Mister Richardson's
Bible Doctrine Class

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Chapter 10 - Angels, Satan, & Demons


Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind. - James 4:7-8

A. What are Angels?

  1. Created spiritual beings - Psalm 148:2,5; Neh 9:6; Col 1:16.
  2. Other names for angels:
  3. Other kinds of heavenly beings:
  4. Rank and order among angels - Dan 10:13; 1 Thess 4:16; Jude 9; Rev 12:7-8.
  5. Guardian angels? - Ps 91:11-12; Mt 18:10; Acts 12:15; Heb 1:14.
  6. The power of angels - Heb 2:7.

B. The Place of Angels in God's Purpose

  1. Angels show the greatness of God's love and plan for us.
  2. Angels remind us that the unseen world is real - 2 Kings 6:17.
  3. Angels are examples for us - Rev 5:11-12.
  4. Angels carry out some of God's plans:
  5. Angels directly glorify God - Ps 103:20; Luke 15:10.

C. Our Relationship to Angels

  1. We should be aware of angels in our daily lives - Heb 13:2; Dan 6:22; Acts12:7-11.
  2. Cautions:

D. Demons and Their Origin

E. Satan as Head of Demons

  1. "Satan" means adversary - Job 1:2-2:7; 1 Chron 21:1; Zech 3:1.
  2. Other names:

F. The Activity of Satan and Demons

  1. Satan was the originator of sin - Gen 3:1-6; 1 John 3:8.
  2. Demons oppose and try to destroy every work of God - 2 Cor 4:4; Gal 4:8.
  3. Demons are limited by God - Job 1:12; 2:6.
  4. "We should not think that demons can know the future or that they can read our minds or know our thoughts."

G. Our Relationship to Demons

  1. Demons are active today.
  2. Not all evil and sin is from Satan, but some is - John 8:44; 1 Tim 4:1; 2 Tim 24-26.
  3. Christians cannot be "demon possessed" - Rom 6:14.
  4. Christians can suffer because of demons - Luke 13:11,16.
  5. Jesus give believers authority over demons - Luke 10:17.
  6. We should expect the gospel to triumph over the works of the devil - 1 John 3:8; Mt 16:18.


TERMS
Angel, archangel, cherubim, demon possession, demonized, demons, living creature, Michael, principalities and powers, Satan, seraphim, watchers.

REVIEW QUESTIONS
1. Name three purposes for angels.
2. What should be our relationship with angels?
3. How did demons originate?
4. Can Christians be influenced by demons? Explain.
5. In what ways can Christians exert authority over demons?
6. Is Satan omnipresent? Explain.
7. What is the difference between angels, cherubim, and seraphim?

RECOMMENDED READING
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices - Thomas Brooks

ARTICLES
Angels - Charles Hodge


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