JESUS IS THE TRUTH
Pilate stood before Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and asked, “What is truth?”
…Be not deceived..Galatians 6:7
Can a person be deceived accidentally about the truth of Christ? Apparently that is impossible.
The Bible teaches us that those deceived are deceived because of their unwillingness to love and receive the TRUTH.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12
LOVE THE TRUTH
There are several places in the Bible where God tells us exactly what and who we must love to LOVE THE TRUTH.
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
John 16:13 However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
It is not a difficult concept. Jesus, the living Word is Truth. The Bible or written word is truth. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. Look anywhere else for the truth and you will be deceived.
Satan often deceives even religious people. In fact, Satan deceives people by selling them religion. He often appears deceptively as an angel of light which makes the religion seem good to those who are being deceived. He uses counterfeit ministers who seem genuine, but are actually fraudulent deceivers OR deceived themselves. We do have a place of safety, however. Deception can only happen to those who are willing to turn away from either the Living Word, Christ Jesus, or the written word, the Holy Bible, or the Spirit of Truth – the Holy Spirit. When a person does this, they step outside the hedge that God places around those who love Him enough to trust Him.
Erwin Lutzer wrote “There is only one way to be right, but many ways to be wrong. There is only one right answer to the equation 2 + 2 = 4. There are almost an infinite number of wrong answers to the equation.”
Jesus is THE truth. He is the one Way to eternal life. Trust Him.
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 2Thessalonians 3:3
Is everyone deceived at one time or another? Apparently everyone who lives, if they live long enough, can possibly be deceived in some way, but not for a lifetime unless they refuse the TRUTH. I say this because of phrases like this one found in Revelation 18:23 “…and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.”
Why is spiritual deception so dangerous? Deception from Satan ALWAYS leads people away from Jesus Christ who is our only hope. We learn Christ’s name is our hope! See Matthew 12:21
“…And his name will be the hope of all the world.” Matthew 12:21
“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:2
There are actually active religious groups that claim to believe in Christ who are deceived because they have not placed complete trust in the gospel of Jesus Christ and because they are willing to look outside of the Bible for truth.
When a prophet speaks in the name of (YHWH) the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:22
There are millions who are placing their faith outside of Christ. They are deceived because they choose to believe men over the words in the Holy Bible and they are willing to align themselves with an organization that adds to or takes away from the Holy Scriptures.
They do not acknowledge that God does not change and prophecy is declared from the beginning, so it cannot be wrong or changed.
Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ Isaiah 46:10
If you have been deceived, there is an organization offering help.
We do not need to fear deception. It can be avoided. We only need to cling to the word of God – the Living Word and the written word and allow the Spirit of truth to guide us.
““Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
John 8:31-32 KJV