How Could Satan Stand In The Presence Of God?

Some people have asked me to explain how Satan could stand in the presence of a Holy God, as he did in the book of Job.

Job 1-2, NIV – (1:6) One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. … (2:1) On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him.

Here are my observations and comments:

  1. Satan did not intrude into the courts of heaven. Satan does not have open access to God’s presence. He was summoned by God, to present himself to God, to give an account of himself to God. So God initiated the meeting, God led the proceedings, and God remained in absolute control. The result was that Satan’s power was completely controlled, and Satan could not do anything that God did not allow.
  2. The visit was temporary, very short in fact, and never did Satan have any ability to exercise any influence.
  3. In no way was the holiness and purity of heaven damaged by the brief, God-ordained and God-allowed presence of Satan, who was “quarantined” in a manner, by God’s power. Remember that in Revelation 20:11-15, all of humanity, saints and sinners alike, will once again stand before God at the “Great White Throne” and be judged according to what they had done on the earth.
  4. Satan was trying to condemn Job based on the law, trying to prove that if things got bad enough, Job would sin against the law. Remember that this event took place under the Old Covenant, before the law was judged. Colossians 2:13-14, NIV – (13) … He forgave us all our sins, (14) having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. Since we live under the New Covenant, the law has been judged, and Satan has no grounds for accusation now.