*Clarifying Note: Christian theology teaches that God’s decrees of election, reprobation, creation, and the fall occur in eternity past. However, the logical order of God’s decrees is debated. Although not discussed in this podcast, we understand that God’s decree to save is logically after his decree about the creation and fall. This is not a temporal distinction, but simply logical one.
Following are sermons by Dr. Richard Caldwell that will help us gain a better grasp of these truths:
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Why Did God Create Satan?
Wasn’t Satan created good? If God knew that Satan would rebel, why did He create Him? What possible purpose does Satan serve since all he does is destructive and not good?
This week on the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Richard Caldwell and host Dr. Josh Philpot will discuss Satan, the Devil, the enemy of God whom we read and learn about in the Word of God. Before beginning the discussion, Dr. Caldwell says we need to approach questions that ask why carefully. We want to discuss and answer based on the revelation of what God has told us, not from the realm of human thought and opinions. So as we think about this question and others like it, we need to know there are things we want to know that God has not chosen to reveal to us. Our God has told us that the things He has revealed belong to us, but the secret things belong to the Lord (Deut. 29:29). Those things that are secret He has chosen to keep to Himself. Therefore when we seek to answer why God made Satan, all the reasons why God allowed sin, and these sorts of questions, we must keep in mind that we do not have access to all of this.
Nevertheless, Dr. Caldwell says, looking at the Bible as a whole, he believes there is an answer. He says what seems clear is that what is most important to God is His own glory. Everything that God has done, and worked out according to His will, is ultimately for His glory.
The Glory of God
When questions like why did something originate, why is something the way it is right now, where is it all headed, how is it all going to end, are asked - the answer will be the glory of God. So then, why did God create Satan, knowing in advance what Satan would be, knowing what Satan would bring about and produce? The answer, as unsatisfactory as it will be to some minds, is for God’s glory. There is something about God that is being put on display because things are the way that they are. All this is good in the final analysis, or else God would not have ordained it because our God is perfectly good and perfectly wise.
Dr. Philpot brings up that Dr. Caldwell has used the word ordained. He says that this sort of moves the discussion into a broader discussion of God allowing these things to happen and why God does allow these things to happen. Dr. Philpot shares some verses from Ephesians 1. From these verses and what Dr. Caldwell has shared, the logic he sees then is that God, in doing these things, has ordained that evil would exist. That God would use it to bring about the death of His Son, to redeem a people, which ultimately is to the praise of His glory. Dr. Caldwell affirms this and says he couldn't say it better.
The Existence of Evil
He does however add, that what God desires and what God decrees do not always match up. In speaking of what God desires, he means that in which God takes pleasure, in which He rejoices. Dr. Caldwell explains that God has decreed certain things that involve things that do not please Him. He believes this includes the existence of evil and everything else. So we don’t want to say that God had nothing to do with it. That isn't true because there is nothing that exists that God did not, nor does not, have sovereignty over.
So what purpose does Satan serve? Was he created for dishonorable use? Dr. Caldwell says there is no doubt that God had a purpose for Satan when He made him, and Satan is fulfilling that purpose. He tells us that the same is true in the human realm using Judas Iscariot to explain. He shares that what Judas did with the Lord Jesus was foreordained, yet God took no pleasure in it. It was hateful to Him. God could have taken Judas out of existence before the betrayal, but, He didn’t because even that wicked act was according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God.
There is Much That is Not Revealed
Is the Devil an angel? Is the serpent in the garden of Genesis 3 the Devil? What is the Devil's ultimate end, and how will it come about? These questions and more are answered in this episode. As Dr. Caldwell mentions in the podcast, there is much that is not is not revealed to us in the Scriptures. The answers we seek and get to some of our questions may never fully satisfy us. However, what the Lord God has revealed to us is for us, and we can let it occupy our minds and hearts that we might be a people who live to declare His praise, honor, and glory above all.
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