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Redemption of Satan
Redemption of Satan
In the book of Ezekiel we are introduced to the magnificent King of Tyrus. So stunning is the description of his perfection and so complete is the account of his destruction that we must conclude that he is none other than the person of Satan before his fall. Notice that Satan started out in such a preeminent state that God says of him: “Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty” (Ez 28:12). Satan was originally created at the zenith such a creature could be made to attain to.
It does not appear that God provided beforehand for a transaction of redemption that would restore a fallen but repentant Satan as He later did for man, which “creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope” (Rom 8:20). Hence, a restored Satan would have retained the blemish of his fall.
The prospect of being marred by his fall for all eternity, and thought of the memory of his former splendor haunting him in the congregation of God, might explain the sealing up of his fate. It was his beauty which originally caused his heart to be lifted up against God (Eze 28:17). How different from God’s faithful and obedient servant who was willing to bear the marks for the price of our redemption in His hands and feet and in His side (Jh 20:27).
On the question of whether God extended an opportunity for Satan and his angels to repent, we may at least have an account of one for his angles.
There is a curious scripture in Psalm eighty-two. It appears there that, just as Satan and his angles presented themselves before God and accused Job (Job 1:6), his angels were at another time standing in the congregation of God when He made the offer:
A Psalm of Asaph. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psa 82:1-4)
If this was an offer, we have evidence of its finale withdrawal here also.
That they are angles we know because God said: “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High” (Psa 82:6). This is the way the angels are described in Job. In the next verse their doom is pronounced: “But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes” (Psa 82:7).
It is also remarkable that the next and last verse to this Psalm is also the chief corner stone for all creation: “Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations” (Psa 82:8). Although we do not know when this event transpired, it seems the rest of God’s plan which would now include the fate of fallen angels was irrevocable from the point. And if such an offer could in fact be made to the angels, it follows that it could also be made to Satan.
This idea of an extended offer of repentance to Satan and his angels may also explain Christ’s words following his riding into Jerusalem as King (Zec 9:9). It was near the hour of his crucifixion which would make possible the redemption of men, and Satan still opposed Him.
Jesus prayed to the Father to glorify His name, and a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again” (Joh 12:28). This may include the miracles Christ performed, but the scope of this glory could also refer to before His incarnation as redeemer and Holy One of Israel, and after His resurrection as Savior; an assurance.
It is upon this promise that the plan of salvation will not be hindered that Jesus responds: “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast down” (Jh 12:31). This may be anticipative of Satan’s future doom, for he is not cast down yet; either from the heavens, to which he still has access until the middle of the tribulation period (Rev 12:7), or from his position over the kingdoms of the world. Also, we know that the judgment day is future too, but still there may be a more immediate application to the statement.
The world was about to be held accountable to the work of Christ on the cross, and everyone will be judged by that standard; have you received Christ so that you may be received of God, or denied him so as to be received in the lake of fire?
Perhaps Satan, in addition to not wanting to be a marred creature in the redemptive state and choosing instead to rule as a god for as long as this age should last, also did not want to give up his power over death. And so by needs sake he had to be destroyed when Christ rose from the dead to abolish death (2Tim 1:10), for we read:
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; (Heb 2:14)
Satan was exalted as the covering cherub with many privileges. He frequented the holy mountain of God, and the Eden of God’s garden that was in the same vicinity (not the Eden God prepared for man), and he walked up and amidst the stones of fire (Ez 28:13-16).
It follows that he would have been the one to have also been given dominion over the earth. That he has title to it today after displacing Adam there is no doubt, for he was willing to offer all the kingdoms of this world to the Lord if he would worship him. Our Lord did not question the Devil’s authority to make that offer (Mat 4:8-10).
Satan most likely engineered the fall in the garden of Eden to retake possession of the earth after God gave it to Adam, and to doom God’s new creation because God destroyed similar creatures over which Satan had a charge.
The animus he would have over mankind could be explained by the fact that God had destroyed Awdawms in the old cosmos who Satan had some authority over. Because of the multitude of his privileges and wonderful attributes with which he was created, Satan’s heart was darkened and he “sinned” (Ez 28:16).
He probably involved the Awdawms in his rebellion, and for that cause they were destroyed, and God foreclosed on earth and put it in a watery bank.
Inferences seem to point to some redemption being available to Satan and his angels. In the hierarchy of created beings, Satan and the angles were created heavenly beings and thus far superior to the Awdawms who were created terrestrial beings. Because they were not created specifically to be called out, or redeemed, the terms of their restoration was limited. God is not limited, so He must have created them as such for His reasons in the Grand Design (s.v.). Satan and his angels may have survived a restoration transaction, but not unscathed. The lesser terrestrial Awdawms, with no special plan for redemption in play, could not negotiate such a transaction and survive it.