The serpent’s cunning deception!
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!