Speaking Christ into the World Is a Command

The Command from Christ: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

Christ arms Christians to be His disciples with the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit of Truth, that will testify of Christ and guide us, and even tell us what is to come. (John 15:26-27 &16:8-13) Christ said in John that the Holy Spirit, “…will testify of Me” and “convict the world of sin”. This is a fantastic gift from God that is given to all of Christ’s disciples, as we are His ministers of reconciliation, (2 Corinthians 5:18) because reconciliation brings peace to the saved.

There are Many Types of Disciples: In America today we normally think of discipleship as asking people to church, having them over to dinner, sponsoring home groups, missions to the Congo, men’s, women’s, and youth groups, VBS, and great preaching and worship, etc. These are all greatly needed, Godly, and beneficial to bringing people to Christ.

There is an equally important type of discipleship that I will call Christian soldiers. Many of today’s Christians in America may not fully understand that these types of disciples are equally needed. They take a more bold approach that has personal risks because they run towards the gun fire. They confront and expose darkness with the truth of Christ because “men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19) They do stuff like testify before legislatures, political meeting, and stand and pray at abortion centers to make Christ’s truth personally represented and heard. These soldiers for example, combat the sex trade, expose Planned Parenthood for selling aborted baby parts, and speak out against the corruption and decadence of the radical gay agenda, etc. They defend and financially support churches, pastors, bakers, and flower shop owners like the Good Samaritan who helped the victim who was robbed of his liberty. Through these efforts, they expose the persecution of Christians by interfering in the worldly processes of darkness for the glory of God. Overall, Soldiers of Christ shrewdly and compassionately intercede and expose the decadence of human depravity, by inserting the light of Christ to prove Christ’s superiority and grace at every level, in every aspect of human life. They are the blessed peacemakers who are called sons of God. (Ephesians 5:11& Matthew 5:9)

God’s two prong attack against darkness: First, Christians surrender and submit themselves to be led and guided by the Holy Spirit and to speak Christ’s truth into the darkness of this world. Second, the Holy Spirit testifies and confirms Christ truth into the inner soul of the person or persons listening. This is why in Romans 10:17 it is written, “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  When we give our lives to Christ it states in Acts 1:8. “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth.” This power comes from the Holy Spirit. Then in Matthew 10: 27-28 Christ gives us the command to intercede, “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of (God) the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

A blessing is bestowed upon us by obeying the command to confess Christ before men but what if we do not confess Christ before men? After the command to intercede by proclaiming from the roofs Jesus reveals the result in Matthew 10:32-34. “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. (The blessing) But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” (Denied) Then Christ said in verse 34, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Then in Luke 12:51 Christ promised division.

The sword in verse 34 is described in Hebrews 4:12; “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” One edge naturally can create conflict and division in this world of darkness when the truth of Christ is not believed. The other edge gives everlasting life and inner peace to those who believe. Jesus confirmed this in Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” This division is the unavoidable process of conflict Christ promised when we represent His truth. This is necessary in many cases to bring light to an unwilling, arrogant and condescending darkness. In other words, when we are speaking Christ’s truth into darkness, the Holy Spirit is speaking Christ’s life into that same darkness, and His truth can never be extinguished. (John 1:5)

Think about this, if someone is drowning in the world of lies, the only thing that can save them is Christ’s truth because they will know the truth, and the truth will set them free. (Paraphrased from John 8:32) This is how we were all saved, and is why Jesus stated in John 18:37 “… the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

The blessing and the failing: The blessing comes from testifying Christ before men while staying the course during the conflict. The conflict is where we must overcome fear, compromise, and selfishness to impart Christ’s truth. (See Rom 8:17 – 2 Timothy 2:12)  The Spirit of Truth then “…intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:27) In other words, we do the small part, God does the titanic part.

Christ explained the blessing another way in John 4:36–38 “And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For this saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”  The gift from God is we can both sow and reap by confessing the living Christ before men.

While testifying and interceding into the world, as Christ’s Ambassador, He promised “…you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)  Enduring the condemnation and hate insures we will be saved and while we live we are, “Blessed … when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake.” (Luke 6:22) This blessing is again confirmed in 1 Peter 3:14 “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” (Matthew 5:10-12, and 1 Peter 4:14)  

All Christians should know there is nothing better than to be blessed by Christ. Then what stops us from forcefully representing His truth through words and righteous deeds into the darkness that hates us? Could it be we are more concerned with our self than speaking and acting for Christ? If we are Luke 19:20–22 defines us. “The servant said to his lord … ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ And his lord said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.”

Christians have no excuse because Christ gave all Christ followers His instructions of what to do until He returns in Luke 19:13. He said, “… Do business till I come.” Doing His business is investing His truth into darkness so Christ can reap what we sowed. Christ then said in Luke 12:43, “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.” Then Paul confirms in Romans 5:19, “…through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” Obedience to the truth is our mission if we want to be blessed by God.

