This study is the fourth in a series beginning with The Invincible, Omnipresent Satan. In them we have found no reason to believe Satan is an angel or an archangel. We have looked at him as the Serpent of Eden, but found he is not as powerful as tradition would have us believe. In the present study, we shall look at him as he is called the Devil.
Satan is referred to as the Devil or as his name is defined, the slanderer. He is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). Scripture often connects certain men with the devil or the accuser of God’s people. Paul called Elymas bar Jesus, a child of the devil (Acts 13:3-10). Jesus said that the one who would betray him is a devil, someone who slanders or falsely accused him, turning him over to those who desired his life (John 6:70-71; cf. John 13:2). He also claimed that the religious leaders who would not receive him were children of the devil (John 8:44). Moreover, Jesus said that all those who claim to be Christian are not necessarily so. Though they dwell among his people claiming his name, they are really the children of the devil. They bring slander and accusation upon Christ and his Body, the Church (Matthew 13:24-25, 37-39; cf. Revelation 2:9; 3:9; 2Peter 2:2) Read the rest of this entry »