Satan: Who is He?
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
This is one theme that I approach with mixed feelings. I want to avoid any superstitious and non-biblical conceptions because there's so much abroad today concerning Satan that is not biblical. Yet I want to be realistic about it. I believe that Satan is a reality. He is a person, and I am convinced that he would like very much to see you skip this message. I've prayed more about the preparation of this study than any other in a long time because of that.
He is an enemy. I have never spoken on the subject of Satan when there wasn't something which interrupted in a way that tried to snatch away the seed of the Word that was sown. One thing is obvious: Satan does not want to be identified. Ignorance of his motives and his movements is his chief weapon today. He moves with all subtlety, which is the thing that characterizes him. This is the reason you see him as a serpent in the Garden of Eden. You will see him under different guises as you go through the Word of God. He does this because he does not want his true character to be known. He attempts to conceal that from man.
Let me repeat, ignorance of him is his chief weapon. And if you want to know how well he's done the job, go out on the streets of your neighborhood shopping area and ask the people who go by for their opinions. Probably one out of ten would say they believe Satan is a reality. The other nine will think that he's merely a myth. I say that he has done a superb job of making the average person believe he does not exist.
Paul could write in his day, "We are not ignorant of his devices" (2 Corinthians 2:11). Well, I do not think we can say that today. The average person is ignorant of his devices, and I believe even Christians today are not really on the alert. John says in Revelation 12:9 that Satan "deceives the whole world" (emphasis added). He is the one who is in the business of deception, and he has done a marvelous job at that.
Paul told the young pre ...
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