1} Angels are sinless beings.
2} Sin and punishment do not occur in heaven.
3} Adam and Eve were the first to sin.
Not one of these statements is true.
I suppose I’m a rare breed, but I love to find “confusions” and “contradictions” in Scripture. They fascinate me and motivate me to retrieve an answer that’s often impossible to find.
Something like a “wild goose chase,” you might say. But oh how wonderful! For in the puzzles and mysteries of the Word, I discover the depth of my inadequacy and the magnitude of God’s greatness.
Isaiah takes the cake so far, and this time a simple phrase regarding the return of the Lord.
On that day, the Lord will punish the host of heaven, in heaven. Isaiah 24:21
We’re talking about angels here, yes? The Lord will punish the angels?
Wait . . . Angels sin? In heaven? How can sin be in heaven?
And he punishes them in heaven?
Well, Satan sinned in heaven and was cast out of heaven . . .
Wait, when did that happen anyway? Before he appeared as a serpent in Genesis 1, I presume.
So then sin “entered the world” before Adam and Eve sinned?
Furthermore, how could Satan be punished for sin if there was yet no law?
For sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Rom 5:13
He was kicked out of heaven. Sounds like it was counted to me.
. . . anyway, where were we?
1} Angels have sinned and will sin.
2} While the return of the Lord may qualify as a unique circumstance, sin and punishment do have the ability to occur in heaven.
3} . . . as has been illustrated by Satan himself, who perhaps more accurately committed the “first sin.”
But I still have more questions than “answers.”
And that’s the beauty of a wild goose chase.
Kudos if you followed me on that one. If you’re wondering what in the world that was all about, look up Isaiah 24:21, start asking questions, and see if you don’t end up on your own wild goose chase. Really, it’s quite fun.
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