Jesus the Son of God warned His disciples in Matt 24: 4-5, 11-12 And answering, Jesus said to them, see that not any leads you astray. For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Christ. And they will cause many to be led astray…… And many false prophets will be raised and will cause many to err. And because lawlessness shall have been multiplied, the love of the many will grow cold.
This was also confirmed in 2Co 11:3 wherein Paul wrote to Corinthians saying that but I fear lest by any means, as the serpent deceived Eve in his craftiness, so your thoughts should be corrupted from the purity which is due to Christ.
False apostles at that time were proclaiming another Jesus and a different gospel that Paul had not proclaimed. He indeed was referring that the first person to be deceived was Eve and as stated in 1Ti 2:13-14 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived has come to be in transgression.
The Corinthian Church was receiving and heeding calls from false Apostles who were preaching another Gospel. These false apostles were deceitful workmen masquerading as apostles of Christ. They boasted as in the way of the world so that they could take authority over the Church.
Please remember that as stated in 1John 2:15-16 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that which is in the world: the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
These Lust of the flesh, eyes and pride of life is what Eve was deceived of as stated in Genesis Gen 3:1-6 And the serpent was cunning above every animal of the field which Jehovah God had made. And he said to the woman, Is it true that God has said, You shall not eat from any tree of the garden? And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die. And the serpent said to the woman, Dying you shall not die, for God knows that in the day you eat of it, even your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil. And the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and the tree was desirable to make one wise. And she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
The serpent deceived the woman and she saw that the tree was good for food, (lust of flesh) and that it was pleasant to the eyes(lust of eyes), and the tree was desirable to make one wise(the pride of life).
The serpent deceived Eve in his craftiness, so that her thoughts should be corrupted from the purity which was due to God and brought in sin to reside in the heart and take the place of God. This aroused admiration to herself and other things which do not belong to God.
This sin holds people affections, and arouses people highest admiration; and captures attention and become the focus of people desires away from the purity of Christ.
What Christ was saying is and was that anything that captures your attention and becomes your focus away from Christ is dangerous. Jesus of Nazareth is saying that beware it is easy to be lead away just as Adam and Eve who were in the presence of God were deceived.
What Jesus of Nazareth is and was saying is that one’s Christian life should be Christ centered as He stated in John 15: 4 Remain in me and I will remain in you, no branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
Anything that will lead you away from Christ is sin and anything that shall pretend to be like of Christ and is not Christ centered is deception.
The bible has warned us to be careful with deceitful things.
One which is our heart where Jeremiah 17:9 says the heart is deceitful above all things, and it is incurable; who can know it?
And riches where Mark 4:19 and the cares of this age, And the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts about other things entering in, they choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful.
Jeremiah in 17:9 says the heart is deceitful above all things, and it is incurable; who can know it?
In Deuteronomy 4:9 God says that only, be on guard for yourself and keep your soul carefully, that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen; and that they not depart from your heart all the days of your life. And you shall make them known to your sons, and to your sons’ sons.
In Deuteronomy 10:12-16 God did tell Israel that And now, Israel, what has Jehovah your God asked of you, except to fear Jehovah your God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve Jehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your soul; to keep the commandments of Jehovah, and His statutes which I am commanding you today, for your good. Behold, the heavens and the Heaven of the heavens, the earth and all in it, belong to Jehovah your God. Only, Jehovah has delighted in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their seed after them, on you out of all the peoples, as it is today. And you shall circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and you shall not harden your neck any more.
God did warn the Israelites through Moses in Deuteronomy 11:16 that Take heed to yourselves, that your heart not be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods, and bow down to them; for in Proverbs 4:23 Solomon did says keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.
Again in Deuteronomy 29:18-20 Moses did warn the Israelites that there not be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turns away today from Jehovah our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you today a root that bears gall and wormwood; and it happens when he hears the words of this curse, that he should bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, even though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart, to snatch away the drunken with the thirsty. Jehovah will not be willing to forgive him, for then Jehovah’s anger and His zeal shall smoke, and His zeal shall be against that man, and all the curses written in this book shall lie upon him. And Jehovah shall blot out his name from under the heavens.
