Commentary By: Gordon King
The truth is the truth no matter what, and the enemy, Satan, is all about damaging the truth!
The world that we live in is led by the evil one.
1 John 5:19
“We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”
The world is in opposition to God and the things of God, and it will do everything in its power to hinder the workings of God. If Satan can discredit the truth, then he can more easily sway those of the world to follow his lead.
1 Peter 5:8
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
It’s not easy for a believer living in this world, he or she is under constant attack by the enemy. They are being made to look as though they are wicked and evil, made to look as though they are leading people astray, this is by the workings of Satan!
The church is divided, much of it is headed in opposite directions, with beliefs that are in direct contradiction to one another. The world sees this and does not believe the truth, because the truth is divided amongst itself. This is by the workings of Satan!
“He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”
Believers in Jesus Christ must stand with Him, we must stand in the truth and the light, if we do not then we are not gathering with Christ but scattering abroad!
Christians must stand together in Christ as one.
“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Satan deceives the whole world into believing lies.
“And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
Satan often comes dressed as an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:14
“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.“
Portraying himself as an angel of light, Satan causes damage to the body of Christ, he divides the body, and leads many astray.
1 Timothy 4:1-2
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron”
Apostasy, led by Satan and his demons. Leading not only the world astray but also those of the faith.
Hold fast the doctrine that was preached to us, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:13-14
“Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.”
2 Timothy 2:11-13
“This is a faithful saying:
For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
12 If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
13 If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.”
The world first hated Christ, so therefore it will also hate us!
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.”
Stand against the wiles of the devil.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”
Stand in truth!
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
We were not taken out of the world but kept from the evil one! Sanctified by God’s truth, the word of truth!
“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.”
God bless my friends! Maranatha! Looking up!!!