Universal Salvation: Satan Part Two
Just to recap the last two paragraphs:
"But does not the Bible say somewhere that Satan was a murderer from the beginning?"
Yes, it does.
John 8:44 says this: "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it."
And everyone believes that it is speaking of Satan being a murderer and a liar from the beginning of his life. And that can not be so. We have already seen that when Satan was created, he was without sin, until sin was programmed into him.
At Isaiah 14:12-15, there seems to be another parallel, this time between Satan and the king of Babylon. Once again, it becomes obvious that some of the things it says typify Satan.
12 "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! 13 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; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.' 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit."
Verse 12, although speaking of the king of Babylon, also superimposes God's plan for His anointed cherub who became Satan: "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!"
The one who became Satan is here referred to as Lucifer, which is simply a noun meaning brightness. He was once in the light, which is hardly surprising because 1 John 1:5 says: "…God is light and in Him is no darkness at all."
Therefore since the one who became Satan was sealed with the same exactness of God to start with, there could not have been any darkness in him either. Showing that Satan was not a murderer and a liar from the beginning of his life.
John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, has this to say about John 8:44: "He was a murderer - In inclination, from the beginning - Of his becoming a devil; and abode not in the truth - Commencing murderer and liar at the same time. And certainly he was a killer of men (as the Greek word properly signifies) from the beginning of the world: for from the very creation he designed and contrived the ruin of men."
At Romans 8:20, Paul took it further than John Wesley, when he said: "For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope."
This goes way beyond the beginning of the world. It is saying, among other things, that at sometime all creation was subjected to futility; meaning that everything that had been created, was subjected (no choice) to conditions contrary to perfection, including Satan. Conditions that, in themselves, could lead to nowhere.
For everyone to fully understand righteousness, and that God is righteous, evil had to be introduced into the picture. It was information necessary for everyone to have a complete understanding and freewill.
So when John 8:44 says of Satan: "…He was a murderer from the beginning…" it is speaking of the time that evil was programmed into God's anointed cherub, and his beginning as a resister of God.
Genesis 1:1 says: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Now according to what we have been saying, all of God's creation would have to be subjected to futility; and the literal heavens and the earth would be no exception.
Isaiah 45:18 tells us something important about God creating the earth. It says: "…Who did not create it in vain…"
And the Hebrew word there for "in vain" is tohu, meaning a waste, a place of chaos.
The Amplified Version translates Isaiah 45:18: "…And created it not a worthless waste…" This verse tells us that when the earth was created, it was not created a worthless waste and in chaos. And straightaway, that brings a problem.
Genesis 1:1 says: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." But verse 2 tells us: "The earth was without form (tohu) and void…"
The Amplified Version translates it like this: "The earth was without form and an empty waste…"
What on earth happened between verse one and verse two, to make the earth a worthless waste, when God specifically tells us that it was not created that way?
What happened was, (all of) creation was subjected to futility, as Paul said. Satan was programmed to be evil, quickly destroying God's beautiful universe and planet earth so that the earth would not sustain any life on it. What we see in Genesis is a recreation of the earth, but not to the standards that it originally was.
Do you think that our Creator could not create the universe in order, where asteroids do not crash into other planets? That is total chaos. Any one of us could get killed at any time. To create order would only be a simple matter of mathematics to God and His team.
Everything that God created, Satan, being the exact opposite, would try to undo in an attempt to stop God's plans. What God is really showing all of us is that there is nothing that Satan can do, as the ultimate evil, that is permanent. His efforts, while seemingly successful, are all very limited.
Satan himself is very limited, because he is not perfect. When imperfection comes up against perfection, any plan of action must be doomed to failure on the basis that imperfection is incomplete, and therefore must be limited. Whereas any plan under perfection must succeed, because it is perfectly complete and therefore not limited. Evil can have no success against righteousness. The only success that evil can have, is not when it goes up against righteousness, but when it works together with righteousness as part of a perfect plan. It is successful inasmuch as it is one of the links that will take everyone from imperfection to perfection. Evil was never designed to defeat righteousness. It was designed so that imperfect people could obtain a full understanding of truth, and thereby be taken up to perfection.
God could not create people incorruptible in the first place, because full understanding was not available to give them. Sin, in the first instance without proof, was only theory. If it is theoretical, it is speculative; and speculation can bring doubt. God could not afford to leave any question unanswered. All He had to do was to bring the proof of what sin does into the picture, and then simply upgrade peoples' understanding at a later date.
"Yes, but can He upgrade everyone's understanding, just like that?"
He can. He did it at Babel. One minute, everyone spoke the same language, and the next minute, they all spoke different languages. God had instantaneously educated them with another language. He took just one tiny area, and upgraded their minds. He also deleted instantaneously the language that they had spoken from birth.
So now we have, on the one side, Satan, who had already virtually destroyed God's beautiful creation, and, as the Bible shows, is associated with darkness. And on the other side, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, who are associated with light. So when the time came for God to create human beings upon the earth, all three were in position to do their respective jobs.
The plan is superimposed upon the account of the physical creation.
Genesis 1:2 says: "The earth was without form and void…" in other words, it was a chaotic mess.
Verse 2 continues: "…and darkness was on the face of the deep…" Satan was there, waiting to destroy God's recreation.
Verse 2 continues, "…And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." The Holy Spirit was also there.
Genesis 1:3 says: "Then God said, 'let there be light'; and there was light."
There certainly was. The Light of the world, Jesus, was there. Whereas Satan was allowed to destroy God's original creation, because it was deliberately subjected to futility, this time Jesus and the Holy Spirit were there to make sure that he did not destroy it again. In fact, God's plan was for everyone created to have eternal life with freewill. It was a perfect plan, and no one would be able to stop it from being completed. Satan's response to God's perfect plan could only bring a limited and incomplete response, as Satan himself was imperfect, limited and incomplete.
God's perfect plan had everything. It had Jesus as the Word of God. It had Jesus as the Light of the world. It had Jesus as the Saviour of the world. It had the Holy Spirit with the power, to make sure everything got done. And it had God's anointed cherub programmed to be a Satan and the worst evil possible. The only outcome possible was total success. Perfection versus limitation can have only one result.
God chose to recreate the heavens and the earth again, starting with the earth. And from within a tiny paradise, the garden of Eden, man was created. Since man had to be subjected to futility, it was inevitable that he would sin and bring death upon all of mankind. Which was one of the links that would guarantee perfection for every created being. It was all part of the plan.
Truly, God, working through Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Satan, had our best interests at heart. What a team. At present, certain ones are being called to be a part of that team. These are the ones who will sit on thrones and rule with Jesus in the millennium. They are the ones who will be in the first resurrection. Not many attain to this calling. Are you being called to join the team?
Can you hear it yet? Can you hear the voice of inevitability? Universal Salvation! It is coming. Has God put it into your hearts and minds yet? It is the greatest message on earth today. And what a message!
Yes, but then, what a God.
Be sure to read next month's blockbuster (it's going to be a good one), "Universal Salvation! Satan Part Three".
Next article: Satan Part Three