2.6 Satan's Challenge Of Christ In The Wilderness


Chapter 2: The Satanic Confederacy of Wicked Spirits

from War On the Saints
by Jesse Penn-Lewis

Scriptures Referenced in This Section:
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Mt. 9:34 π Mt. 12:26 π Mt. 13:3-4 π Mt. 13:13 π Mt. 13:19; 2nd π Mt. 13:38-39 π Mt. 25:41 π Mk. 4:3-4 π Mk. 4:14-15 π Mk. 4:15 π Lk. 4:1-13 π Lk. 8:5 π Lk. 8:11-12 π Lk. 8:12 π Jn. 8:44 π Jn. 14:30 π 1 Jn. 3:12 π Rev. 12:9

This distinction between Satan, the prince of the demons ( Mt. 9:34 ), and his legion of wicked spirits, is clearly recognized by Christ, and may be noted in many parts of the Gospels. ( Mt. 25:41 ) We find Satan in person challenging the Lord in the wilderness temptation, and Christ answering him as a person, word for word, and thought for thought, until he retires, foiled by the keen recognition of his tactics, by the Son of God. ( Lk. 4:1-13; top )

We read of the Lord describing him as the "prince of the world" ( Jn. 14:30 ); recognizing him as ruling over a kingdom ( Mt. 12:26 ); using imperative language to him as a person, saying; "Get thee hence"; while to the Jews He describes his character as "sinning from the beginning," and being a "murderer," and a "liar," the "father of lies," who "abode not in the truth" ( Jn. 8:44 ) which once he held as a great archangel of God. He is called, also, "that wicked one" ( 1 Jn. 3:12 , A.V.), the "Adversary," and that "old serpent." ( Rev. 12:9; top )

In respect of his method of working, the Lord speaks of him as sowing "tares," which are "sons of the evil one," among the wheat - the "sons" of God ( Mt. 13:38-39; top ); thus revealing the Adversary as possessing the skill of a master mind, directing, with executive ability, his work as "prince of the world," in the whole inhabited earth, and with power to place the men, who are called his "sons," wherever he wills.

We read also, of Satan watching to snatch away the seed of the Word of God from all who hear it, this again indicating his executive power in the world-wide direction of his agents, whom the Lord describes as "fowls of the air"; in His own interpretation of the parable ( Mt. 13:3-4 , 13 , 19 ; Mk. 4:3-4 , 14-15 ; Lk. 8:5 , 11-12 ); plainly saying that He meant by these "fowls" the "evil one" (Gr. Poneros, Mt. 13:19 ); "Satan" (Gr. Satana, Mk. 4:15 ); or "Devil" (Gr. Diabolus, Lk. 8:12; top ); whom we know, from the general teaching of other parts of the Scriptures, does his work through the wicked spirits he has at his command; Satan himself not being omnipresent, although able to transpose himself with lightning velocity to any part of his world-wide dominions.

[2.5] Distinction Between Satan and Evil Spirits
[2.7] The Lord's Attitude to and Recognition of Satan
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