Monday, September 25, 2017
Shaky Shallow Christianity
Most professing Christians are extremely shallow and undevoted to Jesus Christ, because they do not know Jesus. Their faith is not based on a meeting with Jesus, a revelation, it is based on hearsay. Many of them were born into Christianity. Others were proselyted and they believe based on what other people told them, based on Bible verses, but they have never come to know Jesus Christ for real.
Those who know Jesus have a firm foundation. They do not believe based on the Bible only, or on the testimony of other people. Their faith is based on the reality of Jesus Christ in their lives. Such a man was the Apostle Paul. We read in Acts 9 that Paul was on his way to persecute the followers of Jesus Christ and then he met with Jesus on the Damascus Road. He had a supernatural experience which changed his life. He had a revelation of Jesus Christ which changed him forever. Paul did not base his faith on the Scriptures or on Bible verses, he based his faith on his relationship with Jesus as he also wrote in Galatians 1:16 "For I would have you know brethren that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the Church of God beyond measure, and tried to destroy it, and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. But when God who had set me apart even from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me, so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away to Arabia and returned once more to Damascus. Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas and stay with him 15 days, but I did not see any of the other apostles, except James, the Lord's brother. Now in what I am writing you, I assure you before God that I'm not lying. Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. I was still unknown by sight to the churches in Judea which were in Christ, but only they I kept hearing, he who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy, and they were glorifying God because of me.
Many modern Christians are the audacity to attack Paul. They do not understand his teachings because they have never met Jesus Christ. They distort his teachings but Paul met with Christ. His faith was based on a revelation from Jesus Christ. He knew Jesus for real. He did not base it on theory. He based it on what he heard from Jesus Himself. If we do not know Jesus for real, if we have not had a revelation of Jesus Christ, then we have no firm foundation for our faith. That is why so many Christian believers fall away from the faith. Some take on other religions. It is because they never knew Jesus, they were never real to followers of Jesus Christ and were not born again, they just believed based on hearsay, based on some theory. If we do not know Jesus Christ for real then our faith cannot be real. We need to know Jesus by revelation.
If we truly believe in Jesus Christ and we obey the gospel, repent and are baptized in water, then Jesus will reveal Himself to us. We have to seek Him with all our heart, and He will give His Holy Spirit in us so that we will become spiritual people. Jesus said that time has come, and now is, that the true worshipers will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Modern worshipers, worship on the surface. They operate on the level of the sensory, what they can see and hear and feel and think with their carnal minds, but they are not spiritual people. They do not receive revelation from Jesus Christ because they are not capable of doing it. They are spiritually dead. You only become spiritually alive when you truly meet with Jesus Christ as Paul did, as the others did that received the Holy Spirit after they obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ, repented from the heart, stopped sinning and were baptized in water. We need that real revelation of Jesus Christ, which we only get, if we seek Him with all our heart, and if we show by our obedience to Him that we are serious about knowing Him, about eternal life. We need to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, repent and be baptized, seek Him with all our heart, turn away from all sin, turn to Jesus, turn away from the worldly things and seek Him from the heart, and He will reveal Himself to us. He will make us new inside, we will see and understand the kingdom of God and we will live on revelation, rather than on speculation and on hearsay, we will know Him by the Holy Spirit which He makes to dwell in us, if we truly seek Him.
Have you truly met Jesus Christ and do you know Him? Do you receive a revelation from Him? Is your faith based on your revelation from Jesus Christ? Is your relationship with Jesus Christ real? If we do not know Jesus Christ for real and He does not know us, we will stand before Him in judgment and He will say to us:"Go away, I never knew you." Do we know Jesus for real and are we led by His Spirit? Is our relationship with Jesus Christ for real?
May Jesus bless you