Loving the truth!
Scripture reading for October 14th: 2nd Thessalonians 2:1-17
One of the false teachings of Paul’s day in the Thessalonian church was that Jesus Christ had already come back. False teachers had evidently even gone so far as to attribute this to Paul himself. Paul wanted to be sure that they got the truth and gave them further teaching about the coming of the Lord and the events surrounding that day.
“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4) Paul told these believers that there would be a time of rebellion that would precede the coming day of the Lord. A man would be revealed that would be known as the ‘man of lawlessness’. This man would set himself up as God and even use God’s temple to do that.
This lawless man would do the works of Satan but would use deception. He would produce counterfeit signs and wonders and do miracles that would deceive people into thinking that he was God. Those who followed him would be destroyed by Jesus Christ, along with this lawless one. Paul gave the reason that they would be deceived: “They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:10b-12)
A love of truth will keep us from deception! In the world of the twenty-first century, people in our culture question if truth can even be known. “Truth is relative,” they say. But God tells us that His word is truth. (John 17:17) Heaven and earth will pass away, but not His word! (Matthew 24:35) Jesus told His disciples that He was the Truth! (John 14:6) The Holy Spirit is the ‘Spirit of Truth.’ (John 16:13) Paul told the Thessalonians that they were saved by the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief of the truth. (2nd Thessalonians 2:13) May the Lord give us a love of the truth which frees us from deception!