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Begotten Son of God - Various SDA Pioneer Writings



Is Christ a Created Being?
Elder J. P. Henderson
Review and Herald - January 12, 1892

We do not presume to fathom the depths of the question of the divinity of Christ, but there are a few points that should receive careful attention before we draw final conclusions.

In Rev. 3 : 14, it is said of Christ that he is "the beginning of the creation of God." If taken separately and alone, this text might be construed to imply that Christ's existence originated by creation, the same as other intelligent beings. Other texts, however, convey different ideas. Col. 1:14,17 speaks of him as being "the firstborn of every creature," and that "he is before all things." John 1:1 says that "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Again: we learn that he is the "only begotten of the Father." John 1:14.

The word apxn, in the original, is defined by Bagster as "a beginning ; in the beginning of things; at the first," etc. Webster gives a second definition of the word " beginning," as "that which is first."

Taking the above definitions and quotations collectively, we are led to the following conclusions : (1) That Christ existed as the first of, and before, all things; (2) That he is begotten of the Father; i. e., born of his sum and substance; (3) As God, he must be equal to him in divine attributes, as well as in the nature of his existence.

At his baptism there was a voice from heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matt. 3:17. A word spoken under such circumstances can have none but a primary meaning. A son is one begotten of the father (1 John 5:11), and stands related in a much different sense from a servant, or even and adopted child.

Christ is also said to be the Maker of all things, and that " without him was not anything made that was made." John 1:3. If we concede that he was a created, being, this text would involve us in the absurd difficulty of his having created himself. The statements in the Scriptures of his springing from the Father, having a prior existence, and then "being made flesh," and dwelling among us, are equally incomprehensible; but any other position has a material bearing on the atonement.

The Father, the Son, and the law, are by the nature of things equal, and not by any delegated attributes placed upon them. No angel or created being exists but is amenable to law, and hence could not render perfect atonement. But in the true sense of his divinity, we have the comforting thought that our Saviour possesses all the attributes of wisdom, power, and goodness, equally with the Father, and is able to save to the utmost.


THE DIVINE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
By W. A. Alway
Signs of the Times - September 9, 1897

"As I LIVE, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." Rom. 14: 11.

It is the eternal purpose of God that all things in heaven and in earth should acknowledge his divine right to rule and reign in all; and upon the free and joyful recognition of this right depends the happiness and continued existence of all created intelligences.

It is the accomplishment of this purpose that is referred to by the apostle in Eph 1:9, to: "Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his goodpleasure which he bath purposed in himself; that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him." It is evident from the above language that God designs that one life shall animate the universe, one mind guide and control the minutest details of his creation; for he "worketh all things after the counsel of his own will." In all this mighty exercise of the divine mind and power in creating all things and in imparting to all "life, and breath, and all things," GOD ASSOCIATED WITH HIMSELF THE PERSON OF HIS SON. Of the Son it is declared: "The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting... When he appointed the foundations of the earth; then I was by him, as one brought up with him; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him." Prov. 8:22-30. And Christ declared, "I and my Father are one." John 10:30. "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself." Chapter 5:26. And of him Paul says, "Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature; for by him were all things created, ...and he is before all things, and by him all things consist." Col. 1:15-17.

THUS TO THE SON OF GOD WAS IMPARTED INHERENT SELF-EXISTENT POWER, THE POWER OF AN ENDLESS LIFE, WHICH EXALTED HIM ABOVE EVERY NAME AS CREATOR AND UPHOLDER OF THE UNIVERSE, AND GAVE HIM THE RIGHTFUL SUPREMACY OVER ALL.

Life Not Inherent in the Instrument
"... As Christ alone of all the heavenly family was made the depository of God's creative power, so that by him and through him and for him all things were created, so the continued existence of all things, in fulfilling their appointed destiny, the manifestation of God's character, could alone be accomplished by the indwelling presence of Christ. In other words, Christ alone can perfectly manifest his Father's character, for he alone can comprehend that character "in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col. 2:3) ..."


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The Gift of God
By P.T. Magan,
The Present Truth - December 11, 1902 / Review and Herald - April 9, 1901

"The world's Redeemer was not given to be the Son of God. He was given to become the Son of man…

"God's gift of His own dear Son to fallen man was a real, not a make-believe, gift. God did really give away His only begotten Son. Christ was the only one of His kind in the universe. To be sure, the angels were all sons of God, but Christ was the only begotten Son of the Father."


