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The Devil’s Price

The most amazing gift we can receive is salvation through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is our Redeemer who died on the cross at Calvary to be our Mediator to resolve our transgressions to God the Father.

1 Tim 2:5-6 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

However, I want to look at things in the opposite direction. What about the sins that aren’t mediated? Is there a certain liability in regards to Satan. I mean, he is the originator of sin, so he must have responsibility in the path it takes down to the end.

A Cherub’s Demise

To dig deeper into this, I think it’s important to define who Satan is and his role in things.

When I first began delving into this, I found myself in Ezekiel 28. This is a very important chapter and it took me awhile to fully comprehend what was being said. There are two figures here. A prince and a king. The prince appears to be a human ruler. He is evil and sees himself as a god.

Ezekiel 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

Later in the chapter, we see there is a king, but this figure is not described as human, but rather a cherub who appears to be the antagonist who is manipulating the prince to evil.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

The part of the chapter ends speaking of final demise of this fallen king into fire and destruction before those who knew him

Ezekiel 28:18-19 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

The Devil’s Nature

If a zookeeper knocked on your door and told you that a lion had escaped from the zoo and is roaming around your neighborhood, you would probably be extra cautious about where you go and make it a point to be more aware of your surroundings. Well God’s Word has given us a similar warning:

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

The devil is actively looking for his next victim. If you aren’t guarding yourself, then he is very likely to look for an opportunity to pounce.

So how does he do this? Well, he lies. That’s right. He’s a liar, and not just any liar, but the father of lies.

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.

He attacks by drawing you away from God’s Word. That’s how we can become vulnerable. Like a hungry lion stalking a gazelle. He tries to separate it so that it is more susceptible to an attack. If we stray from God’s Word, we are now more likely to appear as prey.

Fire, Destruction, and Doom

So now let’s jump to Revelation 20 and remember what was said in Ezekiel about the king who would be brought to destruction in the sight of others who knew him. This is what one might call the “end game.” There are two scenarios that play out in regards to Satan.

First, Satan is bound and cast into the bottomless pit where he will be for a thousand years. Again, we see how he is spoken of as a deceiver. He’ll be chained up, so he won’t be able to deceive the nations during this time.

Rev 20:1-3 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

When the thousand year period ends, Satan will be released, then immediately will go back to his old tricks by deceiving others. Now remember in Ezekiel 20 where it said he would be brought down in the sight of those who knew him. Well, this is where it ends. After deceiving all those people, God will send fire down from heaven and devour them all, then Satan will cast into the lake of fire and brimstone forever.

Rev 20:9-10 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 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.

From his deception in the Garden of Eden to the end of his reign of terror on the earth, this once anointed cherub has managed to permanently doom himself to endless destruction.

Final Thought

The devil is doomed. Don’t let him lie to you and take you down with him. Jesus is the answer to this annoying problem. He died on the cross for your sins. The very ones this monstrous creature wants to lead you into. This is why it’s important to know God’s Word. Knowledge of the truth exposes lies. If I were to hand you a fake Rolex watch, you would not know unless you, or someone close to you, had knowledge about what made one authentic, just like you wouldn’t know what’s true or what isn’t unless you study God’s Word. Then when you hear a lie being whispered, you can respond, “It is written…” and quote scripture. This is what Jesus did when the devil tried to tempt him in the wilderness. He hadn’t eaten in days and was physically weak, yet knowing truth was all it took to expose the liar and make him flee in another direction (Matt 4:1-11). We can do the same. If he wants to roam, let him roam somewhere else.Thank you for reading and God bless.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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3 comments

  1. Excellent, well said and written Joel!
    God Bless

  2. Sin draws us like a magnet because we are born that way as a result from a disobedient choice made by the first man and women that God created for Himself.
    Satan was the creator of pride, rebellion, and deception so he has the advantage that only can be broken off us by the Son of God.
    Other wards he really has no real power apart from what God allows him with perhaps the exception of the angels that followed him in the rebellion. As I a viewing your article, I am studying the sequence that sin comes naturally to us and he just uses it to his advantages by tempting us and takes the credit for the destruction in people’s lives even though in reality it is our own natural state of mind that brings death and judgment.
    So when he puts destructive thoughts or motivations in the heart of those made in God’s image, he has a hay day. Well he can have the credit as he will be paying for it in full in God’s timing.
    It is important that we understand his character and intentions so that we don’t fall into his traps.
    But we don’t want to play around with him by thinking we can take him on. Our protection is to be hidden in Christ. Only Christ has the authority over him.
    And the way to do it is to become wise in the word of God and walk close to the Savior, our Shepherd!

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