In the verse below God is speaking to Ezekiel and asking him to raise a lamentation against the King of Tyre. In these passages, we see that God is really speaking to Satan. It is here that we learn a great deal about Satan. One of the things that we learn is that when Satan was formed he was blameless in all of his ways; until, and this until is very important. Until unrighteousness was found, so what was the unrighteousness that was found?
Ezekiel28.15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you.
This next verse in Timothy tells us that the unrighteousness was pride. The first sin was pride and here are the two verses that tell us this.
The first passage is John3.8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.
The second passage is 1Timothy 3:6. In this context, Paul outlined or listed a series of qualifications for anyone who would like to become an elder in a local church. Among these qualifications, Paul states: not a novice, lest being puffed up (pride) he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
A new believer must never be placed in a position of authority in the local church because every new believer, by virtue of the fact that he is a new believer, is spiritually immature. If he is placed in a position of leadership before he is spiritually ready for it, he might be filled with pride, which could cause him to fall into the same sin that caused Satan’s fall. The first sin, then, was the sin of pride, and the first sinner was Satan.[i]
So what does pride cause and what does it lead to? It causes a person not to fear God and that leads to the thinking that there is no God.
Psalm10.4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
Romans3.15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 in their paths are ruin and misery, 17 and the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
So what does this all mean? There is a very important insight to be gained. People often think that Satan makes people commit sin and not believe in God. These verses tell us that it is our own pride, just as it was Satan’s own pride that caused him to be against God. It is not Satan that carries the blame for our rejection of God, it is our own pride. Satan surely makes it alluring and certainly provides a “doctrine of demons” and a satanic system, but Satan’s knee will bow for his own pride of face and our knee will bow for our pride of face.
[i] Fruchtenbaum, A. G. (1983). Vol. 77: The Messianic Bible Study Collection (8–9). Tustin, Calif.: Ariel Ministries.
Published on Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 5:56 AM CDT