The Humanity of Christ
By L. A. S.
Review & Herald - October 15, 1903

“In order that fallen man might be identified with the Son of God, the Son of God identified himself with humanity. He who was the Son of God became the Son of man. He who was equal with God in the courts of heaven, who was a begotten Son and not a created being, left his station there, and identified himself with a totally different order of beings.”


WHAT THINK YE OF CHRIST?
By J. S. James
The Oriental Watchmen 1911 Vol 14 No.1

...The beloved disciple in writing his gospel, speaks of Christ as the word which was "in the beginning." John 1:1 This takes our minds back to the time when the heavens and earth were brought into existence. But even there, we have not reached "the beginning" of which John speaks. Standing at that point, the beginning of the material world, we may still go back in our imaginations to any length of time which we are capable of comprehending, and still we have not reached the natal day of God's Son, the Christ.

From Everlasting to Everlasting
The words of the wise man will aid us to understand this theme as far as the finite mind can reach. Of Christ, under the personification of wisdom, he says: "The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the world was made, ...when he prepared the heavens, I was there... when he appointed the foundations of the earth, then I was by him, as one brought up with him and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him." Prov. 8:22-30. To this agree the words of the Psalmist, "Lord, thou has been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth or thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting, to everlasting, thou art God." Ps. 90:2. Observe the expression used here to describe the infinity of Christ, "from everlasting to everlasting." In other words, from the everlasting eternity of the past to the everlasting eternity of the future. That this passage from the Psalms has express reference to Christ is clearly seen by comparing it with a similar passage in Isaiah. The prophet tells the incarnation of Christ thus: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." Isa. 9:6. Here the name God" is applied to the Son, and also the "everlasting Father." The Apostle Paul in the first chapter of Hebrews quoting from the forty-fifth Psalm, verse six, makes use of exactly the same expression.

Old Testament Writers 
It is in this light that. Christ is understood and portrayed by all the Old Testament writers, not a Christ of a corning age; but a Christ then present; not a Christ whose beginning dated from his birth in human form amid the humble surroundings of a Judean stable, but one who was everlasting, all-powerful, and co-existent with the Father; not a son merely of Joseph the carpenter, but the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Christ Himself Speaks
Over and over again we are told that the Father and Son are one, one in work, in purpose, in plan. Says Christ: "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." John 5: 17. "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that. I speak unto you I speak not of myself, but the Father that, dwelleth in me he doeth the works."

In every purpose and work of the Father in the past, the Son had a part. They worked together in the creation of this and other worlds, in laying the plan of man's salvation and redemption. The Apostle Paul declares of Christ: "He is before all things, and by him all things consist." "And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence; for it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell." Col. 1:17-19.


The following to statemens are from Ellen White. They are from letters to D. R. Kress, referenced inTerry Hill’s paper, "A study of the Godhead – as it pertains to Seventh-day Adventism."

“We are God's commandment-keeping people. For the past fifty years every phase of heresy has been brought to bear upon us, to becloud our minds regarding the teaching of the word, --especially concerning the ministration of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, and the message of heaven for these last days, as given by the angels of the fourteenth chapter of Revelation. Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the Lord” (Ellen White, Letter 95, 1905, To Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Kress, March 14, 1905, see also Special Testimonies Series B. No. 2 page 59 ‘The Foundation of Our Faith”)

“When I read in the Bible of how many refused to believe that Christ was the Son of God, sadness fills my heart. We read that even His own brethren refused to believe in Him.” (Ellen G. White, letter to Dr. and Mrs. D. H. Kress, Letter 398, Dec. 26, 1906)

I shared those two statements above because it provides some additional context to what I recently discovered in the following article as to what did D. H. Kress believed regarding the Son of God?

What is the Earth's Oldest Memorial?
By D. H. Kress, M.D. 
The Canadian Watchmen - May 1928
Signs of the Times - February 5, 1923

The Son of God as Creator 
In His creative work God the Father had an associate. He said, "Let Us make man in Our image and after our likeness." Gen. 1:26. The being thus addressed was none other than the Son of God, for He alone was the express image of His Father. (Heb. 1:3.)

