You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
So that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– (Hebrews 2:14)
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right (until it) is liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.(Romans 8:21,19).
These three verses paint a remarkable picture. They paint the picture of creation groaning in bondage to a rogue archangel called Satan (or the accuser) who was the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning and wields the power of death. After human beings are created, this Accuser meets them in the Garden of Eden and tempts them to violate God’s command. How does God deal with this rogue archangel?
Perhaps God can deal with this rogue archangel by judging him?
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” . (Romans 3:23)
“The wages of sin is death” . (Romans 6:23)
For there is no partiality with God. (Romans 2:11)
If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? (Psalm 130:3)
From these verses, we see that God cannot simply judge Satan. Since God is Holy, Holy, Holy and there is no partiality with him and He is no respect of persons, He cannot judge Satan without judging the other angels as well. Since all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, this results in everyone getting what they deserve from God. What do all sinners deserve from God? Death. If God judges Satan, all of creation is destroyed. This is Satan’s power of death.
Jesus even says that he does not come to judge.
“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. (John 12:47)
Maybe the way to reign in a rogue archangel is with another archangel?
But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9)
Michael cannot judge Satan because he knows that even he falls short of the glory of God.
How does God deal with a rogue archangel who is called the accuser, the Father of lies, a murderer from the first and holds all creation in bondage using the power of death?
The Bible seems to suggest that the church may play a role.
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” (Luke 10:17-18)
Do you not know that we will judge angels? (1 Corinthians 6:3)
When Jesus Christ sees that by faith in Him his disciples have the power to overcome the demonic, he prophesies the fall of Satan “like lightning from heaven”. The Bible seems to be saying that God’s children have a role in overcoming Satan. How could this be?
Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. (Romans 4:3)
The children of God are not righteous by works of the law, we are righteous by faith. For this reason, we cannot be accused of anything. Full stop, case closed, accusations and death have no power over those of us who are righteous by faith.
So Satan knows that his time is short, he knows that the children of God are coming and they are going to be given authority over angels. What does he do? He resorts to open insurrection.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. (Revelation 12:7,8)
In this way, faith overcomes the power of the evil one.
If God is for us, who can be against us? . . . Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies . . . in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8: 31-37)