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Satan and the Original Sin
by Edward Cobb
07/03/13
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Satan and the Original Sin

The Original Creation

John 1:1-2
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.

Here John takes us back before the creation that there was the Word (Jesus Christ) and the Word was God. It is not said when the angels were created but the Bible does describe one angel which God created and how he fell into sin. It is important that God explains the origin of sin and that our sin did not come from Satan but how it was man’s choice.

Genesis 1:1
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The original creation of Heaven and earth is not clear in the Bible and there is very little written on the creation that it was before Genesis 1:1 but this verse in Ezekiel 28:13, 14 explains more about it. It is clear that Ezekiel wrote about Satan being in Eden, “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire”.

Lucifer and his relationship with God

In this chapter we will discuss the original sin, where it came from, how it got started and how it is not connected with the fall of man. One would say that Satan started sin that passed down to Adam and Eve but that is not biblical. The Bible is very clear on the fall of man and how it was started but no wise did sin pass from Satan to Adam. Is Satan the cause for a lot of our problems? The answer is yes, Satan does have a lot to do with the evil that goes on in this world. So we're going to take a close look at the relationship between Satan, sin and man.

Isaiah 14:12-16
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

The verse in John 1:1 is actually the started before Genesis 1:1 to proclaiming the deity of Jesus as God. There is no date of the creation of the angel or heaven and earth in the Bible. Time may not have started until the creation of the first day in Genesis 1:3-5. Only God knows how long between the creations of the angels, to the fall of Lucifer, to the creation of the earth and Genesis 1:3-5.
Let us go to Ezekiel 28 to look at how God created Lucifer, the most beautiful cherub is in the Bible. God created Lucifer with 9 different stones and with gold around about him. Lucifer was covered with “…every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold…” - God covered him with every precious stone that made him the most beautiful angel in heaven.
God created him for music with “…the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created”. We can never imagine perfect music until we hear the “tabrets and thy pipes” play music in heaven. With all his beauty, music and being the highest angel in heaven and God told of his importance to Ezekiel. It was Lucifer that was “the anointed cherub that covereth”, was “upon the holy mountain of God” and “walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire”.
Lucifer walked in the presence and glory of God in total perfection and also in Eden the garden of God. To say that there was nothing before Genesis 1:2 would be trying to limit what God can do. Just because the Bible is not clear on the idea does not make it any less true. If there was a Grecian before Genesis 1:2, would it change any fact in the Bible as we know it today? The fact is that it would not change one verse in the Bible or change any of God's plans at all. So whether there was a creation or was not a creation, does not change the original sin or the fall of Lucifer. If God wanted us to know all the facts about Lucifer and whether there was a first creation then he would told Moses to write it. God is not a God of darkness so when Moses writes in Genesis 1:2 that “… the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” than this must have been a form of judgment on earth. The earth was made new again and another garden was made before man’s disobedience in his pride. We will never know the exact feeling of them both just before and after the fall but it would not matter because sin is sin.


The Fall of Lucifer

God explains the reason why he fell in Ezekiel 28:17 “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee”. Pride can be started in many ways for many reasons but with only one result which is distruction. God continues to explain what comes from pride in Ezekiel 28:16 “By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire”.
It was pride that caused Lucifer to fall just by saying in his heart that “I will ascend” because it is all about oneself saying “I am”. Why this was allow to happen, we will never know until we are in heaven and all is finished. It repeated in Leviticus 26:19 “And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass”. Pride’s first taste of death starts in Genesis 4:6 “And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen” and in verse 8 “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him”. It was all about doing things our own way and not the Lord’s way. It is clear what the problem was between Cain and Abel was the sacrifice they gave to the Lord. Abel was of the “firstlings of his flock” and Cain’s was from the “fruit of the ground”.

The Serpent in the Garden

Genesis 3:1
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Out of all the animals that were created and named by Adam, this is the only one that the Bible goes into detail about him. The question that we asked, is Lucifer the serpent in the garden? The devil, the serpent, the dragon and Satan all refer to Lucifer throughout the bible. Even Paul warns us about the serpent in the garden that deceived Eve through his subtilty or craftiness in 2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ”. In short, Paul is saying not to let people deceive us from the simple gospel in Christ like Eve was deceived. Eve had a simple command not to eat of the fruit and she did as well as gave it to her husband, Adam.
So Eve was deceived and Adam disobeyed God and made it Adam’s sin but not Eve’s sin. Sin was not passed through the serpent to Eve but came from Adam’s disobedience to God. Paul is saying in Romans 5:19 “For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous”.

The Relationship between the Sin of Satan and Adam

Genesis 3:1-7
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

In Genesis 3:2-7 records original fall of man and how Eve was deceived by the serpent but the original command was given only to Adam in Genesis 2:16, 17 “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”. We find in verse three that Eve added to the commandment say, “neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die” and God never commanded for them not to touch. God put Adam in the Garden “to dress it and to keep it” that means to even take care of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Whether Adam told Eve, “neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die” or Eve came up with that herself is not recorded here.
The old saying that “curiosity killed the cat” is all through our human nature but we must remember that Adam and Eve did not have this fallen nature until afterwards. A good example of this would be if our parents put a box on the table and told us not to open it. The only difference is that Eve knew what caught her curiosity was “a tree to be desired to make one wise”. Adam had full understanding of the command not to eat the fruit and that is why Satan used Eve to get to Adam.
The sin came into the world when Adam directly disobeyed God and ate the fruit regardless of whether his wife did or not. The commandment came down from God, went to Adam and Adam passed it down to Eve. Making Eve deceived him disobeying her husband Adam but Adam directly knew the consequences of the command and ate it anyway. What would happen if Adam did not eat the fruit? Adam and Eve would be separated and she would die. The only reasonable guess that I could make is that Adam did not want to be separated from Eve regardless of the command. So sin came into the world through Adam and not through Eve because Eve was deceived but Adam disobeyed a command.
So the question is raised, did the sin of Lucifer get passed down to Adam? The answer is no, it did not but man fell anyway. Now was Satan a great influence on sin after the fall? Yes he was, Satan was a major influence on the world. We use the old phrase “the devil made me do it” and the truth is that it was not the devil but our human nature that made us do it. If sin came through the woman then sin would have been passed down through Mary but sin was passed down through the man only. This is why Jesus could be born of a woman and be sinless. Now don't misunderstand me, Eve still fell along with Adam in their sinful nature but the sin fell on Adam and not Eve. The responsibility of sin comes through the man and not the woman. This is the reason why the Christ child could be sinless but it had to be a birth that had nothing to do with man. This is why it was a virgin birth and of the Holy Spirit.

1Timothy 2:14-15
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

For this reason Paul made it clear that Adam was not deceived and it was pure disobedience that cause the fall of man; not Satan. Being deceived in the transgression means that she did violate a command from her husband and contrary to what her husband said ate the fruit anyway. Although Satan deceived Eve with his sinful nature, it was not until Adam disobeyed God's command and ate the fruit that mankind fell.



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