The “God” of “This World”?

god_of_this_worldQuestion: Would you kindly explain who the “god of this world” is in 2Co 4:4?

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2Co 4:4).

Answer: A person’s view of Jesus and His authority can be greatly affected by their view of the verse in question. Of course it is popular to believe that Paul was saying that satan is the “god of this world.” There are some verses that seem to lend credence to this being the case (See Eph 2:2Eph 6:12Joh 12:31Joh 14:30). However, the idea that satan is a “god” is impossible since the Bible only speaks of there being “‘One’ God”  (See Isa 44:6Isa 44:8Isa 37:16Isa 37:20Isa 42:8Isa 43:10-11Isa 45:6Isa 45:21-22Deu 4:35Deu 4:39Deu 6:4Deu 32:39). Paul wrote about there being no other God but “One” in his first epistle to the Church of Corinth. There he wrote:

As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him (1Co 8:4-6).

Another evidence for satan not being a god is the usage of the Greek word “Theos.” The Greek Septuagint (LXX) uses Theos for the nearly 7,000 places where the covenant name of God is found in the Old Testament. That name is the four consonant name of God that is commonly called the “Tetragrammaton.” Translators used the English word “God” for the 1310 times the Greek word “Theos” is found in the New Testament. Therefore, “Theos” is an established indicator, not of another “god,” but of the One True God.

The third indicator is found in whom the Bible credits with blinding the eyes of the unbelievers. When searching for passages that mention this type blinding, what we find is verses crediting God with doing this, but not satan (See Mat 13:14-15Mar 4:12Joh 9:39-41Joh 12:40Rom 11:7-10).

In conclusion, since the Bible clearly describes Jesus being the One True God manifested in flesh (See 1Ti 3:16Mat 1:23Joh 1:1-21:14Act 20:28), then the “God” Paul mentioned in 2 Corinthians 4:4 is Jesus Christ.

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