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Our pastor quoted a verse from the Bible the other day about Satan being an angel of light (if I remember correctly). I've always thought the devil should be associated with darkness, not light. What does this verse mean?


Your pastor probably was referring to the words of the Apostle Paul, who wrote that sometimes “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Note that the Bible doesn’t say Satan is an angel of light; it says he only masquerades as an angel of light. In other words, sometimes Satan puts on a disguise (as it were), and makes it look like he actually stands for good instead of evil. When the devil offered to feed Jesus by turning rocks into bread, he was masquerading as one who wanted to do good–or as an angel of light (see Matthew 4:1-11).

But Satan is not an angel of good or of light; he is the opposite. Jesus said that Satan “was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Satan will try to deceive us and make us think that his way is best–but it never is. Martin Luther rightly labeled him “the prince of darkness.” Don’t fall for his lies!

Yes, Satan is our foe–but never forget he will not win! By His cross and resurrection Christ has defeated Satan, and some day “the devil, who deceived them, (will be) thrown into the lake of burning sulfur … for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). Whose side are you on?

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  1. Marilynn Williams says:

    My daughter Jennifer is 52 and a vuneral adult. She met this guy who helped her channel and the devil came to her and she saw and felt the Angel of light that the devil was showing her and she thin ks she met God.. Please pray for her. We are christians and I am 80 and my husband is 83 and not well. She is close with her father and she was calling her every day before this guy Darrel Gideon Kluge took her over. She has a guardian and they are trying to get her back.. He had her quit her good Job working as maintenance at Gander Mountian and during so well . She was doing so well and had her own apartment after years in foster care. Pray for us, for her and for her guardiand the Presbyterian Family Foundation.

  2. Ann Marie says:

    Thank you Jackie, my special friend, for this & for always helping me find answers to my questions, as I continue to build my relationship with Jesus. Sadly, I learned first hand how Satan comes to you, at your most vulnerable moment & disguises himself as an angel of light. You follow that light believing it comes from Jesus until you end up in darkness. If anyone reading this thinks that it’s easy to know where the light is coming from or that this can’t happen to you….you’re wrong. Thank you Alma, I couldn’t have said it better. Great comments & website!!!!