In Genesis 2, after the creation, God instructs Adam not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God tell Adam that by eating of it, he will die. The amazing thing is that this is the only limitation put on Adam. Other then that, he is free to do whatever he wants and is in perfect relationship with his Creator. Here we have a beautiful picture of God loving, guiding, and walking with Adam. A life we all long for and desire… perfect relationship with God.
In the next chapter Satan comes onto the scene in the form of a serpent. He speaks to Adam’s wife, Eve, and says “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not ear of any tree in the garden’?” (Gen 3:1). Satan then goes on to tell her, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:4-5). Shortly after, as we all know, Adam and Eve believe Satan, disobey God, and eat from the tree.
There will always be a message preached to us. In Genesis our first parents were told by God not to eat of the tree, and were told contradictory, to eat from the tree. In the New Testament church, Satan was still preaching to God’s children. This time instead of taking the form of a serpent, he took the form of false teachers. Paul instructs in Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”
The reality for us today is that Satan is still very much at work preaching a gospel contending the good news of Christ. Genesis 3:1 says that Satan is very crafty. He came to our first parents in the form of a serpent and to the first church planters in the form of teachers and prophets. Today he comes in many different forms. The Internet and media outlets have been used as platforms for both truth and heresy.
The truth is, there will be preaching. The question is: who will you choose to listen to?
God desires for us to believe in his good news. In Mark 1:15, Jesus invites us to “repent and believe in the gospel.”
Think about the ways Satan communicates his false gospel to you, and why you believe it. (Col 2:8-9)
Love Jesus for dying on the cross so we don’t have to believe and live by Satan’s lies.
Live knowing that you are rooted and filled with Christ who has triumphed over the serpent.