“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 was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, until iniquity was found in thee.” Ezekiel 28:14-15
I am reminded that Satan, as ugly, deceitful, horrid, despicable, and evil as he is, was once a perfect creation of the Lord God Almighty. He was beautiful, and the worship leader of the angelic host. From Him, not just his voice, but him, came music of all kinds and all of that music was worship to the God Who created him. Yet, within him grew seeds of wrongful ambition, selfishness, envy, and bitterness. He thought to be as God; and, God, from Whom nothing is hidden, saw this within him and without pity, threw him, the most beautiful of all of the angels, out of the angelic host, and a third of the angels with him. That was not so long ago, yet it was before any of the covenants God made with man.
Man is very special to God. Okay, all of His creation is special to Him, for He created all things for His pleasure. What I mean to say is that man is regarded by the Creator God above all of the other creation. We are made in His image, and we were made differently than all rest, in that instead of simply speaking us into existence, as He did all else, He took the time to form us. He formed us from the earth that was already created with His own hands. We are made from the least of the creation, the clay. Not just any clay, mind you, but the miry clay. And after God took a handful of the miry clay and gave shape to our bodies, which look like Him, He lovingly set His lips to ours and breathed life into us. The whole process was very, very intimate. That is the love of God toward us.
Yet, we became sinful upon birth. Sin entered in, because of the seed of Adam, and we carry with us the imperfection brought about by Adam. The same as what had happened to Satan happened to Adam, and God treated His most special creation exactly the same way. Adam and Eve were driven from Eden, just as Satan was thrown out of Heaven. All because iniquity was found within them. But, unlike Satan, Adam was given a promise of an opportunity for redemption through his Child, being God’s Child, God’s only Son, Christ Jesus.
We are each offered the same opportunity, on a one on one basis, to accept Jesus and be reconnected to our Creator into that intimate relationship. And when we do, He does a miracle. The Bible says that when we accept Christ, we are not only saved by His Blood, we are new creations.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
We are made new, and through Christ, God sees us as perfect. As glorious as this is (and it is glorious), there is yet one thing to consider. Though we are seen as perfect, that is only in Christ, when looked at through the context of what Christ did for us on the Cross. And because of free will, we can only be seen this way through the Cross. If we willfully sin, we step away from the Cross, and into darkness. We are still saved, and still forgiven, for with us goes the Holy Spirit, but the blessings of God cease to come like they did before. An outpouring becomes a trickle, because God cannot abide in sin. The Holy Spirit begins to revert to one message, and that is, “repent!” This is why we must confess our sins, to accept the forgiveness offered and move forward with God.
“And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:15-16
This is completely different from what Satan experiences. He can never have redemption. Only man has been offered this. We are seen in the same way, perfect in our ways (because we trust in Jesus) until sin is found in us (where we stopped trusting Him as we chose to sin). Yet, we have redemption in the Blood, and as we return to our trust in God, and belief in Jesus, confessing our sins and repenting of them, we are again seen as perfect, for we step back into the covering of His Blood, provided at Calvary, and are seen through the lens of the Cross once more.
Praise God for the redemption of His Blood, shed for all of us at Calvary, and the Love of God as given unto us even before we were created. It is that Love that brought Jesus to us to die for us on a Cross. It is that Love that raised Him up again to live forevermore. It is that Love that allows us to join Him, from now and into eternity, through the Blood of Christ. That is the Love of God unto His favored of all His creation, fallen man.