WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT SATAN

Part I: SATAN’S CHARACTER

Isa. 14:12-17

I Pet. 5:8

The Word of God reveals the character of Satan who is our “arch enemy.”

Satan is referred to in seven books of the Old Testament under different names.  In the New Testament he is mentioned by all the writers, and is referred to in nineteen of the twenty-seven books.

SOME OF THE NAMES GIVEN SATAN IN SCRIPTURE:

1. Adversary       I Pet. 5:8

2. Devil              Mt. 4:1

3. Enemy           Mt. 13:39

4. Serpent          Rev. 12:9

5. Dragon          Rev. 12:3

6. Tempter         Mt. 4:3

7. Wicked One  Mt. 13:38

8. Liar                Jn. 8:44

I. SATAN’S ORIGINAL STATE

A. Satan was created as an “angel of God.”

- In his original state he held a place of high rank and order.

B. Satan was created in perfect wisdom and beauty. Ezek. 28:12.

1. The King of Tyrus (Tyre) symbolizes him.

- The King of Tyre is a type of Satan in his character and personality.

2. He possessed outstanding beauty, superior wisdom, and super strength.

C. Satan was a “guardian angel” directing the affairs of worship. Ezek. 28:13-14.

D. Satan was perfect until he rebelled against God and fell.    Ezek. 28:15.

E. Satan was lifted up in pride and cast out of heaven.            Ezek. 28:17.

- Because of his PRIDE he fell and was cast out of heaven. Isa. 14:12-15.

II. SATAN’S PERSONALITY

A. He is a murderer and a liar. Jn. 8:44.

- He is the performer of lying wonders. II Thess. 2:9.

B. Satan is a sinful creature. I Jn. 3:8.

C. Satan is crafty. II Cor. 2:11.

D. Satan is the tempter. Mt. 4:3.

E. Satan is the master of the unsaved. Rom. 6:16, 18, 20, 22.

- It is only through the preaching of the Gospel that a sinner can be delivered from Satan’s power. Acts 26:18.