2 Corinthians 11: Avoiding Deception
Paul naturally felt responsibility for the people that he led to faith in Jesus Christ. He wanted to see them continue to mature, but as we see in 2 Corinthians 11, he was a little bit nervous about what these people would do when they encountered a false teacher.
2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Deception is the number one tactic of evil. I have no doubt of that. From the beginning, all you need to do is eat from that one tree and you will be like God. Obviously, that was false. That was the first lie, and there have been many more.
We all can be taken in by wrong information. We all can also make up false information to cover for our previous shortcomings. We all know how that goes. To cover for one mistake, we make another one by misleading. There is no shortage of that information in the world today.
As a result, there’s good reason that Paul reminds us to be careful. It is not surprising if the wrong decision looks attractive. After all, even Satan can make himself look attractive. Discernment is the important part. We can’t just go through on autopilot doing whatever looks great. We actually need to think about all the things that look good and decide which ones are good. God can help us with that discernment process as well because we are obviously not perfect.
Whatever approach we take, our goal is to glorify God, and we can do that by trying to avoid this deception of evil and remaining on the path that God would have us be on.