Satan in Aphrahat aka Aphraates

Herein we will consider info on Satan from Syriac-Christian author Aphrahat aka Aphraates (280-367 AD). The fuller complete result consists of quotations of those sections within the text that refer to Angels, Cherubim, Seraphim, Devil, Satan, demons, serpent and dragon. The point is not to elucidate these references but to provide relevant partial quotations and citations.

Herein we will consider info on Satan from Syriac-Christian author Aphrahat aka Aphraates (280-367 AD). The fuller complete result consists of quotations of those sections within the text that refer to Angels, Cherubim, Seraphim, Devil, Satan, demons, serpent and dragon. The point is not to elucidate these references but to provide relevant partial quotations and citations. See my section on Angels here, Cherubim and Seraphim here, Satan here and Demons here.

Demonstration 6 (Of Monks).
6 Therefore, brethren, because we know and have seen that from the beginning it was through woman that the adversary had access unto men, and to the end he will accomplish it by her— for she is the weapon of Satan, and through her he fights against the champions.

17 Therefore, my beloved, when the Holy Spirit departs from a man who has received it, until it returns and comes to him, then Satan draws near unto that man, to cause him to sin, and that the Holy Spirit may leave him altogether. For as long as the Spirit is with a man, Satan fears to come near him. And observe, my beloved, that our Lord also, Who was born from the Spirit, was not tempted by Satan until in baptism He received the Spirit from on high. And then the Spirit led him forth to be tempted by Satan…Thus also Satan cannot draw near to that house which is our body, until the Spirit of Christ departs from it…Thus also Satan, he has not the knowledge beforehand to know or see when the Spirit will depart, that so he may come to rob the man; but he too listens and watches, and so assails. But if he hears a man in whom Christ dwells speaking shameful words, or enraged, or quarrelling, or contending, then Satan knows that Christ is not with him, and he comes and accomplishes his will in him…And if you should say, “How manifold is Satan! For lo! He fights with many;” then hear and learn from that which I proved to you above concerning Christ, that no matter to what extent He is divided among many, yet He is not a whit diminished. For, as the house, through the window of which a little sunlight enters, is altogether illumined, so the man into whom a little of Satan enters, is altogether darkened. Hear that which the Apostle said:— If Satan is transfigured to an Angel of light, it is no wonder if his ministers also are transfigured to ministers of righteousness.

Demonstration 21 (Of Persecution).
10 Moses brought out his people from the service of Pharaoh; and Jesus delivered all nations from the service of Satan…Moses conquered Amalek by the spreading out of his hands; and Jesus conquered Satan by the sign of His cross.

14 Elijah restrained the heavens from rain because of the sins of Israel; and Jesus by His coming restrained the Spirit from the prophets, because of the sins of the people. Elijah destroyed the servants of Baal; and Jesus trampled upon Satan and his hosts.

18 Daniel besought of the king, and he gave his brethren authority over the affairs of the province of Babylon; and Jesus besought of God, and He gave His brethren, His disciples, authority over Satan and his host.

20 Mordecai by his prayer delivered his people from the hands of Haman; and Jesus by His prayer delivered His people from the hands of Satan.

In the next segment, we will consider Angels in Bishop Archelaus.

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