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    Devo for Nov 13

    MYTHS ABOUT ANGELS AND DEMONS (Part 1 of 2)

    Myth #1: Angels and demons are eternal and uncreated.


    This runs counter to numerous biblical texts. The psalmist includes all God’s “angels” and heavenly “hosts” among those whom he “created” (Psalm 148:2-5). The Apostle Paul clearly asserts that “thrones” and “dominions” and “rulers” and “authorities,” standard language for angelic and demonic beings, were created by the Son of God (Col. 1:16).

    Furthermore, each angel is a direct creation, that is to say, they did not descend from an original pair as we did; they do not procreate as we do (Matt. 22:28-30). We don’t know when angels were created but it is likely this happened before the events of Genesis 1:1ff (see Job 38:4-7). Satan, being himself a fallen angel, is not eternal. He is a finite creature. He is, therefore, God’s Devil. Satan is not the equal and opposite power of God (contra dualism). His power is not infinite. He does not possess divine attributes. In sum, he is no match for God! At most, Satan is the equal and opposite power of the archangel Michael.


    Myth #2: Angels and demons are all-powerful.


    Make no mistake, they are powerful! But only God is omnipotent. All angelic power is subject to God’s power and purpose (Ps. 103:20; 2 Pet. 2:11).

    In Genesis 19:12-16, angels are used by God to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. In 2 Kings 19:35, one angel is empowered to kill 185,000 Assyrians. According to Matthew 28:2, an angel moved the stone from Christ’s tomb. In Acts 12, an angel entered a locked prison and released Peter. In Acts 12:23, we read that an angel killed Herod in a most gruesome way. Angels appear in the book of Revelation (see especially Rev. 7:2-3) to influence the phenomena of nature.

    All angelic power is subject to God’s power and purpose.

    We also see that demons can infuse their victims with super-human strength (Acts 19:16; Mark 5:3) and, like the holy angels, can move swiftly through space (Dan. 9:21-23; 10:10-14). Normal physical barriers do not restrict their activity (a “legion” [6,000] of demons inhabited one man and later 2,000 pigs). Demons can also physically assault someone and/or cause physical affliction. (Luke 9:39). Matthew 17:15 speaks of a demon seizing a young boy. He is thrown to the ground or into fire or water, together with other violent symptoms. In Matthew 9:32-34, a man’s inability to speak is attributed to a demon (cf. 12:22-24; Luke 11:14-15). Be it noted, however, that there are several cases in the gospels of blindness or the inability to speak which Jesus heals that are not attributed to demonic influence (Matt. 9:27-31; 20:29-34; Mark 7:31-37; 8:22-26; 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43; John 9:1-7).


    Myth #3: Angels and demons are omnipresent.


    We know that angels are spirit beings in that they are immaterial or incorporeal. They have no flesh or blood or bones. They are, as Hebrews 1:14 declares, “ministering spirits”. However, although they are spirits, they have spatial limitations. In other words, angels are not omnipresent (see Dan. 9:21-23; 10:10-14 where we find both spatial movement and temporal limitations). They are always in only one place at any one time.

    There is a sense in which as spirit beings they also have form or shape. That is to say, they are spatially confined (their being is not distributed throughout space). They are localized. Do angels have literal “wings”? The seraphim are portrayed as having wings in Isaiah 6:2, 6 (see also Ezek. 1:5-8). Gabriel is portrayed as flying to Daniel’s side (Dan. 9:21; cf. Rev. 14:6-7). Whether or not all angels are winged is simply impossible to say. I’m inclined to think that angels do not have gender (see Matt. 22:28-30); hence they do not procreate. I should point out, however, that they are always described in the masculine gender (but see Zech. 5:9).

    It’s important to remember that although he is powerful and resourceful, Satan can only be in one place at any one time. He may well dispatch his demonic hosts to do his will, but Satan cannot be tempting one believer in Bangladesh and simultaneously be attacking another in Berlin. Satan is surely active in the earth, but he is always in one place in space at any one time.

    ......to be continued


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