Sadly, the wicked servant above was disobedient and failed to do Christ’s business. He failed his Godly performance review and there is a consequence. Failing will result in many Christians being disciplined or not being able to enter the Kingdom of God because, like the servant they tried to enter on their own terms. (See Luke 13:24-25) In Luke 12:47-48 Christ tells us the consequence, “And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” Then in Romans 1:25, Paul identified those who Christ will deny before God. Those “…who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”

Today’s body of Christ is sadly filled with uninformed or lukewarm Christians along with many Clergy who either do not understand Christ’s truth, or are shirking their responsibility. Many Christians seem to believe once they give their life to Christ they can put Christianity away in a handkerchief. Many clergy seem to support this view, they do not upset tithers, while rationalizing preaching to the choir to make sure there is no conflict. Thus, they are excluding themselves by failing to confront the darkness inside and out of their churches. The Holy Spirit is then not called upon and evil prevails. This false dogma is the opposite of Christ’s mission for all Christians and clergy. These lukewarm should never forget, “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required.”  This should shake us up, and then we should read Matthew 7:21-22 and turn from our wicked ways.

Most likely, if we are failing our performance review, we are an excuse maker like the servant in Luke 19. He was living in a state of duplicity. (Proverbs 11:3) We cannot try to appease and protect ourselves while acting godly, while gravitating towards our sinful nature. This makes us constantly disobedient to God by adjusting our beliefs to accommodate our selfish wants, doubts, and fears, while convincing ourselves we are right. This is why Bonhoeffer told us the effect of not acting and speaking Christ into the darkness of this world before he was killed by the Nazi’s. He wrote, “Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. Silence in the face of evil is evil.”

Revelation 3:16 defines uncommitted Christians and clergy, when God said, “…because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Then Christ confirmed in Matthew 7:21-22 the scariest words all want-to-be, or think-they-are Christians and clergy should fear. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.” “I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”

In Matthew 12:25-26 Christ confirmed, “…“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?” Likewise if we are divided against ourselves in a state of duplicity how will we serve Christ? We cannot!

Therefore, to prevent internal division Christ said we must be on His side. When we join Him, we become an obedient mouthpiece for God’s voice to speak the truth of Christ into darkness so the Holy Spirit can convict the world of sin. There are no halfway joined to Christ. We cannot have one foot in and one foot out because this is dishonest. It is all or nothing. He cautioned us in Matthew 12:30 “…he who is not with me is against me and he who does not gather scatters.” When we do not live and speak the light of Christ into the darkness of men as God’s mouthpiece, we are not representing Christ, we are representing ourselves. When we self-create areas and topics, like politics, we cannot speak into we are literally standing in the way of the Holy Spirit to save the lost.

Many today, without knowing it, are scattering instead of gathering and may be on track to be denied before God. Satan would desire nothing more than Christians to voluntarily remove the word of Christ from positions of influence in our country and the world. We are not called to be political or cultural isolationists as Satan hopes. We are called to infiltrate every area of our society making more and more Disciples of Christ through the Holy Spirit.

How then do we stay committed and obedient when we are tested? To do this we have to be fully dedicated to Christ and not overly concerned about the world’s adverse reaction to His truth. We already know the world will hate us, and if so, we are blessed by Christ. We now have no overwhelming concern or worry about our status, or what the world thinks about us, etc. We know who we are, where we are going, and nothing in this world is going to change it. We can now overcome rationalized fear, compromise, and selfishness and be totally committed to Jesus the Christ.

When we totally commit, we succeed in putting on the full armor of God as Paul described in Ephesians 6:14-20. “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Then Colossians 4:5-6 tells us how to speak boldly. “Be wise (shrewd) in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Armed with this knowledge, are Christians commanded to intercede and speak Christ’s truth into the evil of prostitution, abortion, gay marriage, hunger, exploitation, and politics, etc.? The answer is YES! Is there any area into which Christian’s can’t speak and intercede for Christ? The answer is NO and the warning: “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have deeds, is dead.” (James 2:17)

One may still ask, why did God make this process necessary? Simply stated, Christ is not physically on this earth. He is sitting at the right hand side of God. When He left, He gave us a job to do and the support we need to do it. He said, “If you (are committed to me) love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:15-17) Christ left us empowered by His indwelling Spirit to guide us, comfort us, and even tell us what is to come. (John 15:26-27 &16:8-13)

Nevertheless, we were not guaranteed a cake walk. We are in a life-or-death struggle against evil, the promised certainty of trials and persecution while standing against the one who uses the lie to steal, kill, and destroy Christ’s absolute truth. However, Christ came that we may have life, and have it more abundantly. (Paraphrased, John 8:44&10:10) Therefore, our goal in life is to get our vision in line with Christ’s vision, pray in the Spirit and live it at all costs! (Psalms 143:10)

 

May God bless you with boldness in Christ! By David Howard, Foxhole Ministry