John 19:1 - 42
NKJV - 1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe.
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I would say that God did not kill or otherwise eliminate Satan (as well as the angels who joined him) at the time of his rebellion, because he was created as an immortal being who could not be destroyed. (Even when he is consigned to the lake of fire at the close of the age, he will not be destroyed, but -- as noted in Revelation 20:10 -- tormented for eternity.) Instead, he was cast down to earth, where he proceeded to tempt humans. But even his earthly activity proves that nothing he could or can do (even to the point of orchestrating Jesus' crucifixion) could frustrate God's ultimate plan for the salvation of humanity.
I believe that God in His wisdom did not destroy Satan (but rather cast him out of haven) to demonstrate His infinite love, justice, and longsuffering. Since God can accept only obedience out of love (not fear) the loyalty of unfallen angels would have been compromised from that point forward. Until that point, the unfallen angels were not exposed to sin and its consequences and probably would have not appreciated or fully understood the destruction of Satan and the fallen angels. If Satan would have been immediately destroyed, they would have obeyed God from fear rather than love. Although God allows Satan (for now) to show his real character and destructive nature, the devil (the root) and his followers (the branches) will be destroyed (Rev 20:9-15). “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 4:1,3). Finally, Jesus gave His life as a ransom for ours, on His own accord and free will - God did not kill Jesus. "For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again” (John 10:17, 18).
God is God. God is perfect. Everything He does is perfect. The perfect plan fulfilled what needed to be accomplished. God is just, holy and righteous. Jesus death completed God's dealing with sin in the right way. God must judge sin. Jesus took all of the sins of all time into His precious body. A perfect judge cannot let guilty parties go free. A price/randsom must compensate. Punishment must be given. Satan's death could not atone for all the sins of the world, or even a tiny sin! He was and is still evil! People still would have no hope. All people are born with a sinful nature since the fall in Genesis. In Jesus God punished sins, otherwise He would not be righteous. There would be no justice. So, God became a man, in the body of Jesus. God then took the punishment for all time, for all sins onto Himself. There was no other offering that could fulfill God's Holy requirement! Praise God, praise blessed Jesus! Justice demanded a ransom. Jesus very name means "the Lord saves" JESUS Jesus JESUS He came to serve, He was not killed! He served God and all humankind.
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