Like a seed, truth can be buried for years, but given the right circumstances it can reappear and grow to full size.
In life, the lies of people are a major problem. Who can you trust to be honest and true?
The Lord Jesus Christ and his true and faithful disciples can be trusted. Sure, his disciples can make mistakes, but that is what they are, mistakes. They are not deliberate with the aim of deceiving others.
My first website was called The Christian Signpost as I wanted the truth about the Lord Jesus to be shone out into the Internet that others may be saved or encouraged. Over time I realised that the word Christian was less than helpful as some Christians were clearly no lovingly obedient to the teaching of the Lord Jesus. In other words, they were operating their religion without the power of God the Holy Spirit. In my case, they were refusing to act good-willing towards me and they still don’t.
The following Bible verses share with us some of the Lord’s teaching that is reflected in Christian life.
The parable of the sower (Jesus often used everyday examples that his listeners could understand)
1 After this, Jesus travelled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
When the apostle Luke reported what the Lord Jesus said and done, he always, where appropriate, added the
4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.’
When he said this, he called out, ‘Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.’
9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, ‘The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
‘“though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.”[a]
Footnotes: [a] Luke 8:10 Isaiah 6:9
11 ‘This is the meaning of the parable: the seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
This could well describe Christians:
1. Some Christians hear about the Lord Jesus, but the devil stops them from being saved. It’s a truth that unless you believe in the devil you will have problems believing in the Lord Jesus. Belief in the devil and what he is getting you to be, a liar, should make you turn to the Lord Jesus for salvation – some don’t and just keep on lying.
2. Some Christians hear that the Lord Jesus can save them and are happy, but they do not have the Holy Spirit. Instead they rely on the Christian religion of Church. But in times of testing they fall away. There supposed love for Jesus is Church based, not Body of Christ based. Outside of their Church they are like the lost souls.
3. Some Christians hear that the Lord Jesus can save them, but their lifestyle keeps them as little children not maturing adult believers. They look like disciples of Jesus, but they do not act like one. For the cost of following him is too high.
4. However, the Lord Jesus finished by describing those Christians who remain united with him, thus showing loving obedience to his teachings. They study his teachings and continue to obey them. They thus produce other believers who love and obey the Lord Jesus. However, some they reach out to and make contact with through the Gospel of Jesus may fall into groups 1, 2 and 3. No true disciple can guarantee the salvation of another, they can only truthfully pass on the Lords teachings.
It is worth adding that despite living here in Birmingham, England, since August 1985, I have no Christian Friends. Why? That is a truth that we wait to see revealed.
A lamp on a stand
As for me, I hope that my website and other ministries will be like a lamp. As I am in the light that Jesus shines into the darkness that is caused by the devils power to deceive, so I desire that I pass that light on to others. And to the Liars who claim to be disciples of the Lord Jesus, but are really disciples of the devil, I state what the Lord said.
16 ‘No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. 18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.’
To be saved from hell is to be obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus you will live your life in the company of the Lord Jesus and his Father. The truth that you are in the 4th Group will be the Holy Spirit of God, your Counsellor and Guide. The Holy Spirit will be your truth to all liars. Only the Children of God have this truth, all others will only have their lies.
And these lies, though well hidden now, will be revealed one day by God. The Lord Jesus is a perfect judge and will deal fairly with those who sought to hide the truth – His truth.