Bill's Blog for June 2015


You will remember that in Matthew 28, just before Jesus ascended back into heaven, that He gave the Great Commission to His disciples.

Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go*. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 **Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

(*Keep this in mind, the disciples knew to go to the mountain because they were close enough to Jesus for Him to share this information with them.  Why wasn’t there a huge crowd present to see such an event? Others didn’t get the word to be there.  Could you say His ascension was a ‘secret’?)

**They were told to go and teach what He had taughtthem to the rest of the world.  We believe this commission is even true for us today.  We are to teach the message of Jesus to the whole world…to everyone. Everything we know about Him we are to teach to others.

This is certainly good news.  So why would God refer to this ‘good news’ as a ‘Secret’?

Mark 4:11 He (Jesus) told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you.” NIV


1 Corinthians 2:7 No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. NIV


1 Corinthians 4:1 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. NIV


If the Gospel is such good news and He wants everyone to know, why is it a secret?

I thought a secret was something you kept to yourself, yet they/we were told to teach it to the whole world.

Doesn’t “Teach the whole world a secret”

Sound like an oxymoron?

If everyone is taught, if everyone knows,

how in the world is it a secret?

***Jesus told His disciples to teach the world what He taught them.

He made a similar statement to Saul a short while later.

You’ll remember.  Saul was on the road to Damascus to persecute Christians when he was blinded by a great light.  We pick up the conversation there…

Acts 26:14Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’

15 “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

“‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. 16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith inme.’

We have a job to do.  We are to teach what Jesus has taught us.  We have been appointed as servants and witnesses.  We have been sent into a dark world to ‘open people’s eyes’ and help them see the light.  BUT WE CAN’T SAVE THEM.

Jesus even told Saul that at his conversion.  “You go and open their eyes” (Ironic statement made to a man who at the time was ‘blind’.) But their salvation is through ‘faith in Me’.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.

Acts 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road-the desert road-that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

Philip was instructed by an angel to go to the eunuch and share with him.  He did and seemed to help the man understand what he was reading.


Could Philip save the man?  (NO)  He could help open his eyes so he could see.  The Eunuch had the scriptures, but he didn’t have any understanding.  Philip could open his eyes and help him understand, but he still couldn’t save the man.

So how do I get saved?

That’s a secret.

The Eunuch had the Scriptures but they couldn’t savehim…

John 5:39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

We must be careful not to lead someone to believe that if they do the right good things that they will be saved…That can only come through Jesus. It’s all about Him.

John 3:14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

John 12:32 But I (Jesus), when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”

I can go and share scriptures.  I can give testimony about what Jesus has done for me, but I can’t save anyone.  To do them any good I must lift Jesus up.

How to get saved must be whispered to them by Jesus Himself.

  • He must give them understanding.

  • He must call

  • They must respond to Him as He whispers to them.

That’s what makes it a secret.

It can’t be me doing what someone else says.

It can’t even be me doing what someone else is doing.

I have to do what Jesus tells me to do.

Until He calls me I can’t respond to Him.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock…”

And that’s what makes it a ‘secret’ between me and Him.

We want to say;

  • They all say they’re Christians and they do this and that..

    • I’ll do this and that.

  • They all say they are Christians and they say theywalked the aisle at the end of a service during the invitation.

    • I’ll walk the aisle.

  • They all say they got baptized.

    • I’ll get baptized.

  • They go to church and read their

    • I’ll go to church and read my Bible.

All these are wonderful things and will most likely be part of our process, but they don’t save us.

We get saved when we hear the voice of Jesus whispering to us, telling us how to get right with Him and we respond to Him…His call

There is no other way to get saved than by responding to the voice of Jesus.

His voice for my salvation is just for me.  THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT A SECRET.

I can’t hear Jesus calling anyone else.  No one else can hear Jesus calling to me.

The message may even be the same, but it HAS to be His message to me in His timing.  It has to be our little secret.  I can’t get saved by someone else’s message…their ‘call’.  It has to be mine.

Does that mean God is going to ask me to do something totally different from everyone else?  No.  The process will look very similar, but it still has to be between me and Jesus. It still has to be done in response to His voice spoken specifically to me.

  • You can open my eyes to my need for Him.

  • You can help me understand what a scripture says,

  • But you can’t save me.

That has to happen between me and Jesus.

1 Corinthians 2:7 No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. NIV

If you’ve been trying to get saved by

  • Church attendance

  • Prayer

  • Bible reading

  • Tithing

  • Doing good

Forget it.  Anybody can do that.  You must respond to God’s voice as He shares His Secret Wisdom with you.

