As God’s creation, we know that Lucifer was created good. In fact, we’re told that Satan was initially created “blameless” with wisdom and perfect beauty. Lucifer became consumed with pride over his splendor, desiring to be higher than God.
In fact, such a model of perfection was Satan that God gave him a position of prominence among the angels (Ezekiel 28:14).
2. God ordained Lucifer as a guardian cherub in heaven. Satan was known as the “morning star,” translated as Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12).
As an angel, Lucifer walked on God’s holy mountain and was anointed to serve God as a member of the guardian cherubim, among the highest rank of angels in God’s holy host second only to the seraphim (Ezekiel 28:14).
That Lucifer was ordained a cherub signifies his initial position of celestial prominence, as God Himself sits “enthroned between the cherubim” (Isaiah 37:16).
Lucifer’s high rank also speaks to the gravity of his betrayal when he chose to betray his Creator.
3. Lucifer’s sinful pride cost him his place in paradise. Despite Lucifer’s God-given wisdom and beauty, as well as the honor of serving in God’s angelic guard, Lucifer wasn’t humbled by his many blessings.
On the contrary, Lucifer became consumed with pride over his splendor. As that pride grew, Lucifer’s thoughts became so corrupt that he began desiring to be higher than God rather than to continue serving under Him (Ezekiel 28:15-17; Isaiah 14:13-14).
This ravenous sense of superiority led Lucifer to exercise his free will in scheming to be greater than God and assembling an army of angels to help him carry out that plot (Revelation 12:3-4,9).
It’s important to note here that Lucifer’s sinful pride in rebelling against God is different from the commonplace sense of pride we feel over a job well done.
Rather, the pride that the Bible condemns refers to the state of being so obsessed with yourself that your thoughts never turn to God and your heart never seeks Him (Psalm 10:4).
It is pride in this biblical sense that tops the list of sins that God hates (Proverbs 6:16-17).
As punishment for his grave disobedience and dishonoring of his angelic post, God cast Lucifer out of heaven by hurling him and his army of fallen angels to Earth (Ezekiel 28:16-18; Luke 10:18; Revelation 12:9).
Lucifer then became known as Satan, humanity’s adversary and accuser who prowls the Earth seeking revenge against God by sewing conflict and division among His children.
4. Satan’s rebellion against God sprung from Satan’s free will. Although God created Satan, God did not and could not have created the evil that Satan bore in his heart and chose to act on.
However, in His love for His creations, God gave us the free will to choose how we live our lives. Likewise, angels are beings created higher than humans (Hebrews 2:7).
As such, angels also possess the free will to either obey God or abandon Him. Thus, although God created everything that is, Satan’s choice to rise up against God sprung entirely from Satan’s own volition (2 Timothy 2:26).
In a similar way, the legion of angels who joined Satan’s rebellion willingly chose for themselves the path of sin and destruction.
What Does This Mean?
Like humanity, God created the angels — including Satan — good, and allowed the angels to choose whether to follow Him or turn from Him.
Unlike humanity, however, the angels who chose to rebel against God in a vain attempt to usurp His throne have no hope of redemption.
Instead, the fate that awaits them is “the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).
There are important lessons we can draw from the Bible’s account of Satan. We learn from Satan’s story that pride was the first sin committed in the universe and that humanity has been on notice ever since that “pride goeth before destruction” (Proverbs 16:18, KJV).
In addition, and most importantly, the Bible confirms that Satan was defeated by our Savior Jesus Christ. The Cross strengthens us when the Devil tempts us into acting on our sinful nature.
We can avoid Satan’s snares and reach paradise by remaining vigilant that our thoughts and actions align with the message of the Cross when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.