2 Corinthians 2:17
Memorise Ephesians 6:12
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood…”
Many false teachers have crept into the church leading the people astray. The Greek word here for “corrupt” means to engage in retail business, implying deceptiveness and greedy motives. In this verse and throughout
2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul defends the gospel he and his co- labourers have preached. His ministry in contrast, is not like the majority of false teachers. It is sincere, as Paul’s motive is pure. It is by divine appointment, as Paul is an apostle appointed by the LORD, not himself nor any other. It is transparent, as before God he has nothing to and can indeed hide nothing. The gospel he preaches is the gospel of Christ.
Even in the early days of Christianity, many false teachers had snuck into the church and were busy corrupting the Word, even in the very church that Paul himself founded! These teachers were numerous and the speed and ease at which they were able to come into the church and wreak havoc was frightening. How much more so is the case today as the day of the Lord’s return draws closer. In this age of television and Internet, books and films, peddling a corrupted Christianity have undeniably brought wealth and fame to many.
It is foolhardy to believe that only a minority are against the Word. The heart of sinful man and our adversary Satan remain unchanged, and thus their hatred for the Word. The most dangerous attacks against God’s people and the church will be to the Word – the foundation of our faith. And these will be from within Christianity. This can cause the greatest trouble to God’s work, rather than unbelievers or other religions.
Thus, it is every believer’s responsibility to be equipped with knowledge and prayerfully always be vigilant, guarding against false teachers creeping into their fellowship groups, church and personal life. Do not be complacent to the many devices of Satan for we are in a battle!
Thought: What principals are there in 2 Corinthians 2:17 to guard my life
and church against false teachers?
Prayer: May I be a discerning and vigilant member of my church.