Bondage or Liberty; Deception or Truth (Part 1)

Bondage or Liberty; Deception or Truth (Part 1)

Bondage or Liberty; Deception or Truth
I.
Truth makes us free. JOH 8:32.
A.
Truth is our first line of defence against Satan. EPH 6:14.
B.
Truth (when received and obeyed) sanctifies and purifies us.
PSA 119:9; PRO 16:6; JOH 17:17; 1PE 1:22.
C.
If we have not a love of the truth, we are liable to be turned over to delusion.
2TH 2:10-11.
D.
Since delusion and deception are Satan's power over men, nothing less than repentance to
the acknowledging of truth will set someone free. 2TI 2:25-26.
1.
Repent: “To feel contrition, compunction, sorrow or regret for something one has
done or left undone; to change one's mind with regard to past action or conduct
through dissatisfaction with it or its results.”
2.
Acknowledge: “To own the knowledge of; to confess; to recognize or admit as
true.”
3.
The only truly free person is the person who is fed up with the lies that he has
heard, the lies that he has read, and most of all the lies that he has been living and
so submits himself completely to Christ and His truth.
4.
This process of acknowledging truth that leads to genuine liberty involves a need to
be truthful about ourselves and our errors.
5.
Deception is essentially being enticed (by others or by one's own carnality) to deem
a lie an acceptable substitute for truth.
6.
We will never be at liberty until we stop deceiving ourselves about what constitutes
right thought and action because deception blocks deliverance from bondage to a
lie. ISA 44:20.
II.
Freedom demands that we confess and forsake our sins. PRO 28:13.
A.
Confess: “To declare or disclose (something which one has kept or allowed to remain
secret as being prejudicial or inconvenient to oneself); to acknowledge, own, or admit (a
crime, charge, fault, weakness, or the like).”
B.
Forsake: “To give up, renounce....To break off from, renounce (an employment, design,
esp. an evil practice or sin; also, a belief, doctrine). To abandon, leave entirely, withdraw
from.”
C.
The opposite of confessing and forsaking our sins is to cover or hide them.
1.
Adam tried covering his sin. JOB 31:33.
a.
Adam first tried to hide from God to avoid detection. GEN 3:8-10.
b.
When that didn't work, he shifted blame. GEN 3:12.
2.
Our attempts at avoiding detection and denying responsibility for sin are so many
efforts to cover it.
3.
We deceive ourselves when we think that covering sins as did Adam is the way to
prosper.
a.
That is the first and most dangerous form of self-deception.
b.
Rivaling that is when we deceive ourselves about the consequences of our
sins or foolish decisions.
c.
We must ever renounce the notion that God did not see or does not mind our
sin and folly.
d.
We must ever renounce the notion that sin can be covered by anything but
confession and forsaking.
e.
We must ever renounce the notion that unconfessed and unforsaken sin is of
no consequence.
III.
Satan sells his lies by deception and the better the deception, the bigger the lie that can be sold.
A.
Paul's great concern was that saints might be deceived as was Eve. 2CO 11:3.
1.
Beguile: “To entangle or over-reach with guile; to delude, deceive, cheat.”
2.
She who was beguiled was deceived. 1TI 2:14.
B.
Consider Eve's deception. GEN 3:1-6.
1.
Eve was without sin when Satan deceived her. Do you think that you who are a
sinner would be more immune to Satan's influences than Eve?
2.
Mark the order:
a.
Satan cast doubt on God's truth and perverted it. v.1.
b.
Eve took liberties with God's truth, as if naked truth were not enough to
counter Satan. vs.2-3.
(1)
This is one of Satan's greatest deceptions since the fall: convincing
men that the truth alone is inadequate to please God---we have to add
our own ideas.
(2)
The traditions of men make the word of God of none effect and lead
to our being further deceived. MAR 7:13; COL 2:8.
c.
Satan denied God's truth about consequences of sin. v.4.
d.
Satan offered a rival gospel of independence from God. v.5.
e.
Eve rationalized away the truth based upon sensual fulfillment.
v.6 c/w 1JO 2:16.
(1)
Mind that yielding to the lie was a means of satisfying a legitimate
human need: food.
(2)
Whenever we are tempted to meet a legitimate need by acting
contrary to God's will, this is temptation by “the lust of the flesh.”
(3)
Food, comfort, sex, happiness, peace, rest, success, acceptance,
significance, etc. are all legitimate human needs. But we sin
when we meet these needs by acting independently of God.
f.
Whether we know it or not, every time we yield to temptation, we have done
the same thing: reasoning that the perceived advantages of a lie are more
valuable than truth.
C.
Satan tried essentially the same tactic on Christ. MAT 4:3-11.
1.
He cast doubt on God's word: “...If thou be the Son of God....” v.3 c/w MAT 3:17.
2.
He appealed to legitimate physical need. v.3.
3.
He perverted the truth. v.6.
4.
He implied that doing his bidding would not have harmful consequences. v.6.
5.
He offered a rival gospel of independence from God. vs.8-9.
6.
But he lost this battle to a constant appeal to unaltered, unadorned truth given by
revelation.
D.
Basically, Satan had deceived Eve into thinking that she could achieve fulness by acting
independently of God and His truth.
1.
Jesus Christ's life on earth was the model of NOT acting independently of God.
JOH 5:30; 6:38, 57; 8:28, 42, 54; 14:10.
2.
There is no fulness acting independently of Christ. COL 2:9-10.
3.
There is only futility in doing so. JOH 15:4-5.
5.
There is no good thing that we can do independently of Christ.
2CO 3:5-6 c/w PHIL 2:12-13; 4:13.
6.
The person who seeks to achieve emotional, mental or spiritual fulness
independently of Christ will never make it.
a.
The Book of Ecclesiastes stands as a witness to this fact.
b.
Pay particular attention to Solomon's conclusion about finding true fulness.
ECC 12:13-14.
c.
Mind how much of modern day psychological and psychiatric counseling is
based upon the fallacy of helping people find fulness without God. That is
exactly what Satan wants people to think!
IV.
Satan has many devices by which he deceives men to hold them in bondage away from God and
the fulness that can be enjoyed in Him---all of them being denials or distortions of God's revealed
word. 2CO 2:11; EPH 6:16.
A.
Satan will use carnal wisdom and humanistic reasoning as he did with Eve. GEN 3:5-6.
1.
Paul says, “...the world by wisdom knew not God...” (1CO 1:21). c/w ROM 1:22.
2.
Paul purposed not to preach man's wisdom but to declare Christ. 1CO 2:1-5.
3.
We are warned against the spoiling characteristic of philosophy. COL 2:8.
4.
Unbiblical human wisdom, “oppositions of science falsely so-called” (1TI 6:20)
can corrupt or destroy one's acknowledgment of the truth about God's existence, His
power, His promises and His purpose for man and his environment.
a.
It tends to reduce man to nothing more than a highly evolved animal locked
in a chaotic struggle for survival which leads to expensive, futile and often
fatal mechanisms for survival and personal peace.
b.
It tends to make man the pinnacle of all things and therefore his own god.