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Part 99: You Cannot Speak For Satan And Work For God (II Corinthians 11: 15)
Peace be unto you. We come praising and giving thanks to Almighty God our Father and to His Son our Savior Christ Jesus and for the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
Brethren be not misled by the culture of the world. Seek out righteousness for confirming to God is longevity however the world will end.
Peace and Love, Carl A. Patton a willing servant of Almighty God in service to Christ writing for the Freedom Journal April 23, 2007.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
The bracket of scriptures in II Corinthians 11 where Paul teaches about false Apostles ends with verse 15. This verse gives us an understanding about Satan and how he influences the weak and irresponsible so-called believers. Let it be written the most tragic example of Satan’s influence is among those who claim to speak for God.
II Corinthians 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.”
Minister used here is at some places refers to deacon. However in this passage it has the general reference to those that are ministers then and now. A servant, attendant a minister the one who executes the commands of another. Thus Paul accuses the false teachers of fulfilling the orders of Satan. But they claim to be righteous workers. (See Galatians 6: 8).
In the Book of Romans in the 2nd Chapter the Apostle Paul writes about God’s judgment of sin in verses 1-16. Follow us to verse 6.
Romans 2: 6: “Who will render to every man according to his deeds.”
This is not a statement as to the degree are measure of punishment. But it does mean if they are good or evil. (Also see II Corinthians 5: 10 and Romans 3: 8).
As we turn to another cross-reference we look to Philippians. Here our primary verse is Philippians 3: 19, however we will box in this verse with verses 18 and 20.
Philippians 3: 18-20: “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:”
In verse 18 Paul writes that not all of the Christians he ministered to were walking after the righteous example he set before them. Many of these people were so evil that it caused Paul to weep when he tried to talk with them. He did not weep because of any personal fault but because the people were the enemies of the cross of Christ.
So as we now take up our primary verse (19) we see that there is an end and it is eternal destruction. God here refers to an incorrect object of devotion in the belly. The belly refers to fleshly desires. These people as many people today are more devoted to the flesh than the true God. However God wants to be first in our lives.
“Pardon me as I reflect a little. Often we see someone getting an award and those that often stand to testify in the church saying first giving honor to God who is the head and first in my life.”
Brethren we declare that many make the declaration of God as first. But these are just empty words because they don’t realize that keeping God first takes responsibility. How can God be first in your life when you have accepted an award for being in a degenerative movie and singing an ungodly song?
Therefore God wants our personal matters to be secondary to Him. Meanwhile Paul writes that these people glory in their shame. Those that take glory in shame are people that care more for earthly things than God. Therefore these people embrace and work for Satan who is the champion of sinful earthly desires.
Our next and final verse reveals that this place the earth is not our home. Thus our stay here should be one of preparation for our eternal residence in our true home. If we can understand this we will keep God first. However the false teachers have convinced many that they can embrace the world and fleshly desires and still go home. (Also see Hebrews 11: 13-16, 13: 14; I Peter 2: 11).
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