2 Corinthians 11:14,15 “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”

   What is more important – the message or the messenger?    When it comes to the true Gospel this question has but one answer.  Both are just as important because the messenger and the message are one in the same.  Scripture tells us; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) Jesus said; “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

     Marshall McLuhan made a famous assertion; ‘the medium is the message’.  Many believe this statement originated with McLuhan and do not know that it is an important concept in Christian faith written into our Gospel.  Mark Federman comments; “Thus begins the classic work of Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, in which he introduced the world to his enigmatic paradox, ‘The medium is the message.’ But what does it mean? How can the medium be its own message?”

     The question of how the medium can be its own message is a mystery of God and is understood not by reason but by revelation.  To approach this question using worldly wisdom can only lead to confusion.  That being said the question underscores a crucial linkage between the medium or messenger and the message that provides an accurate test of the authenticity of the messenger.

     Any messenger who brings a message that doesn’t point to the likeness of Jesus Christ is a false prophet bringing a false message.  Scripture warns us; “. . . there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:7,8)  An honest preacher points to Jesus; “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

      A telling mark of a false messenger is that he and his message point to the world or his place in it and not Jesus;  “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” (Philippians 3:18,19)

     Listen carefully and if you hear the likeness of Jesus Christ in the message then you are hearing the Gospel.  To know the likeness of Jesus is to know the Word of God.  That is why reading and living out the Bible in your daily life is so important.  Satan can quote scripture but like any impostor he can’t keep track of all his lies so they will creep in and foul his message.  Jesus said; “Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:43,44)

     If you know His Word you will be able to tell wisdom from above and Satan’s worldly fake message; “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 3:13-18)

     The messenger is the message and His name is Jesus.

     Praise the Lord!