Recently I’ve been listening to a series of prophecy seminars presented by Pr David Asscherick. They’re quite interesting studies, I just thought I would share a few verses with you though that he pointed out which compare the characters of Christ and Satan, so clearly.
Have a look at Isaiah 14:12-14:
12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
In verse 12, it is established that it is referring to Lucifer, Satan. Then starting in verse 13 and through to verse 14, Isaiah talks about his character, the thoughts of his heart, it’s all about “I” and self exaltation.
Each of these things, all 5, are about going up, pushing himself further up etc:
- I will ascend into heaven
- I will exalt my throne above the stars of God
- I will sit upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north
- I will ascend above the heights of the clouds
- I will be like the most High.
The thoughts in his heart are entirely of ascending above everyone, even direction wise he refers to the North which, looking from outside the earth (or on a map), North is up, South is down, East and West are right and left. Satan wants to be above everyone and everything else, he wants to sit on the mount, on a high place, in the North, above the stars and clouds, and be like the most High, like God.
Now, as a comparison, let’s look at Philippians 2:5-8:
5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Here, Paul is saying we should behave like Christ (verse 5), and he goes on to describe Christ from verse 6 through to verse 8. This is quite the opposite of Satan, where Satan is constantly reaching up and trying to push himself higher, Christ was going down, humbling himself, bringing himself down to our level and serving mankind.
- Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God
- But made himself of no reputation
- And took upon him the form of a servant
- And was made in the likeness of men
- He humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Point one (verse 6), means that equality with God is not something that needed to be grasped, after all, as it says to start off with, Christ is in the form of God, and as we should be aiming to reflect Christ, we shouldn’t be reaching for God-like status either.
Christ made himself as nothing, as a servant made like men, bringing himself down lower and lower, he humbled himself and became completely obedient, even to death on the cross.
That is the complete opposite of how Isaiah described Satan. Satan constantly pushing himself up, where Christ was constantly bringing himself down.
The next part is even more interesting!
Jump back to Isaiah 14 and look at verse 15:
15Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Lucifer is pushing himself up, but in the end, all his self exaltation will only result in him being brought down to hell. I’m using the King James Version here, but in my NIV Bible, instead of hell, it says that he is brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. So for all his attempts, all he will gain is death.
Jump back to Philippians 2, reading on through verses 9 to 11:
9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So unlike Satan, as he humbled himself and brought himself down, Christ was exalted by God. In the NIV, it says exalted to the highest place. He received a name that is above all others, every knee will bow before him, both in heaven and earth, and every tongue will know and confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord.
The comparison is so simple and clear. The difference in character makes such a huge difference in the end.