Basically what God is saying is that do not let your heart turn away from God to go and serve other gods and bless himself in his heart saying I will have peace in though walking in stubbornness of heart; for Jehovah will not be willing to forgive him, for then Jehovah’s anger and His zeal shall smoke, and His zeal shall be against that man, and all the curses written in the bible shall lie upon him. And Jehovah shall blot out his name from under the heavens.
What Jesus is and was saying is that let no man lead you heart astray by saying you can serve the world and be at peace with God though walking in stubbornness of heart.
Simply do not be deceived. What is important is to examine your heart always and be rooted in Christ and ask God to show you your heart so that you can walk perfect before Him.
We are all deceived by our own hearts but there is one who is not easily deceived and that one is Jesus who is our hope.
In the Gospels Jesus just got to tell about a parable concerning the hearing of the Word of God as stated in Matthew 13:19-22 where it says Everyone hearing the Word of the kingdom, and not understanding, then the evil one comes and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is that sown by the roadside. And that sown on the stony places is this: the one hearing the Word, and immediately receiving it with joy, but has no root in himself, but is temporary, and tribulation, or persecution occurring because of the Word, he is at once offended. And that sown into the thorn bushes is this: the one hearing the Word, and the anxiety of this age, and the deceit of riches, choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful. But that sown on the good ground is this: the one hearing the Word, and understanding it, who indeed bears and yields fruit, one truly a hundredfold, and one sixty, and one thirty.
Jesus says that the seed sown into the thorn bushes is this: the one hearing the Word, and the anxiety of this age, and the deceit of riches, choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful.
Please note that anxiety relates to Luke 12; 28-31 where Jesus said But if God so dresses the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much rather you, little-faiths? And you, do not seek what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, and stop being in anxiety. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.
This anxiety is by those who do not have anything and are seeking the things of the world are worried and thereby choke the Word.
Also note that those who already have the riches are deceived by it that they can seek God and Mammon but you will realize that Jesus said In Luke 16:13 that No servant is able to serve two lords; for either he will hate the one, and he will love the other; or he will cling to one, and he will despise the other. You are unable to serve God and mammon.
Basically what Jesus is saying is that as stated in Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But treasure up for you treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust cause to perish, and where thieves do not dig through and steal.
Which is added by John by saying do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that which is in the world: the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
The love of the Father is in Him who lives in Christ. In John 14:21 Jesus said He that has My commandments and keeps them, it is that one who loves Me; and the one that loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I shall love him and will reveal Myself to him.
Jesus is saying Seek first the Kingdom of God and righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. These things are the needs of man which the Lord is saying that I know that you need these things but man must live by the word of God and these needs shall be taken care of by the Lord for He knows what we need.
We are called to esteem God above all things and to do things to the glory of God. Riches are but a snare that drives man away from God. God knows that you need these things so He asking please do not seek riches but seek the Lord for in Him there are all things.
The desire of God is for man to seek Him and to go after Him diligently seeking Him. Not desiring to be rich but desiring to know Him.
Riches as stated in bible are deceptive as they make you to seek the things of the world and yet forget about the Father. Riches will doom you. Seek God and all these things will be given to you. Rise up and follow God and be His soldier who willing will abandon even riches to serve Him, willing to give everything to God and not only ten percent.
Riches will deny you from seeing who God is if you seek after it. Seek God and diligently seek Him. Love Him more than anything, desire to do His will. Make yourself a slave to God not a slave to riches. Serve God and diligently discipline yourself for godliness.
Constantly work your salvation and seek Him daily. Take steps to follow God. Only Him and that is Love.
Riches will drive you away from God and be careful that you don’t fall away for Riches will deceitfully take the place of God in your heart.