Commentary By: Gordon King
We’ve probably all heard the saying “The truth hurts”. Isn’t that the way it is now in the world? When believers in Jesus Christ spread the good news, most of the world becomes outraged, and some even violent towards us! Yet, the fact remains that the truth is the truth.
I know that there are many ways to share the truth, and not all of us are adept at sharing it without causing an uproar. And there are times when we should just keep quiet. There are those who spread the truth with a condemning tone, those who sound more hateful than they do loving! Is this really how Christ wants us to spread the gospel?
However, we must share the truth of God with an ungodly world. We must tell the truth even when the truth hurts.
Religion and politics, two subjects which most people try to avoid talking about, at least in some places such as work. Most people see Christianity as a religion, and for many it is. But for me it is not! It is about a personal relationship with the God of the universe, Jesus Christ!
It’s not about what we do or don’t do, how we act or don’t act, not about following a certain set of laws or deeds. None of these things can save us, only Jesus Christ can do that! It’s about our reconciliation back to God, in order for us to commune with God for eternity, that’s what it’s all about, the way it was meant to be.
We are told to go out into the world and spread the good news, how can we do that if we are confining ourselves inside the four walls of a church building? And if we do not go out into the world, places which would seem to be off-limits for Christians, then how can we shine our light into the darkness?!
Even Jesus associated with the ungodly, how else would He show them the errors of their ways and tell them the truth? Christ died for all of us, and we were all at one time living in sin. This is not to say that we should live as the world lives, on the contrary, however we do need to go places which are ungodly in order to reach the lost.
There are some people who don’t look very godly, in fact they look as though they had never been saved in the first place. But, this is merely an outward appearance, and we should not judge a book by its cover! These believers can in fact have a dramatic impact on spreading God’s love. They can appear as if they fit into the world, thereby not appearing as threatening to unbelievers.
All believers at one time lived a life of sin. We dressed a certain way and acted a certain way. We all know what it is like to live a certain sinful lifestyle, and what better person to spread God’s love to that same lifestyle?! That does not mean to live that lifestyle again, but to show those still living in that lifestyle what it means to know God! However, there are those who are weak, such as those new to the faith who would more than likely be better off not returning until they are strong in their faith, or perhaps not returning there at all!
My point is that we must go out into the world, and much of the world is very dark. We are the light of the world, and in order for us to shine bright we must go out into the darkness.
When we tell the world that Jesus Christ is God, that He is the only true God of the universe, and that there is no other way to heaven except through and by Him, then we must do so with a loving heart. And even though we do, not all will take it as being kind or loving. However, the truth will always remain the truth, no matter what!
God will guide our paths as long as we allow Him to. He will give us strength and courage to carry out His will. Where-ever He leads us we can know that He is also with us.
This is the truth: God is composed of a Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of the living God, He is God! Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His blood to pay for all the sins of the world. He was buried for three days, then arose and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. All those who repent of their sins and accept Christ will be saved!
After saying this there will be those who do not believe, those who will argue with me, and those who will become irate! How do I know this? Because we live in a fallen world, a world full of sin, lies, and deceptions. I know this because I have experienced it time and time again. I know this because God told me it would happen!
And when you are persecuted falsely for My namesake rejoice and be exceedingly glad!
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. “
The truth often hurts, hearing the truth can cut deep into the bones and marrow. The truth of God’s word convicts of sin, and it can set us free from sin!
Go out into all the world and preach the gospel to all creatures.
‘And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” ‘
The truth of God’s word is that miracles are still happening, and those who believe will perform miracles through the Holy Spirit of God! Yet there will be those who say this is witchcraft or of the devil, they will believe anything except that it is from God Almighty!
“Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”
Ours is not a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. The good Lord has given us the necessary tools to go out into the world and spread the good news, and while we will have tribulation, He has overcome the world!
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.“
God bless my friends! Maranatha!