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Mystery of Angels and Evil Spirits
his ways from the instant he was created UNTIL
INIQUITY-rebellion, lawlessness-was found in him
(Ezek. 28:15).
He had been trained and was thoroughly experi–
enced in administration of the GOVERNMENT OF Gon at
the very throne of the endless UNIVERSE! He was one of
the two cherubs whose wings covered the throne of God
the MOST high (Ezek. 28:14; Ex. 25:20).
How Sin Entered
He was created gloriously beautiful-perfect in beauty,
but he allowed vanity to seize him. Then he turned to
erroneous reasoning. God's law-the basis of God's
government-is the way of LOVE-outgoing concern for
the good and welfare of others, love toward God in
obedience, humility and worship-the way of giving,
sharing, helping, cooperating. He reasoned that compe–
tition would be better than cooperation. It would be an
incentive to excel, to try harder, to accomplish. There
would be more pleasure in serving SELF and more
enjoyment.
He turned
against
God's law of LOVE. He became
jealous of God, envious, and resentful against God. He
allowed lust and greed to fill him, and he became bitter.
This inspired a spirit of
violence!
He deliberately
became his Maker's adversary and enemy. That was
his
choice, not God's-yet allowed by God!
God changed the adversary's NAME to what he
became, SATAN the DEVIL-Satan means adversary,
competitor, enemy.
Satan directed his supernatural powers henceforth
to EVIL. He became bitter not only against God, but
against God's law. He used his subtile wiles of deception
to
lead the angels under him into disloyalty, rebellion
and revolt against the Creator and finally into a WAR of
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