Does sinning make the devil stronger against God? I don’t understand the motivation of the devil. What if there were more people who died with sin than who repented? Could the devil just create its own “world” with sinners and live the way he wants to live? Going against God would be so tiresome. :-)
KJV - 13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
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Ever since his rebellion against God (because of his desire to replace God as the supreme power in the universe) and his consequent expulsion from heaven, the devil has been at enmity with God, and will continue to be so until the close of the age. He has also succeeded in infecting all of humanity with his sin and rebellion, causing them to be in a lost state from birth. God's desire is that all should be saved. He will not override human free will to accomplish this, but He has made salvation available and possible through the willing sacrificial death of His own Son. Satan's goal is to keep humans from making that free-will choice by whatever means he can (such as lies, persuasion, and temptations or distractions of the world and the flesh). In my opinion, his motivation is not that he wants to have "company" (as it were) in his rebellion (because he has no concern for anything outside himself), but just because he opposes whatever God wills or intends. Even though God has already assured his ultimate defeat, he persists because of the same pride that caused his original rebellion to begin with.
Why does the Devil want people to sin? What does he “gain” from this? This is a difficult question to answer directly. All the Bible tells us is that the Devil was apparently very ambitious. Being ambitious isn’t a sin, but how your ambition manifests itself may be sinful. We are not told why the Devil chose to challenge God’s authority. It certainly was not a matter of power. The Devil knows that God is all-powerful and could eliminate the Devil anytime He wanted to. After all, God was his father and gave him life in the first place. So, there must be more to it than just a rebellion against God’s authority. Thus the question, What does he [the Devil hope to] gain from this? For an ambitious high-ranking Archangel to rebel, there must have been an achievable incentive. It may be that, just as God placed an important restriction on Adam and Eve to test their obedience, a similar restriction may have been placed on all the heavenly host. The Devil must have believed that he could use God’s own logic against Him and force a concession that would somehow be of great benefit to him and his followers. My speculation is that the Devil challenged God’s methods in creating humans and dealing with them. Using Job as an example, it is probably safe to say that the issue of “free will” is involved. (Job 1:8-12) Based upon God’s past dealings with the Devil, the challenge about a person freely serving God became an issue that included more than just the Devil. It must have been known to all the heavenly host and apparently it looked legitimate to 33% of them, if that is how to interpret Revelation 12:4. Since the Devil challenged Job’s motives, it must be that he is also challenging the motives of us and all “our brethren” as well. (Revelation 12:10) He wants us to sin to help prove to God that he was right all along. If he succeeds, apparently all his ambitions to be “like the most High” will be achieved. So, if this assessment is correct, we still wonder what the Biblical basis is for determining the winner of the contest between the Devil and God. In Job’s case, Job’s steadfastness proved the Devil wrong. In our case, it should be obvious that the Devil has not turned everyone from serving God and so has he lost already? Apparently not because he is more active now then ever. I believe it is a numbers game. God has apparently agreed that a certain number of humans will be like Job and prove the Devil wrong. We do not know what that number is, but when it is achieved, it is all over for Satan. (Romans 11:25) That, in my opinion, is the reason the Devil is so desperate at this time. Peter says he is so desperate he can be likened to a roaring lion seeking to devour a many as possible. (1 Peter 5:8) That is also the answer to our question about what the Devil hopes to gain by making men and women sin. In other words, the Devil is fighting for his life right now as we speak. That is a pretty strong incentive don’t you agree.
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