Daily Devotional for September 9
You seem to believe whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach about a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. —2 Corinthians 11:4
That is Satan’s motto: “a different Jesus . . . a different Spirit . . . a different gospel”! He disguises himself as “an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14), putting on a religious and holy front while attempting to deceive us. Paul warned the Corinthians about the subtlety of the one who came to Eve with a slight twist to the commandment of God. Satan tries to take the focus off the cross, the person of Jesus, the reality of sin, the need for repentance, and the certainty of hell. He tries instead to bring us another gospel, one that focuses on man’s goodness, the equality of all religions, the nonessentiality of the blood of Jesus, and the ridiculousness of an eternal hell. All these variations of the Gospel sound good to the natural mind, but Paul recognized them as Satan’s disguise for the true Gospel (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). Isaiah said, “Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter” (Isaiah 5:20). Satan can call it what he likes, but sin is sin, God is pure, and hell is forever! Stay simple in your sincere and pure devotion to the real Jesus.
2 Corinthians 11:1-15