12th December 2016

God Of This World

“How is Satan god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4)?”The phrase “god of this world” (or “god of this age” [NKJV]) indicates that Satan is the major influence on the mind-set expressed by the ideals, opinions, goals, hopes and views of the majority of people. His areas of influence also encompass the world’s philosophies, education, and commerce. The thoughts, ideas, speculations and false religions of the world are under his control and have sprung from his lies and deceptions.Similar titles are found elsewhere in Scripture concerning Satan. Satan is called the “commander of the powers in the unseen world” inEphesians 2:2You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. . He is called the “ruler of this world” in John 12:31. The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out. These titles, and many more attributed to Satan throughout Scripture, signify his capabilities. To say, for example, that Satan is the “prince of the power of the air” is to signify that in some way he rules over the world and the people in it.This is not to say that he rules the world completely; only God does this. But it does mean that God, in His infinite wisdom, has allowed Satan to operate in this world (within the boundaries God has set for him) and has allowed Satan to operate with an agenda. When the Bible says Satan has power over the world, it must be made clear that God has given him domain over unbelievers alone. Believers are no longer under the rule of Satan Colossians 1:13. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, Unbelievers, on the other hand, are caught “in the snare of the devil” 2 Timothy 2:26Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. lie in the “power of the evil one” 1 John 5:19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one., and are in bondage to Satan Ephesians 2:2.So, when the Bible says that Satan is the “god of this world,” it is not saying that he has ultimate authority. It is conveying the idea that Satan rules over the unbelieving world in a specific way. In the case of 2 Corinthians 4:4, the unbeliever follows Satan’s agenda. the “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. ” Satan’s agenda includes pushing a false philosophy onto the unbelieving world—a false philosophy that blinds the unbeliever from the truth of the Gospel. Satan’s philosophies are the fortresses in which people are imprisoned, needing to be set free and brought captive to Christ in obedience to the truth.An example of a false philosophy might be a belief that man can earn God’s favor by a certain act or acts. In fact, earning eternal life is a predominate theme around the world. Earning God’s favor by works, however, is contrary to biblical revelation. Man cannot work to earn God’s favor; eternal life is a free gift .Ephesians 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.. And that free gift is available through Jesus Christ and Him alone

John 3:16; 14:6 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life……Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. You may ask why does mankind simply not receive the free gift that enables them to truly be called children of God ?

John 1:12But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. The answer is that Satan—the god of this world—pushes a false philosophy onto the world. Satan sets the agenda, the unbelieving world follows, and mankind continues to be deceived. It is no wonder that Scripture calls Satan a liar John 8:44. For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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