THE ANGELS, FALLEN AND UNFALLEN

We believe that God created and innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings known as angels; that one, "Lucifer, son of the morning" - the highest in rank - sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan; that a great company of angels followed him in his moral fall, some of whom became demons and are active as his agents and associates in the prosecution of his unholy purposes, while others who fell are "reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day". (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; I Tim. 3:6; II Pet. 2:4; Jude 6)

We believe that Satan is the originator of sin, and that under the permission of God he, through subtlety, led our first parents into transgression, thereby accomplishing their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his own power; that he is the enemy of God and the people of God, opposing and exalting himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped; and the he who in the beginning said, "I will be like the most High", in his warfare appears as and angel of light, even counterfeiting the works of God by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrine, and which systems in every case are characterized by the denial of the efficacy of the blood of Christ and of salvation by grace alone. (Gen. 3:1-19; Rom. 5:12-14; II Cor 4:3-4; Eph. 6:10-12; II Thess. 2:4; I Tim. 4:1-3)

We believe that Satan was judged at the cross, though not then executed, and that he, a usurper, now rules as the "god of this world"; that at the second coming of Christ, Satan will be bound and cast into the abyss for a thousand years, and after the thousand years he will be loosed for a little season and then "cast into the lake of fire and brimstone" where he "shall be tormented day and night and forever and ever". (Col. 2:15; Rev. 20:1-3, 10)

We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God, from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation. (Luke 15:10; Eph. 1:21; Heb. 1:14; Rev. 7:12)

We believe that man was made lower than the angels; and that in His incarnation, Christ took for a time this lower place that He might lift the believer to His own sphere above the angels. (Heb. 2:6-10)

Next: Man Created and Fallen