â€œBut I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.â€Â Â (2 Corinthians 11:3)
The magnificent book of Genesis sets the foundation for Scripture, revealing the â€œRoman numeralsâ€ upon which the rest of the Bibleâ€™s message is built. Apart from the actual events of the creation week, the fall of Adam and Eve, and the subsequent horrific growth of sin and the awful judgment of the Flood, the gospel message would make little sense.
Paulâ€™s warning showcases the importance of Satanâ€™s strategy to ensnare humanity in the same trap. The Devilâ€™s tactics change with time and culture, but the strategy remains the same.
First, Satan always attempts to make us doubt the Word of God (Genesis 3:1). If we question the accuracy, the meaning, the authenticity, the historicity, or any other shade of â€œall scriptureâ€ (2 Timothy 3:16), then we begin edging onto a slippery slope that will only lead to the next stage.
Second, Satan always confronts the doubter with a denial of the Word of God (Genesis 3:4). When one begins to deny the authority, the capability, or the will of God to carry out His Word, the slide into the final phase is inevitable.
Third, Satan ultimately heaps denigration on the Person of God Himself (Genesis 3:5). Once one embraces the thought that the Word of God is not trustworthy and that God either will not or cannot do what He says, it absolutely follows that God is either a liar, a hypocrite, or a capricious and whimsical ogre.
May God protect us from the â€œwiles of the devilâ€ (Ephesians 6:11). HMM III