The Devil and his Angels

The Demons.

The second Greek word that is frequently translated ‘devil’ in the King James version of the Bible, is the word ‘diamonion’ (or a close equivalent), which is more accurately translated in modern versions as ‘demon’, or as ‘evil spirits’. In every instance of its use, it can be shown to be coupled with some form of disease or malfunction of the body.

Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.” Matthew 17: 18
Then they brought to him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.” Matthew 12: 22
…how God annointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil [Gk.: diamonizomai], because God was with him.” Acts 10 38

The association of ill health with some type of outside agency was a very widely held belief from ancient times, since the micro-organisms that were reponsible for illness could not be seen and recognised until the invention of the microscope and increased scientific knowledge. Even today, children are warned about ‘Bertie Germ’ and the harrm that ‘he’ can do to unbrushed teeth.

The Devil and Sin.

Recall the passage quoted earlier from the book of James:

When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.” James 1: 12–15

James does not blame temptation on any devil, demon, or Satan. He lays the blame on something internal.

…but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.

It is well accepted that we don’t have to train children to do what is wrong – it appears to be a natural instinct for them to do what is wrong. What we spend parenthood doing is trying to get them to do things that are good!
Human nature was degraded in the Garden of Eden, and ever since then it has been hostile to God’s will. Human nature urges us to satisfy the natural desires of the flesh. And when these have been satisfied, then the result is death, as James indicated in our text. The result of death comes about through the action of sin.

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned – …” Romans 5: 12

Notice how sin entered the world through one man — Adam — and not through a supernatural devil or Satan; and that this action introduced sin, and death through sin. This relation between sin and death is emphasised throughout the Bible, and it formed the basis on which both sin and death could be removed altogether through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ and Sin.

There is a passage that relates human nature, the devil, death, and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil — and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” Hebrews 2: 14, 15

This passage presents a number of factors that are very relevant to the topic.

The term ‘flesh and blood’ is descriptive of the make up of everyone of us.

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work in my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? …So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7: 21–25

Jesus Christ shared exactly the same nature as us, a body of ‘flesh and blood’.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.” Hebrews 4: 15

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    Hi Jason, thank you for this information, it clears lots of things up for me. However I was wondering the same question Lisa had back in June. Who is Lucifer?

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    Hi Lea, The origin of Lucifer was from the Latin word “lucifer” which meant “light-bringing” and was the word used in the Latin Vulgate translation of Isaiah 14:12. In the Latin language it referred to such things as the moon and the brightest stars. In this instance, the translators of the KJV chose to transfer the word from the Vulgate to their English translation without translating it into English. All modern versions translate it correctly as “Day star” or “morning star”. The Latin Vulgate also used the word “lucifer” in Job 11:17 (the meaning there being “the light of the… Read more »

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    In regard to whom the Serpent is in Genesis, and alluded to in God’s taunt against the king of Tyre in Ezekiel 28:1ff (v.13) is described in full within John’s Revelation (12:9), in revealing the Dragon. The Serpent of old was a created “”beast of the field”” endowed with special beauty, abilities and status “”until iniquity was found in him.”” The Serpent of old (i.e., the devil, the Satan) was not created as an angel, but was allowed to appear before the “”sons of God”” regarding Job, and tempted Jesus in the wilderness in Matthew 4. The Evil One has… Read more »

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    The reason Satan isnt responsible for introducing sin is simply because Adam ate the forbidden fruit- or more importantly- disobeyed God. Sin and Death would not have entered the world if he had refused his wife’s invitation to eat. However, the REAL personage of Satan has been denounced and is reserved for judgement. Satan is in many of the O;d Testament scriptures: Gen (obvious); Job (Jehovah spoke right to him and he responded as a person talking boldly about his strolls in the earth and being up to no-good); Psalms (refers many times to the “”wicked one””); Ezekiel (Takes care… Read more »

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    That is absolutely correct..

    Lisa
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    Hi Jason. Thanks for your detail explanations. but there’s one more thing i still need to know and understand.. If Satan is a formed of human dark thoughts because we are on the low level of existences..So who is the Lucifer that is being called as the Fallen Angel and what is the relation between him and sin. Jesus died and resurrected and then destroyed death. and who is the AntiChrist who’ll come to the world and will be destroyed killed by Jesus in His 2nd Coming? is Lucifer the AntiChrist, what makes him dangerous towards human, if human himself… Read more »

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    Oh Yeah, I almost forgot…Who is the God of this world if Satan is just a word that describes adversary? Certainly not our thoughts…please explain..

    KB
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    Also, back to Eden. Who or what was the reptile who seduced Eve into trangressing the law? If it was only Eve’s thoughts that tempted her, then why give a reptilian being credit by way of analogy at all? Why not just say SHE had an epiphany and decided to eat the fruit to prove to Adam that nothing would happen to them? Thank you in advance for your consideration.I will post more questions as they come to me.

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    “And also, just to be clear, you are saying that there is nor has there ever been an evil being who tempts mankind into sin…there is only God and our minds at war here. when I say mind, I mean our thoughts and nature. Please explain the scripture that states, Woe unto the inhabitants of the earth for the devil has come down among you..Im terrible with quoting scriptures by chapter and verse as well as verbatim, Im paraphrasing here, but I know that’s scriptural. Who is HE? And why is time of the essence to him as he “”knows… Read more »

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    Hi Jason. Thank you for the article..I have a question or two and would appreciate your thoughts or understanding regarding the matter of Noah and the flood. I think I may already know the answer to this, but just for clarification, please explain to me the PURPOSE of the flood. Then explain to me How could Noah (a known sinner in the form of a drunkard) be spared from destruction when Jesus Christ had not yet been born or sacrificed as the ultimate atonement for the sins of all Mankind. In other words, If Noah and his offspring were sinful,… Read more »