If God is Love, What is Satan?

by Jack Wellman on August 28, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

God is love, no doubt.  Since God is love, what is Satan?  What does the Bible say that Satan is at the very core?

God is Love

There is little doubt that one of the greatest attributes of God is that He is love.  The book of 1 John is replete with God being described as love, just as the Gospel of John is.  In 1 John 4:8 it says, he who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”  In 1 John 4:18 it clarifies this by saying, And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” Of course we know John 3:16,For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whomever should believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life.” Other chapters that reflect God’s love are found in Psalm 103, Ephesians 2, Galatians 2, Zephaniah 3, Psalm 86, and 1 John 3 and 4.  These are but a few chapters that speak of God’s love so we can easily establish the fact that God is love.  But what is Satan if God is love?

What is Satan?

Satan seeks to destroy and kill … he was a murderer from the beginning.

Satan is the opposite of love. God seeks to give eternal life; Satan seeks to destroy and kill.  Listen to what are listed as the attributes of Satan.

Satan is a murderer:

John 8:44aYou belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning.”

Satan is a liar:

John 8:44b not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Satan is an accuser:

Revelation 12:10b For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”

Satan is the adversary:

The name Satan actually means “adversary” and we see him in his true nature in Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28, in Genesis in the Garden, and elsewhere.

Satan is a slanderer:

Jude 1:9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!

Who is Your Father?

Even Paul understood that if you are not God’s child, You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord (Acts 13:10)?  It is obvious that there are only two types of people on earth…the saints and the “aints.”  You either have God as your Father or you have the Devil as your father.  There is no middle ground for Jesus saidHe who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters (Matt 12:30).

Children of God

If you are born again, then your true Father is in heaven.  If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ to save you, then you have a Father in heaven and can pray to Him as you belong to the family of God.  Jesus took upon Himself the wrath of God and now the Father sees you as He sees His son as it says in Hebrews 10:10,And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for allforWhoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him (John 3:36).  Why has God’s wrath been lifted from us?  Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!  For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life (Rom 5:9-10)!

Children of the Devil

If God the Father is not your Father, then you are the children of the Devil.  That is not my opinion and I do not wish to make anyone mad.  This is what Jesus Himself said of those who are not of His own flock.  In Matthew 13:38 Jesus said, The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one.”  In John 6:70, Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!  John 8:41-45 states that, You are doing the things your own father does.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.  Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!

Being Born into God the Father’s Family

If you have not placed your trust in Jesus Christ and have not repented of your sins, then God is not your Father but Satan is.  I pray that you decide today, right now, to come to Jesus and believe in Him and receive saving faith.  The children of God the Father and Satan the father have two drastically different destinations to go to when they die.  One is heavenly bliss and eternal joy…the other is utter torment and sheer and eternal horror.  The choice is yours as to who your father will be.  Make that choice today if you have not already done so, for no one is guaranteed to have a “tomorrow.”

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Steven August 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm

The greatest trick the Devil ever played was convincing the world that he did not exist. I believe the bit from Jude is a great example of Satan’s power, for Michael did not dare to challenge him. Unless Michael was instructed by God not to challenge Satan, we must infer that Michael did not want to fight with Satan by himself.

In Luke 4, Jesus is tempted by Satan. There Satan tempted Jesus and even took Jesus to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. That is power. And while he tempted Jesus, he did not once challenge him.

I would say that Satan is nothing compared to God (none of us are) but more powerful than the Archangel Michael. I believe scripture supports that conclusion.

Excellent article Jack. I always enjoy your writing.

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Jack Wellman August 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Thank you Steven. I liked what you said that the Enemy wants people to believe that he doesn’t exist so he will be all the more deceiving…great point and I wish I had thought of that while writing this. Thank you for contributing an excellent point sir. I also believe you are spot on the mark about Michael the Archangel. God bless you. Great insight.

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Derek Hill September 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

Well done Jack. You are exactly right. Satan is the complete opposite of what God is. My heart aches for those who don’t know Christ as their savior yet. They are blinded to the damnation that awaits them in death. I am so thankful everyday that Christ would die for me, a reckless sinner. I remember when it finally hit me and I was broken before God at the amazing gift that I had been given. God is love, Jack. Thank you for that reminder too. God bless you brother.

In His Name Always,
Derek

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Jack Wellman September 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Thank you Derek. I appreciate this. Truly, this shows that we have much work to do in the Great Commission, sadly for most, it is the “great omission” for which I was guilty for many years. I thank for you my friend and that any gift that I have, I can not take credit. Indeed, what do I have that I did not receive? Thanks brother.

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Markus Klinger September 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

I LOVE Your Website!
Excellent information!
Very useful and insightful!
GOD BLESS YOU for your
awesome work!
Sincerely,
Markus from Canada

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Jack Wellman September 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Thank you so very much Markus. I appreciate your kind words my friend. All glory to God. And thank God to you for your loving words from Canada…our brothers and sisters to the North.

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Michael September 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Another great article Jack. there is much power in gods love to be sure. But I think there is much power in Satans hate for us believers but we are strong enough to endure that hatred for gods love is so much more powerful than hatred.

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Jack Wellman September 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Thank you kindly Michael. The longer I live, the more that I see just how unconditionally God loves us…even while we were enemies, He died for us….know that is what love is all about.

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Rin September 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I just wanted to say that I really enjoy this website, and I have been for over a year now. As a high school student, I have yet to fully grow in spirit or understand how the world truly works. It goes without saying that as I prepare for college and the real world, every day is a struggle against Satan.

