Another way of looking at the above title is to find synonymous words that bear true affinity to those whose behavior is not Christlike. Such believers are far from being faithful and obedient Christians. These are the synonyms out of many more that can be found. While mystery is something that is not understood iniquity is synonymous with the following words as lawlessness, deception, selfishness (in its perjurative sense), and such as lying or unrighteousness.
II Thessalonians 2: 7-8 writes, “For the mystery of iniquity thus already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” KJV Nov, 2011 By implication, those who have failed to obey and honor God in their daily life are found among Christians. The bible described them as those who have given themselves to Satan and Satanic behaviors. By the same token Christians who have back-slidden have consciously or otherwise aligned themselves to the devil.
The Church of God has a role to play to bring back the lost sheep of the family of God by ensuring the true gospel of God is taught. Church leaders should do what they preach by abstaining from non-Christlike behaviors. They really need to lead the crusade to obey and honor God and Jesus Christ our redeemer with a view to preventing parishioners from missing the rapture. There is need to expose Satan’s devices to lure away believers by teaching sound doctrines.
Exposing the devil and its deceptive devises 1 John 2:14b says, “You are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” This entails revealingSatan’s work in all kinds of false miracles, signs and wonders or other wicked deceptions. In practical terms, our daily wrong doings often ignored or counted as inconsequential make the little drops of water that make the mighty ocean of iniquity.
Consequence of the mystery of deception, iniquity, or lawlessness in the life of any believer, by God’s standard, means the loss of eternity for eternal condemnation, sorrow and anguish.
There is deception in many facets of life. If not, there would not have been outcries over small prints in contractual documents especially in some credit cards’ added information appearing in small prints. Such small prints are no less important than those in bold letters. As soon as one has signed the document, every clause therein becomes binding. Deception was first heard of from biblical events narrated in the serpent’s deception, concerning Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Devil has since then been revising and upgrading its strategies of weaning human being from God their creator.
Serpent in the narrative stood for Lucifer, Satan or devil. From all indications, I believe it is only the knowledge of creating living and non-living things that God did neither show nor divulge to him. Assuming he had the knowledge, he could have started creating his own supporters or servants to support his fight against God. Of course, it would have been a mere illusion for him to have thought that he was smart not knowing that God was Omniscient and omnipotent. The serpent (Satan) used the extent of its knowledge to deceive or twist the fact of God’s relationship with Adam and Eve and led Eve to achieve negative result. In Genesis 3 :4-5, Satan gave false assurance based on wrong premise that led to the fall of Adam and Eve; “Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'” With the negative consequence of the deception, blame game started among human beings. Adam blamed Eve and Eve also blamed the serpent, as if each of them was blameless. Then the man said, ” the woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate. And the Lord GOD said to the woman, ‘what is it you have done?.’ The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate”. Genesis 3:12-13 (NKJV).
The result of the deception changed the course of history of mankind until today. By it, we still talk of inherited sin from Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. It is by the second Adam (Jesus Christ the Savior) that we are now blessed with salvation through him who paid the debt for our sins. To take full advantage of salvation, we find in John 10:10 (KJV) the pathway to be followed…”The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Believers have lessons to learn from Paul’s admonition to Timothy. In 1Timothy 1:18-20, we read how the world seduced Hymenaeus and Alexander away from the gospel with attendant negative consequences. We are all enjoined to hold fast on to our faith and never waver. Not all that glitters is gold. Never be a “drive through” believer.