THE FALL OF LUCIFER

Devotional Type: Maranatha

Devotion Time : January 17

Topic:  The Fall of Lucifer   
                                         
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  Revelation 22:12

Lucifer in heaven, before his rebellion, was a high and exalted angel, next in honor to God's dear Son. … yet Christ, God's dear Son, had the pre-eminence over all the angelic host. He was one with the Father before the angels were created. Lucifer was envious of Christ,… The Father then made known that it was ordained by Himself that Christ, His Son, should be equal with Himself; so that wherever was the presence of His Son, it was as His own presence. The word of the Son was to be obeyed as readily as the word of the Father. … Especially was His Son to work in union with Himself in the anticipated creation of the earth and every living thing that should exist upon the earth. His Son would carry out His will and His purposes …

Lucifer was envious and jealous of Jesus Christ. Yet when all the angels bowed to Jesus … he bowed with them; but his heart was filled with envy and hatred. … But Christ was acknowledged sovereign of heaven, His power and authority to be the same as that of God Himself. Lucifer thought that he was himself a favorite in heaven among the angels. He had been highly exalted, but this did not call forth from him gratitude and praise to his Creator. He aspired to the height of God Himself. He gloried in his loftiness. … He thought how angels had obeyed his command with pleasurable alacrity. Were not his garments light and beautiful? Why should Christ thus be honored before himself?

     If God had exercised His power to punish this chief rebel, disaffected angels would not have been manifested; hence, God took another course, for He would manifest distinctly to all the heavenly host His justice and His judgment. [SR 13-17]

Lucifer in heaven desired to be first in power and authority; he wanted to be God, to have the rulership of heaven; and to this end he won many of the angels to his side. When with his rebel host he was cast out from the courts of God, the work of rebellion and self-seeking was continued on earth… [CT 32.3]

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