Satan Impersonates Jesus and Pretends It’s Judgment Day
Im 5. Tom. Jen. 535. Blat. This means that the book I got this from got this quote from the Jena Edition of Luther’s Works, volume 5, page 535. I think. The problem is you can’t easily access copies of this edition because it’s so old. All I know is that wherever this quote comes from it was published between 1530 and 1533.
He [Satan] can give so many different thoughts that through it he moves you, or turns you away from the word and sets Christ away from your eyes, so that you see all the things you have done on yourself [instead of on Jesus]. Then [the devil] paints and pictures himself before you as Christ Himself in His majesty, and terrifies you as a judge, demanding that you give an account of your works, etc. Yes, he turns even your inward thoughts from Christ, and deceives your faith, so that you think that you are correct in doing so, even though it is really nothing other than your arrogance or your “exceptional devotion”.
If you then give yourself up to such thoughts and are not able to defend yourself with God’s Word, and you allow yourself to be lured from your defense [let down your guard?] so that you dispute and argue with him, he will in the end do you in and make you so confused that you don’t know who Christ is or where His word and your faith remain.
But there are very few people who know about this and who themselves trade punches with the devil and put up a fight. The coarse masses never come to that point. The devil rides them with carnal security and self-confidence, so that they do not pay attention to God’s Word, or they allow themselves to arrogantly think that they know it all too well…
- Many Voices of Satan (mother1spiritoftruth.wordpress.com)