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The Serpent of Paradise: The Incredible Story of How Satan's Rebellion Serves God's Purposes [Paperback]

Erwin W. Lutzer
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Aug. 7 1996
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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Initial reservations about this book disappeared as I began an exhaustive study of this extremely well written presentation which left me 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".
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the Comfortable American Christian April 23 2004
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If you are a comfortable American Christian, a product of our win-win, all powerful nation society, this book is for you. Satan is stripped of everything but his skin in Lutzer's calvalier treatment of his "limited" power over Christians. One wonders if the Angel Gabriel must bring poor Satan direct orders from God so he may take a leak.
Talk about opposite views! One can't get more black and white than this. I just finished this book and another entitled War on the Saints by Jesse Penn-Lewis, written by a Brit and originally published in Britain I'd say in the 60's, maybe earlier. This book will scare the wits out of Christians and one's faith, after reading it, may never be the same. The Brits have been at this longer than we have and I'm wondering whether they don't know the score better than we incurable Platonists.
However, it gets me to wondering which account to believe. One of these people is talking for Satan's purposes - they both can't be right, although I could see how both books would serve his infernal needs. Read some of (including my own) review of War of the Saints and try both books. Make up your own mind. Warnings tho, the new version may be edited (hmmm, for his purposes?) I have an old printing from Britain.
The final chapter in Lutzer's book I found amusing at first and then the gravity of it dawned on me. It is an attempt at an apologetic for God maintaining His creation of Hell as an eternal torture chamber for all who don't see eye to eye with Him. We won't get into whether I believe this or not. However, I got to thinking about what kind of human mind could finish this chapter and then shout "Right on!" The Third Reich may be dead, but can we now think it so amazing that many agreed with & participated in Hitler's atrocities without question?
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A study of the devil within the context of God's Sovereignty July 10 2004
By M. D Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Initial reservations about this book disappeared as I began an exhaustive study of this extremely well written presentation which left me 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".
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goal reached: the devil is put in its place Aug. 29 2005
By Antoine Maalouf - Published on Amazon.com
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I am growing more and more fond of pastor Lutzer books. They deal with a very specific subject, are fast to read, never boring, and most importantly rely heavily on the Bible. ''The serpent of paradise'' fits perfectly in that description.

Due to my profession as a physician, i am intrigued with the subject of Pain Sin and Suffering, and why are they allowed to continue. This book attempts to describe how Satan isnt an ''opponent'' of God as the modern day society describes him (God Vs Satan: who will win?) but simply, how he is a fallen creature, of way lesser powers, and how he was already defeated from the moment he decided to rebell. Pastor Lutzer explains how Satan cannot act against the will of God, and thus, is only allowed to do what God allows him to, and eventually, God uses him to accomplish his divine plan. Captivating presentation of the subject.

My two complaints about this book, is that first its ''too'' small and doesn't quite quench your thirst for the subject. Second, it doesnt attempt to ponder the question of WHY God decided to allow evil in the first place. But it surely show you HOW God's glory is magnified even in evil. Recommended!
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Serpent of Paradise : The Incredible Story of How Satan' Nov. 25 2000
By Vivian Centafont - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was one of the greatest books on describing Satan and his cunning ways, things we may never think about. I caught myself rereading a lot of the material because I wanted to really retain what was being taught about how we as humans fail to see the dark side of things. This book is one I won't forget. The descriptions of Satan and his whiling ways are just enormous. This book helped me tremendously in my Christian walk in noticing Satan's works in daily living. I would highly recommend this book for anyone, but read it slowly, to retain the meaning.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! July 25 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book puts Satan in his place -- squarely under God! This is a book you need to read if you are dealing with spiritual warfare. Lucifer set in motion a whole set of circumstances when he decided to rebel against God that is and will ultimately bring greater glory to God. Satan is now only able to move within the confines that God allows him to. The devil, although trying to deceive us into thinking that he is on a par with God, fighting Him and has the possibility of winnning the war, is rather trapped in a plan that will bring about his destruction and that of his rebellious demonic horde. Jesus Christ won the victory against sin on the cross. God uses Satan to bring forth His perfect plans for mankind. As Martin Luther said "the devil is God's devil." An important book for all Christians
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VICTORY!! Oct. 16 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was very insightful for a number of reasons, but primairly because it reminds the reader that the victory has already been won. The war has been won but there are battles that still rage in our lives. But in Christ and by His Spirit we have the victory when we walk in obedience to Him. We oftentime give Satan far too much credit...isn't it ironic that the very thing that he rebelled against as an angel(submission) he is bound to do as a fallen creation? The things that Satan uses to try to destroy God's people are the things that God will use to develop us when we stand in His power. Truly every knee must bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!!!!
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