What does Devil mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
διάβολος prone to slander 16
διαβόλου prone to slander 12
διαβόλῳ prone to slander 4
διάβολός prone to slander 1
διάβολον prone to slander 1

Definitions Related to Devil

G1228


   1 prone to slander, slanderous, accusing falsely.
      1a a calumniator, false accuser, slanderer,.
   2 metaph.
   applied to a man who, by opposing the cause of God, may be said to act the part of the Devil or to side with him.
   Additional Information: Satan the prince of the demons, the author of evil, persecuting good men, estranging mankind from God and enticing them to sin, afflicting them with diseases by means of demons who take possession of their bodies at his bidding.
   

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1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Devil
(Greek: diabolos, slanderer, accuser, or traducer)
The word is used as a name for a fallen angel or evil spirit, especially for the chief of the rebellious angels, Lucifer or Satan (Matthew 25). In both the Old and the New Testament he is represented as a personal being cast off by God and hostile to men, going about like "a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5). Adorned at his creation with sanctifying grace, he sinned by pride, and with many other heavenly spirits was denied the' beatific vision. His abode is hell, and he cannot enjoy the benefits of the Redemption. Yet he remains a rational spirit, possessed of the knowledge he had before the fall, and in the administration of the universe is permitted, for God's own purposes, to exercise some influence upon animate and inanimate creatures. Cases of diabolic obsession, possession, and infestation are numerous. Christ drove out devils, and empowered the Apostles to do so. In the Church the institution of the order of exorcists testifies to belief in a personal devil.
1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Devil Worshippers
Those who practise the worship or cult of the devil, an aspect of heathen worship in its worst and most degraded form. Among many barbarous peoples, offerings were made to evil and malignant gods, in order to placate them and avert their anger. As each nation had its own gods, racial rivalry led them to consider the protecting divinities of an enemy as evil demons, hence those who worshipped what they considered good beings were devil-worshippers to other nations. Such worship was not confined to heathens, for accounts of magical practises and occultation appear in the history of heretical sects in medieval Europe, and under the guise of various esoteric cults of today there are numerous devil-worshippers.
Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Devil
See Satan
Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Devil, Devlish
1: διάβολος (Strong's #1228 — Adjective — diabolos — dee-ab'-ol-os ) "an accuser, a slanderer" (from diaballo, "to accuse, to malign"), is one of the names of Satan. From it the English word "Devil" is derived, and should be applied only to Satan, as a proper name. Daimon, "a demon," is frequently, but wrongly, translated "devil;" it should always be translated "demon," as in the RV margin. There is one "Devil," there are many demons. Being the malignant enemy of God and man, he accuses man to God, Job 1:6-11 ; 2:1-5 ; Revelation 12:9,10 , and God to man, Genesis 3 . He afflicts men with physical sufferings, Acts 10:38 . Being himself sinful, 1 John 3:8 , he instigated man to sin, Genesis 3 , and tempts man to do evil, Ephesians 4:27 ; 6:11 , encouraging him thereto by deception, Ephesians 2:2 . Death having been brought into the world by sin, the "Devil" had the power of death, but Christ through His own death, has triumphed over him, and will bring him to nought, Hebrews 2:14 ; his power over death is intimated in his struggle with Michael over the body of Moses. Jude 1:9 . Judas, who gave himself over to the "Devil," was so identified with him, that the Lord described him as such, John 6:70 (see John 13:2 ). As the "Devil" raised himself in pride against God and fell under condemnation, so believers are warned against similar sin, 1 Timothy 3:6 ; for them he lays snares, ver. 7, seeking to devour them as a roaring lion, 1 Peter 5:8 ; those who fall into his snare may be recovered therefrom unto the will of God, 2 Timothy 2:26 , "having been taken captive by him (i.e., by the 'Devil');" "by the Lord's servant" is an alternative, which some regard as confirmed by the use of zogreo ("to catch alive") in Luke 5:10 ; but the general use is that of taking captive in the usual way. If believers resist he will flee from them, James 4:7 . His fury and malignity will be especially exercised at the end of the present age, Revelation 12:12 . His doom is the lake of fire, Matthew 25:41 ; Revelation 20:10 . The noun is applied to slanderers, false accusers, 1 Timothy 3:11 ; 2 Timothy 3:3 ; Titus 2:3 .
Note: For "devilish," James 3:17 , see DEMON , C.
Holman Bible Dictionary - Devil, Satan, Evil, Demonic
The personal dimension of that which opposes God's purposes in His world. For some people, belief in a personal Satan is part of mankind's nursery furniture. The concept of a personal Satan, however, has remained a part of evangelical thought. The present-day Christian who accepts the biblical teaching concerning Satan is not committed to all of the crude imagery that has sprung up around belief in Satan. In the light of medieval and modern distortions, a careful consideration of the biblical teaching concerning Satan is especially needed.
Old Testament Teaching A fully defined doctrine of Satan is not fund in the Bible until New Testament times. A number of reasons have been suggested for the relatively limited material on Satan in the Old Testament.
God began His self-revelation in the ancient world of polytheism (belief in many gods). God wanted to lead His people to a dynamic practical monotheism (the belief in and worship of one God). In the Old Testament a primary emphasis is placed on the supremacy of and the power of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who delivered the Hebrews from the slavery of Egypt.
Satan, the chief of the fallen angels, is mentioned in a number of places in the Old Testament. It is clear that from the very moment of the creation of this world that Satan and fallen angels were on the scene, rebels against God. Satan was evidently perfect in his original state. Pride seems to have been the cause of his fall. Disguised as a serpent, he was the agent of temptation for the first man and woman (Genesis 3:10 ; Revelation 12:9 ; Revelation 20:2 ). When Satan does appear in the Old Testament he is always the adversary of God's people. He seeks to lead God's people into presumption (1 Chronicles 21:1 ) or slanders them to God's face (Zechariah 3:1 ).
The most extensive Old Testament discussion of Satan is in Job. Here he is seen as God's agent and minister, who tested human fidelity. He makes a wager with God using Job as the stake. He acts, however, with the express permission of God and keeps within the limits which God has fixed for him (Job 1:12 ; Job 2:6 ).
New Testament Teaching By the time the New Testament book were written, God had led their authors to a clear-cut doctrine of Satan. This doctrine located an origin of evil in Satan. This recognizes the reality of evil outside and beyond the scope of human will. The New Testament avoids identifying evil with the direct will of God and keeps it always and finally subordinate to God.
Matthew, Mark, and Luke clearly accept and teach a doctrine of a personal Satan and his agents called fallen angels or demons (Mark 3:22 ). Matthew 17:5-18 tells of Jesus being tempted by the devil in the wilderness. In Matthew 25:41 even hell is described as being prepared for the devil and his angels. Satan and demons are seen as able to inflict disease ( Matthew 4:1 ; Luke 13:16 ). Satan possessed Judas (Luke 22:3 ). John saw Satan as the prince of this world (John 12:31 ; John 14:30 ; John 16:11 ) with the whole world in his power (1 John 5:19 ).
The apostle Paul's world view teaches that Satan is the god of this age. The cosmos or unredeemed world is at present under Satan's power. Satan is now the “commander of the spiritual powers of the air” (Ephesians 2:2 REB) and leads “the superhuman forces of evil in the heavenly realms” ( Ephesians 6:12 REB).
The general New Testament Epistles describe Satan's activities graphically. 2 Peter 2:4 speaks of the “angels that sinned” and Jude 1:6 of the “angels which kept not their first estate.” The constant use of violence and deceit by Satan requires that believers manifest courage and extreme vigilance ( James 4:7 ; 1 Peter 5:8-9 ).
The book of Revelation sees Satan's activities as involving not only individuals but communities. Political forces can become servants of the devil (Revelation 12:1 ; Revelation 13:1 ). Revelation 2:13 even speaks of a throne of Satan.
It should be remembered that the New Testament teaches that Satan and his demonic allies are not coequal with God. He is a created being who has rebelled and can tempt—but not force. The main concern of the Bible is not with the devil but with God and the gospel of His grace. Satan and the demonic forces have been overcome by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The New Testament never allows complete pessimism. In the end Satan and his angels will be completely overcome. In fact, Jesus came into the world to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8 ). The cross was a decisive victory over Satan and Satan's host (Colossians 2:15 ). This victory insured that countless numbers would be delivered from the dominion of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13 ).
Limitations of Satan Today, people continue to concretize their fears. They want a scapegoat to deliver them from responsibility. Satan is a created, rebellious and tempting evil power active in the universe, but his powerful existence does not exclude a person from responsibility. Satan and the demonic forces cannot dominate or possess us except by our own consent. Believers will not be tempted beyond our power of resistance (1 Corinthians 10:13 ). The power of Satan is limited. He acts within the limits set by divine sovereignty. The believer has God's armor—the biblical gospel, integrity, peace through Christ, faith in Christ, prayer—as spiritual security (Ephesians 6:11-18 ).
The recent fascination with Satan and demons is in reaction to an earlier disbelief. Christians should beware of excessive gullibility as well as extreme oversimplification. Knowledge about Satan and evil angels alerts Christians to the danger and subtlety of satanic temptation. We should not become too absorbed in satanic forces. Satan and demonic forces are active, but they are limited. We must remember that the main thrust of Christianity is on the availability of God's power and love in Jesus Christ and the Spirit.
John P. Newport
Holman Bible Dictionary - Devil
; SATAN A personal spiritual power who leads the forces of evil and opposition to God. Medieval and modern distortions have produced much crude imagery to spring up to describe Satan. Thus, a believer needs to consider carefully the biblical teaching concerning Satan.
Old Testament The Old Testament centers on the unique nature of Yahweh, the God of Israel, as the only true God. It speaks of an opposing, personal power of evil in only a few places and uses diverse language to refer to this evil power. The most familiar term is Satan. Satan is a Hebrew common noun meaning, “the accuser” or “the adversary.” The word can refer to human adversaries (1 Samuel 29:4 ; 2 Samuel 19:22 ; 1Kings 11:14,1 Kings 11:23 ). An angel or messenger of God can serve as a satan (Numbers 22:22 ). Psalm 109:6 apparently describes the human accuser in a trial (NAS; NIV; NRSV) despite a traditional interpretation as Satan (KJV).
As a figure of evil the word satan appears in Job 1:1;b12 and Zechariah 3:1-2 . The Hebrew construction with the definite article in these passages does not appear to represent a personal name. Rather it is a title for one of the beings attending the heavenly council. In Zechariah and Job 1–2 the satan appears as God's agent and minister who seeks to bring charges against individual people before God and the heavenly court. Here the satan is “the accuser.” He made a wage with God using Job as the stake. He acted, however, with the express permission of God and kept within the limits which God fixed for him ( Job 1:6 ,Job 1:6,1:12 ; Job 2:6 ). He unsuccessfully accused Joshua, the priest, before God (Zechariah 3:1-2 ). Satan appears without the definite article and is thus certainly a personal name in 1 Chronicles 21:1 . He provoked David to take a census of Israel. In the parallel passage, God in His anger told David to number Israel (2 Samuel 24:1 ).
In Genesis 3:1 the subtle serpent coaxed Eve to get her husband to join her in disobeying God. This brought a curse upon the serpent so that it crawls on its belly, eats dust, and is more cursed than any other animal ( Genesis 3:14 ). Its weapon against the woman is to bruise the heel of woman's seed (Genesis 3:14 ). Revelation 12:9 reveals that the serpent is Satan.
The Old Testament uses other language to talk about evil influencing human actions. Judges 9:23 refers to God sending an “evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem.” The “Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him” ( 1 Samuel 16:14 ). This evil spirit came and went from Saul (1 Samuel 16:23 ; compare 1 Samuel 18:10 ; 1 Samuel 19:9 ). 1 Kings 22:21 speaks of a “lying spirit” going out from the heavenly council to false prophets. Such language maintains the unique claim of God to be the only God and testifies to His sovereign rule over all earthly activities. It hints at a personal power opposed to God without describing the origin or nature of this power. The Old Testament makes clear the satanic opposition humans face in this world as they try to obey God.
New Testament God led New Testament authors to a much more clear-cut teaching about Satan. The New Testament recognizes Satan as a personal reality distinct from human wills. Satan is a major factor in causing evil situations and in tempting people to evil actions. The New Testament avoids identifying evil with the direct will of God, but evil is always subordinate to God.
Satan abides in hell, which was expressly prepared—apparently by God—for Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41 ). Satan rules over the demons, indicating a political power structure (Mark 3:22 ). Satan has messengers to afflict God's servants (2 Corinthians 12:7 ). He dared ask even the son of God to worship him as he tempted Jesus (Matthew 4:9 ). Jesus could call Satan the “ruler of this world” but only as He spoke of Satan's judgment and defeat (John 12:31 ; John 16:11 ) because he does not have power over Jesus (John 14:30 ). Thus the devil rules on earth only as people let him. Compare Ephesians 2:2 ; 1 John 5:19 . People can escape his power through prayer for deliverance from evil (Matthew 6:13 ; compare John 17:15 ). In that case, Satan is limited to being the “prince of the devils” (Matthew 9:34 ). As such he and his demonic companions have power to cause human illness (Matthew 17:5-18 ; Luke 13:16 ). See Luke 22:3 ). Those who do not believe and follow Jesus cannot claim God as Father. Satan is their father (John 8:44 ; Acts 13:10 ), for only Satan has been a murderer from the beginning and the father of lies (John 8:44 ) as opposed to Jesus who is the Truth. Compare Acts 5:3 . Even one who followed Jesus most closely and recognized His role as Messiah could be called, “Satan” for seeking to prevent Jesus from carrying out His role as Suffering Servant (Mark 8:33 ). Satan constantly tries to snatch God's word from those who hear it (Matthew 13:19 ). The church can be commanded to hand an immoral member over to Satan for discipline resulting in final salvation (1 Corinthians 5:5 ; compare 1 Timothy 1:20 ). Satan constantly seeks to tempt and outwit believers (1 Corinthians 7:5 ; 2 Corinthians 2:11 ; 1 Timothy 3:6-7 ; 1 Timothy 5:15 ; 2 Timothy 2:26 ), often pretending to be what he is not (2 Corinthians 11:14 ). He does everything possible to hinder Christian ministry (2 Corinthians 12:7 ; 1 Thessalonians 2:18 ). Believers, on the other hand, are warned even in their anger not to give Satan a foothold to tempt them (Ephesians 4:27 ). They must use all efenses possible against him (Ephesians 6:11 ). People can turn from Satan to find forgiveness and salvation (Acts 26:18 ). The constant use of violence and deceit by Satan requires that believers manifest courage and extreme vigilance (James 4:7 ; 1 Peter 5:8-9 ).
The New Testament, as the Old, avoids talking of the absolute origin of Satan. It does talk of “angels that sinned” (2 Peter 2:4 ) and “angels which kept not their first estate” (Jude 1:6 ).
Satan is not eternal. Satan faces God's judgment as seen in the discussion of the “ruler of this world” above. The church has concrete evidence of Satan's defeat in the experience of the disciples in their first mission efforts. By speaking in Jesus' name, the disciples subjected demons, leading Jesus to say, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven” (Luke 10:18 ). Jesus gave His followers power over the enemy, that is over Satan (Luke 10:19 ). Revelation 12:1 connects the birth of Jesus with a heavenly battle in which Satan and his angels were cast from heaven “into the earth” ( Revelation 12:9 ). The “blood of the Lamb” and the testimony of faithful disciples overcame Satan. Still for a “short time” (Revelation 12:12 ) Satan will exercise his great wrath on earth. Thus the current age is an age of warfare between Satan and Christ's disciples, but the ultimate victory is sure. Christ in His death has destroyed Satan, who holds the power of death and causes people to fear death (Hebrews 2:14 ).
In summary, the New Testament teaches that Satan and his demonic allies are not coequal with God. He is a created being who had rebelled against God and can tempt—but not force—humans to join in his rebellion. The main concern of the Bible is not with the devil but with God and the gospel of His grace. In His life, death, and resurrection Jesus Christ has overcome the demonic forces. In the end Satan and his angels will be completely overcome, for Jesus came into the world to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8 ). The cross won a decisive victory over Satan (Colossians 2:15 ). This victory insured that countless numbers would be delivered from the dominion of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13 ).
People continue to concretize their fears, seeking a scapecoat to deliver them from responsibility. But even though Satan is a created, rebellious, and tempting evil power active in the universe, this fact does not exclude a person from responsibility. Satan and the demonic forces cannot dominate or possess us except by our consent. The believer will not be tempted beyond his or her power of resistance (1 Corinthians 10:13 ). The power of Satan is limited. He acts within the limits divine sovereignty has set.
The recent fascination with Satan and demons is in reaction to an earlier disbelief. Christians should beware of excessive gullibility as well as extreme oversimplification. Knowledge about Satan and evil angels alerts Christians to the danger and sublety of satanic temptation. Interest in knowing about Satan should not turn to an absorbing fascination with Satan. Christians are to be absorbed in the availability of God's power and love in Jesus Christ and through the Spirit to overcome Satan and all demonic forces.
John P. Newport and Trent C. Butler
Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Devil
(Greek) "the accuser" or "the slanderer" (Job 1:6-11; Job 2:1-7; Revelation 12:10). In Hebrew Satan means "adversary." The two-fold designation marks the two-fold objects of his malice - the Gentiles and the Jews. There is one one Devil, many "demons" as KJV ought to translate the plural. Devil is also used as an adjective. 1 Timothy 3:11, "slanderers"; 2 Timothy 3:3, "false accusers." Peter when tempting Jesus to shun the cross did Satan's work, and therefore received Satan's name (Matthew 16:23); so Judas is called a "devil" when acting the Devil's part (John 6:70). Satan's characteristic sins are lying (John 8:44; Genesis 3:4-5); malice and murder (1 John 3:12; Genesis 4); pride, "the condemnation of the Devil," by which he "lost his first estate" (1 Timothy 3:6; Job 38:15; Isaiah 14:12-15; John 12:31; John 16:11; 2 Peter 2:4; Judges 1:1:6).
He slanders God to man, and man to God (Genesis 3; Zechariah 3). His misrepresentation of God as one arbitrary, selfish, and envious of His creature's happiness, a God to be slavishly-feared lest He should hurt, rather than filially loved, runs through all pagan idolatries. This calumny is refuted by God's not sparing His only begotten Son to save us. His slander of good men, as if serving God only for self's sake, is refuted by the case of "those who lose (in will or deed) their life for Christ's sake." Demons, "knowing ones," from a root daemi, to know, are spirits who tremble before, but love not, God (James 2:19), incite men to rebellion against Him (Revelation 16:14). "Evil spirits" (Acts 19:13; Acts 19:15) recognize Christ the Son of God (Matthew 8:29; Luke 4:41) as absolute Lord over them, and their future Judge; and even flee before exorcism in His name (Mark 9:38).
As "unclean" they can tempt man with unclean thoughts. They and their master Satan are at times allowed by God to afflict with bodily disease (Luke 13:16): "Satan hath bound this woman these eighteen years" with "a spirit of infirmity," so that she was "bowed together." Scripture teaches that in idolatry the demons are the real workers behind the idol, which is a mere "nothing." Compare 1 Corinthians 10:19-21; 1 Timothy 4:1; Revelation 9:20. Compare Deuteronomy 32:17, Hebrew sheedim , "lords" (1 Corinthians 8:5); Acts 16:16, "a spirit of divination" (Greek of Python, an idol); Acts 17:18, "a setter forth of strange gods" (Greek: demons); 2 Chronicles 11:15; Psalms 106:37; Leviticus 17:7. Idolatry is part of the prince of this world's engines for holding dominion.
Our word "panic," from the idol Pan, represented as Satan is, with horns and cloven hoofs, shows the close connection there is between the idolater's slavish terror and Satan his master. The mixture of some elements of primitive truth in paganism accords with Satan's practice of foiling the kingdom of light by transforming himself at times into an "angel of light." Error would not succeed if there were not some elements of truth mixed with it to recommend it. Corrupting the truth more effectually mars it than opposing it. Satan as Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24-30) is at the head of an organized kingdom of darkness, with its "principalities and powers" to be "wrestled" against by the children of light. For any subordinate agent of this kingdom, man or demon, to oppose another agent would be, reasons Christ, a division of Satan against Satan (involving the fall of his kingdom), which division Satan would never sanction (Ephesians 6:12-13).
Demons are "his angels" (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:7; Revelation 12:9). Natural science can give no light when we come to the boundary line which divides mind from matter. The Bible-asserted existence of evil among angels affords no greater difficulty than its manifest existence among men. As surely as Scripture is true, personality is as much attributed to them as it is to men or to God. Possession with or by a demon or demons is distinctly asserted by Luke (Luke 6:17-18), who as a "physician" was able to distinguish between the phenomena of disease and those of demoniac possession. The Spirit of God in the evangelists would never have sanctioned such distinction, or left people under a superstitious error, not merely connived at but endorsed, if the belief were really false. There is nothing wrong in our using the word "lunacy" for madness; but if we described its cure as the moon's ceasing to afflict, or if the doctor addressed the moon commanding it to leave the patient alone, it would be a lie (Trench, Miracles, 153).
In Matthew 4:24, "those possessed with demons" are distinguished from "those lunatic" (probably the epileptic, but even this caused by a demon: Mark 9:14, etc.). Demons spoke with superhuman knowledge (Acts 16:16); recognized Jesus, not merely as son of David (which they would have done had their voice been merely that of the existing Jewish superstition), but as "Son of God" (Matthew 8:29). Our Lord speaks of the disciples' casting out of demons as an installment or earnest of the final "fall" of Satan before the kingdom of Christ (Luke 10:18). People might imagine the existence of demons; but swine could only be acted on by an external real personal agent; the entrance of the demons into the swine of Gadara, and their consequent drowning, prove demons to be objective realities.
Seeing that physical disease itself is connected with the introduction of evil into the world, the tracing of insanity to physical disorganization only partially explains the phenomena; mental disease often betrays symptoms of a hostile spiritual power at work. At our Lord's advent as Prince of Light, Satan as prince of darkness, whose ordinary operation is on men's minds by invisible temptation, rushed into open conflict with His kingdom and took possession of men's bodies also. The possessed man lost the power of individual will and reason, his personal consciousness becoming strangely confused with that of the demon in him, so as to produce a twofold will, such as we have in some dreams. Sensual habits predisposed to demoniac possession. In pagan countries instances occur wherein Satan seemingly exercises a more direct influence than in Christian lands. Demoniac possession gradually died away as Christ's kingdom progressed in the first centuries of the church. There are four gradations in Satan's ever-deepening fall.
(1) He is deprived of his heavenly excellency, though still having access to heaven as man's accuser (Job 1-2), up to Christ's ascension. All we know of his original state as an archangel of light is that he lost it through pride and restless ambition, and that he had some special connection, possibly as God's vicegerent over this earth and the animal kingdom; thereby we can understand his connection and that of his subordinate fallen angels with this earth throughout Scripture, commencing with his temptation of man to his characteristic sin, ambition to be "as gods knowing good and evil;" only his ambition seems to have been that of power, man's that of knowledge. His assuming an animal form, that of a serpent, and the fact of death existing in the pre-Adamite world, imply that evil probably was introduced by him in some way unknown to us, affecting the lower creation before man's creation. As before Christ's ascension heaven was not yet fully open to man (John 3:13), so it was not yet shut against Satan. The old dispensation could not overcome him (compare Zechariah 3).
(2) From Christ to the millennium he is judicially cast out as "accuser" of the elect; for Christ appearing before God as our Advocate (Hebrews 9:24), Satan the accusing adversary could no longer appear against us (Romans 8:33-34). He and his angels range through the air and the earth during this period (Ephesians 2:2; Ephesians 6:12). "Knowing that he hath but a short time" (Revelation 12), in "great wrath" he concentrates his power on the earth, especially toward the end, when he is to lose his standing against Israel and expulsion shall be executed on him and his by Michael (Revelation 12:7-9; Daniel 12:1; Zechariah 3, where Joshua the high priest represents "Jerusalem," whose "choice" by the Lord is the ground of the Lord's rebuke to Satan).
(3) He is bound at the eve of the millennium (Revelation 20:1-3). Having failed to defeat God's purpose of making this earth the kingdom of Christ and His transfigured saints, by means of the beast, the harlot, and finally Antichrist, who is destroyed instantly by Christ's manifestation in glory, Satan is bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years during which he ceases to be the persecutor or else seducer of the church and "the god and prince of the world" that "lieth in the wicked one."
(4) At its close, being loosed for a while, in person Satan shall head the last conspiracy against Christ (permitted in order to show the security of believers who cannot fall as Adam fell by Satan's wiles), and shall be finally cast into the lake of life forever (Revelation 20:7-10). As the destroyer, he is represented as the "roaring lion seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). As the deceiver he is the "serpent." Though judicially "cast down to hell" with his sinning angels, "and delivered into chains of darkness to be reserved unto judgment" (2 Peter 2:4), he is still free on earth to roam to the length of his chain, like a chained dog, but no further. He cannot hurt God's elect; his freedom of range in the air and on earth is that of a chained prisoner under sentence.
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Devil
Calumniator, or slanderer; a fallen angel, especially the chief of them. He is called Abaddon in Hebrew, Apollyon in Greek, that is, destroyer.
Angel of the bottomless pit, Revelation 9:11 .
Prince of the world, John 12:31 .
Prince of darkness, Ephesians 6:12 .
A roaring lion, and an adversary, 1 Peter 5:8 .
A sinner from the beginning, 1 John 3:8 .
Beelzebub, Matthew 12:24 .
Accuser, Revelation 12:10 .
Belial, 2 Corinthians 6:15 .
Deceiver, Revelation 20:10 .
Dragon, Revelation 12:3 .
Liar, John 8:44 .
Serpent, Is. 27: 1.
Satan, Job 2:6 .
Tormentor, Matthew 18:34 .
The god of this world, 2 Corinthians 4:4 .
See SATAN.
King James Dictionary - Devil
DEVIL, n. Devl. L., to calumniate.
1. In the Christian theology, an evil spirit or being a fallen angel, expelled from heaven for rebellion against God the chief of the apostate angels the implacable enemy and tempter of the human race. In the New Testament, the word is frequently and erroneously used for demon. 2. A very wicked person, and in ludicrous language, an great evil. In profane language, it is an expletive expressing wonder, vexation, &c. 3. An idol, or false god. Leviticus 17 . 2 Chronicles 11 .
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Possession of the Devil
See DAEMONIACS.
Webster's Dictionary - Dare-Devil
(n.) A reckless fellow. Also used adjectively; as, dare-devil excitement.
Webster's Dictionary - Devil Bird
(n.) A small water bird. See Dabchick.
Webster's Dictionary - Devil-Diver
(n.) Alt. of Devil bird
Webster's Dictionary - Devil
(1):
(v. t.) To make like a devil; to invest with the character of a devil.
(2):
(n.) A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper.
(3):
(v. t.) To grill with Cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper.
(4):
(n.) A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton, etc.
(5):
(n.) A very wicked person; hence, any great evil.
(6):
(n.) An evil spirit; a demon.
(7):
(n.) The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and spiritual of mankind.
(8):
(n.) An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or, ironically, of negation.
Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Devil
Job 1:6 (a) (Satan). As a mighty commander-in-chief of all evil forces Satan was and is permitted to come before GOD to accuse the believers. (See also Revelation 12:10).
Matthew 12:24 (a) (Beelzebub). This name describes a false leader who is occupied with a clean-up campaign of the soul. Under this name the devil seeks to get his followers to put away evil habits and wicked ways and became a clean, upright, moral person. This person remains a lost sinner, although the devil has enabled him to put away many evil characteristics.
Matthew 12:29 (b) (Strong Man). Here the Lord JESUS refers to the devil as one who has mighty power and is able to hold his followers firmly a prisoner in his grasp. He does this by tradition, by fear, by wrong teaching, and by ignorance.
2 Corinthians 11:14 (a) (Angel of Light). The devil is very clever at presenting various and sundry religions to deceive human hearts. He brings about a new religion which claims to give light to those who believe and follow the teachings of that false leader. The devil seems to be a heavenly person in this role. He presents a method of living that is clean, upright, moral and attractive, but which eliminates CHRIST JESUS and Calvary.
Ephesians 2:2 (a) (Prince). As a prince the devil seeks to obtain the throne of the heart and become a king. He wants to rule this world and render no account to GOD. Somehow the GOD of Heaven has permitted Satan to have pretty much his own way in the lives of individuals and in the affairs of nations.
1 Peter 5:8 (a) (Lion). Under this title the devil is presented as one who is fierce, strong, malicious and cruel. In this character he is contrasted with the angel of light in2Co 11:14. The lion character may be seen emanating from Moscow. The angel of light character may be seen emanating from Mrs. Eddy at Boston.
Revelation 9:11 (b) (Apollyon). This word and the Hebrew word Abaddan describe the devil as being the sovereign ruler over sin, and able to deceive the world, whereby many are sent down to hell.
Revelation 12:9 (a) (Dragon). The devil is presented in this horrible character as one who has no regard whatever for the lives nor the property of those with whom he comes in contact. This characteristic of the devil is perfectly exhibited in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.
Revelation 12:9 (a) (Serpent). The cunning of the devil and his clever subtlety is compared to the snake. By beautiful phraseologies and clever manipulation of the Scriptures he entices many to follow his wicked ways, thus deceiving them into hell.
The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Possessed of the Devil
We meet with many instances of this in the days of our Lord. Indeed, as the Son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil, it should seem that at that time the great enemy of souls had permission exert a more than usual power, that in his being cast out the Lord Jesus might be manifested thereby. But that the influence of the evil spirit is not now wholly restrained, is too evident to be denied. The general term made use of in our courts of justice in the indictment of criminals, is plain in proof for the running phrase is, that such an one, not having the fear of God before his eyes, and being moved by the instigation of the devil, did such and such things. But while the fact itself is undeniable, it is a blessed relief to the minds of God's people to know that the influence of the devil is not according to his wishes, but according to the Lord's permission; not whom he will, but whom he may. And it is still more blessed, the conviction that all his temptations, however differently intended by him, must produce good in the result to the people of God. From the first moment the arch fiend entered the garden of Eden, through all the exercises of the faithful, he is only accomplishing the gracious purposes of God. Never would he have been allowed to bruise the heel of the Lord's chosen, but that finally the Lord might bruise his head. The whole powers of darkness in their exercises of possessions, plots, contrivances, imprisonments, temptations, and the like, over the Lord's Israel, are only hastening on the ruin of their own kingdom. "The God of peace will bruise Satan under the feet of his people shortly." (Romans 16:20)
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Devil
DEVIL.—See Demon and Satan.
Webster's Dictionary - Sea Devil
(1):
Any large cephalopod, as a large Octopus, or a giant squid (Architeuthis). See Devilfish.
(2):
The angler.
(3):
Any very large ray, especially any species of the genus Manta or Cepholoptera, some of which become more than twenty feet across and weigh several tons. See also Ox ray, under Ox.
CARM Theological Dictionary - Devil
Greek is "diabolos," which means accuser. The greatest of all the fallen angels. He opposes God and is completely evil. He is often called Lucifer which is a Latin translation of "light bearer" found in Isaiah 14:12, and also the accuser of the brethren in (Revelation 12:10), dragon (Revelation 12:9), the devil (Matthew 4:1), the tempter (Matthew 4:3), the accuser (Revelation 12:10), the prince of demons (Luke 11:15), the ruler of this world (John 12:31), See Isaiah 14:12-15 for a description of the fall of the devil. Upon Jesus' return, the Devil will be vanquished -- depending on the eschatological position. His future is the eternal lake of fire.
Webster's Dictionary - o-Devil
(1):
(n.) A rough sled or dray used for dragging logs, hauling stone, etc.
(2):
(n.) A weight which is dropped into a bore, as of an oil well, to explode a cartridge previously lowered.
(3):
(n.) A device, as a loosely fitted plug, which is driven through a pipe by the pressure of the contents behind the plug to clear away obstructions.
The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Devil
The accursed enemy of Christ and his church. He is known in Scripture under a great variety of names, all, more or less, expressive of his character. Abaddon, and the angel of the bottomless pit, (Revelation 9:11.) Beelzebub, (Matthew 12:24.) Belial, (2 Corinthians 6:15.) the Old Dragon, (Revelation 12:3.) the father of liars, (John 8:44.) Lucifer, (Isaiah 14:12.) a murderer from the beginning, (John 8:44.) Serpent, (Isaiah 27:1.) Satan, (Job 2:6.) the god of this world, (2 Corinthians 4:4.) a roaring lion. (1 Peter 5:8.) See Satan
People's Dictionary of the Bible - Devil
Devil, slanderer. A name given to the greatest of evil spirits. He is so called 34 times in the Scriptures. He is called Satan 39 times; Beelzebub, the prince of the demons, 7 times. Matthew 12:24. He is called the angel of the bottomless pit, Abaddon, in Hebrew; Apollyon, in Greek; that is, destroyer, Revelation 9:11; adversary, 1 Peter 5:8; accuser, Revelation 12:10; Belial, Judges 19:23; 2 Corinthians 6:15; deceiver, Revelation 12:9, R. V.; dragon, Revelation 12:7; Revelation 20:2; the god of this world, 2 Corinthians 4:4; the evil one, from whom, in the Lord's prayer, we are to pray to be delivered, Matthew 6:13; Matthew 13:19; Matthew 13:38; Luke 11:4, A. V.; Ephesians 6:16; 1 John 2:13-14; 1 John 3:10; 1 John 3:12; liar, John 8:44; Lucifer, Isaiah 14:12, A. V., but R. V. reads day star; murderer, John 8:44; prince of the power of the air, Ephesians 2:2; prince of this world, John 12:31; serpent. Genesis 3:1-4; Revelation 12:9; Revelation 20:2; a sinner from the beginning, 1 John 3:8. From the beginning of the world the devil has had a hand, and sometimes a controlling one, in the most important events in the history of man. He tempted Eve, Genesis 3:1; he tried Job, Job 1:7; provoked David to number Israel, 1 Chronicles 21:1; he tempted our Lord in the wilderness. Matthew 4:1; he "entered into Judas," Luke 22:3; he is the deceiver which deceiveth the whole world, Revelation 12:9, etc. "He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." 1 John 3:8. The time is coming, and may be near at hand, when "the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil and Satan," shall be bound for a thousand years, "that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed a little season." Revelation 20:2. "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison and shall go out to deceive the nations." Revelation 20:7. The fall and punishment of the devil is recorded. Matthew 25:41; Luke 10:18; John 8:44; 2 Peter 2:4; 1 John 3:8; Judges 1:6; Revelation 20:10. The word devil is sometimes applied to a very wicked man or woman. John 6:70; Acts 13:10; and in the Greek of 2 Timothy 3:3; Titus 2:3, where the A. V. reads "false accusers."
Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Devil
Diabolus, an evil angel. The word is formed from the French diable, of the Latin diabolus, which comes from the Greek διαβολος , which, in its ordinary acceptation, signifies calumniator, traducer, or false accuser, from the verb διαβαλλειν , to calumniate, &c; or from the ancient British diafol. Dr. Campbell observes, that, though the word is sometimes, both in the Old Testament and the New, applied to men and women, as traducers, it is, by way of eminence, employed to denote that apostate angel, who is exhibited to us, particularly in the New Testament, as the great enemy of God and man. In the two first chapters of Job, it is the word in the Septuagint by which the Hebrew שטן , Satan, or adversary, is translated. Indeed, the Hebrew word in this application, as well as the Greek, has been naturalized in most modern languages. Thus we say, indifferently, the devil, or Satan; only the latter has more the appearance of a proper name, as it is not attended with the article. There is, however, this difference between the import of such terms, as occurring in their native tongues, and as modernized in translations. In the former, they always retain somewhat of their primitive meaning, and, beside indicating a particular being, or class of beings, they are of the nature of appellatives, and make a special character or note of distinction in such beings. Whereas, when thus Latinized or Englished, they answer solely the first of these uses, as they come nearer the nature of proper names. Διαβολος is sometimes applied to human beings; but nothing is more easy than to distinguish this application from the more frequent application to the arch- apostate. One mark of distinction is, that, in this last use of the term, it is never found in the plural. When the plural is used, the context always shows that it refers to human beings, and not to fallen angels. It occurs in the plural only thrice, and that only in the epistles of St. Paul,
1 Timothy 3:11 ; 2 Timothy 3:3 ; Titus 2:3 . Another criterion whereby the application of this word to the prince of darkness may be discovered, is its being attended with the article. The term almost invariably is ο διαβολος . The excepted instances occur in the address of Paul to Elymas the sorcerer, Acts 13:10 ; and that of our Lord to the Pharisees, John 8:44 . The more doubtful cases are those in 1 Peter 5:8 , and Revelation 20:2 . These are all the examples in which the word, though used indefinitely or without the article, evidently denotes our spiritual and ancient enemy; and the examples in which it occurs in this sense with the article, are too numerous to be recited.
2. That there are angels and spirits, good and bad, says an eminent writer; that at the head of these last, there is one more considerable and malignant than the rest, who, in the form, or under the name, of a serpent, was deeply, concerned in the fall of man, and whose head, in the language of prophecy, the Son of Man was one day to bruise; that this evil spirit, though that prophecy be in part fulfilled, has not yet received his death's wound, but is still permitted, for ends to us unsearchable, and in ways which we cannot particularly explain, to have a certain degree of power in this world hostile to its virtue and happiness,—all this is so clear from Scripture, that no believer, unless he be previously "spoiled by philosophy and vain deceit," can possibly entertain a doubt of it. Certainly, among the numerous refinements of modern times, there is scarcely any thing more extraordinary than the attempt that has been made, and is still making, to persuade us that there really exists no such being in the world as the devil; and that when the inspired writers speak of such a being, all that they mean is, to personify the evil principle! A bold effort unquestionably; and could its advocates succeed in persuading men into the universal belief of it, they would do more to promote his cause and interest in the world than he himself has been able to effect since the seduction of our first parents. But to be armed against this subtle stratagem, let us attend to the plain doctrine of divine revelation respecting this matter. In the old Testament, particularly in the first two chapters of Job, this evil spirit is called Satan; and in the New Testament, he is spoken of under various titles, which are also descriptive of his power and malignity; as for example, he is called, "the prince of this world," John 12:31 ; "the prince of the power of the air," Ephesians 2:2 ; "the god of this world," 2 Corinthians 4:4 ; "the dragon, that old serpent, the devil," Revelation 20:2 ; "the wicked one,"
1 John 5:19 . He is represented as exercising a sovereign sway over the human race in their natural state, or previous to their being enlightened, regenerated, and sanctified by the Gospel, Ephesians 2:2-3 . His kingdom is described as a kingdom of darkness; and the influence which he exercises over the human mind is called "the power," or energy, "of darkness," Colossians 1:13 . Hence believers are said to be "called out of darkness into marvellous light," 1 Peter 2:9 . Farther, he is said to go about "as a roaring lion, seeking its prey, that he may destroy men's souls,"
1 Peter 5:8 . Christ says, "He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him; when he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of that which is his own, for he is a liar, and the father of it," John 8:44 . We are also taught that this grand adversary of God and man has a numerous band of fallen spirits under his control; and that both he and they are reserved under a sentence of condemnation unto the judgment of the great day, Judges 1:6 ; and that "everlasting fire," or perpetual torment, "is prepared for the devil and his angels," Matthew 25:41 . In these various passages of Scripture, and many others which might be added, the existence of the devil is expressly stated; but if, as our modern Sadducees affirm, nothing more is intended in them than a personification of the abstract quality of evil, the Bible, and especially the New Testament, must be eminently calculated to mislead us in matters which intimately concern our eternal interests. If, in inferring from them the existence of evil spirits in this world, we can be mistaken, it will not, be an easy matter to show what inference deduced from Scripture premises may safely be relied on. It ought not, however, to surprise Christians that attempts of this kind should be made. St. Paul tells us, that in his day there were "false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ; and no wonder," says he, "for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light," 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 .
3. To the notion, that the Jews derived their opinions on this subject from the oriental philosophy, and that like the Persians they set up a rival god; it may be replied, that the Jewish notion of the devil had no resemblance to what the Persians first, and the Manicheans afterward, called the evil principle; which they made in some sort coordinate with God, and the first source of all evil, as the other is of good. For the devil, in the Jewish system, is a creature as much as any other being in the universe, and is liable to be controlled by omnipotence,—an attribute which they ascribed to God alone.
4. The arguments from philosophy against the existence of evil spirits are as frail as that which is pretended to be grounded upon criticism. For that there is nothing irrational in the notion of superior beings, is plain from this: that if there be other beings below us, there may be others above us. If we have demonstration of one Being at least who is invisible, there may be many other created invisible and spiritual beings. If we see men sometimes so bad as to delight in tempting others to sin and ruin, there may exist a whole order of fallen beings who may have the same business and the same malignant pleasure; and if we see some men furiously bent upon destroying truth and piety, this is precisely what is ascribed to these evil spirits. It is one of the serious circumstances of our probation on earth, that we should be exposed to this influence of Satan, and we are therefore called to "watch and pray that we enter not into temptation."
5. The establishment of the worship of devils so general in some form throughout a great part of the Heathen world, is at once a painful and a curious subject, and deserves a more careful investigation than it has received. In modern times, devil-worship is seen systematized in Ceylon, Burmah, and many parts of the East Indies; and an order of devil-priests exists, though contrary to the Budhist religion, against the temples of which it sets up rival altars.
Mr. Ives, in his travels through Persia, gives the following curious account of devil-worship: "These people (the Sanjacks, a nation inhabiting the country about Mosul, the ancient Nineveh) once professed Christianity, then Mohammedanism, and last of all devilism. They say it is true that the devil has at present a quarrel with God; but the time will come when, the pride of his heart being subdued, he will make his submission to the Almighty; and, as the Deity cannot be implacable, the devil will receive a full pardon for all his transgressions, and both he, and all those who paid him attention during his disgrace, will be admitted into the blessed mansions. This is the foundation of their hope, and this chance for heaven they esteem to be a better one than that of trusting to their own merits, or the merits of the leader of any other religion whatsoever. The person of the devil they look on as sacred; and when they affirm any thing solemnly, they do it by his name. All disrespectful expressions of him they would punish with death, did not the Turkish power prevent them. Whenever they speak of him, it is with the utmost respect; and they always put before his name a certain title corresponding to that of highness or lord." The worshippers of the devil mentioned by Ives were also found by Niebuhr in the same country, in a village between Bagdad and Mosul, called Abd-el-asis, on the great Zab, a river which empties itself into the Tigris. This village, says he, is entirely inhabited by people who are called Isidians, and also Dauasin. As the Turks allow the free exercise of religion only to those who possess sacred books, that is, the Mohammedans, Christians, and Jews, the Isidians are obliged to keep the principles of their religion very secret. They therefore call themselves Mohammedans, Christians, or Jews, according to the party of him who inquires what their religion is. Some accuse them of worshipping the devil under the name of Tschellebi; that is, Lord. Others say that they show great reverence for the sun and fire, that they are unpolished Heathens, and have horrid customs. I have also been assured that the Dauasins do not worship the devil; but adore God alone as the Creator and Benefactor of all mankind. They will not speak of Satan, nor even have his name mentioned. They say that it is just as improper for men to take a part in the dispute between God and a fallen angel, as for a peasant to ridicule and curse a servant of the pacha who has fallen into disgrace; that God did not require our assistance to punish Satan for his disobedience; it might happen that he might receive him into favour again; and then we must be ashamed before the judgment seat of God, if we had, uncalled for, abused one of his angels: it was therefore the best not to trouble one's self about the devil; but endeavour not to incur God's displeasure ourselves. When the Isidians go to Mosul, they are not detained by the magistrates, even if they are known. The vulgar, however, sometimes attempt to extort money from them. When they offer eggs or butter to them for sale, they endeavour first to get the articles into their hands, and then dispute about the price, or for this or other reasons to abuse Satan with all their might; on which the Dauasin is often polite enough to leave every thing behind, rather than hear the devil abused. But in the countries where they have the upper hand, nobody is allowed to curse him, unless he chooses to be beaten, or perhaps even to lose his life.
Webster's Dictionary - Water Devil
The rapacious larva of a large water beetle (Hydrophilus piceus), and of other similar species. See Illust. of Water beetle.
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Devil
A fallen angel; and particularly the chief of them, the devil, or Satan. He is the great principle of evil in the world; and it is his grand object to counteract the good that God desires to do. He exerts himself, especially with his angels, to draw away the souls of men from embracing salvation through Jesus Christ.
His name signifies the calumniator, or false accuser; as the Hebrew Satan means the adversary. But the Scriptures give him various other appellations descriptive of his character. He is called, "The prince of this world," John 12:31 ; "The prince of the power of the air," Ephesians 2:2 ; "The god of this world," 2 Corinthians 4:4 ; "The dragon, that old serpent, the devil," Revelation 20:2 ; "That wicked one," 1 John 5:18 ; "A roaring lion," 1 Peter 5:8 ; "A murderer," "a liar," John 8:44 ; "Beelzebub," Matthew 12:24 ; "Belial," 2 Corinthians 6:15 ; "The accuser of the brethren," Revelation 12:10 . He is everywhere shown to be full of malignity, cruelty, and deceit, hating God and man. He is ceaselessly active in his efforts to destroy souls, and uses innumerable devices and wiles to adapt his temptations to the varying characters and conditions of men, enticing wicked men, and even good men at times, as well as his own angels, to aid in his work. Almost the whole world has been under his sway. But he is a doomed foe. Christ shall bruise the serpent's head; shall dispossess him for the world, as he has done from individuals, and at length confine him for ever in the place prepared for him and his angels, Matthew 25:41 .
The word "devils" occurs frequently in the gospels; but it is the translation of a different Greek word from that used to denote the devil, and might be rendered "demons." The Bible applies the other word only to Satan-"the devil", and his angels, who are like their leader in nature and in actions. There are many examples in the New Testament of persons possessed by demons. These are often called demoniacs. Some have argued that these were afflicted by natural diseases, such as epilepsy, insanity, etc., and were not possessed by evil spirits. But our Savior speaks to and commands the demons who actuated the possessed, which demons answered and obeyed, and gave proofs of their presence by tormenting those whom they were obliged to quit. Christ alleges, as proof of his mission, that the demons are cast out; he promises his apostles the same power that he himself exercised against those wicked spirits. Campbell says, "When I find mention made of the number of demons in particular possessions, their actions so particularly distinguished from the actions of the man possessed, conversations held by the former in regard to the disposal of them after their expulsion, and accounts given how they were actually disposed of-when I find desires and passions ascribed particularly to them, and similitudes taken from the conduct which they usually observe, it is impossible for me to deny their existence."
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Devil
DEVIL . The word came into English from Greek either directly or through its Latin transliteration. Used with the definite article, its original meaning was that of the accuser or traducer of men (see Satan), whence it soon came to denote the supreme spirit of evil, the personal tempter of man and enemy of God. With the indefinite article it stands for a malignant being of superhuman nature and powers, and represents the conception expressed by the Greeks in the original of our term ‘ demon .’ At first the idea of malignancy was not necessarily associated with these beings, some being regarded as harmless and others as wielding even benign influence; but gradually they were considered as operating exclusively in the sphere of mischief, and as needing to be guarded against by magic rites or religious observances.
1. Earlier conceptions . Jewish demonology must be traced back to primitive and pre-Mosaic times, when both a form of animism was present in a belief in the ill-disposed activity of the spirits of the dead, and a variety of places and objects were supposed to be rendered sacred by the occupation, permanent or temporary, of some superhuman power. Of these views only traces are to be found in the earliest parts of Scripture, and the riper development of later ages may fairly be ascribed to foreign, and especially Bab. [1] and Greek, influences. That certain animals were believed to be endowed with demonic power appears from Genesis 3:1-15 , though here the serpent itself is represented as demonic, and not yet as possessed by an evil spirit ( Wis 2:24 , Romans 16:20 ). So with the ‘he-goats’ or satyrs ( Lev 17:7 , 2 Chronicles 11:15 , Isaiah 13:21 ; Isaiah 34:14 ), which were evidently regarded as a kind of demon, though without the rich accompaniments of the Greek conception. Their home was the open field or wilderness, where Azazel was supposed to dwell ( Leviticus 16:8 f.), and whither one of the birds used in cleansing cases of leprosy was let go to carry back the disease ( Leviticus 14:7 ; Leviticus 14:53 ). On the contrary, the roes and the hinds of the field ( Song of Solomon 2:7 ; Song of Solomon 3:5 ) seem to have been thought of as faun-like spirits, for whose aid a lover might hopefully plead. Under Bab. [1] influence the spirit was conceived as abstracted from any visible form, and as still capable of inflicting injury; hence the need of protection against ‘the destroyer’ of Exodus 12:23 . In Greek thought there took place a development partly parallel. The word used by Hesiod for the blessed soul of a hero becomes with Plato an abstract influence sometimes beneficent and helpful, but emerges in the orators and tragedians as descriptive of baleful genii, who bring misfortune and even revel in cruelty.
2. Later Judaism . Under these various influences the demonology of later Judaism became somewhat elaborate. The conception of demon or devil was used to embrace three species of existences. (1) It included the national deities, conceived as fallen, but not always as stripped of all power ( Exodus 12:12 , Isaiah 19:1 ; Isaiah 24:21 ; cf. Isaiah 14:12 ). (2) It covered such of the angels as were thought to have been once attendants upon the true God, but to have fallen ( Job 1:9-129 , Judges 1:6 , Ethiop. Enoch chs. 6, 7). For a variety of personal spirits were interposed between God as mediating agencies according to Bab. [1] and Persian views, or, according to the strict Jewish view, as ministers of His will. (3) To these were added a survival with modification of the primitive animism the spirits of the wicked dead (Josephus, Ant . VIII. ii. 5, BJ VII. vi. 3), who were supposed to haunt the tombs, or at least to cause the men they possessed to do so ( Matthew 8:28 ). The devils of later Judaism accordingly are thought of as invisible spirits, to whom every ill, physical or moral, was attributed. Their relation to God was one of quasi -independence. At times they do His bidding and are the ministers of His wrath, but in this sense are not classed in Scripture as devils; e.g. , the demon of pestilence is the destroying angel or even ‘the angel of the Lord’ ( 2 Samuel 24:16 , 2 Kings 19:35 , Isaiah 37:36 , Psalms 78:49 ). Yet they were thought to reside in the lower world in an organized kingdom of their own ( Job 18:14 ; cf. Revelation 9:11 , Ethiop. Enoch 54:6, Matthew 12:24-27 ); though the kingdom is not entirely outside the sovereign rule of Jehovah, who is the Lord of all spirits and of the abyss in which they dwell (Enoch 40, Deuteronomy 32:22 , Job 11:8 , Psalms 139:8 , Luke 16:24 ).
3. In the NT . In the period of the NT the belief in devils as spirits, evil and innumerable, was general amongst the nations, whether Jewish or Gentile; but in Jesus and His disciples the cruder features of the belief, such as the grotesqueness of the functions assigned to these spirits in the literature of the second century, do not appear. The writers of the Gospels were in this respect not much in advance of their contemporaries, and for Jesus Himself no theory of accommodation to current beliefs can be sustained. The Fourth Gospel is comparatively free from the demonic element. Possession is thrice alluded to ( John 7:20 ; John 8:40 ; John 10:28 ) as a suggested explanation of Christ’s work and influence; but evil generally is traced back rather to the activity of the devil ( John 6:70 , where ‘a devil’ is not a demon, but the word is used metaphorically much as ‘Satan’ in Matthew 16:23 , John 13:2 ; John 13:27 ), whose subordinates fall into the background. The Synoptics, especially Lk., abound in references to demons, who are conceived, not as evil influences resting upon or working within a man, but as personal spirits besetting or even possessing him. The demon was said to enter into a man ( Luke 8:30 ) or certain animals ( Matthew 8:32 ), and to pass out ( Matthew 17:18 , Luke 11:14 ) or be cast out ( Matthew 9:34 ). This demoniacal possession is referred to as the cause of various diseases, the cases being preponderantly such as exhibit symptoms of psychical disease in association with physical (see Possession). St. Paul and the other writers in the NT evidently shared the views underlying the Synoptics. Possession so called is a familiar phenomenon to them, as it continued to be in the early years of the Church, though there is a marked disposition towards the Johannine view of a central source of evil. St. Paul speaks of doctrines emanating from devils ( 1 Timothy 4:1 , where the word should not be taken metaphorically). The devils of 1 Corinthians 10:20 were demigods or deposed idols. St. James recognizes the existence of a number of devils ( James 2:19 ), whose independence fit God is not complete. The Apocalypse ( Revelation 9:20 ; Revelation 16:14 ; Revelation 18:2 ) similarly speaks of a diverse and manifold activity, though again its derivation from a common source is frequent. In all these books the conception of devils seems to be giving way to that of the devil; the former gradually lose any power of initiative or free action, and become the agents of a great spirit of evil behind them.
In the OT this process has advanced so far that the personal name Satan (wh. see) is used in the later books with some freedom, Asmodæus occurring in the same sense in Tob 3:8 ; Tob 3:17 . But in the NT the process is complete, and in every part the devil appears as a personal and almost sovereign spirit of evil, capable of such actions as cannot be explained away by the application of any theory of poetic or dramatic personification. It is he who tempted Christ (Matthew 4:1 ff., Luke 4:2 ff.), and in the parables sowed the tares ( Matthew 13:39 ) or snatched up the good seed ( Luke 8:12 ; cf. ‘the evil one’ of Matthew 13:19 ); and for him and his angels an appropriate destiny is prepared ( Matthew 25:41 ). According to Jn., the devil prompted the treason of Judas ( John 13:2 ), and is vicious in his lusts, a liar and a murderer ( John 8:44 ), a sinner in both nature and act ( 1 John 3:8 ; 1 John 3:10 ). He prolongs the tribulation of the faithful who do not yield to him ( Revelation 2:18 ); after his great fall ( Revelation 12:9 ) he is goaded by defeat into more venomous activity ( Revelation 12:12 ), but eventually meets his doom ( Revelation 20:10 ). Judges 1:9 preserves the tradition of a personal encounter with Michael; and St. Peter represents the devil as prowling about in search of prey ( 1 Peter 5:8 ), the standing adversary of man, baffled by Jesus ( Acts 10:38 ). To St. James ( James 4:7 ) the devil is an antagonist who upon resistance takes to flight. If ‘son of the devil’ ( Acts 13:10 ) is metaphorical, St. Paul considers his snare ( 1 Timothy 3:7 , 2 Timothy 2:26 ) and his wiles ( Ephesians 6:11 ) real enough. To give opportunity to the devil ( Ephesians 4:27 ) may lead to a share in his condemnation ( 1 Timothy 3:6 ). Death is his realm ( Hebrews 2:14 , Wis 2:24 ), and not a part of the original Divine order; though not inflicted at his pleasure, he makes it subservient to his purposes, and in its spiritual sense it becomes the fate of those who accept his rule. Such language, common to all the writers, and pervading the whole NT, allows no other conclusion than that the forces and spirits of evil were conceived as gathered up into a personal bead and centre, whose authority they recognized and at whose bidding they moved.
This opinion is confirmed by the representation of the devil’s relation to men and to God, and by many phrases in which he is referred to under other names. He is the moral adversary of man (Matthew 13:39 , Luke 10:19 , Ephesians 4:27 , 1 Peter 5:8 ), acting, according to the OT, with the permission of God (cf. 1618422854_58 ), though with an assiduity that shows the function to be congenial; but in the NT with a power of origination that is recognized, if watched and restrained. Hence he is called the ‘tempter’ ( Matthew 4:3 , 1 Thessalonians 3:5 ), and the ‘accuser’ of those who listen to his solicitation ( Revelation 12:10 ). In hindering and harming men he stands in antithesis to Christ ( 2 Corinthians 6:15 ), and hence is fittingly termed the evil and injurious one ( Matthew 6:13 ; Matthew 13:18 , John 17:15 , Ephesians 6:16 , 2 Thessalonians 3:3 , 1 John 2:13 f., 1Jn 3:12 ; 1 John 5:18 f. but in some of these passages it is open to contend that the word is not personal). Bent upon maintaining and spreading evil, he begins with the seduction of Eve ( 2 Corinthians 11:3 ) and the luring of men to doom ( John 8:44 ). Death being thus brought by him into the world ( Romans 5:12 , Wis 2:24 ), by the fear of it he keeps men in bondage ( Hebrews 2:14 ). He entices men to sin ( 1 Corinthians 7:5 ), as he enticed Jesus, though with better success, places every woful obstacle in the way of their trust in Christ ( 2 Corinthians 4:4 ), and thus seeks to multiply ‘the sons of disobedience’ ( Ephesians 2:2 ), who may be rightly called his children ( 1 John 3:10 ). In the final apostasy his methods are unchanged, and his hostility to everything good in man becomes embittered and Insatiable ( 2 Thessalonians 2:9 f., Revelation 20:7 f.).
In regard to the devil’s relation to God, the degree of independence and personal initiative is less in the OT than in the NT, but nowhere is there anything like the exact co-ordination of the two. The representation is not that of a dualism, but of the revolt of a subordinate though superhuman power, patiently permitted for a time for wise purposes and then peremptorily put down. In Job 1:6 the devil associates himself with ‘the sons of God,’ and yet is represented as not strictly classed with them; he has the right of access to heaven, but his activity is subject to Divine consent. Another stage is marked in 1 Chronicles 21:1 , where the statement of 2 Samuel 24:1 is modified as though the devil worked in complete and unshackled opposition to God. In the Book of Enoch he is the ruler of a kingdom of evil, over which kingdom, however, the Divine sovereignty, or at least suzerainty, stands. The NT preserves the conception in most of its parts. God and the devil are placed in antithesis ( James 4:7 ); so ‘the power of darkness’ and ‘the kingdom of the Son of his love’ ( Colossians 1:13 ), as though the two were entirely distinct. The devil is the prince and personal head of the demons ( Mark 3:22 ). According to Jn., he is ‘the prince of this world’ ( John 12:31 ), and Jesus is contrasted with him ( John 8:42 ; John 8:44 , John 18:36 ), and outside the sphere of his influence ( Mark 14:30 ). St. Paul expresses similar views; the devil is ‘the god of this world’ or age ( 2 Corinthians 4:4 ), ‘the prince of the power of the air’ ( Ephesians 2:2 ), ruling over the evil spirits who are located in the sky or air ( Luke 10:18 , Revelation 12:9 ; cf. ‘heavenly places,’ Ephesians 6:12 ), and who are graded in orders and communities much like the spirits of good ( Ephesians 1:21 ). The dualism is so imperfect that Christ has but to speak and the demons recognize His superior authority. He is the stronger ( Luke 11:22 ), and can even now, under the limitations of the moral probation of men, frustrate the devil’s designs ( Luke 22:32 ), and destroy his works ( 1 John 3:8 ), and will eventually bring him to nought ( Hebrews 2:14 ). Already the triumph is assured and partially achieved ( John 16:11 , 1 John 4:4 ), and Christians share in it ( Romans 16:20 ). It becomes complete and final at the Parousia ( 1 Corinthians 15:26 , Psalms 110:1 ).
The personality of the devil must consequently be regarded as taught by Scripture. He is not conceived as the original or only source of evil, but as its supreme personal representative. His existence, like that of evil itself, may be ascribed to the permissive will of God, with analogous limitations in each case. The psychical researches of recent years have tended to confirm the belief in spiritual existences, good and bad, and thereby to reduce a fundamental difficulty, which would otherwise attach also in a degree to the belief in the Holy Spirit. And the tradition of a revolt and fall of angels has this in its favour, that it fits in with the belief in devils and the devil, and provides a partially intelligible account of circumstances under which such a belief might take shape. It supplies the preceding chapters in the history, and enables the career to be traced from the first stage of moral choice through the process of hardening of purpose and increasing separation from God to the appropriate abyss at the close. The devil thus becomes a type of every confirmed evil-doer: and the patience and the righteousness of God are alike exemplified.
R. W. Moss.
1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Worshippers, Devil
Those who practise the worship or cult of the devil, an aspect of heathen worship in its worst and most degraded form. Among many barbarous peoples, offerings were made to evil and malignant gods, in order to placate them and avert their anger. As each nation had its own gods, racial rivalry led them to consider the protecting divinities of an enemy as evil demons, hence those who worshipped what they considered good beings were devil-worshippers to other nations. Such worship was not confined to heathens, for accounts of magical practises and occultation appear in the history of heretical sects in medieval Europe, and under the guise of various esoteric cults of today there are numerous devil-worshippers.
Smith's Bible Dictionary - Devil
(slanderer ). The name describes Satan as slandering God to man and man to God. The former work is of course, a part of his great work of temptation to evil and is not only exemplified but illustrated as to its general nature and tendency by the narrative of Genesis 3 . The other work, the slandering or accusing men before God, is the imputation of selfish motives, (Job 1:9,10 ) and its refutation is placed in the self-sacrifice of those "who loved not their own lives unto death." [1]
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Devil
DEVIL.—See Demon and Satan.

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Devilship - ) The character or person of a Devil or the Devil
Deviling - ) A young Devil. ) of Devil...
Twilly - ) A machine for cleansing or loosening wool by the action of a revolving cylinder covered with long iron spikes or teeth; a willy or willying machine; - called also twilly Devil, and Devil. See Devil, n
Devilism - ) The state of the Devil or of Devils; doctrine of the Devil or of Devils
Devilish - DevilISH, a. Partaking of the qualities of the Devil diabolical very evil and mischievous malicious as a Devilish scheme Devilish wickedness. Having communication with the Devil pertaining to the Devil. Excessive enormous in a vulgar and ludicrous sense as a Devilish cheat
Beelzebub - ) The title of a heathen deity to whom the Jews ascribed the sovereignty of the evil spirits; hence, the Devil or a Devil
Satan - See Devil
Devilled - of Devil...
Devilling - of Devil...
Possessed - See Devil
Chesed - As a Devil
Demidevil - ) A half Devil
Dickens - ) The Devil
Devil-Diver - of Devil bird...
Devil - DEVIL
Devil - DEVIL
Devilkin - ) A little Devil; a Devilet
Manta - ) See Coleoptera and Sea Devil
Devilize - ) To make a Devil of
Devil - Under this name the Devil seeks to get his followers to put away evil habits and wicked ways and became a clean, upright, moral person. This person remains a lost sinner, although the Devil has enabled him to put away many evil characteristics. Here the Lord JESUS refers to the Devil as one who has mighty power and is able to hold his followers firmly a prisoner in his grasp. The Devil is very clever at presenting various and sundry religions to deceive human hearts. The Devil seems to be a heavenly person in this role. As a prince the Devil seeks to obtain the throne of the heart and become a king. Under this title the Devil is presented as one who is fierce, strong, malicious and cruel. This word and the Hebrew word Abaddan describe the Devil as being the sovereign ruler over sin, and able to deceive the world, whereby many are sent down to hell. The Devil is presented in this horrible character as one who has no regard whatever for the lives nor the property of those with whom he comes in contact. This characteristic of the Devil is perfectly exhibited in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. The cunning of the Devil and his clever subtlety is compared to the snake
Clootie - ) The Devil
Dare-Deviltry - (n) Reckless mischief; the action of a dare-devil
Dare-Devil - Also used adjectively; as, dare-devil excitement
Davy Jones - The spirit of the sea; sea Devil; - a term used by sailors
Mahound - ) A contemptuous name for Mohammed; hence, an evil spirit; a Devil
Cacodemon - ) An evil spirit; a Devil or demon
Accuser of the Brethren - ) See Devil See Satan
Undevil - ) To free from possession by a Devil or evil spirit; to exorcise
Devil Worshippers - Those who practise the worship or cult of the Devil, an aspect of heathen worship in its worst and most degraded form. As each nation had its own gods, racial rivalry led them to consider the protecting divinities of an enemy as evil demons, hence those who worshipped what they considered good beings were Devil-worshippers to other nations. Such worship was not confined to heathens, for accounts of magical practises and occultation appear in the history of heretical sects in medieval Europe, and under the guise of various esoteric cults of today there are numerous Devil-worshippers
Devil - He is often called Lucifer which is a Latin translation of "light bearer" found in Isaiah 14:12, and also the accuser of the brethren in (Revelation 12:10), dragon (Revelation 12:9), the Devil (Matthew 4:1), the tempter (Matthew 4:3), the accuser (Revelation 12:10), the prince of demons (Luke 11:15), the ruler of this world (John 12:31), See Isaiah 14:12-15 for a description of the fall of the Devil. Upon Jesus' return, the Devil will be vanquished -- depending on the eschatological position
Worshippers, Devil - Those who practise the worship or cult of the Devil, an aspect of heathen worship in its worst and most degraded form. As each nation had its own gods, racial rivalry led them to consider the protecting divinities of an enemy as evil demons, hence those who worshipped what they considered good beings were Devil-worshippers to other nations. Such worship was not confined to heathens, for accounts of magical practises and occultation appear in the history of heretical sects in medieval Europe, and under the guise of various esoteric cults of today there are numerous Devil-worshippers
Mephistophelian - ) Pertaining to, or resembling, the Devil Mephistopheles, "a crafty, scoffing, relentless fiend;" Devilish; crafty
Bishop's-Wort - ) Wood betony (Stachys betonica); also, the plant called fennel flower (Nigella Damascena), or Devil-in-a-bush
Devilry - ) Conduct suitable to the Devil; extreme wickedness; Deviltry
Tempter - ) One who tempts or entices; especially, Satan, or the Devil, regarded as the great enticer to evil
Adder - One of the names figuratively given to the Devil. " (Psalms 91:13) Hence also, as sin is of the Devil, the infusion of it into our nature, at the fall, is called in Scripture, adder's poison
Devilish - ) Resembling, characteristic of, or pertaining to, the Devil; diabolical; wicked in the extreme
Demons - Devils, Demons. Although there is only one being known as the Devil, the English version of the Scriptures often uses the words Devil and Devils, where it should read demon and demons. The words in the original Greek are different from the word used when the Devil is referred to. As frequent accounts are given, in the Old Testament and in the New, of the Devil and of demons entering into persons, there is no reason to doubt that they do so now
Devils - Devils, Demons. Although there is only one being known as the Devil, the English version of the Scriptures often uses the words Devil and Devils, where it should read demon and demons. The words in the original Greek are different from the word used when the Devil is referred to. As frequent accounts are given, in the Old Testament and in the New, of the Devil and of demons entering into persons, there is no reason to doubt that they do so now
Satan - ) The grand adversary of man; the Devil, or Prince of darkness; the chief of the fallen angels; the archfiend
Holy Spirit, Sin Against the - Attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to the Devil (Matthew 12:32 ; Mark 3:29 ; Luke 12:10 )
Lunatics - (See LUKE; Devil
Satan - The grand adversary of man the Devil or prince of darkness the chief of the fallen angels
Sheitan - ) An evil spirit; the evil one; the Devil
Devil, Devlish - From it the English word "Devil" is derived, and should be applied only to Satan, as a proper name. Daimon, "a demon," is frequently, but wrongly, translated "devil;" it should always be translated "demon," as in the RV margin. There is one "Devil," there are many demons. Death having been brought into the world by sin, the "Devil" had the power of death, but Christ through His own death, has triumphed over him, and will bring him to nought, Hebrews 2:14 ; his power over death is intimated in his struggle with Michael over the body of Moses. Judas, who gave himself over to the "Devil," was so identified with him, that the Lord described him as such, John 6:70 (see John 13:2 ). As the "Devil" raised himself in pride against God and fell under condemnation, so believers are warned against similar sin, 1 Timothy 3:6 ; for them he lays snares, ver. , by the 'Devil');" "by the Lord's servant" is an alternative, which some regard as confirmed by the use of zogreo ("to catch alive") in Luke 5:10 ; but the general use is that of taking captive in the usual way. ...
Note: For "devilish," James 3:17 , see DEMON , C
Fiend - ) An implacable or malicious foe; one who is diabolically wicked or cruel; an infernal being; - applied specifically to the Devil or a demon
Devil - Devil, slanderer. From the beginning of the world the Devil has had a hand, and sometimes a controlling one, in the most important events in the history of man. "He that committeth sin is of the Devil: for the Devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the Devil. The time is coming, and may be near at hand, when "the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan," shall be bound for a thousand years, "that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed a little season. The fall and punishment of the Devil is recorded. The word Devil is sometimes applied to a very wicked man or woman
Evil, Powers of - Since original sin is ascribed to the instigation of the Devil: "By the envy of the Devil, death came into the world" (Wisdom of Solomon 2), and according to Saint Paul (Ephesians 6), the evil spirits are the most dangerous enemies of our souls, the real powers of evil in the world are the fallen angels
Cloot - ) The Devil; Clootie; - usually in the pl
Agyniani - They condemned all use of flesh and marriage as not instituted by God, but introduced at the instigation of the Devil
Satan - The proper name appears five times in the Old Testament, 1 Chronicles 21:1; Job 1:6; Job 1:12; Job 2:1; Zechariah 3:1; in the New Testament 25 times; the word "devil" occurs 25 times; "the prince of this world," three times; "the wicked one," six times; "the tempter," twice. In one remarkable verse several epithets are combined—the old serpent, the Devil, and Satan, who deceiveth the whole world. See Devil
Witchcraft - The practices of witches sorcery enchantments intercourse with the Devil
Belial - (Hebrew: worthlessness; perhaps from Belili, Babylonian goddess of the lower regions) ...
Used as a name for the demon or Devil
Belili - (Hebrew: worthlessness; perhaps from Belili, Babylonian goddess of the lower regions) ...
Used as a name for the demon or Devil
Temptation - I think it was Ralph Erskine who said, 'There is no Devil so bad as no Devil
Militant - From militans, fighting; a term applied to the church on earth, as engaged in a warfare with the world, sin, and the Devil; in distinction from the church triumphant in heaven
Dabchick - ) A small water bird (Podilymbus podiceps), allied to the grebes, remarkable for its quickness in diving; - called also dapchick, dobchick, dipchick, didapper, dobber, Devil-diver, hell-diver, and pied-billed grebe
Tempter - , "the (one) tempting," is used as a noun, describing the Devil in this character, Matthew 4:3 ; 1 Thessalonians 3:5
Tempter - The great adversary of man the Devil
Daemon - The Greek form, rendered "devil" in the Authorized Version of the New Testament. They belong to the number of those angels that "kept not their first estate," "unclean spirits," "fallen angels," the angels of the Devil (Matthew 25:41 ; Revelation 12:7-9 )
Devil - ) To make like a Devil; to invest with the character of a Devil
Bermuda Grass - It is a native of Southern Europe, but is now wide-spread in warm countries; - called also scutch grass, and in Bermuda, Devil grass
Adversary - satan), an opponent or foe (1 Kings 5:4 ; 11:14,23,25 ; Luke 13:17 ); one that speaks against another, a complainant (Matthew 5:25 ; Luke 12:58 ); an enemy (Luke 18:3 ), and specially the Devil (1 Peter 5:8 )
Satanians - It is said, among other things that they believed the Devil to be extremely powerful, and that it was much wiser to respect and adore than to curse him
Demon - ) An evil spirit; a Devil
Aureole of the Saints - in martyrdom, victory over the Devil in preaching truth
Dragon - One of the names of the Devil
Dragon - In the Apocalypse, 12, the chieftain of the host of fallen angels fights with Michael and his angels, and the dragon is defeated, "that old serpent who is called the Devil and Satan. " In art the Devil is frequently pictured as a dragon, a huge winged lizard
Muggletonians - They affirmed that there was no Devil at all without the body of man or woman; that the Devil is man's spirit of unclean reason and cursed imagination; that the ministry in this world, whether prophetical or ministerial, is all a lie and abomination to the Lord; with a variety of other vain and inconsistent tenets
Witch - A woman who by compact with the Devil, practices sorcery or enchantment
Novice - They were not to be appointed as bishops or overseers, lest, being lifted up with pride, they should fall into the condemnation of the Devil
Godfathers And Godmothers - Persons who, at the baptism of infants, answer for their future conduct, and solemnly promise that they will renounce the Devil and all his works, and follow a life of piety and virtue; and by these means lay themselves under an indispensable obligation to instruct them, and watch over their conduct
Demon - ]'>[2] it is substituted for ‘devil’ in the margin of many passages, and the American Committee was in favour of its adoption in the text. So in Bar 4:7 ; and in the same sense probably ‘devils’ is used in 1 Corinthians 10:20 and Revelation 9:20 . For the conception of demon as an influence or spirit, exclusively evil, see Devil; and for the phenomena, see Possession and Exorcism
Cephaloptera - ) One of the generic names of the gigantic ray (Manta birostris), known as Devilfish and sea Devil
Dragon - Twelve times in the Apocalypse it is used of the Devil, 12:3,4,7,9,13,16,17; 13:2,4,11; 16:13; 20:2
Amice - When putting it on he touches the head with it, saying: "Put on my head, O Lord, the helmet of salvation, in order to repel the assaults of the Devil
Abaddon - See Devil
Servants Godìs: Their Ruling Motive - But if your fee is first with you, and your work second, fee is your master, and the lord of fee, who is the Devil; and not only the Devil, but the lowest of Devils: ' the least erected fiend that fell
Prayer: Its Power Against Satan - Devil was whisking this enormous stone along very merrily at early dawn of day, when he was met by a devout old woman, who being somewhat alarmed, uttered a prayer at the sight of the unexpected traveller. Such was the power of her prayer, that the demon dropped his burden at once, and there it lies, an indisputable proof that the Devil IS no match for old ladies who know how to invoke the aid of heaven
Willow - Called also willy, twilly, twilly Devil, and Devil
Exorcise - ) To cast out, as a Devil, evil spirits, etc
Bestiaries - The lamb or sheep represented the soul or the believer; the phoenix, Christ or immortality; the serpent, the Devil; the lion, either the Devil or Christ
Bestiary - The lamb or sheep represented the soul or the believer; the phoenix, Christ or immortality; the serpent, the Devil; the lion, either the Devil or Christ
Diabolism - (Latin: diabolus, the Devil) ...
The term includes all kinds of intercourse or attempts to deal with the evil spirit by witchcraft, incantations, magic, spiritism, and other occult practises. The possibility of consulting and securing the help of the Devil is sufficiently attested by Scripture: God forbids consultation of soothsayers (Deuteronomy 18); to "go aside after wizards" is unlawful (Leviticus 19). The Church as well as the Bible warrants the belief in evil spirits, or Devils, and in their power, as far as God will permit, to do harm, but forbids dealing with them, since, by reason of the perversion of their wills, they endeavor to turn men from God
Slander - Diabolos can mean “slanderous” or “the slanderer” (the Devil). See Devil, Satan, Evil, Demonic ; Ethics
Satan - signifies an adversary or enemy, and is commonly applied in the Scriptures to the Devil, or the chief of the fallen angels. By collecting the passages where Satan, or the Devil, is mentioned, it may be concluded, that he fell from heaven with his company; that God cast him down from thence for the punishment of his pride; that by his envy and malice, sin, death, and all other evils came into the world; that, by the permission of God, he exercises a sort of government in the world over subordinate apostate angels like himself; that God makes use of him to prove good men, and chastise bad ones; that he is a lying spirit in the mouth of false prophets and seducers; that it is he, or his agents, that torment or possess men, and inspire them with evil designs, as when he suggested to David, the numbering of the people, to Judas to betray his Lord and Master, and to Ananias and Sapphira to conceal the price of their field; that he is full of rage like a roaring lion, and of subtlety like a serpent, to tempt, to betray, to destroy, and involve us in guilt and wickedness; that his power and malice are restrained within certain limits, and controlled by the will of God; in a word, that he is an enemy to God and man, and uses his utmost endeavours to rob God of his glory, and men of their souls. See Devil and See DEMONIACS
Satan - (Hebrew: an adversary, enemy) ...
Name for the chief demon or Devil (1Par 5), frequently used as a common noun in the Old Testament (3Kings 5)
Ephpheta - And thou, Devil, flee; for the judgment of God will draw near
Wiles - , "(with a view to) the craft (singular) of deceit;" in Ephesians 6:11 , "the wiles (plural) (of the Devil
Temptations - ' Idle Christians are not tempted of the Devil so much as they tempt the Devil to tempt them
Slandered - 1: διάβολος (Strong's #1228 — Adjective — diabolos — dee-ab'-ol-os ) an adjective, "slanderous, accusing falsely," is used as a noun, translated "slanderers" in 1 Timothy 3:11 , where the reference is to those who are given to finding fault with the demeanor and conduct of others, and spreading their innuendos and criticisms in the church; in 2 Timothy 3:3 , RV (AV, "false accusers"); Titus 2:3 (ditto): see ACCUSER , Devil
Energumens - Persons supposed to be possessed with the Devil, concerning whom there were many regulations among the primitive Christians
Revelations, Private - There are three kinds: ...
natural, which result from natural causes
diabolical, which proceed from the Devil
Divine, by which God sometimes illuminates and instructs a person for his own salvation or that of others
They are distinct
Possessed of the Devil - Indeed, as the Son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the Devil, it should seem that at that time the great enemy of souls had permission exert a more than usual power, that in his being cast out the Lord Jesus might be manifested thereby. The general term made use of in our courts of justice in the indictment of criminals, is plain in proof for the running phrase is, that such an one, not having the fear of God before his eyes, and being moved by the instigation of the Devil, did such and such things. But while the fact itself is undeniable, it is a blessed relief to the minds of God's people to know that the influence of the Devil is not according to his wishes, but according to the Lord's permission; not whom he will, but whom he may
Foligno, Angela of, Blessed - She is represented being invited by Our Lord to receive Holy Commumion; and chaining the Devil
Patricians - His distinguishing tenet was, that the substance of the flesh is not the work of God, but that of the Devil; on which account his adherents bore an implacable hatred to their own flesh, which sometimes carried them so far as to kill themselves
Saints: Preserve the World - Mark and other holy champions delivering the fair city from the Devil, who had resolved to raise a great storm in the Adriatic, flood the lagunes, and drown the inhabitants of the 'bride of the sea
Aureole - ) who have overcome the world, the flesh, and the Devil
Deuce - ) The Devil; a demon
Angela of Foligno, Blessed - She is represented being invited by Our Lord to receive Holy Commumion; and chaining the Devil
Mark - ...
Revelation 13:16-17 (a) Since GOD marks His children with a distinctive brand of some kind, so the Devil, imitating GOD, puts a mark on all of his children. This brand by the Devil is put on the forehead where everyone can see it, or in the hand where it can be hidden. This sign distinguishes the Devil's children from GOD's children, and will probably be branded upon all the unsaved during the tribulation days
Accuser - 1), is used 34 times as a title of Satan, the Devil (the English word is derived from the Greek); once of Judas, John 6:70 , who, in his opposition of God, acted the part of the Devil. Apart from John 6:70 , men are never spoken of as Devils
Lucifer - In Christian literature it is a synonym for the Devil, the prince of darkness, and alludes to the high estate from which he fell
Satan - See Devil, Satan, Evil, Demonic
Blasphemy - Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is stating that Jesus did his miracles by the power of the Devil (Matthew 12:22-32) and is an unforgivable sin (Mark 3:28-30)
Exorcism - The expelling of Devils from persons possessed, by means of conjuration and prayers. This root, with the ring, was held under the patient's nose, and the Devil was forthwith evacuated. The most part of conjurers of this class were impostors, each pretending to a secret nostrum or charm which was an overmatch for the Devil. Then follow the litanies, psalms, and prayer; after which the exorcist asks the Devil his name, and adjures him by the mysteries of the Christian religion not to afflict the person any more; then, laying his right hand on the daemoniac's head, he repeats the form of exorcism, which is this: "I exorcise thee, unclean spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ: tremble, O Satan, thou enemy of the faith, thou foe of mankind, who hast brought death into the world; who hast deprived men of life, and hast rebelled against justice, thou seducer of mankind, thou root of all evil, thou source of avarice, discord, and envy
Devil - Thus we say, indifferently, the Devil, or Satan; only the latter has more the appearance of a proper name, as it is not attended with the article. Certainly, among the numerous refinements of modern times, there is scarcely any thing more extraordinary than the attempt that has been made, and is still making, to persuade us that there really exists no such being in the world as the Devil; and that when the inspired writers speak of such a being, all that they mean is, to personify the evil principle! A bold effort unquestionably; and could its advocates succeed in persuading men into the universal belief of it, they would do more to promote his cause and interest in the world than he himself has been able to effect since the seduction of our first parents. In the old Testament, particularly in the first two chapters of Job, this evil spirit is called Satan; and in the New Testament, he is spoken of under various titles, which are also descriptive of his power and malignity; as for example, he is called, "the prince of this world," John 12:31 ; "the prince of the power of the air," Ephesians 2:2 ; "the god of this world," 2 Corinthians 4:4 ; "the dragon, that old serpent, the Devil," Revelation 20:2 ; "the wicked one,"...
1 John 5:19 . We are also taught that this grand adversary of God and man has a numerous band of fallen spirits under his control; and that both he and they are reserved under a sentence of condemnation unto the judgment of the great day, Judges 1:6 ; and that "everlasting fire," or perpetual torment, "is prepared for the Devil and his angels," Matthew 25:41 . In these various passages of Scripture, and many others which might be added, the existence of the Devil is expressly stated; but if, as our modern Sadducees affirm, nothing more is intended in them than a personification of the abstract quality of evil, the Bible, and especially the New Testament, must be eminently calculated to mislead us in matters which intimately concern our eternal interests. To the notion, that the Jews derived their opinions on this subject from the oriental philosophy, and that like the Persians they set up a rival god; it may be replied, that the Jewish notion of the Devil had no resemblance to what the Persians first, and the Manicheans afterward, called the evil principle; which they made in some sort coordinate with God, and the first source of all evil, as the other is of good. For the Devil, in the Jewish system, is a creature as much as any other being in the universe, and is liable to be controlled by omnipotence,—an attribute which they ascribed to God alone. The establishment of the worship of Devils so general in some form throughout a great part of the Heathen world, is at once a painful and a curious subject, and deserves a more careful investigation than it has received. In modern times, Devil-worship is seen systematized in Ceylon, Burmah, and many parts of the East Indies; and an order of Devil-priests exists, though contrary to the Budhist religion, against the temples of which it sets up rival altars. Ives, in his travels through Persia, gives the following curious account of Devil-worship: "These people (the Sanjacks, a nation inhabiting the country about Mosul, the ancient Nineveh) once professed Christianity, then Mohammedanism, and last of all Devilism. They say it is true that the Devil has at present a quarrel with God; but the time will come when, the pride of his heart being subdued, he will make his submission to the Almighty; and, as the Deity cannot be implacable, the Devil will receive a full pardon for all his transgressions, and both he, and all those who paid him attention during his disgrace, will be admitted into the blessed mansions. The person of the Devil they look on as sacred; and when they affirm any thing solemnly, they do it by his name. " The worshippers of the Devil mentioned by Ives were also found by Niebuhr in the same country, in a village between Bagdad and Mosul, called Abd-el-asis, on the great Zab, a river which empties itself into the Tigris. Some accuse them of worshipping the Devil under the name of Tschellebi; that is, Lord. I have also been assured that the Dauasins do not worship the Devil; but adore God alone as the Creator and Benefactor of all mankind. They say that it is just as improper for men to take a part in the dispute between God and a fallen angel, as for a peasant to ridicule and curse a servant of the pacha who has fallen into disgrace; that God did not require our assistance to punish Satan for his disobedience; it might happen that he might receive him into favour again; and then we must be ashamed before the judgment seat of God, if we had, uncalled for, abused one of his angels: it was therefore the best not to trouble one's self about the Devil; but endeavour not to incur God's displeasure ourselves. When they offer eggs or butter to them for sale, they endeavour first to get the articles into their hands, and then dispute about the price, or for this or other reasons to abuse Satan with all their might; on which the Dauasin is often polite enough to leave every thing behind, rather than hear the Devil abused
Hell - Hell is the future place of eternal punishment of the damned including the Devil and his fallen angels. It was prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41) and will be the abode of the wicked (Revelation 22:8) and the fallen angels (2 Peter 2:4)
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In the New Testament the word is synonymous with the evil spirit, and in English versions of the Bible is rendered "devil" and consequently designates a maleficent being, a meaning not necessarily implied in the original yord "demon
Satyr - The Hebrew word is rendered also "goat" (Leviticus 4:24 ) and "devil", i
Luciferians - (1) A class name for a number of early sects which revived Gnostic and Manichean principles and worshiped the Devil, in some instances cursing God while they did so
Luciferites - (1) A class name for a number of early sects which revived Gnostic and Manichean principles and worshiped the Devil, in some instances cursing God while they did so
Devil - Devil, n
Exorcism - In the prayer used in blessing holy water, God is besought to protect those who use it against the influence of the Devil
Stedingers - (1) A class name for a number of early sects which revived Gnostic and Manichean principles and worshiped the Devil, in some instances cursing God while they did so
Satan - Hence it is used particularly of the grand adversary of souls, the Devil, the prince of the fallen angels, the accuser and calumniator of men before God, Job 1:7,12 Zechariah 3:1,2 Revelation 12:10 . See Devil
Kingdom of Satan - More definitely the kingdom of Satan means the organized forces of the evil spirits under the leadership of Satan, the "Adversary," the Devil
Sin: Its Hardening Effects - Preston tells us of a professor who on one occasion was found drunk, and when much depressed on account of his folly, the Devil said to him, by way of temptation, 'Do it again, do it again; for,' said he, 'the grief you feel about it now you will never feel any more if you commit the sin again
Advocate - Christ as Advocate defends the cause of Christian believers against their accuser, the Devil (Apocalypse, 12)
Belial - In later times the name Belial denoted the Devil: "What concord hath Christ with Belial?" ...
2 Corinthians 6:15 ; for as the word literally imports "one who will do no one good," the positive sense of a doer of evil was applied to Satan, who is the author of evil, and, eminently, "the Evil One
Satan, Kingdom of - More definitely the kingdom of Satan means the organized forces of the evil spirits under the leadership of Satan, the "Adversary," the Devil
Sin: Power Over the Unregenerate - The Devil finding him dead, calls up his hosts of temptations and his bands of evils to feed on him. The great destroyer, who at other times is as a lion, often plays the part of a jackal, whose cry, when it finds its prey, is said to sound exactly like the words: ...
'Dead Hind, dead Hind! Where, where, where, where? Here, here, here, here!' ...
Nothing but the new life can secure a man from the worst fiends in the Pandemonium of vice, for they gather like a scattered pack to a feast when they hear their master cry: Dead sinner, dead sinner! ...
Where, where, where, where!Here, here, here, here! ...
Vices seldom come alone; where there is room for one Devil, seven other spirits more wicked than himself will find a lodging
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The other common appellation for Satan in the New Testament is "the Devil" (diabolos [1]), not found in the Old Testament, but thirty-four times here, meaning one who is traducer, a slanderer. In the New Testament the "devil" becomes "an evil principle/being standing against God. " Mark refers to "Satan" five times, but never uses "devil. The Fourth Gospel has one instance of "Satan" (with none in the Epistles of John), while the "devil" (as Satan) occurs twice in the Gospel and three times in the Epistles. While the Devil has had a career of sinning "from the beginning, " the Son of God came to destroy his wicked works (1 John 3:8 ). Those unable to hear and receive Jesus' words belong to the Devil, who is their "father" (John 8:44 )they share a family likeness to him. ...
Believers need to exercise care about anger, so as "not to give the Devil a foothold" (Ephesians 4:26 ). They are to don God's full armor so as to stand against the Devil's schemes. Ultimate victory comes by "the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, " as the Devil is cast down from heaven to the earth (Revelation 12:11 ). Pentecost, Your Adversary, The Devil ; G
Devil - A fallen angel; and particularly the chief of them, the Devil, or Satan. He is called, "The prince of this world," John 12:31 ; "The prince of the power of the air," Ephesians 2:2 ; "The god of this world," 2 Corinthians 4:4 ; "The dragon, that old serpent, the Devil," Revelation 20:2 ; "That wicked one," 1 John 5:18 ; "A roaring lion," 1 Peter 5:8 ; "A murderer," "a liar," John 8:44 ; "Beelzebub," Matthew 12:24 ; "Belial," 2 Corinthians 6:15 ; "The accuser of the brethren," Revelation 12:10 . ...
The word "devils" occurs frequently in the gospels; but it is the translation of a different Greek word from that used to denote the Devil, and might be rendered "demons. " The Bible applies the other word only to Satan-"the Devil", and his angels, who are like their leader in nature and in actions
Devil - Devil . The conception of demon or Devil was used to embrace three species of existences. The Devils of later Judaism accordingly are thought of as invisible spirits, to whom every ill, physical or moral, was attributed. At times they do His bidding and are the ministers of His wrath, but in this sense are not classed in Scripture as Devils; e. In the period of the NT the belief in Devils as spirits, evil and innumerable, was general amongst the nations, whether Jewish or Gentile; but in Jesus and His disciples the cruder features of the belief, such as the grotesqueness of the functions assigned to these spirits in the literature of the second century, do not appear. Possession is thrice alluded to ( John 7:20 ; John 8:40 ; John 10:28 ) as a suggested explanation of Christ’s work and influence; but evil generally is traced back rather to the activity of the Devil ( John 6:70 , where ‘a Devil’ is not a demon, but the word is used metaphorically much as ‘Satan’ in Matthew 16:23 , John 13:2 ; John 13:27 ), whose subordinates fall into the background. Paul speaks of doctrines emanating from Devils ( 1 Timothy 4:1 , where the word should not be taken metaphorically). The Devils of 1 Corinthians 10:20 were demigods or deposed idols. James recognizes the existence of a number of Devils ( James 2:19 ), whose independence fit God is not complete. In all these books the conception of Devils seems to be giving way to that of the Devil; the former gradually lose any power of initiative or free action, and become the agents of a great spirit of evil behind them. But in the NT the process is complete, and in every part the Devil appears as a personal and almost sovereign spirit of evil, capable of such actions as cannot be explained away by the application of any theory of poetic or dramatic personification. , the Devil prompted the treason of Judas ( John 13:2 ), and is vicious in his lusts, a liar and a murderer ( John 8:44 ), a sinner in both nature and act ( 1 John 3:8 ; 1 John 3:10 ). Peter represents the Devil as prowling about in search of prey ( 1 Peter 5:8 ), the standing adversary of man, baffled by Jesus ( Acts 10:38 ). James ( James 4:7 ) the Devil is an antagonist who upon resistance takes to flight. If ‘son of the Devil’ ( Acts 13:10 ) is metaphorical, St. To give opportunity to the Devil ( Ephesians 4:27 ) may lead to a share in his condemnation ( 1 Timothy 3:6 ). ...
This opinion is confirmed by the representation of the Devil’s relation to men and to God, and by many phrases in which he is referred to under other names. ...
In regard to the Devil’s relation to God, the degree of independence and personal initiative is less in the OT than in the NT, but nowhere is there anything like the exact co-ordination of the two. In Job 1:6 the Devil associates himself with ‘the sons of God,’ and yet is represented as not strictly classed with them; he has the right of access to heaven, but his activity is subject to Divine consent. Another stage is marked in 1 Chronicles 21:1 , where the statement of 2 Samuel 24:1 is modified as though the Devil worked in complete and unshackled opposition to God. God and the Devil are placed in antithesis ( James 4:7 ); so ‘the power of darkness’ and ‘the kingdom of the Son of his love’ ( Colossians 1:13 ), as though the two were entirely distinct. The Devil is the prince and personal head of the demons ( Mark 3:22 ). Paul expresses similar views; the Devil is ‘the god of this world’ or age ( 2 Corinthians 4:4 ), ‘the prince of the power of the air’ ( Ephesians 2:2 ), ruling over the evil spirits who are located in the sky or air ( Luke 10:18 , Revelation 12:9 ; cf. He is the stronger ( Luke 11:22 ), and can even now, under the limitations of the moral probation of men, frustrate the Devil’s designs ( Luke 22:32 ), and destroy his works ( 1 John 3:8 ), and will eventually bring him to nought ( Hebrews 2:14 ). ...
The personality of the Devil must consequently be regarded as taught by Scripture. And the tradition of a revolt and fall of angels has this in its favour, that it fits in with the belief in Devils and the Devil, and provides a partially intelligible account of circumstances under which such a belief might take shape. The Devil thus becomes a type of every confirmed evil-doer: and the patience and the righteousness of God are alike exemplified
Madmen (2) - Hence arose the contemptuous sneer as to Jesus (John 10:20), "He hath a Devil and is mad"; also the designation "mad fellow" applied to the prophet who anointed Jehu (2 Kings 9:11), and to Jeremiah (Jeremiah 29:26), and to Paul (Acts 26:24-25)
Children: Perseverance Heeded in Teaching - We may well give the lesson once expecting the child's frail memory to lose it; twice, reckoning that the Devil, like an ill bird, will steal it; thrice, hoping that it will take root downward, and bring forth fruit upward to the glory of God
Angel - ) One of a class of "fallen angels;" an evil spirit; as, the Devil and his angels
Sin: the Toil of it - And this thief is a type of thousands of men who work a great deal harder to please the Devil than they would have to work to please God
Enemy - In theology, and by way of eminence, the enemy is the Devil the archfiend
Archangel - In the Bible, a Greek word found only in the New Testament in two places: 1 Thessalonians 4:16, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first"; and Jude 1:1:9, "But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the Devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, 'The Lord rebuke you
Satan - In the New Testament it is used as interchangeable with Diabolos, or the Devil, and is so used more than thirty times. He is "Beelzebub, the prince of the Devils" (12:24). Christ redeems his people from "him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil" (Hebrews 2:14 )
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1 Peter 5:8 (a) The Devil is never satisfied with his conquests
Adversary, the - "Your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
Satan - Is a Hebrew word, and signifies an adversary, or enemy, and is commonly applied in Scripture to the Devil, or the chief of the fallen angels. "By collecting the passages, " says Cruden, "where Satan, or the Devil, is mentioned, it may be observed, that he fell from heaven with all his company; that God cast him down from thence for the punishment of his pride; that, by his envy and malice, sin, death, and all other evils, came into the world; that, by the permission of God, he exercises a sort of government in the world over his subordinates, over apostate angels like himself; that God makes use of him to prove good men and chastise bad ones; that he is a lying spirit in the mouth of false prophets, seducers, and heretics; that it is he, or some of his, that torment or possess men; that inspire them with evil designs, as he did David, when he suggested to him to number his people; to Judas, to betray his Lord and Master; and to Ananias and Sapphira, to conceal the price of their field. " ...
See articles ANGEL, Devil, TEMPTATION
Palace - False doctrines will be offered as a hindrance, religious leaders will give false advice, the Devil will bring up many competitors. ...
Luke 11:21 (b) The strong man in this passage is the Devil. The Devil uses these to keep his children, the unsaved, from JESUS CHRIST
Prison - ...
Isaiah 42:7 (b) The type in this passage represents the soul that is held in the grip of sin by the Devil. They are help captive by the will of the Devil, as CHRIST describes in Luke 11:21
Demon, Demoniac - " It is used in Matthew 8:31 , mistranslated "devils. 1, but the neuter of the adjective daimonios, pertaining to a demon, is also mistranslated "devil," "devils. See Devil. and Mark; Matthew 4:24 ; 8:16,28,33 ; 9:32 ; 12:22 ; 15:22 ; Mark 1:32 ; 5:15,16,18 ; elsewhere in Luke 8:36 ; John 10:21 , "him that hath a Devil (demon). of James 3:15 , RV (text, "devilish")
Daemoniac - One "possessed with a Devil
Man: Fallen - Thought, imagination, judgment, memory, all fit to be yoked to celestial chariots, become the very hacks of the Devil, and the body once a palace now a haunt of thieves
Asp - ...
Romans 3:13 (b) This refers to the teaching and the ministry of false religious teachers whose doctrines are of the Devil
Witch - with the Devil; a sorcerer or sorceress; - now applied chiefly or only to women, but formerly used of men as well
Temptation - ...
When the Devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season
Satan - One of the names of the Devil; and as all the names of this apostate spirit have special signification beside that of identifying his person, we may consider this of Satan as implying that horrid part of his character, the adversary and accuser of the brethren. ...
It would form subject sufficient for a volume more than a Concordance to enter into the particulars the Holy Bible hath given us concerning this old serpent, the Devil, and Satan which deceiveth the whole world. ...
Now the Scriptures of God relate to us that the Devil, under the appearance of a serpent, beguiled our first parents in the garden of Eden, prompted them to break the divine commands, and by so doing introduced death into the circumstrances of them and all their posterity. " (John 13:27)...
Hence, therefore, when the Lord Jesus Christ is spoken of in the holy Scriptures as coming for the redemption of his people, this great feature of character is intimately linked with it; "for this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the Devil. (1 John 3:8) So again the apostle Paul, in his Epistle to the Hebrews, was commissioned to tell the church that forasmuch"as the children were partakers of flesh and blood, he, that is, Christ, also himself likewise took part of the same, that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil, and deliver them who through fear of death were all their life-time subject to bondage. (Hebrews 2:14-15)...
I stay not to remark, what hath not indeed in so many plain words Scripture authority, positively saying so, but what hath been the received opinion of learned and studious minds in all ages pondering over the word of God on this subject, that the Devil's enmity began not with our nature, but with the Son of God for assuming our nature. I must not go so far into the subject as to bring in all that the Scripture seems to intimate of the quarrel of the Devil being first levelled against Christ for becoming the Head of his body the church. But be this as it may, very certain it is, that among the grand purposes for which the Son of God became incarnate this was eminently one, that he should conquer the Devil and all the powers of hell, and "root out of his kingdom all things that offend. Thus, when the Jews charged the Lord Jesus with casting out Devils through Beelzebub, the prince of the Devils, Christ made this answer, "If Satan cast out Satan he is divided against himself: how shall then his kingdom stand?" (Matthew 12:26) So that the struggle of life and glory, hath been from first to last directed against Christ's kingdom, and to establish the kingdom of Satan through the earth. ) "And I saw an angel come down from heaven having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand; and he laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed a little season. At the close of which follows the everlasting and eternal, destraction of the Devil and his angels in hell forever
Temptation of Jesus - ...
Matthew (Leviticus 4:1-11 ) spoke of the Spirit leading Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. The Devil left, and angels ministered to Jesus. Luke's final phrase is that the Devil left Jesus “for a time” or until an opportune time for further temptation. In the Fourth Gospel the temptation seems to be the confrontation with the religious authorities and His critics (see John 7-8 ) In John the Devil comes to Jesus through the treachery of Judas, His friend and follower (John 6:71 ; John 13:27 ). ...
The major temptation of Jesus was to do God's will the Devil's way. See Devil ; Jesus, Life and Ministry of
Pharoah - The Pharaoh, the tyrant of Egypt, we know most of in Scripture, was a type of the Devil; and as such the Lord's people should read his history, %with the Lord's striking observation upon him
Flee - Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you
Pancratius, Martyr - 39) tells us that his tomb outside the walls of Rome was so sacred that the Devil at once seized those who swore falsely before it
Satan - , 1 Samuel 29:4 ; Psalm 38:20 ; 71:13 ; four in Psalm 109 ; (c) of "Satan," the Devil, some seventeen or eighteen times in the OT; in Zechariah 3:1 , where the name receives its interpretation, "to be (his) adversary," RV (see marg. See Devil
Adversary - It is used of an enemy of God in 1 Samuel 2:10 (Septuagint ), and in 1 Peter 5:8 of ‘the enemy,’ Satan; in this last passage διάδολος is anarthrous, as a proper name, while ἀντίδικος has the article (see Devil and Satan). Paul to denote those who oppose the Christian religion, probably in all cases with the suggestion that the Devil is working through them
Adversary - A — 1: ἀντίδικος (Strong's #476 — Noun Masculine — antidikos — an-tid'-ee-kos ) firstly, "an opponent in a lawsuit," Matthew 5:25 (twice); Luke 12:58 ; 18:3 , is also used to denote "an adversary or an enemy," without reference to legal affairs, and this is perhaps its meaning in 1 Peter 5:8 , where it is used of the Devil. Some would regard the word as there used in a legal sense, since the Devil accuses men before God
Michael - He is also represented as warning against "that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world" (Revelation 12:7-9 )
Dragon - ...
It is often used for the Devil, who is called the old serpent
Gate - Genesis 22 ...
The gates of hell, are the power and dominion of the Devil and his instruments
Christian - However, it is important to note that it is the true Christ that makes someone a Christian, not the Mormon one (brother of the Devil), or the JW one (Michael the Archangel), the New Age Jesus (a man in tune with the divine Christ Consciousness), etc
Adam - Adam and Eve were tempted by the Devil, disguised as a serpent, to disobey God by eating of the tree of knowledge
Child - ; as, a child of God; a child of the Devil; a child of disobedience; a child of toil; a child of the people
Red - A — 1: πυρρός (Strong's #4450 — Adjective — purrhos — poor-hros' ) denotes "fire-colored" (pur, "fire"), hence, "fiery red," Revelation 6:4 ; 12:3 , in the latter passage said of the Dragon, indicative of the cruelty of the Devil
Idolatry - All religious systems indicate a primitive, pure Monotheistic concept degraded by man and Devil
Exorcism - (See Devil; DIVINATION
Pinnacle of the Temple - We are told that here it was, on the pinnacle of the temple, the Devil, in his temptations of Christ, set the Redeemer
Bar-Jesus - Bar-Jesus endeavouring to hinder the pro-consul from embracing Christianity, Paul, filled with the Holy Ghost, "set his eyes upon him, and said, O full of all subtilty and mischief, thou child of the Devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? Behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season;" which took place immediately
Michael - ...
In the NT Michael is found fighting in heaven (Revelation 12:7 ) against the dragon, ‘him that is called the Devil and Satan,’ and is typical of the warfare which is the special work of the Church on earth. In the passage in Jude ( Judges 1:9 ) a definite reference is made to the tradition already mentioned, ‘Michael the archangel, when contending with the Devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee’ (cf
Eve - The identification of the serpent with the Devil, which was far from the thoughts of the writer of Genesis 3, first appears in Wisdom of Solomon 2:24, ‘But by the envy of the Devil death entered into the world’ (cf
Devil - Christ drove out Devils, and empowered the Apostles to do so. In the Church the institution of the order of exorcists testifies to belief in a personal Devil
Snare - 1: παγίς (Strong's #3803 — Noun Feminine — pagis — pag-ece' ) "a trap, a snare" (akin to pegnumi, "to fix," and pagideuo, "to ensnare," which see), is used metaphorically of (a) the allurements to evil by which the Devil "ensnares" one, 1 Timothy 3:7 ; 2 Timothy 2:26 ; (b) seductions to evil, which "ensnare" those who "desire to be rich," 1 Timothy 6:9 ; (c) the evil brought by Israel upon themselves by which the special privileges Divinely granted them and centering in Christ, became a "snare" to them, their rejection of Christ and the Gospel being the retributive effect of their apostasy, Romans 11:9 ; (d) of the sudden judgments of God to come upon those whose hearts are "overcharged with sufeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life," Luke 21:35 (ver
Recover - , "awake"), said of those who, opposing the truth through accepting perversions of it, fall into the snare of the Devil, becoming intoxicated with error; for these "recovery" is possible only by "repentance unto the knowledge of the truth
Oods - Matthew 12:29 (a) This figure is used to describe the unsaved, the ungodly, the non-Christian who are in the grasp of Satan, and are described by JESUS Himself as "children of the Devil
Pinnacle - ]'>[1] from the Vulgate of Matthew 4:5 ( pinnaculum ) to indicate the spot within the Temple enclosure from which the Devil tempted our Lord to cast Himself down
Dragon - , as applied metaphorically to "the old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan
Bartholomew, Feast of st - Bartholomew is variously represented witha knife and book; with a knife in his hand and the Devil under hisfeet; also as healing a Princess of Armenia
Devil, Satan, Evil, Demonic - Matthew 4:1 tells of Jesus being tempted by the Devil in the wilderness. In Matthew 25:41 even hell is described as being prepared for the Devil and his angels. Political forces can become servants of the Devil (Revelation 12:1 ; Revelation 13:1 ). The main concern of the Bible is not with the Devil but with God and the gospel of His grace. In fact, Jesus came into the world to “destroy the works of the Devil” (1 John 3:8 )
Serpent - The interesting circumstance as related in the very opening of the Bible concerning the subtlety of the serpent, and the direct application of it to the Devil, renders it a subject of peculiar importance in a work of this kind that it should be noticed. It will be sufficient to all the purposes I mean to offer upon the subject, to observe that the Great and Almighty Author of Scripture hath in many places plainly declared that by the serpent is intended the Devil, yea, the Devil is expressly called the old serpent. (See Job 26:13; Isaiah 27:1)...
The whole tenor of Scripture, therefore being directed to set forth the Devil under this image and figure of the serpent, there appears a beautiful analogy between the brazen serpent lifted, up in the wilderness at the command of God, and the Lord Jesus lifted up on the cross for the salvation of his people by the same authority—and for this plain reason, because none but the serpent of all the creatures in the creation of God was cursed; and therefore none but the serpent among the creatures of God could be the suitable type or figure to represent Christ when redeeming, his people from the curse of the law, "being made a curse for them. But while the uniform testimony of Scripture is with this subject, and the Devil is continually called by the name of serpent through the whole of the Bible, and while the faithful in all ages have, without a single instance of departure, received no other idea, it should seem the safest method to accept the good old way of translation, assured that if the fact had not been so, God the Holy Ghost would have taught the church accordingly
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Malachi 4:3 (b) This word is used to describe the utter and complete defeat of everything in this world that is of the Devil. The Lord will destroy the works of the Devil and will cause His people to triumph in CHRIST
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- the trinity of evil is the Devil, the antichrist and the false prophet. ...
- the trinity of wickedness is the world, the flesh and the Devil
Procrastination - Take care that this is not your dolorous note one of these days, 'I did not wait long, but the Devil caught me in his trap! I did not wait long, but I waited too long! I did not wait long, but I lost my soul for ever?' God grant that this may not be your lot
Enemies - Of the Devil and the powers of evil, in the parable of the Wheat and the Tares, Matthew 13:25; Matthew 13:39
Forehead - The Devil uses this same plan to identify his children
Dragon, - In Revelation 16:13 it is Satan, and in Revelation 20:2 he is described as "that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan
Devour - Your adversary, the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
Lodge - The Devil has his throne in the apostate church, as we read in Revelation 2:13
Novice - A bishop is to be ‘not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into the condemnation of the Devil
Satan (2) - They describe the Tempter as ὁ διάβολος, ‘the Devil,’ using the recognized word for betrayer or malicious accuser. Luke concludes the narrative with the significant words, ‘When the Devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season,’ as if to indicate that the conflict with Satan was renewed and continued throughout our Lord’s ministry. Matthew tells us that when the Devil left Him, angels came and ministered unto Him. Thus the Synoptic Gospels distinctly describe the source of the temptation as the direct suggestions of a person, and that one who is variously called Satan and ‘the Devil. ’...
Again, these same Gospels, as also the Acts of the Apostles, take notice of Christ’s works of healing, and especially of those wrought upon persons possessed with demons, as illustrating the nature of His mission, which was to heal ‘all that were oppressed of the Devil’ (Acts 10:38). Then He proceeds to say, ‘But if I cast out Devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you’ (Matthew 12:28, cf. In the parables of the Sower and the Tares, the Evil One, variously termed ‘the Devil,’ ‘Satan,’ ‘the enemy,’ ‘the wicked one,’ is described as seeking to frustrate the work of Christ by catching away the good seed sown in the heart (Matthew 13:19, Mark 4:15, Luke 8:12); or by sowing tares among the wheat (Matthew 13:38-39), the tares denoting the children of ‘the wicked one’ as the enemy that sowed them is ‘the Devil. ...
Once more, in Christ’s discourse on the Last Judgment, it is expressly stated that the everlasting punishment to which the unfaithful are condemned was ‘prepared for the Devil and his angels’ (Matthew 25:41), a passage which well illustrates the manner in which, in the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus is consistently represented as alluding to Satan and his power and kingdom. Jesus directly attributes the opposition of His antagonists to the malice of the Devil. So He says to the Jews, ‘Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do’ (John 8:44). James (James 4:7) merely counsels his readers to resist the Devil, assuring them that he will flee from them; while in another passage (James 2:19) he speaks of ‘the demons’ (τὰ δαιμόνια), evidently meaning by the term the subordinate agents of Satanic power, as believing that there is one God—a belief which fills them with terror
Children And Dogs - (Matthew 15; Mark 7) Parable addressed to a Canaanite woman who, taking advantage of Jesus' presence near Tyre and Sidon, besought Him to cast a Devil out of her daughter
Enemy - 1: ἐχθρός (Strong's #2190 — — echthros — ekh-thros' ) an adjective, primarily denoting "hated" or "hateful" (akin to echthos, "hate;" perhaps associated with ektos, "outside"), hence, in the Active sense, denotes "hating, hostile;" it is used as a noun signifying an "enemy," adversary, and is said (a) of the Devil, Matthew 13:39 ; Luke 10:19 ; (b) of death, 1 Corinthians 15:26 ; (c) of the professing believer who would be a friend of the world, thus making himself an enemy of God, James 4:4 ; (d) of men who are opposed to Christ, Matthew 13:25,28 ; 22:44 ; Mark 12:36 ; Luke 19:27 ; 20:43 ; Acts 2:35 ; Romans 11:28 ; Philippians 3:18 ; Hebrews 1:13 ; 10:13 ; or to His servants, Revelation 11:5,12 : To the nation of Israel, Luke 1:71,74 ; 19:43 ; (e) of one who is opposed to righteousness, Acts 13:10 ; (f) of Israel in its alienation from God, Romans 11:28 ; (g) of the unregenerate in their attitude toward God, Romans 5:10 ; Colossians 1:21 ; (h) of believers in their former state, 2 Thessalonians 3:15 ; (i) of foes, Matthew 5:43,44 ; 10:36 ; Luke 6:27,35 : Romans 12:20 ; 1 Corinthians 15:25 ; of the Apostle Paul because he told converts "the truth," Galatians 4:16
Michael - Jude 1:9 refers to a dispute between the Devil and Michael over Moses' body
Bar-Jesus - ‘son of Jesus,’ had become a ‘son of the Devil
Perseverance: Necessity of - The Devil frustrates their efficacy by cutting off their ends; their un profitable history is made up of plans and projects, schemes of usefulness that were never gone about, and magnificent undertakings that were never carried forward; societies that were set a going, then left to shift for themselves, and forlorn beings who for a time were taken up and instructed, and just when they were beginning to show symptoms of improvement were cast on the world again
Adversary - " And the apostle Peter calls the Devil an adversary going about to devour; and chargeth the church to resist him steadfast in faith
Perdition - See Death ; Devil ; Eternal Life ; Everlasting Punishment ; Hell ; Sheol
Lion - ...
