The Adversary

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I watched recently the video on YouTube, “Why does God allow Satan to live?” It deals with such an interrogative in an honest manner as this: “There is more glory that would come to Jesus Christ because of suffering to destroy Satan and then powerfully shooting Satan in the end. And there is more glory that would come to Jesus Christ by our sharing in the sufferings of Christ, holding on His supreme value, and if we would be able to say, ‘Satan, depart. That would never have another problem.’ …The glory of God shines the most brightly, the glory of Christ shines the most brightly when we are seeing to be supremely satisfied in Christ in spite of Satan’s torments which exist rather than having those torments removed and liking Jesus because of it. It’s when we love Jesus in spite of it and through it, that His glory would shine the most brightly, rather than when we have our life easier for us by his removal, and we like Jesus because of it.”

In the Bible, Satan means the Adversary. He was originally created in the most respectful manner and one day he was found to be not right with God because his pride was the primary reason to rebel against God, the Creator.

Because of this rebellion, when God created Adam and Eve, God notified them that there was a forbidden thing that had existed by putting “the tree of knowledge of good and evil” in the Garden of Eden as you are familiar with that story in Genesis. If Adam and Eve did not partake the fruit of that tree, the Evil which is represented by the Adversary could not enter into this world. Since Adam and Eve were created in His image as free will beings, it was up to them to choose their life. God simply notified them by that tree that there was an existence of good and evil because of the rebellion of Satan in heaven. Many people are wondering why God put the forbidden tree. This is what I understand. It is because it implies not only our free will but also the notification of rebellion which had been existing. It is his pride that makes himself Satan. John 10:10a NIV calls him as the thief, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”

Do you remember that Satan tempted Christ in the wilderness after His 40 days and 40 nights fasting? How dare he was that he even tempted his own Creator, Jesus! Eventually, after the fall of man, Satan becomes “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and claims his ownership, which is, everything in this planet belongs to him. We can see how his pride blinds himself in the temptation dialogue between Satan and Christ. Satan quoted Psalm and Deuteronomy so did Jesus without saying anything new out of His lips even Jesus Himself is the Word as Jonn 1:1 KJV reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In contrast, Christ made Himself humble (empty) as we read Philippians 2:7 KJV, “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”

No matter how the evils are so strong and destructive, God’s word has been tested (before the Creation). All the forms of ugliness against the Creation have been though in all generations throughout history because His word has been tested; otherwise, God would not allow them to happen. Our word cannot explain this, but everything has been tested before the power of the evils (before the Creation). This may confuse you, but His word is tested as we read Proverbs 30:5 NASB, “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”

In heaven which is described in the book of Revelation, the sufferings become the monument of the glory of God. Jesus’ scars on His hands, feet, and side remain in heaven as the reminder of His love for the glorification in His work which is followed by the sufferings, as a reminder, of each individual who loves the Lord. – T

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