65 – Evil Angels
§ 65. A multitude1 of angels2 left their first estate and, making the beginning of sin,3 became evil spirits,4 or devils,5 with perverted and depraved intellectual and moral faculties.6
1. A multitude
Mark 5:9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
2. of angels
Jude 6. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains.
3. left their first estate and, making the beginning of sin,
I John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.
II Peter 2:4 God spared not the angels that sinned.
4. became evil spirits,
Mark 1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. Cf. v. 26. Matthew 10:1.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
5. or devils,
I Corinthians 10:20 The things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils.
Mark 5:12 And all the devils besought Him, saying, Send us into the swine.
6. with perverted and depraved intellectual and moral faculties.
Matthew 4:6 And saith unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die. Cf. v. 5.