Devils and Demons | Flawless to Lawless
John Carter | Director of Finance & HR
The concept of the fall is real as the title expresses, going from a flawless state to lawlessness. In Genesis 1 we see that God created all things and God saw that it was very good. We were made flawless, but guess who else was made and created a flawless being, the devil. Yeah, shocking to consider that Satan, the devil, Lucifer, was once a perfect creature made by God. So the question is, “What went wrong?”
Ezekiel 28: 12-15 gives a description of the King of Tyre that spiritually represents a description of the devil. One of the key clues to this is provided with the description in verses 13-14.
“Thus says the Lord GOD: “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. 14 You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you.”
These are obviously not descriptions fitting to any earthly human king. The subject of who the King of Tyre is involved a much deeper study than available in this context. Some believe he was possessed by the devil; others say he is the devil. I want to focus on fundamental concepts that describe what happened with the devil. Let’s focus on what went wrong with the devil.
Verse 15 of Ezekiel states “you were blameless (or flawless) from the day you were created, till unrighteousness (or sin) was found in you.” As you continue in the Scripture to verse 17, you can see why sin was found in him.
“Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.”
“Your heart was proud because of your beauty.” The devil’s first mistake was the sin of pride. God’s response to sin can be seen as a depiction of the fall when He says, “I cast you to the ground.” We see here that pride was a big issue involved in the devil’s fall. You might be thinking that this is an interesting topic, but how does this relate to me? You might say things like, “I am not the devil. I know he is the “bad guy.” What does this event have anything to do with me?”
As I was studying this topic, I felt like I was being led to 1 John 3. Verse 4 says, “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness.” When we sin, we are lawless. The passage continues in verses 7-10, we are given a warning not to be deceived.
“Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”
The story of the devil is not that different than the fall of the human race, as recorded in Genesis 3. We were made flawless, lived in a flawless environment, but our pride made us think we knew better than God. In fact, we thought we could be God, the same as the devil thought.
So to the question, why does understanding the fall matter? Well, the fall matters because it helps us to understand the history of how we went wrong. If we cannot identify the problem, then we cannot see an effective solution to the problem.
As we saw at the end of verse 8, the reason Jesus Christ came was to destroy the works of the devil. This means that we have hope! Yes, we gave up flawlessness for lawlessness. How dumb are we? So let us learn from it and not let our pride keep us from recognizing who Jesus Christ is and that He came to give us a flawless solution. What will you choose? A Flawless Jesus Christ or your lawless pride?
The very first verse of 1 John Chapter 3 says this, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” This is the hope part of the Gospel, the part that helps us understand the flawless gift the Father sent in his Son. It seems crazy when we look back at the fall that someone would give up perfection to live out their lawless prideful living. Why on earth did Adam and Eve trade out paradise for disobedience? Seems totally crazy right? The fact is God has given us another Perfect, Flawless solution to our first mistake. His name is Jesus Christ, yet there are some who instead of humbling themselves and recognizing who Christ is, they would choose to live in lawlessness. The fall is important because it is a history lesson, and as the saying of Edmund Burke goes, “Those who do not know history are destined to repeat it.”