Who Is Satan?

The Bible tells us about Satan and he is very real. At the very beginning, he is identified as a serpent in the Garden of Eden, tempting Adam and Eve to do the one thing God commanded them not to do. The result brought sin, separation from God and death into the world.

Each time the devil is present in the Bible, so is wickedness, evil and deception.

It wasn’t always that way.

Satan used to be an angel named Lucifer, but rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven, along with other angels who followed him. Jesus described the event in Luke 10:18, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Since then, Satan and his followers have been on a mission to destroy God’s greatest creation—humanity.

Jesus said Satan comes only to “steal, kill and destroy.” He’s even known as “the accuser.” There is nothing cool or laughable about Satan. The havoc he wreaks on the world is serious.

But no matter how much evil and chaos Satan causes, there’s no hope for him. As this spiritual war wages, we already know the outcome. The Bible says Satan is destined for hell, and he wants to draw people as far from God as possible so they can follow him there.

Hell is real and it’s not a place anyone would want to go.

Jesus called hell a place of “outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:30). In one of His parables, Jesus told of a man who was in hell, begging for someone to come and “cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire” (Luke 16:24).

Jesus, however, doesn’t want anyone to end up in hell with Satan. In fact, He made a way for us to spend eternity with Him in heaven—a place of beauty and perfection where there is no crying or death or pain.

But to be with Jesus, we must ask Him to forgive our sins and be part of our lives. Only He provides the bridge from us—imperfect sinners—to a holy God because only He paid the price for our sins when He died on a cross—then overcame death by rising again.

Today is the perfect time to learn about God’s plan for your life, as opposed to Satan’s plan.


Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?