BY GERI UNGUREAN
Many people think that the devil is some fictional character. They laugh about him, and at people who believe that he exists.
Most of you know that I grew up in a secular Jewish home. When I was born again in 1983, my mother and I had many discussions about the Bible. She would look at me as if I had lost my mind. The thing that bothered her more than my belief in Jesus as Messiah, was my belief that the devil was real.
She would say to me “Geri, how can you believe in this fictional character?” I would tell her that Jesus talked about the evil one and about hell; so I knew they were both real. I told her that Jesus only spoke truth. She would just shake her head and walk away.
Scriptures about Satan
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1 John 3:8 – He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
2 Corinthians 11:14 – And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
John 8:44 – Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
2 Corinthians 11:3 – But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Revelation 12:9 – And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
John 10:10 – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.
Romans 16:20 – And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you. Amen.
James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Ephesians 4:27 – Neither give place to the devil.
2 Corinthians 4:4 – In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Revelation 12:9-12 –
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Ephesians 6:12 – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Matthew 16:23 – But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
The Evil we see happening on this earth:
In the past couple of weeks, we have witnessed Evil that boggles most people’s minds. We blame this one or that one – this group or that group. But the reality of it is that ALL evil is inspired by the devil himself. Scripture says so:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
When Lucifer was cast from heaven down to earth, his name was changed to Satan. He is the god of this world. When Jesus went to the Cross and died for our sins, and then was resurrected – he broke the power of Satan over all who would place their trust in Him. If you do not belong to Jesus, then you belong to the devil. You are either saved or lost.
Naturally, people who deny the existence of Satan, will deny that there is a real place called hell. I have heard so often from unbelievers this: “A good God would never send anyone to hell – so I don’t believe there is even a place called hell.”
It is not the will of God that anyone would be sent to hell. His will is shown in many Scriptures, but this one is the most familiar:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
Do you see that God gave His only Son for you and for me and for all people? His love is clearly shown by sending Jesus to earth and then to that horrid Cross, where He died an unspeakable death for us! He made a way for you to be saved from going to hell for eternity! Jesus rose from the dead and His death and Resurrection paid the debt for your sin and my sin.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Bibles verses about Hell:
Revelation 21:8 – But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Matthew 25:46 – And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Matthew 10:28 – And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Revelation 20:15 – And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord
Mark 9:43-48 – And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Revelation 20:14 – And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Matthew 13:50 – And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
2 Thessalonians 1:9 – Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
Revelation 14:11 – And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Matthew 5:22 – But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Hebrews 10:26-31 – For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Revelation 20:10 – And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
I believe that every word in the Bible is God’s own words. Yes, they were penned by men, but these men were under the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit. They are all His words.
If you have never repented of your sinful ways, and trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, then there is only one place your soul will go when you die. You will go to hell. But the good news is that you can know the Lord and be saved today! But God knows all things, and He knows your heart. He knows if you are sincere in wanting to come into the family of God.
How can you be saved? Click on this link and read everything – mainly the Scriptures which are cited:
I pray that the Lord has drawn you to Him today, and that you have felt the weight of your sin. I pray that your eyes have been opened to God’s Truth and that you have been born again. The Bible says that the angels in heaven rejoice over you!