A fellow Christian asked me one time, “Why don’t people believe me when I share the sacred names of God with them?”
I related to them that first of all, this walk that we have been called to is a lonely pilgrimage. I have found that for the vast majority of people on the planet, their basic spiritual need is not the sacred names but the cross experience. The sacred names are wonderful revelations, but they are “meat” and not the “milk of the word.”
People need to be brought to the “cross.” For they cannot spiritually comprehend the deeper things of God without the “spiritual eyes” received by a true conversion to Christ. They must first die with Christ, be buried with Him, and by faith be “raised to walk in a newness of life” through faith in His resurrection. Then they will be ready to go deeper into the heavier spiritual food, the “meat of the word.”
That begs the question: How will we know when to share the deeper truths with someone? What is the characteristic sign that shows us who needs “the milk of the word” and who needs “meat”? The person who uses and needs milk are the babes in Christ, or children. They haven’t grown into spiritual adulthood yet. For they “are unskilful in the word of righteousness” (Heb. 5: 13-14). The word of righteousness is present in a Christian when they have the gift of the Spirit called the
word of knowledge.” This is the ability to explain and teach another how the righteousness of God is attained. They have experienced the cross and “have been raised to walk in a newness of life.”
In that same passage we see that “strong meat belongs to them that are of full age.” Through their many spiritual experiences, they with God’s help can “discern both good and evil.” They can discern what is true and what doctrine is false. A child of God is “dull of hearing” and lacks discernment.
We must “not cast our pearls before swine.” The Savior knew that if we give stronger truth to those without a new heart, that they would reject it out of hand. Paul, experiencing this very thing said that “he was determined to not share anything with them except Christ crucified”–or, the death, burial, and resurrection of their old selves with Christ.
I’ve done the same thing, sharing wonderful things of God to those who cannot receive it. But I know that some will. Those nurtured through the apostles’ doctrine–the first two being “repentance from dead works” [the aforementioned cross experience] and “faith toward God” (see Hebrews 6: 1-2).
We must first lay the “foundation of repentance from dead works and faith toward God.” In order for someone to be the spiritual temple of God, they must have a good foundation.
Those of us who have run into this experience should be encouraged that we are not alone in our spiritual trek, and that there is a reason why God has revealed Himself and His truth to us. And, of course, our first reaction is to share it all with everyone. We all have done this. But He does not want all of it shared with everyone. I know that is ironic, but it is true. Just look at the parables, which are the “dark sayings” that deliberately cloud the meaning of the mysteries of His kingdom for those who are not meant to receive it! Incredible.
We still need to witness the truth to others–but that part of the truth that really meets their true need, which usually is the cross experience. KWH