Saturday, March 21, 2015 4:06 AM

Is Satan Real?

Saturday, March 21, 2015 4:06 AM
Saturday, March 21, 2015 4:06 AM

Proven by the Attributes of Personality

There are many false teachings that picture Satan merely as an emanation or an evil principle and not as a real person. If it can be proven that Satan has personality, then he is also an individual person. The fact that Satan is a real person is evident in that he has all three attributes of personality: intellect, emotion, and will.

1.   Intellect

First, Satan has intellect. For example, in Job 1 and 2, he debates with God over the righteousness of Job, and that shows intellect. In Matthew 4:6, he is able to quote Scripture. In Luke 4:1–12, he is able to carry on a conversation with Jesus. In 2 Corinthians 11:3, he is described as being crafty, a function of the intellect. In Ephesians 6:11, Paul writes about the wiles of the devil and that, too, is a function of the intellect. All this shows clearly that Satan has intellect, the first attribute of personality.

2.   Emotion

Secondly, Satan has emotion. According to1 Timothy 3:6, Satan has the capacity to be puffed up; that is, to be filled with pride and this is an emotion. Furthermore, Revelation 12:12 and 17 speaks of the wrath of Satan, which is the emotion of anger. So, Satan has emotion as well as intellect.

3.   Will

Thirdly, Satan also has will. For example, in Isaiah 14:13–14, five different times Satan declared: I will. Luke 4:6–7 states that he has the power to give the kingdoms of the world to whomsoever he wills. 2 Timothy 2:26 speaks of people being captivated into Satan’s will. In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter speaks of Satan as one who is seeking whom he may devour. He is going around looking for and choosing his victims and his choice is made on the basis of his will.

That which characterizes personality are the three attributes of intellect, emotion, and will, and Satan has all three attributes.[1]

[1] Fruchtenbaum, A. G. (1983). Vol. 77: The Messianic Bible Study Collection (11–12). Tustin, Calif.: Ariel Ministries.

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