10/25/M – The False and the True

Daniel 5:1-12; 2 Peter 2:1-10; Psalms 119:97-104; Proverbs 26:9-12

NT: “There were indeed false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved ways, and the way of truth will be maligned because of them. They will exploit you in their greed with made-up stories. Their condemnation, pronounced long ago, is not idle, and their destruction does not sleep.” (‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭2:1-3‬ ‭CSB)

Overall, the book of Second Peter was written near the end of Peter’s life to warn believers of false prophets and teachers, and help them recognize the difference between truth and counterfeit. The first chapter of the book was focused on laying out the truth: the truth of all that we have in Christ and the power of the true word of God. In order to avoid being duped by counterfeit “truth” and false teaching, we need to know and be intimately familiar with what is true.

In the second chapter of the book, Peter began describing false teachers. In order to remain on the path of truth, we also need to be able to recognize the purveyors of falsehood when they come along. There will be false teachers… there is no “if” in the playbook. For various reasons, they will bring destructive heresies as they exploit unwary believers with their customized doctrines and made-up stories. Satan is a master counterfeiter and deceiver, and he uses those tactics to lure people out of faith in Christ. We need to know the truth of God – cognitively and experientially – in order to stay off Satan’s evil path.

Psalms: “How I love your instruction! It is my meditation all day long. Your command makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me. I have more insight than all my teachers because your decrees are my meditation. I understand more than the elders because I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path to follow your word. I have not turned from your judgments, for you yourself have instructed me. How sweet your word is to my taste — sweeter than honey in my mouth. I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every false way.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:97-104‬ ‭CSB)

The psalmist loved the instruction of the Lord through His word and meditated on them all day long. Because of his love for and attention to the word of God, he was full of wisdom, insight and understanding. He was able to keep himself from traveling down the path of evil and deception because of how well he knew the truth contained in the word of God. The same can be true of us. We can become deception-proof by knowing and giving priority to the word, will and ways of God. By intimately knowing the truth of God’s word, we will be able to recognize every false way and avoid falling for the enemy’s traps.

Prayer: Lord, I thank You for the truth that is found in Your word. I also thank You that I can know (cognitively, experientially, and relationally) the Truth by knowing You. I know that the more I know You, the better I will be able to recognize and stay clear of false teachings and false teachers. Open my eyes to be able to discern truth from falsehood as I follow Your word, will and ways by faith. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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