Summary: We may be a Christian, yes, and we have been born again, yes, we may even have been filled with the Holy Spirit for a season, but the question is, are we now deceived by sin?
Are you and I deceived, by sin? Do we know others who are?
We may be a Christian, yes, and we have been born again, yes, we may even have been filled with the Holy Spirit for a season, but the question is, are we now deceived by sin?
Heb 3:13 (Written to Christians) But exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
As Christians, when we make allowance for sin in our lives, the above scripture warns us that sin is very deceitful. This means we are probably now under some form of deception, that our thinking is probably wrong in some areas relative to God and that we probably don’t know it. The very fact that we are casual about sin, or excuse or justify it, or assume there it can’t be overcome, or there’s no consequence to it, or that a few good deeds will offset it, is evidence enough that we are deceived, isn’t it? Why is this so plainly the case?
Because even though we may wink at sin, the truth is God can’t tolerate the slightest sin:
Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
Ezek 18:20 The soul who sins shall die (to God)…(and needs to be made alive again)
Ps 5:4 NLT O God…you cannot tolerate the slightest sin (so why are we tolerating it?)
This is why the whole ministry of Jesus Christ was directed toward this sin issue, and to make provision for delivering each one of us from the penalty and the power of sin; and, thereby from the inevitable deceptions that cloud our thinking when we still tolerate sin:
Matt 1:21 …You shall call His name Jesus for He will save His people from their sins.
John 1:29 …Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
1 John 3:5 And you know that He (Jesus) was manifested to take away our sins,
and in Him there is no sin. Whoever lives in Him (Christ) does not sin…
We are only acceptable to God when we are living in Christ, the beloved. And whoever is living in Christ does not sin. And yet many of us Christians, we’re not talking about the world here who don’t yet know any better, are turning a blind eye to both our own sin and to the sins of other Christians. How much more deceived, by sin, could we be?
Eph 1:6 ...He (God) made us accepted in the Beloved (living “in Christ” not sinning).
What are some of the most common deceptions of sin evident among us Christians?
1. The Christian, maybe religious but not currently walking with God, who thinks: “I’m basically a ‘good person’ I’m not aware of any glaring sin in my life such as murder and the like”. Is that so? The deception here is that we invent our own definition of what we think sin is and which bears no resemblance to what God says in fact it is:
(i) 1 Jo 3:4 …Sin is the transgression (breaking) of the law… Christians not being
led by the Holy Spirit are under the Law (Gal 5:18). Do we know the 10 command-