October 27 – Be Wary On Guard

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.” – 2 Peter 2:1 (NASB)

The existence of those who will teach falsely about God has been the case as far back as human history right to the very beginning of humankind. Peter wrote his second letter to fellow believers warning them of this danger and reminding them that such had been the case among all descendants of Israel. Peter uses “among the people” which is used in the New Testament to identify Israel (Acts 26:17,23). Peter described false teachers in detail so that Christians would always recognize their characteristics and methods. Peter’s point, is that Satan has always endeavored to subvert groups of believers with deceptions invented by false teachers. The greatest sin of those who reject Christ and the most damning work of Satan is falsification of the truth and deceptions. Nothing is more wicked than for someone to claim to speak for God regarding salvation of souls when in reality he speaks for Satan to the damnation of souls. We can take the prediction of the presence of such deceptiveness as a promise and warning for us and be on guard. We must be willing to test all teaching with the God-inspired Scripture.

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John F. MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur Study Bible: New American Standard Bible., (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006), 2 Pe 2:1.

May 27 – Being Overcomers


“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” … “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:1 & 4 (ESV)


The first letter written by the apostle John that we have in our Bible is a powerful letter of truth. A great amount of encouragement is given to those who have by faith, believed in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. When we accept Christ’s offer of forgiveness and in faith believe that He is our Lord and Savior, we overcome the false teaching and false teachers. They are everywhere and we must be on our guard not to be tripped up by them. In another verse we share today from John’s letter is this: “I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” 1 John 2:14 (ESV) We know that all who believe and have the word of God abiding in them have by God’s will the strength to overcome evil. Since John addresses “little children” and “fathers” and “young men” we know that none are excluded from this promise. All faith believers overcome evil and false teaching. All are made strong in God love.

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