Lucifer comparing himself to the Son of God

Posted Jul 23, 2010 by Corey McCain in The Son of God Hits: 4,607

In this article we are gonna take a look at the scenes in Patriarchs and Prophets chapter one and try and see what Lucifer saw that could have lead to his self exaltation... Keep in mind that if there is a trinity we should see at least two beings that would appear nearly identical... I personally  would think it would need to be three but I've  learned that some (maybe most?) trinitarians see the Holy Spirit not having a form and would be absent from these scenes...  Of course I think this reasoning seems strange seeing that we have 3 co-equal co-eternal beings so I would think they would all appear the same... But, hey, this article is not about the Holy Spirit so I won't be going into that area...

"But imagine a situation in which the Being we have come to know as God the Father came to die for us, and the One we have come to know as Jesus stayed back in heaven (we are speaking in human terms to make a point)." "Nothing would have changed, except that we would have been calling Each by the name we now use for the Other." "That is what equality in the Deity means." (Seventh-day Adventist Sabbath School Quarterly, page 19, Thursday April 10th 2008, ‘The Mystery of His Deity)

There was one who perverted the freedom that God had granted to His creatures. Sin originated with him who, next to Christ, had been most honored of God and was highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of heaven. Lucifer, "son of the morning," was first of the covering cherubs, holy and undefiled. He stood in the presence of the great Creator, and the ceaseless beams of glory enshrouding the eternal God rested upon him. {PP 35.1}

Satan dwelled in the presence of the Father and Son to behold their glory... He was next in honor to the Son of God... In the very next paragraph we see:

Little by little Lucifer came to indulge the desire for self-exaltation. The Scripture says, "Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness." Ezekiel 28:17.{PP 35.2}

Now if I were to exalt myself because of my beauty and brightness I would need to have someone to compare myself with in order to do this... He was already highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of heaven so he must have been looking above him to the Father and Son...

Though all his glory was from God, this mighty angel came to regard it as pertaining to himself. Not content with his position, though honored above the heavenly host, he ventured to covet homage due alone to the Creator. Instead of seeking to make God supreme in the affections and allegiance of all created beings, it was his endeavor to secure their service and loyalty to himself. And coveting the glory with which the infinite Father had invested His Son, this prince of angels aspired to power that was the prerogative of Christ alone. {PP 35.2}

Lucifer coveted the position that was the prerogative of Christ alone... In the next couple of quotes we will see that it was clearly Christ that Lucifer began comparing himself with...

Lucifer allowed his jealousy of Christ to prevail, and became the more determined.  To dispute the supremacy of the Son of God, thus impeaching the wisdom and love of the Creator, had become the purpose of this prince of angels.{PP 36.1}

He was beloved and reverenced by the heavenly host, angels delighted to execute his commands, and he was clothed with wisdom and glory above them all. Yet the Son of God was exalted above him, as one in power and authority with the Father. He shared the Father's counsels, while Lucifer did not thus enter into the purposes of God. "Why," questioned this mighty angel, "should Christ have the supremacy? Why is He honored above Lucifer?" {PP 36.3}

Here we clearly see Lucifer comparing himself to Christ... Could Lucifer see something about Christ's external appearance that made him feel he should be equal with him? Notice the issue is over the Son of God and not the Father... If Christ was equal to the Father why shouldn't I be honored the same Lucifer was thinking... Lucifer wanted to be part of a three person equality system...  So did he see a difference between the Father and Son?

The King of the universe summoned the heavenly hosts before Him, that in their presence He might set forth the true position of His Son and show the relation He sustained to all created beings. The Son of God shared the Father's throne, and the glory of the eternal, self-existent One encircled both.{PP 36.2}

Here we see that the Glory of the Father encircled Himself and His Son...

I saw a throne, and on it sat the Father and the Son. I gazed on Jesus' countenance and admired His lovely person. The Father's person I could not behold, for a cloud of glorious light covered Him. I asked Jesus if His Father had a form like Himself. He said He had, but I could not behold it, for said He, "If you should once behold the glory of His person, you would cease to exist." {EW 54.2}

Now some may say this is a vision after the cross, so here is a vision before the cross...

Sorrow filled heaven, as it was realized that man was lost and that world which God had created was to be filled with mortals doomed to misery, sickness, and death, and there was no way of escape for the offender. The whole family of Adam must die. I saw the lovely Jesus and beheld an expression of sympathy and sorrow upon His countenance. Soon I saw Him approach the exceeding bright light which enshrouded the Father. Said my accompanying angel, He is in close converse with His Father. The anxiety of the angels seemed to be intense while Jesus was communing with His Father. Three times He was shut in by the glorious light about the Father, and the third time He came out from the Father, His person could be seen. His countenance was calm, free from all perplexity and doubt, and shone with benevolence and loveliness, such as words cannot express. {SR 42.1}

Clearly from an external appearance Lucifer saw a difference in the Father and Son... Now I do not know how close Lucifers appearance was to Christ but clearly Lucifer must have felt his own beauty and brightness was equal to that of Christ in some way..."Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness." Ezekiel 28:17... Had God been a trinity Lucifer could have never seen this difference and compared himself to Christ... Does equality in God's kingdom have anything to do with appearance? 1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

How often do we compare ourselves externally or in any manner for that? It originated with Lucifer...

God Bless!!!