[CF Devotionals] 2003-06-15 - Angels

The Doctrine of Angels Part 6 ~ Limitations

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  1. The Origin of Satan Cont'd)

    1. Satan’s Limitations:

      1. He is Not Omnipotent. Stringfellow notes:

        Satan cannot force people to sin. He can tempt, coerce, entice, but he has no power to force transgression." 6

        ""The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life." (Job 2:6).

      2. He is Not Omniscient. Again quoting Stringfellow:

        "Satan is wise, but not as wise as God; he is not all knowing. He knows the ones to attack, hurt and afflict." 7

        "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion,vlooking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).

        "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat" (Luke 22:31).

      3. He is Not Omnipresent

        "then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him." (Matthew 4:11).

  2. Conclusion

    Satan is our enemy, but he has been defeated. Even when he afflicts us, it is only as God allows. We do not need to be afraid. But the source of our courage and power is to focus and depend on God, rather than giving our attention to the enemy. He who was once the most beautiful of God’s angels has become the ugliest of creatures. While he still may appear as an angel of light, this is simply an illusion. If we see Satan for who he is and God for who He is, we will never fear and we will have victory. " "Satan, you’re ugly!…hideously ugly!…repulsively ugly! As you once became a blot on the landscape of heaven, now you are an eyesore on planet earth; even the lake of fire will be more odious because of your loathsome presence there. "Satan, you are more graceless than any of God’s creatures, more unseemly, more uncomely, more unlovely than any other created being, because you have fallen the farthest, sinning against the greatest light.

    "Satan, you are ugly in your perverted person, in your putrid purpose, and in your pernicious performances. This is said, not on human authority, but on the rebuking authority of the Word of God, and believers in Jesus Christ will overcome you by the Word of God and the blood of the Lamb."

    The exhortation is to overcome Satan’s deception with divine truth, to overcome his distortion with

    Christlike goodness, and to overcome his despicability with divine beauty radiating through one’s life. Or in the words of the psalmist, "Let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us" (Ps 90:17). 8

    "As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air."

  1. Stringfellow, p. 85.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Lindsey, F. Duane, "Essays Toward A Theology of Beauty—Part II:Satan is Ugly, Bibliotheca Sacra, Volume 131, #523—Jul y-September, 1974, p. 218-219.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:1-10).


The Doctrine of Angels

Satan

Various Passages

  1. Introduction: (1 John 3:8)
  2. The Origin of Satan:
    1. The _________ of Satan:
      (Ezekiel 28:19; Isaiah 14:12)
    2. The ________ Lucifer:
      (Ezekiel 28:12-15)
    3. The ________ Satan:
      (Isaiah 14:13-14; Ezekiel 26:16; Isaiah 14:12)
    4. The _____ & ______ Satan:
      1. (1 Chronicles 21:1; 1 Peter 5:8)
      2. (Revelation 12:9)
      3. (Genesis 3:15; Revelation 12:9)
      4. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
      5. (Revelation 12:10)
      6. (John 8:44)

        Other names included: Beelzebub, the "Prince of Demons," (Matthew 12:24); Belial, the "Low One," (2 Corinthians 6:15); Prince of this World, (John 12:31); Prince of the Power of the Air, (Ephesians 2:2); Dragon, (Revelation 20:2); Angel of Light, and (2 Corinthians 11:14).

    5. The _________ of Satan’s ________:
      1. (Job 1:6; Revelation 12:10)
      2. (Job 1:7; 1 Chronicles 21:1; Ephesians 2:2, 6:12)

      E What Satan ______:

      1. (Matthew 4:1-11)
      2. (Matthew 13:19; 2 Timothy 2:26; Ephesians 6:11)
      3. (1 Thessalonians 2:18; 2 Corinthians 2:11, 12:7; Matthew 13:38-39)

    6. Satan’s Limitations:
      1. He is Not __________. (Job 2:6)
      2. He is Not ________. (1 Peter 5:8)
      3. He is Not ___________. (Matthew 4:11)

  3. Conclusion: (Ephesians 2:1-10)

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Note from Jan: An answer to prayers of some staff members: There is so much bad theology out there about demons, and what our attitude should be toward them - confusing people and unncessarily scaring believers etc. I'm delighted to tell you that beginning next week, we will begin Geoff's much-needed and Biblically-sound study, where we will learn what God wants us to know-what His word really says about demons, and not the superstitions taught by some teachers.