Have you ever been deceived? I have. The thing is you don’t realize you’ve been deceived until you come to realize the truth of a situation. Anyone who has been deceived can testify that it is not a pleasant experience. To be deceived in temporal matters is bad. To be deceived regarding eternal matters, if we continue in that state until our lives are over, is a deception without remedy. It is a deadly deception. Jesus taught about heaven, and he taught about hell. He taught about salvation and he taught about damnation.
It’s not only the unregenerate who need to be concerned about deception. Those of us who have been born again are exhorted to continue in the faith. (Acts 14:22; Colossians 1:23) Born again believers are not immune from deception.
What is the antidote to deception? Have a love for the truth, and be willing to conform to the truth found in Scripture.
John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
John Wesley’s Notes:
“If any man be willing to do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God” – This is a universal rule, with regard to all persons and doctrines. He that is thoroughly willing to do it, shall certainly know what the will of God is.”
John 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
John Wesley’s Notes:
“Ye cannot” – Such is your stubbornness and pride,
“hear” – Receive, obey my word. Not being desirous to do my will, ye cannot understand my doctrine, John 7:17.
4106. planh plane, plan’-ay
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feminine of 4108 (as abstractly); objectively, fraudulence; subjectively, a straying from orthodoxy or piety:–deceit, to deceive, delusion, error.
See Greek 4108 (planos)
2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2 Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
4105. planao, plan-ah’-o
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from 4106; to (properly, cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue):–go astray, deceive, err, seduce, wander, be out of the way.
See Greek 4106 (plane)
Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
John 7:47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?
Romans 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.