Origin Of Satan

In John 8:44, Christ said to his unbelieving Jewish audience: “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, 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.

Peloubet’s Bible Dictionary, (Chicago, IL: The John C. Winston Publishing Co., 1944), p. 592-593 states the following: The Hebrew word Satan simply means an “adversary”; and is so used in 1 Samuel 29:4; 2 Samuel 19:22; 1 Kings 5:4; 1 Kings 11:14,23,25; Numbers 22:22,32; Psalm 109:6.

Satan is also called “ho diabolos” — “the devil.” The derivation of the word in itself implies an endeavor to break the bonds between others and “set them at variance.” The common usage adds to this general sense the special idea of setting at variance “by slander” (cf. 2 Timothy 3:3; Titus 2:3).

Satan’s general object is to break the bonds of communion between God and man, and the bonds of truth and love which bind men to each other. The slander of God to man is best seen in the words of Genesis 3:4-5. They attribute selfishness and jealousy to the Giver of all good. The slander of man to God is illustrated in the book of Job (Job 1:9-11; Job 2:4-5).

With these thoughts in mind, let us look at some thoughts presented in God’s Word concerning the origin of Satan.

See here.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets


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