Does God Still Love Satan?

Did God ever love Satan or Lucifer? Does God still love him now that’s he’s totally bent on doing evil?

The Devil is a Liar

Jesus doesn’t seem to say loving things about Satan as He said about the self-righteous “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies’” (John 8:44). He also told them “You are doing the works of your own father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself” (John 8:41). They acted like they knew God but Jesus said “Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word” (John 8:55). He lied from the beginning, going all the way back to when he deceived Eve into taking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, lying to her “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman” (Gen 3:4)? Paul was concerned that the Corinthians would fall for the same lying tactic, telling them “I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2nd Cor 11:3).

The Devil is our Enemy

Paul had many dealings with those who were doing the work of Satan and once said “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord” (Acts 13:10)? Whoever says that they know God but live contrary to the truth and law of God is also a liar as the Apostle John writes “Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person” (1st John 2:4). Clearly, “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1st John 3:8). John asks, how will we know who are the children of God and who are the Devil’s own, it is by this: “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister” (1st John 3:10). Could it be any clearer than that?

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The Devil is God’s Enemy

Matthew 13:8 shows that Satan is clearly the enemy of God as evidenced in the Parable of the Weeds, “The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one.” In explaining the Parable of the Weeds, Jesus attributes the weeds being sown into the wheat to Satan as He said “but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away” (Matt 13:25). In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus said “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path” (Matt 13:19). Satan even has his own ministers and his own churches and it should be “no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2nd Cor 11:14). Our struggle is not with men and women persecuting us but “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph 6:12).

Does God Love Satan?

Let me ask you, if you are a Christian, do you love Satan? Do you love what he does to people? Do you love the way he distorts the truth and even has his own ministers? I can say with authority that I do not love Satan and since God is pure, righteous, and holy, He cannot love that which is by nature evil. It wouldn’t seem to make sense for God to love Satan. Maybe He did before he fell from grace and was cast down to the earth, I don’t know, but I do believe, based upon Scripture, that God most likely does not love Satan although I can’t say that with absolute authority. The more important issue is that He loves you with an everlasting love. He does love you if you have been born again and so we should display this love for Him since “he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves” (Col 1:13).

Conclusion

Jeremiah writes” Jeremiah writes “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you” (Jer 31:3). Even of His repeatedly disobedient people God says “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them” (Hosea 11:4). God loved the world so much that He sent His sinless Son into the world to die for those who would repent and trust in Him (John 3:16). Is that you? If not, then you will be separated forever from God and from all others for all eternity (Rev 21:8).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • stefanstackhouse

    God created the angels (of which Satan is one, the chief of the rebels) and humans for different purposes. The angels He created to serve Him; humans He created to love Him. I’m not sure that angels have the capacity to love as we humans do. God may wish His servants well and appreciate their service, and it undoubtedly grieves as well as angers God for some of them to rebel against Him. However, God did not become an angel nor do anything to redeem any of them, which suggests that He does not have the same sort of loving relationship toward them that He wants to have with us.

  • pud

    You’re an endless stream of ridiculous made up nonsense “pastor jack”

    There is no such thing as “satan” Your evil imaginary friend is a manufactured entity originating with Zoroaster and developed and fleshed out by the perverted early church to terrorise the simple minded like you “pastor jack” I wonder if one of these days you’ll cease being so intellectually lazy and actually do some research into these topics you babble about endlessly?

  • JasonDuffnering

    God hates sin.
    God hates evil.
    Satan (Lucifer – the fallen angel) is called in the Bible the Evil One.
    Here is what we are directed to do:
    Romans 12:9-13
    Hate evil. Cling to what is good.
    Satan was defeated when Jesus rose from the dead.
    Satan is death.
    Yes, I would say that God hates Satan however he does still use him.

  • Yuan Gong

    People are so dumb. Satan is like a good tv show when everything else is boring. He’s also about as powerful as a teddy bear compared to God.

  • Zahra

    Who is god? Wait, wasn’t the answer God is love? So he cannot love Satan.. but he is love. That doesn’t make sense. It would mean that god is not love. So who is god? In my opinion we are god, all of us. We’re all connected if you like it or not.

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you Zahra. God’s love was displayed on the cross, giving us, not what we deserve (judgment) but what we needed (mercy).