The Original Sin of Lucifer (Series #1)

By Eusebio Tanicala

The original sin was not committed by Eve in the Garden of Eden. It was Lucifer who committed the original sin, the very first sin. Let’s prove this proposition.

Create a timeline. From past eternity all that existed was God. There was a period when all that was, all that existed was God. This deity we are talking about is the Trinity: three persons called God. They are the Father (1st Person), the Word (2nd Person, also called the Son, Jesus, Christ), and the Holy Spirit (3rd Person).

Then came a moment later when God created the Invisible Universe; this happened before the creation that took place in Genesis 1:1. This is the account of the creation of the invisible, non-material universe: “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Col. 1:16-17) The Creator pointed to here, the pronouns in the two verses, refer to Christ, the Second Person in the Trinity. He was a persona before Genesis 1:1 and before His incarnation.

Part of the invisible, non-material creation accomplished by Christ is described in Eph. 6:12: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Part of this invisible, non-material creation is the spiritual hosts or angelic hosts. Angelic hosts or angels have personalities. There are the archangels like Archangel Michael, Archangel Gabriel. There are the cherubs and the seraphs. It is believed that one of the archangels was Lucifer. These archangels were assigned thrones or positions of authority and were assigned their own respective spheres or dominions. These angelic hosts, or the angels were created with fully developed understanding with high level of knowledge. Upon creation they were matured with at least, by rough estimation and comparison, the level of a doctoral degree knowledge. So they were expected to know their responsibilities and know what’s good and bad. This fully developed knowledge is inferred from 2 Peter 2:11, “Whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.” Angels, compared to humans, have higher or greater power and might, greater knowledge, greater ability, greater authority, greater strength than humans.

Archangel Lucifer was on his throne, in his own dominion with his angelic host of millions or billions in number. Having been created by God, naturally Lucifer should have recognized his inferiority to the Creator. Lower in rank, lower in ability, lower in strength, lower in knowledge, lower in authority. But he had an ambition: to be equal with God or even higher than God. Read Isaiah chapter 13 and chapter 14:1-27. Strong inference is derived from Isaiah 14:12-14 “….. O Lucifer, son of the morning! ….. For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God? I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High!’” (NKJV)

Lucifer’s ambition recorded in Isaiah is reflected in the ambition of the King of Babylon.

Analyze the inference gleaned from the following passage.

“Because your heart is lifted up, and you say ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods’ . . . . . with your wisdom and your understanding you have gained riches for yourself . . . . . you were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold…..was prepared for you on the day you were created. You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.” Ezekiel 28:2-15

The ambition of Lucifer as recorded by Ezekiel is mirrored in the ambition of the king of Tyre.

Human beings that are influenced by the Devil reflect the ability of the Devil as recorded in 2 Peter 2:10 with the following acts: despise authority, presumptuous, self-willed not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries. Jude 4, 7, 8, 10 record characteristics of the Evil One as reflected by people that the Devil influences on earth: deny God and the Lord Jesus Christ, went beyond limits of morality, wild imaginations, reject authority, speak evil of dignitaries, speak evil of what they don’t know.

From the above we infer that Lucifer went beyond the limit, went beyond the boundary defined by God for him. This is the same conclusion we find in Jude 6: “And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own habitation…”

John 8:44 says, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in Him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” Jesus addressed here the Jewish leaders and unbelievers. These people reflect the attributes of the Devil.

From inference, the Devil reviled God and his fellow archangels. He despised God’s authority, was self-willed and wanted to be equal with God or even higher than God. These were his sins. These were the very first sins ever committed.

Conclusion

Lucifer was created a perfect, beautiful and a holy angel. God set limits and boundary for him. But he was self-willed and didn’t follow God’s will. He had ambitions to be equal or even higher than God. He failed to honor God’s dignity and authority. He reviled and despised God. In doing so, Lucifer exercised his will. He made decisions arising entirely from his will. It was his own choice. But God is a God of justice. God pronounced a penalty for Lucifer and his followers: God consigned them into the darkness of Tartarus.

Did God will and predestine Lucifer to commit sin? No. God could not be the author of rebellion against Himself. God is not the author of sin. Lucifer in opposing God became Satan. Satan (Hebrew term) means “Adversary” “Contrabida” “Opposer” The word “Devil (Greek term) means the same thing Adversary, Contrabida, Opposer.

The lower angels that followed or supported Lucifer in his rebellion also possessed will, the power to choose what they want to do or to have. Originally they were holy and advanced in knowledge. They had the freedom of choice. But they were responsible for their own actions. For their rebellion, they were consigned to the darkness of Tartarus.

