Life Ought Not Be A Masquerade

Written August 2, 2007 – Thursday

Posted August 6, 2007 – Monday 

Life Ought Not Be A Masquerade  

12 And what I do I will continue to do, in order to end this pretext of those who seek a pretext for being regarded as we are in the mission of which they boast.13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, who masquerade as apostles of Christ.14 And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.15 So it is not strange that his ministers also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

2 Corinthians 11: 12-15 The New American Bible 

This week we will take a look at whom and what wears a mask.  There are those who masquerade as one thing, only to truly be another.  These individual are people you might not suspect.  

I will simply comment on the Greek definitions of some of the words and terms found in the above Scripture from 2 Corinthians.   

“end this pretext” in KJV is translated “I may cut off” meaning = 1581. to exscind; fig. to frustrate:— cut down (off, out), hew down, hinder. 

·        Here the apostile Paul was stating that is was his intent to frustrate, stop, hinder, and basically cut off those individuals masquerading as ministers of God, when they were not. Yet, today we have too often viewed ministers as untouchable. People no one should say anything about. People whos behavior is often able to go unchecked by those they are supposedly serving. Hence, it is easy for those who are not genuine to hide in plan site.   

“false apostles” meaning = 5570. from 5571 and 652; a spurious apostle, i.e. pretended preacher:— false teacher.5571. from 5574; untrue, i.e. erroneous, deceitful, wicked:— false, liar.652. a delegate; spec. an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ [“apostle”] (with miraculous powers):— apostle, messenger, he that is sent.5574. to utter an untruth or attempt to deceive by falsehood:— falsely, lie. 

·        Who is it that is hiding in plain sight?  It is those individuals who call themselves, apostles, preachers, teachers, those carrying the gospel to the world, the ones with the credentials as spiritual leaders.  Yet, they are not real; they are pretend, untrue, wicked liars of deceit.  With or without their miraculous powers, they are still false to the core.  

“deceitful workers” meaning = 1386. from 1388; guileful:— deceitful.1388. (prob. mean. to decoy; comp. 1185); a trick (bait):— craft, deceit, guile, subtilty (subtlety).2040.  from 2041; a toiler; fig. a teacher:— labourer, worker (-men).2041. (to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by impl. an act:— deed, doing, labour, work. 

·        These peoples intent is clearly to deceive.  They use all manner of tactics to trick and mislead those they were meant to help.  They toil in their occupation with motives other than to further the spiritual well-being of those around them.  Greed, pride, and desire for self-glory often motivates these people; just as pride motivated Satan.  

“masquerade” in KJV is translated “transforming themselves” meaning = 3345.  to transfigure or disguise; fig. to apply (by accommodation):— transfer, transform (self). 

·        These individuals are purposefully transforming themselves and applying the mask of a Servant of God in order to disguise the fact that they are actually a servant of Satan.  

“an angel” meaning = 32. (to bring tidings); a messenger; esp. an “angel”; by impl. a pastor:— angel, messenger.

·        Here we see the idea of “an angel” as a messenger or a pastor even.  Yet, these angels work for Satan.  

“ministers” [ a reference to Satan’s ministers] meaning =  1249. (to run on errands); an attendant, i.e. (gen.) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties); spec. a Christian teacher and pastor (tech. a deacon or deaconess):— deacon, minister, servant.

·        It is also made clearly known here through this definition of minister, that those working for the Enemy, yet claiming to work for God, can be any type of servant.  A teacher, pastor, deacon, deaconess, minister, errand person, and so on.  No position is above reproach. 

We must always keep in mind we are not just to honor the position one holds but we are to view that person in the light of God’s standards; their desire for and seeking of such, in their own lives and in the lives of others.

 

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