Two Thrones at War (continued)
The First Sin in God's Universe (continued)
Not only the clash of the two wills, but the rivalry of two thrones in God's universe. God, the sovereign Owner of heaven and earth dispossessed: God, the sovereign Ruler of heaven and earth dethroned, and a created being taking His possession and His place (or position). Such was lucifer's coup d'etat. "I will" - the subject refusing longer to live under the authority of the Sovereign. He despised the government of God (2 Peter 2:10) and would break away completely from it, and from the throne of God. This is anarchy. But it couldn't stop there. Claiming equality with God, he would establish a throne of his own. The protector of God's throne would now become the rival to it. The trustee would become the traitor.
This is the Sin of sins; the Crime of crimes; the Father of all sin and of all crime in heaven and upon earth, for this is high treason against Creator-Sovereign of heaven and of earth. As lucifer had become the archapostate of all ages, so now he becomes the archtraitor of time and eternity.
The moment lucifer, son of the morning, said "I will," that moment he became satan, the father of the night. The shining one degenerated into the black devil of Scripture. No sooner was he a sinner than he was "satan," meaning the adversary of God. No sooner was he a traitor that he was "the devil," and accuser of God.
satan's sin is not only personal but also collective. The rebellion in his heart spread to other celestial beings in heaven, over whom he ruled. Angels rebelled and refused the sovereignty of God. They revolted and gave allegiance to satan. Thus a kingdom of satan was inaugurated and Fallen angels were his first subjects. Thus the pure spirits of God's kingdom became evil spirits in the kingdom of satan (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6).
God shows the folly of such self-exaltation and self-will as lucifer's (Proverbs 17:19; Obadiah 4).
The moment lucifer said, "I will," God, the beneficent Creator, became God the righteous Judge. The archtraitor, the self-made usurper of God's throne, was judged immediately. His judgment was according to the nature and the degree of lucifer's sin. His sin was against the government of the Sole Sovereign of heaven and of earth; the greatest of all sins, which merited the greatest of all punishments. The judgment was irrevocable. He was cast out of heaven (Ezekiel 28:16; Isaiah 14:12).
He has fallen from heaven, from which place he will be barred through all the ages upon ages to come. Where then, would he go? The archtraitor's sin against the throne of God gave birth to hell. God had "to prepare a hell of everlasting fire for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41). In God's time he would be brought to his own place (Isaiah 14:9, 15).
The one who "said in his heart" he would go up, up, UP to the very throne, God says will go down, down, down to the very pit of hell. He was cast out of heaven - the height of heights in God's universe.
He was cast into hell, the depth of depths of God's universe. And the angels who had followed him in rebellion and revolt would go there with him (Jude 6; 2 Peter 2:4). "Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased."
(continued with # 50 - (The First Sin on Earth)