Christianity 201

May 7, 2017

Satan’s Great Deception

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By Russell Young

Satan is known as a liar. “[The devil] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (Jn 8:44 NIV) Believers need to understand that they, like the rest of the world, can be deceived and trapped in the lies of the evil one. The Word cautions against being deceived. (1 Cor 6:9; Gal 6:7; 2 Tim 3:13; Jas 1:16) There are many Christian “myths,” deceptions, that by repetition have come to be accepted as truths. The evil one has not left the body of Christ free of attack.

Consider the following:

1. Being redeemed means that a person has been eternally saved. Redemption is for gaining the Holy Spirit (Gal 3:14) who accomplishes the believer’s eternal salvation. (2 Thess 2:13; Titus 3:5─6; Jn 6:63)

2. Christ has won the victory for you. Victory over Satan comes through Christ ((1 Cor 15:57) and requires obedience to him. (Heb 5:9) Only those who “overcome” will gain a presence in the New Jerusalem. (Rev 21:7) The Lord’s victory over the devil gave him the keys to death and Hades and the right, through possession of the keys, to determine a person’s eternal destiny. (Rev 1:18)

3. No judgment befalls those who have confessed faith. All will be judged by God. (2 Cor 5:10; Heb 9:27, 10:30; 1 Pet 1:17, 4:17)

4. All believers will be rewarded equally. Rewards will be based on a person’s righteousness and ‘labour.’ (1 Cor 3:8; Rom 2:7; 1 Sam 26:23)

5. God’s heavenly kingdom will be ‘in heaven.’ His kingdom will be on earth. (Rev 21:2)

6. Confessing faith in Christ is all that God requires. Faith must be proven. (Acts 26:20; 1 Cor 4:2; 1 Pet 1:7; 1 Thess 2:4; Rev 3:10, 6:9)

7. Eternal salvation is all of Christ. The believer must obey Christ if he or she is to gain eternal salvation. (Heb 5:9; Rom 8:4, 14, 6:16; Gal 5:18; Jn 8:51; 2 Thess 1:8)

8. All sin has been forgiven. Sin committed before confession of faith (past sin) has been forgiven (Heb 9:15), and sins following which have been confessed. (1 Jn 1:7)

9. Being pardoned for sin is all that a person requires. A person must be a new creation (Gal 6:15) Believers need to be transformed into the Lord’s likeness. (2 Cor 3:18; Rom 8:29; Eph 4:24)

10. God’s grace covers all your needs. God’s grace gives the believer all that he or she needs for life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3), but not life and righteousness. Believers must obey the Lord. (Heb 5:9; Mt 7:21) Everything that causes sin and all who do evil will be separated from God. (Mt 13:41)

11. The believer’s eternal salvation was accomplished by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Forgiveness for sins committed under the first or Old Covenant’s jurisdiction were forgiven and the New Covenant was made available by his sacrifice, following which the Holy Spirit was given to enable a person’s eternal salvation. (Heb 9:15; Phil 2:12)

12. The law does not have to be kept. The Law of Moses does not have to be kept for those obeying the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:18); however, the law of the Spirit needs to be obeyed. (Rom 8:2)

13. “Freedom” means freedom to do as the believer wishes. “Freedom” is from the death all warrant for breaking the Old Covenant’s righteous requirements (Rpm 6:23), freedom from the Covenant of the Law (Heb 9:15), and freedom from the weaknesses of the sinful nature. (Rom 8:2)

14. All confessors are permanent members of the family of God. Only “believers” or those who “are believing” as demonstrated through their righteous practices and obedience to Christ throughout their lives remain “in Christ” and “in the family.” (Jn 8: 34─35; 15:1, 10; Mt 10:22, 24:13, Mk 13:13; Heb 3:14; Rev 2:26)

Warnings that have been given not to fall prey to deception and to Satan’s lies should be taken to heart. The evil one has not completed his work. In fact, it is because of the refusal of humankind to keep God’s eternal Covenant, to obey his laws and to honour his statutes that he is going to bring destruction to the earth. (Isa 24:5) The Lord prophesied that gaining his kingdom required a walk on the narrow road and that such a walk required diligence. “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because man, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” (Lk 13:24 NIV)

Believers have been cautioned not to fall into temptations and the evil one is constantly offering those things that are attractive to a person’s sinful nature and is still trying to deceive and lead many to his side and to destruction.

Russell Young is the Sunday contributor to Christianity 201 and author of Eternal Salvation: “I’m Okay! You’re Okay!” Really? available in print and eBook through Westbow Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble; and in Canada through Chapters/Indigo.  9781512757514

To read all of Russell’s contributions here at C201, click this link.