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From the Preacher’s Pen: Satan Transformed

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Satan is described in scripture as a “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8); the “wicked one” (Matthew 13:19); “a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44); the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4); the “adversary” (1 Peter 5:8); and the “ruler of this world” (John 14:30).

All of these designations indicate a being that is evil, and intent on our destruction. While the world laughs at the concept of evil personified, we know that he is a malevolent individual who desires to see the destruction of Christians. As such, we are warned to be one guard.

One of the scariest descriptions of Satan is given by the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:14, as he describes the danger that false teachers bring to God’s people. “And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” When we think of the devil, perhaps our minds imagine someone ugly, mean, obviously evil. Often, however, Satan appears to the undiscerning as righteous and good. Paul’s point here is to be aware that a false teacher may not appear to be false. In verse 15, Paul writes, “Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”

Be careful! Discernment is needed. The devil is devious and disguises himself and his servants effectively. Don’t be fooled!

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