The Kingdom of Satan

In church yesterday the sermon was about the Kingdom of God as opposed to the Kingdom of Satan; that is, the reign of sin. Christ’s Kingdom breaks in as a subversive power, undermining that kingdom’s rule over our lives.

We speak of God’s two kingdoms, but this one of Satan’s gets less attention, but it too is real and a factor in how we live in the other two. I suppose Satan too has an earthly and a spiritual kingdom, with the usurper aping the rule of the true King.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Joe

    Surely Satan founded his earthly kingdom with a simple phrase “Did God really say …”

  • Joe

    Surely Satan founded his earthly kingdom with a simple phrase “Did God really say …”

  • S Bauer

    Satan cannot create anything and indeed has no “kingdom” of his own in the sense that there is no corner of reality that he can legitimately call his own. He truly is an usurper who insinuates his presence and power into both the kingdom of the left hand and the kingdom of the right. And we are his agents through which he works his mischief in both. Even after being born again by the water and the Spirit, we are simul iustus et peccator. Even though no longer ruled by sin or Satan we can’t get away from the fact that we “daily sin much” and can easily fall into thinking and doing that support Satan’s agenda rather than the Lord’s. But at least ,as God’s children, we now know that there is a fight going on (Romans 7) and who the enemy truly is. The big distinction between the two kingdoms is in the weapons that the Christian is given to wage battle in each.

  • S Bauer

    Satan cannot create anything and indeed has no “kingdom” of his own in the sense that there is no corner of reality that he can legitimately call his own. He truly is an usurper who insinuates his presence and power into both the kingdom of the left hand and the kingdom of the right. And we are his agents through which he works his mischief in both. Even after being born again by the water and the Spirit, we are simul iustus et peccator. Even though no longer ruled by sin or Satan we can’t get away from the fact that we “daily sin much” and can easily fall into thinking and doing that support Satan’s agenda rather than the Lord’s. But at least ,as God’s children, we now know that there is a fight going on (Romans 7) and who the enemy truly is. The big distinction between the two kingdoms is in the weapons that the Christian is given to wage battle in each.


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