Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 20, 2019

“He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 6:8-15.

“And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people.  But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen.  But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.  Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”  And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away and brought him before the Council.  They put forward false witnesses who said, “This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law;  for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us.”  And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel.”  Acts 6:8-15.

———————-

Consider what Jesus said about some who did not believe Him.

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.  But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.  Which one of you convicts Me of sin?  If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?  He who is of God hears the words of God;  for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”  John 8:44-47.

If we believe that everybody is basically good and wise, then we will be perplexed and feel defeated when some do not believe our preaching and our teaching.

But, if we, like Jesus, believe that there are some who lie about us and try to hurt us, then we will not be surprised and will not feel defeated when they do not believe our preaching and our teaching.

Consider Stephen in today’s Scripture.  He was “full of grace and power”.  He “was performing great wonders and signs among the people.”  He was filled with “the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.”  His face was “like the face of an angel.”  And yet, there were those who lied about him and tried to hurt him.

Through God’s grace, we faithfully preach and teach, and we trust God to use it to save those whom He chooses to save.  Using the language of the above John 8:47, some people are “of God”, and some people are “not of God”.

“He who is of God hears the words of God;  for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”  John 8:47.


Categories

%d bloggers like this: