“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”
There are those who exalt Satan, who hold up the devil and who look to illegitimate supernatural power to do their ends.
They are deceived.
They are to be pitied.
Make no mistake: Satan hates God. Satan hates Jesus Christ. Satan is a liar. Satan hates humans and wants nothing more than to see them led to perdition.
But that’s Satan’s job: his job is to tempt humans and attempt to deceive them.
The devil does God’s job and is on a short leash.
The proof is in the Bible in a couple of places. First, in the first chapter of Job, where Satan asks permission to afflict (test) Job.
Then, when Job remains righteous after Satan’s initial afflictions, the devil again asks permission to further trouble Job.
“And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.”
So before the devil could afflict one of God’s chosen, he had to get permission from God.
But the final proof comes from Ephesians 2:2.
The word for “power” (as in “the prince of the power of the air“) is “exousias.” This is not a power of oneself; this is a power or authority which is delegated. This is a “power to act” or a “delegated power.”
This is a power from a source higher than the person wielding the power.
It’s like a person who works for the Department of Motor Vehicles: they have power to act from the state. They have no power of their own, only what’s given them by a higher power.
And so it is with Satan: he’s been given power for a season to do the will of God. Satan tempts man: he helps separate the real believers from the pretenders.
God uses evil men to carry out his will every day.
He has always used evil men (probably because evil men are always plentiful).
Satan is doing God’s work, though it probably irks the devil to no great end (as it should all those who labor for Satan). In fact, Satan probably does more for God in one day than all of the wolves in the pulpits in all of the apostate churches put together.
However, Satan is on a short leash.
The poor workers of iniquity: IF Satan is on a short leash, the workers of iniquity are on micro-leashes.
They fancy themselves ‘movers and shakers,’ working on their grand plans, always moving around in the darkness and having to pretend.
When in reality they labor for the One they hate; fulfilling their God-ordained roles as recorded thousands of years ago in God’s Word.
The poor, deceived workers of iniquity.
Do you want true eternal power?
Go to the True Source.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
-—1 Corinthians 1:18-19
[Parts of this piece originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 30, 2014.]
- Workers of Iniquity: Always Looking Over their Shoulders
- Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!
- Workers of Iniquity: In an End Times Tight Spot
- Workers of Iniquity: Laboring for a Liar
- Workers of Iniquity: Disposable, Expendable, Easily Replaced
- Workers of Iniquity: Deceiving and Deceived
- Deceived and Deceiving, part 2
- Workers of Iniquity: God is Not Mocked
by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
(h/t on Ephesians 2:2 – LH)
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