I noted to a friend the other day that in spite of all the very good Bible teaching available to today’s saints via traditional venues, add to these the plethora of media outlets and great writing, too many of God’s people continue to be going down for the third time in a vast raging sea of ignorance.
Most cities and towns across Christendom are awash with men and women who profess to be saved by the Blood of Christ, yet have returned to the sidelines of the faith due to having been “hurt” by other professing Christians. The Lord knows I know the feeling of “hurt” from both sides, having been the cause of hurt to some and by God’s grace enduring avalanches of such hurt.
One of the reasons hurt comes from other Christians is due to the refusal to accept what God says about the human race. This was brought home to me in a post that had this statement as the lead:
“There is no injustice in a wolf acting like a wolf. There is ignorance in the belief that a wolf will not act like a wolf.”
When a Christian acts like a wolf, he/she is acting in accordance with the corrupt Adamic (human) nature. When a Christian acts in a Christlike, biblical manner to the events of life, he/she is acting in response to the new nature imparted via the New Birth. Both natures are active until we lay aside completely the old one in death or the rapture. The old one is controlled by the Adamic instinct, and the new by the Holy Spirit, the Word of God and our willing submission to God’s way.
If you have been “hurt,” get over it by grasping the truth that some professor or true Christian was merely acting naturally instead of supernaturally. Jesus Christ touched on this in John 2:25, “And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”
Now you know.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly