How is it that the devil has received the authority over the kingdoms of the earth and is also a usurper?
[#19 Q4] In Luke 4:6, the devil tells Jesus that the authority and glory of the kingdoms of the earth have been delivered to him. Yet, at the same time, in our practice, we view Satan as someone who has usurped and is illegally in authority as the prince of this world (John 12:31). How is it that the devil has received the authority over the kingdoms of the earth & is also a usurper? If God is sovereignly in control of everything, what does Satan actually have authority over?
It is important to point out that these brothers do not presume to have the answers to our questions. Rather, they are willing to provide a response in fellowship, and to encourage us to personally go to the Lord and consider all these things before Him.