- There Is a Very Evident Contest, actually a very serious “life and death” on-going
WAR between God and Satan. Satan’s argument, of course, is openly contradictory at
every turn. His way is the way of sin, and our way, by nature, is the same way of sin.
Therefore, from what the Scriptures say about Satan’s sinful ways and from what the
Scriptures say about our own sinful ways, we do not have that much difficulty
discerning Satan’s argument in his rebellion against God. Observe further:
- Satan Argues that He Is Right and God Is Wrong. This is the basic premise from which Satan draws his conclusions and justifies his reasoning and conduct. Therefore:
- Satan Argues that He Has the Right to Judge What Is Right and What is Wrong. Satan’s argument is that there are no absolutes; every individual can judge what is right in their own eyes, Deu 12:8; Jud 17:6--21:25; Pro 12:15; 21:5. Satan has put this into the minds of men all down though the ages, and we hear this wherever we go -- there are no absolutes; everyone has a right to judge what is right or wrong, and no one has a right to judge what is right or wrong for others.
- Satan Argues that He Has a Right to Deny God, Rebel Against God, Make War with God, and Seek to Dethrone God in every major and minor detail of life. This is the essence of sin, and sin is everything contrary to “good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God,” Rom 12:1-2.
- Satan Argues that He Has a Right to Sin, Deceive, Lie, Cheat, Rob, Kill, etc., in order to benefit himself and his cause. He is the father of lies and a murderer from the beginning, Joh 8;44. All his ways are right in his own eyes, (Pro 16:2; 30:12) -- this is the essence of sin, whether it be Satan’s sin or man’s sin.
- Satan Argues that He Has a Right to Do His Own Thing. That is, to feel as he feels, to think as he thinks, to speak as he speaks, and to do as he does. God says we are to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, Deu 6:5; 11:13; 13:4; 30:6; Jos 22:5; Mat 22:37; Mar 12:30; Luk 10:27; Mat 10:37-39; 12:36; Luk 9:23-26; 14:25-33; Rom 12:1-2; 14:23; 1Co 6:19-20; 10:31; 2Co 10:4-5. These are a few of the many passages which teach that every emotion, thought, word, or deed that is not for the glory of God according to His Word is SIN. God has not given us one moment of time to spend in pleasing ourselves -- doing our own thing.
- God Chose to Have a Contest.
The word “contest” is too weak to express the seriousness of the matter. We may use the word “debate,” but debate also does not express the seriousness of the matter. Again, we may use the word “demonstration,” although this word likewise has its weakness in that it does not express the seriousness nor yet the contrasting and conflicting nature of a contest or a debate. Once more, we could use the word “war,” and it is a war, but the word “war” does not inherently emphasize the purpose of demonstrating the contrasting features between “good” and “evil,” between “obedience” and “rebellion,” and between “love” and “hate,” all of which results in “life” or “death” respectively.
God chose to set up a court in heaven (Dan 7:9-10, 13-14, 22, 26-27) with the following structure, ministries, and appointments to execute the counsel of His will Eph 1:11:
- God appointed Himself as the supreme Judge over all court functions, which include all activities in the universe, Luk 22:29-30; Act 2:23; Eph 1:11; 3:11; 1Pe 1:20. God made all covenants and is working all things after the counsel of His own will, Eph 1:11. God further appointed:
- His Son, Jesus Christ, as the defense Lawyer and as kinsman Redeemer with a very large contingent of attending angels as aids both in heaven and on earth, Rom 8:34; Heb 5:5-6; 7:25-28; 2Th 1:7.
- The Holy Spirit to be the overall Administrator of all the covenants, as stipulated in the master covenant between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Gen 1:2; 6:3; Zec 4:6; 2Co 3; Joh 14:16-17,26; 16:7-15.
- Satan to be the prosecution lawyer, also with a very large contingent of fallen angels to aid his evil cause to the extent permited by the covenant stipulations, 1Ch 21:1; 2Ch 18:18-22; Job 1:6-12; 2:1-6; Dan 7:9-10,13-14,18,22,26-27; 10:12-21; Luk 22:31-32; Rev 4 & 5; 12:7-11; and throughout the book of Revelation.
- Certiain chief angels to be court guardians and witnesses of God’s personal power, holiness, righteousness, and justice through His righteous covenant laws, Rev 4 & 5; And throughout the book of Revelation.
- Other of the chief angels as court officials for presiding over the establishing, maintaining, and verifying court records, and also as witnesses of God’s personal power, holiness, righteousness, and justice through His righteous covenant laws, Dan 7:9-10,13-14; Rev 4 & 5; And throughout the book of Revelation.
- A large contingent of angels with Michael as archangel for personal and constant guardians and ministers of the covenant people, Dan 12:1; 2Th 1:7-9; Rev 12:7-9.
- Another large contingent of angels with Gabriel as archangel for instructing the covenant people in various ways. These are the obvious court appointments, Dan 8:16; 9:21; 10:13-21; Lk 1:19,26. There are probably others.
On the other hand God is demonstrating and proving the exceeding sinfulness and deceitfulness of sin before all creation -- righteous angels, demons, and mankind.
Therefore, He prepared a CONTRACT (an agreement, or covenant) and meticulously put into it detailed stipulations covering every emotion, thought, word, and deed that would ever take place during the life of the contract and the effects thereafter. Then He made the contract “offer” to Satan.