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Knowing and Serving God

August 22

THE NAMES OF THE DEVIL

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.
Ephesians 2:2

What does the Bible tell us about the devil? First of all, let us consider some of the names that are applied to him in the Scriptures. He is referred to as "Satan," and the word Satan means "adversary." He is also referred to as "the devil," and devil means "slanderer." He is also described as "Beelzebub," which means that he is the prince of the devils. He is described as "Apollyon" and as "the angel of the bottomless pit." He is called "the prince of this world" and "the god of this world." He is described as "the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" (Ephesians 2:2). He is referred to as "the dragon," as a lion, as "Lucifer, that old serpent," and, perhaps one of the most significant names of all, as "the evil one."

Now you will often find in the New Testament that whereas in the King James Version the word "evil" is sometimes used, it is probably true to say that it should be "the evil one." Sometimes you will find "wicked" when it should be "the wicked one." There are those who say that when we pray, "deliver us from evil" (Matthew 6:13), it should be, "deliver us from the evil one." And when John, in the last chapter of his first epistle, says that the "whole world lieth in wickedness," he is undoubtedly saying that the whole world lies in "the wicked one" (1 John 5:19).

In the same way in John 17 when our Lord prays in His high priestly prayer, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil," it should be translated "from the evil one" (verse 15). It is a most important term--the evil one.

A Thought to Ponder
The devil is referred to as "Satan," and the word Satan means "adversary."

From God the Father, God the Son, pp. 116-117.



Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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