I find this website to be a great supplement to the Bible, especially if I don’t understand some of its esoteric language. Among my questions was what Satan truly is – some kind of a fallen angel, or some omniscient being? I suppose it doesn’t really matter, other than the bare facts that he is a liar and murderer, an enemy of God and Christians. Thank you for clarifying this.

Also, thank you for spending your time generally writing these articles for the benefit of other curious Christians and nonbelievers. While reading other somewhat controversial articles, I often come across discussion posts written by people who stir up heated arguments for no reason. Yet still you answer with patience and continue to post new articles. I appreciate that a lot. God bless you.

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Jack Wellman September 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Hello Rin. Thank you my friend for your encouraging comment. Let me direct you to an article written by one of our fine writers, Pam, with an article just designed for you and entitled “22 Awesome Bible Verses for College Students” at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/22-awesome-bible-verses-for-college-students/

Now, about Satan. Satan was perhaps the greatest creature ever created by God and since he is created, he is not omniscient (all knowing) and omnipotent (all powerful) and especially omnipresent (present everywhere at all times). Satan, being a created being, can only be in one place at a time but there are also untold fallen angels (called demons) of which are uncountable.

Even though the Devil is powerful he is still God’s Devil, or in other words, Satan can not lift a finger without the permission or God’s allowing it. And believers can never be harmed physically by the Liar but he and the demons can oppress and attack us spiritually, although they can not strip us of our salvation. God bless you in your college courses this fall. You are a rare young man these days who are desiring to know more about God. Thank you Rin for visiting us my friend. Please come back again soon.

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Robert Driskell September 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Thank you Jack,
I am reminded of James 4:7. The second part reads, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” I remember many Christians quoting this as a verse to do battle with Satan. However, I still remember the day I noticed the first part of this verse, “Submit yourselves therefore to God” as preparation for the “resisting” part. We can defeat Satan’s attacks, but not on our own. Great article Jack…as always.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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bhawna June 26, 2013 at 6:04 am

praise the lord !!!

I am totally agree above comments which is really true thing, our Jesus is great person, his name is only true in this world. Jesus love us a lot.

Hosanna

Regards’
Bhawna

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king October 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I think you forgot something as well. God is love and I think satan is lust because he wants to perverse every good thing from God. What do you think?

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Jack Wellman October 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Hello King. You make an excellent point. Yes, Satan wants us to lust after one another and to break up marriages so I agree, Satan is lust and he tries to make us lust. Good point. Thank you.

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king October 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

You are welcome. I also learnt a lot from the article. Stay blessed and continue doing the good work

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DiscipleDeb March 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

God is love. Satan is a psychopath.

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Kenneth May 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Hey Pastor Jack. Satan is a liar for sure. He’s been trying me out with an ex-girlfriend & she’s been lying open eyes without blinking. The devil trained her so much to do that she’s a professional liar. Not only lying to me but to her mom, sister & i don’t know who else. But i still pray for her as i don’t want her to go more deeper down into that dark hole that she’s busy digging for herself now. If she can on accept Jesus, The Life, The Truth & The Way then she’ll see how the dark cloud that the enemy has over her will disappear. But it’s her decision. I can only pray & encourage. Please pray with me on this one. Not only for her, but for others also. I know you always do. Thanx in Jesus Name. God bless.

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Jack Wellman May 28, 2013 at 8:20 am

Hello Kenneth. What a godly man you are my friend. To pray for such a thing as this is so good of you. I will join in with you Kenneth. Please keep us up to date brother.

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Kenneth June 3, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Greetings in Jesus name Pastor Jack. I told her the first demon we must get rid of is the lying demon. She keep telling me she is sorry. I ask God to send her the Spirit in Jesus name. So that she can tell the Trinity she’s sorry & ask for forgiveness. We were supposed to have a church service last night there by her house. But the weather was very cold & wet here so the brother & a few sisters of the cellgroup couldn’t make it. They all over 50 years old. But i still go there to her & her family & tells them what God wants me to say. Her mother’s eyes just go all shiny & agree with me on many things & likes it when i do that. Thanx for praying with me on this one. Every upright prayer submit to Almighty God help. God bless.

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Jack Wellman June 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Thanks brother. I truly thank God that there are still men of faith who are consistent prayer warriors. Let’s keep on our knees and looking up.

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j r December 6, 2013 at 1:14 am

i have a problem….i know its a sin to have sex before marriage,and ive broken that command with deep regret…so now have decided to wait until i do….but what if that other person has had sex with others as well…does she still belong to the first person she had sex with? and do i? what are your thoughts on this? thank you and God bless.

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Jack Wellman December 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

Thank you JR for your question. The Bible teaches that when we have sex outside of marriage, we are joined to that person, whether for bad or good. Rather than spend time being concerned with who that other lady belongs to, make sure that you belong to Christ Jesus. That is, if you have repented of this sin, which it appears that you have, then confessed it to God, which I assume you have, then you can trust in Christ that He is your Savior and has forgiven you. I would also talk to your pastor about this privately and seek his counsel too, face to face.

I believe that instead of worrying about who belongs to who, make sure you keep yourself pure by abstaining from any future fornication. We can’t look at the past if our sins have been forgiven but we must look ahead and try to live a holy life as God is holy. Make sense JR? I pray it does and thank you for your willingness to confess your sins and seek help.

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