Some who read this post said: “But you are the deceiver. Jesus did not say that many will come in My name saying Jesus is the Christ; but instead “in My name saying ‘I am the Christ’.” Many are claiming to be Jesus.
But do you really put any credence in those claiming to be Jesus? So are they correct? In the days of the recording of scripture there was no punctuation. So you must ask which one of these is Jesus true meaning? A key I think is found in answering the question: who is Jesus speaking to? If His audience were the world; then we can see how He would have meant what these are saying about my understanding.
Jesus had even said at another time speaking to a different audience:
I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. John 5:43 KJV
The deceiver will come in his own name. Jesus was speaking in this instance to unbelievers. So the world which is already deceived will not care whose name this end time savior will come in, when he comes.
But in Matt. 24, Jesus is not speaking to the world, but to believers He says. “Do not be deceived”. Would a believer accept one who would come saying that he himself was the Christ the savior of the world? Think about that for one moment. And then think just how many who believe in Jesus as their savior, do actually buy into false teaching by someone coming with their Bible and claiming to believe in Jesus.
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (KJV)
I want you now to think of this from another standpoint. When Jesus stated this, was He thinking of a deception that would only be present in the latter days? — Or, because He knew that there would be false Apostles, and false teachers, He wanted them to also know this fact ahead of time? Think about this when you read this next verse:
Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: (KJV)
These are Jesus’ words commending the church of Ephesus. False Apostles would represent men who would come in Jesus name, saying that He is the Christ, but with a message of deception. And then Jesus said:
Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (KJV)
Jesus could be very critical of not only the false teacher, but of those who followed their lies, as opposed to those who saw through their lies. There is only one way to follow Jesus, and that is to follow His truth, He is the Truth. His word is truth. He is the word made flesh.
Paul commended the Bereans for Searching the scriptures to see if these things be true.
There is church doctrine on Jesus; on the Church; on Salvation; on The Holy Spirit; on the Second Coming; and there is more. Each of these doctrines is said to be supported by scripture, but there is no unity of doctrine. Is scripture really this confusing, that it does not tell us the truth on these most important doctrines? Or is their deception involved in these most important doctrines?
Are we Bereans? As Bereans we must insist that doctrine be supported by the whole cloth of scripture. We must ask questions where it does not.
We must challenge one another with those questions that we have already battled through with the Holy Spirit as He is leading us into all truth. Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find. Those who asked Jesus in His day, but who already knew their answer went away confused and lost. Those who truly wanted to know the truth were led into it, and found Him and His answers to be “truth”.