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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS



10and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Even in a lawless society that we live in ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and know GOD is in total control of everything even the evil that he uses to show just how evil the world really is.

2: 10-12   The Bible reveals that God hates all evil and will one day eliminate it completely and forever (Revelation 20: 10-15). God does not entice anyone to become evil. Those committed to evil, however, may be used by God to sin even more in order to hasten their deserved judgment (see Exodus 11: 10). We don’t need to understand every detail of how God works in order to have perfect confidence in his absolute power over evil and his total goodness toward those who accept his grace and offer of salvation.

2: 11   Does God cause some people to be deceived? This verse is pointing out that God has chosen to allow people to step away from him, and this normally happens in a series of steps. First, they choose to follow the deceptiveness of the Antichrist. Then, as part of their punishment, God confirms their delusion and allows their hearts to be hardened. The more you rebel against God and separate yourself from him, the harder it is to return to him (see 2   Corinthians 4: 4; Revelation 17: 17). To understand God’s allowing this to happen, we must first understand certain things about his nature: (1)   God himself is good (Psalm 11: 7). (2)   God created a good world that fell because of humanity’s sin (Romans 5: 12). (3)   Someday God will re-create the world and it will be good again (Revelation 21: 1). (4)   God is stronger than evil (Matthew 13: 41-43; Revelation 19: 11-21). (5)   God allows evil and thus has control over it. God did not create evil, and he offers help to those who wish to overcome it (Matthew 11: 28-30). (6)   God uses everything— both good and evil— for his good purposes (Genesis 50: 20; Romans 8: 28).Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible. by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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