How Does God Make Satan Obey?

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Hi D____,

Thank you for your question regarding Satan not rebelling against God.

There is only one reason why Satan does not defy God, and that is Satan is nothing more or less than a tool in God’s hand, which He created for the express purpose of doing God’s bidding, and God’s bidding for Satan is to serve as God’s adversary. So Satan’s ability to quote scripture does not indicate that Satan understands or believes what is right there before His eyes.

Satan was created to be a destroyer, so he cannot be anything but a destroyer and an adversary:

Isa 54:16  Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. 
Isa 54:17  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

There is your answer as to why Satan does not rebel against a sovereign God. Satan’s very thoughts are controlled by His creator just as our thoughts are “of the Lord”, whether those thoughts are good or evil. Satan has no more ability to read the scriptures and then do the opposite that mankind does.

I have shown so many people this verse of scripture, and they still deny what it clearly tells us:

Isa 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

God uses Satan, and Satan is not capable of rebelling against God without having been commissioned to do so by God, and this is the only reason why that is so:

Eph 1:9  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Eph 1:10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 

That verse has been right there in the scriptures for more than 2,000 years, and no one sees or believes it simply because God has blinded them so they cannot see what is right there before their very eyes. Christ told those who wanted Him dead that the reason they could not believe Him was “you cannot hear My words”:

Joh 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 

When Christ tells us He is working “all things after the counsel of His own will”, that certainly includes all things He does through the waster whom He created to destroy. If He can cause mankind to read but not see or perceive, He is quite capable of doing the same with Satan.

If Satan were capable of rebelling against God and becoming a loose cannon in the universe, then we would have a weak God who is not the least bit sovereign.

I hope this gives you the same comfort it gives me. I am much more comforted believing that God really is working all things, even the works of the adversary, after the counsel of His own will.

Mike

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