In referring to Christ as the Creator of all things Paul says, "God hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds." Heb. 1:1,2. By inheritance, as the only begotten Son of God, He obtained the name of His Father. "Being made so much better than the angels He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." Heb. 1:4. "Of the angels He saith, who maketh His angels ministering spirits... but unto the son He saith, Thy throne 0 God, is forever and ever." Heb. 1:7, 8.

This explains the familiar scripture "In the beginning was the Word." John 1:1. That this refers to Christ is evident from the fourteenth verse "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ...all things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made—He was in the world and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received him not." John 1:1-11.


The Christ of the Bible (Excerpt)
George W. Shone
Review and Herald - May 23, 1929

In the study of the Bible, and especially of the Old Testament, to which Christ referred in the above statements, there are two important facts which must not be lost sight of, otherwise we are in danger of losing the way in our search for the one who is the theme of the book. These facts are: 
(1) That in all the purposes of God the Father, He counsels with His Son, and it is the Son who is the a tive agent in accomplishing the divine purpose in everything; 
(2) That when Adam sinned, direct comunion between God the Father and the human race was cut off, and was not restored until the Son of God took our nature and became the Son of Man, and the voice of the Father was heard at the baptism of Jesus, speaking to His Son as the representative to humanity. In the interim, all intercourse between heaven and earth was through the Son.

Christ - The Creator
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Gen. 1:1. That more than one person is here spoken of is evident from the twenty-sixth verse, "God said, Let us make an in our image, after our likeness." There we are introduced to the counsel between the Father and the Son in the purpose to create man; but it was the Son who "created" and "made," for we read again: "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven." "And Jehovah God formed an of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Gen. 2:4,7.

The name "Jehovah" means the "covenant God", the "Deliverer;" also means the "self-existing" God prerogative which Christ claims for Himself, see John 5:26). The name "Jehovah" is 'applied to the Son of God, as His distinguishing title.

.... The thought that "in Him were all 
things created" indicates that when the Son was begotten of the Father, in the days of eternity, all the power of creation was in Him; and when the time came, in the divine purpose for its accomplishment, He simply spoke all things into being. So we read: "By the word of Jehovah were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth." "For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast." Ps. 33:6,9.

A careful reading of the first chapter of Hebrews reveals the fact that the Father Himself attributes to the Son the work of creation, and calls Him "God," a name which is His by inheritance from His Father.

The following is the concluding article. But again it's only a portion. What I have shared here talks about Christ dwelling in us.

The Christ of the Bible (Conclusion)
George W. Shone
Reciew & Herald May 30, 1929

We have already seen that Christ is our righteousness; therefore, when Christ dwells in the heart by faith, we have righteousness by faith.

Some one may ask, How can Christ dwell in me? This question evidently arose in Paul's day, and the answer is recorded "for our learning:" "The righteousness which is of faith saith thus, Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down:) or, Who shall descend into the abyss? (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, in thy mouth, and in' thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach." Rom. 10:6-8. (Compare verse 17.)

The word of God received into the heart, to control and mold the life, is receiving Christ to dwell in the heart, directing the life in everything; for Christ is the Word that was from the beginning. When we thus receive Christ in His word to dwell in us, we receive power, omnipotent power, to save and keep us from all the power of Satan; in other words, to keep us from sinning. "Thy word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee." Ps. 119:11. "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for His seed [word, 1 Peter 1:23] remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." 1 John 3:9.

As we feed upon the word for our daily spiritual life, we "grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18. We become "strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might." Eph. 6:10. And in this way we become sanctified through the word. John 17:17. The same thought is expressed by Peter thus: "Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth." ("Thy word is truth.") 1 Peter 1:22. It is through the word that the Spirit bears witness with our spirit, that we are children of God. Rom. 8:16. (Compare Eph. 6:17.)


Are you Intellectually Honest
By Margaret Locke
The Watchmen Magazine March 1938

"Yes. I can imagine it's very interesting and fascinating if one can understand it. But you know—this puzzles me, Jack—some say Christ lived before He was born here upon earth, and others say His first existence was in the manger of Bethlehem. I'd like to know what you think about it, and why Christ had to die for sinners."

