Cause of Backsliding Part Two
…I am no better than echoing bronze… 1 Corinthians 13:1 (Ronald Knox Translation)
The word “echo” in this Scripture denotes the emptiness I am talking about in this section of the book. There are many Christians who are empty. There is nothing in them. I call them airy Christians.
They have little or none of the Word in them, neither are they full of the Holy Spirit or of love. They may speak in tongues, but the Bible says whenever they do so, they are just making a lot of noise. I think the Ronald Knox Translation of 1 Corinthians 13:1, which I have quoted above, really brings out the concept of spiritual emptiness.
If I have no love, “I am no better than echoing bronze or the clash of cymbals.” I say once again, the echo and the clash are a result of the emptiness within.
Empty Christians Are Targets
Emptiness will attract other things to fill that empty space. A spiritual vacuum will be filled with spiritual things, either positively or negatively. Nature abhors a vacuum, and every space will be filled.
And when he [an evil spirit] cometh, he findeth it unoccupied… Luke 11:25 (Goodspeed Translation) Empty Christians are targets for the enemy. The devil will try to fill you with eviland backsliding tendencies because of the emptiness within you.
… and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost …
Acts 6:5 As you can see, Stephen was full of something positive. That is why he did not
backslide, but went on to become a great evangelist.
There is the saying that empty barrels make the most noise. These are the echoes 1 Corinthians 13 is talking about. This same principle definitely applies in Christianity. Empty Christians are loud and notice able but not substantial. There is the need for every Christian to be filled with the Spirit, with love and with the Word. What are you filling your spirit with? Fill your spirit with the Word of God, with faith, with good Christian music. By the way, don’t mess around with non-Christian music. It will fill your mind with junk! Fill your time with church activities. If you don’t fill your life with these good things something else will fill it. Drive away the emptiness from your spiritual life. This is a fundamental key to staying power for the Christian race.
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