GET BEHIND ME SATAN!
TAKEN FROM THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD WEB SITE
BY: BRAD EDWARDS
MT 16:23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
Who could forget these strong words from Jesus to Peter? Was Peter really “Satan”? But where is that evil, red monster with the pitch fork? Where is the ugly beast with piercing eyes, a forked tail and pointy ears? Where in the hell is the fire and brimstone! Well, the truth is that Satan is none of these things. These images have been created in man’s darkened mind and are just MORE lies to deceive us and keep us from the Truth. The truth is simply what Jesus said. PETER WAS SATAN because of the state of his mind. Jesus said you don’t have in MIND the things of God, but the things of man. Satan lives in our darkened minds.
Now this may be hard to swallow, but the Truth always is! Satan is not a man, but a MIND and SPIRIT outside of God’s. Peter’s CARNAL THINKING, his EGO was the Satan, the adversary of God. The CARNAL MIND of man and all in that “spirit of the world” is SATAN. Satan is not a fallen angel as some have been taught, but more like a false spirit. He is false as darkness is false. Darkness isn’t real, but only a lack of Light. Turn on a Light and the darkness is destroyed as it was never REALLY there! Satan does not have any power over God or God’s will. God is using “Satan” to bring man into Perfection. I know many may disagree, but let’s seek for the truth in this matter of Satan’s true identity.
Of course Satan has many names which will help shine some Light on the one who lives in the darkness of our minds. Satan is also called: the devil, the adversary, the accuser, the evil one, the spirit of the world, prince of this world, ruler of the kingdom of the air, the enemy, and of course the Serpent. Let’s begin in the Beginning when the Serpent arrives on the scene in Paradise.
GE 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, `You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
Now, the first clue to the “serpent’s” identity is in this first line. God MADE the serpent more intelligent than any other animal on the earth. This is the mind of the natural man- very crafty indeed! This “serpent” began to coax Eve away from God and the Tree of Life. Eve represents the SOUL of man and Adam represents the Spirit of man. So in this mind of man that God created as a “helper” was a question, a doubt. God had made everything PERFECT, but the mind of man did not believe this and more importantly did not KNOW this. The mind of man turned away from God, His Life and PERFECTION. Eve (the Mind, or soul of man) turned to knowledge for the answers. So insted of accepting that ALL is PERFECT, man chose to KNOW. This was purposed by God. Man must go through darkness and death to KNOW Light and Life! So, the “serpent” is that crafty mind of man that led our spirit into a spiritual death. The carnal mind is concerned with things of THIS world, not of heaven.
JAS 3:15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.
Now please understand that the story of Adam and Eve is not about naked people eating apples from the wrong tree! This is the story of how man fell from perfection. This is the story how man turned from Paradise (communion with God) to look for him-SELF. Man looked for Life apart from the Tree of Life, which is Christ. Man’s mind said, I must KNOW who I am. This took man into a spiritual death, deception and darkness. Man’s own mind had deceived him and killed him. This is why it is said that Satan is a liar and murderer from the Beginning.
Many Christians have been taught that Satan is a “fallen angel” that was sent to earth to tempt us, so that we might PROVE our love for God. There are MANY things wrong with this argument, but let’s start with the idea that Satan is a fallen angel. Many point to this verse from Isaiah to prove this:
ISA 14:12 How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
First let me point out that “morning star” is sometimes translated “Lucifer,” but this SAME word is used to describe Christ in Revelation 22:16. This seems odd; don’t you think? If one really reads Isaiah chapter 14 closely and with spiritual eyes one should see a different light. Consider this verse:
ISA 14:16 Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: “Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble?”
Well, it seems that whomever Isaiah is speaking of it is clearly a MAN. It was a man that brought sin upon the perfect earth and SHOOK the earth. It was MAN who FELL from heaven because he WAS in Paradise. When I read this chapter, I see Isaiah describing Adam and his fall from grace and life.
So, Satan is not an evil angel who lives underground torturing souls. He is our darkened minds and manifests as a false spirit that leads us and others away from God. This is why Peter was called “Satan,” but earlier Peter had declared that Jesus was Christ. Remember Jesus said that “no man had revealed this to him, but the Father did.” Peter with his carnal mind did not figure this out, but God brought Light (Truth and Understanding) into His dark, evil mind. Satan was exposed by Jesus Christ, the LIGHT in our shadowy world.
I said earlier that Satan is the carnal mind outside of God’s Perfect Mind. This can be shown as many come saying, “Lord, Lord…”
MT 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22] Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23] Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
God cannot lie nor can the Christ. Christ doesn’t know these “evildoers” because they are outside of the Truth- the Mind of Christ. They live in deception and darkness. These are of the devil even though they did many carnal things in Jesus Christ’s name. This should remind all Believers that carnal knowledge of Jesus has nothing to do with knowing Christ.
