“We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood” I John 4:6.
When Christ was on earth His greatest antagonist and persecutors were from the religious community. They ridiculed, called Him names, associated His miracles with Satan, spoke disparagingly of his family connections, cast a slur on His legitimacy, tried to set Him up in order to discredit Him in the eyes of the public and charged Him with breaching the Sabbath.
They wanted to stone Him on more than one occasion for claiming to be the Son of God. Jesus had this to say to His opponents, “He that is of God heareth the words of God: for this cause ye hear them not, because ye are not of God” John 8:47 (A.S.V.).
Being religious does not necessarily take you out of the camp of the enemy, even if you are ‘orthodox’, for some of these are Satan’s greatest missionaries. Jesus is still the acid test for truth and error. He is still the divider of those who are for God and those opposed to God. Everyone who opposes Christ is against Him and is therefore not a part of His kingdom.
Nothing draws fire from the enemy’s camp more than a simple presentation of God’s truth in Christ Jesus. It makes every ‘muscle’ in the enemy taut and every emotion tense and certainly exposes the flaws of human nature. There is tension between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood and there can be no truce. Have you ever experienced it?
PRAYER: Lord, help me to be courageous in sharing my faith in this world. Amen
WISDOM: The man of the ‘world, needs the goods news of the gospel.