Another witness from God's Word regarding who the "old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan" is. "A murderer from the beginning."
Originally Posted by heb13-13
Jesus called Satan the "ruler of this world" (John 12:31).
He also identified Satan as the "prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience" (Eph 2:2).
In Revelation 9:11, John calls Satan the "angel of the bottomless pit." This describes Satan's future. But, until that time Peter warns that, "your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
The Greek word for "adversary" is "One who stands against."
In Matthew 13:39, Jesus describes Satan as "the enemy that sows." According to the parable, God is the farmer that sows good seed in our hearts and lives. By contrast Satan comes along afterwards and sows bad seeds that bring forth weeds, choking out the life that God has sown.
Jesus uses an even stronger condemnation against Satan and his work. He calls the devil both a murderer and a liar:
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning (serpent of old), and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it" (John 8:44).
When the book of Job opens, we find Satan at God's throne, accusing Job, a righteous servant of the Lord. In this scene, the devil is prefigured as "the accuser of the brethren," as John calls him in Rev 12:10, "who accuses them day and night before our God."
In Genesis 3, we find in Scripture the words of warfare. After the Fall, God told the devil:
"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman (church), and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel" (Gen 3:15 )
The "woman" here represents the church of Jesus Christ and Satan has waged war with her ever since.
Who is the "offspring" mentioned in Gen 3:15?
Paul explains that the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say "and to offsprings", referring to many, but rather referring to one. "And to your offspring," who is Christ.
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ" (Gal 3:16).
The battle is not between Satan and Man but between Satan and Christ!
There is no other book like the Bible in the world where you have to know the Author to understand the book. If Christianity were the religion of the Book then it would be no different than any other religion in the world. But, Christianity is Christ! It is the dynamic, personal Spirit of God functioning in man.