and there was reciprocity between the Word and God [the Father].This One both existed and enjoyed reciprocity with God from the very beginning.Everything came into being through Him,and without Him, nothing has come into being which has in fact come into being.
This fact is an extremely important one to keep in mind, because as believers in Jesus Christ, weneed to remember that for all his terrible power, Satan is still only
, operating entirelywithin the universe of time and space which God has created, and is therefore entirely subject toHis sovereign will and omnipotence. By way of contrast, however, our infinite Lord is in noway whatsoever limited by or dependent upon this finite environment of time and space soessential to our existence, and to the existence of all His creatures, including Satan and the fallenangels:
God, who created the universe and everything in it, even He who is Lord of heaven andearth, does not dwell in temples our hands have made, nor is He ministered to by thehands of men (as if He needed anything from us) – [on the contrary],
is the One whogives life and breath and everything else to us all.
In terms of relative power, therefore, the infinite, omnipotent Lord versus Satan and his coterieof angelic subordinates can not even be termed a “contest” in any reasonable sense of that word.Should it please God to annihilate the devil and his minions, He possesses the power to do so ina nanosecond without the slightest effort. That He has not done so is most revealing of theawesome character of the God with whom we have to do. Satan is allowed to exist, allowed torebel against the generous Lord who made him, and his rebellion is allowed to run its course,
precisely because God loves us so much
. For the supreme love that God the Father has for us asdemonstrated in the sacrifice on our behalf of His only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, can also beseen in His determination to let us, to let all His creatures,
whether or not we wish tofollow Him of our own free will. Although God loves all His creatures with a perfect love, Hedoes not
any of them to love Him back. When history finally comes to an end, the onlycreatures, men and angels, who will be with Him forever
are those who have chosen it.
In its simplest expression, creature history (angelic and human) is a chance for each of us todemonstrate conclusively whether we are with God or against Him, whether we want to acceptand respond to His amazing love (and spend eternity with Him), or instead to reject His love(and spend eternity apart from Him). For us in the world today, that choice is made very simplyin the decision to become a follower of Jesus Christ through faith, or instead to reject theindescribable gift of His Son who died on our behalf. The angels, however, have already madetheir choices, and it is a measure of the genius of our Lord that it is by means of that veryrebellion of His arch-creature Satan,1) that He validates our choice of Him (despite satanic opposition, we still chose Him, so
For a more detailed look at the essence, nature and character of God, see Part 1 of EssentialDoctrines of the Bible: Theology: the Study of God.