Existence of Satan

<<reality of the devil>>

The Bible plainly informs us Satan does exist, having originally been created as an angelic being but because of his prideful ambition was expelled from heaven (Isa 14:12-17; Ezek 28:11-17). Since then he has opposed whatever is of God yet has been given limited authority in the world; he is called the "god of this age...the prince of the power of the air"

Acknowledge Satan’s existence, yet do not respect him

(2 Cor 4:4; Eph 2:2). His destiny is the lake of fire (Mt 25:41; Rev 20:10). As the originator of all that is evil he comes to steal, kill and destroy (Jn 10:10). He deceived Adam and Eve into rebelling against God as he himself had, and so the sin nature became entrenched in humanity (Gen 3:1-6,13). Those who don’t acknowledge him and understand that his characteristics are the complete opposite to God’s righteous ways are already deceived and condemned to a lost eternity unless they repent and walk in His ways (Jn 1:12, 3:18; 2 Thes 2:9). However, as Christians we are not unaware of his schemes; he works in those who are disobedient to God's ways with there being ample proof of his evil destructive activity in the world today and is on the prowl like a lion ready to devour those who are not alert (2 Cor 2:11, 11:14,15; Eph 2:2; 1 Pet 5:8). We are not to accommodate but resist his varied attacks by living in close obedient relationship to Christ who came to destroy the works of the devil (Jas 4:7,8; 1 Jn 3:8).

The Bible instructs, “Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is…against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph 6:10-18). Satan has no more control over us as believers, except when we give it to him by believing his lies and succubing to his temptations.

See also: armour (spiritual), deception, evil, Satan, spirit realm, temptation.