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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. Thomas says:

    Love and need more biblical teachings like this.

  2. Victor says:

    The devil offering Jesus bread…what an excellent example of the deceptive influences of evil. There are so many people today manipulating and channeling energies that they claim are for good or from God, like reiki healers, tarot card readers, etc. These practices sometime result in temporary tangible effects, but those practicing such things don’t bother to examine the source of the energies behind them. They often suffer from panics and depression, lack of moral barriers, sleep paralysis and demon attacks.

  3. Victoria Giles says:

    Living it! Amen.

  4. Goodman Wet says:

    Just want to learn more

  5. JOEY ROURKS Sr. says:

    This will be an excellent sermon.

  6. John Irwin says:

    I am so concerned about how people have forgotten who we are battling, and that is Satan. Even though he lost at the cross, he is still roaming around to devour our souls. Please keep up the good work on letting people know how important their belief is in Jesus, and the true Gospel.

  7. Delroy Registe says:

    I agree with you. I am just preparing a message on the transforming art of Satan to do evil. He is not an angel of light because there is no light in this wicked monster. He is evil, filled with evil and he is the father of all evil.

  8. Isobel Challender says:

    Just want to learn more