Are you a Christian? How do you know? Are you sure? What criteria do you use to tell if someone is a Christian or not? What are the “essential doctrines” or “fundamentals” that one must agree with and believe to be considered a true convert? And one more thing: Does the devil possess any of these “Christian traits”?
I went through my Bible for some examples of the things that the devil believes and does. I wonder if these traits are enough to render him a Christian:
- Satan reads and has memorized his Bible. He drops verses like a pro when tempting Jesus. (Matthew 4)
- Satan believes that there is one God. (James 2:19)
- Satan can perform signs and wonders (2 Thess 2:9)
- The demons (Satan’s minions) know and acknowledge that Jesus is the “Holy One of God” (Mark 1:24)
- The same demons also acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God. (Luke 4:41)
- It appears Satan has access to the presence of God and converses with God (Job 1:6)
- He knows that he can do nothing without God’s permission (Job 1:6-12)
Are these “facts” enough to render Satan a Christian? And if not, what are those things that would disqualifies him from being one?
My answer is that there is at least one thing that the devil neither seems to know, BELIEVE nor ACCEPT. There is also one thing that the devil never DOES, and the reason why he doesn’t DO the latter is because he doesn’t BELIEVE the former.
First, what the devil doesn’t BELIEVE:
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” [1 Corinthians 15:3-4]
Secondly, what the devil doesn’t DO:
“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.” [1 John 3:14]
In other words;
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” [John 13:35]
The devil does not love God and he does not love his neighbor. His loveless actions are the evidence that he does not believe the Gospel. However, the devil does claim to love people and care for people and look out for the best interest of the people. The difference is that his love, care and concern is not expressed in ways that explicitly honor and give glory to God.
Now that we know a few things that set the devil (with all his knowledge, beliefs and works) apart from the true children of God, the more important question is this: What sets the devil apart from you? Do you believe the Gospel? And has this belief caused any change in your love for God and neighbor? Doe your love for others show others that you are acting out of gratitude for what God has does for you?
I implore you to examine your heart and prayerfully consider this.