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Satan’s Bible Knowledge Article by John Piper

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Posted on January 15,2016




June 30, 1981


Satan’s Bible Knowledge




I believe there is a Satan precisely because I believe in Jesus. If Satan is our mythological holdover from a pre-scientific age, then the life-long struggle of our Lord Jesus was mere shadow-boxing. Take Satan and his forces out of the Gospels, and Jesus is left like a fool punching the air.


From the beginning of his ministry (Matthew 4:1–11) to the end (Luke 22:3), Jesus was in conflict with the powers of darkness. And it is the clear teaching of the apostles, Peter (1 Peter 5:8), James (James 4:7), John (1 John 2:13; 3:8; 5:18), and Paul (1 Thessalonians 3:5) that Satan is against the church and must be resisted by faith and the Word of God. We do well to know his tactics.


For example, I have been struck recently at how well Satan knows the Bible and how he loves to quote Scripture in order to destroy faith. Remember how he tried to persuade Jesus to throw himself down from the temple roof? He argued from Scripture! “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written: He will give his angels charge of you” (Matthew 4:6). Note well! Satan does not always try to ruin faith by saying, “The Bible isn’t true.” He often tries to destroy our faith by affirming some passage and using it to lead us into disobedience.


All Christians suck life from God’s Holy Word. We die without it. We will not let it be taken from us. We will go to jail rather than stop reading it. So what does Satan do? His one aim is to destroy our faith. The Word of God alone keeps faith alive. But we cleave to it and Satan cannot tear it away. So he studies it. How else could he quote Psalm 91:11–12 to Jesus? He studies it. And he studies how to distort it and pervert it by plausible misinterpretations. Yes, they must be plausible. He is not so happy when his sub-demons put absurd misinterpretations into our head because they are far too easily corrected.


What makes Satan happy is when he can get Christians to believe that Proverbs 15:6 justifies the accumulation of wealth in a world of hunger; that 2 Thessalonians 3:10 abolishes charity; that Romans 9:16 makes evangelism superfluous; that 1 Timothy 2:4 means God is not sovereign in conversion; that John 10:28 means a “Christian” can do whatever he wants and still be saved; that Hebrews 6:4-6 means there is no security and assurance for God’s elect.


Is it a sobering thought that the Word of God is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17)? Yes! And indeed it is. What did Jesus say when Satan quoted Scripture? He said: “Again it is written, you shall not test the Lord your God” (Matthew 4:7). He quoted Scripture against Satan’s use of Scripture. He knew the Bible better than Satan.


What is the upshot for us? 1) Do not believe everyone who can quote you a text. History is strewn with cults who twisted the Scriptures to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16). 2) Read widely in the Bible and ask yourself continually how this part fits with that part and that with this. It is when the pieces start to fit together that we are most secure from distortion. 3) Read theological books that the decades and centuries have proved to be deep, solid, and lasting. 4) Fast and pray that God will open our eyes to see true and wonderful things in his Word. 5) Obey what you do understand and you will understand more.


By, John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books.


2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)


16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


Some here may have not like things I wrote and Flagged some of my postings, But do not believe everyone who can quote's scripture. Not even me. I feel anyone should, free to openly teaching, rebuking, correcting and training anyone here on use of Scripture or written actions and advice here. The Truth of God's Word may be shared Here, But only if it don't offend someone here?? The Holy Spirit always pointing us toward what Jesus would be, say, or do in any given moment.


By Charles Spurgeon: Quotes:


A sermon often does a man most good when it makes him most angry. Those people who walk down the aisles and say, "I will never hear that man again," very often have an arrow rankling in their breast.


When the Storm raging and the water is rising, Ask your self what do Jesus do? The scripture is are operating manual of life if applied in the right way. But when we are lessening to the wrong spirit (Satan) we in for a ruff storms ahead. it is when all the pieces of scripture start to fit together, we will see the storm clam down and have smooth Sailing ahead. Focus on Christ and ask yourself again What would Jesus do.


God Bless and hope this may help bring understanding to all.




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