How many times have you heard the phrase, “They made a deal with the devil?”
I contend that the devil won’t and hasn’t ‘made a deal’ with anyone and here are the biblical reasons why…
1. THE DEVIL KNOWS GOD WILL ACCEPT OUR REPENTANCE ANYTIME
The devil knows the word of God. That’s what he used to try and tempt Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11.
So, he knows that God is willing to accept our repentance through His Son and our Savior, Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Just as the thief on the cross, sincere repentance and accepting His Son as our Savior, no matter how we have lived our lives, will secure our salvation.
Luke 23:39-43 (NKJV)
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, [a]“If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said [b]to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
2. THE DEVIL KNOWS A DEAL WITH GOD SUPERSEDES A DEAL WITH HIM
Because the devil knows that God will accept our sincere repentance, he knows that any ‘deal’ made with him would be immediately ‘voided’. He has only the power that God allows him…temporarily. Remember Job…
Job 1:12 (NKJV)
12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your [a]power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”
3. THE DEVIL KNOWS HOW WE ARE
Since the devil knows that God will accept our repentance at any time, and that he only has limited control, he knows it is possible that we could change our mind at anytime. He knows that if we change our mind and ‘default’ on our ‘contract’ with him, that God will support it.
4. HE WILL HAVE NO AUTHORITY IN ‘HELL’ ANYWAY
Besides, the devil will have absolutely no authority in eternal separation from God. He and those who follow him will be in eternal punishment. He is not being rewarded an eternal kingdom of darkness…
Revelation 20:9-11 (CJB)
9 and they came up over the breadth of the Land and surrounded the camp of God’s people and the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and consumed them. 10 The Adversary who had deceived them was hurled into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
The devil is not omnipotent, omnipresent and definitely not omniscient. He has only been given authority for a little while. He knows how much God loves us and that making a deal with us would be…foolish. He is many things, but definitely not stupid.