Origins of Satan – Part 1

Ironically, writers of the Bible give us much more information on the origin of Satan than they give us on angels. Since Satan himself is an angel, we learn about creation of the other angels by examining Scriptural evidence concerning the creation of Satan.

We begin our look backward to the origin of Satan by looking forward to a baffling exchange between Jesus and Satan taking place in the wilderness shortly after John the Baptist baptized Christ in the Jordan River:

“Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where He was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing at all that time and became very hungry.

Then the devil said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.’

But Jesus told him, ‘No! The Scriptures say, People do not live by bread alone.

Then the devil took Him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. ‘I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,’ the devil said, ‘because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you will worship me.’

Jesus replied, ‘The Scriptures say, You must worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’

Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, He will order his angels to protect and guard you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’

Jesus responded, ‘The Scriptures say, You must not test the Lord your God.’

When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left Him until the next opportunity came.” (Luke 4: 1-13).


Strange things going on here.

First of all, notice that Satan began his temptations of Christ the exact same way he tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden: through the primal instinct of hunger. With Eve, it was the fruit, pleasing to the eye and tempting to eat. Here, Satan begins his onslaught of temptations with the vision of bread, again, pleasing to the eye when one is hungry.

However, that is not the most interesting aspect of the temptations. When the devil offers the glory of the kingdoms and authority over them, Christ did not challenge the devil’s authority to offer them up. In other words, Jesus completely recognized Satan’s power at that point in time. Satan is the power behind the kingdoms of the world. He is “the prince of this world,” (John 12:31) and “prince of the power of the sea.” (Ephesians 2:2).

Now we go back and examine Satan’s work through the serpent in Eden. We’re all familiar with the story; the serpent tempts Eve to eat fruit from the Tree Of Knowledge of Good and Evil. At this point, Satan obviously has already fallen and is already attempting to thwart God’s plan on earth. He appears in the Garden as the serpent, a creature Eve must have known and spoken with before. She certainly shows no fear towards the serpent and carries on a conversation with him.

Key here is that Satan had already fallen, so we’ll use this as a jumping-off point to continue discussion in the next post.

 

8 Responses to “Origins of Satan – Part 1”

  1. jon says:

    Interesting thought.
    If God will allow man to be forgiven of his sin, allowing a new covenant by sending Jesus to enact that covenant with His death and most importantly His Resurection for man. why not forgiveness for the one, Satan, who needs it the most?
    If we , man can be given a second a chance, then why not Satan?

    Satan was the high the Angel, Gods favorite (?). and no second chance for him or the other fallen Angels?

    I have for many years thought about this and can not find an amiable solution to such a question.

    Take care.

    • justin says:

      hi my name is justin and jesus can give people a second chance and why jesus don’t give satan another chance and i feel pity for satan and jesus will bring human sins away and why jesus never give a chance to satan and jesus should bring satam back to heavenly

      • Valenfur says:

        True although i feel this post got the fact wrong that it was Gadreel a different angel entirly who tricked eve. but besides the point. if all sins are forgivable why not Lucifer? i mean would angels not be givin better chances of redemption over man?

  2. justin says:

    hi my name is justin and jesus can give people a second chance and why jesus don’t give satan another chance and i feel pity for satan and jesus will bring human sins away and why jesus never give a chance to satan and jesus should bring satam back to heavenly

  3. Mary says:

    I am so happy to see this query! It is the first time in my life I have heard anyone else say that!
    Has always been my question. I once presented this question in a catholic mass at a VERY young age. It was right after
    The sermon about Satans powers of temptation and trickery, during the prayer offering- I wanted to offer up the congregation
    Of prayers for him to be saved. In my eight year old heart I could imagine Gods pain to have such hurt. What I thought
    Could be the answer to all ended abruptly with a judgement of blasphemy
    And I’m sure I was considered odd ever after. That’s a big lol cuz ya whose the judge?
    And I have and will live this life and admire your question!!!
    Wouldn’t it be great to have an answer?
    I am of the opinion that it’s worth a try and that Father Watchell missed something at the academy perhaps-
    Something maybe in English class, that made him unable to differentiate between praying FOR someone and
    to them.

  4. Valenfur says:

    Ironically was it not Gadreel who tempted eve? they simply say serpent then, later on, mention the Angel Gabriel. and said it was him who went a tempted eve. and even with that god punished the serpent binding him to that form, so unless satan was appearing before Jesus as a snake then it was not him as he was not bound by form. and besides that point was it not knowledge he was tempting eve with? I mean the fruit looked good, yes but in a field of everything to eat I would have to say it chances are was the Knowledge after all we humans hunger for it. and that i guess was where hunger came in, not for the physical but for the spiritual and mental,

  5. Flash says:

    Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.. Think Satan is going to do that? Be sure you know your scipture before you play in this realm!

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