Torrey - Satan -1.01- His Existance, Nature

1. THE DEVIL: HIS EXISTENCE, NATURE, POSITION, AND CHARACTER PRELIMINARY NOTE: Distinguish carefully between the devil and demons. This distinction is overlooked in the Authorized Version, and even in the Revised Version, though the Revised Version notes it in the margin.

The devil and demons are two entirely distinct orders of beings. The Bible doctrine regarding Satan is a practical doctrine. Certainly, few doctrines will go further in teaching us our utter dependence upon God and in driving us to prayer.


Satan - 1.01- The Existence of the Devil


I. THE EXISTENCE OF THE DEVIL, OR SATAN. Matthew 13:19,39 — "When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he that receiveth seed by the way-side .... The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels." John 13:2 — "And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him." Acts 5:3 — "But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?" 1 Peter 5:8 — "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." Ephesians 6:11-12 — "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rules of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

Proposition: There is a personal devil.

His personality will come out more clearly as we study his nature.