"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy or vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
Let's get right down to the nitty gritty of this verse. The way in which Satan spoils souls is by beguiling them. From the beginning of time, Satan has been using faulty philosophy and vain deceit to bring man to ruin, and it all started when he tempted Eve to sin against God and eat the forbidden fruit.
His subtle lie brought the fall of mankind when he told Eve, "Thou shalt not surely die: For God doth know that in the day that ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:5) Satan likes to use small truths and wrap them in lies... It was true that Adam and Eve would know the difference between good and evil, but what Satan failed to tell them was that they would lose their communion with God. He lured them with the thought that they would be like gods, but did not tell them that the TRUE God would cast them out of paradise. Adam and Eve did not need to know the difference between good and evil because they walked daily with the One who did.
We do this in our own lives daily. Rather than listening to the word of God, we find ourselves drawn in by the tradition of men. Satan is still in the beguiling business. If he can turn our attention from what is important, he will. He wants to see us fail. He uses "godly" (and I use this in terms of appearance only) men to lead us astray. "By good words, and fair speeches, they deceive the hearts of the simple." (Romans 16:18)
If we are simple minded and do not run things we see and hear through the filter of God's word, we will be deceived. Proverbs 1:10 is very clear, "If sinners entice thee, consent thou not." How will you know if you are being enticed? By spending time searching out the scriptures. So often we just want a "quick fix," but what we really need is God.
It is so easy to be drawn in by the philosophy and tradition of men, but thankfully God has given those who trust in Him an antidote. "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." (Colossians 2:6-7)
"If we walk in him, we shall be rooted in him; and the more firmly we are rooted in him the more closely we shall walk with him." (Matthew Henry Commentary) If we are daily seeking to walk with God and draw close to Him, he will gives us discernment, wisdom and understanding when dealing with the beguiling snake called Satan.
The world teaches us to be open minded, but have you ever noticed how closed minded the world is to the things of God? Satan uses the mantra "to be open minded" so that we will accept things that are contrary to scripture. What we need to be is opened minded to what the scriptures have to say and close off the whispering lies of Satan. Just as he whispered in Eve's ear thousands of years ago, he is still whispering (maybe even yelling) in our ears today, but we need to listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us... urging us to do right!
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