Sunday, December 2nd, '18
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many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]: and shall deceive many"
It is interesting that the Greek word for "I'
in this case is "ego". The word "Christ" in that verse is italicized which
means that it was added by the translators and not part of the original script.
So the line could read that "many shall come in my name saying, Ego is". There
can only be one I AM. From the flame of the burning bush God offered His name
to Moses, saying, "I AM THAT IAM". The Pharisees' big argument with Jesus came
when He announced, "before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58). It is one thing for
God or for Jesus to say "I am" but in the Last Days a host of unqualified
egomaniacs will be claiming "I am" too.
How is it that they can come in Jesus' name
claiming, "I am"? It is because we have created an egocentric gospel and a
"me"-centered focus in our churches. The big question is "what's in it for me?"
The ego is stroked, how "I" can think and grow rich, how "I" can follow ten steps
that guarantee success. There is a fine line between knowing our authority or
"reigning in life by Christ" and swerving into self-indulgence and worse yet,
self-worship. The emphasis of this verse is that these egomaniacs would "come"
(who invited them?) and that they would come "saying". That too is a fine line
for our words have power and we should be trained to speak in harmony with
biblical principles, what we call faith-talk, but that faith-talk is not faith
in our own selves but faith in God. Jesus said such egoism would be used by the
enemy to "deceive many".
How does it deceive? First it lures people away
from the only proper focus of religious faith, Jesus. He alone can save and He
alone is Lord. Paul determined "not to know anything among you save Jesus
Christ and him crucified". The human ego is to be exed-out and replaced with
Jesus. How else could Paul say, "I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I
live..."? The one "I" had been exchanged for another. Jesus became Paul's ego.
His self had been enveloped in another Self.
Also, the current religious egomania emphasizes
the temporal over the eternal, the sweet here-and-now over the sweet
bye-and-bye. Once again, there is a fine line. If we make the mistake of
putting all our eggs in the basket of "when I get to heaven" or of "someday
over yonder" we will fail to live the fruitful lives to which Christ has called
us on this side of the veil. But typical ministry today has swung the pendulum
so far to the "this life" side that heaven has become menial, secondary, a
place we have to go to when we die because there is no better alternative.
Another deception is that it blinds us to our need to rely on the Holy Spirit.
"I can", said Paul (Philippians 4:13); what a great positive mental affirmation,
but read the rest of the verse, "through Christ who strengthens me". It is the christos,
the Anointed One and His anointing, that makes it to where "I can". Without
Him I can do nothing (John 15:5). The human ego is not to be polished,
"improved", self-helped, counseled and bettered, it is to be crucified with
Christ and reckoned dead. If old Adam can be fixed by applying a few human
potential principles, then the work of the cross was unnecessary and of none
effect. The late-night psychology gurus that are preaching that (and selling
tons of CDs) sound spiritual but they are not Christian. Don't swallow
everything you here.