Did God create the devil in the beginning?

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By BibleAsk Team


To address the question of whether God created the devil, we’ll delve into what the scriptures reveal about it.

The Biblical perspective

God did not create the devil. He created a perfect angle his name was Lucifer. This angel was sinless as were all other angels. Lucifer was a “covering” cherub, a highly exalted angel. But he rebelled against God and became the epitome of evil. This understanding draws primarily from the biblical texts.

  • Isaiah 14:12-15 (NKJV):
    • “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.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.”
  • Ezekiel 28:12-17 (NKJV):
    • “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.”

Free Will and Divine Sovereignty:

Lucifer had free will and the ability to love or hate God. But he permitted pride, jealousy, discontent, and self-exaltation to control his life. Lucifer decided to attempt to unseat God and then demand that all worship him. The Bible says, “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness” (Ezekiel 28:17). “For thou hast said in thine heart, … I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: … I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13, 14). Lucifer, who is only a mere created being, desired to be like the Creator God. He desired to be worshiped (Matthew 4:8-11).

Lucifer won the support of one-third of the angels (Revelation 12:3, 4) and caused rebellion in heaven. “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).

God had no choice but to oust the devil and his angels.  After his expulsion from heaven, Lucifer was called Satan (adversary) and devil (slanderer), and his angels were called demons.

God’s Victory in the Battle Between Good and Evil

The concept of God’s final victory over Satan embodies hope, redemption, and the fulfillment of divine purposes. This victory is prophesied and portrayed in various biblical passages, serving as a foundational theme throughout Scripture.

Genesis 3:15 – The Protoevangelium:

The promise of God’s final victory over Satan finds its origins in the earliest chapters of the Bible, specifically in Genesis 3:15, often referred to as the Protoevangelium or the first gospel.

Genesis 3:15 (NKJV): “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

In this verse, God addresses the serpent, identified later in Scripture as Satan, and declares His plan to establish enmity between the serpent and the woman, representing humanity. This enmity culminates in the defeat of the serpent by the woman’s Seed, who will ultimately crush the serpent’s head while suffering a wound to His heel. This prophetic utterance foreshadows the cosmic battle between good and evil and anticipates God’s decisive victory through the Seed of the woman, understood by Christians as a reference to Jesus Christ.

The Messianic Hope:

Throughout the Old Testament, the promise of a Messiah, descended from the line of Adam and Eve, sustains the hope of God’s final victory over evil. Numerous prophecies foretell the coming of a Redeemer who will conquer sin, death, and Satan.

The New Testament elucidates and fulfills the promise of God’s final victory over Satan through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ earthly ministry is characterized by confrontations with demonic forces, symbolizing the cosmic battle between good and evil. His miracles, teachings, and ultimately His sacrificial death on the cross demonstrate God’s power over Satan and sin.

1. Colossians 2:15 (NKJV): “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” This verse depicts Jesus’ victory over the spiritual forces of darkness through His death and resurrection, establishing His triumph over Satan and his minions.
2. Revelation 20:10 (NKJV): “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” In the apocalyptic vision of John, Satan is ultimately defeated and consigned to eternal punishment, symbolizing God’s final victory over evil.
The Second Coming of Jesus is portrayed as the climax of history, wherein Satan is ultimately vanquished, and God’s kingdom is fully realized.

Conclusion:

At the beginning, God created a highly exalted perfect angel called Lucifer but this angel rebelled against God because of his pride and led one third of the angels with him. Satan deceived mankind and led to their fall. But God in His infinite mercy redeemed mankind from eternal death by the sacrificial death of His only Son (John 3:16).

From the Protoevangelium in Genesis to the apocalyptic visions of Revelation, Scripture reveals God’s redemptive plan to conquer sin, death, and the forces of darkness through Jesus Christ. As believers await the fulfillment of God’s promises, they find hope and assurance in the certainty of God’s ultimate triumph over evil, securing eternal victory for those who are faithful to Him.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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