The Archangels are referred to as government, dignities and dominion by Apostles Jude and Peter March 18, 2008Posted by mercedescoleen in God.
Tags: Angels, Angels at Work, Angels of God, Archangel Gabriel, Archangel Michael, God, Heaven, Jesus, The Archangels
I found it fascinating that Apostles Peter and Jude wrote almost similar letters to the believers in Jude 1 and 2 Peter 2. Did they have a discussion with one another or did God reveal to them the same content? Whatever the truth, the repetition of this content is intended to emphasize the truth.
1. The first parallel relates to the fate of the fallen angels
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment (2 Pet 2: 4).
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day (Jude 1: 6).
Like Jude, Apostle Peter spoke of the false teachers who were reserved for swift destruction because of their damnable heresies and pernicious ways.
Again, the angels that sinned were not spared because of their damnable heresies (doctrines of devils) and pernicious ways. Peter also used conjunctions in verses 5-7 to link the sins of the fallen angels with those of the people of Noah’s day and those of Sodom and Gomorrah.
2. The second parallel relates to the rank of the Chief Princes
Apostles Peter and Jude spoke of other groups of people (apart from the false teachers) for whom particular judgement is reserved. Two of these outstanding and infamous groups of people in scripture whose damnable heresies and pernicious ways caused them to be destroyed were the people in the days of Noah and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah (2 Pet 2: 4-10). Like Jude, Peter particularly emphasized those people of Sodom and Gomorrah who spoke evil of the Lord.
Jude and Peter both spoke of the habit held by devils and their followers in despising and speaking evil of government (rulership), dignities and dominion. The context in Peter referred to the men of Sodom and their disrespect for God, while Jude spoke also of them as well as the devil’s disrespect.
While Peter did not name the dignities and government to whom he referred, the parallel scripture in Jude clearly referred to Chief Prince Michael.
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities (2 Pet 2: 6,7).
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee (Jude 1: 6-9).
3. The Chief Princes are in authority over the devil
In the context of 2 Peter 2: 1-10, Peter said that angels who are greater in might and power do not bring railing accusations about the sinners and devils of whom he wrote. We know that the angels who went to destroy Sodom responded to the railings of the people by blinding them then later destroying the city. We also know that Chief Prince Michael contended with the devil for Moses’ body by rebuking him in the name of the Lord.
If we draw from Prince Michael’s rebuke of the devil and Peter’s statement that angels are dignities and government we would realize that the angels greater in might and power than the devil himself refer to those who stand in the presence of God.
These Angels are not just messengers and warriors, but Great Princes, Government, Dignities and Dominion. The word government occurs four times in the scriptures – Isa 9: 6,7, Isa 22: 21 and 2 Peter 2: 10. The original language refers to rulership and one who possesses dominion in the Old and New Testaments respectively.
As I end, I hope that this post will help to remind us that we are not at the whims and fancies of the devil, but that he is subject to greater authority. In Christ, we also have been given this authority. Have a great day and God bless.