2 Corinthians 11:14, 15 - God's Word; Key to Discernment.

2 Corinthians 11:14, 15 - God's Word; Key to Discernment.

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 (NKJV) And no wonder! For Satan himself 
transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great 
thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of 
righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.  

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 (TNIV) And no wonder, for Satan himself 
masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his 
servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be 
what their actions deserve. 

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 (NLT) But I am not surprised! Even Satan 
disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no wonder that his 
servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the 
end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.  


Paul and the False Apostles: 2 Corinthians 11:1-15.

COMMENTARY APPLICATION with Emphasis on vv. 14 and 15.

  Satan is a deceiver. In the Garden of Eden he undermined Eve's 
relationship with God. Jesus said that the devil is the father of lies and 
that he hates the truth.  
  Paul warned the Corinthian church that Satan can disguise 
himself as an angel of light. He made this statement in the context of 
talking about false apostles and teachers. The tricky thing about those 
teachers was how close they were to the truth. They were close enough to 
skirt the edges of Christianity, but far enough away to do some 
  Paul compares false teachers to Satan: If even Satan can 
charade as an angel, certainly these false teachers can sneak into the 
camp of truth. So how can you know? How can you defend yourself 
against deceivers in disguise? First, always keep God's Word the 
standard by which all teaching is judged. If a teaching you hear or an 
action you're called to do would go against the Bible, then steer 
clear. Second, pray for wisdom to discern the truth. God will not let 
those who love the truth be deceived by lies. [The One Year Bible for 
New Believers re 2Co. 11:14, 15] 

  "Surprise!" Usually we use this expression in the context of 
something exciting and wondrous or in the unveiling of something amazing. 
Yet today's Scripture verse uses the word surprised to mean, "I am 
not overwhelmed, puzzled, or shocked." Paul was clearly stating his 
inability to be caught off guard by Satan and his deceptive ways of 
twisting and tainting the truth. "An angel of light" refers to the fact 
that Satan can appear disguised as a messenger of truth, but there is 
no truth in him. Just as bank employees learn to detect counterfeit 
bills by painstakingly poring over authentic ones, we learn to 
perceive the enemy by acquainting ourselves deeply with the ways of our 
Father. So beware of being surprised! Be alert and on guard. Arm 
yourself with God's Word, and learn his ways so that in the day or hour 
when you are a target for Satan's deception, you will not fall for 
his trickery but will instead see and know the truth. 
  How precious and perfect are your Word and your ways, O Lord. 
I pray that my relationship with you through the shed blood of 
Christ will be strong and that your Word will grow deep in my heart. 
Then the enemy's deceptions will not take me by surprise. I will 
recognize him for who he is, the father of lies. [Praying Through The 
Bible By Fuller re 2Co. 11:14] 

Satan and his servants can deceive us by appearing to be 
attractive, good, and moral. Many unsuspecting people follow smooth-talking, 
Bible-quoting leaders into cults that alienate them from their families and 
lead them into the practice of immorality and deceit. Don't be fooled 
by external appearances. Our impressions alone are not an accurate 
indicator of who is or isn't a true follower of Christ; so it helps to ask 
these questions: (1) Do the teachings confirm Scripture (Acts 17:11)? 
(2) Does the teacher affirm and proclaim that Jesus Christ is God 
who came into the world as a man to save people from their sins (1 
John 4:1-3)? (3) Is the teacher's life-style consistent with Biblical 
morality (Matthew 12:33-37)? [Life Application SB] 

Those who are unwilling to accept the plain, cutting truths of 
the Bible are continually seeking for pleasing fables that will 
quiet the conscience. The less spiritual, self-denying, and 
humiliating the doctrines presented, the greater the favor with which they 
are received. These persons degrade the intellectual powers to serve 
their carnal desires. Too wise in their own conceit to search the 
Scriptures with contrition of soul and earnest prayer for divine guidance, 
they have no shield from delusion.......Every conceivable form of error 
will be accepted by those who willfully reject the truth.  GC523-4 

Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my 
name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Matt. 24:4, 5