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Discover the Book - Jan. 24, 2010

  • 2010 Jan 24
  • COMMENTS
 

Where Did Satan Come From?

 

Above all the vast reaches of the cosmos, above all the swirling galaxies, shining stars and circling planets God made some special creatures, fashioned for His own service—the angels.

 

And in this angelic host of the Almighty God in heaven, above the super-powerful archangels, above the fiery seraphim, and above the mighty cherubim, there was one angel that God chose to be the crown prince of them all.

 

His name was Lucifer. He was designed as the star of the morning, made the leader of the host of heaven, set up as the guardian of the throne of God.

 

Into Lucifer's hands was committed all that the Lord God had made and all of the angels that He had created. He was beautiful.  He was perfect.  But in his God-given beauty, his God-given perfection, and self-generated pride Lucifer first thought and then said, "I will be like the Most High God!"

 

The temptation of Christ by Satan has many sides to study.  But our aim today is to look at another facet—WHO was it that would even consider such an attack on the Son of God? WHO is Satan, and WHERE did Satan come from?

 

 

God Says Satan is Real

 

God's Word reveals to us: Satan is a real person, his pride was deadly poison, and the spiritual war he began against God includes us; and spiritual warfare the state we are in all the days of our earthly life.

 

Mark 1:12-13  "Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him."

 

Today, because of Satan's fall and his luring mankind through Adam into sin—we are all fallen and proud.

 

  • We all have a life-long struggle with our internal independence against God, which is called pride.

 

  • We all have a life-long struggle with wanting to go our own way instead of God's, which is called pride.

 

 

 

Because of that shared struggle, it is important to pause to remember where pride originated. God's Word describes for us the start of sin; and we find that the first sin came from pride. Unrighteousness was first found in Satan.

 

Satan is YOUR adversary and mine. Pride is his sinful infection that has infected every human being except One, and that is Christ Jesus our Lord, our Savior, and our only hope.

 

As Paul, James, and Peter warn us, we need to be aware of the plan of attack our adversary follows. We must prepare for battle, stay aware of our enemy and walk by faith in the Spirit. No one is exempt from attack by Satan, no matter how godly, how steeped in God's Word they may be.

 

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