The Origin of Evil

The Open Door Bible Studies Number Five

How is the conflict between Christ and Satan described?

"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.

 

Note. — This conflict, begun in heaven, continues on earth. Near the close of Christ's ministry he said, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." Luke 10:18. "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out." John 12:31, From the councils of the various worlds to which Satan, as prince of this world, was formerly admitted (Job 1:6, 7; 2:1, 2), he was cast out when he crucified Christ, the Son of God.

 

With whom did sin originate?

"He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." 1John 3:8.

 

From what time has the devil been a murderer?

"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. John 8:44.

 

What is the devil's relationship to lying?

"When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44.

 

Was Satan created sinful?

"Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." Ezekiel 28:15.

 

Note. — Ezekiel here refers to Satan under the figure "king of Tyrus" (see verse 12.) This, and the statement in John 8:44, that he "abode not in the truth," show that Satan was once perfect, and in the truth. Peter speaks of "the angels that sinned" (2 Peter 2:4); and Jude refers to "the angels which kept not their first estate" (Jude 6). These angels were once in a state of sinlessness.

 

What further statement of Christ seems to lay the responsibility for the origin of sin upon Satan and his angels?

"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:" Matthew 25:41.

 

Satan And Christ Contrast

What led to Satan's sin, rebellion and downfall?

"Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee." Ezekiel 28:17.

"For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." Isaiah 14:13, 14.

 

Why was woe at this same time proclaimed to the world?

. . . "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." Revelation 12:12

 

"I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." Luke 10:18

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