I always see Satan depicted as this red, horned, hideous-looking creature, when in all actuality he is one of the most beautiful of all of God’s creation. Ezekiel 28 tells us that Satan was “the anointed cherub.” These statements by God referring to Lucifer show him to be the most exalted creature that God created. God says of him, “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.” Satan was the wisest creature God ever created. No other angel, no other being was created with the intelligence and beauty that God gave to him. The Bible tells us that this creation is “perfect in beauty.” Apart from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Lucifer was the highest being created.
2 Corinthians 11:14 “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light”.
As humans we often make the mistake and judge or determine a value on a person according to their outward appearance. Based on physical appearance alone, Jesus would lose to Lucifer as the Bible tells us in Isaiah 53:2 “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”
Yet the account of Satan in the Bible tells of the beauty of Lucifer. Ezekiel 28:17 “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.”
Satan is perfect in beauty on the outside, yet ugly and grotesque on the inside. We read in Isaiah that physically Jesus has no beauty in His appearance to attract us to him, but because of His love and grace, men and women have been drawn to Him since He died on a rugged cross for our sins over 2000 years ago. Our Lord redefines the word beauty, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
We value appearance greatly, but maybe God doesn’t so much. I know that with my simple mind, I many times look on the outward appearance of man when I should look more on the inward.
With the same deceit of a harlot, Satan entices the world with his beauty and cunning behavior. He shows us what we want to see and hear, instead of the reality of what is before us, deceiving us toward our own downfall. On the other hand, Jesus shows us truth of life, all the while reminding us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and He will guide us as we make our way through the storms of life, no matter how ugly the road looks before us. As a result, humanity places a value on beauty that Satan himself has designed. We see evidence of this in media tabloids, in movies, and in magazines across the world – another deceit of the devil himself.
Peter puts everything in perspective – “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3:3-4)
I am asking God to help me remind me daily, what true beauty is. The beauty that each of us shares is that we are wonderfully made by His hand, each one of us His own personal masterpiece, transformed by Christ Jesus – It doesn’t get much more beautiful than that.
While we are on the subject of the Devil, I am sharing a piece “If I were the Devil”, written by Paul Harvey, and recorded and broadcast in 1965. His words, eerily prophetic over 50 years ago – now ring true. The transcript of the broadcast is below with the video.
“If I Were the Devil” is an essay popularized by syndicated columnist Paul Harvey.
If I were the devil … if I were the prince of darkness, I would want to engulf the whole world in darkness.
I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population; I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — thee.
I would set about, however necessary, to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first, and I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.”
To the young, I would whisper that the Bible is a myth. I would convince the children that man created God instead of the other way around. I’d confide that what’s bad is good and what’s good is “square”. And I would teach the old to pray after me, “Our Father, which are in Washington…” Then, I’d get organized.
I’d educate authors on how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting.
I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction.
I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.
If I were the devil, I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves until each, in its turn, was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.
If I were the devil, I would encourage the schools to refine young intellect but neglect to discipline emotions. I’d tell teachers to let those students run wild. And before you knew it, you’d have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.
Within a decade, I’d have prisons overflowing and judges promoting pornography.
Soon, I would evict God from the courthouse and the schoolhouse and then from the houses of Congress.
In His own churches, I would substitute psychology for religion and defy science. I’d lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls and church money.
If I were the devil, I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle. If I were the devil, I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. I bet I could get whole states to promote.
I would caution against “extremes” in hard work, in patriotism and in moral conduct. I’d convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, and that what you see on television is the way to be and gambling as the way to get rich.. And, thus, I could undress you in public and lure you into bed with diseases for which there are no cures.
In other words, if I were the devil, I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.
- Give Me More of Christ Not the Devil (conmakhalira.wordpress.com)
- IT IS COMING TO PASS -Paul Harvey (Warning for a Nation) 1965 (itmakessenseblog.com)
- It came to pass (1) (vanguardngr.com)
- All Fallen Angels Are Devils: in Christ You Have the Victory (raptureimminent.wordpress.com)