I received an email from someone who read my blog post “There is no Devil or Satan”. The (good) question was; “If what you say is true, why did Jesus say in Luke 10:18, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven?” This is my best answer and conclusion in trying to follow the instructions to; “Do your best to be the kind of person God will accept, and give yourself to him. Be a worker who has no reason to be ashamed of his work, one who applies the true teaching in the right way” (2 Timothy 2:15)
The word “Lighting” occurs 4 times in the New Testament.
“And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning (Strongs 796 = “Glare”) fall from heaven” (Luke 10:18).
The verse just before this says; “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name” (Luke 10:17). The disciples had returned and in astonishment reported to Jesus that the devils obeyed them when commanded in the name of Jesus.
Jesus said to them, “I saw Satan falling like lightning from the sky” (Luke 10:18).
Jesus gives a first-person singular of what He saw when He looked at Satan. He actually tells of His observation of Satan when he tried to go higher into heaven and take over.
The holiness and glory that God made the devil see a “glare”. Much like if you are driving a car into the sunset. The glare from the sun is blinding to look at directly. This evil force in no way, shape or form could ascend near to where God abode, much less overthrow it.
“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13-15).
This sinful nature in man disregards God. It is human nature for men to attempt to rise up and try to become like a god. There is nothing more human than the love of self and of the world
“A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plots, Feet that are swift to run into mischief, A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, Him that soweth discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:17-19).
This is the Devil the Scriptures speak of. The Devil is pride. Satan is the love of self and rising above others. These characteristics are found in the human heart. This is the sinful nature we are born into
So what I am trying to convey is if we rightly divide the Word of God, there is no supreme commander and leader of hell called the Devil or Satan. This is NOT to say there are no devils or there is no hell. There is evil in the world and it is a threat to us, but only if we allow it. The Christian has to walk in the power and protection and of the Savior. This is what Jesus referred to.
“Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it” (Matthew 7:13)
Our New Testament Bible is full of instructions to follow the narrow path of life.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me” (John 14:6).
We are to pick up our cross and follow Him daily.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10).
While the Christian is alive in this world and cloaked with this body, we are walking in a purgatory between heaven and hell. It is called a narrow path because we are walking in a minefield. The battlefield is the mind. When temptations, trials, and tribulations unfold before us, how do we react? Do we ascend into the power of the cross and the blood of Jesus, or do we give in and descend to the temptations of hell?
Hebrews chapter 11 records the deeds of those who choose not to live in a season of pleasure and sin
“And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth” (Hebrews 11:36-38).
The ascribing of sin to a supreme commander in hell called the Devil or Satan is a sad and grave error. It is like the serpent in the garden of God who tried to weave a lie
“And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:9).
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:1,5).
What were the first words out of Eve’s mouth afterward, when she was in the presence of God? (You might say) “The Devil made me do it!”. Oh my, can anyone give me an AMEN?
These are Two Errors in the Doctrine of the Christian Church Today
Modern Christianity says at the cross, Jesus took our sins away, never to be seen again. When God the Father looks at us, He sees only His Son. This atonement is our redemption and salvation. We are made “white as snow”.
We have to make the distinction between Jesus’ TAKING AWAY OUR SINS and that Jesus BORE OUR SINS. The difference is as big as night and day!
Jesus BORE OUR SINS on the cross.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16)
This is what is meant by the power of the blood. We have to participate in the work of our eternal salvation. This is called redemption. This “the power of God unto salvation“.
This is what Jesus was saying in “narrow is the gate“. This life is a treacherous and perilous journey. We have to want to overcome our sinful nature and enter heaven unashamed! This sinful nature is what the Bible calls the “devil” and “satan”.
Modern Christianity also splits God into three separate entities or persons when there is only ONE
This doctrine says the Son satisfied the wrath and justice of God the Father on the cross. Now when the Father sees us, He sees the Son, not our own devils, and satans. It excuses us from any responsibility for our actions. Does a good parent allow their own children to run wild and do whatever they want without any consequences?
If you look at it honestly in its own merits, this is just ridiculous. What a convoluted lie.
This lie fractures TRUTH and dissipates God’s LOVE and glory. It waters down the “good news” of the gospel. The Son of Man and The Son of God formed a bridge at the cross. All of heaven and the universes marveled at the LOVE that could perform such a thing.
But we are called upon to do our part in our salvation and our regeneration into a new eternal life. God did not create robots! Human beings have free will. They are free to make their own decisions
“But if it is unpleasing in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for ourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony
These people lived according to the Word of God in faith. They trusted in the power of the cross to deliver them. They decided to lose their lives, only to gain it back again. To the seven churches of Revelation it is promised to each one of them; “…He that overcometh..” the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Not those that trusted in the cross for atonement and taking away of sins. This person is not taking responsibility for picking up the pieces of their sin and putting it back together correctly with God’s help. This is the reward promised for those who “overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony“.
We have to look deep into our hearts and say;
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (Isaiah 64:6).
The Devil is not something foreign and outside of me, it is something that is part of me and it is inside of me.
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).
We can see what Jesus described in Luke 10:18, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven” It paints a picture of an evil dominated heart ascending in pride and trying and take the place of God
It is trying to claim what does not belong to us. God alone is sovereign in all of creation. But like oil and vinegar, good and evil cannot exist together in the kingdom of God. God’s holiness created a blinding “glare”. The selfish evil heart has to descend back to where it belongs. And that is into the abyss of an eternal hell. They had sealed their own fate by the poor choices they had made!
But the Christian heart who follows the command to “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2). They shall see the Son of Man, and the glare of the lightning will not blind them but illuminated their path into eternal glory.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
Examples of “lighting” in Scriptures which is the holiness of God
“For as the lightning (Strongs 796 = “Glare”) cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:27).
“His countenance was like lightning (Strongs 796 = “Glare”) and his raiment white as snow:” (Matthew 28:3).
“For as the lightning (Strongs 796 = “Glare”) that
lighteneth (Strongs 797 flash as lightning: lighten, shine)
out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other
The last verse provides much illumination to this truth, “For as the lightning (“Glare“) that lighteneth..” (“lighten, shine“)
“Lightening” produces a blinding glare that blocks the evil intentions that they are trying to accomplish.
But “lighteneth” provides light and shines guidance to the good children of the Father.
One word exposes evil, and one word lights the path of the good. One path is for the goats, and one path is for the sheep
“And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:32).
If we carefully pray for light and illumination on the sacred Scriptures, we can plainly see that there is no actual supreme devil or satan to be found in hell. Only those people who made a decision in free will to ignore or reject God’s love for them, and the invitation to share eternal life with Him and His big, big family.