2 Corinthians 11:14

14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

 

BEWARE…
The greatest deception of Satan is to prompt you, me and everyone in the world to believe that he or she is not Satan. He or she manipulates us to accept something quite opposite. Satan wants people to believe that he or she is a righteous spirit being who has nothing but your interest (and the interest of all human beings on earth) as his or her main desire and that his or her ultimate goal is to promote your welfare and prosperity. Truly, he or she wants you to succeed and be prosperous if you will only do things his or her way. Using the vernacular of the present day, though Satan is truly a bad guy, girl or whatever form he or she will take that attracts you (the worst of the worst), he or she projects themselves to the world and to you and me as a good person (the best of the best) and Satan has accomplished his or her task quite effectively.
Truthfully, however, Christ Jesus accurately called Satan a murderer from the beginning. The Devil goes about as a roaring lion to devour whom he / she might, but the impression that Satan wishes to give of them self is utterly different. Satan wants to express to the world (and to you and me) the very opposite characteristics. And believe me, Satan has managed to pull off the grandest subterfuge ever conceived in the history of the Human race. The Devil will not come as an ugly Demon. He or she will come as your best friend. A hot sexy chick or dude with a hot build, tattoos and breath taking looks and build. Satan will be very charming, alluring, polite, courteous and even respectful He or she will come as your “soul mate”. They will say all the words and all the shit you want to hear. You will have just a hint of a gut vibe, that something is just not right. Ignore that warning from the Holy Spirit and you are lost. Embrace it is what you better do! My thoughts anyway… 

What does 2 Corinthians 11:14 mean?

 

Paul has brutally called out his opponents in Corinth for what they were: deceivers pretending to be what Paul truly was: an apostle of Christ. They were attempting to seduce the Corinthians away from true devotion to Jesus, preaching to them a different gospel about a different Jesus and a different spirit. In other words, they were distorting all the true things Paul had taught to the Corinthians in order to gain some advantage for themselves.

Scripture indicates that this tactic should not be surprising. Satan also disguises himself as an angel of light. The Devil’s greatest weapon has always been deception. The most effective deception is to convince people that what is evil is actually good, that what is dark is actually light. By coating lies in a veneer of truth, it’s much easier to fool people into accepting what is false. Paul had already compared the work of these false apostles to Satan’s deception of Eve in the garden (2 Corinthians 11:3; Genesis 3:1–8). He takes that even further in the following verse.

 

Context Summary

 

Second Corinthians 11:1–15 includes Paul’s unmasking of the false apostles in Corinth. They are like the serpent in the garden tempting Eve. Or, they resemble a man trying to seduce a betrothed woman away from her promised husband. They disguise themselves as servants of righteousness as Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Paul is a spiritual father who must protect the Corinthians from deceptions like a false Christ and a false spirit. Paul doubles down on his commitment not to take funds from the Corinthians for his own needs, simply to prove how he is different from the false apostles.

 


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