The Devil and his Angels

The devil has the power of death.

By dying the death that he did, Jesus destroyed the devil.
That the destroying of the devil could only be done by Jesus having identical flesh to ourselves.

Now these factors present to us an astonishing situation, because one would naturally think that something with a strong immortal nature, such as an angel would possess, or God Himself, would best be positioned to destroy the devil. Yet Jesus had to be flesh and blood just like ourselves, and had to himself die in order that the devil might die. How can this astounding sequence possibly be explained?

There is another passage from the same writer that can throw some light on the situation.

But now [Jesus Christ] has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Hebrews 9: 26

Setting out equivalent factors side by side a parallel is evident:

[table id=2 /] We can see that ‘destroying the devil’ is equivalent to ‘doing away with sin’. The devil, then, must be an alternative expression for the sinful nature that is inherent in every human being. It is this sinful nature that causes what we term ‘temptation’. Jesus explained it in these words:

What comes out of a man makes him ‘unclean’. For within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean’.” Mark 7: 20-23

Recall the passage that James wrote on this aspect, and we see that his thoughts reflect exactly what Jesus said.”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

Jesus succeeded in destroying the devil when he died, for he crucified his legacy of human nature, ‘sinful flesh’, which , like our flesh, lusted after its own natural desires.

We know that Jesus Christ completely overcame temptation, and was not guilty of any sin. Because of this he rose from the dead, for sin had no hold on him. The promise of God is that sin will be removed from the earth, and this is equivalent to saying that the devil and satan will exist no longer. Neither the devil nor Satan had any existence before sin entered the world.

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

But the Bible has a message of hope, rather than a message of despair.

For if, by the trespass of one man [Adam], death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5: 17

Sin entered the world through one man, Adam. Sin will be removed from the world by one man — Jesus Christ. He has removed sin from himself, that is, he has got rid of the devil that was in him — he has destroyed it. He has yet to remove it from others, but he will do this when he returns from heaven. In Bible terms, the devil will be destroyed, and Satan will ‘be bound’.

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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..

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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 »