Satan is often thought of as an Evil being and in complete opposition of God, and the scriptures to seem to paint Satan in this light... Sometimes.
Other times, it appears that "Satan" acts more as a servant of God rather than his enemy, and other times it appears that "Satan" is more of a process rather than some kind of being. Take the book of Job for example (which I plan to come back to later). In Job, one of the oldest books of the Bible, Satan is clearly depicted as a servant of God, and not an enemy.
It doesn't take too much research on the history of Satan to see that the idea of Satan has progressed through time and cultures.
In the next couple of post I want to merely look at a few scriptures where Satan is found and look at what it is exactly Satan is doing.
One of the first ones I want to look at, and one of the more odd texts concerning Satan, comes from Paul in 1 Corinthians.
So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the sinful nature so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. [Read the entire Chapter]
Paul is instructing his readers about how they should have handled a particular person caught in sin, and his solution? "Give him over to Satan." At first it sounds like Paul is saying to give up on the individual, they they should be done with him, however, Paul goes on to say that by turning him over to Satan, there is hope of salvation.
How is turning someone over to Satan (at least in the way Satan is usually thought of) a saving act?
The "Satan" is not usually thought of as a process one goes through or experiences in which one is made better, and yet that seems to be, in some ways, what Paul is suggesting here.