To come to Jesus we must ‘Come to Jesus’not someone or something else.  Salvation only comes in response to His call to my heart.

***Let me share another thing about ‘God’s Secret’ with you.  Understand that it doesn’t stop once we receive Jesus.  He keeps speaking ‘secrets’ to us throughout our whole lives.

We keep talking about

  • Church attendance

  • Prayer

  • Bible reading

  • Tithing

  • Doing good

Those are all really good things.

But they are like…

  • Buying your wife flowers

  • Bringing your wife candy

  • Sending her a card

  • Taking your wife out to eat

Those are all really good things, too, but in a sense they are so generic.

Every husband knows it’s good to buy flowers, candy, cards, food.

But how does that differ from bringing home a 50 cent Payday bar from the convenience store?

You would think that was a terrible thing to do.  “My wifedeserves much better than a candy bar from a convenience store.”

For you maybe, but that’s the very gift that would bring a tear to my wife’s eyes.

She doesn’t make a big deal of it.  She just mentioned in passing one day that a Payday was her favorite candy bar.  So for me to bring home a simple expression such as this tells her I know her, I listen to her, I care about her.

She would appreciate flowers, candy, cards…all that usual stuff, but letting her share a ‘secret’ with me…one that she didn’t even mention expecting anything in return, something she said in passing one day and I listened and responded.  Those moments are special.

She would be grateful for the card, but a “Payday” candy bar would bring a tear to her eye.

Same is true with God.

He keeps sharing little ‘secrets’ with us our whole lives.  It we listen and do these little acts of kindness as He shares them, we experience intimacy like no other.

Everyone knows that to please God we need to

  • Make a profession of faith

  • Get baptized

  • Go to church

  • Pray

  • Read the Bible

Those are all good things and we should do them all, but He wants us to go deeper with Him.  He wants to share His Little Secrets with us.

As I get closer to God and more intimate with Him, He begins to share little things with me that make Him extremely happy.  Things that only I can do for Him.  Things that are meant to be just between me and Him.  Our little Secret.

Remember the Ethiopian Eunuch?  I can imagine that was part of God’s ‘secret’ message to Philip.  No one else heard it.  No one else was intended to do it.  This was God’s little secret for Philip.

Philip was able to say to God, “I’m listening.  I heard you.  I care.  I want to please you.” So Philip went to the chariot and shared what he knew about Isaiah 53.  This opened the man’s eyes to hear from God for Himself.

I think God must have been pleased with Philip carrying out their little ‘secret’.  Let’s read on…

Acts 8:36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”   38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Philip was allowed to baptize the man, but the cool thing is what happened next.

“The Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away…”

“He appeared at Azotus where he traveled about preaching the Gospel…”

His ‘secret’ was complete.  The Eunuch now had a relationship with God and Philip had another ‘secret’ to accomplish.

Are you close enough to God for Him to share His secrets with you?  Do you know the ‘little things’ that please Him?  Do you hear His ‘secrets’ that are justbetween you and Him? Do you know what to do to bring a ‘tear to his eye’?

***We look at our society today and are concerned about the way our country is headed.  We appear to be much further from God than we were a few generations ago.

When we were younger everyone was in church, things like cohabitation just didn’t exist.  Society justlooked ‘more Christian’ than we do today.

Are we that much farther from God than we used to be?

I sometimes wonder.

Were we really ‘more Christian’ back then or was it just that society accepted that lifestyle more and everyone follows the crowd?

To please God we must listen to and follow Him.  We must let Him speak His secrets to us and follow Him.

We can’t just follow the crowd and think we are living the Christian life.  We actually aren’t living the Christian life at all, we’re just following the crowd.

Living the Christian life is in response to God speaking to us.

He shares with us what makes Him happy and we do it out of love for Him.

That’s living the Christian life.

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. NKJV


INVITATION:  Do you hear the voice of Jesus/HS?

Do you respond to what He says or do you follow the standards set before us by society?

Are you telling God what you will do for Him or is He telling you what He wants you to do, what will make Him happy?

Know that following the standards set by man is really just following man.

To follow Jesus we must hear His voice and follow what He says.

Listen for his ‘secrets’ with your heart.  Do what you know YOU should do to make Him happy.

Do it with Joy in your heart.

If my Mom had something special to tell me she would frequently say, “Come here, I have a secret for you.”  I don’t want to miss God’s secrets either.

Andrew Barnes