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God Created Lucifer Perfect
God created Lucifer a perfect sinless angel. The Bible describes his original state: “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty…You were the anointed cherub who covers;
I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God…You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you” (Ezekiel 28:12-15).
God gave Lucifer and His holy angels the freedom of choice. This freedom is God’s master plan for the universe. God’s purpose for creation was to share His love with His creation. The very nature of free choice is to be free from force. Therefore, any decisions made are the person’s own responsibility and cannot be blamed on God.
Like the angels, the Lord also creates humans with the freedom of choice. And He calls His people to exercise their free will, “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). And He is very eager for them to choose life: “… I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
The Importance of Freedom
God knew through His foreknowledge that His creatures will rebel (Revelation 21:6). And He clearly saw that to allow freedom of choice would lead to pain, suffering, and death. But He understood that only creatures with full freedom of choice could have a loving relationship with Him. Because without the liberty to reject God, neither could we choose Him—and without choice, love would not exist. God loves His creatures, and is eager to receive their love (Matthew 22:37).
Lucifer chose to rebel against God. The Bible says the following about him: “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” (Isaiah 14:13, 14). Lucifer desired to be like God in rank, power, and glory, but not in character.
God’s Foreknowledge and Free Choice
God’s foreknowledge doesn’t interfere with the free choices of His creatures. God knew Lucifer would sin when He created him. If God had refused to create him, He would have been canceling the principle of free choice. Future events do not happen because God “foreknew” them; rather, they are known by God because they will take place. Because the Lord knows something will happen, this does not mean He wills it to happen.
The Plan of Salvation
The most One that truly suffered from creating free-will beings is God Himself. For God offered to sacrifice His Son to solve the sin problem. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The supreme expression of divine love is death of God’ own innocent Son (John 3:16), through whom it becomes possible for us to be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13)
All those that accept God’s gift of salvation will be saved eternally. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). John adds that the decisive factor lies with men themselves—“as many” as accept the Lord and walk in His path are given access to sonship.
In His service,