The bitter waters of Satan. The corruption of the true Gospel message of Christ is a fundamental aspect of Satan’s war against Christ. The life-giving waters of the gospel message become polluted making them spiritually poisonous.
So what is the genuine gospel message? Paul clearly declares the gospel in 1 Cor 15:1-8…
1Co 15:1-8 KJV
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”
How does Satan pollute the gospel message? There are three very basic ways that he attempts to pervert the gospel….
- He perverts the PERSON of the gospel by removing Christ and replacing Him with other “saviours” and “gods”. (Acts 4:12)
- He perverts the WORK of the gospel by taking our eyes off the completed work of Christ. He does this by replacing, or adding to it our good works or the good works of other “saviors”. (Titus 3:5)
- He perverts the MESSENGERS of the gospel by using Satanic ministers that appear to be Godly. (2 Cor 11:13-15)
May the Lord grace us with discernment allowing us to recognize and reject the many versions of the perverted gospel of Satan; and recognize, receive, and declare the genuine gospel that can save men’s souls!
May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation