Who is the Devil?
Throughout Christian history, many annotations have been added to the character we associate with the Devil. Stereotypes, fairy tales, and pagan practices have distorted the view of who the Devil actually is, as well as what he is capable of and what his purpose is in the world. Most people know that the Devil is associated with Satan, or Lucifer, but when considering the entity that is a very real part of the world, there are many false preconceptions. Medieval art has lent to the illustration of Satan as a red satyr, wielding a pitchfork with horns and a forked tail, or more historically accurately as the great dragon.
Of course none of these illustrations are a true representation for Lucifer, who is more accurately portrayed as the Shining Light, an angel, and one of God’s most beautiful creations.His role as adversary to God and the human race, and deliverer of temptation to human beings, has tainted and darkened the characterization of Lucifer — in order to do spiritual warfare with this adversary, we must know who he is and what he is capable of. Only then can we be well guarded, with the help of the Will of God, against the Devil.
There are many Bible verses that mention Lucifer, either directly or indirectly, and we are going to take a look at some of these Bible verses and discuss what we can learn about Lucifer.
He is evil, sinful, and an enemy of God. (1 John 3:8, Romans 16:20)
He deceived Eve and altered the destiny of the human race, resulting in the casting out of humans from the Kingdom of Heaven. (Genesis 3:1)
He is a thief, liar, and murderer. (Acts 5:3, John 8:44, John 10:10)
Satan attempts to manipulate and control human beings and their will. (1 Peter 5:8)
He is an interdimensional being capable of living in our world and others, and frequently even enters Heaven. (Revelation 20:1, Job 1:6)
As human beings, we are called to do spiritual warfare with Lucifer. (Ephesians 6:11, Matthew 4:1)
The Bible does not concern itself strongly, in correlation with the information presented within the text about angels, with the physiology or powers that angels or Lucifer possesses. As an elohim, he is disembodied at times, but also able to take the form of animals and even humans. Correlating with the assertion that human beings interact with angels, many human beings likely interact with the influence of Lucifer.
Lucifer is perhaps the champion of sin, but also retains some of the characteristics of being an angel. He is super-intelligent, able to use the Powers of Heaven at his disposal to twist and manipulate human beings throughout history. As an angel, and a being of great strength, human beings must devote themselves to the scholarly study of Christianity, the precepts of the Lord, and align their will with the Will of God to win against Lucifier.