Understanding Why Satan Has Power

Why does God allow Satan to exist? This 1-minute devotion gives us some biblical insights. #BIbleLoveNotes #Bible

Why does Satan have any power at all?

If Christ died to bring everything on earth under His authority, why does Satan still have freedom to wreak such havoc in our world? What can we learn about these things from Scripture?

1. While Christ conquered death and sin, we will not see the completion of His victory until His second coming (Hebrews 2:5-9; John 16:33).

2. When mankind brought evil into God's perfect world, God provided a way of salvation. Satan's work must be necessary for mankind's redemption or God wouldn't allow it (Genesis 3).(1)

3. God uses Satan to test and strengthen His children (Job; Romans 8:28).(2)

4. God uses evil but does not cause it (Genesis 50:20; James 1:13; 1 John 1:5).

5. One day Satan's power will permanently and violently end (Revelation 20:10).

6. There's some mystery involved in these things, but we can trust God (1 Corinthians 13:12).

(1) Satan, a fallen angel, was used by God to test Adam and Eve - who were innocent but untested. When tested, they proved to be sinners in need of a Savior. Thus began God's redemption process. I don't think any of us fully understand this process of testing and redemption, but we can trust God's wisdom and knowledge.
(2) In Scripture, there is one incident that is credited to both God and Satan which clarifies this point that God uses Satan for His purposes. Read about that situation here: Got Questions.
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Why does God allow Satan to exist? This 1-minute devotion gives us some biblical insights. #BIbleLoveNotes #Bible

Bible Love Notes


  1. I think that also we are living in this broken world learning to refuse evil and choose good. We humans learn from experience. Maybe it is necessary to experience evil so that we can make an informed choice to instead follow the way, the truth and the life. -- as it is written in Isaiah 7:14-(NRSV)

    14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman[a] is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.[b] 15 He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.

  2. and love is not love without free will

  3. I don't think the most high and holy God 'uses' evil to rest mankind. The mankind is a separate entity, having free will and this free will is not predictable either by God or Devil.

    1. Hi Charles,
      It appears that He used evil to test Job, and since He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, I think He must always use evil for His purposes. He doesn't cause the evil or approve it, but in Romans 8:28 fashion, He uses it for His purposes.

  4. I guess only the last point is a valid one. All the other points are true but don't answer why, they are simply biblically sound statements. Second thing, testing didn't proven they are sinners rather it made led them into sin. I mean Adam and Eve were good in all aspects until they have fallen into the devil's temptation.

    1. Hi Hadi,
      I think if you read the Scriptures attached to each point you will see that they pertain to the question and help us understand how God uses evil and why He allows it.

  5. we therefore thank God because there's nitnoth that He can do to us without a purpose...