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If you miss one part of the puzzle that is being put together in these studies, you will never see and understand the whole picture.
Copyright © December 30, 2017
The Adamic Covenant, the covenant God made with Adam at the fall, promised the ultimate destruction of Satan through the “Seed of the woman.” Then began his long warfare against the work of God in behalf of humanity, which still continues.
Satan is a murderer and a liar, the father of lies (Jn. 8.44). He blinds people to the truth. “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath 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” (2 Co. 4.3-4).
At the same time Satan is blinding people to truth, he indoctrinates people into his world principles. The world system is Satan’s work. The “order,” “arrangement” under which Satan has organized the world of unbelieving mankind upon his principles of force, greed, selfishness, ambition, and sinful pleasure is imposing and powerful with armies and fleets; is often outwardly religious, scientific, cultured, and elegant; but, seething with national and commercial rivalries and ambitions, is upheld in any real crisis only by armed force, and is dominated by satanic principles.
The world system was the bribe which he offered to Christ (Mt. 4:8-9). Of that world-system he is prince (Jn. 14:30; 16:11) and god (2 Cor. 4:4).
As ‘prince of the power of the air’ (Ep. 2:2) Satan is at the head of vast host of demons.
- Demons are not to be confounded with the angels mentioned in 2 Peter 2.4 and Jude 6:
- Demons are spirits (Mt. 12.43, 45); and Satan’s emissaries ((Mt. 12.26, 27; 25.41).
- They are so numerous as to make Satan’s power practically ubiquitous (Mk. 5.9).
- They are capable of entering and controlling both men and beasts and earnestly seek embodiment, without which, apparently, they are powerless for evil (Mt. 12.43-44; Mk. 5.10-12).
- Demon influence and demon possession are discriminated in the New Testament. Instances of the latter are Matthew 4.24; 8.16, 28, 33; 9.32; 12.22; Mark 1.32; 5.15, 16, 18; Luke 8.36; Acts 8.7; 16.16.
- Demons are unclean, sullen, violent, and malicious (Mt. 8.28; 9.33; 10.1; 12.43; Mk. 1.23; 5.3-5; 9.17-20; Lk. 6.18; 9.39).
- They know Jesus Christ as Most High God and recognize His supreme authority (Mt. 8.31-32; Mk. 1.24; Ac. 19.15; Ja. 2.19).
- They know their eternal fate to be one of torment (Mt. 8.29; Lk. 8.31).
- They inflict physical maladies (Mt. 12.22; 17.15-18; Lk. 13.16). But mental disease it to be distinguished from the disorder of mind due to demonical control.
Demon influence may manifest itself in religious asceticism and formalism (1 Ti. 4.1-3), degenerating in uncleanness (2 Pe. 2.10-12). The sign of demon influence in religion is departing from the faith, that is the body of revealed truth in scriptures (1 Ti. 4.1). That demons maintain especially a conflict with believers who would be spiritual (Ep. 6.12; 1 Ti. 4.1-3).
All unbelievers are open to demon possession (Ep. 2.2). The resources of the believer are prayer and bodily control (Mt. 17.21), “the whole armour of God” (Ep. 6.13-18). Exorcism in the name of Jesus Christ (Ac. 16.18) was practiced for demon possession. One of the awful features of the apocalyptic judgements in which this age will end is an irruption of demons out of the abyss (Re. 9.1-11).
Sermon series on Satan by Pastor Jason Cooley of Old Paths Baptist Church: