Lucifer is often heard being described as Heavenly Father’s “Left Hand” in a way; which leads to the possible assumption that Lucifer’s name quite reasonably once held an equal level of reverence to that of Jesus’ name before his rebellion right? And if it did what were his responsibilities as the so called “Light bearer”? Jesus is clearly held in high regard for his love, patience, and his ability to lead the “flock”‘ was Lucifer more of a “Sheep Dog” or a warrior meant to protect the flock?
I have heard of many theories about Lucifer and his role in the pre-mortal life. We could probably speculate many opinions and circumstances where Lucifer was once a “good spirit”. But, let’s focus more on the fact that two crucial things happened:
- One – Moral Agency was given to all of us and he misused his,
- Two – Greed/Pride consumed him and he fell.
No matter how close Lucifer may have come to being an elect chosen of the Father, he lost all of his reward by choosing to sin against the light. There is a good reason why he’s called the father of all lies.
Let’s look at a couple of scriptures that will shed light of this fact:
D&C 93:23-25—Ye were also in the beginning with the Father; that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of truth;
and truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;
and whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning.
and in John, we read:
John 8:44—Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it
He has also managed to popularize and generalize a word that by definition, is his ultimate eternal demise: PRIDE!
President Ezra Taft Benson once said:
In the pre-earthly council, Lucifer placed his proposal in competition with the Father’s plan as advocated by Jesus Christ. (See Moses 4:1–3.) He wished to be honored above all others. (See 2 Ne. 24:13.) In short, his prideful desire was to dethrone God. (See D&C 29:36; D&C 76:28.)
So, let’s remember that one third part of the hosts of heaven have already received their eternal reward and are trying to rob us of ours.