I began last time by considering the issue of federal headship as a necessary component of redemption and that because there is no federal headship in the angelic ranks, there could be no redemption for the fallen.

 My initial thought was that this would have pleased Satan.  But then I began to think deeper.  If Revelation 12:4 is a reference to Satan and the angels, then 1/3 of the angels follow Satan and became demons.  From what I know of the Bible’s teaching of Satan, I can’t imagine Satan being pleased with only a part of the angels falling.  I believe the bible paints Satan as a being consumed with destroying everything that God created –including all of the angels.  Therefore, to have only 33% of the angels follow him could not be viewed as successful.   Success for Satan must be 100%.

 Thus, with this anger and hatred for all things righteous and good and in his rage for failing to destroy all the angels, Satan turns his eyes on humanity.  And in the Garden of Eden, Satan finds Adam and Eve.  In them, he sees the opportunity for success that was not available with the angels.  Since Adam was the LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE of all of humanity, or the federal head, if Satan could cause Adam to fall then Satan would be successful in causing 100% of humanity to turn against God.

 We know how the story in the Garden of Eden goes.  Satan attacks Adam through Eve and the result is that Adam fails.

 Romans 5:14-21 details the effects of the fall of humanity’s federal head.  1 Corinthians 15:20-21 is much more succinct.  “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.  22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

 It must have appeared to Satan in those first few moments after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit that He had achieved the very success he desired.  But in this apparent success, Satan was also setting the stage for His greatest defeat.   And later that day when God spoke with Adam and Eve God reveals that He has plan for redemption.

 Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

 It is this promise to Adam and Eve that begins the revelation of redemption that culminates in Christ.  And what a crushing blow that must have been for Satan.  In the fall of Adam, Satan thought had destroyed the whole human race, only to discover that God had already planned for this event and had promised a Redeemer.  Thus the course of history from Adam to Christ was a battle where Satan was seeking to destroy the redeemer of humanity.

 Then, Satan finally succeeded in killing the Christ.  And lo and behold, what he has really done is driven the final nail into his own coffin.  

 So from Satan’s perspective, he was on the verge of destroying humanity  by taking down the federal head.  Only then he discovered that God had already made provision by promising a Redeemer.  When Satan finally finds the Redeemer and kills Him, he discovers that this Redeemer was a Second Adam and another Federal Head and by His death the Salvation of the elect was guaranteed.  How demented and degenerate and self-deceived Satan must be at this point in history to continue to fight!

 Every apparent success Satan has had has amounted to one defeat after another in God’s eternal plan to bring glory to Himself—glory in His righteous judgment or glory in his abounding love and mercy.

 No wonder Paul breaks into doxology when he begins his letter to the Ephesians.   He is contemplating how God set in motion the perfect plan of redemption that even included the fall of the angels in order to bring Salvation to the elect throughout the ages.

 Ephesians 1:3-4  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.

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