Who is the Devil?

The Devil is not just an evil principle within society or our minds. The Devil is a created being that is in rebellion against God and His plan for redeeming the human race (Col. 1:16, Eze. 28:15). Within the Bible, the Devil is referred to as “the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan” (Rev. 20:2). As we will soon discuss, the Devil is the one who tempted Adam and Eve not to Believe what God had said concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Ezekiel 28:11-19 addresses the king of Tyrus, but this address holds a double meaning to describe the Devil. The descriptions given within the text go beyond what could describe a human man. This text along with a text from Isaiah, informs us that the Devil became proud because of his own personal beauty. This pride corrupted his wisdom and he deceived himself into believing that he could defeat God, and have all of God’s creation worship him instead (Eze. 28:16-17, Isa. 14:12-14). He is not God’s equal, but is presently working towards defeating God and overthrowing God’s authority and rulership. Exactly how he plans to dethrone God is debated, but trying to make God out to be a liar by thwarting His redemption plan with humanity is a large part of it. All of the reasons why God allows the Devil to continue his futile plight is somewhat a mystery. The Devil is currently allowed continued existence and limited freedom by God. The reason God allows this has to do with God’s redemptive purposes for humanity. God is good, and everything He does is for a good purpose. It is ultimately for our good. God allows the Devil and forces of spiritual darkness certain latitude in order to lead, or “drive” men and women to correct Faith to receive redemption. Remember, God’s goal is not always what we may think it is when looking at “life” from our perspective. God’s goal is for mankind’s redemption. And everything God does is towards this end. A closer look into the fall and the cause of mankind’s dilemma, will help us better understand the plan of redemption.