Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Not Enough Devil Talk

The following question was sent from, a great Christian internet ministry.


Can satan tell the future?


It was my great privilege to sit under the great Baptist theologian, and founding dean of Beeson Divinity School, Dr. Timothy George. Often we felt intimidated by his great biblical and theological intellect. His response to one of our quandaries was "Their is just not enough devil talk." We students were taken back that this great thinker was telling us we often overlook the evil one in our problem solving. In other words when we try to intellectualize all things in life, we often fail to look at the devil as a real creature who is set to harm the brethren and all people of this world.

The Devil (slanderer), Satan (adversary), Lucifer (son of the morning) is a fallen angel. He has intellect. (2 Corinthians 11:3) he has emotion (Revelation 12:17) He has a will. (2 Timothy 2:26). This fallen angel was of the highest rank in Heaven. (Ezekiel 28:12)

Jesus Christ contrasted the mission of the fallen angel and Himself, the only Son of God, in the following passage.

John 10:10
English Standard Version (ESV)
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

No, the Devil, being complete evil, and Christ complete righteousness, are not point counterpoint, or the ying to the other's yang, as depicted in some Eastern religion's balance of good and evil.
The created being, Satan, is under the authority of the Godhead which is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Tough Satan has power, it is limited. He can not see the future correctly. But he has intellect. (2 Corinthians 11:3) He can understand the prophetic Word of God to some degree. Do not get caught up with confronting the Devil.
Trust the Lord to lead you as the archangel Michael did in the following verse.

Jude 1:9
English Standard Version (ESV)
9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”

The Devil has limited knowledge of the future. Through prophecy he must know he is doomed.
He only wants to steal, kill and destroy all. He has no love or allegiance to those who supposedly worship him or works evil.

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. He died for our sins to satisfy the wrath of God. The Devil will accuse you. The Lord Jesus will pardon you. Jesus Christ will give those who repent and believe pardon from sins, peace with God and eternal life.

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