Monday, September 21, 2009
12 But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
2 Corinthians 11:12-15, New King James Version
In our Bible passage for today, we are given a very sober warning by Paul, one which we must be careful to not neglect. Who are the false apostles of Christ spoken of by Paul?
From the passage above, we do know a few things about them. First of all, through their boasting of themselves, they desired to be thought of just as Paul. From this, we know that they were in the early Christian church.
Our sin natures are so strong, that we can easily be deceived into thinking that all who proclaim Christ are Christians. As a matter of fact, many times people themselves are deceived into thinking that they are Christians when they are not! How can that be?
In a war, it is very important to know your enemy; understanding the enemy's strategies will be a great aid in giving you the victory over him. Unfortunately, as Christians we tend to forget that we are in a great battle; greater than any battle ever known to man! Our enemy is not really unbelievers. Our true enemy is Satan, himself, who turns the minds of men against Christ and His church.
Paul tells us not to be surprised when we are deceived by false teachers. For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Satan is not ugly, nor does He appear to be evil. Remember, He was one of the most beautiful angels before he rebelled against God, taking one-third of the angels with him. It is easy for him to corrupt the church through false apostles or preachers.
What, then, are we to do? We must bathe ourselves in the Word of God; it is our responsibility to know if the man who stands in our church pulpit is being true to the Bible. Yes, he may have a seminary degree, but are seminaries perfect? Many seminaries that were once faithful advocates of the Bible have fallen to the teachings of the world, through the lies and deceitfulness of Satan.
As Christians, we are protected by Christ, and not of ourselves, lest any of us should boast. Read and meditate upon the Word of God, and spend time in fellowship with God through prayer. By the grace of God, strengthen your personal relationship with Christ. He alone, is our Rock and Fortress.
God Bless You,