4121 Satan, as the enemy of God
Scripture provides numerous examples of ways in which Satan opposes the presence and purposes of God in his world.
Satan and God’s people
Satan slanders believers 1Ti 5:14
Satan opposes the work of the archangel Michael Jude 9 The implication of these verses is that Michael’s work is in direct opposition to that of Satan. Michael is the protector of God’s people while Satan is their opponent: Da 10:13,21; Da 12:1; Rev 12:7
Satan opposes God
Satan opposes God’s word See also Mt 13:3-19 pp Mk 4:3-16 pp Lk 8:4-12 the parable of the sower; Mt 13:24-39 the parable of the weeds and its explanation; Ac 13:8-10 Elymas, the sorcerer, acts on Satan’s behalf to oppose Barnabas and Paul.
Satan opposes God’s righteousness 1Jn 3:7-10
Satan blasphemes God Rev 13:6
Satan’s opposition to God’s work will not succeed
Satan’s role as adversary earns him varied titles
Belial He is the adversary because he is the troublemaker or scoundrel (the same Hebrew word is used in the OT passages as in 2Co 6:15 to describe Satan’s work): Dt 13:13; 1Ki 21:10; Pr 6:12; 2Co 6:15
The angel of the Abyss Rev 9:11 He is the adversary because he is the destroyer.
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