2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Ever since the fall of man, the world has been spiritually divided into two groups: those who are “begotten” of the spiritual seed of Cain, and those who are “begotten” of the spiritual seed of Abel. I use the word “begotten” in the sense of religious systems of salvation. Cain presented to God the fruit of the ground. Abel presented to God the firstborn of his flock. Cain brought his best to God, but it was insufficient to atone for his sin. Abel brought forth a blood sacrifice that was accepted by The Lord.

In 2 Corinthians 11, we learn about the tension that began back in Genesis 4 and that continues to the present hour. Contrary to the popular depiction of Satan with a red suit, horns, and a pitchfork, we see in Scripture that when Satan appears to man, it is in the form of an angel of light (v14). The serpent in the garden looked nothing like a rattlesnake today, or you can be sure that Eve would have run away from him as quickly as she could. No, he came in all subtlety, and as an angel of light.

Dear ones, the devil has ministers. They use the same language that you and I do as Christians, but underneath the mask of words is a different gospel and different Jesus. Do not be deceived, beloved. They are ministers of darkness in sheep’s clothing.