There is much in the New Testament that will help to harmonize the Truth of Satan’s identity. Of course Jesus, like all men, was tempted by HIS carnal mind, or Satan. Yes, Jesus overcame the “world” which was his carnal mind. Let’s look at that account:
MT 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2] After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3] The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
MT 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
MT 4:5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6] “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’
MT 4:7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: `Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ “
MT 4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9] “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
MT 4:10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: `Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ”
Now we could debate whether Jesus was in a physical desert or a spiritual desert, but the point is the same. The time had come. God, the Father had CHOSEN Jesus to be the One to overcome the world thereby destroying the devil and his works. God’s Spirit which filled him taught him the Truth and gave him the faith to overcome his enemy. Jesus had to battle his carnal mind (Satan) and defeat him.
Understand that God led Jesus into the desert and gave Jesus ALL that he needed to defeat the enemy. Jesus’ carnal thoughts said, “if you are God’s Son, then use that power to make some food to fill your belly.” Jesus’ carnal mind said, ” if you really BELIEVE that you are God’s Son, then jump because you can’t be hurt.” Then Jesus’ carnal mind said, “if you really want to be Lord, I can give you the world and its kingdoms.” But Jesus followed the Spirit within him, not his carnal mind. His desire was the Spiritual Kingdom of God, not the physical kingdom of the devil. Now some might take exception here believing that Jesus was PERFECT from the get go and needed not to be perfected. So what is the Truth in this? I read that Jesus through sufferings and OBEDIENCE was MADE Perfect-
HEB 5:7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8] Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9] and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
HEB 2:14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– 15] and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
Jesus overcame the devil who is the spirit of THIS world, so Jesus overcame the world! It should be understood that the world of the devil is not in some HELL below ground, but right here in this material world. For more explanation on this world is hell, check out this article: “Going Through Hell.”
The devil is really akin to darkness. This darkness in our minds is the deception and ignorance of who we are in Christ- our True Identity. Like any shadow, this darkness in our mind is destroyed by Light, which is Truth and understanding from God. God and the devil are enemies like Light and darkness are enemies. Consider what Jesus told Saul (soon to be Paul):
AC 26:17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18] to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God.
Paul is being sent to open their eyes (understanding) and turn them from carnal, beastly thoughts to higher, spiritual thoughts. This act of turning (repenting) begins to bring Light into our devilish minds and begins TRANSFORMING them as the Light of Christ destroys the darkness!
EPH 4:22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23] to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24] and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
PHP 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
COL 1:21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
We have been separated from God in our MINDS. We turned from God in our minds seeking life outside of Christ. This act brought us into death and deception. Satan is called the father of all lies and a murderer. Our carnal minds lied to us telling us we could be something, somebody outside of Christ. So our carnal minds have been LYING to us and have killed us. Yet, our hope is in the Spirit of Christ who comes to save us from ourSELFs. The FALSE self or “old self” is of the devil and is the devil. Without his deception and ignorance, he has no home or any existence. Our minds must be RENEWED, restored back to Perfection!
COL 3:9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10] and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
COL 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2] Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3] For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4] When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
RO 8:5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6] The mind of carnal man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7] the carnal mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8] Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
Yes, the carnal mind is hostile to God – an enemy to God. Satan and the death he brings are enemies to God. They go hand in hand and were born in our minds that wanted THIS world instead of the Perfect Heaven.
JAS 4:4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
1PE 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9] Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
2 TI 2:26 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26] and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
Paul came to “his senses” and the realization of his false and True Identities. The false life we lead is led by the spirit of the world- the devil. This is the life of SELF-consciousness. Our True Life is that of Christ-consciousness- aware of God’s will. The carnal mind can not know God, nor can God know the carnal mind of man. Remember “I NEVER knew you!”? We are dead and unsaved until we come to the realization that we, apart from God, are nothing. Paul says it this way when speaking of his “old self.”
ROM 7:18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.
2CO 12:11 I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.
In fact Paul truly believed that “he” was nothing, but Christ was his True Identity!
GAL 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
JN 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
This is true of every man created in God’s Image. Our ONLY Life and Identity comes from our Father in heaven. Anything else is simply a lie created in our own darkened minds. Minds that became dark by turning from God who is Light. Those lies we generate create a false spirit that goes out into the world and deceives others. We must come to the realization that our True Life is in Christ- God’s Image. We are God’s Image. We must make ourSELF to be NOTHING as Paul and even Jesus did.
PHP 2:5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
PHP 2:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7] but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
Through Christ Jesus we will overcome the devil and his world! Man’s mind fell from perfection, but Christ has the power and authority over the darkness of our minds.
LK 10:18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19] I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
MK 8:33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
Anything outside the Mind or Spirit of God is of the devil. When our minds have been renewed in the Perfect Image of our Creator, who is our True Father, then the devil will disappear like shadow fleeing from the Light! God will be all in all. God is One Spirit and One Mind.
God’s peace and understanding be with you,
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