2 Corinthians 11. Forum Discussion

The deception of Satan

Paul continues to defend himself against the character attacks that some of the Corinthians are bringing against him.

He says in 2 Corinthians 11:3, “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.”

There are three things that we can learn from this verse:

  1. Paul fears that the Corinthians are vulnerable to deception.
  2. The deception that he fears comes from Satan.
  3. Devotion to Jesus is supposed to be “pure and simple.”

Our study today will focus on the above verse and what it means to us.

Are we also vulnerable to deception? Of course we are. Just as Satan deceived Eve, he will try to deceive us.

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

We can protect ourselves from Satan’s tactics by studying and correctly applying the Bible.

To illustrate this point, let us look at the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness and how He combatted Satan’s attacks. We will be reading from Mathew 4:1-11:

“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.’”

 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.’”

 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 this passage:

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

Jesus is our Lord and Savior. He is also our perfect example. Jesus showed us that understanding and applying scripture is the best way to combat Satan. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”

Before we can do that, we must first understand what His commandments are.   The only way to do that is to study the Bible.

It is not enough to do what we “think” is right, or what “feels” right. If we do that, we will 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 

Let us return to today’s focus verse and conclude today’s lesson. Paul says:

“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.

His letter was originally written to the Corinthians, but it still applies to us today.

Satan is going to come after us.  When he does, we can follow the perfect example of Jesus and combat him with scripture. 

2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

And finally, we can take comfort in the words spoken by Jesus in John 16:33:

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at 2 Corinthians 12 and how God’s power is perfected in weakness. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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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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