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56 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
He sealed up the sum of wisdom, beauty and perfection. He was
PERFECT in all bis ways from the instant he was created UNTIL
(Ezekiel
28: 15)
INIQUITY - rebellion, lawlessness - was found in
him.
He had been trained and was thoroughly experienced in
administration of the GOVERNMENT OF Goo at the very throne of
the endless UNIVERSE! He was one of the two cherubs whose
wings covered the throne of God the MOST high (Ezek.
28:14,
Ex.
25:20).
He was created gloriously beautiful -
perfect
in beauty, but
he allowed vanity to seize him. Then he turned to erroneous rea–
soning. God's LAW- the basis of God's government- is the way
of LOVE - outgoing concern for the good and welfare of others,
love toward God in obedience, humility, and worship - the way
of giving, sharing, helping, cooperating. He reasoned that com–
petition would be better than cooperation.
lt
would be an in–
centive to excel, to try harder, to accomplish. There would be
more pleasure in serving SELF and more enjoyment.
He turned
against
God's law of LOVE. He became jealous of
God, envious, and resentful against God. He allowed lust and
greed to fill him, and he became bitter. This inspired a spirit of
vio/ence!
He deliberately became his Maker's adversary and
enemy. That was
his
choice, not God's- yet allowed by God!
God changed his NAME to what he became, SATAN the DEVIL
- which
means
adversary, competitor, enemy.
He directed his supernatural powers henceforth to EVIL. He
became bitter not only against God, but against God's LAW. He
used his subtile wiles of deception to lead the angels under him
into disloyalty, rebellion, and revolt against the Creator and fi–
nally into a
w
AR of aggression and violence to attempt to depose
God and seize the throne of the UNIVERSE.
As long as Lucifer remained loyal and administered the GOV–
ERNMENT OF Goo faithfully, this earth was filled with wonderful
and perfect PEACE. The angels were vigorously HAPPY to the extent
of JOY! The LAW of God's government is THE WAY OF LIFE that
CAUSES and produces peace, happiness, prosperity, and well–
being. Sin is the
w
AYOF LIFE that has
caused
all existing EVILS.
The penalty of sin by the angels was
not
death - for God had