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Don Stewart :: What Were the Results of Satan's Fall?

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Don Stewart
The following things resulted from Satan's original fall.

1. He Became The First Sinner In The Universe

When this angel rebelled against God and became the Devil, he also became the first sinner in the universe. Scripture emphasizes that he sinned in the beginning.

Everyone who commits sin is a child of the Devil; for the Devil has been sinning from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose, to destroy the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8).

2. Satan Became The Author Of Sin

Because he was the first sinner, he is the author of, and basis for, all subsequent sin. Jesus said to the religious rulers of His day.

You are from your father the Devil, and you choose to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).

3. His Great Wisdom Was Made Corrupt Through Sin

Though this angel had great knowledge and wisdom, it was now corrupted through his sin.

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 (Ezekiel 28:17).

4. He Was Completely Taken Over By Sin

The fall of Satan was complete to the extent that he was totally taken over by sin. As Jesus said, "He is the father of lies" (John 8:44).

5. His Sin Caused Him To Be Condemned

Because of his sin, he has fallen under God's condemnation.

How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! (Isaiah 14:12).

Though under God's judgment, he still has access to God. We read in the Book of Job:

One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them (Job 1:6).

6. Sent Down To The Earth

Eventually Satan will only have access to the earth.

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels going forth to war with the dragon; and the dragon warred and his angels; And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him (Revelation 12:7-9).

7. He Will Eventually Be Punished

The original sin of the Devil will result in his ultimate destiny - eternal separation from God and eternal punishment.

And when the thousand years are finished, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall come forth to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to the war: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up over the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down out of heaven, and devoured them. And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where are also the beast and the false prophet; and they shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Revelation 20:7-10).

Summary

Because of his initial rebellion against God, this angel, who became the Devil, brought sin into the universe. Many other things resulted from this sin including: his condemnation, loss of favorable position with the Lord, and the ultimate judgment - eternal separation from God.
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