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PROFESSIONS OF FAITH
Jesus said, “All authority has been to Me in heaven and on earth,” Matthew 28:18. So how does this fit with the idea that Satan is considered to be a powerful being, he is even the center of worship by some cults. Some people have chosen to give their allegiance to this evil being for some reason. What insight can we gain from the word of God on this subject?
First, Satan was (and is) a being created by God to be a servant of God and to glorify Him in service. In Colossians 1:16 it says, “For by Him (Jesus Christ) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Satan was created by God to bring glory unto his Creator.
Second, God existed when there was nothing like a universe as we know it today. Everything that exist and has being, is here because God was here first to create it. Another important thing to remember is the fact that at the present time, everything that does exist is dependent upon God for its continued existence. Colossians 1:17 tells us, “And in Him all things consist.” In other words, all things that exist are supported and maintained (held together) by the power of almighty God. Now let’s stop and think about this for a moment; that means that even Satan is kept (or allowed to be) by God himself. Jonathan Edwards makes this statement in his book, The End for Which God Created the World; “Every other being is a created being that exist and is sustained only by His (God’s) power, page 99-author’s insert.
Third, Satan is also accountable to God. In Job 1:6, it would appear that Satan came with the sons of God (angels) to present himself before God. Then in chapter 2 and verse 1 it says the same thing. Not only was Satan accountable to God, he could not do anything unless God allowed or permitted it to happen. We can see this in Job 1:2 and 2:1-6.
Fourth, a lot of the power Satan wields is because of the sin within us. He waits for an opportune time and then puts the bait in front of us. James 1:14-15 says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death.” Deception is yet another thing used by Satan and his children. John 8:44 says, “When he speaks a lie, it is from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
We have taken a quick look at Satan, where his power comes from and how he sometimes works. Hopefully, we will be more prepared to stand against the evil around us and the temptations that come from within.
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