Satan’s Enemy #1
In the truest sense God is not
Satan’s enemy. Furthermore, God offered Satan the chance to be with
Him in heaven for all eternity. God is Existence. He is “I Am who
Am.” Therefore, existence is a good thing. God continues to grant
to Satan the privilege of existing even though by Satan’s choice it
is in the eternal fires of hell. Since, all that God does and
causes to happen is good it is good to exist even though in Satan’s
case it is with eternal suffering.
However, Satan has made God out
to be his enemy. And we read in Revelation chapter 12 that Satan
has also declared war on all those who obey God and bear witness to
dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against
the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and
bear witness to Jesus.”
Since Satan opposes God the
human beings that Satan opposes most are the ones who are most open
to God’s grace. Because holy men and women can, by God’s grace,
come to the aid of other Christians Satan wishes to separate them.
Therefore, of all God’s creatures the one that Satan has made out to
be his biggest enemy is the one human being that is the strongest in
his or her faith, the one most open to receiving God’s grace.
Naturally we can expect that Satan has desired to sow a lot of
confusion about this human being who is closest to God in order to
attempt to isolate him or her from the rest of those seeking God.
So, the questions comes to
mind: Who is the woman of Revelation chapter 12 and who of all
God’s creatures has Satan made out to be his biggest enemy, that
person who is most open to God’s grace, the holiest of God’s
“And a great portent appeared
in heaven, a woman … she was with child … And another portent
appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon ... And the dragon
stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might
devour her child when she brought it forth; she brought forth a male
child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but
her child was caught up to God and to his throne … And the great
dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the
Devil and Satan … And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now
the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the
authority of his Christ have come … And when the dragon saw that he
had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had
borne the male child. …”
The context of Revelation 12
shows that the woman is the mother of Jesus Christ. And in Genesis
3 we read a proclamation by God about her and Satan.
God said to the serpent ‘… I will put enmity between you and the
woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your
head, and you shall bruise his heel.’ ”
The “seed” that will crush Satan
is Jesus Christ. The seed usually refers to a man’s offspring,
however in this case it is the woman’s offspring because Mary’s
pregnancy was virginal in that the Holy Spirit caused Mary to get
pregnant. And so Mary is sometimes called the spouse of the Holy
To be at enmity is for one
person to be completely opposed to another. Notice that it is God
who makes this woman and Satan completely opposed to each other.
Also notice that it is not mankind in general or even all women,
but a specific woman that God is speaking about. What God does He
does perfectly, and so this opposition between the particular woman
in question and Satan is perfect.
The “woman” in Genesis 3:15
cannot be a reference to Eve because she has already given herself
over to Satan by sinning. The woman here is the one who’s “seed”
is our Savior. She is the mother of Jesus Christ, the Blessed
Virgin Mary. Mary is further identified by Jesus as the “Woman”
in John 2:4 when Christ performed His first Miracle. And He also
identifies her as the woman in John 19:26 at the time of His passion
on the cross when He suffered for our sins.
For Mary to be completely
opposed to Satan she must never have been on Satan’s side against
God, that is, she must – by the help of God’s grace – to have never
sinned, for if she had ever sinned she would certainly not be
opposed to Satan at that time.
And it is helpful to understand
why it is appropriate that God would have wanted to preserve the
mother of His Son from being on Satan’s side. Satan fell because of
his pride. He could not worship a God who would take upon Himself a
nature, a human nature, that was below Satan’s higher nature, that
of an angel. However, God in His perfect justice humbles Satan.
Now, if Mary, the spouse of the Holy Spirit, had ever sinned she
would have been in Satan’ camp against God. And in that case, Satan
would have been able to brag to the Holy Spirit, “Yes. You have
her now, but I had her first.”
We read in Luke’s Gospel a very
important message from the Archangel Gabriel. The term angel
literally means messenger. In this case we know that he is a
heavenly messenger so the message he gives is not his own. For what
kind of messenger would insert his own thoughts into the message?
In Luke chapter 1 we read our heavenly Father’s message to Mary.
Greek the word that Gabriel uses to refer to Mary is
“kecharitōmenē (κεχαριτωμένη)” It means that she is full of God’s grace. In
her there was no room for sin. She is the holiest of all God’s
creatures because she is most open to His grace.
“And coming to
[Mary], [Gabriel] said, ‘Hail, full of grace ! [“kecharitōmenē
The Lord is with you.’ ”
And we find further confirmation
of this when we read how Elizabeth when she was filled with the Holy
Spirit pointed out that Mary is the most blessed woman on account
that she believed in God’s Word to her. She had enormous faith.
Luke 1:41, 42, 45
“ … and Elizabeth, filled with the holy
Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed are you
[Mary] among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. …
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.’”
In a complete and perfect manner God
restores all things.
In the first creation Adam and Eve were
created without sin. Christians are a new creation in Jesus Christ
who is called the New Adam. [See Romans 5:14, 1 Corinthians
15:22-45.] While Jesus could have been born to a woman who had
sinned, it is most appropriate that He chose to preserve His mother,
the New Eve, from all sin. For the Glory of Jesus Christ the new
creation must surpass the old creation in every sense.
Therefore, by the grace of God the New Eve must be brought into the
world in a state equal to or better than that which the first Eve had
One reason Catholics extol Mary
so highly is that the One who has molded her and works through her
in none other than her Son, Jesus Christ, who is God. To deny how
great He has made her is to rob Him of the recognition that He
deserves for His greatest work. He is the Artist and she is His
masterpiece. Ironically, some misguided Christians in their zeal to
give the glory to God do rob him of the recognition that He deserves
by denying that His greatest work in her was ever done.
Don’t Rob God of His Glory.
God works through Mary to make her a great aid
to all those who wish to follow Him. And it is for that reason that
Satan has made Mary out to be his biggest enemy of all God’s
creatures. Therefore, it is to our benefit to avail ourselves of
of Christ has an incomparable model in Mary. … Mary lived
with her eyes fixed on Christ, treasuring his every word: “She kept
all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Lk 2:19; cf.
[The] role of Mary,
totally grounded in that of Christ and radically subordinated to it,
“in no way obscures or diminishes the unique mediation of Christ,
but rather shows its power”. … Saint Louis Marie Grignion
de Montfort explain[s] … Mary's role … “Our entire perfection
consists in being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus Christ.
Hence the most perfect of all devotions is undoubtedly that which
conforms, unites and consecrates us most perfectly to Jesus Christ.
Now, since Mary is of all creatures the one most conformed to Jesus
Christ, it follows that among all devotions that which most
consecrates and conforms a soul to our Lord is devotion to Mary, his
Holy Mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to her the more
will it be consecrated to Jesus Christ”. …
If Jesus, the one
Mediator, is the Way of our prayer, then Mary, his purest and most
transparent reflection, shows us the Way.
Mariae by JPII, sections 10, 11, 15, and 16.]
The Catholic Encyclopedia offers the following :
Proof from reason
There is an incongruity in the supposition that the flesh, from which
the flesh of the Son of God was to be formed, should ever have belonged to
one who was the slave of that arch-enemy, whose power He came on earth to
destroy. Hence the axiom of Pseudo-Anselmus (Eadmer) developed by Duns
Scotus, Decuit, potuit, ergo fecit, it was becoming that the Mother of the
Redeemer should have been free from the power of sin and from the first
moment of her existence; God could give her this privilege, therefore He
gave it to her.
Again it is remarked that a peculiar privilege was granted to the prophet
Jeremiah and to St. John the Baptist. They were sanctified in their mother's
womb, because by their preaching they had a special share in the work of
preparing the way for Christ. Consequently some much higher prerogative is
due to Mary. ...
Scotus says that “the perfect Mediator must, in some one case, have done the
work of mediation most perfectly, which would not be unless there was some
one person at least, in whose regard the wrath of God was anticipated and
not merely appeased.”
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