was watching a movie the other day where a man was committed to a mental
hospital. He claimed to be Satan and during his talks with the doctor,
the doctor asked him "Do you hate God?" Then the
man hung his head, shed a tear and replied, "I didn't say that." So
do you think Satan loves God but hates man?
No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel
of light. 2 Cor 11:14 (NAS95S)
Satan's hatred of God is revealed in Luke 22:3-6 when he entered Judas
Iscariot and motivated him to betray Jesus to the Jewish leaders. Satan
wanted to murder Jesus.
And Satan entered into Judas
who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve. And he went
away and discussed with the chief priests and officers how he might
betray Him to them. They were glad and agreed
to give him money. So he consented, and began seeking a good opportunity
to betray Him to them apart from the crowd. Luke 22:3-6
1 Timothy 5:14-15 also reveals that there is a raging conflict
between God and Satan. Satan thought that he was successful when Jesus'
physical body was dead, but he (Satan) did not realize that he had actually
been defeated. That is the message of Hebrews 2:14.
Therefore, since the children
share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the
same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the
power of death, that is, the devil . . . Heb 2:14 (NAS95S)
1 John 3:8 tells us that the devil has sinned from the beginning and
that Jesus destroyed the works of the devil.
. . . for
the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared
for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John
Also, 1 John 3:10 reveals that those who follow the devil hate
other people. Those who hate others also hate God according to
1 John 4:20.
By this the children
of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does
not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not
love his brother. 1 John 3:10 (NAS95S)
Finally, 1 John 5:3 reveals that anyone who does not obey God does
not love God. Since Satan does not willingly obey, he does not
Conclusion:The question that we must ask ourselves
is, "Do we love God?" The truthfulness of your answer is revealed
by your life - whether you live in obedience to God or not.
For this is
the love of God, that we keep His commandments . . . 1 John
Do you love God? The ultimate answer is revealed in your response
to the following passage:
is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son
Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.
1 John 3:23 (NAS95S)