Pearls before swine?

Matthew 7/6 (Amp.)
“Do not give that which is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

As a follower of Christ, I’m aware of the fact that we (as professing Christians) are called to share His message.

We are also called to not throw our ‘pearls before swine…’ (Matthew 7/6)

In other words take what is precious to us and offer it to those who will show no respect and at worse despise out of hand anything we offer as the good news of the gospel.

In certain extreme case scenarios we are told to walk away and wipe our feet in response to those who despise and reject the message we bring. (Mk. 6/11)

Because of course they are not rejecting our message but Christ’s – provided it is Christ’s message we are bringing in the first place.

There are many perversions of the message of Christ that create a bias against the real thing.

Not everyone who says: ‘Lord Lord’ will enter the kingdom of God. Jesus tells us that. (Matt. 7/21)

The message of the gospel is a balanced one. The manifold wisdom of God, is just that – manifold – many sided, and just when you think you have the things of God sussed, God reveals another aspect of His infinite knowledge and wisdom.

But there are the basic principles of the Gospel of Christ. The basic as it were – 1st Form (as in first class to join) -teachings that are for those who will be introduced to Christ through the experience of salvation we call conversion, or being born again. These teachings need established in our life if we are to go on to ‘meatier’ matters.

Paul the Apostle exhorts some believers along the lines of needing to mature, when he informs us that they had need that someone teach them again the first or basic principles. He is saying you have not grown, you have not matured. (Hebrews 5/12)

On another occasion he informs them that he couldn’t speak to them of spiritual matters, when they were behaving still in a certain unspiritual way or manner. (I Cor. 3/1)

It is a fact that becoming a Christian does not guarantee that you will never sin again.

But we are told that if anyone sins – we have an advocate representing us before a holy God the Father. Jesus Christ the righteous. Who is willing and just to forgive us for sin over which we sorrow.

John the apostle writes to us in order to provide the instruction we need to keep us from sinning.

I John 2/1
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

Maturity in the Christian faith is growing to a place where we make infrequent mistakes. Things that we indulged in to hurt God, to hurt others, or ourselves,  – decrease in our lives.

A baby has to be born first before it progresses. It does not ‘slide’ from the womb and start it’s ABC’s.

Being born again, takes place when we seek God through the Son of God, and we have an encounter with Him. The same encounter that multitudes down through the decades have had.

An encounter that may ‘experientially’ differ from person to person but always with the same end result – a relationship in spirit with the only begotten Son of God.

When I say ‘experientially differ’ – I mean how a person is effected inside involving their thought life and emotions.

It is the same salvation experience for all true Christians but entails an internal experience unique to the individual, depending on what Jesus reveals to that individual regarding their internal state of being.

We all have a different story to tell. We all have come on our own personal journey. But we all have the same inner needs. And must find faith in Christ by firstly hearing the message of the true gospel.

Some come moved by deep emotion, being set free and liberated from all kinds of baggage and damaged inner beings.

Others have already come to a place where they are glad to submit to the offer of a loving saviour to come into their lives – and on repentance from sin experience the great joy of all guilt and condemnation falling from their hearts and minds.

Others have a spiritual revelation of the fact that they have been believing lies, and now the truth makes them free as they discovery truly that Jesus is ‘The Way, The Truth, and The Life’.

In all of these unique inner experiences – the end result is placing your life wholeheartedly into the hands of Christ Jesus, through prayer. And acceptance of the fact that He is the only way to heaven.

There is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved. That’s as plain as God can make it.

Acts 4/12 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

To stumble at this point is to entertain everything and anything – except this plain statement of truth.

Because everything and anything that does not acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour of the world – paves the way for us to proceed into error.

That’s why except a man become as a little child he shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. We are not to be ‘childish’ but child-like in our acceptance of Jesus.

The gospel is simple but profound. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. (Acts 16/31)

Repentance means among other things that we change our minds and our way of living, and acknowledge by prayer to Jesus, that our life has not included Him.

Sorry for the fact that it hasn’t, – we ask Him into our lives to take over – body soul and spirit.

The cross of Christ is a stumbling block to those who believe not. To those who believe – it is the power of God unto salvation.

I Corinthians 1/18: For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God…

On the cross He willingly died.

There are probably innumerable imitations, and wrong concepts when it comes to the gospel.

Because confusion will increase more and more and the true gospel undermined by an unbelieving world, you – if you are a sincere person looking for the real thing, will find yourself being helped and drawn by the Holy Spirit.

Maybe this is happening as we speak?

If so take a step towards God in Christ and ask for His help. Come to faith and commitment and don’t look back.

Lord Jesus I know I am a sinner. Please forgive me for my sins, I turn away from the desire to sin. I ask you to come into my innermost being. I pray this sincerely. Make yourself known to me from this time forth and day by day as I seek you in prayer.

Thank you for forgiving my sins – I receive you by faith, as my Lord and Saviour. Amen.

Offered help – ken.riddles@btinternet.com

 

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