demons and idols, fallen angels, judgment, satan tagged by qatranscripts
Quick Vote Question: Now, for the quick vote question, we gave you several options and these options were:
1) The location of the Garden of Eden
2) Did God accept a human sacrifice?
3) Why did God create the devil?
4) Is transsexualism a sin?
The quick vote question of the week is: “Why did God create the devil?” Is their a personality known as the devil? If there is, was it God who created it? Why? That’s the question.
Answer: First and foremost, Jesus let us know that there is a personality known as the devil. The whole Bible teaches that there is a personality known as the devil and gives us the history of the devil. The Bible lets us know that the devil was a person that was created; he was created, but he was not always a devil; he became a devil. I want to read something to you from the Bible that will help you understand these facts. I will start with what Jesus said in St. John’s gospel chapter 8; they engaged in an argument, and He said these words “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” [John 8:44] [Pastor Chris emphasizes] “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning” From the beginning? What beginning is Jesus talking about when He says “from the beginning;” does that mean from the beginning when he was created? No, Jesus used the expression “the beginning” in two different references: the first reference we will find has to do with the creation; the second reference has to do with when He began His ministry. He had told His disciples “Ye have been with me from the beginning,” [John 15:27] the beginning of His ministry. Those are the two references that Jesus used the term ‘beginning,’ and I want to give you one or two scriptures in reference to that St Mark’s gospel chapter 10 from verse 4, “And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. [Talking about divorce with Jesus] And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.” [Mark 10:4-6] From the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female? That means the beginning of creation He’s talking about there is not the creation of everything but the creation of man. When God created man, He made them male and female; that’s what He is talking about. So you can see the same reference in Matthew 19:4,8 – same expression – and then in 1 John 3:8, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” The devil sinneth from the beginning; what beginning? John is still referring to this beginning that Jesus was talking about, not Satan’s own beginning. Remember the scriptures never contradict themselves, so Satan from his beginning was not in sin, from his beginning was not a murderer as Jesus said. Jesus said he was a murderer from the beginning; that beginning is the beginning of man’s creation.
Now, we look at Satan and how he begins and what happened to him. We go over to the book of Ezekiel chapter 28 from verse 12, “Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God;…” [Ezekiel 28:12-13]. Now, that already gives us a clue that that King Tyrus that it’s talking about is not just an ordinary man; He’s dealing with a spirit personality that was present in the garden of Eden and the Bible does mention three personalities as far as the garden of Eden is concerned: one is Adam, the other Eve and the other one was the one that came in the body of a serpent, and that’s the devil. He had been in Eden, and then it says here “…Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. [that’s the latter part of verse 12, now verse 13] Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” [Ezekiel 28:12-13]. “In the day that thou was created,” so he was created,…there was a definite time that this being was created. Verse 14 gives us another light here; it says “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” [Ezekiel 28:14]. That’s very significant. To be anointed means that God sets you apart for the power that goes with it; He gives you the ability to make divine decisions. That’s very significant; it means you can make divine choices. You can make choices for God, [and] you can decide you are going to do this in His name and get about doing it; that’s very powerful, [because] it’s not every angel that is anointed, but this angel was anointed.
Mark that because of where we are going after verse 15, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” [Ezekiel 28:15] That’s very powerful; he was perfect in his ways from the day he was created until the day that iniquity was found in him. Verse 16,“By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.” [Ezekiel 28:16-17] Do you see that verse 17, “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness?” He was carried away because of his beauty. Carried away with his beauty, he had so esteemed himself. Yes, the Bible does tell us that he was extremely beautiful, because God had made him so, but he wasn’t supposed to become proud and have his heart lifted. Praise God! Here is where his problem began, but let’s see Isaiah chapter 14 from verse 12 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” [Isaiah 14:12-15] I will be like the most High; I will ascend into heaven; this was where the iniquity was found in him.
Sin was found in him – pride – and the pride resulted in this self exaltation. He decided he would ascend to heaven and take the place of God. He chose to do this; why? Wasn’t he supposed to only do what he was supposed to do? Oh, yes, but you see, because he was anointed, he could make decisions unlike other angels. Now, you say, “How do you know that no other angel could make the same decision today?” Well, no other angel is going to do that, because we are not told about others that are anointed. He was anointed, he was God’s highest angel, and he corrupted his wisdom, corrupted it with pride, so there is where the devil came from. He was not always a devil; did you notice what his name was – Lucifer, son of the morning? A beautiful being; that’s how God made him, and he was cast down when he tried to ascend up. He was cast down when he wanted to go up and war against God and that’s the way where he became an adversary to God and all of God’s works. But, God also has determined when his punishment will be. Remember, there were others who fell with him; there were angels that he deceived that went along with him and one time Jesus was casting out devils and the devils cried out to Jesus, “Have you come to destroy us before the time? We know who you are; you are the Holy One of God.”[Matthew 8:29] They knew Jesus, and they said “Have you come to destroy us before the time?” They know that there is a set time for their destruction, and the Bible talks about it; if you study the book of Revelations, it talks about it.
Satan’s going to end up in the Lake of Fire [Revelation 20]. First, he will be imprisoned at the bottomless pit, and he will be there for 1,000 years and after the 1,000 years have ended, the bibles says an angel will go and bring him out of there and then he will be cast into the Lake of Fire; that will be his end. Praise God!
So, you said “why did God create the devil?” The devil was not created by God as a devil, but he became a devil. God created Lucifer, son of the morning, and he became a devil. Just like you, you were born as a nice innocent kid and then when you were growing up you decided to tell lies; where did that come from? You started stealing; where did that come from? You became insultive to other people; where did that come from? That little thing that everybody was happy about when you were born, looking so innocent; you hadn’t done anything wrong; where did all the wrongs that you did come from? Somehow, they came from the heart. Why? Because Satan had sown that in man and man had fallen; that’s why every man needs redemption; every man needs salvation; every man has to come out of sin. Everyone has to accept that which Christ has consummated for us – salvation. Praise God!