Mystical Theories About the Devil
It’s amazing how much myth surrounds teaching about the devil, and how much has been accepted as truth without question.
Most of what people believe is based on other people’s experiences or the insights of those who profess to know more about the devil than the Bible reveals. This inevitably denies the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and causes the gospel to be powerless in our lives.
We must not believe things that are not clearly substantiated in Scripture. We should never base truth on assumption.
There are popular books about the devil. They make great novels but are not scripturally true.
Who and What the Devil Is Not
Most mythical beliefs about the devil are theories based on who people believe him to be in his original state and rob God of His glory and power, ultimately exalting Satan’s power.
One theory is that the devil was the worship leader in heaven with supreme authority as the covering cherub.
“Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” —Ezekiel 28:14 (KJV)
This theory also suggests Satan was the one who covered the throne of God, making him the one closest to God. Let’s look at what is actually revealed in the scriptures.
“No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father….“ —John 1:18 (AMP)
This scripture is clear that Jesus is the One who has always been in the bosom and intimate presence of the Father— face to face with God—throughout eternity.
Another undermining theory is that Satan still has authority or power over people on earth. It includes that sinning gives the devil the legal right to attack believers. We call it “opening the door to the devil.”
This has undermined the faith of thousands and strengthened legalism, law and performance righteousness in people’s lives.
Many believe in generational curses. This makes the power of God of no effect in our lives.
Jesus delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and translated us to the kingdom of his Son (Col. 1:13).
After His resurrections, Jesus said to his disciples, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Mat. 28:18). He didn’t say “some power” nor “EXCEPT for when you sin.”
Authority and power is not ours to relinquish. Satan has no degree of power on earth. Jesus is the only authority.
Paul’s Answer to Satan’s Authority
Paul countered all the error and said that God is the One who makes us able (qualifies us) to
be partakers of the inheritance, through Jesus.
“Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light.” — Colossians 1:12 (AMPC)
Nothing we do can qualify or disqualify us. God alone qualifies us.
Delivered, Reconciled and Complete
Jesus delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of His Son (Col. 1:13).
God has made peace with us, reconciled us (made friends with us), and we are presented Holy, unblameable and unreprovable in His sight (Col. 1:20-22).
In Jesus, God is the One who makes us complete, perfect and safe from the devil (Col. 2:8-10).
“Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!”—1 John 4:4
The cross has reconnected us to the power of God that has established us in God’s never-ending love. This is the power to resist the onslaught of the enemy. Learn the truth that exposes the devil for who he really is. Completely overpowered, captured and displayed as totally stripped of all authority and power on the earth.
Spoiled Principalities and Powers
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” — Colossians 2:13-15
In ancient times, there were two kinds of victory — when the enemy flees from you, and when the enemy is captured.
The victor paraded the defeated king in the streets with their thumbs and big toes cut off, proving they would never be able to stand or hold a weapon against you again.
Satan has been totally overpowered, captured and displayed—stripped of all power on the earth—with no right to work in our lives, no matter what!