temptation, sin, and death. Gen 3:1, 6, 14, 24.
  5. He comes in order to steal, kill and destroy. Jn 10:10.
  6. He tempted Jesus Christ. Matt 4:3–10.
  7. He perverts the Scripture. Matt 4:6; Ps 91:11, 12.
  8. He opposes God’s work. Zech 3:1; 1 Thess 2:18.
  9. He hinders the gospel work. Matt 13:19; 2 Cor 4:4.
  10. He works by lying wonders. 2 Thess 2:9; Rev 16:14.
  11. He assumes the form of an angel of light. 2 Cor 11:14
  12. He is the “lawless one,” the author of apostasy. 2 Thess 2:9; 2 Tim 4:1.
  13. He shall be condemned at the judgment. Jude 1:6; Rev 20:10.
  14. The everlasting fire is prepared especially for him and his angels. Matt 25:41.

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” (Romans 16:20, NKJV)

“Paul assures faithful believers that they can look forward to the day when their spiritual warfare will be over. Teachers of deceit and falsehood are instruments of the devil, and they will be destroyed when the God of peace crushes Satan. In Romans 15:33, Paul refers to “the God of peace” in relation to His divine provision for His children. Here the God of peace is spoken of in relation to His permanent victory over Satan and his minions on behalf of His children. Paul uses the figure of Genesis 3:15, where, after the Fall, God declares to the serpent (Satan) that “He [the Messiah] shall bruise you on the head,” that is, inflict a mortal wound.

“The phrase en tachei, here translated soon, has the meaning of speedily, or quickly, as it is rendered in Acts 12:7 and 22:18, and often carried the secondary connotation of unexpectedly. The closely related adverb tachu is used three times in Revelation 22 in relation to Christ’s “coming quickly” (vv. 7, 12, 20). We know from the New Testament itself that Satan was not soon crushed from the perspective of believers living at that time. He is still not yet subdued.”

“It is encouraging that the Lord will crush Satan under your feet, the feet of God’s people, as they join Christ in His triumph over Satan.” [John F. MacArthur Jr., Romans, MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press, 1991), 2:377].

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: Avoiding Satan’s Snares, Part 1. Beloved, every day we are dealing with a very hateful, cunning yet an intelligent being called the Devil. The scriptures says that we ought to “keep Satan from getting the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions.” (2 Corinthians 2:11, AMP).  But how can we avoid his wiles, his snares? The answer is found in 1 Peter. “Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.” (1 Peter 5:8, AMP)

Today, we will look at part 1 of “How to Avoid Satan’s Snares,” namely, “Don’t Stray.” The psalmist says “Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.” (Psalm 119:67, NKJV) “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now Your word do I keep [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it].” (Psalm 119:67, AMP).

So, how can we be vigilant, stay on the alert, always prepared for the enemy’s attack? Four words: Hearing, Receiving, Loving, and Obeying the Word. [1] Hearing the Word: The Scriptures says – “So faith comes by hearing (what is told), and what is heard comes by the preaching (of the message that came from the lips) of Christ (the Messiah Himself).” (Romans 10:17, AMP) Being on the alert begins hearing the word of God.

[2] Secondly, through Prayer. Prayer is essential in defeating the Devil – we ought to pray, not just before we eat, but around the clock. God communicate with us through the Bible and Prayer. Prayer is the oxygen we breathe! Christians sometimes neglect their prayer life, hearing the Word, and they fail to study God’s Word as they should. When they do this, they begin to stray.

[3] Receiving the Word: “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13, NKJV) “Paul thanked God for how the Thessalonians had received the message. When Paul and Silas had preached, the people had recognized the words as being more than human ideas, and they had accepted the gospel message as the very word of God. The gospel message reveals its divine origin and power as it transforms people’s lives. The Thessalonians were experiencing how this word continues to work in those who believe. Through his word, God works in believers’ lives, transforming them, guiding them, cleansing them. Just as it was true for the Thessalonian believers, so it is true for all who believe—for those who accept the gospel message and trust in Christ as Savior. That message is still “the very word of God”—not one word has changed. It still transforms lives (Luke 8:11, 15; Hebrews 4:12).” [Bruce B. Barton and Grant R. Osborne, 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Life Application Commentary, Life Application Bible Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1999), 41].

[4] Loving the Word: Because the Word is the means that God uses to speak to us, we need to love it and use it. But how? By Reading it. Beloved, we ought to love God “by loving His Word.” It is our duty to read it. Scripture explains that we do this in three ways – (a) By Reading the Bible publicly. This was done in the ancient Jewish synagogue, as evidenced by Jesus’ entering the synagogue and performing the appointed reading from the prophet Isaiah (Luke 4:16–24). This was done in the ancient Christian church, as evidenced by Paul’s words (1 Thess. 5:27; Col. 4:16). — (b) By Reading it as a Family. Moses exhorted Israel, saying, “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6–7, NKJV) Family Bible reading is necessary to propagate the Christian religion in our children (see 2 Tim. 3:14–15). We need to put much emphasis on Daily Bible Reading plan. — (c) By Reading it Privately. Psalm 119 is also the meditation of an individual believer: “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97) Meditating on the Word makes one wise (v. 98), makes one godly (v. 101), and gives us a spiritual delight as the Word is “sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (v. 103). Reading and meditating upon the Word causes one to be like a well-watered and fruitful tree (Ps. 1:1-3).

[5] Obeying the Word: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22, 25, NKJV)

ACTION STEP: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do? To be better prepare for the Devil’s attach, we must–[1] Hear the Word (see the Parable of the Sower, Mt 13:18-23); [2] Pray always; [3] Receive the Word; [4] Love the Word; and [5] Obey the Word.

Beloved, God’s Word is compared to a sword that defends against spiritual enemies (Eph. 6:17). It is a lamp that guides us (Ps. 119:105). It is compared to milk that nourishes our souls (1 Peter 2:2).

Obedience to the Word includes abstaining from all appearance of evil. Some of us lack the courage to say “No” to our non-Christian friends. When we do so, we compromise our values, yield to the old life and become victims of Satan’s snares. Beloved, we must guard our devotional life diligently, drawing near to God daily. We must take our stand boldly for God, staying away from Satan’s territory.

Have a Blessed Day: “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:7–8, NKJV)

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