Here is my confession regarding Angels and Demons. This is a concise statement of what I believe. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

I believe that there are spiritual beings called angels. They were created by God prior to the sixth day of the Creation Week and are almost infinite in number. [1] They are spiritual, yet they can interact tangibly inside of the physical world.[2] Their form is majestic and varied; whenever a human sees an angel, the reaction is either fear or worship.[3] This is not the response they desire, for they were created for a different reason. God created angels to worship him and to carry out his tasks.[4] Angelic beings have various names, and these names seem to be associated with either their task or with their appearance.[5] Their locality of service is also varied, for some sit at the right hand of God while others are attending kingdoms or business on earth.[6]

I believe that the angels that are still worshipping God will continue to worship God. Their eternal destiny is in Heaven with God.[7] They stand in contrast to the fallen angels who have the eternal destiny of the lake of fire. [8]

I believe that fallen angels were once good, yet they rebelled against God.[9] Their appearance and tasks are as varied as the good angels; this lends to as numerous of names as there are demonic tasks.[10] There will come a day when the fallen angels will ultimately be forced to bow their knee to Christ’s lordship, this will not be in service but in begrudged humility.[11] As for now, demons and all other fallen spiritual beings are following the commands of Satan.[12] Satan currently roams the earth stirring up strife and trouble.[13] He vehemently opposes all plans of God, and he uses all of his power and creativity to oppose him. The most known way that he does so is by demonic influence upon nations and people. [14]

I believe that Christians can be influence by demons yet cannot be possessed by them, for they are united with Christ and sealed by the Holy Spirit.[15]

I believe that any discussion of spiritual beings can only be properly finished by singing with the angelic hosts around the throne of God, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!”[16]


                [1] Gen. 2:1; Deut. 6:32; 2 Kings 6:17; Neh. 9:6; Job 38:7; Ps. 68:17; 148:2, 5; ; Dan. 7: 10; Mt. 26:53; Col. 1:16. Heb. 12:22; Rev. 5:11; Second Helvetic Confession 7.3; Belgic Confession,  Art. 12.

                [2] Num. 22:22ff; 2 Chr. 32:21; Mt. 28:5; Heb. 1:14; 13:2.

                [3]Ex. 25:20; Judg. 13:6; Isa. 6:2; Ez. 1:6; Lk. 1:11-13.

                [4] Gen. 3:24; Ex. 12:29; 2 Sam. 24:16-17; Job 38:7; Ps. 89:7; Isa. 6:2; Zech. 1:10-11; Lk. 1:11-19; Acts 8:26; Heb. 1:14; Rev. 5:11-14; Belgic Confession , art. 12.

                [5] Gen. 3:24; Ex. 12:29; 25:22; 1 Kings 19:2; Job 1:6; Pss. 29:1; 89:5-7; Isa 6:2; Daniel 4:13; Mt. 24:36; 1 Thes. 4:16; Jude 9; Rev. 4:8; John Calvin, Institutes 1.14.5.

                [6] Dan. 10:13, 20; Lk. 1:19.

                [7]Isa. 6:2; Rev. 4:8-11; 5:8-14; Westminster Confession 3.3-4.

                [8]Mt. 25:41; 2Pet. 2:4; Rev. 20; Helvetic Confession, ch 7; Westminster Confession 3.3-4; Belgic Confession, art. 12.

                [9]2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; Belgic Confession, art. 12.

                [10] Rom. 8:38-39; 13:1; 1 Cor. 2:6,8; 3:22; 15:24; Phil. 1:20; Col. 1:12, 16; 2:20,15: 3:18; Eph. 1:21; 2:2; 3:10; 6:12; 1 Pet. 3:22. Cf. James Dunn The Theology of Paul the Apostle, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998), 105; John Calvin, Institutes 1.14.5-8.

                [11] Phil. 2:10-11; Rev. 20:1-15; cf. Rom. 16:20.

                [12] Dan. 6:4; Mt. 12:26-27; 2 Cor. 4:4; Belgic Confession, art. 12.

                [13] 1 Chr. 21:1; Job 1:7; 2:2; Lk. 22:3, 31; 1 Thes. 2:18; 2 Cor. 11:14; 1 Pet. 5:8.

                [14] Mt. 12:22; 17:15, 18; Mk. 1:12; Eph. 6:12; Belgic Confession, art. 12.

                [15] 1 Cor. 10:21; Eph. 4:30; Col. 1:13; 1 Jn. 4:4.

                [16]Isa. 6:2; Rev. 4:8.

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