The cross of Calvary while it declares the law immutable, proclaims to the universe that the wages of sin is death. In the Saviour’s expiring cry, ” It is finished,” the death-knell of Satan was rung. The great controversy which had been so long in progress was then decided, and the final eradication of evil was made certain.
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stuble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.Malachi 4: 1
Satan, the chief of the fallen angels, once had an exalted position in heaven. He was next in honor to Christ. The knowledge, which he as well as the Angels who fell with him, had of the character of God, of His goodness, His mercy, wisdom, and excellent glory, made their guilt unpardonable…
There was no reserve force of power, nor were there any greater heights and depths of infinite glory to overpower their jealous doubts and rebellious murmuring.Ellen G. White Redemption: The Temptation of Christ, pp. 18, 19