Understanding The Bible
STUDY REFERENCE
Clarence E. Mason's "Theology Proper and Angelology"
SATAN

 

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BY THE AUTHOR
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
1970

  1. Satan (cp. his high position in the listing of unbound fallen angels under II)
    Who he is and from whence he came

    1. The fact of his existence,
      Mt. 13:19,39; Jn. 13:2; Acts 5:3; 1 Pet. 5:8; Eph. 6:11-12; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; 2 Cor. 11:3

    2. The fact of his personality

      1. Personal pronouns are used of him,
        Job 1:8, 12; 2:2, 3, 6; Zech. 3:2; Mt. 4:10; Jn. 8:44

      2. Personal characteristics are attributed to him,
        Mt. 4:1-3; 1 Jn. 3:8; Jn. 8:44; and verses above

    3. His character,
      Zech. 3:1; 1 Pet. 5:8; Mt. 13:19, 39; Jn. 8:44; Rev. 12:9; Mt. 6:13; 4:3

      He is called Satan (Adversary), Devil (Accuser), Tempter, Wicked One, Enemy, Apostate, Murderer, a liar, the father of lies, etc.

      He is also called an angel of light: 2 Cor. 11:14.
       

    4. Did God create Satan?
      NO! Satan made himself Satan, Isa. 14:13; Ezk. 28:15.
      He was Lucifer, Isa. 14:12.
      He then rebelled against God and made himself God's adversary (Satan).

      NOTE the cause of his fall: He fell through pride (self-exaltation at the expense of God's glory), 1 Tim. 3:6.

      Satan has been positionally cast out of heaven. He will be fully and actually cast out of heaven in the middle of the tribulation period, Rev. 12:9-10.
       

    5. The power of Satan

      1. Far greater power than man: Eph. 6:11-12

      2. Satan is king over realm of demons,
        Dan. 10:5-6,12-13; Eph. 6:11-12; 2:2; Jn. 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2 Cor. 4:4

      3. The unsaved lie in Satan's power. Acts 26:18; 1 Jn. 5:19

      4. Satan can exert vast power, but only by the permissive will of God, Job 1:10-12
         

    6.  The program of Satan:  TO GET WORSHIP FOR HIMSELF

      1. To keep men from getting into proper relationship with God

        1. He blinds the mind of the unbeliever, 2 Cor. 4:4.

        2. He takes away the Word of God, lest it bear fruit, Mk. 4:15; Lk. 8:12.

      2. He imitates and substitutes a false religious system

        1. He sows tares in God's field, Mt. 13:39.

        2. He has his "ministers" to carry on his work, 2 Cor. 11:14-15; Rev. 3:9.

        3. He hinders God's servants, Zech. 3:1; Dan. 10:13; 1 Thes. 2:18

        4. He plans to head up iniquity in a man indwelt by himself, who will be worshipped by all except the elect in the tribulation period, 2 Thes. 2:9-10.

    7. The destiny of Satan

      1. He will be bound during the thousand year Kingdom Reign of Christ, Rev. 20:1-3

      2. He will be released at the close of the thousand years and lead a final rebellion against God, Rev. 20:7-9

      3. He will be cast (forever) into the lake of fire. Rev. 20:10



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