Satan the Deceiver
In His Presence: 1 Peter 5:8
In several places in the Bible, we are told who Satan is. He is called “the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). We know what his future will be. “[The angel] laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed: after these things he must be released for a short time” (Revelation 20:2-3).
Before God created man, He created angels. Chief among the angels was one named Lucifer. His name meant “the shining one.” Some of his story is told in Ezekiel 28:12-19. “You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you” (Ezekiel 28:14-15).
Some of Lucifer’s story is also told in Isaiah 14:11-16. “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations” (v. 12). Lucifer desired to be equal with God, though God was his Creator. Since then, he has been the Deceiver on earth.
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One of Satan’s first deceptions was to convince us that he doesn’t exist or that he is inconsequential.
Source: Sermon Notes, June 29, 2003.
Rather than viewing the cross as an historical event that will take us to heaven, we ought to view it as a current event containing everything we need to bring heaven to bear on earth.
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• What was accomplished on the cross for us, how it is to be the centerpiece of our lives, and how it's a source of authority for us
• What is the power of the cross and the stability it provides, deliverance it offers, the power of its ongoing remembrance, and more
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