In our day-to-day lives we cannot see the devil. We cannot point to him and say, “There he is.” We cannot hear him like we hear another person talking to us. We cannot go up and touch him. Some therefore have concluded the devil is not real.
People who reach this conclusion often think of themselves as intelligent. They think to themselves, “There is no scientific evidence that proves the devil is real. Therefore, he must not be real. Only the less intelligent superstitious people believe in such primitive ideas as an actual devil.”
However, just because science has not proved a thing to be true does not mean it is not true. At one time science would say the earth was the center of the universe based on their ability to observe at that time. But then science got better at observing. Now we know the universe does not revolve around planet earth. Our planet revolves around the sun which revolves around a huge galaxy. Observations today are so advanced that we can see the earth is just one of trillions of celestial objects.
How can we know for certain the devil is real? First and foremost, because God’s Word tells us he is real. In fact, God’s Word has so much to say about the enemy of mankind, known as Satan, that it says, “We are not ignorant of his schemes,” 2 Corinthians 2:11.
We see him as a snake tempting Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis. We see him killing Job’s children in the book of Job. We see the devil tempting Jesus to commit suicide in the Gospels. We see him as the Great Red Dragon in the book of Revelation.
He goes by many titles in the Bible. He is called the Accuser of the Brethren, Apollyon, Beelzebub, Belial, Satan, the Tempter, and the Wicked One. He is known by Jesus as a murderer. He is well know as a deceiver and the Father of Lies.
His betrayal of God is documented in the Bible in Isaiah 14. The devil is known there as the King of Babylon and Lucifer. There his heart is revealed to us in that he wanted to become like God and be worshiped. In Ezekiel 28 we learn his history. He used to be an angel of God who served at the highest position in Heaven. He was beautiful in appearance and had the most amazing talents in music. His downfall was his pride.
The Bible tells us he is the individual that caused the downfall of every single human being that ever existed. He caused the downfall of 1/3 of the angels. The devil is no amateur. He is the ancient evil that has deceived humanity from the beginning. His intelligence far surpasses that of any man. So when people claim he is not real, that puts him exactly in the position he wants to be in. A deceiver could not be in a better place than to be considered non-existent. A trap could not be effective if it is seen and acknowledged.
Satan is the ultimate deceiver, trapping humanity in web of seemingly infinite lies. But the Bible says his kingdom will come to an end. One day he will be thrown into the Lake of Fire forever – never to deceive again. But those that believe his lies and do not follow the Truth of God given to us through Jesus Christ will also suffer the same fate. Therefore, it is important that we know the devil is real. The traps he set are in our path. But the Truth of God’s Word will help us avoid every one. Faith in Jesus Christ delivers us completely from the Kingdom of Darkness and gives us Life Eternal!
To the believer, the devil is a defeated foe at the cross. He has no more power over us. In fact, we have authority now over him in Jesus’ name. The devil, who once was our fierce master and lord, is now afraid of us. He is under our feet because we are the Body of Christ, and He is under Jesus’ feet. His head has been crushed at the cross. Now is our victory!