By   •   June 1, 2004   •   Topics: ,


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. LYNN YOUNGREN says:

    I have a friend who has started watching the new TV series “Lucifer”.
    I told her not too, but need solid evidence for my advice.
    Thanks for giving me that!

  2. Herbert says:

    well said; couldn’t have said it better

  3. Sarah Martiin says:

    This explanation has truly shown me how a person can be easily deceived by appearances.. thank you

  4. Jackie says:

    I’m following Jesus.

  5. Precious says:

    It didn’t end in verse 14. 15 says that he has to him self ministers of righteousness. In others words they say, and do the right things. But there allegiance goes to the ‘angel of light’.

  6. widom emenike says:

    Every work of the devil will be revealed when he us subjected to the test of the true LIGHT And TRUTH In the person of CHRIST JESUS Who is the hope our of glory.

  7. Alma Singleton says:

    Satan will seek, steal, and destroy if u let him in…..stand strong in the word of GOD.

  8. Lua Amba says:

    Regarding “the devil, who deceived them.” Who is “them”? Is it everyone ever deceived by the devil?

  9. winnie Stemkowski says:

    I am for our Heavenly Father All the Way Amen

  10. HaroldCaffee says:

    There are many deceivers today preaching only parts of the gospel. These deceivers are inspired by the devil thus bringing to pass what the Apostle Paul mean…The devil doesn’t mind anyone preaching if they only preach a man made gospel.