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How Sin Began

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of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering.” “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. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast cre- ated, till iniquity was found in thee.” Ezekiel 28:12- 15.

Lucifer might have remained in favor with God, beloved and honored by all the angelic host, exer- cising his noble powers to bless others and to glo- rify His Maker. But, says the prophet, “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast cor- rupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness” (Eze. 28:17). Little by little, Lucifer came to indulge a desire for self-exaltation. “Thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God.” “Thou hast said . . I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation.” “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.” Ezekiel 28:6; Isaiah 14:13-14. Instead of seeking to make God supreme in the affec- tions and allegiance of His creatures, it was Lucifer’s endeavor to win their service and hom- age to himself. And, coveting the honor which the infinite Father had bestowed upon His Son, this prince of angels aspired to power which it was the prerogative of Christ alone to wield.

They Pleaded with Him

All Heaven had rejoiced to reflect the Creator’s glory and to show forth His praise. And while God was thus honored, all had been peace and

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