Commentary By: Gordon King
It seems sort of funny to me in a strange way, that even though the world is in chaos, people continue on with their lives as if nothing at all unusual or out of the ordinary is happening.
I hear people daily speak about sports, television, and shopping. I see them prepare for the weekend as if this was the most significant thing occurring in the world today, and for them I guess it is! There is nothing wrong with any of these things, however, they don’t seemed concerned one bit about how the world around them is falling apart!
This in and of itself should be a warning sign to all of us that we are closer to the second coming of Christ! However, there is another sign which is happening more and more each and everyday, that is the increase of the spirit of antichrist in the world. As the return of Christ gets closer, the spirit of antichrist will increase!
1 John 4:2-3
“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.“
I don’t know about you, but I have either become much more sensitive to this spirit, or it is increasing drastically! Maybe both! People in the world are much more vocal today in persecuting Christians and Jesus Christ then I have ever before seen in my lifetime.
1 John 2:18
“Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.“
People of the secular world seem oblivious to the facts of what is happening in the world around them, they have no sense of right or wrong, and they scoff and mock at believers in Jesus Christ! They act as if they have all the answers, as if whatever they conjure up in their minds is the truth.
The sad thing is that many people who claim to be Christians, who go to church, and say that they are “good” people, are not believers in Jesus Christ! They give lip service only, they go through the motions, yet they don’t know God.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ “
None of us are perfect, not even believers in Jesus Christ. Yet, we are saved, we are forgiven, and we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit. This does not mean that we should not follow the laws and commands of God, of course we should! But, we will at times stumble, we will make mistakes, or sometimes even sin of our own will, however, God will forgive us.
I hear many lost people say “Christians are always telling people what to do or not do, yet Christians do the same things as non-Christians!” I have to agree with that to some extent, many Christians do tell the lost how to act or not act, yet they themselves are acting in sin.
“you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.“
This is another reason for believers to live a godly life, not as the world lives, but as Jesus Christ lived! Of course none of us are perfect and we will at times stumble, but we should strive to set an example for the lost. I also believe that we should stand for what is righteous, and at the same time not condemn the lost for the sins they commit. They are, after all, sinners! What we should be doing is helping them to find the truth, leading them to the cross, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We should uncover the darkness in the world, we should point out what is wrong with society and stand for what is righteous and good. But we must be careful in pointing out individual sins, since we ourselves were sinners and at times still sin. We should first seek to remove the sin in ourselves! We should be the light and salt of the earth, setting an example for what is godly.
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.“
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.“
We should treat others as we wish to be treated. If we wish to be treated with love and kindness, then we should treat others the same way!
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.“
The world doesn’t see themselves as “sinners”, they only see what they want to see for the benefit of their own lives! Whether it be the truth or a lie, they will make it conform to their lifestyle. With the increase in the antichrist spirit, many will not listen to the truth, nor will they take kindly to a Christian telling them how they should live. There is no speaking to these individuals about Jesus Christ or godly values, as they have already determined what is right in their mind’s eye. In that case the most we can do is pray for them, and show them the love of God!
“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.“
The world is an ugly place right now, and is about to get even uglier! Being a Christian is not easy, it takes time, dedication, faith, and devotion. It takes Jesus Christ living within us to fight the battle, to stand firm and strong in our convictions, to live courageously and remain steadfast in our walk to eternity!
The world needs to know that it’s not about us as believers, not about what we do or don’t do, it’s all about Jesus Christ! It’s about who He is, what He has done, and what He can do! The thing is, they don’t see that, they see us. We have to show them the love of Christ and what He has done for us, and what He can do for them!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!