The Glorious Knowledge of God in the Face of Christ

Every Believer possesses knowledge only because of the Divine Presence of God in their bodies. Convinced that God has given me the ministry of exposing sin to the local churches my personal need to receive encouragement from His Word is paramount. Sometimes my heart is so very heavy with the understanding of the darkness lurking within the buildings and lives of many people attempting to worship in them. The sin of which I speak mostly does not indicate that Believers are living in sin for they cannot. The problem is simple, lost people have been allowed into the membership of local churches claiming faith in Jesus Christ while deceiving friends and neighbors who are faithful Followers of Jesus Christ. 

Every Believer possesses knowledge only because of the Divine Presence of God in their bodies. Convinced that God has given me the ministry of exposing sin to the local churches my personal need to receive encouragement from His Word is paramount. Sometimes my heart is so very heavy with the understanding of the darkness lurking within the buildings and lives of many people attempting to worship in them. The sin of which I speak mostly does not indicate that Believers are living in sin for they cannot. The problem is simple, lost people have been allowed into the membership of local churches claiming faith in Jesus Christ while deceiving friends and neighbors who are faithful Followers of Jesus Christ. 

Paul encourages the Body of Christ to remain firm in their faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ at every turn and mostly do. However, we must understand the clarity of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as being eternal in nature, not temporary. Some amongst us teach a false narrative that salvation can be lost by the foolishness of sinful acts by those who claim faith in Jesus Christ. My question is easy, “How so?” Paul writes in Galatians 5:2-6, “Listen! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you at all! 3 And I testify again to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You who are trying to be declared righteous by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace! 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait expectantly for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision carries any weight—the only thing that matters is faith working through love.”

First off, close observation of the NT demonstrates Paul’s foundation in God’s grace for he utilizes the word ‘grace at least 100 of the 155 times it is found in therein. We can fully understand the impact of God’s gift of salvation is never, NEVER withdrawn from a Believer…ever. Paul’s statement in verse 4, “you have fallen away from grace” is not an indication that a Follower of Christ loses salvation in Him. Please read contextually the following texts to know this truth: John 1:12, 3:16, 36, 5:24, 6:47, 10:28-29; Romans 8j:31-19 and many other examples can be noted as well.

The legalists Paul addresses in his letter to the Galatians clearly demonstrate the error of attempting to tie faith in Christ and the Mosaic Law is foolishness, especially the Jewish tradition of circumcision. Obviously, spiritual circumcision is at the heart of the Gospel Message.

And for our purposes here, we must realize that a Believer who commits a sin does not lose salvation, neither cannot live a life of sin because of the Presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Believer. God’s mercy and grace enables every Believer to overcome both the temptation to sin and the presence of sinful behaviors in others because:

“Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged. 2 But we have rejected shameful hidden deeds, not behaving with deceptiveness or distorting the word of God, but by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God. 3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, 4 among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-6.

As Christ lives in our hearts we possess the light of the knowledge, the glorious knowledge of God because of the Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. This ministry empowers us to overcome being discouraged in spite of the shameful deeds and presence of those who are lost, but do occupy the seats around us in the local church. We are and can be aware of them because of the darkness surrounding them. This veil of darkness keeps them from the light of Christ as they are spiritually blinded by their lostness just as Judas Iscariot was. As slaves or disciples of Christ our ability in Him surpasses the weakness of their god, Satan.

Every Believer is a ‘Herald’ of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ and as Paul writes i 1 Corinthians 1:18-24, “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.” Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 

Yes, the local church is abounding with folks who claim to be ‘Christians,’ but they are foolish disciples of darkness without understanding of the Message of the Cross they speak of. We who know the Christ are spiritually discerned and are enabled to see their darkness because of the Cross. Our wisdom is Godly wisdom while theirs is worldly foolishness. The Christ of the Cross arose from the grave to demonstrate His victory providing us with the same victory over spiritual darkness and eternal death and damnation. 

Jesus is Lord!!

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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