Evaluative questions

Who willed that Lucifer committed rebellion against God? Who willed that Lucifer should become the Devil? Is there any decree of God that predestined Lucifer to become God’s Adversary? Whose fault is it that Lucifer committed the original sin? #

(Note: The next article will analyze the pre-fall attributes and the motivations of Eve).

2 Comments to “The Original Sin of Lucifer (Series #1)”

  1. 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing (ESV, NASB; willing, KJV; wanting, NIV, Holman; ) that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

    The verse above is one of the most debated verses in the Bible. Arminians argue that since God does not wish that anyone should perish, then Christ died for all mankind. Calvinists differ. Others, including a few who have posted comments here, argue that this verse contradicts the doctrine of predestination.

    Christ died for all, including those already in or bound for hell?

    Reformed and Calvinists like me point out the use of the italicized pronouns above in context:

    Since Peter was writing to “you,” referring to those “who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours” (2 Pet 1:1), his use of “anyone” and “all” could be modified to mean “anyone of you” and “all of you,” and not “anyone in the world” or “all mankind.” See also “The Death of Christ and the Eternal Covenant.”

    Note as well that in this passage, verses 1-13, Peter calls his fellow believers “you” and scoffers as “they” or “them.”
    Three wills in One

    The other point of contention is the word “wish,” ( or “want” or “will”). What does Peter mean when he says that “God… is not wishing…”? In the New Testament there are two different Greek words often translated “will,” but sometimes “counsel,” “plan,” “purpose,” “desire”: boule and thelema.

    Boule is most often used with respect to God’s ordained and unchanging counsel or providential plan (Acts 2:23; 4:28). On the other hand, thelema has the notions of consent, desire, purpose, resolution and command, depending on the context of its use.

    We know that God has one will, but there are different aspects of his will.

    In eternity past, when God predestined Christ to die for sinners, he would surely complete his mission (Acts 2:23). At creation, when God said, “Let there be light,” the light cannot resist appearing. This is God’s fixed decretive will. He has decreed everything, “declaring the end from the beginning,” and it is a fixed, unchanging declaration, ” My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose” (Isa 46:10). Love it or hate it, God accomplishes his decretive will in ordaining everything that will happen in the universe.

    But don’t we violate God’s will all the time? Yes, all of us hate, covet, lust, lie and much more. Yet, it is God’s will that we love God and neighbor (Matt 22:37-39) and obey all of his revealed laws in Scripture. But it does not happen. We call this aspect of God’s will as his preceptive will.

    Does God desire then that we all obey his will? Of course. And what is God’s reaction when we do not obey? He is displeased and grieved. This then is God’s dispositional will, the aspect of his will that refers to what is pleasing and agreeable to him.

    Does God gloat over those whom he sends to hell?

    If we apply these nuances of God’s will to 2 Peter 3:9, which says that God is “not wishing that any should perish,” we can come up with only one possible meaning.

    Decretive will: “God decreed in eternity past that no one should perish.” Unthinkable. If you believe this is so, you are a universalist.

    Preceptive will: “God is not wishing that any should perish by allowing the person to disobey him.” Absurd.

    Dispositional will: “God is not wishing that any should perish because he is not pleased or delighted by people perishing in hell.” This is the most obvious sense of the verse. Ezekiel 33:11 says, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked,” and calls the wicked to “turn from his way and live” (cf Acts 17:30). Like a human judge, God does not delight in sentencing the wicked to eternal punishment, but because he is holy, he is at the same time pleased that his righteousness is satisfied.

  2. Mr. Tanicala asks: “Did God will and predestine Lucifer to commit sin? No. God could not be the author of rebellion against Himself. God is not the author of sin.”

    True, God is not the author of sin. True also, God decreed everything that will come to pass. Irreconcilable? Yes and no. For us, yes. For God, no, there’s no contradiction here.

    If God did not decree everything, then he’s not in control of everything. And if he’s not in control of everything, here’s what it means:

    “If there is one maverick molecule, it would mean that God is not sovereign. If God is not sovereign, then God is not God. If there is any element of the universe that is outside of his authority, then he no longer is God over all.” — R. C. Sproul Sr

    An example: Did God predestine Christ to be crucified by evil Jews? Yes! “This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men” (Acts 2:23). Does this mean that God is the author of this wicked act?

    God decreeing everything that will come to pass, even evil things, does not mean that he is the author of sin. This is one of those “secret things” hidden from our finite minds. Think also about the Trinity, the two natures of Christ, God’s sovereignty and human responsibility, to name a few things we believe to be truths of the Scriptures, but which our earthbound minds cannot ever explain.

    Posted by Nollie | July 25, 2009, 10:54 pm

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