Many people in our religious culture are afraid to death of a being that the Bible and the Koran call “Satan the Devil.” Throughout the Bible, this being has wreaked havoc in the lives of the saints of God. This evil spirit wants to sift the Apostle Peter as wheat. This spirit takes everything Job has from him, including his sons and daughters, and then inflicts him with unfathomable physical pain and suffering throughout his body, all of which cause him great grief. This being is called a “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” We are told to “resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” What does all of this mean?
Because of our reliance on the literal interpretation of the scriptures, we see Satan as a literal being looking to destroy the “children of God.” But as I redundantly state in my videos and articles, the Bible is not a book that is to be taken literally, but the whole of the book is incredible allegory (Gal. 4:24).
Jesus says “the words that I speak, they are spirit and they are life” (John 6:63). Scripture says “the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14). To read the Bible literally is to read it naturally, and to read it naturally is death and not life, for scripture also says, “the letter kills, but the spirit gives life” (2 Cor. 3:6).
God, Jesus and Satan are personifications of something. I showed you in previous videos that God is the personification of love, while Christ personifies the power and wisdom of God, or love. But what does Satan personify?
Let’s go back to 2 Tim. 1:7, because the essence of what each of God, Jesus and Satan personify is in this one verse. And then we will expand on this scripture, and by the end of this video, I expect to weld into your mind that Satan is the personification of fear.
For God has not given us the SPIRIT of fear; but of POWER, and of LOVE, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7 KJV)
Spirit, then, represents attributes or aspects of being – a methodology, if you will – for how you live your life in the flesh. Spirit is something that is IN YOU, and that either assists or hinders your functionality as a human being while on this physical plane.
Fear is a spirit, as are love and power. The spirit of fear in you causes you to act in certain ways. But God has NOT given us the spirit of FEAR. Actually, God casts out fear.
Now it is important to understand that the “fear” spoken of in 2 Tim. 1:7 is different than what the scriptures define as the “fear of the Lord.” The King James Version, as usual, throws us for a loop in lumping these concepts together under one word. The respective Hebrew and Greek words for “fear of the Lord” are different than the fear referenced in this scripture, and I will explain the difference in a future video.
The fear described in 2 Timothy is the opposite of faith. Let’s look at a few of scriptures that bear this out:
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. (Matt. 8:26)
Well; because of unbelief ((which is also a Biblical synonym for fear)) they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear. (Rom. 11:20)
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life. (Rev. 2:10)
Now these scriptures show a pair of opposites – fear versus faith. But there is another pair of opposites – fear versus love. And this fear does not mean the fear of God, for to fear God is to love God. And we can see this pair in the following scriptures:
Again, in 2 Timothy: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7)
Honour all. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. (1 Pet. 2:17)
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)
So the pairs of opposites are fear and faith, along with fear and love. So now, with this backdrop, let’s seal the deal here.
God, or love, has not given us the spirit of fear, or Satan, but of power (which is Christ, which I showed you in video #4), and of love (and God IS love), and of wisdom (which also is Christ). Christ is the “gift of God” spoken of in John 3:16. It is by this “gift of God” (which is the power of love) that fear, or Satan, is cast out. The following two scriptures will show conclusively and beyond all doubt that Satan is the personification of fear. I will annotate these scriptures in bold and double brackets so that it will be very easy to see the connection.
(26) And if Satan ((fear)) cast out Satan ((fear)), he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? (27) And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast [them] out? therefore they shall be your judges. (28) But if I ((Christ, the power of God)) cast out devils by the Spirit of God ((love)), then the kingdom of God is come unto you. (Matt. 12:26-28)
In other words, fear cannot cast out fear. It takes love to cast out fear. Thus, Christ, which is the power of love, casts out Satan. This is exactly what the next scripture says, almost verbatim:
There is no fear ((Satan)) in love ((God)); but perfect love ((God/Christ)) casteth out fear ((Satan)): because fear ((Satan)) hath torment. He that feareth ((Satan)) is not made perfect in love ((God)). (1 John 4:18)
And so Christ casts out Satan by the spirit of God, even as perfect love, which IS the spirit of God, casts out fear. These two scriptures are saying the exact same thing.
And so there you have it. Satan is the personification of fear, and fear can only be overcome by Divine, or Perfect, Love – called the “Love of God,” which is personified in the scriptures by God and Christ. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Resist fear, and fear will flee from you. There is nothing to fear but fear itself.
So you see, Satan is not a literal being in the invisible realms tormenting and torturing innocent souls who cannot see him. No, Satan is merely the attribute of fear IN YOU that the power of love, or the power of God, IN YOU, is able to cast out of you. Love never fails!
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Once again, this is Paul Young saying, flee from the crowd and dwell with the Christ within you. Christ IN YOU, your hope of glory.