This agrees with the teaching of Jesus when he said : "From within, out of the heart of man, proceed
Evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit,
lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness" all of these evil things come from within,
and defile the man" (Mark 7:21-23).
It was this law of sin in his members that Jesus fought and won. He overcame sin at it's source. "he was tempted
like as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15) In other words he destroyed the devil.
THE MEANING OF THE WORD DEVIL.
Devil is really a Greek word that has been modified and incorporated into the English. The original word is DIABOLOS. This is made up of two Greek words...DIA (= across, as in diameter, a line across a circle), and BOLOS (from BALLO =to throw). The
diabolos, or devil, is that which throws across the line of God's law.
That which causes us to cross the line of God's law is the diabolos.....or devil
NOTE: Another word which means crossing a line is ............TRANSGRESS
The law of sin in our members is that which repeatedly makes us cross the line of God's law, i.e. transgress his law. Thus it is appropriately referred to as the DIABOLOS......the ' across thrower' or DEVIL.
SINFUL PEOPLE CALLED...."THE DEVIL".
The word devil is sometimes applied to sinful people.....(.e.g. Judas in John
6:70).........or sinful organisations......(e.g. Revelation 2:10) because these are manifestations of the sin which is in all men.
THE MEANING OF THE WORD SATAN.
Satan is a Hebrew word which was taken over into the Greek and then into the English. It means 'an adversary.' Satan as a word denotes neither a good nor bad adversary but it has to be interpreted according to the context in which it is found. We find the the following are referred to as
God himself was a satan to Israel....(1 Chronicles 21:1 compared with 2 Samuel
24:1 demonstrates this.)
The angel that stood in the way of Balaam is said to have been an "adversary" to him, the word "adversary" being SATHAN in the original Hebrew in Numbers
Peter when he was opposing the divine plan in Christ, is called Satan in Matthew
The Jews who prevented Paul from going to Thessalonica are described as Satan....(1 Thessalonians
A religious organisation that opposed the Truth in Revelation
2:9 is described as Satan.
The person who influenced Annanias-----probably Sapphira his wife-----is called Satan....(Acts
But the great adversary of mankind is sin, and so we read of the way in which men can be delivered from their sinful state by the Gospel: "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Jesus"....(Acts
The power of the adversary (Satan) from which men are made free in Christ, is SIN. The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death..." (Romans
THE DEVIL, SATAN AND OURSELVES.
The greatest adversary we have to face is in our own being. We can say with Paul: "In me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing" (Romans
7:18). We must strive, like Jesus, to overcome the law of SIN (devil) within us, as Paul Exhorts: "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof"...(Romans
6:12). Which is the same as saying: "Resist the devil and he will flee from you....( James