I. THE EXISTENCE OF ANGELS
Scripture teaches that angels exist in "34 books of Bible." The word Angel appears approximately 275 times. Christ taught and assumed that angels existed (Matt. 18:10; 26:53).
II. THE CREATION OF ANGELS
We teach that their creation is seen in Col. 1:16. Angels were created before the world (Job 38:6-7). And angels in their original state were created Holy (Jude 6).
III. THE PERSONALITY OF ANGELS
We teach that Angels have intellect (I Peter 1:12), emotion (Luke 2:13), and will (Jude 6). Therefore they have all the necessary aspects for personality.
IV. THE NATURE OF ANGELS
We teach that Angels are: Spirit beings (Heb. 1:14); not capable of reproducing after their kind (Mark 12:25); masculine in gender (Gen. 18:1-2); not able to die (Luke 20:36); different from man (Ps. 8:4-5); are innumerable (Heb. 12:22); and powerful beings (II Peter 2:11).
V. ORGANIZATION OF THE ANGELS
The Bible designates an archangel (ruling angel) as Michael (Jude 9). Others are called: chief princes (Dan. 10:13), ruling angels (Eph. 3:10), guardian angels (for all, Heb. 1:14; for children, Matt. 18:10), Seraphim (Isa. 6:1-3,worship of God), Cherubim (Gen. 3:22-24, Guarding His holiness), and at last elect angels (I Tim. 5:21).
VI. THE MINISTRIES OF ANGELS
We teach that the Scripture reveals that angels have been involved in the following ministries: ministering to Christ, predicting Christ's birth (Luke 1:26-33), announcing His birth (Luke 2:13), safeguarding Him as an infant (Matt.2:13) Strengthened Christ after temptation (Matt. 4:11). They were also involved in defending Christ (Matt. 26:53). strengthening Him (Luke 22:43). opening the tomb (Matt. 28:2), announcing the resurrection (Matt. 28:6), answering prayer (Acts 12:7), observing Christians (I Cor. 4:9; I Tim 5:21), encouraging at a moment of danger (Acts 27:23-24), evangelistic work (Luke 15:10; Acts 8:26), and tending to believers at death (Luke 16:22; Jude 9). Michael appears to have a specific involvement with Israel (Dan. 12:1). They are agents of God in the implementation of His providence (Dan. 10:21). They will be involved in the judgments of the tribulation (Rev. 8,9,16; Rev. 14:6-7; Matt. 13:39).
I. THE EXISTENCE OF SATAN
We teach that Satan is a real being. He is mentioned in 7 O.T. books and every NT author makes mention of him. Jesus taught that Satan was a real being ((Matt. 13:39; Luke 10:18;11:18).
II. THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN
We teach that Satan as an angel has all of the following personality aspects: intellect (II Cor. 11:3), emotion (Rev. 12:17), will (II Tim. 2:26). He is also held responsible for his actions (Matt. 25:41). And at last we see evidence in the personal pronouns found in Scripture (Job 1).
III. THE DESIGNATIONS OF SATAN
The following list of names gives further description of the person of Satan: Satan (adversary), Devil (slanderer), Lucifer (son of the morning), Beelzebub (Matt. 12:24), Belial (II Cor. 6:15), Evil One (I John 5:19), Tempter (I Thess. 3:5), Prince of this World (John 12:31), God of this age (II Cor. 4:4), Prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2), Accuser of the Brethren (Rev. 12:10), Satan is also seen in these real images: the Serpent (Rev. 12:9), the Dragon (Rev. 12:3), an Angel of light (II Cor.11:14).
IV. THE NATURE OF SATAN
We teach the following about Satan's character in that He is: a creature (Ezek. 28:14), a spirit being (Eph. 6:11-12), a cherub (Ezek. 28:14), the supreme angelic being (Ezek. 28:12). We teach that the following evil manifestations of Satan's evil personality are true in that he is: a murderer (John 8:44), a liar (John 8:44), a proven sinner (I John 3:8), an accuser (Rev. 12:10), an adversary (I Peter 5:8). Although Satan is a powerful being we teach that he has the following inabilities in that he is: "a creature and not omniscient or infinite, able to be resisted by the Christian (James 4:7), limited by God (Job 1:12)."
V. THE ORIGINAL STATE AND FALL OF SATAN
We teach that Satan the highest angel fell from his privileged original estate (Ezek. 28:11-15. Satan's sin was that of pride wanting to be like God (Isa. 14:12-20; I Tim 3:6 "usurp the glory of God").
VI. SATAN'S JUDGMENTS
We teach that the following judgments have already been placed on Satan: he lost his initial position in Heaven (Ezek 28:16), he was cursed in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3:14-15), he was judged at the Cross (John 12:31). We teach that Satan still awaits the following future judgments: he will be cast out of heaven (Rev. 12:13-mid-trib), he will be confined in the abyss (Rev 20:2- start of Mill.), and finally, he will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:10- end Mill.).
VII. THE WORK OF SATAN
We teach that Satan has been in conflict with the plan of redemption since the garden of Eden (Gen 3:15). I will name only some of the ways in which Satan has attempted to thwart the redemptive work of Christ. Those works are as follows: tempted Christ (Matt. 4:1-11), influenced men to stop Christ (Matt. 2:16; John 8:44; Matt 16:23), and possessed the disciple Judas in order to betray (John 13:27). He is also a deceiver of the Nations (Rev 20:3) and he will gather the nations at Armageddon (Rev 16:13-14). We teach that Satan is active now in the lives of unbelievers in that he: "blinds their minds (II Cor. 4:4), snatches the Word from their hearts (Luke 8:12), and uses men to oppose God's work (Rev. 2:13)." We teach that Satan at this time can influence Christians in that he: tempts them to lie (Acts 5:3), accuses and slanders them (Rev 12:10), hinders their work (I Thess. 2:18), uses demons to try to defeat them (Eph 6:11-12), tempts in the area of immorality (I Cor 7:5), sows tares amidst believers (Matt. 13:38-39), and instigates persecutions against them (Rev 2:10).
VIII. THE DEFENSE OF THE BELIEVER AGAINST SATAN
We teach that Christians may have or use the following defenses against Satan: they should not speak of Satan contemptuously (Jude 8-9), they should be on guard (I Peter 5:8), they should take a stand against him (James 4:7), and they should use their armor (Eph. 6:11-18), Christ's intercessory work (John 17:15). God may also use the buffeting and tempting by Satan to cause spiritual growth (II Cor. 12:7).
DOCTRINE OF DEMONS
I. ORIGIN OF DEMONS
We reject all unbiblical suggestions as to the origin of Demons (Souls of departed evil men, disembodied spirits of a Pre-Adamic race, or the offspring of angels and antediluvian Women (Gen. 6:1-4). We teach that demons are fallen angels, those angels that followed Satan (Mat. 12:24). The Bible states that these angels have ranks (Eph. 6:11-12). We teach that the Scripture clearly states that some demons are confined at this time (II Pet 2:4l Jude 6, Genesis 6:1-4), yet others are free to do Satan's work.
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