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Scripture:    2 Corinthians 11:1-2 & 13-15                                                                                                                                      May 31, 2020

Sermon:       “The Angel of Light.”                                                                                                                                            Pastor John Young

 

Today we conclude our study of Angels with an examination of “the Angel of Light.”  In our passage of scripture, he is referred to as “Satan,” and he has many aliases.  He is called “the anointed cherub,” “the prince of this world,” “the prince of the power of the air,” “the god of this world,” “Beelzebub,” “the angel of the bottomless pit,” “Abaddon,” “Apollyon,” “the Devil,” and a host of other names.  He is the enemy of God and he lives to oppose the plan of God.

Some people scoff at the devil’s existence, assuming he is nothing more than an evil character contrived to scare kids on Halloween.  But his existence is not the contrived story of individuals—it is the declaration of scripture!  Indeed, his origin, fall, and mission are described in great detail in the Bible.

I.   His Origin:

A. Genesis 1:1-2 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

1.  This is the account of the creation of the universe with which we are all familiar.  Yet that was not the first creation.  Job 38:4-7 tells us that there were already created beings in existence before the creation of our world.

2.  We are told further in Revelation 4 and Hebrews 1:14 that Angels were created to serve and glorify God.

3.  The Bible records the existence of different ranks of angels.  The highest-ranking angels God created appear to be cherubim.

4.  As I have already mentioned, Satan, whose name is also Lucifer, is called the “anointed cherub that covereth” in Ezekiel 28:14.

5.  A description of his creation, beauty, and superiority is revealed in this passage of scripture.  Notice verses 12-15a (READ).

6.  This is the origin of Lucifer, but something terrible happened that changed everything!

II. His Fall:

A. Ezekiel goes on to describe in verses 15b-18, the fall of this beautiful created being (READ).

B. The prophet Isaiah elaborates on the rebellion of Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12-14 (READ).

1.  What unbelievable manifestations of egotism and pride!

a.  In Luke 10:18 Jesus’ disciples were recounting the ability they experienced in casting out devils.  Jesus takes the opportunity to say to them, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”  I.E. when he fell, he fell fast!  His beauty was immediately corrupted.  He was exiled from the throne room of God.

C.  Filled with pride and rebellion, Lucifer influenced a great number of the other angels in heaven.

1.  According to Revelation 12:4 & 9, we are told a third of the angels in heaven rebelled with him.

 

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2.  In Matthew 25:41 our Lord refers to “the devil and his angels.”

a.  Angels are spirits, yet they possess the ability to materialize.

b.  According to the passage of scripture we began with (2 Corinthians 11), and a collection of others, we are given the indication that these fallen angels are well organized and have Lucifer as their prince.  Notice Matthew 12:24.  Luke calls him “the chief of the devils.”

III. His Mission:

A. As I said at the beginning, Satan is the enemy of God and he lives to oppose the plan of God.

1.  The main platform of his opposition is untruth!

a.  Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…”

1) This is what characterizes the Lord Jesus Christ—TRUTH!

b.  In contrast, listen how Jesus characterized Satan in 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.”

1) Satan “murders,” or destroys people with deception and lies.

2) Notice our text in 2 Corinthians again—“false apostles, deceitful workers, transformed into an angel of light.”  Lies!  Lies!  Lies!  And with the deception of ‘light.’

c.  With lies he made his introduction to Eve in the Garden of Eden—Genesis 3:3-5 “Ye shall not surely die,” he said!!  And Eve believed the Liar!

d.  With those same lies Satan has had a field day with humankind throughout history!  No one has been exempt!  NO ONE!

e.  Recounting the trashed human lives in the wake of the Evil One through the eons of time, Jesus says in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”

2.  Satan’s mission in this life is to get you to believe lies!

a.  If he can succeed—there is a good chance he will ruin your life and the life of those closest to you.

3.  There are two groups of people Satan operates in: His own children and the children of God.

a.  Anyone who doesn’t know Jesus Christ is outside the family of God and is a child of Satan.

1) He lies to his own children for the express purpose of keeping them from coming to Christ.

a) With lies, he continually hardens their hearts, until they have no ear for the truth!

b) Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them

 

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which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

c)  To people with hard hearts the gospel seems irrelevant.  First Corinthians 1:18 rightly says, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness.”

b.  Satan lies to the Children of God to:

1) Create doubt in our minds.

2) Hinder our ministry.

3) Destroy the Church of God through false teaching and through divisions.

4) Tempt us to sin.

5) To trust in our own resources.

6) To lose faith in God.

7) To be discouraged!

[Why does he do this?  Because he hates the plan of God!]

Conclusion: Satan is a mighty foe, but he is a DEFEATED foe, as well!  Ezekiel and Isaiah both spoke of his demise and John wrote about it in detail in Revelation 20.  At the end of the Great Tribulation, Satan will be cast into the pit for the duration of the millennial kingdom.  After being loosed for a short time, he ultimately will be cast into the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:10)!

     What about you this morning?  Are you living in the deception of one of Satan’s lies?  Perhaps you doubt or question salvation?  Maybe you notice the beginnings of a hardened heart?  Remember!  Satan’s desire is to damn you with lies!

            Maybe Christian friend you are living in the deception of Satan’s lies too.  Oh!  You know Christ as your Savior, but Satan’s lies have you questioning spiritual things, God’s will, or fairness, your faith is lost, or you’re discouraged today.  Why not come to TRUTH today?

 

Let’s pray