“…one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.” Hebrews 7:16
This passage in Hebrews is written to show that Jesus Christ is the perfect High Priest chosen by God to not only bring the sacrifice for our sins but to be the sacrifice. Jesus is our Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14) and the only acceptable sacrificial Lamb (John 1:29) because He alone lived a perfect life and indestructible life. So the question that comes to mind is, what causes destruction in our lives?
My first response was, of course, sin, which we all know is Satan’s tool to destroy humanity. The curse of sin has burdened man since Adam and Eve reached out for the forbidden fruit. Despite our best attempts to socially, psychologically, and even religiously rid ourselves of our sinful nature, we have failed. We have a bent towards sin and self-destruction.
So the Holy Spirit sent me into deeper research, to understand the cause of destruction, and hopefully, how to avoid it. A study of the word throughout Scripture points to “destruction” coming through blasphemy and heresy – false teaching, and rejection of the truth.
The book of Jude is written as a warning against the “very things that destroy” us (v. 10). Jude is writing to call believers to “contend for the faith” (v. 3) against those who “change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord” (v. 4). He warned against those who “speak abusively against whatever they do not understand,” (v. 10) and against “scoffers who follow their own ungodly desires, and divide (believers).” (v. 18)
Peter writes: “There will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed, these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping” (2 Peter 2:1- 3), “they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people” (2:18) and “exploit you with stories they have made up” (2:3) so that “many will follow their shameful ways and bring the truth into disrepute.” (2:2) He finishes his letter by warning that “ignorant and unstable people distort the Scriptures to their own destruction.” (2 Peter 3:16)
Paul advised Timothy to “correctly handle the word of truth.” He warned his mentee “against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen,” and “avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene, and destroy the faith of some.”
Jesus warned about the “wide gate and broad road that leads to destruction,” (Matthew 7:13) as He spoke against those who reject the truth (the narrow road).
So what really does lead to destruction? I believe the answer is deception, which begins with Satan deceiving one person, who shares the lie (which he believes to be the truth) and deceives another, who deceives another, and before long the lie has taken a deeper hold than the truth. Isn’t that exactly what happened in the Garden? Satan introduced a lie, which Eve shared with Adam. “And they did eat…” (Genesis 3:6 KJV) Then, as now, no one stood up for the truth, and the result has been a domino effect of destruction throughout the history of mankind.
How do you guard against destruction? Jesus told us. John’s Gospel records His words: “If you hold to my teaching you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31) Only by knowing the truth, the Word of God, can you can guard against deception. Otherwise, anything that sounds “right” becomes truth to you and sets you up for the enemy’s destruction.
Don’t allow yourself to be led down the path of destruction. The truth is as close as the Word of God. Read it. Know it. Believe it. And be free.
God of Truth, burn in our hearts a desire to know Your truth. Teach us to recognize the lies of the enemy and the world by the knowledge of the truth of your Word. Today God, I choose to know the truth and turn away from destructive lies. Amen