Origins of Satan — Part 2
The Bible presents Satan as a powerful spirit being who wants to destroy the spiritual life of humans. He is referred to in several ways, including “Prince of Demons” and “God of This World.” We must accept Satan as a real entity – a created being who possesses mind, emotion, purpose and will.
As we discussed in our last post, Satan even tempted Jesus in the wilderness after the Sprit led Him there. If we study the Gospel narrative closely, we discover that much of the story outlines the interaction between Jesus, Satan, and demons. All of hell and evil resisted the Coming of the Messiah and ultimately tried to bring about the destruction of Christ Himself.
We don’t know when God created Satan; the Bible does not give his full history – no record of his creation, no description of his birth. The Bible only informs us of the part he plays in the great crises of man’s history—ruin, death, deception, graft, etc. We see only occasional glimpses of him in his work as explanatory, or as putting his acts in contrast and opposition to the works and aims of Christ.
In the Bible we have the facts and history of man’s redemption. Incidentally or essentially, other worlds and other beings are brought prominently on the stage of redemption purposes and plans. The Bible nowhere enters into an argument to prove the person and being of God. It assumes His being and reveals His person and character. Without preface or introduction, the Bible brings God into the picture in all His majesty and omnipotence. In the same way, Satan appears on the stage – no introduction, no ceremony as “the evil one.” He struts through the Garden of Eden and immediately seduces Eve. In I John 2:16 we read of the temptation Eve fell for – lust of the flesh; it was good for food, it was attractive, it could make her “wise.”