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The Fall of Satan: A Biblical Investigation (9)

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The Fall of Satan: A Biblical Investigation (9)

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The fall of God’s spiritual creation

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The fall of God’s spiritual creation

2. Apostle John’s Report

In addition to Jesus’ testimony, John also reported the cause of Satan’s fall: "He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 Jn 3:8). This verse marks the point in time when the devil started sinning, which is "from the beginning." It is important to note that "from the beginning" (ἀπ᾽ ἀρχῆς - ap᾽ archís) is not the same as "in the beginning" (ἐν ἀρχῇ - en archē). The Gospel of John shares that “[i]n the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life…” (Jn 1:1–4) Although the two phrases sound similar, it is important to differentiate between the two.

In the Book of Revelation, the Lord Jesus revealed: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last" (Rev 21:6; 22:13). In the beginning, only God existed. His existence is unique, as no other being can be ranked equally with Him or indeed self-exist. "In the beginning," the Word was with God, and the true God created the heavens and the earth. In the beginning, “all things” were created and were sinless. This is why God declares that these were “good” at their creation.

“From the beginning” is quite different; it refers to a time after the beginning when all was pure and blameless. It points to a time after sin entered the world. Furthermore, when John says that Satan “sinned,” he uses the term ἁμαρτάνει (hamartánei), which means “to sin and to continually sin.” Satan sinned and has continually sinned against God since that moment in time.

[To be continued…]



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