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What does it mean, that the "angels who are greater in power, dare not bring before the Lord accusations against the supernatural beings"?


2 Peter 2:11

NKJV - 11 Whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.

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Eced7a1f c81d 42f4 95ea 9d5719dce241 Singapore Moses Messenger of God, CEO in IT industry, Astronaut, Scientist
The idea here is that the holy angels who are given responsibility to report to God of the actions of fallen angels and wicked men, do not rashly accuse or condemn, but merely report facts as they are without bitterness and railing. 

Zechariah saw the high priest standing before (in the presence of) the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing by to resist him. The Lord rebuked Satan and refused to permit him to stop the restoration of Judah and Jerusalem. Twice Satan was rebuked (Zech. 3:1-2).

Again satan disputed about the body of Moses. This took place after the death of Moses. The devil had the power of death until Christ conquered him on the cross (Col. 2:14-17 Heb. 2:14-15 Rev. 1:18). The devil claimed Moses, but God intervened and took the body, burying it in the land of Moab (Dt. 34:5-6). If he has been resurrected it had to be after the resurrection of Jesus who is the firstfruit of all that have died (1Cor. 15:20-23). Whether Moses came out of the grave with the saints after Christ was resurrected is not stated (Mt. 27:52-53). He was in soul form in Mt. 17:1-8.

However, Michael durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. A good example for how angels courteous to each other. So the angels are courteous in their reports (Zech. 3:1; Jude 1:9).

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, Peter in this verse is contrasting the brashness and arrogance of the unrighteous people whom God will punish for their "defiling passion" and because they "despise authority" (2 Peter 2:10), with the humility of the angels of God.

These angels, although they are (as noted in the verse cited in the question) "greater in power and might" than any human, do not presume or take it upon themselves to pronounce judgments against other spiritual beings, or even to condemn the unrighteous people before God, but instead leave the judgment and punishment of those people to God.

To me, this verse is almost identical to the point that Jude made in his epistle (Jude 8-9), again contrasting those who "pollute their own bodies, reject authority, and heap abuse on celestial beings" with the humility of the archangel Michael, who, despite his power and authority, did not presume to pronounce a reviling judgment even against Satan when disputing with him about taking Moses (after his bodily death) to heaven, but simply said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke you."

November 30 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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