Thursday, July 23, 2009
Angel of Light
12 And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
2 Corinthians 11:12-15, English Standard Version
Angel of Light
One of the great aspects of the ministry of Paul was that he was just so down to earth. He was not afraid to step on toes, and did not draw back from comments that might be offensive to some. He was constantly warning Christians to avoid dangerous pitfalls. In 2 Corinthians he is addressing those who boasted of their ministry in Christ, and yet had no heart for the Lord.
Paul knew how easy it was for Christians to be misled by those who looked and acted like Christians, but who were actually wolves in sheep's clothing, trying to destroy the flock of God.
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.
We would do well to pay particular attention to these warnings of Paul. In our culture today, it is often hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
In my youth, we used to attend Saturday matinees for a dime at our local theater. One had no problem telling who were the good guys and who were the bad in the westerns we watched, because the good guys always wore white hats, and the bad guys always wore the black hats. In the 1950's things were much more "black and white". But in our day of political correctness, how do you tell who is good and who is not?
We, as Christians, must not be naive. Satan transforms himself into an angel of light, so that even the very saints of God would be deceived if Christ did not intercede on their behalf. Often, those who are the most evil, act in a manner which would cause you to trust your very life and the lives of your family members with them.
How can we avoid being deceived? The answer is quite simple. Spend time in the Word of God and in prayer. Fellowship with God, study His Word, and pray that He will cause you to grow in the Lord. Remember, this is our whole duty!
God Bless You,