Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Do You Believe in the Devil?
The unbeliever, you know, not only doesn’t believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, he doesn’t believe in the Devil. And whether a man believes in the Devil or not is a very good test of whether he is a believer or not. The unbeliever ridicules the doctrines of salvation even though he knows nothing about our conflict, which is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities and the powers, against our adversary the Devil. But the believer has this knowledge. And so a man who has new life and has this spiritual apprehension and understanding realizes that in a sense he’s in a very dangerous position. He’s going to be the special object of the attacks of the Devil. What will the Devil do with him? Well, the Devil will not try to ridicule the whole of Christianity. What the Devil will now do with him will be to try to insinuate certain heresies, certain errors, certain doubts and queries and questions about particular matters. That’s what the Devil did in the early church, as we seen in the New Testament, and that’s what he’s been doing ever since. He’s very active at the present time among evangelicals. They are looking again at the early chapter of Genesis. Have they been wrong all these years? They’ve been looking anew at evolution and so on, the supernatural. This is the subtlety of the Devil.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Experiencing the New Birth: Studies in John 3,” pg.77-78