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“…whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.”

 

whereas angels who are greater in power and might

Angels are greater in “power and might” than men. That means that they are greater than false teachers.

do not bring a reviling accusation against them

Good angels do not revile false teachers. We have a case in point in Jude 8 “Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!,’” Michael did not blaspheme the Devil but said “The Lord rebuke you.” Yet, these apostates will blaspheme any authority.

The exception to this is the Devil himself. He keeps a file on each one of us (Re 12:9,10; Job 1:6-11; Zech 3:1-2). He accuses the believer before the throne of God. He finds out our sins by a demonic CIA. Then he mentions our sins before God.

before the Lord

When good angels gather in convocation, they do not bring accusations against these false teachers.

PRINCIPLE:

It is important to respect authority no matter how evil that authority.

APPLICATION:

Respect of authority is an operating principle of the Word of God. This verse carries that idea even to any authority. It is not right to “blaspheme” false teachers. This does not mean that we cannot criticize them. Every second book of the New Testament criticizes false teachers such as 2 Thessalonians, 2 Timothy or even 2 Peter.

Satan accuses us before the Lord. However, Jesus is our defense attorney (2 John 2:1,2). He defends our case. His case is perfect.

 

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