I love watching programs like Hustle,and films like Oceans 11, 12, 13 and 44. I love watching the long con. But I also love watching short cons. Ultimately they all come down to one thing: confidence. The conman, is a confidence man. You can check it out on Wikipedia! The way they work is be acting as if you should do what they say – that you should trust them. Take for example a finacial con. They will come across as financially aware and connected, and then offer to make you more money. They do that in the first instance with a small amount of money – but it comes from their own pocket. But by then… they have you. You now have confidence in them. Yet it is all fake.
As I was coming to the end of my sermon on Colossians 2:6-15 yesterday and was trying to explain this:
He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
I realised that Satan is a conman. He comes to us and points out our sin and says that God hates it. He then proceeds to talk about the written code. He shows us confidently that we are sinners who deserve nothing except condemnation. Because he is so confident and convincong we believe him. We end up in spiritual depression.
It is all a con!
We have been forgiven.
The written code has been taken away.
Satan has been defeated.
We need to look at the Truth. Jesus. We need to realise the reality.
I wonder how Luther would react to this kind of con from Satan? He’d probably throw an inkpot at him! But I think he would also keep meditating on this:
simul justus et peccator = at once righteous (through the finished work on the cross) and a sinner
Don’t listen to Satan and his little cons. He is nothing more than a defeated conman.