"Well, first of all," began Mr. Nicholson, "there is a Supreme Ruler, or Governor, Fred. There can be no government without law. The laws of a monarchy express the character of the monarch. God being perfect, His law expressing His character must be perfect. Any violation of that perfect law calls for the death of the transgressor. Heaven and other inhabited spheres are real places, the inhabitants are real intelligences—as real as you and I. They have real pursuits and happiness, and there is peace and harmony. This harmony cannot be marred by the existence of sin and sinners.

"The Bible says, 'God is love.' That means, of course, that love is one of the strongest attributes of His character. God's love for His Son was so great that He bestowed upon Him all power and wisdom. We read that God possessed His Son 'in the beginning of His way, before His works of old.' [Proverbs 8: 22.] Speaking of Himself through His inspired servant Solomon, Christ continues: 'I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was,' and in the 30th verse: 'I was by Him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him.' We all know the much quoted and loved verse, John 3:16: 'For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' He `so loved that He gave.' One must first possess in order to give. Ephesians 3: 9 says: God 'created all things by Jesus Christ.' Colossians 1:15 says the Son is the image of His Father, and verse 16 says: `By Him [Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible: ...all things were created by Him, and for Him.'

"Christ, having been endowed with creative power, brought into existence the angels of heaven. ...."

"This planet was new-born. God had said to His Son: `Let us make man in our image, after our likeness!....


Bible Answers - Dallas Youngs
The Signs of The Times Canada - January 1951

Dear Bible Answerman: I read in the Bible that some of the leading Jews found fault with Christ for claiming power to forgive sin. Does Christ have power to forgive sin the same as the Father?

When Christ was upon earth He affirmed His power to forgive sin. "The Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins." Luke 5:24. Christ set this forth as one of the evidences of His divinity. The Pharisees and other leading Jews of the time, not recognizing His divinity, naturally denied His power to forgive sin. They maintained that only God was able to do that. The point wherein the Pharisees failed was that they did not see Jesus as the Divine Son of God. They saw Him only as another man such as they themselves.

It was very true that, as the Pharisees said, only God could forgive sin. But Christ was God. He was as divine as His Father in heaven. He was of the same substance and essence as His Father. He was a member of the divine Family, and as fully God, and as fully possessed of the divine nature, as was the Father.

This does not seem too hard to comprehend. We have children that are born of our flesh. They possess our human natures in the identical degree that we do. An infant a day old is a human being, and is as fully possessed of human nature as his father, who may be a man of thirty or forty. Human fathers have the ability to transmit their natures to their offspring. Is it unthinkable, then, that the divine Father would not have the ability to transmit His "divine" nature to His Son?

The power of God should not be so abridged. Some texts may prove helpful. "As the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself." John 5:26. "In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature." Colossians 1:14,15. "Unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God." Revelation 3:14. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.

God had a Son—one only-begotten Son --upon whom He conferred His own divine nature and all power— all divine power. And prominent among these divine prerogatives was the power to forgive sins.


Statements that show how Seventh-Day Adventists viewed the conflict in heaven and understood the positions of the heavenly beings.

While you can come to these conclusions from the Bible, it must be noted that much of what they shared would have come from how any clear thinking person would interpret what Ellen White says on this topic. The Bible gives a few details, but the Spirit revealed so much more to Ellen White on this topic throughout her life. Thus the opinions drawn here by these men would reflect the general Adventist view held and how they viewed the Inspired statements on this matter.

COLUMBIA UNION VISITOR 
October 5, 1910 
The Origin of Sin and its Final Extermination - 0.J. GIBSON

“The high honors conferred upon Lucifer were not appreciated, FOR THERE WAS ONE, THE SON OF GOD, whose position was more exalted, who had been one with the Father in the work of creation and had shared the Father's counsels. And this exaltation of the Son he looked at as an injustice, until he ventured to covet the honors of his Maker.”

COLUMBIA UNION VISITOR Jan. 27, 1909 
*Published again in 1916 in Review & Herald May 18 and Northern Union Reaper Aug 29 
The Shibboleth Of Apostasy - G.B. Thompson

“I refer to Lucifer, who is now the devil. He was then in heaven. He had been appointed to a high and holy office. His position was near the throne; he was its lightbearer and attendant. HE WAS THE THIRD FROM THE HEAD, THE FATHER AND SON ALONE being above him in position. But Lucifer did not like the idea of being the third from the top, he wanted to be first, to be at the top ; and because he was not first was clear evidence to his mind that there was a tyranny set up, and a despot on the throne of universal sovereignty. He pointed to the fact that GOD HAD PLACED HIS SON at the head of affairs in heaven as evidence that something was the matter. He did not believe in anybody's being at the " head." Doubtless he might have viewed things differently, though, had he been placed at the head.”

Review & Herald 1913, The Great Exchange - H. A. WEAVER

“Lucifer's was the covering cherub on God's throne. Eze. 28: 14. ONLY TWO STOOD ABOVE HIM IN POWER, God the Father and God the Son.”

”The Great War” The Youth's Instructor - Sept 14, 1915
Published again in signs of the Times June 18, 1918 and The Oriental Watchman 1929

“While Lucifer in heaven occupied a highly exalted station, there were Beings who were far above him. THESE WERE THE FATHER AND SON. The angels worshiped the Father as Creator of all things. The Son was coequal with the Father in creation; and the Father had said, "Let all the angels of God worship Him." Hebrews 1: 6. Therefore the Son also received the worship of the heavenly host, and the worship of Lucifer with the rest. The Son of God was supreme over all the works of creation; for He was "the express image" of the Father's person, "the brightness of His glory," and He upheld "all things by the word of His power." Hebrews 1: 3. High over all the angels of heaven He reigned, and over the unnumbered intelligences of the other worlds; and His rule was a rule of love. The angels delighted to serve and obey Him.”

The Principle underlying the Tithing System 
By A. G. Daniels 
The Church Officer's Gazette - October 1917

“1. Lucifer denied God's right to withhold anything from him. In "The Great Controversy," page 494, we read: "Coveting the honor which the infinite Father had bestowed upon his Son, this prince of angels aspired to power which it was the prerogative of Christ alone to wield."

Lucifer stood next to Christ in glory and, power, but he failed to appreciate the great gifts he had received. He coveted the creative power BESTOWED UPON CHRIST, and denied the right of the Father to withhold from him the one great gift.

When Lucifer sought the honor and power bestowed alone upbn the Son of God, he denied God's right to withhold it from himself.”

Union Conference Record - May 25, 1908
The Baleful Evil of Criticism - J. E. FULTON

“He criticized the government of GOD, he criticized the SON OF GOD, and he criticized all the LOYAL ANGELS who upheld GOD AND HIS SON. This spirit of evil speaking spread to others until a very large number of the angelic host were blinded with its damning influence.”

J.E. White - Past, Present, and Future 1909

"He was, next to GOD AND CHRIST; and is still, the wisest being in the universe"
"Lucifer was, NEXT TO THE SON OF GOD, the commander of the hosts of the heavenly angels"
"Christ STOOD ABOVE HIM, EQUAL WITH THE FATHER. Lucifer decided that by his beauty and attainments he was fitted for a position of equality with God"
"But JEHOVAH COULD NOT PERMIT THIS. He Himself had established the order of heaven. NO CREATED BEING could be equal with God, THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON ALONE could occupy this position."

W.W. Prescott - BEST February 17, 1896, p. 52.12

“Christ was BEGOTTEN, NOT CREATED; Satan was CREATED, NOT BEGOTTEN. As the only begotten Son, Christ could enter fully into the councils of God. Because he could not do this as Christ did, envy sprang up in the heart of Satan, and he began to determine, I will exalt myself. He began to stir up rebellion, to say, God is arbitrary, and he began also to get his sympathisers. “We are in slavery, and I have a better plan of government. Choose me as leader, exalt me, and then I will exalt you.” Do you not see the same principle that has been in the world ever since the fall? You exalt me and I will exalt you,-perhaps.”

"Whence Came Satan?" Did God Create the Devil?" 
H.M. Kelly - The Canadian Watchman - October 1, 1933

“The real question involved in this controversy is that of the SONSHIP OF CHRIST. IS HE GOD'S ONLY BEGOTTEN SON? The answer to this question is the answer to every other spiritual and moral question that can possibly arise. The question was FIRST RAISED BY LUCIFER, the first of all the angels. The question involves principles that are eternal and strikes at the root of a fundamental law of heaven.”

