Learn to quote Scripture like Christ and identify deceptions from people quoting Scripture like the devil. The quickest way to identify this is, when Satan quotes Scripture, he always takes a man’s prayer or praise and always use it to reject what God spoke.
This is the same deception which many Christians are deceived with. They think all Scripture is God’s Word or God breathed but does not know God’s Word is what the Father spoke in OT, what Christ spoke in NT and Christ Himself.
John 5:38-39 But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
Because of this deception, just like the Jews, Scripture is useless because they do not have His Word in them.
Deut 18:18-19 ‘I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.
Matt 10:24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
Christ’s Words not only supersedes Scripture, but also the words of His disciples. Hence, the way to read scripture is never to reject the words of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ using any man’s prayers, praises or letters.
The Temptation of Jesus
Satan wants you to think all Scripture is equal so that he can use man’s prayers, praises or letters to reject what the Father spoke and what Christ taught. Let’s examine the temptation by Satan when he used Scripture.
|What did Satan quote in Scripture to tempt Jesus?||What did Jesus quote in Scripture when replying to Satan?|
|For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways (Ps 91:11).||You shall not tempt the LORD (Deut 6:16a)|
Examine how Satan is quoting Scripture, and how Christ defeated the temptations of Satan.
The Psalms which Satan quoted is from David singing and praising God.
The Words which Jesus quoted is from the Father’s words.
|To achieve what Satan wants
Satan wants to jump purposefully and test if God can truly do what David sang.
|To achieve what God wants
Christ wants to achieve what God wants, which is not to test Him.
|To make God work for Satan
Satan wants God to save for wilful sinning, i.e., suicide by jumping.
|To make us do work for God
Christ wants us to obey God. i.e., not to wilfully sin.
Christians quoting Scripture like Satan
Based on how Satan tempted Christ, let us examine some of the Biblical verses which Satan uses today to make Christians quote Scripture and tempt God.
|What Satan want you to quote from Scripture to deceive you||What God want you to follow from Scripture|
|There is none righteous, no, not one. There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God (Rom 3:10-11).
Paul misquoting atheists in Psa 14 & 53 and applying it to all.
|Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord GOD (Ezek 14:14).
God is declaring 3 godly people as righteous.
|All our righteousnesses are like filthy rags (Isa 64:6)
Isaiah is praying about the righteousness of Israel’s idolatry
|You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life (Rev 3:4-5).
If your righteousness is like filthy rags, your name may be blotted from the book of life.
|For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Eph 2:8-9).
||If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire (Matt 18:8).
|But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom 5:8).
||He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him (John 14:21).
We can keep going through all the verses that Christians misuse today for giving excuses for sinful lifestyle but that’s not the goal here. The goal here is to open your eyes to see how to read Scripture like Christ and how not to quote Scripture like Satan.
As you can see above, every word that proceeds from God always teaches us not to remain sinners, we have no excuse for sinning and it is our responsibility to keep His commandments and obey Him.
Just like Satan quoted Scripture, Christians today use their Bible as an excuse to keep sinning. They never listen to what God the Father spoke or what Christ taught. They exalt a man’s letters or prayers or praise above God’s spoken words and even reject what He spoke. They wilfully forget that a disciple is not above his Teacher, nor a servant above his Master, and willingly throw away God’s words using man’s words. Therefore, I urge you to read and quote Scriptures like Christ did and not to use it like Satan.