- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and Answers about Satan
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 12:28
Satan was a created cherub (Ezekiel 28:14), one of the angelic orders. As such, he operates in the realm of spirits. Though fallen, he remains a spirit being.
Two references will suffice to show his work in the spirit realm. In Acts 5:3, Peter asked Ananias, "Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost?" Since the human spirit is related to knowledge, to the mind (1 Corinthians 2:11), Satan is able to insinuate thoughts into the human mind.
The soul is also part of man’s spirit being and relates to the emotions (Matthew 12:18; 26:38). Since the Lord tempts no man with evil (James 1:13), it seems necessary to understand that "an evil spirit from the Lord" (1 Samuel 16:14) that afflicted Saul was permitted by God, not directed by Him. This evil spirit affected Saul’s emotions, bringing him into a form of depression and violent anger.
The conclusion, then, is that Satan communicates with men through their mind and emotions.
In both of these cases, Satan’s communication does not override the responsibility of the individual. Ananias was responsible for the acts he committed in response to Satan’s initiative. As strong as Satan is, we can resist (James 4:7) his mental and emotional attacks. Our will determines our response to Satan’s communication.