Why the Church Needs Apostles Today
When Apostles Teach, Satan’s Lie is Exposed
Lesson 5 of 14
When we see the need for truth we will then understand God’s purpose for apostles. When apostles teach the church, Satan’s lie is exposed. This is what God wants. God wants you to have the knowledge of the truth that you may see the lie of Satan for what it is, and choose to stand in God’s knowledge. By giving us knowledge for faith, God is giving us the means to choose faith so that He might then reward us for that choice.
Let’s look at what happens in the absence of God’s knowledge. In the absence of God’s knowledge the soul goes to sleep. This is why God likens ignorance to the darkness of night. We see this preached in nature, how that man and much of the animal kingdom shuts down at night.
So, in the absence of knowledge there is darkness. The scriptures testify to this by saying, “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not,” (John 1:5). So now, let’s look at how darkness is the absence of knowledge. When someone lies to us about a certain matter, we are ignorant concerning the truth, we are in the dark. When we are told the truth by someone else concerning that matter, we say we are enlightened, and the lie loses its power.
Satan’s Lies are Hidden in Promises and his Promises are Hidden in a Journey
Satan’s lies are hidden in promises and his promises are hidden in a journey. Every promise Satan makes to mankind begins a new journey, which ends in despair. Satan wants to rob your soul of faith and bring you to a place of hopelessness, completely exhausted, running after his illusions.
Satan promises that God will love you, understand you, and reach out to you if only you would use his keys of knowledge. Satan promises victory, wisdom, excellence, increase, power, and advancement. Here we are talking about all the different doctrines that have surfaced about how to lock onto God’s blessings, how to unlock God’s power in your life, how to be a winner for God, how to walk in God’s love, how to walk in forgiveness, how to walk in joy, how to overcome the battles in the mind, how to walk in humbleness. These are all promises Satan makes.
Why do I say that these are Satan’s promises? Surely God wants us to live a powerful faith. I say that these are Satan’s promises, because he is making promise to the aspiration, not faith. And the knowledge he is using with the promise has no substance to it.
All Satan wants to do is distract you from God’s knowledge. He does this by sending your faith on a never ending journey of promise. How many times has this happened to you, where you purchased this really good book from the Christian bookstore and you got all excited about it, only to find out months later that your journey with that knowledge led you in a circle. You are right back where you started. Jesus said this about Satan:
“He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
No one would willingly embrace Satan’s lies. That is why he makes his lies sound like promises. Something good that you are looking for. The lie is powerful because it draws upon the witness of the flesh. The flesh says that this is what you want, that this is possible, and that this is what God’s will is. Yes, it is God’s will that you experience His love, it is God’s will that you overcome the battles that take place in the mind, it is God’s will that you walk in the humbleness of His grace. God has the substance for faith to take this path. God has provided a covenant for you to walk this path with Him. Satan has no substance to make his promises come true. So his promises are lies. His plan is to deceive you with false knowledge.
For the lie of Satan to lose its power in our lives we need to be enlightened by the truth, which is found in the knowledge of Christ. That is why, “By His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many.” (Isaiah 53:11). When we are enlightened by the living knowledge of Jesus Christ, we are able to stand justified before God. When we try to use the knowledge of man, we are continually under condemnation.
Where Christ is preached the compassion of God is seen. The light of His knowledge awakens the soul of man from sleep. Man shakes himself and rises up in the power of true holiness to walk with His Maker by His precious gift of life, made possible through Jesus Christ.
The last thing Satan wants is for you to awaken to God’s knowledge, to know God’s plan and to walk in it. Satan wants man to live by his emotions, which are like the sand, always shifting. But God wants you to live by His knowledge, which is the truth of Christ and which will never move. This is why it is vital that you take this knowledge and build a strong faith in Jesus Christ.
What we see God doing by giving us knowledge for faith is giving us the means to choose faith. Faith has to be a cognitive choice of the will. God not only shows us clearly Jesus Christ, but makes clear what false knowledge is and how it holds no substance for the soul.