It’s important to note that we don’t really know when Lucifer became the devil. It could have very well been after God created Adam and Eve. In Job 38:7 we read when the earth was created that “and all the sons of God shouted for joy”. Would this include the devil and angels before they turned against God? We also read in Genesis 1:31 that after God finished creation of earth and man that He “saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” With that passage, it gives the sense that all was good with His creation.
In the very beginning, God had very hard decisions to make: Would He create beings with the freedom to choose their own destiny? God’s choice was made infinitely more difficult by His foreknowledge (Isaiah 46:10). He clearly saw that to allow freedom of choice would lead to the risk of pain, suffering and death.
Love can only exist with freedom
God knew that only creatures with total freedom of choice could have a loving relationship with Him (2 Corinthians 3:17). For without the freedom to reject God, neither could there be freedom to choose Him—and without choice, love would be not possible (Galatians 5:13-14). God loves His creatures, and He desires love in return (Revelation 3:20). The very nature of free choice is to be free from compulsion and any decisions made are the individual’s own responsibility (Joshua 24:14,15).
So, even though God knew that His creatures would use the right of free choice against Him, personal freedom was so essential that God made the decision to create them anyway (Ephesians 3:12). Once this decision was done, it would not have been possible for God to delete them from His creative plans because if He did the principle of freedom of choice would be turned into a falsehood.
God created angels with the freedom of choice, but Lucifer chose to use his freedom to rebel against God and many angels followed him in the rebellion. There was no excuse of Lucifer’s rebellion. And these evil angels were all cast out of heaven (Revelation 12:7-12).
Then the devil set out to deceive mankind by his lies and he succeeded. But God, in His infinite mercy, offered the plan of Salvation. God sent His innocent Son to pay the penalty of man’s sins (John 3:16). The ultimate revelation of God’s love was at the cross where His justice and mercy were fulfilled. The victory of Christ over Satan at the cross, guaranteed the final eradication of sin from the universe (Genesis 3:15).
In the end, God will be vindicated before the universe (Psalm 22:27). His character will show that He is a loving and just God who is willing to do whatever it takes to save His creatures even to the point of sacrificing Himself. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
In His service,