Bible Themes
Creation: Satan


What the scriptures say about
Satan
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Satan is the one who opposes the person and purposes of God.
Satan is especially associated with deceit, temptation, and testing,
through which he attempts to deflect believers from obeying God.

4121 Satan, as the enemy of God
Scripture provides numerous examples
of ways in which Satan opposes the
presence and purposes of God in his world.

Satan and God's people

Satan opposes believers
    1 Chr 21:1 See also
    Job 2:1-7; Zec 3:1-2; 1Th 2:18

Satan accuses believers
    Rev 12:10 See also
    Job 1:8-11; Zec 3:1-2

Satan slanders believers
    1Ti 5:14

Satan tests believers and causes their suffering
    Rev 2:10 See also
    Eph 6:11-13,16

Satan opposes the work of the archangel Michael
    Jude 1:9
    The implication of these verses is that
    Michaelís work is in direct opposition to that
    of Satan. Michael is the protector of Godís
    people while Satan is their opponent:
    Da 10:13,21; Da 12:1; Rev 12:7

Satan opposes God
Satan opposes Godís purposes
    Mt 16:23; Mk 8:33

Satan opposes Godís word
    See also
    Mt 13:3-19 ; Mk 4:3-16 ; Lk 8:4-12 the parable of the sower;
    Mt 13:24-39 the parable of the weeds and its explanation;
    Ac 13:8-10 Elymas, the sorcerer, acts on Satanís behalf to oppose Barnabas and Paul

Satan opposes Godís righteousness 1Jn 3:7-10

Satan blasphemes God Rev 13:6

Satanís opposition to Godís work will not succeed
    Zec 3:2 God rebukes him;
    Lk 10:19 His reign is temporary.

Satanís role as adversary earns him varied titles

The devil
    He is the adversary because he deceives:
    Rev 12:9; Rev 20:2-3

Belial
    He is the adversary because he is
    the troublemaker or scoundrel (the same Hebrew
    word is used in the OT passages
    as in 2Co 6:15 to describe Satanís work):
    Dt 13:13; 1Ki 21:10; Pr 6:12; 2Co 6:15

The dragon
    He is the adversary because he is the enemy:
    Rev 12:4,13-14

The serpent He is the adversary because he
    thwarts spiritual insight:
    Ge 3:1-5,13; 2Co 11:3

The prince of this world
    He is the adversary because
    his rule is temporary, not absolute:
    Jn 12:31; Jn 14:30; Jn 16:11

The angel of the Abyss
    Rev 9:11
    He is the adversary because he is the destroyer.



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