“Of Angels & Demons”

Posted: September 3, 2016 in Devil / Satan, Gospel of John, Heaven, Hell

John 8:48, 52

If you met a man in the park who was walking around in a long robe telling people that he was God, you would probably think that he had a few screws missing or was on drugs. You might even call the authorities to come and take him away and put him in an insane asylum.

Believe it or not, something like this happened to Jesus when His own unbelieving brothers and His mother, Mary came to take Him away because they thought He had gone out of His mind (Mark 3:21; Isaiah 53:4; John 7:5). The scribes and Pharisees were boiling over with rage and wanted to kill Him (John 5:18). They said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons” (Mark 3:22; See John 8:48, 52). But wait! Are demons real? What do the Scriptures tell us about spirit beings?

Categories & Creation

The Scriptures teach and we believe that there are three kinds of spirit beings: Cherubs – Ezekiel 28:16, Seraphs – Isaiah 6:3, and Angels (Colossians 1:16, 17). They were created before God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Job 38:7).

Activities

The good (elect) angels (1 Timothy 5:21) who didn’t follow Lucifer in his rebellion against God are and have been used by God to keep some people alive until they are saved by God’s grace (Hebrews 1:14). An angel was used by God to direct a Roman centurion to the Apostle Peter so he could tell him how to be saved (Acts 10:3). Angels have been and will be used to bring judgment on sinners as is illustrated for us in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the future judgment on the unbelievers in the seven years of the Tribulation (Genesis 18:2; Revelation 6-19). Today angels are observing the wisdom of God as He works all things together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28, 29; 1 Corinthians 4:9; Ephesians 3:10).

One third of the angels rebelled with Lucifer against God (Revelation 12:4) and fell from their exalted position. They are called demons too. They can possess the bodies of unsaved people (Luke 8:30). The devil and demons can influence believers from the outside but they can’t possess the bodies of true believers (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 6:14). The Apostle Peter yielded to Satan’s temptation to deny Christ (Luke 22:31-34). Ananias and his wife, Sapphira yielded to Satan’s temptation to lie to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:1-11).

Satan or demons can be used to oppress believers who willfully sin against God as is illustrated by the believer in the church in Corinth who was living incestuously with his own mother (1 Corinthians 5:5). They can be used to torment believers who have an unforgiving spirit (Matthew 18:34). Satan/demons can afflict believers who know the truth but who refuse to acknowledge it and live up to it by asking all kinds of foolish questions to try to get out of that which they know they should do (2 Timothy 2:2-26).

Satan/demons sometimes are allowed to afflict believers who are doing the will of God as the Apostle Paul was. He asked the Lord three times to remove his thorn in the flesh but God denied that request but promised him grace to bear it (2 Corinthians 12:7).  Contrary to what some people are being taught, it is not God’s will that every Christian be in perfect health during his/her life on earth. Timothy (1 Timothy 5:23), Trophimus (2 Timothy 4:20), Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25-27), and many other believers weren’t healed by the Apostle Paul.

Destines

The elect angels who didn’t rebel against God will continue to enjoy eternity in the presence of God with true believers (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 5:11; 7:11). But the fallen angels/demons will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever with the devil and all unbelievers (Matthew 7:22; 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10).

So What?

If we want to be delivered from having to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons, we need the Christ of the Scriptures to save us. He died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).  Demonstrate your faith to other people by being baptized (immersed) as Christ has commanded us (Matthew 28:19, 20).

Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, or are you relying on your good works also to save you? Our salvation is not of good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

If you’re saved, God wants you to grow spiritually (2 Pet. 3:18), serve Him/others with love (1 Peter 4:10), and be a good witness for Him (Acts 1:8).

If God were to evaluate your life right now, what kind of a grade would you get? What needs to change? With God’s help (Philippians 4:13), will you make the necessary changes in your life?

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