E. J. Waggoner - 1894

“Lucifer was the wisest and most beautiful of all the angels. HE WAS WITH GOD MORE THAN ANY OF THE OTHER ANGELS, AND WAS LOVED AND HONOURED NEXT TO CHRIST. God says that he was perfect in his ways from the day that he was created, till iniquity (sin) was found in him.” {PTUK February 22, 1894, p. 125.2}

“Finally Satan got his followers to believe that they were stronger than GOD AND HIS SON, and could easily overcome them and have the kingdom. Thinking of self he made his heart so ungrateful and cruel that he gathered his followers together and fought against his Creator! “And there was war in heaven,” Jesus and His angels fought against Satan; and Satan fought and his angels. BUT THE ONE WHO COULD CREATE WAS STRONGER THAN THE ONES CREATED, so the angels who had made themselves so evil could not overcome Jesus. And Satan was cast out of heaven and, as lightning, fell to the earth; and his angels were cast out with him. Once more love and harmony was in heaven. Never again came Satan into the beautiful home that he had left; but it was all his own fault.” {PTUK February 22, 1894, p. 125.6}

Signs of the Times - July 14, 1936
"Who is the devil?" George T. Smisor 

“Since Lucifer stood next to Christ in heaven, he felt that he should be permitted to share in the councils between THE FATHER AND THE SON. He was the highest angel in heaven, and the most wise and beautiful. and surely he ought to be consulted on the plans of creating worlds and suns and creatures. WHY COULD HE NOT BE ON AN EQUALITY WITH CHRIST? But Lucifer had his place to fill in heaven, which was circumscribed by the LAW OF HIS CREATION. Since he was not permitted to share in the secret councils OF FATHER AND SON, he began an insidious attack against the goodness of God and the justice of His law.”

Review & Herald - Apostasy and Rebellion in the Church, G.B.T - September 28, 1916

“It was so with Lucifer. He, too, loved the preeminence. He coveted the highest place in heaven. THE SON OF GOD HAVING BEEN ASSIGNED TO THIS POSITION BY THE FATHER , Lucifer instilled in the minds of the angels the idea that a tyranny had been enthroned, and in order to be free, they must contend for their rights, and OPPOSE THE ORGANIZATION OF HEAVEN.' Satan would have had no contention about leadership had he been placed at the head.”

Oriental Watchman & Signs of the Times, Feb 1919
Why Did God Permit Sin? - BY G. A. HAMILTON

“Ages ago, before a world swung in space, the FATHER AND THE SON had a mighty counsel about the creation of the universe.”

Uriah Smith - Looking Unto Jesus p31.1 

“THE ROOT THE CONTROVERSY IS FOUND IN THE REBELLION AGAINST THE SON OF GOD. This father of lies charged upon the government of God, that it was based in selfishness and oppression; THAT GOD AND CHRIST ACTED ONLY FOR THEIR OWN EXALTATION AND AGGRANDIZEMENT, at the expense of the liberty and happiness of their creatures; and that injustice and partiality, instead of righteousness and truth, were the habitation of their throne.”

The Devil's Biography - By R. Leo Odom
Signs of the Times Canada - January 1951

“The Archangel over the angels of heaven is Michael, who is Christ. (Jude 9; 1 Thessalonians 4:16.) The cherubim are the angels who attend the Deity on His throne. (2 Kings 19:15; 1 Chronicles 13:6.) Among them upon whom the glory of God shone, Lucifer was "the anointed cherub." Thus he was the prince of the angels. "I have set thee so," says the Lord. That is, God Himself had conferred upon this angel the high honour of occupying A POSITION OF THAT WHICH WAS NEXT TO THE SON OF GOD.”

“Seeing that the SON OF GOD exercised greater authority than he, and that He received the adoration of the beings created by God, Lucifer permitted envy to spring up in his heart against Christ. It is not permitted that worship should be given to the angels. (Revelation 19:10; 22:9.) But Lucifer wished to be a god. "I will be like the Most High," he said to himself. He said later to Christ: "All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me." Matthew 4:9.”