Tag: serpent’s cunning
Scripture reading for August 12th: 2nd Corinthians 11
The church in Corinth had been attacked by false teachers that Paul referred to as ‘super apostles’. These teachers were charismatic and used terms familiar to the church that enabled them to pull off their deception. Paul was filled with a ‘godly jealousy’ and set out to expose the ‘serpent’s cunning’ that was operating through these men.
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super apostles.”” (2nd Corinthians 11:3-5)
These teachers were preaching “Jesus”, but not the same Jesus Christ, Son of God and risen Lord that Paul preached. Their “Jesus” was a counterfeit! They had a spirit that was given through their ministry, but it was not the Holy Spirit, the gift of the Father. They also had a ‘gospel’, but it was not the true gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, a gift of God’s grace! These false teachers used counterfeit in such a way to deceive those in the church and pull them away from true faith!
“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” (2nd Corinthians 11:13-15) Church beware!
Scripture reading for September 9th: 2nd Corinthians 11:1-15
The church at Corinth had been infiltrated by false teachers claiming to be ‘apostles of Jesus Christ’. (2nd Corinthians 11:13) These teachers had maligned Paul and promoted themselves and their ‘ministry’. Their disguise was a direct counterfeit to the true apostles. They were deceiving the church and dividing off the members.
“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2nd Corinthians 11:2-4)
Satan was using these false teachers to lead the church members astray. They preached another gospel that had no power to save! They used the name of Jesus Christ, but their Jesus was also a counterfeit. He was not the Son of God, crucified for the sins of the world and raised from the dead! They also had a spirit working with them but it was not the Holy Spirit of God, sent to mark the heirs of salvation.
An effective counterfeit has to resemble the truth. These false apostles tried to imitate Paul in their language, terminology, and effects. They were good talkers, but were out for gain. (2nd Corinthians 11:5-7) Paul had come preaching the true Gospel but was not an eloquent speaker. The false apostles made fun of him because he did not charge great fees, but sought to work with his hands to provide for himself. But Paul would continue in his ways and trust God to expose these counterfeits. (2nd Corinthians 11:12)
Satan loves deception because he can only lie! (John 8:44) He still uses ‘false apostles’, ‘false prophets’, and ‘false teachers’. Many appear as ‘angels of light’ and deceive many from the ways of truth. Be sure and check out those who you are following and allowing to feed you . Use the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit for discernment. (2nd Peter 3:17) This kind of deception is increasing in the last days before Jesus returns.