"The Lion of the tribe of Judah," Revelation 5:5 , is Jesus Christ, who sprung from the tribe of Judah and the race of David, and overcame death, the world, and the Devil
Oppression - —The word does not occur in the Gospels or in connexion with the activity of Jesus except in the verbal form in Acts 10:38 (‘Jesus of Nazareth … went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed [1] of the Devil’)
Leviathan - The sacred writers, in more than one instance, make use of this name figuratively, to describe the Devil and his ministers. " The great enemy of souls will be reckoned with in the great day of God, and he shall be punished in due time; and subordinately to him, all the enemies of the church of Christ, the leviathans, and dragons, and serpents which act in the Devil's name, and fight in his cause, will come in also for the doom. So again the Psalmist, speaking figuratively, saith, (Psalms 74:14) "Thou brakest the head of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to thy people inhabiting the wilderness:" meaning, that as in the Red Sea the Lord overthrew and destroyed that type of the Devil, Pharaoh, so in the after-journies of the people during their wilderness state, whenever they were put to wilderness straits, the recollection of the Lord's deliverance of them in that memorable instance, became meat for their faith to feed upon
Baal-Zebub - It is worthy remark, that the name of this idol changed only from Baal-zebub in Hebrew, to Beel-zebub in Greek, was given to the Devil, in the days of our Lord's ministry upon earth
Corruptions: Seen Even in Solitude - The Devil can tempt in the wilderness as well as in the crowd
Envy - Bacon closes his essay on ‘Envy’ with this sentence: ‘Envy is the vilest affection and the most depraved; for which cause it is the proper attribute of the Devil, who is called, The envious man, that soweth tares amongst the wheat by night; as it always cometh to pass, that Envy worketh subtilly and in the dark, and to the prejudice of good things, such as is the wheat. Envy is Devilish, and absolutely inconsistent with the highest life
Witchcraft - A supernatural power which persons were formerly supposed to obtain the possession of, by entering into a compact with the Devil
Fight - We are to stand against the attacks of the world, the flesh and the Devil at every opportunity
Arms, Armor, to Arm - , "all armor, full armor," (pas, "all," hoplon, "a weapon"), is used (a) of literal "armor," Luke 11:22 ; (b) of the spiritual helps supplied by God for overcoming the temptations of the Devil, Ephesians 6:11,13
Serpent - Its characteristics are concentrated in the archadversary of God and man, the Devil, metaphorically described as the serpent, 2 Corinthians 11:3 ; Revelation 12:9,14,15 ; 20:2
Snake - The most striking use of the snake as a picture of one who is evil is in reference to the Devil, Satan, who is called ‘that ancient snake’ (Revelation 12:9; cf
Jesus - He is not, as some cults teach, an angel who became a man (Jehovah's Witnesses) or the brother of the Devil (Mormonism)
Gadarenes - What higher proofs can be needed to mark distinguishing grace! What an act of mercy had Jesus wrought, not only to the poor demoniac, but to the whole country, in delivering them from his violence and outrage, while under possession of the Devil
Temptation - ) These passages refer to the temptation as coming from the “tempter,” “devil,” or “Satan. See Devil, Satan, Eve, Demonic; Temptation of Jesus
Fast, Fasting - He Himself when led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil, fasted forty days and forty nights. It is a contrast to Moses and Elijah, they were apart from man's natural condition to be with God; and He who as man was ever with God was so apart to be in conflict with the Devil
Air - 25) speaking of the Devil having fallen from heaven and wandering about ‘our lower atmosphere,’ ‘there bearing rule over his fellow-spirits …,’ ‘while the Lord came to cast down the Devil, and clear the air and prepare the way for us up into heaven
Abyss - Apparently the abyss was conceived of as the proper home of the Devil and his angels, in the centre of which was a lake of fire reserved as the place of their final punishment. From it ‘the beast’ issues (Revelation 11:7; Revelation 17:8), and into it ‘the old serpent which is the Devil and Satan’ is cast for a thousand years (1618422854_97)
Tempt - , Galatians 6:1 , where one who would restore an erring brother is not to act as his judge, but as being one with him in liability to sin, with the possibility of finding himself in similar circumstances, James 1:13,14 (see note below); of temptations mentioned as coming from the Devil, Matthew 4:1 ; and parallel passages; 1 Corinthians 7:5 ; 1 Thessalonians 3:5 (see TEMPTER); (c) of trying or challenging God, Acts 15:10 ; 1 Corinthians 10:9 (2nd part); Hebrews 3:9 ; the Holy Spirit, Acts 5:9 : cp. 1 (2) (c), in Christ's quotation from Deuteronomy 6:16 , in reply to the Devil, Matthew 4:7 ; Luke 4:12 ; so in 1 Corinthians 10:9 , RV, "the Lord" (AV, "Christ"); of the lawyer who "tempted" Christ, Luke 10:25
Abyss - Apparently the abyss was conceived of as the proper home of the Devil and his angels, in the centre of which was a lake of fire reserved as the place of their final punishment. From it ‘the beast’ issues (Revelation 11:7; Revelation 17:8), and into it ‘the old serpent which is the Devil and Satan’ is cast for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3)
Jesus, the Lord - Subsequently, and before entering upon His public ministry, He was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil. The gospels of Matthew and Luke here record His being led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil. Thus vanquished, the Devil left Him for a season. It is said of Him, that He "went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil. ...
He is Judge of living and dead, and all that have done evil He will exclude from the presence of God, in the hopeless and helpless misery prepared for the Devil and his angels
Nicolaitans - 46) explain, followers of Nicolas one of the seven (Acts 6:3; Acts 6:5) as there was a Judas among the twelve; confounding the later Gnostic Nicolaitans with those of Michaelis explains Nicolas (conqueror of the people) is the Greek for the Hebrew Balsam ("destroyer of the people," bela' 'am ); as we find both the Hebrew and Greek names, Abaddon, Apollyon; Satan, Devil
Preaching: Need of Prayer And Unction - So they asked this Devil to preach on hell, which he did; and, as may be supposed from his experience, a most wonderful sermon was
Michael - The context concerns conflict in the spirit world, with Michael and his angels fighting on behalf of God’s people against the Devil and his angels
Feet (Under) - ...
Romans 16:20 (a) GOD will yet triumph overall the plans of the Devil, and will subdue Satan and his hosts
Son of Man, the - to annul 'him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil;' ...
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Heracleon, a Gnostic - The water of Jacob's well which she rejected is Judaism; the husband whom she is to call is no earthly husband, but her spiritual bridegroom from the Pleroma; the other husbands with whom she previously had committed fornication represent the matter with which the spiritual have been entangled; that she is no longer to worship either in "this mountain" or in "Jerusalem" means that she is not, like the heathen, to worship the visible creation, the Hyle, or kingdom of the Devil, nor like the Jews to worship the creator or Demiurge; her watering-pot is her good disposition for receiving life from the Saviour. The meaning which the Greek of Joh_8:44 most naturally conveys is that of the pre-Hieronymian translation "mendax est sicut et pater ejus," and so it is generally understood by Greek Fathers though in various ways they escape attributing a father to the Devil. Hilgenfeld and Volkmar consider that the Evangelist shews that he embraced the opinion of the Valentinians and some earlier Gnostic sects that the father of the Devil was the Demiurge or God of the Jews. But this idea was unknown to Heracleon who here interprets the father of the Devil as his essentially evil nature; to which Origen objects that if the Devil be evil by the necessity of his nature he ought rather to be pitied than blamed. There is a threefold order of creatures: First the Hylic or material formed of the ὕλη which is the substance of the Devil incapable of immortality. Secondly the psychic or animal belonging to the kingdom of the Demiurge; their ψυχή is naturally mortal but capable of being clothed with immortality and it depends on their disposition (θέσις) whether they become sons of God or children of the Devil; and thirdly the pneumatic or spiritual who are by nature of the divine essence though entangled with matter and needing redemption to be delivered from it
Prince - "); "r" in Acts 3:17 ; 4:5,8 ; 13:27 ; 14:5 ; (e) of rulers of synagogues, Matthew 9:18,23 , "r;" so Luke 8:41 ; 18:18 ; (f) of the Devil, as "prince" of this world, John 12:31 ; 14:30 ; 16:11 ; of the power of the air, Ephesians 2:2 , "the air" being that sphere in which the inhabitants of the world live and which, through the rebellious and godless condition of humanity, constitutes the seat of his authority; (g) of Beelzebub, the "prince" of the demons, Matthew 9:24 ; 12:24 ; Mark 3:22 ; Luke 11:15
Confirmation - " Its chief grace is the seven-fold gift of the Holy Ghostby means of which we are sealed, made firm or strong, and equipped"manfully to fight under Christ's banner against sin, the worldand the Devil
Dragon - This dragon is clearly identified with Satan (the Devil) and is termed the deceiver and the accuser of the saints
Lunatic - And in the days of our Lord, those maladies were more than ordinarily common; for as the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the Devil, so the possession by the evil spirit was then permitted, for the purpose of the display of Christ's power
Recover - That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the Devil
Dominion - Others believe that the reference is to angels, either good or evil, as representing some form of supernatural power and dominion, and the reference in the context to Michael, the archangel, not bringing a railing judgment even against the Devil, may be thought to favour this view
Faith - This may be merely historical, without producing any effect on our lives and conversation; and it is then a dead faith, such as even the Devils have. By it the Christian overcomes the world, the flesh, and the Devil, and receives the crown of righteousness, 1 Timothy 4:7-8
Works - Those who do the works of the Devil show that they are of the Devil (1618422854_79 ; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 )
Michael - 1), he stands forward as the representative of Israel to dispute the Devil’s claim to possess the body of Moses, a claim made, according to the apocryphal book, on the two grounds that the Devil was the lord of matter and that Moses had been guilty of slaying the Egyptian (see Charles, Assumption of Moses, 1897, p. ), there is war in heaven, and Michael and his angels go forth to war with the great red dragon (otherwise described as ‘the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan,’ Daniel 12:9) and his angels, with the result that the latter are overthrown and cast down to the earth
Reproach - ...
In 1 Timothy 3:7 the Apostle, enumerating the characteristics requisite for a bishop, says that ‘he must have good testimony from them that are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the Devil. One question is, whether ‘reproach’ is to be taken alone, or whether ‘reproach and snare of the Devil’ is to be treated as all one phrase. Some, perhaps feeling that ‘reproach of the Devil’ is an impossible expression, διαβόλου here in the general sense of ‘slanderer,’ and translate, ‘lest he fall into the reproaches and snares prepared by slanderers
Demon - in Matthew 8:31, though some Manuscripts have it in Mark 5:12, Luke 8:29, and some inferior ones in Revelation 16:14; Revelation 18:2) is almost always rendered ‘devil’ in English Version , though Revised Version margin usually gives ‘demon. Conversely his angels are never in the NT called ‘devils’ (διάβολοι), though in John 6:70 Judas is called διάβολος. That these angels are the same as the demons appears from the fact that Satan is the prince of the demons (Mark 3:22), and that demoniacs are said to be ‘oppressed of the Devil’ (τοῦ διαβόλου, i. Satan [3], Acts 10:38; cf. See also Devil. Whitehouse in Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols) , article ‘Demon, Devil’; W. Dictionary of the Bible , articles ‘Devil,’ ‘Possession
Satan - of Wisdom ( Wis 2:24 : ‘by the envy of the Devil death entered into the world’) we already meet with the identification of the Serpent of Genesis 3:1-24 with Satan, which afterwards became a fixed element in belief, and an allusion to the same idea may be detected in the Psalms of Song of Solomon 4:11 , where the prosperous wicked man is said to be ‘like a serpent, to pervert wisdom, speaking with the words of transgressors. our word ‘diabolical’), which is translated ‘devil,’ and which means ‘accuser’ or ‘calumniator. He is called the ‘prince of the Devils (or demons)’ in Matthew 12:24 , just as Sammael, ‘the great prince in heaven,’ is designated the ‘chief of Satans’ in the Midrash. Opposition is concentrated in the persons of Christ and the Devil. The Son of God is manifested for the express purpose of destroying the Devil’s works ( 1 John 3:8 ). Devil. Maladies traced to demonic possession play a large part in the Synoptic narratives (see Devil, Possession)
Direction, Spiritual - Saint Ignatius says that the Devil attacks those in the way of perfection, not by solicitations to evil, but by snares and deceits, presenting evil under the guise of good
Unpardonable Sin, the - See Blasphemy ; Devil ; Holy Spirit ; Sin
Son - ' The term is employed thus to mark moral likeness, as of a son to a father, so 'a son of Belial,' 1 Samuel 25:17 ; 'thou son (υἱός) of the Devil,' Acts 13:10 ; 'sons of disobedience,' Ephesians 5:6 ; Colossians 3:6 ; also 'sons of light' and 'sons of day
Finger - When He uses greater power the demons and the Devil himself will be cast into the lake of fire to be forever punished
Bird - They are at home in the great apostate church where the Devil and his angels rule and reign
Father - Hence Christ told the enemies of his gospel, "Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do
Spiritual Direction - Saint Ignatius says that the Devil attacks those in the way of perfection, not by solicitations to evil, but by snares and deceits, presenting evil under the guise of good
Mouth - , Matthew 18:16 ; 21:16 ; Luke 1:64 ; Revelation 14:5 ; as emanating from the heart, Matthew 12:34 ; Romans 10:8,9 ; of prophetic ministry through the Holy Spirit, Luke 1:70 ; Acts 1:16 ; 3:18 ; 4:25 ; of the destructive policy of two world potentates at the end of this age, Revelation 13:2,5,6 ; 16:13 (twice); of shameful speaking, Ephesians 4:29 ; Colossians 3:8 ; (3) of the Devil speaking as a dragon or serpent, Revelation 12:15,16 ; 16:13 ; (d) figuratively, in the phrase "face to face" (lit
Excommunication - The major, which falls upon those who disobey the commands of the holy see, or refuse to submit to certain points of discipline; in consequence of which they are excluded from the church militant and triumphant, and delivered over to the Devil, and his angels. Excommunication, in the greek church, cuts off the offender from all communion with the three hundred and eighteen fathers of the first council of Nice, and with the saints; consigns him over to the Devil and the traitor Judas, and condemns his body to remain after death as hard as a flint or piece of steel, unless he humble himself, and make atonement for his sins by a sincere repentance. The form abounds with dreadful imprecations; and the Greeks assert, that, if a person dies excommunicated, the Devil enters into the lifeless corpse; and, therefore, in order to prevent it, the relations of the deceased cut his body in pieces, and boil them in wine
Satan - ) Four times in Old Testament as a proper name (Job 1:6; Job 1:12; 1 John 3:9-120; Zechariah 3:1, with ha- , the article); without it in 1 Chronicles 21:1; 1 Chronicles 21:25 times in New Testament; the Devil also 25 times; "the prince of this world" three times, for Satan had some mysterious connection with this earth and its animals before man's appearance. (See Devil. "The old serpent, the Devil, and Satan, who deceiveth the whole world" (Revelation 12:9; Revelation 20:23). Christ's words of Satan are (John 8:44), cf6 "ye are of your father the Devil; he was a murderer (compare as to his instigating Cain 1618422854_91) from the beginning and abode not in the truth
Leviathan - Antitypically and finally Satan "the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil" (Revelation 20:2; Revelation 20:10), whom finally "Jehovah with His sore, great, and strong sword shall punish
Dragon - ...
Revelation 13:2 (a) This reveals the antichrist who exercises tremendous power over the people of the world, and he receives this power from the Devil
Wilderness - Canaan is figuratively a heavenly position and conflict, corresponding with the need of the armour of Ephesians 6:11 , to stand against the wiles of the Devil
Snare - These devices of the Devil are compared to snares and traps of Satan
Children - ; the bad are named children of the Devil, of wrath, of disobedience, etc
Probus, Sextus Anicius Petronius - On this occasion Probus uttered the words, afterwards considered prophetic, "Go, act not as a judge but as a bishop"; and many years later he sent one of his servants, who was possessed with a Devil, to be healed by him (Paulinus, Vita Ambr
Demon - did not use the word 'demon' where these words occur instead of 'devil,' for which there is another Greek word, διάβολος, signifying 'accuser. ' This latter word is used only in the singular, referring to the Devil — Satan; but there are many demons
Judas - But if the evangelist meant the Lord's Supper in the Passover, when he said, (John 13:2) "And supper being ended, the Devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him"-if this was the sacramental supper, then it will follow that all that is subsequent in this chapter was also subsequent to the service. " (Job 1:6) But was the meeting unhallowed to the sons of God because the Devil came in the midst? Were the apostles of Christ less apostles because Judas was "numbered with them, and had obtained part of this ministry?" (Acts 1:17) And surely if the Lord Jesus, well knowing as he did whom he had chosen, was pleased to number him for a time with the apostles, might he not for a time also allow him to sit down with the apostles at the same table? Yea, did not the Lord Jesus expressly tell the church, that these things were his own appointment, and perfectly known in all their consequences by his divine mind, when he said, "Have I not chosen you twelve, and one of you is a Devil?" (John 6:70) If choosing Judas to be an apostle, at the time Christ knew that he was a Devil, did not in the least contaminate the rest of the apostles, neither injure the cause of Jesus, it must undeniably follow, that his being present at the supper could not pollute the supper, nor the faithful partakers of the supper. " (Luke 13:26-27) Indeed, may we not go farther, and suppose, that from this very appointment the Lord intended special good to his people? Was it not in effect saying, that if in the instance of the Lord Jesus himself a Judas is permitted, yea, appointed to attend his person, can it be wondered at in the minglings up of life, that his people should be so exercised? If in the college of apostles, out of twelve persons one should be a Devil, can his people complain that they are sometimes called "to dwell with Mesech, and to have their habitation among the tents of Kedar?" Did Jesus, the Lord of life and glory, who might have commanded twelve legions of angels to attend him, permit, yea, even appoint a known Devil to be his servant, to be with him in his miracles and his ministry, yea, to be one of the party at his farewell super-and what doth the meek and gentle Saviour teach thereby all his tried ones upon earth but this, that in their intercourse with the graceless they are to call to mind the unequalled humblings of Jesus in such instances
Devil - There is one one Devil, many "demons" as KJV ought to translate the plural. Devil is also used as an adjective. " Peter when tempting Jesus to shun the cross did Satan's work, and therefore received Satan's name (Matthew 16:23); so Judas is called a "devil" when acting the Devil's part (John 6:70). Satan's characteristic sins are lying (John 8:44; Genesis 3:4-5); malice and murder (1 John 3:12; Genesis 4); pride, "the condemnation of the Devil," by which he "lost his first estate" (1 Timothy 3:6; Job 38:15; Isaiah 14:12-15; John 12:31; John 16:11; 2 Peter 2:4; Judges 1:1:6)
Blasphemy - In one of the passages quoted, a reproachful charge brought even against the Devil is called κρισις βλασφημιας , Judges 1:9 ; and rendered by them, "railing accusation. If we consider the Scripture account of this sin, nothing can be plainer than that it is to be understood of the Pharisees' imputing the miracles wrought by the power of the Holy Ghost to the power of the Devil; for our Lord had just healed one possessed of a Devil, and upon this the Pharisees gave this malicious turn to the miracle. The Pharisees were the persons charged with the crime: the sin itself manifestly consisted in ascribing what was done by the finger of God to the agency of the Devil; and the reason, therefore, why our Lord pronounced it unpardonable, is plain; because, by withstanding the evidence of miracles, they resisted the strongest means of conviction, and that wilfully and malignantly; and, giving way to their passions, opprobriously treated that Holy Spirit whom they ought to have adored
Demoniac - We are not informed very particularly about their origin or destiny; but we find them represented as πνευματα ακαθαρτα , and πνευματα πονηρα , unclean and evil spirits; and we must consider them as in league with the Devil, as the subjects of his dominion, and the instruments of his will. Hence he considers the Egyptian magicians as jugglers; the witch of Endor, as a ventriloquist; and, completing the system, he has written an elaborate dissertation to prove, that when Christ was "tempted of the Devil," as the Evangelist Matthew expresses it, that apostate angel was not really present; and that the whole transaction took place in a vision or a dream. When a demon is said to enter into a man, the meaning is, that his madness is about to show itself in a violent paroxysm; when a demon is said to speak, it is only the unhappy victim of the disease himself that speaks; and when a demon or Devil is expelled, the exact truth of the case, as well as the whole of the miracle, is nothing more than that the disease is cured. ...
John's Gospel, we find the Jews saying of Christ, "He hath a Devil, and is mad," as if the expressions were perfectly equivalent; and the person who is represented, in the seventeenth chapter of Matthew, as a lunatic, is spoken of by St. They argue, too, that the Devil himself, the chief of the apostate spirits, is often represented in holy writ as exerting his malignity in opposition to the designs of infinite goodness; and in the case of our first parents, as a remarkable example, he tempted them to disobedience, and led them to their fall. And," they continue, "we think ourselves entitled to hold our religion as true, and to regard it as in the highest degree beneficial, though we must allow, at the same time, that the magicians of Egypt performed many wonderful works by the agency of wicked, spirits; that the sorceress of Endor was in league with the powers of darkness, and that Christ was literally tempted ‘of the Devil,' in the wilderness of Judea. They positively and directly inform us, that a demon "enters into" a man, and "comes out" of him; they represent the demons as speaking, and reasoning, and hoping, and fearing, as having inclinations and aversions peculiar to themselves, and distinct from those of the person who is the subject of the possession; they tell us of one unhappy sufferer who was vexed with many Devils; and, in the case of the demoniac of Gadara, they assure us that the Devils were "cast out" of the man, and were permitted, at their own request, to "enter into" a herd of swine which were feeding in the neighbourhood, and that immediately the herd ran violently down a steep place, and were drowned in the sea. It is evident that the Devil and his angels, according to all that we can learn of them in the sacred books, are real beings; that the demons of the New Testament are malignant spirits; and that they act upon the same principles, and even under the authority of Satan himself, who is otherwise called Beelzebub, and the prince of the Devils, Nay, in these very cases of possession, the chief of the apostate angels is clearly set forth as acting either in his own person, or by means of his infernal agents. "The Pharisees heard it," observes the Evangelist, "and they said, This fellow doth not cast out Devils but by Beelzebub, the prince of the Devils. Matthew, where the very first mention is made of these possessions, it is said that our Lord's fame went throughout all Syria, and that they brought unto him, ‘all sick people,' that were taken with ‘divers diseases and torments,' and those ‘which were possessed with Devils,' and he healed them. Here those that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those possessed with Devils, are mentioned as distinct and separate persons: a plain proof that the demoniacal possessions were not natural diseases: and the very same distinction is made in several other passages of holy writ
Net - We are to be diligent, vigilant and alert of these devices of the Devil
Fell - GOD permits the Devil to exercise his power from heavenly places so that he strikes as lightning strikes, but no one can possibly say "I have him under control
Abel - In John 8:44 it is possible that Jesus was thinking of the story of Abel when He spoke of the Devil as ‘a murderer from the beginning,’ i
an'Tichrist - the Devil, the serpent of Genesis), continued for forty and two months, and was invested with the kingdom of the ten kings who destroyed the harlot Babylon, (Revelation 17:12,17 ) the city of seven hills
Captive, Captivity - The verse should read "and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the Devil (having been taken captive by him), unto the will of God
Manichaeans - Lardner, believed in an eternal self-existent Being, completely happy and perfect in goodness, whom alone he called God, in a strict and proper sense; but he believed, also, in an evil principle or being, which he called hyle, or the Devil, whom he considered as the god of this world, blinding the eyes of them that believe not, 2 Corinthians 4:4 . As to the hyle, or the Devil, though they dared not to consider him as the creature of God, neither did they believe in his eternity; for they contended, from the Greek text of John 8:44 , that he had a father
God, City of - The latter constitutes the "City of God," which in opposition to the civitas Diaboli (city of the Devil) will outlast all the kingdoms of this world, and progress invincible and imperishable unto an assured future of happiness
Hell - It was prepared for the Devil and his angels, but into it the wicked also will be cast
Serpent - (See Devil
Temptations, the Lord's - The same weapon is for the use of the Christian, and is called 'the sword of the Spirit:' it is also said, "Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you
Sleep (And Forms) - ...
Matthew 13:25 (b) Generally speaking, men are not alert to the dangers of the invasion of their rights by the Devil
Serpent - The Devil is called "the serpent" and "the old serpent," Revelation 12:9; Revelation 12:14-15, probably in allusion to his subtility and malice, and also to the fact that in tempting our first parents to disobey God he employed a serpent or assumed the form of one
Redemption - Finally, when this sacrifice has been accomplished, and the guilt and penalty of our sins expiated, man is redeemed and liberated from the power of sin, of the flesh, and of the Devil, and restored to the supernatural state
Serpents - Besides, it cannot be doubted but that by the serpent we are to understand the Devil, who employed the serpent as a vehicle to seduce the first woman, Genesis 3:13 2 Corinthians 11:3 Revelation 12:9
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"Michael when contending with the Devil about the body of Moses (which Jehovah buried, but which was probably translated shortly afterward, for 'no man knoweth of his sepulchre'; hence, he appeared in a body, as did Elijah, at the transfiguration; Satan, the accuser of the brethren, probably opposed his translation on the ground of his sins, but Michael contended with him and prevailed) durst not (from reverence to Satan's former dignity, Daniel 10:8) bring against him a railing accusation, but said The Lord rebuke thee
Millennium - the Devil) is to be confined in the abyss, while the martyrs, having been raised from the dead, are to reign with Christ
Ascension - The ascension (1) allowed Jesus to prepare a heavenly place for His followers (John 14:2 ), (2) return to the Father (John 16:5 ), (3) send the Holy Spirit to the disciples (John 16:7 ) to bring conviction of sin, open the way to righteousness through faith, and condemn the Devil, (4) comfort those suffering for Him through visions of the Ascended One (Acts 7:54-60 ), (5) call persons to fulfill His missionary task (Acts 9:1-18 ), (6) open doors of ministry for His people (2 Corinthians 2:12-14 ), (7) demonstrate God's power and His rule over all who would exercise power and authority on earth or in heaven (Ephesians 1:20-23 ), (8) give gifts for ministry to His people (Ephesians 4:7-12 ), (9) give hope to troubled followers showing they would join Him in glory (Colossians 3:1-4 ), (10) rescue His servants from persecution so they can preach His gospel (2 Timothy 4:16-18 ), (11) demonstrate that glory, not death, is God's final word for the Son and for disciples (Hebrews 2:9 ), (12) exercise a heavenly priesthood (Hebrews 4:14 ), (13) make revelation of future trials and final victory possible (Revelation 1:1 ), (14) discipline His church so He may have fellowship with it and provide final full fellowship in ruling with Christ (Revelation 3:19-22 )
Temptation - This word is perfectly understood in relation to the act itself as exercised by the Devil, or bad men, upon the hearts of the Lord's people
Canaanitish - The word is used to describe the woman who came out of the borders of Tyre and Sidon, desiring to have her daughter healed who was grievously vexed with a Devil
Doorway - The heart of men is depicted as a house or building with the Devil crouching at the “entrance,” ready to subdue it utterly and destroy its occupant ( Abyss - The Devils besought Jesus that he would not send them into the abyss, a place they evidently dreaded, Luke 8:31 ; where it seems to mean that part of Hades in which wicked spirits are in torment. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season," Revelation 20:1-3
Head - "The seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent," Genesis 3:15 ; that is, Christ Jesus, the blessed seed of the woman, shall overthrow the power, policy, and works of the Devil
Demons - These rebellious, or fallen, angels are variously known as demons, evil spirits, spiritual hosts of wickedness, principalities, powers, rulers, authorities, evil spiritual forces, cosmic powers of evil, and angels of the Devil
Eusebius of Alexandria, a Writer of Sermons - On the Coming of John into Hades, and on the Devil. On the Devil and Hades
Antichrist - And in the interval between OT and NT Beliar is frequently used as a synonym for Satan, the Devil or arch-demon (e. The Beliar idea was a much later influence than the dragon-myth, for Babylonian religion offers no real parallel to a belief in the Devil, and Cheyne’s suggested derivation of the name from Belili, the goddess of the under world (Encyclopaedia Biblica , article ‘Belial’), has little to recommend it. But a subsequent fusion of Beliar with the dragon was very natural, and we have a striking illustration of it when in Wisdom of Solomon 2:24 and elsewhere the serpent of the Temptation is identified with the Devil. Revelation 12:9; Revelation 20:2, where ‘the dragon, the old serpent,’ is explained to be ‘the Devil and Satan. -In the Synoptic Gospels it is everywhere apparent that Jesus recognized the existence of a kingdom of evil under the control of a supreme personality, variously called the Devil (Matthew 4:1; Matthew 13:39, etc. 11 ‘the beast that cometh up out of the abyss’ was evidently suggested by the dragon-myth as embodied in the Jewish Antichrist tradition, while the ‘great red dragon’ of Revelation 12:3, who is also described as ‘the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan’ (Revelation 12:9), and who is clearly represented as the Antichrist (Revelation 12:4-5; Revelation 12:17), reproduces both the mythical dragon and the later Beliar-Satan conception, now fused into one appalling figure
Flesh - That interpretation which causes men to try to turn bread into the physical body of JESUS is utterly false, is an invention of the Devil, and is being used throughout the world to deceive the ungodly
Abaddon - In Revelation 9:11 personified as the destroyer, Greek, apolluon , "the angel of the bottomless pit," Satan is meant; for he is described in Revelation 9:1 as "a star fallen from heaven unto earth, to whom was given the key of the bottomless pit"; and Revelation 12:8-9,12: "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth, for the Devil is come down
Dragon - In each case, with the exception of 13:11 (‘as a dragon’), the reference is to the symbolical ‘great red dragon’ with seven heads and ten horns (12:3) who is expressly identified with ‘the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan’ (v
Lucifer - " (Revelation 22:16)...
