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December 6 – Strong Delusion In The World

“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 Thess. 2:9-12

Devotional Thought For The Day

There is a great deal of mystery regarding why so many people are virulently opposed to Christianity, to that relationship to reality and to the only True and Living God that is extended to us in Holy Scripture, the Bible – which is complete truth without any error whatsoever.  There is our sinful nature – which we all understand militates against true fear, love, and trust in God, and impels us toward all manner of immorality and sin.  However, we also recognize that all people, at some level of their inner being, recognize that there will be an accounting for all of this.  The many, some counseled and helped by their “religions,” are preparing their own case, duly noting the extenuating circumstances of their sins which “justify” what they did, or at lease minimize their guilt and shame. They also have a long list of “good” things which they did to offset and counterbalance their sins – trying to convince themselves that God will have to grant them a good verdict in the end.  If they can convince others of this it helps their inward stability – and they have a list of character witnesses if their case goes south.  But deep within they know that it will go wrong for them, that if reality is brought forth, there is no way that they will be able to exonerate themselves.

The truth is so simple – “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  [Rom. 3:23]  “There is not a just man upon the earth that doeth good and sinneth not.” [Eccl. 7:20]  “They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.” [Ps. 14:3]  So Jesus’ ministry is characterized as preaching “repentance,” honest acknowledgement of our sin and to have contrition for it.  This opens minds to the second great truth, which is also quite simple: “Behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.” [Jn. 1:29] “He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” [Col. 1:13,14]  This is what Jesus’ birth, life, suffering, death and resurrection were all about, providing us with forgiveness of all our sins – for “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” [1 Jn. 1:7]  So Jesus’ ministry is one of constant preaching, teaching, and encouraging of people to “believe the Gospel,” this good news of God’s gracious love, mercy, forgiveness, and salvation. [Mark 1:15]

All who have embraced so great a gift of salvation also want to extend the same to others, and this is God’s will “that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” [1 Tim. 2:4]  As we all know, this is resisted and confronted, rejected and repudiated by so many.  It is as Paul notes: “they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”  There is more to the huge animosity and rejection of Christianity, as Paul notes:  “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.”  Part of this “strong delusion” is “the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing.”  We all recognize the reality of this, and it is quite puzzling, why it is so intense, so incorrigible, so organized and pervasive, until we understand that it is all part of God’s consequential will upon those who “refuse to love the truth.”  Our fallen predilection to sin and unrighteousness is intensified when we “refuse to love the truth,” so that we end up having but one compelling pleasure in life – all manner of unrighteousness and wickedness.  The worst of this is taking great joy, pleasure, satisfaction, and confidence in the “case” we are building for ourselves through our “religion” – all in rejection of God’s great gift to us in Christ Jesus.

This is why there is such confusion about God all around us, and why the vast majority is filled with “compelling” reasons and rationale for rejecting the gifts of God in Christ Jesus.  The arguments of the wicked are bad enough, but the minds of the “religious” are insufferably incorrigible.  There is mystery – unless this is part of God’s punishment on those who refuse to love the truth, for even the great darkness of our sinful flesh seems insufficient to explain the horrid confusion and hatred of God that exists in the hearts of so many around us. Still, “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” [John 1:5]  It has been so from the beginning, and especially since that first Christmas time when “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . full of grace and truth.” [Jn. 1:14]  Blessed are you if He has granted you to know Him, to believe in Him, and to be children of God!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, light of the world, thanks and praise be to You for all that You have done to bring us forgiveness, redemption, and salvation.  You promise eternal life to all who believe in You.  Grant us such faith, and strengthen our faith.  Keep us from the confusion and darkness that You have sent upon those who hate the truth.  Grant Your light to those who have not become incorrigible; preserve and enlarge Your church.  Amen.