The Godhead – Jesus Christ



Jesus took on the nature of Satan




One of the popular word-faith teachings is that Jesus took on the nature of Satan and had to be born again. This doctrine is intrinsically linked to the “Jesus died spiritually” heresy which postulates that Jesus’ shed blood was insufficient for the redemption of man; He had to suffer at Satan’s hands in Hell and be born again as the first man to conquer death.

Benny Hinn teaches this heresy: listen to what he said: ‘He [Jesus] who is righteous by choice said, “The only way I can stop sin is by Me becoming it. I can’t just stop it by letting it touch Me; I and it must become one.” Hear this! He who is the nature of God became the nature of Satan where He became sin! (TBN 12/1/90).

Kenneth Copeland also teaches that Jesus took on Satan’s nature. Here are his words: “The righteousness of God was made to be sin. He accepted the sin nature of Satan in His own spirit. And at the moment that He did so, He cried, ‘My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?’ You don’t know what happened at the cross. Why do you think Moses, upon instruction of God, raised the serpent upon that pole instead of a lamb? That used to bug me. I said, ‘Why in the world would you want to put a snake up there—the sign of Satan? Why didn’t you put a lamb on that pole?’ And the Lord said, ‘Because it was a sign of Satan that was hanging on the cross.’ He said, ‘I accepted, in My own spirit, spiritual death; and the light was turned off.’” (What Happened from the Cross to the Throne, 1990, audiotape #02-0017, side 2)




The Scripture teaches that the Son of God took on the nature of man, as it is written: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:6-8 – NKJV) and also: “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same….” (Hebrews 2:14 – NKJV). Why did He take on the nature of man? We find the answer to this question in the epistle to the Hebrews: “That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation [propitiation] for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:14-18). Therefore, the Son of God had to take on him the nature of man in order to redeem man. Obviously, in order to redeem us the Son of God had also to bear our sins so that He might put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself and deliver us from the bondage of sin. Therefore, the Son of God, taking on the nature of man, was able to do two fundamental things for our salvation: He destroyed death and put away sin.

However, the Scripture never teaches that the Son took on the nature of Satan, because such a thing is absurd and contrary to the sound doctrine. For the nature of Satan and the nature of man are not the same, since Satan is a fallen angelic being, thus he has an angelic nature, therefore to affirm that the Son of God took on the nature of Satan is tantamount to affirming that the Son of God was both a man and an angelic being, that is to say, He had three natures, the nature of God, the nature of angels, and the nature of man. This is unacceptable because the Word was made flesh, thus while He was on earth the Son of God was both God and man. Furthermore, to affirm that the Son of God took on the nature of Satan means to affirm that somehow Jesus came to save also Satan and perhaps also the angels who followed him in his rebellion, however we know that the salvation of Satan and his angels is not part of God’s plan of redemption. In addition to this, to say such a thing means to insult the Lord Jesus Christ because it means that He became a wicked being, while we know that He committed no sin nor was any deceit found in His mouth; the Bible says that He knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), that He was in all points tempted as we are yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Of course, He bore our sins in His own body, He was made sin on the cross of Calvary, yet He continued to be the Righteous One and the Holy One even while He was hanging on the cross. The fact that God made Jesus to be sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) does not mean that Jesus became a sinner.

Therefore, brothers, take heed to yourselves and reject this heresy taught by Hinn, Copeland and other preachers.