KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 26:25 KJV “Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.”
The word of God, said, Judas who betrayed Him, also asked, is it I? This was after Jesus had prophesied that one of His disciples would betray Him. Judas knew very well that he had even gone ahead and negotiated on how much he would take for giving the Lord Jesus over to the scribes and Pharisees. Why was he asking the Lord whether it was Him? This was a clear case of pretence. The Oxford learner’s dictionary defines pretence as the act of giving a false appearance. Another word for a pretender is a hypocrite.
A pretender or an hypocrite is one who is a deceiver and primarily takes advantage of others. Every deceiver is first and foremost deceived .2Ti 3:13 KJV” But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived”. Every deceiver carries Satan’s agenda. He or she communicates and acts out what the devil or his angels, that is his demons tell him. The devil is the father of all liars (John 8;44). Every pretender thinks he has the upper hand, yet none of them had a lasting celebration of their actions. They always think they have outwitted their victims, only to end up in sorrow after a time. Dear pretender, do not rejoice over your so-called successful schemes, for Satan is waiting to make a mockery of you.
Judas succeeded in betraying Jesus but he sorrowfully killed himself (Matt 27:5) Listen to what happens to hypocrites. Job 15:34 KJV “For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery”. Our generations have continually suffered from pretenders and hypocrites, who have never been truly satisfied over whatever deceit brought to them. Inspite of these men and women keep deceiving each other, why? This is so because men keep living according to the flesh. This is what the bible says about the flesh. Rom 7;18a, reads, ” For I know that in me, (that is in my flesh) dwells no good thing….”. If you are a child of God, yet living a life of deceit or pretence, then your way out is to live by and in the Spirit. (Gal 5:16) If you are not born again, then you need to make Jesus the Lord of your life today.
THOUGHT: PRETENDERS UNKNOWINGLY EAT THE POISON OF SATAN, AND ALWAYS END IN SHAME AND PAIN
Job 20:5 KJV” That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite ,is but for a moment?”
Romans 8:9 KJV “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”