Monday, December 29, 2014

Agents of Darkness

Although many agents of faith have been--and still are--active in this world, the Bible reminds God's people that agents of darkness are also active. And not simply a few of them. As long ago as the first century A.D., the Apostle John wrote that "many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist" (2 John 7). 

John certainly wasn't trying to be discouraging. Rather, he was facing reality, and he encouraged the recipients of his letter to take heed, to realize that many spiritual opponents were active, and to not be discouraged by them. In fact, in the next verse he encourages them to consider themselves and to stand firm, rather than losing heart of the large numbers of those who delight in speaking against Christ.

If you're a follower of Christ, chances are that you, too, at some point have grown weary of the opposition. Perhaps you've been tempted to just "go with the flow." If so, then John's advice is for you, too! Stand firm for the Lord and don't slip backward. Throughout history, the godly ones have been the minority on earth. Christ Himself pointed out that "wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7: 13-14).

In "This Is My Father's World" the hymn writer penned similar encouragement to take heart:

  This is my Father's world.  
  O let me ne'er forget 
  that though the wrong seems oft so strong, 
  God is the ruler yet.
 
Again, let your light shine regardless of how many don't appreciate the Gospel light! 

2 comments:

  1. Well said! I love the hymn quote. Good to remember that ever since the birth of the church there have been dark agents fighting against her. Paul's letter to the Philippians confirms this, too. We need to remember that Christians have always struggled to stay on the straight and narrow. Too often we think that the lives of ancient Christians were extremely different, but when it comes to temptation and false teaching they weren't. Even then they needed to remember that when the wrong was strong, God was still on the throne! I just taught on Sunday that too often folks compare themselves to others instead of God's Righteousness, and deceive themselves into thinking what they're doing isn't so bad.

    Our suffering in the USA is so small compared to what others in this world are dealing with. And our suffering compared to Christ's is nothing at all. Thanks for this encouraging blog! Loving it!

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  2. Thanks, Karla. Right from Christ's resurrection there have been those who tried to confuse issues concerning Him. The Roman soldiers accepted money repeat the fiction that Jesus' followers stole the body while they slept. (Hardly a reliable statement, considering their claim to be asleep. ;) Darkness can never conquer light, but light can dispel darkness!

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