Serpent of Paradise: The Incredible Story of how Satan's Rebellion Serves God's Purposes

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How we perceive our enemy will largely determine how we fight against him. Unless we grasp how the devil fits into God's scheme of things, we will find it difficult to stand against his conspiracy against us personally and his influence within our culture. We can have a proper theology of the devil only if we have a proper theology of God. Only when we stand in awe of God will we find it unnecessary to be in awe of Satan. As Martin Luther once said, 'The devil is God's devil.' ...
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Overview

How we perceive our enemy will largely determine how we fight against him. Unless we grasp how the devil fits into God's scheme of things, we will find it difficult to stand against his conspiracy against us personally and his influence within our culture. We can have a proper theology of the devil only if we have a proper theology of God. Only when we stand in awe of God will we find it unnecessary to be in awe of Satan. As Martin Luther once said, 'The devil is God's devil.' God is still in control.

The Serpent of Paradise gives an overview of the career of Satan and his interaction with the Almighty. It traces his fall from an exalted position to his demise in everlasting shame and contempt. It shows us that Satan always loses even when 'he wins.' Best of all, it confirms that we who have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light are able to stand against him. Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV. The Serpent of Paradise is a book about Satan, but it is also a book about God's power, God's program, and God's purposes in this world.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802427205
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 335,108
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Putting the Devil in His Place

2. The Star That Bit the Dust

3. There Is a Serpent in Our Garden

4. The Serpent's New Religion

5. The Serpent Strikes Back

6. The Serpent Is Crushed

7. The Serpent, God's Servant

8. What the Serpent Wants From You

9. Closing the Door When the Serpent Knocks

10. Neutralizing the Serpent's Poison

11. The Serpent Is Cast Out of Heaven

12. The Serpent in Eternal Humiliation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2004

    Required reading for all Christians.

    I initially approached this book with some reservations about the interpretation of Scripture which it appeared to provide. However, after an exhaustive study of this extremely well written presentation I am left with an undeniable conviction that it should be required reading for every Christian. A comment on the rear cover of my copy descries the book as a 'veritable treasury of Biblical insight'. I am in wholehearted agreement with such a statement although having some minor disagreements with some of the personal views that are contained. The reader is provided with an in depth study of the fall of Lucifer (the devil/Satan) with insights into the latter's character, his limitations as a 'created being' together with his purposes and his ultimate destination in the 'lake of fire'. Such are approached through a clear portrayal of the Sovereignty of Almighty God. A clear and fundamental Scriptural study leaving the reader in no doubt that, as the devil may tempt, temporarily rule and even destroy, he is ultimately restricted by God's Will and eternal Purposes and that the devil's outcome is certain and unavoidable. The book illustrates how the devil exists sometimes as God's 'instrument of justice' for the disobedient and God's means of 'purification' for the obedient with the reader being instructed about the nature of sin itself, the Holiness & Mercy of God and the helplessness of man apart from God's Grace. The book also analyses what are cited as the bankruptcy and inherent wickedness of human nature extending from the Fall in Genesis to the Return of the Messiah Jesus Christ. One section describing how that God's Judgement may be seen by some as 'long in coming' but when it arrives, as it surely will, it is 'swift and sure'. A section of this excellent work is devoted to how God will 'wrap up human history' amid the return of His Son Jesus Christ. The imagery of lightning and thunder being used to describe such. The study depicting how alghough lightning and thunder occur at the same time, the 'lightning' is seen first with the roar of the 'thunder' being heard later. The 'lightning' occurring at the Cross of Calvary and we now await the 'thunder' of Christ's return. During this lapse of time the book reveals how the devil continues to 'fight' but that even now the 'war is over'. I highly recommend this excellent study along with a book by the late Derek Prince entitled 'War in Heaven; God's Epic Battle With Evil' and Dwight Pentecost's 'Your Adversary, The Devil'.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Incredible!

    Couldnt put it down! Filled with great BIBLICALLY based insight. I hughly recommend this book.

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