Shelby G. Floyd
Devil and Satan are the names most often given to the arch enemy of mankind. He is identified by many other terms such as Abaddon—Revelation 9:11; Adversary—Job 1-2; Angel of the Abyss—Revelation 9:11; and Devil about thirty-five times in the New Testament. He is called by many more such like terms that describe his sinister character and designs on the human race.
Who Belongs To Satan?
The apostle gives a test to see who our spiritual leader is. He declares that the one who keeps on living a habitual life of sin belongs to the devil “He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning” (1 John 3:8).
If such a one belongs to the devil, then the devil is that person’s spiritual father. Jesus declared that some people in his day had the devil for their father: “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44ESV). The devil was the first sinner and he was and is a liar from the beginning. Do not make the devil your daddy.
Jesus Came to Destroy the Devil’s Works
Our work as children of God is both positive and negative. Jesus “appeared to take away our sins” (1 John 3:5). But John declares in this same chapter that “the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8). Let us destroy his work and promote God’s work!
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Shelby G. Floyd