A CONVINCING GOSPEL
“I am made all things to all men, so that I might by all means save some. (23) And this I do for the sake of the gospel”, 1Co 9:22,23.

Every truthful issue has its theoretical part, as well as its living part. Just the other day I heard a comment on writing and the man said that writing is good, but now matter how well one writes it will never be precise in expressing real life - it is just not the same! This is why acting achieves more from us than reading does. You may also preach the truth, be able to expound it better than a living adult in Christ is ever able to put in words that which is a living issue and affair in his whole heart; yet, that will not turn you into a living being at all. On the other hand, there are such who do not know much of what has been happening in them having the whole of heaven in there, yet live it out in fullness, (for even Jesus stated that once “The Spirit breathes where He desires, you hear His voice, but you do not know from where He comes, and where He goes; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit”, John 3:8. Adults may come to know, but such as are born might not know what is begetting them). Even so, these may live without knowing how to expound whatever is becoming in them, just as creation became without knowing it. The point is that you should not explain it, but rather live accordingly in faith – if it is for real and you cannot deny it!

Actors do a whole lot towards fiction and lies convincingly. It is all acceptable among the Christian community of this present world when they do that – it is even labeled as art. But, if one is wise and living at the same time, being fully made free and enabled to live truth out in accordance with reality, one is said to be awkward, proud or whatever comes up into a mind monopolized and profiled with vain ideas and misconceptions, trying to bring about an early abortion of truth, right at the time of its conception. People in the world judge between bad things, between this and that, as long as it is found in the realm and boundaries of their acceptances and illusions. They say, “this is good”, pointing out to a bad thing and state that some other thing is bad enough to be unaccepted because of personal taste. None in an illusionary world love reality, nor will such be able to accept it unless it is talked about only. People accept truth there for as long as it is not a living truth. Lies are easily accepted as long as these are living lies as well. In this present world, a truth may not be whatever it is, nor may a lie be taken as it is. People do not accept a lie that looks like a lie, nor a truth which looks like a practical truth. They will accept a truth that will look like a lie, and a lie that will resemble truth somehow, which is one and the same thing.

One may arrange a sermon, compile a book, find the best words and means to express oneself and none will ever think that’s wrong to do. People are used to a putting forth of their best in front of others and therefore easily accept such doings. So, if it is acceptable to do so, why is a life not allowed to put forth in more than words whatever is truthful and real from within? Shouldn’t our lives be turned into living sermons? Should one only act to be acceptable and not learn to express reality fully out? There is a huge misconception as to when people become all for real, to live according to the need of such as they commune with, showing forth truth as being truthful; But, if so done, it will be seldom regarded as love.

Paul is talking here about being made for real, for the sake of whoever would be hearing him. I am sure his life had always been a fully arranged sermon for all to read from and to visualize and fully apprehend by seeing openly whatever he was preaching about. No wonder people who were philosophers enquired and stated Paul was a babbler, the very thing these philosophers were themselves, Act 17:18. One may talk about the resurrection from the dead, but not have reality put forth into it without being considered a babbler by this world. Sinners in a trance might accept miracles as real, but never in a normal state of heart, as a normal living issue. They must jump and praise or the miracle will never be worth beholding. I am not saying God does not deserve our praise, but that He does not deserve crazy, unbelieving people to enter into a trance and leave their normal state of inner quietness and normality to be able to praise God. 

I heard a certain story which touched my heart lately. A man worked in a certain factory which had some ranks up, from the mere leaders of five workers, as well as the leaders of these leaders, up to the manager who was the link between the owner and the leaders of the ranks. Someone came to that man so he should sign up a paper which the owner required to be done. He refused. Then, the man of a higher rank came again to him with the pen and paper and asked him to sign it, for it was required for bureaucratical purposes. He refused once more. This refusal eventually reached the manager and the owner called upon the man to come into his office. He went in there and was told to sit down and sign the paper. The owner just said in a few words: “if you do not sign this, you will be fired and taken to court”. He didn’t even explain why it should be signed at all. The man easily and greedily signed it without contesting a word that has been said – he didn’t talk back at all, nor refute a single word directed to him and the owner marvelled at that. The amazed owner inquired to his quiet, sudden reaction and asked “But, why did you refuse all your superiors and now you signed the document without a single word of controversy? You didn’t even read the document you signed!” The man answered him and said: “but Sir, none has stated things as convincingly as you did to me!” This is the story that brought this message about into my heart: convincing words.

One may talk about hell, preach and explain about the gospel, the curse upon sin and the eternal damnation which is soon coming upon mankind. Yet, if things do not appear to be real when they are real, people of this world will most easily disregard them. They are used to be taken by illusion because it is always put forth as real life issues. But there is no coin without the other side of it: where lies are put forth and accepted as real issues, truth will be acceptable as long as it is not put forth in a real manner – a now or never issue - without breeding enemies towards it.

Let us become all for all then and not only talk about it being truthful. May God bless, not the words, but the power your life has in itself towards others. Whatever you are, hide it not, for “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Lord! shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of the Father in Heaven”, Mat 7:21. Besides, “a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden”, Mat 5:14. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven”. Do not think that Jesus came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. Mat 5:16,17. Fulfill it fully then for Jesus does so even today – in you, through you, for you. There is no reason for you to be a hidden city, if you are one and set upon a hill. Have electricians and power busy there all the time, then. Actors make lies appear to be truthful. Christians should make truth appear for what it is as well. God bless you.

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José Mateus
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