In general followers of Jesus love the Lord and are in a relationship with the Holy Spirit. Yet sometimes we forget that we live in a war zone.
# Satan established his empire on earth after he deceived Eve.
At the beginning God gave Adam dominion to rule on earth. Then they decided to listen to the devil rather than to God. So the devil gained the right to rule. The devil’s rule is not disputed by Jesus or any of the Holy Spirit inspired writers of the books of the Bible.
# The devil constantly wars against God and His people.
Because of this war, we need to be diligent and spend time with God in His Word, ‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ 1
# The reason the devil wages war against God.
He was driven away from God’s glorious rule when he rebelled. Millions of angels remained loyal to God, but he defected and with many other rebellious angels established his kingdom of darkness.
# The one area where the battle wages intensely is logically the Church.
If he can strike at the heart of God’s congregation, he wins wholesale. We tend to think that Biblical professors, lecturers, scholars and historians are necessarily followers of Jesus. Scripture has a shock for us, ‘I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.’ 2
# The devil deceives many, and he clothes them in ‘Christian’ garbs.
We think people who profess to be Bible teachers are always followers of Jesus. Yet not all of them are as honest as Bart Ehrman (a professor at a theological college) who clearly identifies himself as an agnostic.
# Many ‘scholars’ put on a mask to hide their real intent.
Paul teaches, ‘For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness….’ 3
We must remember to be very wary to just believe anybody who professes to teach about Scripture.
- We have a body of 66 Bible books to discern the central truths.
- We have the anointing of the Holy Spirit to help us. 4
- It is a waste of time to major in minors like, who were the human writers of the Bible books? The issue is always, what does the Holy Spirit teach in the book, letter, passage or verse; or how must we apply it to our lives? It is not about religion, but about reality. We don’t want to go astray by worthless ideas that might destroy our eternal inheritance in Jesus.
- Ephesians 6:10-12
- 2 Corinthians 11:2-3
- 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
- 1 John 2:20