In this Biblical series entitled “Jesus and The Pharisees” Iain MacMillan examines the precise timing of Jesus arriving on earth. God’s timing is seen to be critical, not least that the religious systems within Israel was matured, so much so that Jesus used these systems to declare what God does not want from His people. Some of these Pharisees are seen utilizing the inspired word of God to ensure that people would never know God. Jesus did not use the pagan religions of His time to show people what God was not, rather He used those professing to be the “true worshippers of the true God”, as the example of what God detested in life.
Satan has not changed his schemes, he still endeavors to use the inspired word of God to hide the true intentions of the true God. This series highlights how Jesus confronted the established religious systems of His time to expose these schemes.
We must become aware of how satan so often operates through these current man-made religious systems of our world. God expects us to become knowledgeable so we do not get deceived:
in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
So we will not be outwitted to the extent we are aware of satan’s schemes. This series highlights one of his main schemes is to masquerade as the “true” light of God, using the Name of Jesus Christ.
(2 Corinthians 11:2)
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
(2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
So it should not be surprising then when satan turns up as “an angel of light”, neither should it be surprising that his servants are hiding within the church as servants of righteousness.
One of Jesus’ main exhortation to His followers was to watch out for deceit, yet today these warnings are seldom recognized.