“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13
This is an interesting verse to do a word study on. I had no idea what the word ‘seducers’ actually meant until I saw it in a different version and looked it up. (It’s also important to look up words we think we know the meaning of because the world has changed many definitions over the years. Unicorn and gay are just two examples.)
It’s so important to be careful who we follow and believe, because there are many set up in churches by the enemy to deceive people.
In the Bible we are warned many times to be careful and to be wise so as not to be fooled, and it is for good reason, because we can be led away from God’s truth.
I’ll start with ‘evil men’.
Strong’s concordance #4190: “πονηρός ponērós, pon-ay-ros’; from a derivative of G4192; hurtful, i.e. evil (properly, in effect or influence, and thus differing from G2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from G4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners:—bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked(-ness).”
‘Seducers’ – Strong’s concordance # 1114: “γόης góēs, go’-ace; from γοάω goáō (to wail); properly, a wizard (as muttering spells), i.e. (by implication) an imposter:—seducer.”
Have a close look at this one. This one speaks about wizards and imposters who are out to deceive believers.
As I was doing this verse, another one came to mind.
“For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
‘Wax worse’ – Strong’s concordance #4298: “προκόπτω prokóptō, prok-op’-to; from G4253 and G2875; to drive forward (as if by beating), i.e. (figuratively and intransitively) to advance (in amount, to grow; in time, to be well along):—increase, proceed, profit, be far spent, wax.”
‘Deceiving & being deceived’ – Strong’s concordance #4105: “πλανάω planáō, plan-ah’-o; from G4106; to (properly, cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue):—go astray, deceive, err, seduce, wander, be out of the way.”
I know I go on about deception so much, but there is much to warn about. There are so many preachers, authors, singers, actors, sportspeople and the like who are being used by the enemy to deceive. (It’s not just ‘famous’ people either, it could be your pastor, your favourite fb preacher or the person who sits next to you at church.)
They have been put there by the enemy for the sole purpose of deceiving. “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” Matthew 13:25
It is so important in these last days that we not be deceived and led away from God’s truth lest we be part of the great falling away.
Please, I urge you to call on the name of the Lord and pray for discernment.
If you have been shown by the Holy Spirit to have followed a false christian (which I think happens more than we realise), then please repent and ask for God’s forgiveness.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9