Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
Receive the love of the truth as you wait on God with great hope.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of truth, that they might be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10, NKJV)
The Apostle Paul is describing the great apostasy that will occur prior to our Lord’s return. Satan will work through the Antichrist with deceitfulness to fool the world who do not receive the love of truth and are destined for destruction. Deception versus truth is presented.
With all unrighteous deception. Unrighteous in the Greek is what is not conformable with justice, what ought not to be, that which is wrong. Satan wants to impede the proper worship of God and disrupt the lives of man for their ruin because Satan stands in opposition to the truth. In the Greek deception is deceit, delusion. Spoken of anything which is deceptive and seducing. Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44) and will use falsehood to seduce man away from the living God. All informs us that Satan will use every dirty trick in the book to trip people up (consider reading C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters for an insider’s guide to Satan’s schemes).
Among those who perish. Only those who are not children of God will be deceived by the devil and his trickery. Perish in the Greek is a strong word meaning to destroy or perish violently. The end of those who do not receive the love of truth will be violent and will be eternally lost.
Because they did not receive the love of truth. In the Greek to receive is to accept an offer deliberately and readily. To take to oneself what is presented or brought by another, to receive. Those who perish gladly accept the lies of Satan over the truth of God – they make that choice. Love in the Greek is agápē, love, affectionate regard, goodwill, benevolence. With reference to God’s love, it is God’s willful direction toward man. It involves God doing what He knows is best for man and not necessarily what man desires. God’s infinite love is being rejected by those who perish. This love is of truth, because God and His love are truth.
That they might be saved. Those who perish reject the love of God in truth and fail to be saved. In the end, it comes down to what a person does with the love of truth. It can be received in grace or it can be rejected through receiving the lies of the enemy.
As you meditate upon this passage by waiting upon God ask Him to show you the love of truth. Make sure you are seeking out truth, not the deceptive tricks of Satan. Stand firm in your faith and give thanks to the Lord of all for His love, grace, and truth.