What led to Satan's sin, rebellion, and downfall?

Answer

"Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou has corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy
brightness." Eze. 28: 17. "Thou has said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne
above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will
be like the Most High." Isa. 14: 13, 14.
NOTE - In a word, pride and self-exaltation led to Satan's downfall, and for these there is no justification
or adequate excuse. "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall Prov 16:18. Hence,
while we may know of the origin, cause, character, and results of evil, no good or sufficient reason or
excuse can be given for it. To excuse it is to justify it; and the moment it is justified it ceases to be sin. All
sin is a manifestation of selfishness in some form, and its results are the opposite of those prompted by
love. The experiment of sin will result finally in its utter abandonment and banishment forever, by all
created intelligences, throughout the entire universe of God. Only those who foolishly and persistently
cling to sin will be destroyed with it. The wicked will then "be as though they had not been" (Obadiah 16),
and the righteous shall "shine as the brightness of the firmament," and "as the stars for ever and ever Dan.
12: 3. "Affliction shall not rise up the second time." Nahum 1:9.
 


In what words was this promise renewed to Abraham?
Into what relationship to God does His love bring us?
What blessed experience follows upon the acceptance of Christ as our righteousness?
How willing is God to give to us the Holy Spirit?
For how long a time should one honor his parents?
Through whom will come this redemption from the grave?
To what Old Testament promise did Peter evidently refer?

Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle