2 Corinthians 11 Lesson

The Deception Of Satan

DECEPTION

Being a Christian is supposed to be a simple and pure existence.  Consider the following two scriptures:

  1. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” – Mathew 22:37,
  2. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Mathew 22:39.

These are the words that were spoken by Jesus Himself when one of the Pharisees asked Him what the greatest commandment was in the Law.  Jesus gave a simple and direct answer to the Pharisee's question.  In fact, if we spent all of our time loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves, God would be incredibly pleased because that is exactly what He commands us to do!  But things are not that simple.  We must also deal with Satan, who is referred to as the god of this world for unbelievers in the following scripture:  

  • “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 4:4.

Satan does not want us to live pure and simple lives. He wants our lives to be chaotic. The Bible says that Satan, “Prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8. The Bible also says that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7). That is good news! But it is not that simple. Satan is a master at deception and if we do not stay on top of Bible reading to build up our faith (Romans 10:17), and we do not arm ourselves with the full armor of God, we are vulnerable to his advances.

In 2 Corinthians 2:11, Paul acknowledges the concerns that he has that Satan is going to devour some of the very souls he is working so hard on saving! He writes:

  • “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 11:3.  

Today’s lesson will focus on the above verse and what it means to us.

THE THREE TEMPTATIONS OF JESUS (MATHEW 4:1-11)

Are we also vulnerable to Satan’s deception?  Of course, we are!  Just as Satan deceived Eve, he will try to deceive us.  There are, however, things that we can do to protect ourselves. The best thing that we can do is to learn how Jesus handled Satan’s three advances, as recorded in the Gospel of Mathew:

  1. “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.  And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”   But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
  2. Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’”    Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
  3. Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.”   Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’” Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.”

There are three things that happen in the above passage:

  1. Satan tempts Jesus three times,
  2. Each time that Jesus is tempted, He responds with scripture,
  3. Satan eventually gives up and leaves.

Jesus showed us that understanding and correctly applying scripture is the best way to combat Satan! 

UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE

In John’s Gospel, we read that Jesus said:

  • “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” – John 14:15.

Before we can do that, we must first understand what His commandments are, and the only way to do that is to study the Bible! How can we follow the example of Jesus by applying the correct scripture, if we do not know what the Bible says? There is no shortcut here. If we love Jesus, we are to keep His commandments. Therefore, we need to put the time in to read from God’s inspired word to understand exactly what those commandments are.

It is not enough to do what we “think” is right, or what “feels” right.  If we do that, we could be following a path that the book of Proverbs says leads to death. 

  • “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” – Proverbs 14:12.

CONCLUSION

The life of a Christian is supposed to be simple and pure (2 Corinthians 11:3). Unfortunately, Satan is always on the hunt seeking ways to complicate our lives and tempt us into doing things that we know we should not do.

Satan is a master of deception, and we need to constantly be on the alert so that we can combat his advances. When Satan tempts us, we can follow the example of Jesus and search the scriptures for the best response.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians:

  • “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13.

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Dan

Satan deceives us by mixing truth in with his lies. A straightforward lie would be to repulsive, so he entices us with a mixture that includes some things that we know are correct. He misused the truth in order to get to his lies. In the same way, False teachers do this by using some scripture and ignoring or twisting others.

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Dan

Satan deceives us by mixing truth in with his lies. A straightforward lie would be to repulsive, so he entices us with a mixture that includes some things that we know are correct. He misused the truth in order to get to his lies. In the same way, False teachers do this by using some scripture and ignoring or twisting others.

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John
Dan

Amen Dan!

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