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God vs Devil How could Satan hope to win?

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god vs devilGod vs Devil How could Satan hope to win? If we judge by strength its no context. God is Almighty, the Devil only mighty. Limitless might against limited might, there’s no context. in a battle of God vs Devil he looses, it would be a real snoozer, instantly the Devil would be gone.

The Devil isn’t stupid, therefore he must have a plan. A different way to win against God. What could it be?

The answer is in the book of Job 1:6-11, when he appeared before the heavenly court to make his case. God knows Satan’s scheme, so he sets it up for him pronouncing Job’s motives for serving “upright”.

That provides Satan his opportunity, he argues God erred concerning Job his motives are not pure:

9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. (Job 1:8-11) KJV

Divine Holiness is complete separateness from the limitations of the finite (Ex. 15:11; 1 Sam. 2:2; Dt. 32:4; Is. 57:15), if God erred He is like other beings contrary to what He claims (Is. 46:5; Ps. 89:6) and therefore is not God according to His own definition. If God erred He must disqualify Himself, and permit His creatures the right to live wherever they will as they choose.

Because God’s character is impeccable, Satan was on solid ground concluding God would disqualify Himself if the definition of God no longer applied to Him. But this still begs the question why Satan and perhaps a 1/3 of heaven’s angels (Rev. 12:4) believed God was wrong about Job.

The answer to this question is found in another text:

13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created.
14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.
15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity (05766 עֶוֶל `evel) was found in you. (Eze 28:13-15) NKJ

Satan and his angels looked deep within themselves and discovered evil selfishness, perceived their own selfish motives for serving God. They didn’t do it for nought, they hoped for a return for their labor. Pride didn’t permit others might not share this sin (Obad. 1:3-4; Prov. 16:18), that some like Job didn’t expect any return. Like modern sinners, they projected their own sin on everyone else, confident they were sinners also.

They bet it all, that’s how confident they were. Indeed, they should have been suspicious how God praised Job so profusely, setting them up for the big fall. But pride makes blind, they often fall into the ditch (Lk. 6:39).

While Job addressed the immediate issue of God’s mistaking his motives, it didn’t settle the larger issue if “true love” exists.

The Incarnation of the Eternal Son of God, God the Word made flesh settled that forever. Notice the relevance of selfless obedience to God, the kind that can spring only from true love:

4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phi 2:4-11 KJV)

Jesus gave up all the privileges and prerogatives of being God, dying a horrible death on the cross for the True Love’s sake, so that His Father could show His love to the world (John 3:16). Christ already had everything; therefore, He could gain nothing by this selfless sacrifice of Himself. Hence, it is legally established by no greater two witnesses (Dt. 19:15; Heb. 6;13) than God the Father and God the Son themselves—that true love exists, therefore the gift of free will was not an error. Its possible free will creatures in true love choose fellowship with God, because they love Him and in Him they desire to live and move and have their being, forever (Rev. 21:22; Jn. 17:21).

It is for this reason neither Satan or his demons can say “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” (1 Jn. 4:2-3) for they choke on the words that contradicted their argument forever, beyond any possible doubt.