There is something grievous I have been observing. It has been stated before how the false always intertwines itself with the true. The activity of satan always manifests itself in the name of Christ. The false is very subtle. It is like what was written of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.” The Hebrew word for cunning is ‘aruwm. Subtle, shrewd, crafty, sly are some of the definitions of this word per Strong’s. Paul makes reference to this truth in 2nd Cor. 11.
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
How is the false intermingled with the true at this time? It goes to the heart of the Word. People, per se, are not the issue. Many, many of God’s people are influenced unawares. This doesn’t mean they are not His. But the spirit influencing them is certainly not of the Lord. 1st Pet. 1 tell us:
22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,
23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
24 ¶ because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away,
25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
The word of God lives and abides forever, hence the term, living word. There is also a hybrid word that is ministered by many. What is the difference? A hybrid word cannot reproduce. A mule is a hybrid, for it is a cross between a horse and donkey. Because of the chromosome imbalance, it cannot reproduce. Many plants are the same way. A hybrid can be a beautiful and hearty plant, but it often cannot reproduce itself. There is no seed. A hybrid message, prophecy, or exhortation is the same way. It may be Christ oriented, it may speak of all the wonderful things of God, yet not have the seed of life within it. Such words are rarely ministered in a deliberate attempt to deceive. The grievous part is that they are both given and received in a sincere way. Here is the distinction: No word purportedly from God that omits the work of the cross is true. It must be noted, that the work of the cross as it is being manifested in this hour is different from trials, tribulations and hardships, though they may play into it. What we are speaking of is the transition from soul to spirit. This is the forming of the divine nature in us. I observed recently a post on Facebook in which the person laid out a long prophecy, in first person, with the Father purportedly speaking. It went on an on about how certain ones were chosen from birth for a special purpose and that the devil has battled them tooth and nail for years for this reason, but there was a glorious release coming. I noticed that that there were tons of “likes” and “shares.” It troubled me as I began to realize that the same spirit was on this “prophecy” that is on the so-called prosperity gospel preached by so many these days. Why is it so many people allow themselves to be hoodwinked by preachers promising untold riches if they will “sow their seed of faith” to that ministry? The preachers are always multi-millionaires exhorting people to sometimes give their last dollar. And people do it. There is no life in the words spoken, but what it does is appeal to the Adamic nature in people. It stirs up the self life in hopes of receiving financial reward. Such words that perpetually speak of the blessings of God, and what God wants to do for people, yet without reference to HOW such blessings are created in a believer’s life, cater not to people’s spirits, but to their soul life. Such words are hybrids, they cannot produce the life of Christ in those receiving them. Jude had much to say in his epistle about the false. One phrase that he used is, “Flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.” This is what a hybrid word does. It ministers to the weakness of our Adamic needs. Everyone wants to hear words that make them feel important, that make them feel special. This is the innate need of the Adamic soul life. Listen to how the truth contrasts the false.
1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 ¶ And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
These passages tell us that as many as receive the Word are given the right, or authority, to become the children of God. Here is our entrance into “being special.” To receive Christ, the Word, is an act of faith. Receiving Christ is much more than saying, “Yes, I accept Jesus.” It is perpetually receiving the Word into our spirits that creates the capacity to walk as sons of God. Receiving the Lord is a work that is accomplished in us. This work embraces the cross so that the innate Adamic needs in us die. It is the life of Jesus Christ that is basis of sonship.
As we learn to embrace a living word we are enabled to see the false. We will never see the false first as there is no basis of contrast. The Truth must first be manifested in us, or, we could say as the Scriptures do, “In Your light we see light.” The living word of Christ does not go down easily for the Adamic soul life. The soul life would rather hear words that perpetually bring excitement and a sense of importance. But as we read in John, we are all important, we are all special, as we receive the Word. It is only the soul life that wants to feel special above and beyond its brethren. We can reference James and John concerning this. Their mother wanted them to sit on the left and right of Christ in His kingdom. When the other ten heard this, they were indignant. This is an innate need that is only satisfied by the cross. It is never satisfied by catering to it. The innate needs of the soul life are an unquenchable thirst. They can only be crucified.
This message may seem a downer, and contrasted with all the “words” being slung around Christianity, it is. But it is a message that can carry us into fulfillment. It can reveal all the glories of Christ to us. Most importantly, it can reproduce Christ’s own nature in us. This is our sonship, and we are to glory in it, just as Paul said in Phil. 3.
2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;
3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.