Purpose of this Session
Some of the most dramatic scenes in the Biblical record reveal to us the heinous entrance of sin into the universe, and into the world, together with its far-reaching and tragic consequences.
The book of Genesis introduces the main characters in this history, including the prime and original sinner, Lucifer. Other writers in later books also add detail, which help us understand the events of Genesis chapter 3. It must be stressed again and again; Genesis is a genuine and trustworthy historical account. The events recorded actually happened precisely as they are documented. If the historicity of these events regarding the entrance of sin into the world through the transgression of Adam is questioned, then the historical death of Christ and his act of righteousness destroying sin’s dominion is also of no consequence.
The tragedy begins
The Scriptures clearly show that the first moral beings to be created were the angelic hosts, and that Lucifer and his angelic followers were the first and original sinners.
In a perfect universe an archangel named Lucifer imagines in his heart a prideful place above even his benevolent Creator. Thus “the mystery of iniquity” begins (2 Thessalonians 2:7). His original estate is recorded under the guise of two earthly kings through whom he later worked his nefarious plans; the King of Tyre and the King of Babylon.
Isaiah peeks into this drama:
““How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations! 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.’”
(Is 14:12-14 NKJV)
Ezekiel pulls back further the veil screening satan from our sight:
“Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, “Thus says the Lord GOD:
‘You were the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in 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.
The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes
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.
“By the abundance of your trading
You became filled with violence within,
And you sinned;
Therefore I cast you as a profane thing
Out of the mountain of God;
And I destroyed you, O covering cherub,
From the midst of the fiery stones.
“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor;
I cast you to the ground,
I laid you before kings,
That they might gaze at you.
“You defiled your sanctuaries
By the multitude of your iniquities,
By the iniquity of your trading;
It devoured you,
And I turned you to ashes upon the earth
In the sight of all who saw you.
All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you;
You have become a horror,
And shall be no more forever.” ’ ””
(Ezek 28:11-19 NKJV)
Here is a being, created so beautiful, so wise, the anointed cherub and guardian of God’s throne, perfect in all his ways from the day he was created; until “iniquity was found in him.” (Ezekiel 28:15)
Satan was the originator of sin. Evil itself originated in his heart.
“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1John 3:8 NKJV)
“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.” (John 8:44 NKJV)
God did not create him to sin. He was a freewill being with the power of choice. Beholding his own beauty, wisdom, anointing and ministry, he was lifted up in pride, forgetting that all he had was from God, and then coveted a higher position, even God’s. Covetousness and self-will caused his downfall and he was cast from heaven like lightening.
“And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
(Luke 10:18 NKJV)
With him, scripture tells us that numerous angels were deceived into sinning with Lucifer in his rebellion. They too, fell, becoming completely apostate and unredeemable:
“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;” (2Pet 2:4 NKJV)
“And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;” (Jude 1:6 NKJV)
It is thought that up to a third of the angelic hosts may have been drawn into this vain revolt:
“And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth…”
(Rev 12:3-4 NKJV)
The principle of sin still burns and torments satan relentlessly, destroying him from the inside out, “like a fire from his midst.” (Ezekiel 28:18).
Satan then proceeded to cause the fall of man through Adam…