Posts Tagged ‘God’s Word


Don’t Be Deceived

The apostle Paul told the Colossians that all knowledge and wisdom were hidden in Christ. If they were in Christ by God’s grace through faith in Jesus, they would have knowledge and wisdom about matters of faith. Why did this matter? He told them in Colossians 2:4 (NLT) when he wrote:

I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments.

As long as there have been churches, there have been false teachers. Where there are false teachers, there are Christians who will listen to them. Whether it is salvation by obeying the Law of Moses instead of faith or the prosperity gospel or a whole host of other false teachings, Christians can be deceived by well-crafted arguments. The enemy is smart and crafty. He has twisted the words of God from the very beginning. The best way to combat false teachings is to study God’s Word for yourself. Read the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to illumine the Word. Don’t rely on a preacher or minister or pastor to just tell you what it means. Study it for yourself. Read it for 10 minutes a day and you’ll grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. God gave you His Word for a reason. Don’t neglect it or ignore it. Read it and you will be less likely to be deceived.


The Living Word Of God

Did you know that God’s Word is alive? Hebrews 4 says that it is alive and active. 2 Timothy 3 says that it is God-breathed. When God breathes, He breathes life as He did for Adam in Genesis. The apostle Peter said this in 1 Peter 1:23 (NLT):

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.

God’s Word is eternal and alive. Nothing can destroy it for it comes from God. It is not only alive, but it gives eternal life, too. Peter said that when we are born again by the grace of God we are born to a new and eternal life. The eternal word of God breathes life into us and gives us the promise of eternal life. So don’t leave your Bible on the shelf. Read the Word of God and meditate on it. Talk about it with others. Join a group and worship with a church that preaches and teaches God’s Word faithfully. This is the Word that is alive and gives life, too.


Growing In Grace And Faith

As Peter concludes his second letter, he does so on an encouraging note. Instead of listening to false teachers and falling away from their faith, Peter wants them to grow in grace. He wrote:

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

In order to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, one has to pursue Christ. You cannot sit idly by and expect to grow in your faith. If you want to know Jesus better, you’ve got to spend time in God’s Word. You need to spend time with other Christians in worship, service and study. You must learn to feed yourself a steady diet of Scripture, fellowship and service. God expects His children to grow in grace and faith. If you isolate yourself from other believers and if you don’t learn to feed yourself, you’ll starve your soul and you won’t grow. Take time to cultivate your garden of faith and your faith will grow healthy and strong.

Distorting The Scriptures

In Galatians 2, we read of a rift between the apostle Peter and the apostle Paul. It could have divided the church between their followers. They were able to patch things up, even to the point where Peter wrote about Paul’s sometimes difficult to understand teachings. He wrote:

He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. – 2 Peter 3:16 (NIV)

Peter defended Paul despite Paul’s rebuke of Peter. It goes to show you that there are more important issues than personal pride. One of those issues is the handling of Scripture. Peter says that those who distort the Scriptures are ignorant and unstable. When they do this, they are doing it to their own destruction. God’s Word is not something to be trifled with. It should be handled carefully and properly and not twisted and distorted to fit one’s own agenda. Pastors and teachers should be very careful when handling the Word of Truth, not only for their own sake, but for the sake of their audience.

The Heavy Responsibility of Handling God’s Word

Peter closes out his description of false teachers and their destiny by quoting the book of Proverbs. Peter wrote:

Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” – 2 Peter 2:22 (NIV)

He was writing about how there were false teachers who were returning to a former sinful way of life. They had become followers of Jesus, but were abandoning their faith to return to a life of sin. Perhaps even worse, they were convincing others to do the same. Teaching carries with it a great deal of responsibility. The apostle Paul told his protege, Timothy, to handle the word of Truth correctly. We who preach and teach are held to a higher standard because so much is on the line. If we don’t handle God’s Word correctly, we could lead people astray from the Truth. It’s a scary thing to know that so much is on the line when it comes to teaching and preaching. God has given us His Word so that we would know the Truth and could be set free by it. We must be careful to not only preach and teach well, but to live consistent lives of holiness and righteousness, too.

What False Teachers Do

Peter, addressing the topic of false teachers, said that they will lead many astray. They would deny the truth and bring it into disrepute, Peter says. He wrote:

Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. – 2 Peter 2:2 (NIV)

When false teachers spread lies, two things occur. First, they lead people astray from the truth. Whatever heresy they spread, they end up leading people from the truth. Their version of the truth is really more of a perversion of it. Peter says that their conduct is depraved.
Second, not only do they lead people astray, but they hurt the witness of the church as well. False teachers cause confusion in the church and they hurt the church’s reputation in the world. The world doesn’t know any better for they tend to be ignorant of God’s Word. What is sad is when Christ’s followers are ignorant of the Word of God as well. If we don’t know the truth, we’ll be apt to be led astray and the church will be hurt as well.

Truth Versus Lies

False teachers are nothing new. In the days of the Old Testament prophets, there were false prophets. Peter warned his readers that false teachers would come among them as well. He wrote:

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. – 2 Peter 1:1 (NIV)

If you want to recognize a false teacher, you have to know what is true. You have to know what God says in His Word to be able to spot heresy and false teaching. If you don’t know the truth, how can it set you free? If you don’t know the truth, how will you ever be able to differentiate it from a lie? God has revealed the truth of His Son in His Word. Commit yourself to knowing the truth so that you won’t fall victim to a lie.

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