An Angel of Light

Angel of light (3)

b) 2 Cor 11:13–15: Paul exposed the scandalous nature of the “false apostles” and “deceitful workmen” in Corinth who challenged his position as an apostle.[1]

Unfortunately, successful con men often assume a religious persona to pursue their selfish ambition. However, their narcissism and superior attitudes ultimately reveal that they masquerade as people sent by God.[2]

Another pertinent document, entitled “The Life of Adam and Eve,” was written during the first century AD. This fictitious work describes the lives of the couple after their exile from Eden.[3]

It says, “Eighteen days passed. Then Satan grew angry and transfigured himself into the brilliance of an angel and went off to the Tigris River to Eve.”[4]

Since Satan can “fashion…himself into an angel of light,”[5] then no one should be shocked when his followers disguise themselves as “ministers of righteousness.”[6]

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Read 2 Cor 11:13–15. Why must we be on guard for false teaching in our churches? How can we protect ourselves from falling prey to con artists and deceptive teachers?

 

 

 

 

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[Related posts include Falling for Deception (2 Cor 11:3–4); Serpents in the Ancient Near East (Gen 3:1); A World-Altering Conversation (Gen 3:2–5); Succumbing to Temptation (Gen 3:6); Their Eyes Are Opened (Gen 3:7); Hiding from God (Gen 3:8); A Day of Reckoning (Gen 3:9–13); and Ancient Literature]

 

[Click here to go to Chapter 6: A Serpent in the Garden (Genesis 3:1–13)]

 

[1]Paul Barnett, The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (NICNT; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 524.

[2] Garland, 2 Corinthians, 484.

[3]Ralph P. Martin, 2 Corinthians (WBC; Dallas: Word, 1998), 351.

[4]Berlie Custis, Gary A. Anderson, and R. Layton, trans., The Life of Adam and Eve (1995), 9:1, Http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/anderson/vita/english/vita.lat.html.

[5] “The Apocalypse of Moses,” 17.1ff, http://www.pseudepigrapha.com/pseudepigrapha/apcmose.htm. This work also describes Satan disguising himself as an angel of light to tempt Eve and offers a detailed description of their conversation.

[6] Barnett, The Second Epistle to the Corinthians, 525.