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How Does Satan Work?

Post by Tryphena on Tue Jul 15 2014, 22:31

How Does Satan Work?
Friday, July 11th, 2014

  • crucifixion
  • Satan



Q.  In the recent post “Satan’s Greatest Defeat,” 1 Cor. 2:6-8 seems to indicate that Satan and his minions were behind the crucifixion of the Lord.  How do you think he goes about making his plans happen?  Is it mind control of some sort?  I know that God is actually in control and uses Satan to accomplish His plans, but am uncertain just how Satan works and what powers he has over people.

A.  Satan is not able to control the minds of men directly.  But by planting a series of ideas at the threshold of man’s mind he can let man’s sin nature pick up the ideas and use them as if they were his own. Over a period of time Satan can influence man’s actions by influencing the direction of his thoughts.  Believers can torpedo this process at any time by applying 2 Cor. 10:3-5, but unbelievers have no such ability.
In the matter of the crucifixion of Jesus, this had been decided between the Father and the Son before the creation of the world (1 Peter 1:18-20). Hundreds of prophecies dating back to the fall of man explain this in great detail.
God had kept Satan in the dark about what the crucifixion would accomplish.  In this way He was able to trick Satan into believing that by getting Israel to orchestrate the Lord’s death, he would achieve a great victory against God.  When it was too late to do anything about it, Satan discovered that he had done exactly what God wanted.  Had Satan understood God’s plan ahead of time, he would have tried to oppose the crucifixion as Paul said in 1 Cor. 2:6-8.
The tragedy for Israel is that by rejecting the Messiah, they were in effect refusing to let His death pay for their sins, making it meaningless to them.  So they helped God accomplish His plan, but received none of the benefit it was meant to bring them.  God knew this would happen too, and that it would open the door to salvation for countless millions of Gentiles. The result is that the Kingdom that God promised to Israel has been delayed for nearly 2,000 years.

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Re: How Does Satan Work?

Post by Tryphena on Tue Jul 15 2014, 22:41

However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.   1 Corinthians 2:6-8



For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,   2 Corinthians 10:3-5



knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things,like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,
but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you    1 Peter 1:18-20
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Re: How Does Satan Work?

Post by Tryphosa on Wed Jul 16 2014, 09:05

Thank you Tryph, like how Jack 'splains things! 
(might put this on another place)
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Post by Tryphena on Wed Jul 16 2014, 22:37

Tryphosa wrote:Thank you Tryph, like how Jack 'splains things! 
(might put this on another place)
He posted this several days ago, I just kept coming back to it, thinking about it...
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