Are We to Love Our Great Enemy, Satan?

28 Jun

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“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…” (Mark 5:44).

Jesus not only preached these familiar words as part of his Sermon on the Mount to his disciples, but he also modeled them by speaking to, eating with, and even dying for sinners (Rom. 5:8). But is this a universal truth to be applied in all cases? In his explanation of the Parable of the Tares, Jesus tells the disciples that “The enemy who sowed [the tares] is the Devil” (Matt. 13:39a). Simple logic would argue like this: Jesus commands us to love our enemies; Satan is our enemy; therefore, we must love Satan. But is that true? Are we to love our great enemy, Satan?

The problem with the logic above is that it does not take into account the contexts of the passages or the differences between humans and the Devil. When Jesus instructs us to love our enemies, he commands us to do what he himself does, i.e. love the seemingly unlovable. Jesus speaks of loving his Father (John 14:31); he speaks of loving people (John 3:16); nowhere in Scripture does Jesus declare love for Satan. It is also true that Scripture never tells us directly that Jesus hates Satan. What does Scripture teach us about how Jesus views Satan? Is there enough to help us answer the question posed above?

God reveals a lot to us about how he views Satan and how we should also view him. We know that Satan somehow rejected God and his authority in ages past and was forever cast out of God’s loving presence (Rev. 12:7–9). We know that Satan is forever condemned (I Tim. 3:6). We know that hell was prepared for Satan and the other demons (Matt. 25:41). We know that hell is a place void of God’s love and only filled with God’s wrath and judgment (Matt. 8:12; 25:46; 2 Thes. 1:9; Rev. 21:8). Satan and the angels of darkness (demons) have no hope of salvation; they are utterly lost forever. Satan’s future is only sure judgment and torment (Rev. 20:10). He is the epitome of evil as all his names and titles reinforce: Satan “Adversary”, Devil, Deceiver, Tempter, Beelzebub “Lord of the Flies/Dung”, Ruler of Demons,  Enemy, Liar, Father of Lies, Murderer, Belial “Vile”, Abbadon “Destroyer”, Accuser, etc. Truly Satan is the “Evil One” (Matt. 6:13).

Scripture teaches clearly that Satan is nothing but evil and has no hope of restoration, forgiveness, or salvation. He is completely contrary to Jesus Christ and always fighting against the will of God. Christ does not love Satan, and there is no future grace to be shown to him. Yes, we are to love our fellow humans, even our enemies, but we are not to love Satan. We are to hate evil (Psa. 97:10; Prov. 8:13; Amos 5:15), and Satan is the most complete manifestation of evil.

*photo source: https://center-for-tanakh-based-studies.com/2016/02/18/was-satan-cast-out-of-heaven/
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One Response to “Are We to Love Our Great Enemy, Satan?”

  1. ericvandermolen June 28, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

    Reblogged this on Thy-Fear-be-My-Awe.

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