SINCE CHRIST DIED FOR SINNERS, DID HE THEREFORE DIE FOR THE SINFUL ANGELS TOO? DID THEY GET A SECOND CHANCE AS MAN DID?
Nowhere in Scripture does it say that Christ died for sinful angels.
God is longsuffering (Exodus 34:6), which means, there is a limit beyond which He will execute His judgment.
Not long after Adam and Eve were created they fell into the devil's trap. They hardly knew their Creator when they sinned.
They just knew God for a few days probably! God saw it fair to give them and their children another chance to know Him and to come back to loyalty. (Not that it was necessary, but God is love, and love is gracious.)
How does God bring man to repentance? It is by showing them
His goodness! Paul wrote:
The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance. (Romans 2:4)
And to prophet Jeremiah God said:
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. (Jeremiah 31:3)
Genuine repentance comes only when love is the factor.
Calvary was the greatest exhibition of God's love for a guilty world. If people cannot be moved from within at the sight of God's
Son dying for their sins, then nothing can move them at all. That powerful love is able to "draw all" unto Jesus if it is not resisted
(John 12:32). All who look to the Lamb of God by faith at Calvary will be drawn. Only if we cling on to something, it will stop us from being drawn; otherwise naturally we will be pulled there, as it has power to draw sinners. Only those who do not want to be drawn will not be. If any person is lost ultimately, it is because he refused to be drawn towards eternal life.
Now, did Christ die for Lucifer and the angels that sinned? No!
One might say that is not fair. Let us analyze why.
The difference between Adam and Eve's fall and that of Lucifer and his fellow angels is basically this: The angels sinned under great light. They were in the presence of the God of love from the time they were created, from time unknown to us. They knew God like no one else in the universe. They saw His goodness and love towards them and to the rest unfolding day after day. They truly rejoiced in His presence, for in God's presence is:
Fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11)
Having tasted the goodness of the Lord for millions of years, perhaps, or more, they decided to rebel against Him. And as God gave warning to our first parents before their fall, He, for sure, would have told these wonderful angels, who were like His children, not to misuse the power of choice. But when they finally decided to disobey the divine command and rebel, there was nothing
God could do to these free moral agents.
Knowing the nature of God, we can safely conclude that He was longsuffering with them too; but they would have despised His call to repentance. He would not tamper with their decision, as that was a gift He gave to them. There was no remedy once they firmly decided to rebel, as nothing could move their hearts to repentance.
But the case of Adam and Eve was different. They knew God only for a short while. God's heart was beating for them as they fell without knowing God much. He would give them another chance to come back to obedience by looking at God's love at Calvary through faith, and through His Word, and by the constant influence of the Holy Spirit. God touches the heart of men by the broken body of His Son, and the fountain of blood streaming from the five wounds, the holy brow, and from the lacerated back!
Man's heart could be won back by this divine revelation of amazing love, even though immersed in sin. But the heart of Lucifer and the rebel angels would not be moved even with this supernatural love as they knew God much more than we did. They were in fact the ones murdering the Son of God using human agents. Even the human murderers of Jesus could be forgiven, as they really did not know as to who He was. They were deceived and blinded by the devil. But the devil and his evil angels fully knew who Jesus was, and killed Him. Jesus indicated His willingness to forgive the human instruments of the most grievous of crimes. He said:
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
They knew not what they were doing, but the devil knew. The
Lord Himself said, referring to the devil: "He was a murderer from the beginning" (John 8:44). It was a conscious act of rebellion against God from the beginning, after all the amazing light that was shining on him, and the rest of the angels. How can there be pardon for this?
God cannot pardon, unless one repents. How can they repent, because only the "goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance"? (Romans 2:4). They have seen God's goodness from the beginning for millions and millions of years, and still were not satisfied. There was nothing more God could do for them. God is just and fair. The fallen angels deserved to be cut off forever as they deliberately cut off themselves from the Source of life.
There is a limit even for man. But God does not condemn anyone if He does not know. He forgives if we are ignorant. How merciful He surely is! Jesus talked about the cut off point. It is rejecting divine light that will bring condemnation.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)
Why do men love darkness when light comes?-Because they are enjoying sin and want it more. But a few of them come to the light though sin has bound them, for they desire deliverance. God gives man a chance as long as there is hope for him to turn around.
But, rejection of light when it shines clearly, over and over again, is nothing but asking for a cut off point, as Lucifer and His angels were cut off.
There is hope till the last breath, no doubt, but the heart
becomes more and more hardened whenever light is rejected.
Therefore the Bible records:
The Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts. (Hebrews 3:7, 8)
There are people who could repeat Lucifer's mistake of going beyond the point of finding forgiveness. Paul mentions about them.
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. (Hebrews 6:4-6)
Paul says it is "impossible" to bring these to repentance. Because these "enlightened" ones, have really known God, and have enjoyed the experience of true fellowship with God, and God can do nothing more to touch their hearts.
So it is not an act of partiality by God in not extending forgiveness to Lucifer and his friends, for the same rule applies to human beings who have great light and fall away. (To "fall away" does not mean to just sin, but to backslide). The reason "it is impossible" to bring them to repentance is they have put themselves beyond the boundary where the goodness of God can touch them. Now that the goodness has no effect on them, they die in their sin.
God is fair. If He can save anyone, He will save, but He will not force, as He respects the power of choice given to the intellectual beings.
So it is clear that Calvary's love and forgiveness was not for the fallen angels, as they placed themselves beyond redemption. Christ Himself declared even before He went to show His love on Calvary that the fallen angels were excluded from His plan, and of their unchangeable destiny. He said the fire of hell is:
Prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41)
And humans who follow the ways of Satan follow him to his destination!