Other commentators, with much greater probability of truth, have supposed, that by Lucifer is meant the Devil, who once was among the bright ornaments of heaven, but by apostacy is fallen; and this agrees with the whole context. (Isaiah 14:9) And agreeably to this opinion we find that the general name of Lucifer hath been assigned to the Devil in all the christian church,...
But there are others, who in their comments on this part of Isaiah's prophecy, accept the whole passage as referring literally to the king of Babylon, with which the subject opens at the fourth verse
Tree - The Devil offers many philosophies and theories which men eagerly grasp and prefer them to GOD's revealed truth. This happens also to individuals who, because their lives are so utterly given over to the Devil and there is no fruit for GOD, that one is cut off and sent to hell
Death - ...
Present experience; future victory...
The Bible uses the picture of an evil ruler to denote both death and the Devil. Death is a sphere in which the Devil rules (Hebrews 2:15)
Macarius Magnus, Magnes, a Writer - The Devil had seen so many proofs of His divinity that he dared not assault Him again and so there was danger that that Passion which was to be the salvation of the world should never take place. Our Lord dissembles therefore and pretends to fear death and thus deceiving the Devil hastens the hour of his assault; for when He prayed that His cup might pass what He really desired was that it should come more speedily. He thus caught the Devil by baiting the hook of His divinity with the worm of His humanity as it is written in Psalms 22 "I am a worm and no man," and in Job 41 "Thou shalt draw out the dragon with a hook. "—The doctrine that the Devil was thus deceived is taught by many Fathers e. Mark, as read by the objector and by Macarius, contained the disputed verses at the end, as is seen also from his mentioning that out of Mary Magdalen had been cast seven Devils (see Orig
Devil - Thus the Devil rules on earth only as people let him. In that case, Satan is limited to being the “prince of the Devils” (Matthew 9:34 ). The main concern of the Bible is not with the Devil but with God and the gospel of His grace. In the end Satan and his angels will be completely overcome, for Jesus came into the world to “destroy the works of the Devil” (1 John 3:8 )
Wisdom, the, of Solomon, - directly or indirectly with the Devil, as the bringer "of death into the world" Rapes - Those who belong to the Devil are not bearing fruit for the GOD of Heaven
Lust (2) - When He says to the Jewish leaders, ‘Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts (ἐπιθνμίας) of your father it is your will to do,’ both ‘lust’ and ἐπιθυμία have passed into a distinctly bad meaning
Meat - Let us not crave to have that which the Devil gives
Sepulchres - The tombs still exist in the form of caverns, on the sides of the hills that rise from the shore of the lake; and from their wild appearance may well be considered the habitation of men exceeding fierce, possessed by a Devil; they extend at a distance for more than a mile from the present town
Father - The Devil is called the father of the wicked and the father of lies, John 8:44
Oracle - Cyril has vigorously refuted, saying, that he never could have offered such, but from an unwillingness to acknowledge, that, when the world had received the light of Christ, the dominion of the Devil was at an end. This dialogue clearly proves these two things; first, that the Devil could do nothing by his own power; and, secondly, that, with the permission of God, he could inspire the false prophets, sorcerers, and magicians, and make them deliver false oracles
sa'Tan - We find, accordingly, opposites of qualities are dwelt upon as the characteristics of the Devil. But one passage (Matthew 12:24-26 ) --identifies them distinctly with the "demons" (Authorized Version "devils") who had power to possess the souls of men. He is called emphatically ho diabolos , "the Devil
Antichrist - This dragon conception may with much probability be seen not only in the identification of the serpent of the Temptation with the Devil, but also in the beast of the Johannine Apocalypse, the great opponent of the Christ, and in the sea monster of Rabbinism. This identification was the first step towards the fully developed expectation of the Talmud, of a conflict between God and the Devil. 4), as well as in other Jewish writings, as one who possessed the Satanic supremacy over the army of Devils
Dualism - In the NT generally the doctrine of the Devil current in Judaism is taken over, but the Divine supremacy is never denied, and the Divine victory over all evil is always confidently anticipated. Apocalyptic Literature, Devil, Eschatology
Judas Iscariot (2) - ...
(f)A Devil. John also applies the phrase to Judas, giving it a position in which its tragic and pathetic emphasis cannot be mistaken: ‘You—the twelve, did not I choose? and of you one is a Devil. ]'>[6] ...
(f) ‘A Devil. ’—In John 6:70 there is a contrast between the hopes of Jesus when He chose (ἐξελεξάμην) the Twelve, and His present grief over the moral deterioration of one whose nature is now Devilish (διάβολός ἐστιν). ‘No man,’ says Pressensé, ‘could be more akin to a Devil than a perverted apostle’ (Jesus Christ, p. The same phrase, ‘Satan entered into him’ (εἰσῆλθεν εἰς ἐκεῖνον ὁ Σατανᾶς), is also found in John 13:27, and it is preceded by the statement (John 13:2) that the Devil had ‘already put into the heart (ἤδη βεβληκότος εἰς τὴν καρδίαν) of Judas’ the thought of betrayal. at some time other than the Supper, the suggestion of the Devil had been entertained by Judas. ’ In the Fourth Gospel the genesis of the foul purpose is distinguished from its consummation; the Satanic influences were not irresistible; the Devil had not full possession of the heart of Judas until, ‘after the sop,’ he acted on the suggestion which had then become his own resolve
False Prophet - The ultimate punishment appears in Revelation 19:20 ; Revelation 20:10 —the false prophet, the beast, and the Devil will be thrown into a lake of fire and brimstone and be tormented forever
Heredity - Such are the materials from which NT theology works out its doctrine of original sin , not a transmitted tendency or bias towards evil, but a submission to the power of the Devil which may be predicated of the whole race
Antichrist - The dragon is used twelve times in Revelation and designates the Devil and Satan and the enemy of God's Messiah
Smyrna - ...
When urged to recant he said, "four-score years and six I have served the Lord, and He never wronged me; how then can I blaspheme my King and Saviour?" The accuser, the Devil, cast some of the Smyrna church into prison, and "it had tribulation ten days," a short term (Genesis 24:55; Numbers 11:19), whereas the consequent joy is eternal (many Christians perished by wild beasts or at the stake because they refused to throw incense into the fire to sacrifice to the genius of the emperor): a sweet consolation in trial
Acceptance - Jesus revealed the will of God clearer than ever before (Hebrews 1:1-2 ); He destroyed the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8 ); but above all He put away sin “by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26 )
Abolish - , He is going to render them inactive, 1 Corinthians 15:24 ; the last enemy that shall be abolished, or reduced to inactivity, is death, 1 Corinthians 15:26 ; the glory shining in the face of Moses, "was passing away," 2 Corinthians 3:7 , the transitoriness of its character being of a special significance; so in 2 Corinthians 3:11,13 ; the veil upon the heart of Israel is "done away" in Christ, 2 Corinthians 3:14 ; those who seek justification by the Law are "severed" from Christ, they are rendered inactive in relation to Him, Galatians 5:4 ; the essential effect of the preaching of the Cross would become inoperative by the preaching of circumcision, Galatians 5:11 ; by the death of Christ the barrier between Jew and Gentile is rendered inoperative as such, Ephesians 2:15 ; the Man of Sin is to be reduced to inactivity by the manifestation of the Lord's Parousia with His people, 2 Thessalonians 2:8 ; Christ has rendered death inactive for the believer, 2 Timothy 1:10 , death becoming the means of a more glorious life, with Christ; the Devil is to be reduced to inactivity through the death of Christ, Hebrews 2:14
Antichrist - , the Devil, the serpent of Genesis), who was invested with the kingdom of the ten kings
Jesus, Life And Ministry of - Ironically, the first intimation after the baptism that He was more than simply “Jesus of Nazareth” came not from His family or friends nor from the religious leaders of Israel, but from the Devil!...
Twice the Devil challenged him: “If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread” (Luke 4:3 ), and (on the pinnacle of the Temple in Jerusalem), “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence” (Luke 4:9 ). Just as the Devil challenged Jesus in the desert as “Son of God,” so in the course of His ministry the demons (or the demon-possessed) confronted Him with such words as “what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:24 ), or “What have I to do with thee Jesus, thou Son of the most high God?” (Mark 5:7 ). He warned the religious leaders sternly that they were in danger of “blasphemy against the Spirit” by attributing the Spirit's ministry through Him to the power of the Devil (Matthew 12:31 )
John, First Epistle of - In these things the children of God are manifested; while in the practice of sin, and the hatred of their brother, the children of the Devil are discerned. He is here viewed as veritably God, and the One who came to undo the works of the Devil, and He has 'laid down his life for us
Blindness (2) - Matthew tells us that there was brought to Jesus one possessed with a Devil, blind and dumb; and He healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both saw and spake. This gave rise to the charge of the Pharisees, that the miraculous power of Jesus was not a God-given, but a Devil-given power. ‘This fellow doth not cast out Devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the Devils
Didymus, Head of the Catechetical School - The Devil, he urges, was created good, and became a Devil by his own free will
Daemoniac - Those who are unwilling to allow that angels or Devils have ever intermeddled with the concerns of human life, urge a number of specious arguments. It appears still more evident that all the persons spoken of as possessed with Devils in the New Testament, were either mad or epileptic, and precisely in the same condition with the madmen and epileptics of modern times. The Jews, among other reproaches which they threw out against our Saviour, said, He hath a Devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? The expressions he hath a Devil, and is mad, were certainly used on this occasion as synonymous. They talked and acted as if they believed that evil spirits had actually entered into those who were brought to them as possessed with Devils, and as if those spirits had been actually expelled by their authority out of the unhappy persons whom they had possessed. Among the evils to which mankind have been subjected, why might not their being liable to daemoniacal possession be one? While the Supreme Being retains the sovereignty of the universe, he may employ whatever agents he thinks proper in the execution of his purposes; he may either commission an angel, or let loose a Devil; as well as bend the human will, or communicate any particular impulse to matter
Assurance - Evil and the Devil are not some toys with which believers can play (1 Peter 5:8-9 )
Fine - That same knave, Ford, her husband, has the finest mad Devil of jealousy in him, Master Brook, that ever governed frenzy
Adam - The serpent is nowhere, in the OT, identified with the Devil; the idea is not found till Wis 2:23 ]'>[8]; by a deliberate following of the lower nature against which he had begun to strive, man first caused sin to exist ( Wis 2:6 ); with the instant result of a feeling of shame ( Wis 2:7 ), and the world-wide consequence of pain, trouble, and death ( Wis 2:14-19 ), and the cessation for ever of the former state of innocent ignorance and bliss ( Wis 2:22-24 )
Tares - Our Lord indeed, when speaking of the tares, and explaining to his disciples in private the parable, expressly calls them "the children of the wicked one, and the enemy that sowed them the Devil. Never can the children of the kingdom become Devils, however too often found in such company, and doing Satan's service, and wearing his livery
Fire - He likewise speaks frequently of the eternal fire prepared for the Devil, his angels, and reprobates, Matthew 25:41 . Fire is likewise taken for persecution, dissension, and division: "I am come to send fire on earth,"...
Luke 12:49 ; as if it was said, upon my coming and publishing the Gospel, there will follow, through the Devil's malice and corruption of men, much persecution to the professors thereof, and manifold divisions in the world, whereby men will be tried, whether they will be faithful or not
Praxeas, a Heretic - ]'>[1] By this, says Tertullian, Praxeas did a twofold service for the Devil at Rome, "he drove away prophecy and he introduced heresy
Oracle - Most of the fathers of the church supposed that the Devil issued oracles; and looked on it as a pleasure he took to give dubious and equivocal answers, in order to have a handle to laugh at them. Vossius allows that it was the Devil who spoke in oracles; but thinks that the obscurity of his answers was owing to his ignorance as to the precise circumstances of events. That artful and studied obscurity in which the answers were couched, says he, showed the embarrassment the Devil was under; as those double meanings they usually bore provided for their accomplishment. Bayle says positively, they were mere human artifices, in which the Devil had no hand. He maintains the intervention of the Devil in some predictions, which, could not be ascribed to the cheats of the priests alone. Bishop Sherlock, in his "Discourses concerning the Use and Intent of Prophecy," expresses his opinion, that it is impious to disbelieve the Heathen oracles, and to deny them to have been given out by the Devil; to which assertion, Dr
Unpardonable Sin - (Matthew 12:23), began to ask, ‘Is this the Son of David?’ But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, ‘This man doth not cast out Devils but by Beelzebub, the prince of the Devils’ (Matthew 12:24, Mark 3:22; cf. John the Baptist had come ‘in the way of righteousness’ (Matthew 21:32); and they said of him, ‘He hath a Devil’ (Matthew 11:18, Luke 7:33). Jesus came in the way, not only of righteousness, but of love; and of this incarnation of the Divine grace they said again and again, ‘He hath a Devil’ (Matthew 9:34, Matthew 12:24, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15, John 7:20; John 8:48; John 8:52; John 10:20). And at last they came not only to prefer the darkness, but to hate the light so bitterly that nothing would serve them but to declare to others and try to persuade themselves that it came not from God, but from the Devil. Selfishness and pride, and not least religious selfishness and pride, may slowly harden the heart and sear the conscience and seal the eyes, until men come to call good evil and light darkness, and are ready at last to say, even of one who manifests the Spirit of God and of Christ, ‘He hath a Devil
Nabal - 'A Devil at home' is one of the sure marks of Thomas Shepard's 'evangelical hypocrite. But he is a Devil at home. And all the time it is not that he does not pray to love his own, like Andrewes; but there is a law of obstinacy in his heart that still makes him a Devil at home. As it was, it became a proverb in Israel to ask when a madman, or a man possessed with a Devil, or a man who took his own life, died, Died he as Nabal died? Take care, O churlish husband! Take care, O man with a heart of stone beginning in thy bosom
Atonement - Christ is the Warrior of God who enters the battle, defeats the Devil, and rescues humanity. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the Devil” (1 John 3:8 ). Christ came so “that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14-15 )
Evil (2) - Pain, sorrow, disease, and death were regarded by Jesus as things which ought not to be, and He spent much of the time of His public ministry in combating them: ‘He went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed with the Devil: for God was with him’ (Acts 10:38). Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out Devils; freely ye have received, freely give’ (Matthew 10:7). According to the NT, however, physical evil is mainly the work of the Devil. Pain and disease and death belong to the Devil’s kingdom, not to God’s; and their universal prevalence is a sign of the usurped authority over the human race of ‘the prince of this world. ’ The preaching of the Kingdom of God and the emancipation of mankind from the Devil’s thraldom were consequently accompanied by an extensive ministry of healing, and Christ appealed to His miracles as evidence that ‘the kingdom of God is come upon you’ (Luke 11:20). Before man existed, there were myriads of finite spirits, higher in the order of creation than he, and of these some fell from their original innocence and became Devils. The Devils recognize the power of Jesus, and come out at His word (Mark 1:24; Mark 1:34; Mark 3:11 etc. At the Temptation the Devil acknowledged that his power is a delegated one (ἑμοὶ παραδεδοται, Luke 4:8)
Temperance - 1 Timothy 3:8 ), and from this chapter it is plain that the Apostle regards violent quarrelling ( 1 Timothy 3:3 ), false and reckless speech ( 1 Timothy 3:8 ), self-conceit ( 1 Timothy 3:6 ), greed of filthy lucre ( 1 Timothy 3:8 ), as well as fondness for much wine ( 1 Timothy 3:8 ), as manifold forms of Intemperance by whose means men ‘fall into reproach and the snare of the Devil’ ( 1 Timothy 3:7 )
Luke, Gospel According to - ) remarks, is fitly expressed in the motto, "Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil" (Acts 10:38 ; Compare Luke 4:18 )
Deceit, Deceitful, Deceitfully, Deceitfulness, Deceive, Deceivableness - In Revelation 12:9 the present participle is used with the definite article, as a title of the Devil, "the Deceiver," lit
Torment - A similar punishment awaits the Devil, the Beast, and the False Prophet, who, after being cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Revelation 20:10)
Vagabond - And it is remarkable that the Holy Ghost, by his servant John, declares Cain to be of that wicked one, when speaking of the children of the Devil; (see 1 John 3:10-12) And I would ask whether those vagabond Jews spoken of, Acts 19:13, were not of the same race? Jeremiah speaks to the same purport, if I mistake not, (Jeremiah 6:30) under the figure of reprobate silver
Condemnation - ‘The condemnation of the Devil’ (1 Timothy 3:6) is a comparison of his fall with that of any vainglorious member of the hierarchy
Horn - Because there are two horns we understand that he has power to exalt the Devil, and also to curse men
Evil Spirits - As a natural synonym for demons or Devils, this phrase is used in the NT only by St. But the theory is inconsistent with what is known to have been the current demonology of the day (see Devil), as well as with the natural suggestion of the phrases
Fierceness - They are a ‘faithless and perverse generation,’ or ‘a wicked and adulterous generation’ seeking after a visible and tangible sign of spiritual things (Matthew 16:4); they shall lose the Kingdom of God (Matthew 21:43); the heathen of Nineveh shall show themselves better judges of eternal realities (Luke 11:32); there is more hope for Tyre and Sidon (Luke 10:14) or for Sodom and Gomorrah than for the spiritually blind (Matthew 10:15); ‘Ye are of your father the Devil’ (John 8:44)
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(3) διἀβολος (from διαβάλλω, Luke 16:1), which denotes, κατʼ ἐξοχήν, the ‘chief slanderer,’ or ‘devil,’ is applied also to any ordinary calumniator
Eternal Fire (2) - In Matthew 18:8 βληθῆναι εἰς τὸ πῦρ τὸ αἰώνιον stands in contrast to εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν ζωήν; and from Matthew 25:41 we learn that this eternal fire, into which the wicked are to be cast, was prepared not for them but for the Devil and his angels. Thus it appears that the NT ‘eternal fire’ of Gehenna is anticipated in this book: the only difference being that, while in the NT the fire prepared for the Devil and his angels is identified with that into which wicked men are cast, in the Book of Enoch they are always distinguished. If, as Christ tells us, the eternal fire was prepared for the Devil and his angels, it cannot be material fire; for spirits cannot undergo physical torture. He also suggests that Devils may have bodies made of air, ‘like what strikes us when the wind blows, and thus be liable to suffering from fire’ (de Cimt
Sin (2) - The Jews were of their father the Devil, so that the works wrought by them were antithetic to the works of God manifested in Jesus (John 8:44). The wisdom which cometh down from above is set over against a wisdom which is Devilish (James 3:15; James 3:18; James 3:17). The Fourth Gospel has recorded the prayer of Christ for His disciples, not that they should be taken from the world, but that they might be kept from the Evil One (John 17:15); and also His condemnation of the Jews because, continuing in the bondage of sin, it was their will to do the lusts not of their body, but of their father the Devil (John 8:44). The old serpent the Devil (Revelation 12:9; Revelation 20:2) deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9, Revelation 20:2; Revelation 20:10), having power (δύναμις, Revelation 13:2) and even authority (ἐξουσία, Revelation 13:4; cf. Behind human history is the Devil, ‘who sinneth from the beginning’ (1 John 3:8). To be begotten of God (1 John 3:9), who is light (1 John 1:5), truth (1 John 5:20), and love (1 John 4:8), is a reversal of those relations described as being ‘of the Devil’ (Matthew 16:27), who is a murderer and liar (John 8:44), and the power of darkness (1 John 2:11; cf
Preparation, Prepare, Prepared - , (a) of those things which are ordained (1) by God, such as future positions of authority, Matthew 20:23 ; the coming Kingdom, Matthew 25:34 ; salvation personified in Christ, Luke 2:31 ; future blessings, 1 Corinthians 2:9 ; a city, Hebrews 11:16 ; a place of refuge for the Jewish remnant, Revelation 12:6 ; Divine judgments on the world, Revelation 8:6 ; 9:7,15 ; 16:12 ; eternal fire, for the Devil and his angels, Matthew 25:41 ; (2) by Christ: a place in Heaven for His followers, John 14:2,3 ; (b) of human "preparation" for the Lord, e
Southcotters - The following is the conclusion of a communication which she had at Stockfort: "As wrong as they are, saying thou hast children brought up by the parish, and that thou art Bonaparte's brother, and that thou hast been in prison; so false is their sayings, thy writings came from the Devil or any spirit but the SPITIT OF THE LIVING GOD; and that every soul in this nation shall know before the FIVE YEARS I mentioned to thee in 1802 are expired; and then I will turn as a DIADEM of beauty to the residence of my people, and they shall praise the GOD OF THEIR SALVATION
Wicked (2) - The first great source of evil is apparently the Devil. violence (Matthew 5:39, Acts 17:5, 2 Thessalonians 3:2), hypocrisy (Matthew 22:18), an unforgiving spirit (Matthew 18:32), idleness (Matthew 25:26), unbelief (Ephesians 6:11-132), self-sufficiency (James 4:16), spite (3 John 1:10); everything, in fact, that is unlike Christ, flourishes in the Devil’s Eden—the lost world
Cain - The children of God qua children of God cannot sin; and conversely the children of the Devil cannot do righteousness or love one another
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The Scriptures speak of the old serpent the Devil under this character, as "a roaring lion going about seeking whom he may devour. How happy ought the people of God to consider themselves, that though so near them in his Devilish devices, yet he dare not become visible; and though he is so busy in the cruelties of his temptations, yet his power is limited. When I hear or see some awful effects of his devices, on the minds of my fellow creatures and fellow sinners; oh! how powerfully doth it teach me the blessed consequences of distinguishing grace! Doth he work his Devilish purposes on others, and am I preserved from his snare? Doth he accomplish their destruction, and do I escape? Reader! think of this precious subject! How doth it exalt my Lord in the consciousness of preserving grace! And how doth it tend to humble my soul!'...
Sow (Verb) - The Lord is telling us that when He places a man of GOD who is truly a saved servant of the Lord, in the harvest field, the Devil will place in the same part of the field one of his children, teaching religion filled with evil doctrines
Archangel - " In the passage of the apostle Jude's Epistle, he saith,"Michael, the archangel, when contending with the Devil, he disputed about the body of Moses
Redemption - They are under guilt, under "the curse of the law," the servants of sin, under the power and dominion of the Devil, and "taken captive by him at his will," liable to the death of the body and to eternal punishment
Salvation - It is to be at peace with him and with our consciences; to have a title to his peculiar love, care, and protection, all our days; to be rescued from the bondage and dominion of sin, and the tyranny of the Devil
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God’s people must recognize that those with wrong teaching about Jesus Christ are of the Devil (2:18-29), and so too are those who encourage Christians to sin (3:1-10)
Lust - In John 8:44 the lusts of murder and deceit are traced back to the Devil. The idea is the Jewish one that the Devil tempted Cain to murder his brother Abel, and that the serpent deceived Eve (cf. This view that the Devil is the originator of lust took various forms in Jewish thought (Sirach 25:23 ff. ), sometimes it was ascribed to the Devil, and sometimes to God. John mentions the Devil (1 John 3:8) as the originator of evil desires, he is opposing the Gnostic view that the ‘spiritual’ man is not responsible for sensual sins. This desiring does not work in vacuo; it is active in an atmosphere already tainted with idolatry, sensuality, and Devilry (1 Corinthians 10:15 ff
Naaman - The Devil, who so deceives you, laughs before God at the price you put upon the blood of His Son, and upon the grace of His Spirit, and upon your own soul. Go to thy charnel-house at once; or else, for thou art still a man, and not yet fully and finally a Devil, go wash in Jordan. Oh, able to save to the uttermost, wash me, Saviour, or I die! 'How,' asks the disciple in Jacob Behmen's Supersensual Life, 'How shall I be able to subsist in all this anxiety and tribulation so as not to lose the eternal peace?' And the Master answers; 'If thou dost once every hour throw thyself by faith beyond all creatures into the abysmal mercy of God, into the sufferings of our Lord, and into the fellowship of His intercession, and yieldest thyself fully and absolutely thereunto, then thou shalt receive grace from above to rule over death and the Devil, and to subdue hell and the world under thee
Fall - The identification of the serpent with the Devil appears first in the Apocryphal literature ( Wis 2:24 ); in the narrative itself he is simply the most subtle of the creatures that God has made ( Genesis 3:1 ), and there is not the slightest reason to suppose that he is there regarded as the mouthpiece of the evil spirit. It is only the general scope of the passage that can be thought to warrant the inference that the victory is to be on the side of humanity; and it is a still higher flight of religious inspiration to conceive of that victory as culminating in the triumph of Him whose mission it was to destroy the works of the Devil
Evil - Behind death, sin, and all evil, the Apostolic Church saw the Devil and other powers of wickedness (Ephesians 4:27, 1 Thessalonians 3:5, Hebrews 2:14, James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:8, 1 John 5:19, Revelation 12:9), and accordingly Christ’s work, especially His death (Colossians 2:15), was regarded as a victory over all evil powers (1 John 3:8). There are two speculative elements in it which modern Christian faith cannot unquestioningly accept-the connexion of death with sin as its penalty, and the existence of the Devil and other evil powers
Triumphs - After obtaining a complete victory over all his enemies, he ascended in splendour and triumph into his Father's presence on the clouds of heaven, the chariots of the Most High, thousands of holy angels attending in his train; he led the Devil and all his angels, together with sin, the world, and death, as his spoils of war, and captives in chains, and exposed them to open contempt and shame, in the view of all his angelic attendants, triumphing like a glorious conqueror over them, in virtue of his cross, upon which he made complete satisfaction for sin, and by his own strength, without the assistance of any creature, destroyed him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil
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From the snares of the Devil, deliver us, O Jesus
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From the snares of the Devil, deliver us, O Jesus
Funeral, Rites - The relations and friends rent their clothes; and it was usual to bend the dead person's thumb into the hand, and fasten it in that posture with a string, because the thumb then having the figure of the name of God, they thought the Devil would not approach it
Fall of Man - Moses relates this history, from what appeared externally to sense; both, therefore, are to be conjoined, the serpent as the instrument, and the Devil as the primary cause
Eternal Punishment - In Revelation 20 the Devil is cast into the lake of fire, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown "one thousand years" earlier ( Revelation 19:20 )
Serpent - " It was under the form of a serpent that the Devil seduced Eve; hence in Scripture Satan is called "the old serpent
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From the snares of the Devil, deliver us, O Jesus
Envy (2) - The most noteworthy instance is in Wisdom of Solomon 2:24 ‘on account of the envy of the Devil, death entered into the world
Madness - John, certain of ‘the Jews’ said of Jesus, ‘He hath a Devil, and is mad’ (δαιμόνιον ἔχει καὶ μαίνεται, John 10:20)
Solitude - Their thought would explain our Lord’s ‘being led up of the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted of the Devil’ (Matthew 4:1)
Lion - In 1 Peter 5:8, man’s adversary, the Devil, is represented as always roaming about in search of prey, his very raging, which betrays his ravenous hunger, striking terror into the hearts of all
Act of Faith - After these come such as profess doctrines contrary to the faith of Rome, who, besides flames pointing upwards, have their picture painted on their breasts, with dogs, serpents, and Devils, all open-mouthed, about it. The negative and relapsed being first strangled and burnt, the professed mount their stakes by a ladder, and Jesuits, after several repeated exhortations to be reconciled to the church, part with them; telling them that they leave them to the Devil, who is standing at their elbow, to receive their souls, and carry them with him to the flames of hell
Colosse - Hence as the Son of God came into the world to destroy the works of the Devil, it appeared, in the eye of his Apostle, a matter of great importance to carry the light of the Gospel into countries where these abominable impurities were not only practised, but even dignified with the honourable appellation of religious worship; especially as nothing but the heaven-descended light of the Gospel could dispel such a pernicious infatuation
Behmenists - That immortal spark of life, which is common to angels and Devils. That divine life of the light and Spirit of God, which makes the essential difference between an angel and a Devil; and,...
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Archangel - That combat who was to maintain? in that combat who was to be victorious, but the seed of the woman?...
From all this it is evident, that Michael is a name for our Lord himself, in his particular character of the champion of his faithful people, against the violence of the apostate faction and the wiles of the Devil
Will, Would - , by the Devil; the RV, "by the Lord's servant" is an interpretation; it does not correspond to the Greek]'>[1] unto His (ekeinou) will" (i
Perpetua, Vibia - The day before her passion Perpetua saw another vision, wherein she triumphed over an Egyptian, representing the Devil, and was rewarded with a golden branch
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Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels. Depart ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels. They are "cast down to hell;" they "believe and tremble;" they are reserved in chains under darkness, to the judgment of the great day; they cried, saying, "What have we to do with thee? Art thou come to torment us before our time?" Could the Devils but persuade themselves they should be annihilated, they would believe and be at ease rather than tremble
Lord's Prayer, the - How shall "your will be done on earth as it is in heaven"? It is done by proclaiming the work of reconciliation Jesus came to accomplish and so binding the Devil and plundering his goods (Matthew 12:28-30 ; Luke 11:20-23 ). This is essentially the prayer Jesus prays in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:39 ; 4:7 ) as he resists the temptation not to drink the cup of redemptive suffering, thus again foiling the Devil who is seeking to divert the image-keeper from his redemptive role
Evil - In the NT moral evil is never ascribed to God ( James 1:13 ), being essentially hostile to His mind and will ( Romans 1:18-21 ; Rom 5:10 , 1 John 1:5-7 ; 1 John 2:16 ; 1Jn 2:29 ; 1 John 3:4 ; 1 John 3:9 ); but to the Evil One ( Matthew 6:13 ; Matthew 13:19 , 1 John 5:19 ), an active and personal being identical with the Devil ( Matthew 13:39 , John 8:44 ) or Satan ( Matthew 4:10 , Mark 4:15 , Luke 22:31 , John 13:27 ), who with his angels ( Matthew 25:41 ) is cast down from heaven ( Revelation 12:9 , cf
Reprobate - In the same connexion ‘the everlasting fire’ is ‘prepared for the Devil and his angels,’ but the Kingdom to which the righteous are summoned is prepared for them ‘before the foundation of the world
Reverence - In these passages we have reference to the adoration of Jesus by the Magi, Herod’s desire to do homage to the child at Bethlehem, the request of the Devil that Jesus should worship him, the disciples doing homage to their Lord by the sea, the Canaanite woman humbling herself before Jesus, the mother of James and John as she made her bold request for her two sons, the disciples after the resurrection of Christ, the demoniac of Gadara before Jesus, the mock homage paid to Jesus on the Cross
Security of the Believer - The writers of the New Testament were convinced that Christians would heed these warnings and resist the Devil (James 4:7 ; 1 Peter 5:8-9 )
Offence - Ignatius, whilst not employing the word ‘offence,’ warns the believers against the snares of the Devil and against giving occasion to the heathen to triumph, and thus bringing discredit upon the whole body of believers through the folly of the few (Ep
Above And Below - Manifestly, ‘I am from above’ (ἐκ τῶν ἄνω) = ‘I came forth and am come from God’; and clearly also, ‘Ye are from beneath’ (ἐκ τῶν κάτω) = ‘Ye are of this world,’ ‘Ye are of your father, the Devil. The wisdom which is from beneath is ‘earthly, sensual, Devilish’ (James 3:15); while the wisdom which is ‘from above’ ‘is of God’ (cf
James, Epistle of - Lowliness, submission to God, and resistance to the Devil, are urged upon the believers
Antichrist - Some have held that the Jews are to be reputed as Antichrist; others Caligula; others Mahomet; others Simon Magus; others infidelity; and others, that the Devil himself is the Antichrist
Judas Iscariot - Stung to the quick at their refusal to take back the money, while they condemned himself, he went to the temple, cast down the whole sum in the treasury, or place for receiving the offerings of the people; and, after he had thus returned the wages of iniquity, he retired to some lonely place, not far, perhaps, from the scene of Peter's repentance; and, in the frenzy of despair, and at the instigation of the Devil, hanged himself; crowning with suicide the murder of his master and his friend; rejecting his compassionate Saviour, and plunging his own soul into perdition! In another place it is said that, ‘falling headlong, he burst asunder, and all his bowels gushed out,' Acts 1:18
Child, Children, Childbearing, Childish, Childless - Figuratively, teknon is used of "children" of (a) God, John 1:12 ; (b) light, Ephesians 5:8 ; (c) obedience, 1 Peter 1:14 ; (d) a promise, Romans 9:8 ; Galatians 4:28 ; (e) the Devil, 1 John 3:10 ; (f) wrath, Ephesians 2:3 ; (g) cursing, 2 Peter 2:14 ; (h) spiritual relationship, 2 Timothy 2:1 ; Philemon 1:10
Mephibosheth - 'Oh,' agonises Samuel Rutherford, 'if I were only free of myself! Myself is another Devil, and as evil as the prince of Devils. Myself! Myself! Every man blames the Devil for his sins, but the house and heart Devil of every man is himself
Esther - Haman, as we have seen, was the very Devil himself. Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, was seven Devils rolled into one. He was a very Devil of pride, and of jealousy, and of revenge, and of an insatiable thirst for Hebrew blood. How almighty God should have let so many Devils loose in one Devil-possessed man is another mystery of His power, and wisdom, and judgment, and love. You know that the half of your temptations, and exasperations, and mortifications, and humiliations, and harassments of God, and men, and Devils, has not been told. Let neither man nor Devil take it
Pilgrimage - The next morning by day-break they visit Al Masher al Karam, or the sacred monument; and, departing thence before sun-rise, haste by Batn Mohasser to the valley of Mina, where they throw seven stones at three marks or pillars, in imitation of Abraham, who, meeting the Devil in that place, and being by him disturbed in his devotions, or tempted to disobedience when he was going to sacrifice his son, was commanded by God to drive him away by throwing stones at him; though others pretend this rite to be as old as Adam, who also put the Devil to flight in the same place, and by the same means
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The year after he wrote his Three Principles, by which are to be understood the dark world, or hell, in which the Devils live; the light world, or heaven, in which the angels live; the external or visible world, which has proceeded from the internal and spiritual worlds, in which man, as to his bodily life, lives; ...
Behmen produced this Three fold Life of Man, according to the Three Principles. That he has that immortal spark of life which is common to angels and Devils. That divine life of the light and Spirit of God, which makes the essential difference between an angel and a Devil, the last having extinguished this divine life in himself; but that man can only attain unto this heavenly life of the second principle through the new birth in Christ Jesus
Satan - He is also called the Devil (Matthew 4:1-12; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 12:9), the prince of demons (Matthew 9:34; Matthew 12:24; see also BEELZEBUL), the prince of this world (John 12:31; John 14:30; Job 1:9-12), the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2), the evil one (Matthew 13:19; Ephesians 6:16; 1 John 2:13; 1 John 3:12) and the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10; cf
Judging (by Men) - The Satanic conduct of these leaders proved them the children of the Devil,—as having his nature (John 8:38-44),—while His own works made it plain He was from God (John 5:36; John 10:25 etc
Minister - This spirit has done more harm among all parties than many imagine; and is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful engines the Devil makes use of to oppose the best interests of mankind; and it is really shocking to observe how sects and parties have all, in their turns, anethematized each other
Balaam - It cannot be denied that the Scripture expressly calls him a prophet, 2 Peter 2:15 , and therefore those are probably right who think that he had once been a good man and a true prophet, till, loving the wages of unrighteousness, and prostituting the honour of his office to covetousness, he apostatized from God, and, betaking himself to idolatrous practices, fell under the delusion of the Devil, of whom he learned all his magical enchantments; though at this juncture, when the preservation of his people was concerned, it might be consistent with God's wisdom to appear to him and overrule his mind by the impulse of real revelations
Lamaism - So complete is the resemblance, that, when one of the first Romish missionaries penetrated Thibet, he came to the conclusion that the Devil had set up there an imitation of the rites of the Catholic church, in order the more effectually to destroy the souls of men
Old - , the inhabitants of the world) just previous to the Flood, 2 Peter 2:5 ; (g) of the Devil, as "that old serpent," Revelation 12:9 ; 20:2 , "old," not in age, but as characterized for a long period by the evils indicated
Work, Wrought - , Galatians 2:16 ; 3:2,5 ; dead works, Hebrews 6:1 ; 9:14 ; (e) of Babylon, Revelation 18:6 ; (f) of the Devil, John 8:41 ; 1 John 3:8
Christ in the Middle Ages - He regarded the Incarnation of the Logos as necessary in order that our souls might become His members, and that the Devil might be vanquished by the same nature that he had seduced. By the Incarnation our souls become Christ’s members, and the Devil is vanquished by the same nature that he seduced. The atoning work of Christ he thought of as redemption from the power of the Devil—who had taken up his abode in human souls deserted by God because of sin, and who was conceived of as having a sort of vested right in them—quite as much as reconciliation to God. In his teaching regarding the atoning work of Christ he laid more stress than did Augustine on the rightful power of the Devil over mankind, and the ransom paid him by Christ in His death. 1109), in some respects the most important of the mediaeval theologians, wrought out no new theory of the Person of Christ; but his satisfaction theory of the Atonement, involving the abandonment of the supposition that the death of Christ was a ransom paid to the Devil, and basing the necessity of the death of the God-man on the infinite weight of sin and its infinite offence to the honour of God, was an important contribution to soteriology
Sin - On the one hand, Christ is Himself sinless, and was manifested to take away sins and to destroy the works of the Devil (1 John 3:5; 1 John 3:8); and, on the other hand, believers by abiding in Him are kept from sin (1 John 3:6), because the Evil One cannot touch them (1 John 5:18). The Devil has sinned from the beginning, and he that sinneth is of the Devil (1 John 3:8), and the whole world lieth in the Evil One (1 John 5:19; cf. John 8:44, where the Devil is described as a murderer and a liar)
Achan - But war is war; and the best of commanders cannot make war a silken work, nor can he hold down the Devil in the hearts of all his men. As A Kempis says, the seductive thing got into Achan's imagination, and the Devil's work was done. It was at Adam and Eve's eyes that the Devil came into man's heart at first. In his despair to get the Devil out of his heart Job swore a solemn oath and made a holy covenant with his eyes. He pulls down His own best handiwork at its finest part so that He may get the Devil's handiwork destroyed and rooted out of it; and then He will let us have all our eyes back again when and where we are fit to be trusted with eyes
the Man Who Went Out to Borrow Three Loaves at Midnight - Think shame, woman! the Devil said to Santa Teresa. "The Devil never so nearly had my soul for ever, as just after another fall of mine, and when he cried, For shame, O woman, for shame. I tell you again that the leaving off of prayer after sin was the most Devilish temptation I was ever met with
Truth - , where Jesus contrasts His Father, from whom He had heard the truth, with ‘your father the Devil,’ who ‘stood not in the truth, because there is no truth in him’)
Gentiles - The Devil is bound to deceive them no more (Revelation 20:3 )
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In Jesus' ministry Satan stands out as the great choreographer of temptation, so that he is referred to as the tempter (Matthew 4:3 ) and the Devil (Mark 1:13 )
Enthusiasm - Similarly, the Jewish leaders said of Jesus, ‘He hath a Devil, and is mad’ (" translation="">John 10:20); Festus said to Paul, ‘Thou art beside thyself’ (" translation="">Acts 26:24); and some of the people of Jerusalem, when they witnessed the charismatic gifts bestowed upon Christ’s followers on the Day of Pentecost, exclaimed, ‘These men are full of new wine’ (" translation="">Acts 2:13)
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2 Corinthians 11:14 (a) The passage clearly states that Satan, the Devil, is an angel of light
Deceit, Deception, Guile - Pfleiderer in Early Christian Conception of Christ (1905) devotes a chapter to the subject of Christ as the Conqueror of Satan—‘that old serpent, called the Devil, which deceiveth the whole world’ (Revelation 12:9)
Angels - The lake of fire, or Gehenna, has been specially prepared for the Devil and his angels, though, alas, man will also be cast therein
Sow - ” Only rarely is this nuance applied to animals: “And I will put enmity between thee [9] and the woman [10], and between thy seed and her seed …” ( Sin - The unpardonable sin is, according to some, the ascribing to the Devil the miracles which Christ wrought by the power of the Holy Ghost. This sin, or blasphemy, as it should rather be called, many scribes and Pharisees were guilty of, who, beholding our Lord do his miracles, affirmed that he wrought them by Beelzebub, the prince of Devils, which was, in effect, calling the Holy Ghost Satan, a most horrible blasphemy; and, as on this ground they rejected Christ, and salvation by him, their sin could certainly have no forgiveness. It appears that all the three evangelists agree in representing the sin or blasphemy against the Holy Ghost as a crime which would not be forgiven; but no one of them affirms that those who had ascribed Christ's power of casting out Devils to Beelzebub, had been guilty of that sin, and in St
Exorcism - He healed ‘all who were tyrannized over by the Devil’ (Acts 10:38). The words which shed light on the struggle from the higher Christian standpoint are those in James 4:7 : ‘resist the Devil, and he will flee from you’-words which were an exhortation to the Christians not to resort to exorcism, but to rely on the successful resistance which sprang from a strong exertion of their sanctified wills aided by the power of God. The ordinary Christian practised it, Gregory Thaumaturgus even casting out Devils by sending letters to the person possessed. Thompson, The Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia, 1903-04, vol
Mary Magdalene - No, nor even as to who and what were the seven Devils that at one time had made such a hell in Mary Magdalene's heart. Our whole dispute and debate shall be to let in some light from heaven on the bottomless pit of our own hearts, so as to scare out of our hearts some of the seven Devils who still haunt and harbour there. Because it is a law of Devils; it is their diabolical nature, and it is a first principle of their existence and indwelling and possession of a man, that they never make their presence known in any man till he begins to name them and cast them and curse them out. " As much as to say: 'All the seven Devils are in every man's heart, but they do not all rage and rend equally in every man's heart: no, nor in the same man's heart at all times. The very Devils have their times and their seasons like everything else. ' Now, though Mary Magdalene is my text, it is of little real interest or importance to me who and what her seven Devils were, unless in so far as that would cast some light in upon my own possession; yours and mine. To have grappled long, even with one inward Devil, and to have had him at my throat day and night for years, and I at his-that is true New Testament scholarship. Do you not both know and confess all these things before yourself and before God every day? Do you not? O stone-dead soul! O sport and prey of Satan! O maker of God a liar, and the truth is not in you! I would not have your Devil-possessed heart, and your conscience seared with a redhot iron, for the whole world. Whether you are true enough and bold enough to be on my side or no, I shall not be so easily silenced in my next debate about these two Devils. As I was saying, I have not the least notion as to who or what Mary Magdalene's seven Devils were, and much less do I know how they could possibly be all cast out of her heart in this life. Two of Dante's seven Devils have their holes in the sand; in the soft earth and on the exposed outside of our hearts. Properly speaking, they are rather mole-heaps and rabbit-burrows than the dens of Devils. Properly speaking, they are not Devils at all. When the outposts of hell are stormed and taken and put to the sword, that only drives the real hell, with its true and proper Devils, deeper down into their bottomless entrenchments. There are some wild beasts so Devilish in their bite; they make their cruel teeth so to meet and lock fast in a man's flesh; that the piece has to be cut out if he is to be saved from their deadly hold. And the fangs of these five genuine Devils must be broken to pieces in their heads with the hammer of God, and the flesh and bone into which they have locked their cursed teeth must be cut out and sacrificed before the soul is set free. " It is better to enter into heaven with seven Devils excavated out of our hearts as with a knife, than to have them gnawing in our hearts to all eternity. "...
But the supreme lesson to me out of all Mary Magdalene's marvellous history is just the text: "He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven Devils. While this world lasts, and as long as there are great sinners and great penitents to comfort in it, let Mary Magdalene be often preached upon, and let this lesson be always taught out of her, this lesson,-that no depth of sin, and no possession of Devils even, shall separate us from the love of Christ. Onlyrepentdeep enough and to tears enough; only love as Mary Magdalene loved Him who had cast her seven Devils out of her heart; and He will appear to you also, and will call you by your name
Conscience - It is part of a person's internal rational capacity and is not, as popular lore sometimes suggests, an audience room for the voice of God or of the Devil
Spirit - The Spirit was the agent of Jesus' miraculous conception (Matthew 1:18 ,Matthew 1:18,1:20 ), came down on Jesus at His baptism (Matthew 3:16 ), led Him into the wilderness where He was tempted by the Devil (Matthew 4:1 ), and enabled Him to heal diseases and cast out demons (Matthew 12:28 )
Lake of Fire - It is also the place into which the Devil is cast after the defeat of Gog and Magog (" translation="">Revelation 20:10)
Dereliction - Peter, ‘anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power,’ and ‘he went about doing good, and healing all that were under the tyranny of the Devil; became God was with him’ (Acts 10:38)
World - The whole world is deceived by the Devil (Revelation 12:9 ) and will experience great trouble before the end (Luke 21:26 ; Revelation 3:10 )
Foreknowledge - Hermas attributes to the Lord the power of reading the heart, and with foreknowledge knowing all things, even the weakness of men and the wiles of the Devil (Mand
Waldenses - That the Scriptures teach that there is one God, almighty, all-wise, and all-good, who made all things by his goodness; for he formed Adam in his own image and likeness; but that by the envy of the Devil sin entered into the world, and that we are sinners in and by Adam
Asceticism (2) - Hence asceticism may be described as the gospel of negation,—negation of the world and negation of the flesh, each of which is apt to be confounded with negation of the Devil. ‘John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a Devil. Jesus nowhere teaches that earthly goods are of the Devil, or that the gratification of the natural cravings is fraught with sin
Paul as the Chief of Sinners - My heart is the very dung-hill of the Devil, and it is no easy work to wrestle with him on his own chosen ground. When all other men are worshipping them for their saintliness, and rightly so, those right saints of God are gnashing their teeth at the Devilries that are still rampant in their own heart. One of themselves used to say that it was not "so humiliating and heart-breaking to be sometimes like a beast, as to be always like a Devil
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A — 4: λύω (Strong's #3089 — Verb — luo — loo'-o ) "to loose, dissolve, sever, break, demolish," is translated "destroy," in 1 John 3:8 , of the works of the Devil
Relics - In the end of the ninth century it was not sufficient to reverence departed saints, and to confide in their intercessions and succours; to clothe them with an imaginary power of healing diseases, working miracles, and delivering from all sorts of calamities and dangers; their bones, their clothes, the apparel and furniture they had possessed during their lives, the very ground which they had touched, or in which their putrefied carcasses were laid, were treated with a stupid veneration, and supposed to retain the marvellous virtue of healing all disorders, both of body and mind, and of defending such as possessed them against all the assaults and devices of the Devil
Peter, First, Theology of - That is why she must resist the Devil, who, as the ultimate source of all persecution, seeks to destroy the church
Lie, Lying - Since "no lie comes from the truth" (1 John 2:21 ) and because lying is obviously hateful to the God of truth and is in fact attributed to the Devil ("for there is no truth in him, " John 8:44 ), there will be no place for any form of deception, pretense, or hypocrisy in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:27 ; 22:15 )
Apocalyptic - The idea that the Devil is lord of the present age was not shared by all apocalyptists; for example, in Daniel 4:25 , Nebuchadnezzar was told that he would be humbled until he learned that “the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will,” (compare Revelation 13:5-10 )
Fire - "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and all his angels
Stumbling - ‘You see those mountains,' said he, pointing to the east; ‘they are in the province of Kurdestan, and inhabited by a vile race of robbers, who pay homage to a god of their own, and worship the Devil from fear
Patience - 1, which is all in praise of patience (μακροθυμία): ‘In patience the Lord dwells, but in hot wrath the Devil’ (v
Lay - To quiet to still to restrain from walking as, to lay the Devil
Judgement - The fallen angels are reserved unto judgement, 2 Peter 2:4 ; and everlasting fire is prepared for the Devil and his angels
Petrus, Saint, Archbaptist of Alexandria - Requests for prayer on behalf of those who gave way after imprisonment and torture ought to be granted: "no one could be the worse "for sympathizing with those who were overcome by the Devil or by the entreaties of their kindred (cf
Patience - 1, which is all in praise of patience (μακροθυμία): ‘In patience the Lord dwells, but in hot wrath the Devil’ (v
Paul the Apostle - And under his ultimate sway there is evil, somehow orchestrated by Satan (10 times in Paul) or the Devil (5 times). But until that day, sinners (every single person: see Romans 3:23 ) languish in "the trap of the Devil, who has taken them captive to do his will" (2 Timothy 2:26 )
Sermon - Flavel says, "The Devil is very busy with ministers in their studies, tempting them to lofty language, and terms of art, above their hearers capacities
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Luke 8:6 (a) This rock represents the heart that is hardened by the Devil, so that the seed of the Word of GOD cannot take root, finds no substance with which to grow, and therefore brings forth no fruit
Nahum, Theology of - As the Old Testament people were commanded to wage war against the Canaanites, so our mandate is to resist the Devil (Ephesians 6:10-20 )
Titus, Theology of - " In keeping with the facts that God is not willing that any should perish (1 Peter 3:19 ) and that hell was prepared for the Devil and his angels only (Matthew 24:31 ), Paul stresses the universal scope of the atonement Christ provided
Simeon - When you have once begun the Devil's work of evil-speaking, he will hold his hook in your jaws, and will drag you on, and will give you a stake and an interest in lies and slander, till it will enrage and exasperate you to hear a single word of good spoken about your innocent victim. For one thing, the very Devil himself sometimes fills me with such a harsh and cruel temper-such a wicked spirit of anger and hostility at some people-that I could eat them up and annihilate them
Moses - it is said respecting the body of Moses that Michael, the archangel, contended with the Devil about it, the object of Satan probably being to make his tomb to be regarded as a holy place, to which the people would go for blessing, as people do still to the tombs of saints
Millennium - And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and, after that, he must be loosed a little season
Unitarians - And, therefore, of the Devil and his angels
Lion - The lion of the tribe of Judah, mentioned Revelation 5:5 , is Jesus Christ, who sprung from the tribe of Judah, and overcame death, the world, and the Devil
John the Baptist - "...
Of John as of Jesus they said, he hath a Devil
Truth (2) - The opposition of men to Christ as the Logos is referred to their connexion with the realm of the Devil (John 8:40 f. The author does not speculate on any fall of the Devil, nor does he discuss the origin of this cosmic feud; he is content to trace it through history, in the practical experience of mankind
Manicheans - But an angel of light, or Christ Himself, the Spirit of the Sun, counteracted their artifices in the shape of the serpent, the parts of the Biblical narrative being thus reversed, God's share being ascribed to the Devil and vice versa. —In the Yezedees, or Devil-worshippers of Mosul, and the Ansairees of Syria, we have their direct representatives; while mingled with the doctrines of the Sabians or Hemerobaptistae, who still linger in the neighbourhood of Harran, we have a large Manichean element
Jesus Christ - Jesus sought baptism at his hands, and was tempted of the Devil
Prophets, the - The casting out of the Devil and his angels from heaven, when Satan will energise the beast (head of the Roman empire) and the false prophet (Antichrist): they will persecute the pious Jews, will abolish the worship of Jehovah at Jerusalem, and enforce idolatry and the worship of the image of the beast everywhere
Ebionism And Ebionites - They held that there were two antagonistic powers appointed by God—Christ and Devil; to the former was allotted the world to come, to the latter the present world. ...
In pursuance of their conception that the Devil was the "prince of this world" they were strict ascetics
James, the Letter - These “works” further demand active resistance to the Devil (James 4:7 ), submission to God (James 4:7 ), and even brokenhearted repentance for sins (James 4:9 )
Hearing - 44) their father is declared by Him to be the Devil
Possession - In Scripture the idea is associated with both phases of moral character; and a man may be possessed by Christ or the Holy Spirit, or by a or the Devil. ), attributes the power to cast out Devils to the disciples of the Pharisees, and implicitly asserts it for Himself ( Mark 12:27 f
Leander (2) - "The peace of Christ, then," says Leander,"has destroyed the wall of discord which the Devil had built up, and the house which division was bringing to ruin is united in and established upon Christ the corner-stone
Donatus And Donatism - The emperor's letter was a mixture of truth and sarcasm: "All schisms," he wrote, "are from the Devil; and these Separatists proceed from him. What good can you expect from those who are the adversaries of God and the enemies of the holy church? Such men must split off from the church, and attach themselves to the Devil. The Donatists spurned it as gold offered by the Devil to seduce men from their faith
Holy Spirit - ...
