Friday, September 21, 2018

What About Telling The Good News Of Jesus Christ Who Reject Or Resist It, Should We?

Should We Throw Our Pearls To The Swine?

Question: After 2 or 3 times sharing good news with relatives & they reject the gospel, then I pose now a question to all believers?, Should we throw our pearls to the swine??? Answers will be appreciated.

Answer: Swine is an unclean animals that does not know the value of pearl when it is thrown to them, so in a way unbelievers being unclean spiritually, cannot tolerate to receive the valuable pearl of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The swine can mistake us to think that we are throwing stones at it, and might come against us to attack us and destroy us. In the same way a unbelieving sinner might think that we are accusing them of evil and might try to attack us for the message of the Gospel that declares all of us as sinners and that we need the Savior Jesus Christ to save us from sin and have friendship with God
(Matt 7:6; Rom 3:10-20; 3:23; 6:23). Because Jesus is sending us "like sheep among wolves" in to the world that hates God because of sin, therefore we must "be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves" (Matt 10:16). In other words, we must know when to preach and teach the Gospel, and when to run away from those who resist us and try to destroy us, so that we can continue to preach and teach the Word of God without hindrance, until Jesus comes or we go to meet Jesus before He comes to takes us all back to the new heaven and new earth.

Jesus has told us to
" 'Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in [through sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ], so that His house may be filled.'" (Luke 14:23). You did it wonderfully well dear Brother! Kudos to you, Jesus first reveals in John 3:16 about God's unconditional love, and then further says, "This is how the judgment works: the light has come into the world, but people love the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds are evil." (John 3:19). When the Gospel is rejected, their blood will be on their own head, meaning they are already condemned and there is no way out in reality out of their mess for eternity ahead unless they repent (John 3:18). We should continue to pray for those who resist and love them even when they do not want our message or value us, so that by the mercies of God they might have a change of heart before they die. As apostle Peter says we must, "2 have our conduct honorable among the Gentiles [i.e. unsaved], that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation [in which they get saved or get judged before the White Throne Judgment on the final day (Rev 20:11-15)]." (1 Peter 2:12). Especially with our unsaved relatives, the best Gospel we can share is not what we preach or teach to them, but it is our life, the life of Christ we live that will speak to them more than words can ever do to them. The man of God and Bible teacher John MacArthur says, 'You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read.' In other words, it is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking in the truth becomes our preaching of the truth. In other words, unbelievers are watching how Christians live. They can see whether or not a Christian’s lifestyle corresponds with what he or she says.

Paul the apostle wrote,
"1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth." (1 Tim 2:1-4, NLT). If we really love the Lord, God's desire to save the unsaved should also likewise be our desire in our lives (John 21:15-19). So we ought to pray for the salvation of all men and especially to those in authority so that the gospel may be freely preached to all the people of the world, so that without any opposition from the evil one we can live a peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity of being a royal priests between the Lord and humans (1 Peter 2:5, 9-10; 2 Cor 5:20). May God help all of God's children like us in this generation to have a special burden for the unsaved and reach the unreached people of the world through interceding for them. When the gospel is rejected, pray for them so that by the mercies of God their spiritual eyes might open one day and get saved for the Glory of God. Live a holy life in such a way, so that those who reject the gospel, might get convicted of their sin seeing us, and the reality of how God is working in and with us for the Glory of God (Acts 7:51-60; 22:20).

Remember, as our generation lives in the same frequency of sin and lawlessness like in the generation of Noah the man of God, we can see from the example of the life of him that his life of obedience to God preached the gospel to the whole world with out him opening his mouth, and thus condemned the world for its sin and lawlessness
(Gen 6:8, 9-10, 13-14, 22; 2 Peter 2:4, 5). In other words, most of the unsaved world mocked Noah whenever he told about the warning that God gave to him to build a ship because of the judgment that is coming on the world, and seeing the sheer size of the ship he was building, it all seemed so unreal to the unbelievers like a novel story when the flood water due to rain was never ever seen on earth at that point of time as the whole world was still with a pleasant air-conditioned climate due to a water canopy surrounding the earth that filtered all harmful sun rays and gave them a long life expectancy of hundreds of years, and also God watered the whole face of the ground through a mist that went up from the earth (Gen 2:5-6; 1:7). Thus Noah's life preached to all of them and even moved some towards trusting the Lord, but they continued in their sin because of marrying beautiful unbelieving women against the revealed will of God by the Spirit who wanted them to marry only godly women of faith, and therefore could not escape the flood judgment (2 Pet 3:3-9; 1 Pet 3:18-20; Luke 17:26-27; Gen 6:2, 3-4; 2 Cor 6:14-18).

Thus we should preach the gospel all the time, "using words when necessary," which is the best known and most commonly quoted statement made by St. Francis of Assisi. Our everyday actions often fall into the category of us demonstrating our faith to the world “without using words.” This does not mean that we should not share our faith or testimony with our words in love towards people, but its emphasis is that we should first walk the talk and then talk the walk. Even apostle Paul said,
"How can people know Jesus Christ unless someone speaks about Him, how can they call on Him to get saved unless some lead them to believe Him, how can they hear Him unless some one share their testimony and faith through their words." (Rom 10:14, Emphasis Mine). So we know the importance of sharing our personal faith and testimony to all people (Luke 8:39; Mark 5:19; Matt 10:5-15), but at the same time, Jesus has clearly told His disciples that if someone will resist their message or will reject it, they ought not stay or go again to that same place, instead they should shake off the dust from their feet and keep moving to other places to tell further about the good news of Jesus Christ for others who are yet to have a chance to hear it for the first time, so that they could choose to believe and be saved. Praise the Lord!

We should maintain the balance between living and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. Praise God that the gospel is preached and teached in all the world through the latest technology of internet, television and media, so much so that nowadays peoples heart are hardening because of increase of sin and lawlessness more and more in the world like never before, and as a result of it the love of many is growing colder and colder to even touch a freezing point in their spiritual lives
(Matt 24:12-14). We are in the end of end times which has continued for nearly two thousand years by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yes people all over the world because of technology in our generation have heard much about Christianity. They no longer seem to listen to our words. Instead they watch our life to verify within us the indwelling of Christ we proclaim about. So let us walk the talk, and let us talk the walk!

The "World’s Bible" which was part of a poem by Annie Johnson Flint, born 1866 the great woman of God will inspire us in this regard,

We are the only Bible the careless world will read,
We are the sinner’s Gospel; we are the scoffer’s creed.
We are the Lord’s last message given in deed and word,
What if the type is crooked? What if the print is blurred?

What if your hands are busy with other work than His?
What if your feet are walking where sin’s allurement is?
What if our tongues are speaking of things His lips would spurn?
How can we hope to help Him and hasten His return?

To hasten our Lord’s return we truly need more power.
So let us all be Spirit filled and awaiting Him each hour.
In an hour that we think not, He said He should appear.
Then let us walk in Holiness and meet Him with a cheer.

Praise the Lord!

Much Blessings....


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