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27. The apostle Peter says that the false teachers are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries; could you tell me who are these dignitaries?

 

 

They are Satan, principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. That’s the conclusion I have come to after reading the following words of Jude: “Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when the disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’ ” (Jude 8-9 – NKJV)

That ‘yet’ indicates that whereas the ungodly men bring against the devil a reviling accusation, Michael the archangel, who is greater in power and might than the devil, when he contended with the devil dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, for he was (and still is) respectful to the prince of this world, that is, the devil. The angels of God, too, are respectful to the devil (and to principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world and the spiritual hosts of wickedness) for the apostle Peter says: “Whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord” (2 Peter 2:11 – NKJV).

Therefore, if Michael the archangel and the angels of God, who are greater in power and might than the devil and all his host, don’t bring a reviling accusation against the dignitaries, we also must not bring any reviling accusation against them.

 

 

 

 

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