Bible Q&A: Was Satan Given The Chance To Repent?

Was Satan given the chance to repent?

The Bible doesn’t say.  On the one hand, offering him the chance to repent would be in keeping with God’s nature since he offers mankind continual opportunities to repent (2 Pet. 3:9; Acts 17:30).  If God is both capable of mercy and punishment towards mankind (Rom. 2:4-11), then perhaps he would be the same towards supernatural beings like Satan.  On the other hand, supernatural beings such as angels (if indeed Satan is angelic in nature) are of a higher order than mankind (Heb. 2:6-7); there are many differences between angels and mankind (Heb. 1:14; Lk. 20:36; Matt. 24:36; 28:2).  God’s characteristics in the Bible are described in his dealings with mankind.  Other than punishing angels who sinned and receiving the praise of the rest of the hosts of heaven, we are unaware of the nature of his dealings with celestial beings. 

Therefore, there is not enough biblical information available to give a more certain answer.  This would thus be categorized among “the secret things which belong to God” (Deut. 29:29).

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