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God vs Devil How could Satan hope to win?

god vs devilGod vs Devil is no contest, Satan and angels joined hand in hand are nothing against the limitless might of Almighty God. A battle between God and the Devil would be a real snoozer.

The Devil knew he couldn’t defeat God in battle, so what was his plan?

The answer is in Job 1:6-11, it was revealed to God’s heavenly court. Satan would prove God erred concerning Job. God therefore, cannot be God and must disqualify Himself.

God pronounced Job “upright” meaning he served without selfish motive. That was an error in Satan’s mind:

 

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

God as the Holy One is separate from all limitations of His creatures (Ex. 15:11. 1 Sam. 2:2. Dt. 32:4; Is. 57:15). If God erred, that is no longer true . Then contrary to claims (Is. 46:5, 9-10. Ps. 89:6), He is not qualified to sit on the Throne as God King commanding what creatures must do.

If a judge is incompetent he is is disqualified, he would recuse himself. God is of impeccable character, if He is disqualified He would recuse Himself. Then Satan and his angels could choose for themselves how and where they would live.

But how could they believe Omniscient God made an error?  The answer is in Ezekiel:

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 selfish motives for serving God. They didn’t serve Him for nothing, they sought specific benefits for their labor. Confirmation Bias did the rest. Just as thieves believe everyone are thieves, so they projected their sin onto everyone, including Job. Pride didn’t permit they were wrong(Obad. 1:3-4; Prov. 16:18).

They bet everything on being right. But they were wrong about Job.

Job proved he did not serve God for selfish reasons, they took all he had and still he honored God.

But that didn’t settle the larger issue: “Did “true love” exist?”

If God created believing Free Willed creatures in true love would choose to live with Him without selfish motives, and that didn’t happen, then He still erred. Satan and the third of heaven (Rev. 12:4) bet everything “true love” didn’t exist.

The Incarnation proved them wrong, true love does exists in every way that matters.

True love for man by God, true love for God by man, and man’s true love for his fellow man. All these were proved when God gave His only Begotten Son Jesus, that the world through Him might live (John 3:15). When Jesus as both God and man, for true love’s sake, forsook everything as God in heaven to serve His Father, and His fellow man dying a horrible death, for true love’s sake:

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)

Paul appeals we have an attitude of true love for each other (Phil. 2:4). Jesus had this attitude when He gave up infinite prerogatives and privileges of being God (Phil. 2:5-6) to appear on earth a humble servant of God the Father. Destined to die for the sins of others, a horrible death on the cross. Jesus gained nothing by doing this He didn’t already have as God the Son. But He did this so God His Father could demonstrate to man His true love for them (John 3:16).  That was an act of true love the Son has for His Father. But its more than that, as Jesus is both fully God and fully man simultaneously. His true love then is also that of a man for His God (Jn. 20:28) and man for His fellow man.

No greater sacrifice can exist than the Incarnation, and it was done for true love’s sake. That is why the Incarnation settled the question forever, “does true love for God and man exist?” Yes, it does. Jesus and the Father proved it.

 

The existence of “True Love” thus legally established in the Heavenly Sanhedrin by two impeccable witnesses (Dt. 19:15; Heb. 6:13), God the Father and God the Son themselves.

 

Satan erred supposing true love didn’t exist, that selfish motive can be found when creatures serve God. Losing the argument had eternal consequences for the Devil and his angels, they will suffer everlasting fire once God is done with them.

For this reason Satan and his demons cannot say “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” (1 Jn. 4:2-3),  they choke on the words. The True Love it evidenced contradicted their argument forever.

 

Satan and his angels know they are doomed, but their only play is to hinder the “full number of the Gentiles” from coming in (Rom. 11:25), hoping to delay the day when they are cast into the everlasting fire.