Jesus and the Devil
It has been shown
that in order for Jesus to conquer sin he had to be a member of
Adam’s race (the human race) i.e. he had to have the same nature as all people:
sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for
sin condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3).
teaches exactly the same thing in different words.
If we set Romans 8:3 and Hebrews 2:14 side by side
we can immediately identify the devil:
sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh...
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh
and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the
for sin (Margin: by a sacrifice for sin)...
in the flesh”
...him that had the power of death, that is, the devil...”
From this we
can see that THE DEVIL = SIN IN THE FLESH. In Romans 7:23
it is called “The law of sin which is in my members”. Since
the Bible speaks of the devil as if it were a person (compare
wisdom spoken of as a woman in Proverbs 8) we may define the devil
as “THE PERSONIFICATION OF SIN IN THE FLESH”.
We may confirm
the above conclusion by noting carefully the teaching of
Hebrews 2:14 teaches that Jesus destroyed the devil by his death
with Hebrews 9:26:
“For then must he (Jesus) often have suffered since the foundation
of the world: but now once in the end of the world (i.e.
age) hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of
says Jesus destroyed the DEVIL by his death; Hebrews 9:26
says he destroyed SIN by his death. Thus again we see the Bible’s
teaching that the devil and sin are one and the same thing.
Hebrews 2:14 teaches that the devil has the power of death
with Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death”.
Corinthians 15:56: “The sting of death is sin”.
says that which causes death is the DEVIL; Romans 6:23 and
1 Corinthians 15:56 say that it is SIN which causes death.
Thus again we see the Bible teaching that the devil and sin are
The Source of Temptation and
It follows from
what has been said already that we cannot blame a
fallen-angel-devil for our sins. This is confirmed by James when
he writes: “Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of
his own lust, and enticed” (James 1:14). This agrees with
the teaching of Jesus when he said:
“From within, out of the heart of man, proceed evil
thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness,
wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride,
foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and
defile the man” (Mark 7:21-23).
It was this law
of sin in his members that Jesus fought and won. He overcame sin
at its source. “He was tempted like as we are, yet without
sin” (Hebrews 4:15). In other words he destroyed the
The Meaning of the Word DEVIL
really a Greek word that has been modified and incorporated into
the English. The original Greek word is DIABOLOS. This is made up
of two words: DIA (= across, as in DIAmeter, a line across a
circle), and BOLOS (from BALLO = to throw). The diabolos, or
devil, is that which throws across the line of God’s law. We may
causes to cross the line (note: another word for this is
transgress) of God’s law is the diabolos or devil.
The law of sin
in our members is that which repeatedly makes us cross the line of
God’s law i.e. transgress His law. Thus it is appropriately
referred to as the diabolos - the “across thrower” or devil.
The word DEVIL
is sometimes applied to sinful people (e.g. Judas in John 6:70,
or sinful organisations (e.g. Revelation
these are manifestations of the sin which is in all men.
The Meaning of the Word SATAN
Satan is a
Hebrew word which was taken over into the Greek and then into the
English. It means “an adversary”. Satan denotes neither a
good nor bad adversary but its nature has to be interpreted
according to the context in which it is found. We find that the
following are referred to as “satan”:
was a satan to
(1 Chronicles 21:1 compared with 2 Samuel 24:1
angel that stood in the way of Balaam is said to have been an
“adversary” to him, the word “adversary” being SATAN
in the original Hebrew in Numbers 22:22.
Peter when he
was opposing the divine plan in Christ is called Satan in
organisation that was opposed to the Truth in Revelation 2:9
is described as Satan.
thoughts of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:3-4.
But the GREAT
ADVERSARY of mankind is SIN, and so we read of the way in which
men can be delivered from their sinful state by the Gospel:
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light,
and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may
receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them
which are sanctified by faith that is in Jesus” (Acts 26:18).
This power of
the adversary (satan) from which men are made free in Christ is
sin: “The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made
me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).
Devil, Satan and Ourselves
adversary we have to face is in our own being. We can say with
Paul: “Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.”
must strive, like Jesus, to overcome the law of sin (devil) within
us, as Paul exhorts: “Let not sin therefore reign in your
mortal body that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof” (Romans
is the same as saying: “Resist the devil and he will flee from
you” (James 4:7).