What does the Bible tell us about Satan?

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars (angels) of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:

 

1 John 3:8

…for the devil sinned from the beginning…

 

In Luke 10:18 Jesus said, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

 

Isaiah 14:12-16

How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!

how you are cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!

For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven,

I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:

I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Yet you shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

They that see you shall narrowly look on you, and consider you, saying,

Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

 

Ezekiel 28:11-19

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God;

You seal up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

You have been in Eden the garden of God;

Every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold:

The workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created.

You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so:

You were on the holy mountain of God;

You have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you. By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the midst of you with violence, and you have sinned:

Therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness: I will cast you to the ground, I will lay you before kings, that they may behold you.

You have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your traffic; Therefore I will bring forth a fire from the midst of you, it shall devour you, and I will bring you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all them that behold you. All they that know you among the people shall be astonished at you: you shall be a terror, and you shall never be any more.

 

In Genesis 3:1-6 Satan tempts Eve.

Vs 13-15 …And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life: And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.

Acts 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.

In Job 1:6-12 and 2:1-7, we see Satan in the presence of the Lord.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. (1:6 and again in 2:1) I God and Satan discussed Job. In 1:10 Satan says God has put a hedge (of protection) around Job. “Have you not made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side?”

Job 1:7 (and again in 2:2) is a revealing statement:

And the Lord said to Satan, Where do you come from? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

 

2 Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

Jude 1:9

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke you.

 

1 Chronicles 21:1

And Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number (count HCSB) Israel.

 

Zechariah 3:1-2

And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the Lord said to Satan, The Lord rebuke you, O Satan; even the Lord that has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you…

 

Hebrews 2:14

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Christ) also took part of the same (became flesh); that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

 

We see Satan tempting Jesus in Matthew 4 and Luke 4

During this time, Satan shows Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to him, All this power will I give you, and the glory of them: FOR THAT IS DELIVERED TO ME; AND TO WHOMEVER I WILL I GIVE IT.” Luke 4:5-6 (we don’t know if this is true since Satan is speaking, and we know that he is a liar.)

 

John 8:44

You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

 

However do we know that Satan is the “god of this world” for a season.

2 Corinthians 4:4

In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

While tempting Jesus, the devil quoted scripture. Luke 4:9-11 (also Matthew 4:5-6) And he (the devil) brought him (Jesus) to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you: And in their hands, they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone.

 

Jesus told the parable of the sower in Mark 4:3-8. Shortly after, he explained the parable to the twelve apostles. (Mark 4:14-20) And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately, and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. Mark 4:15 (lest they should believe and be saved Luke 8:12)

 

In Matthew 13:37-39, Jesus explains the parable of the wheat and the tares.

…He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil;

In Luke 13:11-16, Jesus saw “a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.” He healed her. And “when the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the sabbath day,” Jesus answered “…ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”

In Matthew 16:23, Jesus called Peter Satan, saying “Get behind me, Satan: you are an offence to me: for you savor not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”

Later Jesus tells Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:” in Luke 22:31.

 

John 13:2

And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him (Jesus);

 

In Acts 5:3 Peter said to Ananias, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”

 

In Acts 10:38 Peter speaks to Cornelius and his family and friends about “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

In Acts 13:10 Paul said to Elymas the sorcerer, “O full of all subtilty and all mischief, you child of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?”

In Acts 26:18 Paul told of his experience on the road to Damascus. Jesus told Paul, “unto whom (the Gentiles) now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me”

When writing of our need to forgive others, Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:11, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

In 1 Corinthian 7:5, Paul wrote to couples. “Defraud not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.” Paul meant “Do not deprive one another sexually — except when you agree for a time, to devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again; otherwise, Satan may tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” (HCSB)

 

2 Corinthians 1:11-12

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

 

In 2 Corinthians 12:7 Paul wrote, “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.”

In 1 Thessalonians 2:18 Paul wrote: …we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

 

In the epistles we are given some instructions in regard to the devil.

Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.

 

Ephesians 6:11,16

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. …Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

 

1 Timothy 3:6-7 regarding a bishop, Paul wrote:

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are outside the faith; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

 

2 Timothy 2:25-26

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God perhaps will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

 

James 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

1 John 3:8,10

He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. …In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whoever does not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loves not his brother.

 

In Revelation 12:10, Satan is called “the accuser of our brethren.”

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