First, however, the Spirit must lead Jesus to the place of temptation by the Devil (Luke 4:1 ). Will Christ succumb to the lure to use his power for self-aggrandizement or will he follow the road to the cross? The Spirit's role here teaches two important truths: God remains sovereign over the Devil but God himself tempts no one (cf
Lord's Prayer, the - They constitute a prayer for the final victory of God over the Devil, sin, and death
Moses - ...
In Jude 1:9 mention is made of a contention between Michael and the Devil about the body of Moses
Suffering - The early Christians seem to have concerned themselves little about what we call the problem of suffering, except perhaps in so far as their sufferings were ascribed to the activity of the Devil (1 Peter 5:9)
Atonement, Day of - Many think Azazel to be the Devil, to whom, as the source of sin, "the entirely separate one," the scape-goat, with its lead of sin taken of from the congregation, was sent to the wilderness (the abode of evil spirits) to be given up to, as sin and the wicked shall be hereafter (Revelation 20:14-15; Matthew 25:41; Luke 16:20): entirely separated from God
Gelasius (1) i, Bishop of Rome - Melchizedek is referred to as having in old times been both priest and king; the Devil, it is said, in imitation of him, had induced the emperors to assume the supreme pontificate; but since Christianity had revealed the truth to the world, the union of the two powers had ceased to be lawful
Georgius (43), Patron Saint of England - The dragon represents the Devil, suggested by St
Twelve - How true it is that when one is delivered from the world and the Devil, he becomes GOD's mouthpiece to carry GOD's message
Hell - -(1) In Revelation 9:1 ‘the pit of the abyss’ (see Abyss) is regarded as the special prison-house of the Devil and his attendant evil spirits. ...
‘They showed me there a very terrible place … and all manner of tortures in that place … and there is no light there, but murky fire constantly flameth aloft, and there is a fiery river coming forth, and that whole place is everywhere fire … and those men said to me: This place is prepared for those who dishonour God, who on earth practise … magic-making, enchantments, and Devilish witchcrafts, and who boast of their wicked deeds, stealing, lies, calumnies, envy, rancour, fornication, murder … for all these is prepared this place amongst these, for eternal inheritance’ (cf. The dragon is obviously an old Semitic myth, and this particular form of it probably gives fresh significance to the words in Revelation 20:2 : ‘the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan
Lord's Prayer (ii) - But is it not an impracticable petition? How can we hope to escape from being tempted? The world and the flesh and the Devil are ever with us, and still ‘in the midst of the garden’; just where all life’s daily cross-paths meet, the tree of temptation grows and the Tempter himself lies waiting. Blessed is the man that endureth it (James 1:12); but what of him who is drawn away by his own lusts and enticed, and so falls into the snare of the Devil? By putting this petition into our lips Jesus reminds us that the hour of temptation is always a dangerous hour
Acts of the Apostles (2) - ...
But what now are the contents and the significance of the life-work of Jesus? Thoroughly in harmony with important words of Jesus, Acts 10:36 replies: ‘He went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil. ’ Just as the Third Gospel delights to represent the work of Jesus as a conflict with the Devil, the brief formula we have quoted reproduces accurately the contents of His life work
Hell - -(1) In Revelation 9:1 ‘the pit of the abyss’ (see Abyss) is regarded as the special prison-house of the Devil and his attendant evil spirits. ...
‘They showed me there a very terrible place … and all manner of tortures in that place … and there is no light there, but murky fire constantly flameth aloft, and there is a fiery river coming forth, and that whole place is everywhere fire … and those men said to me: This place is prepared for those who dishonour God, who on earth practise … magic-making, enchantments, and Devilish witchcrafts, and who boast of their wicked deeds, stealing, lies, calumnies, envy, rancour, fornication, murder … for all these is prepared this place amongst these, for eternal inheritance’ (cf. The dragon is obviously an old Semitic myth, and this particular form of it probably gives fresh significance to the words in Revelation 20:2 : ‘the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan
Disease - ...
New Testament belief in evil spirits ("demons") under the direction of a supreme Devil was almost universal
Mark, the Gospel According to - The motto of this Gospel may be taken from its probable author, Peter (Acts 10:38) "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil, for God was with Him
Son - 'of the Devil,' Acts 13:10 : (h) son of perdition, John 17:12 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:3
King, Christ as - ...
The Kingdom of God (Heaven) The Devil tempted Jesus by taking him to a high mountain and showing him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. Jesus corrected the Devil's theology, reaffirming that the Lord alone has power over the kingdoms of the world and he alone is worthy of worship ( Matthew 4:8-10 ; Luke 4:5-8 )
Angel - The Devil as the head of them, and they as his angels, are represented as the rulers of the darkness of this world, or spiritual wickednesses, or wicked spirits, τα πνευματικα της πονηριυς εν τοις επουρανιοις , Ephesians 6:12 ; which may not be unfitly rendered, "the spiritual managers of opposition to the kingdom of God
Hermas Shepherd of - He then, however, goes on to say that, if after this great and holy calling any one, being tempted of the Devil, shall commit sin, he hath only one (opportunity of) repentance. Contrasts are drawn between the two ways (and the two angels) of righteousness and wickedness, between the fear of God and the fear of the Devil, and between temperance as to what is evil, and indulgence in what is good
Announcements of Death - Here Jesus reveals His consciousness of the character and work of Judas as the betrayer, a very Devil (John 6:70 f. The bald truth of the betrayal is not at this point told to the Twelve, for John’s comment is made afterwards; but Jesus expressly says that one of them is a Devil
Revelation, the - There is war in heaven, and the Devil is cast out, which causes great exultation in heaven. The Devil casts a flood (people) after the woman, but it is swallowed up by the earthly organisations of men
Death, Mortality - Through death he destroyed the Devil, who had the power over death, and emptied death of its fear (Hebrews 2:14-15 )
Angel - ...
During his ministry, angels came and ministered to Jesus after he had resisted the Devil's temptations (Matthew 4:11 ). ...
Jesus accepted as valid the Old Testament references to angels and their functions (Matthew 22:30 ), but spoke specifically of the "devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41 ) as destined for destruction
Dominicans - The night after, the apparition was renewed with the addition of two impostors, dressed like Devils, and Jetzer's faith was augmented by hearing from the spectre all the secrets of his life and thoughts, which the impostors had learned from his confessor. ...
The next night this masculine virgin brought, as he pretended, some of the linen in which Christ had been buried, to soften the wound; and gave Jetzer a soporific draught, which had in it the blood of an unbaptized child, some grains of incense and of consecrated salt, some quicksilver, the hairs of the eye- brows of a child; all which, with some stupifying and poisonous ingredients, were mingled together by the prior with magic ceremonies, and a solemn dedication of himself to the Devil in hope of his succour
World - The opposition between the two ‘aeons’ is qualitative even more than temporal: the one is ‘evil’ (Galatians 1:4), and under the dominion of the Devil (2 Corinthians 4:4) and kindred spirits (1 Corinthians 2:6; 1 Corinthians 2:8), a world of sin and death in contrast with that other eternal world of righteousness (2 Peter 3:13) and life
Kindness (2) - The declaration of vivid and loving remembrance is that He ‘went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil’ (Acts 10:38)
Majesty (2) - Milton tells us how, face to face with the cherub:...
‘abash’d the Devil stood,...
And felt how awful goodness is’ (Par
Hermogenes (1), a Teacher of Heretical Doctrine - " (Theodoret adds that Hermogenes taught that the Devil and the demons would be resolved into hyle
Holiness - The whole Scriptures of God declare, that the great purpose for which the Son of God became incarnate, was to destroy the works of the Devil, and to raise up the tabernacles of David that were fallen down, and to purify to himself "a peculiar people, zealous of good works
World - The opposition between the two ‘aeons’ is qualitative even more than temporal: the one is ‘evil’ (Galatians 1:4), and under the dominion of the Devil (2 Corinthians 4:4) and kindred spirits (1 Corinthians 2:6; 1 Corinthians 2:8), a world of sin and death in contrast with that other eternal world of righteousness (2 Peter 3:13) and life
John Epistles of - The doer of sin still belongs to the Devil, who has been working for sin throughout human history. So, if we realize that for us righteousness finds its clearest expression in love of the brethren, we gain a clear contrast: God’s children, always striving to realize the ideal of sinless love, and the children of the Devil, striving after, or drifting towards, their own ideal of sinful hate and selfish greed Sinlessness, i
Socialism - It was easy for the pioneers of the social revival to show that the Gospels and Epistles were full of social teaching, and gave no support to the doctrine of ‘the Devil take the hindmost,’ or (in more subdued language) of noninterference. John, in which it is definitely stated that without loving his brother whom he hath seen, a man cannot love God (1 John 4:20); that the children of God are distinguished from the children of the Devil by their righteousness and love of their brethren (1 John 3:10); that to dwell in love is to dwell in God (1 John 4:16), and that ‘every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God,’ while ‘he that loveth not, knoweth not God’ (1 John 4:7-8)
John, Theology of - He does not dwell on the phenomena of demoniacal possession, but he has much to say of ‘the Devil’ or ‘the evil one’ as a personal embodiment of the principle and power of evil. The victory has already been virtually won by Christ as the all-sufficient Saviour, who as Son of God was manifested that He might undo or annul the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8 )
Destroy, Destruction - ...
The Devil's Works . They are the Devil's work. They have allowed themselves to be shaped and molded by the Devil's sinister artistry. ...
On the mountain of temptation Christ did not challenge the Devil's temporary, partial sovereignty over these nations (Luke 4:6-8 ). The Devil's kingdom will be crushed and destroyed forever (Daniel 7:26 ). ...
Much of the Devil's works is carried on by unseen, spiritual realities called "rulers, powers, and spiritual forces of evil" (Ephesians 6:12 ). The death of Christ destroyed the Devil (Hebrews 2:14 )
Bible, Authority of the - ...
The serpent's question in Genesis 3 is not simply the most striking example of a challenge to the authority of God; it is the fruit of the challenge of Lucifer who as the Devil stands behind, or within, the serpent
Rufus - (he is writing to Herman of Metz, one of his partisans): ‘Who can be ignorant that kings and nobles took their beginning from those who, not knowing God, by their pride, robberies, perfidy, and murders, in short, by almost every kind of crime, no doubt at the suggestion of the prince of this world, the Devil, have in blind ambition and intolerable presumption had a mind to tyrannize over other men who are undoubtedly their equals?’ Milman asks, ‘Are we reading a journalist of Paris in 1791?’ (Latin Christianity, iii
Thousand Years - Men will be willing subjects of the transfigured priest-kings whose power is the attraction that wins the heart, not counteracted by Devil or beast
God (2) - Jesus everywhere assumes that evil originates either in the freewill of man (Mark 3:28-29), or with a power called the ‘devil’ (Matthew 13:39) or ‘Satan’ (Luke 13:16)
Joy (2) - There the ascetic note is much more prominent, and it is our Lord who says that, because John came ‘neither eating nor drinking,’ the people supposed he had a Devil (Matthew 11:18 || Luke 7:33). descriptive of the return of the seventy disciples from their mission in Galilee, we read (Luke 10:17) that they ‘returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the Devils are subject unto us in thy name
the Blind Leaders of the Blind - For, as from that voice he gathered that some one who feared God was in that valley as well as himself; so, from this scripture I gather that He who here searches the hearts of men, knows my heart down to the bottom, with all its wickedness, and all its wretchedness, and all its possession of the Devil
the Angel of the Church in Smyrna - Still, the Devil sometimes fills me with such a harsh and cruel temper; such a spirit of anger and hostility at some people, that I could eat them up and annihilate them
Divination - Thompson, The Report of the Magicians and Astrologers of Nineveh and Babylon, 1900, also The Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia, 1903-04. Besides mentioning Jahweh, the God of the Hebrews, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, worshipped by the Christians, and some of the innumerable ethnic deities, the literature of the Apostolic Age contains references to angels, archangels, living creatures, Satan, the Devil, the Wicked One, the Antichrist, demons, unclean and evil powers, dominions, principalities, authorities, thrones, and glories
Mediator - This is what is justly thought to be implied in the promise, that "the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head;" that is, that there should some time or other be born, of the posterity of Eve, a Redeemer, who, by making satisfaction for the sins of men, and reconciling them to the mercy of almighty God, should by that means bruise the head of that old serpent, the Devil, who had beguiled our first parents into sin, and destroy his empire and dominion among men
John, the Epistles of - In contrast, the children of the Devil hate; the children of God love
Rufus - (he is writing to Herman of Metz, one of his partisans): ‘Who can be ignorant that kings and nobles took their beginning from those who, not knowing God, by their pride, robberies, perfidy, and murders, in short, by almost every kind of crime, no doubt at the suggestion of the prince of this world, the Devil, have in blind ambition and intolerable presumption had a mind to tyrannize over other men who are undoubtedly their equals?’ Milman asks, ‘Are we reading a journalist of Paris in 1791?’ (Latin Christianity, iii
Christ in Reformation Theology - ‘To remove from us the burden of sin, death, hell, and the Devil, and to vanquish their power, and to bring again righteousness, life, and salvation, are the works neither of men nor of angels, but only of the One, Eternal, Divine Majesty, the Creator of heaven and earth. ...
‘This is the first principle and most excellent article, how Christ is the Father: that we are not to doubt that whatsoever the man says and does is reckoned, and must be reckoned, as said and done in heaven for all angels; and in the world for all rulers; in hell for all Devils; in the heart for every evil conscience and all secret thoughts. ...
‘It is,’ he says in his exposition of John 1:14, ‘the most precious treasure and highest comfort that we Christians have, that the Word, the true natural Son of God, became man, having flesh and blood, like any other man, and became man for our sakes, that we might come to the great glory: thereby our flesh and blood, skin and hair, hands and feet, belly and back, sit in heaven above, equal to God, so that we can boldly bid defiance to the Devil and all else that harasses us
Hebrews, Theology of - As the sinless son of God, his total involvement in the human predicament, especially in suffering and death, has destroyed the Devil and his morbid agenda for our race
Eternal Punishment - 201, and most commentators) or ‘the tempter’ and ‘the Devil whose agent he is’ (so Bruce, Expos
Gestures - The Devil tempts our Lord to kneel to him (Matthew 4:9 and || Lk
Individuality - Unbelief arises from being from beneath (John 8:23), from being of one’s father the Devil (John 8:44)
the Prodigal Son - Supply me with a knife deep enough and sharp enough to cut that corrupt spot out of my memory, and I will, from this moment, cast it out on the dunghill of the Devil for ever-as we had, at last, to cut off and cast him
the Woman Who Took Leaven And Hid it in Three Measures of Meal - ...
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And though Pharisaic self-esteem and diabolical malice are all the instances to which our Lord's parable is applied first by Himself and then by His best Apostle, yet the parable is equally true of all the other leavenings of the Devil that are insinuated into our souls
Simon Magus - 'The very Devil himself has been converted and has been baptized by me,' Philip telegraphed to Jerusalem. And thus it is that we find the apostles speaking with tongues, healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind, casting out Devils, and many suchlike miracles and signs
Paul as a Controversialist - Cross a sinner and you will have a Devil, said Thomas Shepard
Individuality - Unbelief arises from being from beneath (John 8:23), from being of one’s father the Devil (John 8:44)
Ethics - It was not a curse, nor an invention of the Devil
Will - Devil, Sin)
Grace - But the characteristic general fact of renewal remains, as something constant and inalienable-in its inferior planes as a fight against the Devil; in its higher, a struggle with lower self, stimulated and impelled by God’s illumination working in and upon the soul: constant and inalienable so long as the soul keeps turning towards the Light
Hating, Hatred - ); to which Trench adds—‘No man actually and openly professes to hate God and love the Devil; and therefore in the second clause, when the Lord is putting the converse case, He changes both words, which would be no longer the most appropriate; the sinner ‘holds to’ Satan when he follows his rewards; he practically ‘despises’ God when he heeds not His promises and His threatenings; however little he may acknowledge to himself or to others that he is doing either this or the other
the Pharisee - Philip Neri who, when some one praised him, cried out, Begone! I am a Devil, and not a saint! And who, when going to communicate, would protest before his Lord that he was good for nothing but to do evil Such utter self-prostration, I say, is the very badge and token of the servant of Christ; and this indeed is conveyed in His own words when He says, I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ...
As you are my witnesses I am always beseeching you to work together with God in driving out of your hearts the seven Devils of prepossession, and prejudice, and partyspirit, and narrowmindedness, and narrowheartedness
Angels - See Devil, Belial
Scripture - From the Mosaic book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament Jesus quoted texts to withstand the awful conflict in the temptations of the Devil
Hannah - I am a Devil if you knew me!'...
'Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am? Some say that thou art Jeremias
Hypocrisy - Thus he showed himself of his father the Devil, who from the beginning was a murderer as well as the father of lies
Fire - It relates entirely to this life, and to the rejection which is given to a Christian leader who lives for the Devil
Hebrews, Epistle to the - " He had partaken of flesh and blood and had died, that this might be brought about, having in his death annulled the Devil, and broken the power of death for His own, who were now in liberty
Children of God - He told the Jews that they were of their father the Devil (John 8:44), and distinguished ‘the good seed, the sons of the kingdom,’ from ‘the tares, the sons of the evil one’ (Matthew 13:38); cf
Demon, Demoniacal Possession, Demoniacs - ’** Jacob - We calculate the length of handle his spoon would need to have who sups with the Devil. Other little boys had been taking prizes in the Devil's sly school besides Rebekah's favourite son
Esau - Die, and we shall bury you with honour, and with assurance; but, oh! my son, my brother, never, never, till the day of your death, sell to man or woman or Devil your divine birthright
Grace - But the characteristic general fact of renewal remains, as something constant and inalienable-in its inferior planes as a fight against the Devil; in its higher, a struggle with lower self, stimulated and impelled by God’s illumination working in and upon the soul: constant and inalienable so long as the soul keeps turning towards the Light
Hypocrisy - Thus he showed himself of his father the Devil, who from the beginning was a murderer as well as the father of lies
Holy Spirit, Gifts of - ...
In short, attempts to attribute all current charismatic phenomena to the Devil or mere human fabrication are misguided
Guilt (2) - But the Book of Wisdom (Wisdom of Solomon 2:24) represents death as entering the world through the envy of the Devil, and Sirach (Sirach 25:24) declares that sin originated from a woman, and ‘because of her we all die
Christ, Christology - Him God had anointed with the Holy Spirit, and He had gone about doing deeds of kindness and healing all who were tyrannized by the Devil
Isidorus, Archbaptist of Seville - It treats of faith in the Trinity, spiritual creation, the waters above the firmament, the firmament of heaven, the sun and moon, the Devil and the nature of demons, the nature of waters and course of the ocean, Paradise, the nature of man after sin, the diversity of sinners and their place of punishment, purgatorial fire and the future life
Judea - This peak is considered to be that to which Jesus was transported by the Devil during his fast of forty days in the wilderness; ‘after which he was an hungered
Serpent - The great point of Devil worship being gained, namely, the acknowledgment of the evil spirit as God, the transition to idolatry became easy
Philanthropy - Here, if anywhere, the universality of love will be seen; when the missionary breaks every tie that makes the sweetness of his life, to carry the burdens of...
‘Sullen peoples, half Devil and half child,’...
he reveals the intensest manifestation of that love whose Divine note is sacrifice
Eschatology - (Origen even included the Devil in that number, although this particular addition brought the church's official condemnation
Revelation, the Book of - ...
Heaven rejoices because it has been rescued from Satan, but the earth must now mourn, because the Devil has been cast down to earth, and his anger is great
Evil - The origins for sin and evil in both Old and New Testaments are traced to the activities of an evil creature, Satan (1 John 3:8 : "the Devil has been sinning from the beginning" ) and to human sin that led to a fall (Romans 5:12-14 ) and banishment form Eden and the tree of life (Genesis 3 )
Sin - Evildoers will be driven from his presence; the Devil, his allies, death, and Hades will be thrown into the lake of fire (20:10-15)
Miracles (2) - The master-principle of them all is contained in our Lord’s own declaration, ‘If I by the finder of God cast out Devils, then is the kingdom of God come upon you’ (Luke 11:20). Preaching in synagogue (mere repetition apart from healing of leper and casting out Devil)
Assumption of Moses - -We read in Judges 1:9 : ‘But Michael the archangel, when, contending with the Devil, he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke thee. The Devil’s claim which Michael thus rebutted was (1) that he was lord of matter (ὄτι ἐμὸν τὸ σῶμα ὡς τῆς ὕλης δεσπόζοντι Perseverance - In His might they fight the Devil (Ephesians 6:10-18) and stand
Corinthians, First And Second, Theology of - Nevertheless, the evil triumvirate (sin, the Devil, death) is a conquered foe, whose fate is secure
Miracles - Many miracles were typical; as the "tongues" manifested the universality of the Christian dispensation designed for every tongue, so counterworking the division of man from man through the confusion of tongues at Babel; the casting out of demons symbolizes Christ's coming "to destroy the works of the Devil
Romans, Theology of - Believers cannot presume upon God's grace and act like the Devil; hence Paul can warn his readers like the writer to the Hebrews (6:4-12; 10:19-39) that better things are expected of them than to act inappropriately as followers of Christ
Baptism - Lactantius, who lived in the beginning of the fourth century, says the Devil cannot approach those who have the heavenly mark of the cross upon them as an impregnable fortress to defend them; but he does not say it was used in baptism
Jesus Christ - The inspired summary of His life is, "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil, for God was with Him" (Acts 10:38). To the flesh and the world succeeds the last and highest temptation, the Devil's own sin, presumption
Old Testament - ), while even Isaiah’s description of himself and his children as ‘signs and portents in Israel’ (Isaiah 8:18) is cited as a proof of Jesus’ oneness with His people and His participation in the same flesh and blood as theirs, ‘that through death he might bring to nought him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil; and might deliver all them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage’ (Hebrews 2:13 ff
Judgment Damnation - We have also passages in which Sheol is the abode of the lost only until the Day of Judgment, when they are thrust into Gehenna or hell, to suffer eternal torment, with Devils for their companions ( Devils and condemned souls in the lake of fire. Paul leaves us with the vision of a world that is without a Devil and without a hell, without a shadow on its brightness or a discord in its harmony
Persecution - "To banish, imprison, plunder, starve, hang, and burn men for religion, " says the shrewd Jortin, "is not the Gospel of Christ; it is the Gospel of the Devil
Corinthians, First Epistle to the - Ramsay conjectures that the phrase is a Christian adaptation of a pagan idea, that a person wronged by another but unable to retaliate should consign the offender to the gods and leave punishment to he inflicted by Divine power; Satan would be looked on as God’s instrument in punishing the offender; and the latter, being cast out of the Christian community, would be left as a prey to the Devil
Man - The protagonist on the side of evil is the Devil, who stands behind the evil-doer as his spiritual parent (John 8:44); the world lies in his power (1 John 5:19), and he is its prince (John 12:31; John 14:30; John 16:11)
Job - Of the other five leading characters by far the most interesting is the Satan of the Prologue, half-angel half-demon, by no means identical with the Devil as usually conceived, and yet with a distinctly diabolical tendency
John, Epistles of - The repeated use, in a characteristic way, of such cardinal words as Life, Love, Truth, Light, and Darkness; the recurrence of phrases which in both documents figure as watchwords, ‘to be of the truth,’ ‘of the Devil,’ ‘of the world’; ‘the only begotten Son,’ ‘the Word,’ ‘knowing God,’ ‘walking in the light,’ ‘overcoming the world,’ and the special use of the word ‘believe,’ speak for themselves
Innocentius, Bishop of Rome - (12) Courtiers and public functionaries are not to be admitted to any clerical order; for they might have to exhibit or preside over entertainments undoubtedly invented by the Devil, and were liable to be recalled to his service by the emperor, so as to cause much "sadness and anxiety
Acts of the Apostles (Apocryphal) - ’ As there follow several Manichaean writings, it is tolerably certain that here, as elsewhere, ‘disciple of the Devil’ means ‘Manichaean,’ but it is not clear to which books reference is made
Peter Epistles of - This procedure must have seemed to the Christians like the sudden outburst of a devastating conflagration, a veritable activity of their adversary the Devil (1 Peter 4:12, 1 Peter 5:8)
Vicarious Sacrifice - That which separates from the fellowship of God is not any exigency of the Divine government, or any offence to the Divine nature, but it is the fact that man has chosen to walk in darkness, has participated in the works of the Devil
Holy Spirit (2) - Possibly even the charge brought against Him by the scribes, that He cast out Devils by Beelzebub, in other words, that He was possessed Himself by a demon,—a charge mentioned in this connexion by Mk. ’ The Divine power which works through Jesus with such intensity, healing all who are under the tyranny of the Devil, is in point of fact God’s supreme and final appeal to men
Fall - 2 Samuel 24:1, where it is the Lord who moves David to number the people), yet it is not till we come to Wisdom of Solomon 2:24 that he is identified with the serpent who tempted Eve: ‘But by the envy of the Devil death entered into the world, and they that are of his portion mate trial thereof. ’ The connexion between death and the woman’s sin stated in 25:24 and between death and the Devil’s envy affirmed in Wisdom of Solomon 2:24 has already been referred to
Moses - From an obscure passage in the New Testament, in which Michael the archangel is said to have contended with the Devil about the body of Moses, Judges 1:9 , some have thought that he was buried by the ministry of angels, near the scene of the idolatry of the Israelites; but that the spot was purposely concealed, lest his tomb might also be converted into an object of idolatrous worship among the Israelites, like the brazen serpent
Polycarp - 1]'>[2]: ‘Whosoever shall not confess the testimony of the Cross is of the Devil; and whosoever shall pervert the oracles of the Lord to his own lusts and say that there is neither resurrection nor judgment, that man is the first-born of Satan’)
Possession - _ These were organized into a kingdom, the prince of the demons being Beelzebul, otherwise named Satan, and the Devil,_ who is the ‘prince of the air,’ and has therein his residence. By the simple sign of the Cross or by repeating the name of the master they professed to be able to cast out Devils which had resisted all the enchantments of the pagan exorcists
Papias - οις]'>[3]; and whosoever shall not confess the testimony of the Cross, is of the Devil; and whosoever shall perversely interpret the Oracles of the Lord (μεθοδεὐῃ τὰ λόγια τοῦ κυρίου) to his own lusts, and say that there is neither resurrection nor judgment, that man is the firstborn of Satan
Pharisees (2) - Neither was He a heretic; the Pharisees did not put Him out of the synagogue, though He was called a Samaritan and possessed of a Devil. Jewish teachers, leading away from Him, He called thieves and robbers, and the Pharisaic conception of the Messianic Kingdom was earthly and Devilish (Matthew 4:8, Luke 4:5 f
Poet - That it was strongly in evidence is sufficiently proved by the fact that some of the Jews on one occasion took Him to be a Devil-possessed Samaritan (John 8:48)
Polycarpus, Bishop of Smyrna - He says, "Every one who doth not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is antichrist; and whosoever doth not confess the testimony of the Cross is of the Devil; and whosoever perverteth the oracles of the Lord to his own lusts and saith that there is neither resurrection nor judgment, this man is a first-born of Satan
Law (2) - He came neither eating nor drinking, and this unsociable disposition called forth the charge that he had a Devil
Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch - 1, where the virginity of Mary is said to have been concealed from the Devil
Jerusalem - The grave is strown with red earth, supposed to be of the Ager Damascenes of which Adam was made; by the side of the corpse is placed a stick, and the priest tells him that the Devil will tempt him to become a Christian, but that he must make good use of his stick; that his trial will last three days, and that he will then find himself in a mansion of glory," &c
Confession - ) The books above-said teach this, that there is one God, almighty, all- wise, and all-good, who has made all things by his goodness; for he formed Adam in his own image and likeness, but that by the envy of the Devil, and the disobedience of the said Adam, sin has entered into the world, and that we are sinners in Adam and by Adam